Bluewater secondary students will get the change to demonstrate skills

March 24, 2016


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 Secondary students in Bruce and Grey Counties who are currently enrolled in technological education courses are invited to compete at the 12th Annual Regional Technological Skills Challenge on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Hosted by the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), this year’s itinerary will once again include a wide range of career related skilled trades competitions at the following Owen Sound locations:

  •  Georgian College – Carpentry (team of two), Culinary Arts, Precision Machining, Small Powered Equipment and Welding

  • St. Mary’s High School – Electrical Wiring and Automotive

  • Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute – Hairstyling

Local industry judges will evaluate the competitors according to industry standards, with the top scoring students advancing to regional challenges in April and others moving on to compete in May at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo.

 In 2015, three Bluewater District School Board (BWDSB) students won gold medals provincially before advancing to the national event in Saskatoon, where they secured ninth and fourth place finishes along with one gold. Previously, some students attending the Regional Technological Skills Challenge have been successful in securing apprenticeships with potential employers.

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“We very much look forward to another opportunity to showcase student excellence in the skilled trades at the Regional Technological Skills Challenge. Once again, we are also inviting local businesses and industries to join us for a tour of the exciting competitions that will be taking place,” says OYAP Coordinator/Facilitator Dave Barrett.

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