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NWCC to be Trades central in early March

TERRACE The Northwest region's next generation of skilled trades people will converge on Northwest Community College (NWCC) in early March as the Terrace Campus hosts the Skills Canada NWBC Regional Skills Competition. The competition features three streams, one for post-secondary, one for students in high school and one open to elementary and junior high school students. The post-secondary and high school students will compete in five individual competition categories: carpentry, welding, automotive repair, professional cook and electrical wiring. The Junior Skills competition, with Gravity Vehicle and Spaghetti Bridge contests, is open to students in Grades 6-9. All junior events are team events and teams can be made up of three to five students who may be in different grades. "We are very proud to be hosting this event," said NWCC Dean of Trades Margo Van der Touw. "The Skills Canada NWBC Skills Competition encourages excellence for the next generation of trades people and,most importantly, it is good, friendly competition." Competitions provide a forum for pre-college students to develop and showcase their technical skills. And while the competition is for fun, the rewards are potentially great. On the line for the competing secondary school-aged students are prizes and places for category winners to advance to provincial-level competition. Winners at the BC level could go on to compete at Nationals or even the World Skills event held bi-annually! With so many young people interested in Trades already on campus for the Skills Canada NWBC event, NWCC will host a Trades Career Fair, a public event from 9am to 4pm. The fair will offer everything you ever wanted to know about Trades careers. Experience hands-on skills demonstrations, try our Heavy Equipment Operator simulators, meet with industry representatives and potential employers, take campus tours and enjoy a free barbecue lunch prepared by NWCC Culinary Arts students. "There's never been a better time to pursue a career in Trades, especially here in the Northwest," said Van der Touw. "You can get the skills you need at NWCC to take advantage of the big projects coming to the region. Be sure to visit the Trades Career Fair on Friday, March 9." The secondary school level group is open to any Northwest student attending a secondary-level school at any time between July 1, 2011 and March 9, 2012. Competitors must be less than 22 years old on Dec. 31, 2012. Registration for secondary level and post-secondary level competition categories for the Skills Canada NWBC event is now open. Register online at Skills Canada British Columbia is a provincial, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, associations, labour groups and government to promote skilled trade and technology careers to youth. NWCC thanks Seabridge Gold (major sponsor), BC Hydro, Progressive Ventures, Ridley Terminals, Maher Terminals, Imperial Metals, Kitimat LNG/ Apache, Bechtel Canada/Rio Tinto Alcan, and Enbridge Northern Gateway for their sponsorship of both events.

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