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Media Release
Release Date: March 2, 2015

Camosun's Interurban campus was abuzz with activity on Friday, February 27. About 1,000 middle and high school students were on campus for a one-day event coordinated by the South Island Partnership and Camosun's School of Trades and Technology.

This three-in-one event introduced younger students to aspects of trades and tech careers, while secondary school students showcased their trades skills in competition for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Regional Skills Competition

The Skills Canada BC South Vancouver Island Regional Competition brought secondary students (grades 10-12) to campus to compete in one of six trades skills competitions. Gold medal winners will now represent the south Island region at the 21st annual Skills Canada BC provincial competition in Abbotsford, April 15.

Junior Skills Contests

Middle school students (grades 6-9) tested their creativity in three junior contests:  Spaghetti Bridge building, Gravity Car race and Sumo Robot contest.

Hands-on Trades & Tech Activities

School Districts 61 Victoria, 62 Sooke and 63 Saanich organized busloads of middle school students to view the contests and participate in hands-on trades and tech activities.

Camosun College is the largest trades training provider on Vancouver Island, and through the South Island Partnership, works closely with its five local school districts to help young people explore career possibilities.

"This event opens doors and opens minds," explains Don Cameron, trades transitions coordinator for the South Island Partnership. "Senior students who are competing in the skills contests receive coaching and mentorship to build confidence as they showcase their talents. Younger students get to pick up tools, participate in the hands-on activities, and start to make connections between their personal interests and possible career paths."

2015 South Vancouver Island Regional winners of the Skills Canada contests

See the results.




Last updated: September 23, 2015 5:13 pm

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