Granted, we’re a bit late on the uptake here, but Sooke PocketNews would nonetheless like to extend congratulations to the EMCS students who placed at the Camosun College South Island Skills competition.
- Jake Schuttinga received his Gold in Cabinet Making.
- Coltyn Wallin received his Gold in Carpentry.
- Rhianna McPhee received a Bronze in Automotive Services.
About 1,000 middle and secondary school students were on campus for this 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 technology careers, while the older students showcased their skills in competition for gold, silver and bronze medals.
“The Junior Skills contests are always great fun,” says Don Cameron, trades transition coordinator for the South Island Partnership at Camosun. “We have several teams and individuals building and breaking spaghetti bridges, racing their custom-built gravity cars, and entering a Sumo Robot into the ring.”
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 Cameron. “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 participate in some hands-on activities that will help them connect their personal interests with possible career paths.”
Congratulations to all contestants!
– With files from Camosun College.
- The full press release from Camosun College is available here.