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Students exposed to trades in a fun and engaging way

Terrace, BC, March 12, 2014—Northwest Community College (NWCC) hosted the Skills Canada Regional Trades Competition for high school and post-secondary students last week. The event featured trades students from across the region competing in Welding, Carpentry, Automotive Service, Electrical Wiring and Culinary Arts.

“These competitions provide a forum for students to develop and showcase their technical skills, while at the same time promoting career opportunities in skilled trades and technology fields,” said Seth Downs, NWCC Event Manager.

Competitors were challenged with projects and a completion deadline. Projects differed according to trade and featured practical applied skills. Culinary Arts competitors prepared a stuffed chicken breast and soup, Carpentry students built a sawhorse, while Automotive students solved vehicle issues.

Duncan McPhedran, NWCC Automotive Foundations student, took home the gold medal in Automotive Service. “Competing was fun and very interesting,” said McPhedran. “The problems presented were real life and practical, and I look forward to putting this experience on my resume.”

McPhedran can now join other gold medalists as they compete at the Provincial Skills Competition in Abbotsford in April, 2014.

NWCC also hosted Discover Trades Day in conjunction with the skills competitions. The community was invited to participate in activities throughout the campus, such as virtual simulators and other try-a-trade activities. Exhibitor booths were available and presentations included a live LNG demo. Professional industry representatives and educators were also on hand to answer questions and share experiences about skilled trades and technology careers.

“Many students visiting the campus today were excited about new technologies and the simulators were a big hit,” said Brent Speidel, NWCC Dean of Trades. “It’s our goal to help them to develop interests and confidence and to move forward with careers in the skilled trades.”

About NWCC

Northwest Community College (NWCC) is an accredited post-secondary institution offering comprehensive education and training to 34 urban, rural and remote communities in northwestern BC. Through an innovative distributed learning model that includes nine campuses and learning centres, current technology, mobile units, and successful partnerships, NWCC brings relevant education and training directly to where it is needed. NWCC is a recognized leader in Aboriginal education where Aboriginal people make up roughly 40 per cent of the student body. NWCC celebrates the diversity of its northern and Aboriginal populations and reflects this in its programs, services and workforce. To learn more, visit



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