February 2, 2012
The Search is on for the DSBN's Next Skills Champions
The “X-Factor” of skills competitions in Niagara is officially underway. But instead of using their voices to impress the judges, students will be putting their technical know-how on display.
Now into their 14th exciting year, the DSBN Technological Skills Challenges showcases the talents, knowledge and creativity of public school students in one of the Niagara region’s premier technology events. During the month of February, over 600 students will compete in 24 secondary level challenges. Events include everything from baking to construction, graphic design and welding.
“This event is certainly a highlight of the year for many technology students who have been learning their crafts and honing their skills since September,” says Mike Doyle, Skills Development Coordinator.
In addition to the school based events, students will also be putting their expertise on display within the community. Challenges are scheduled to take place at the Market Square in St. Catharines, the Seaway Mall and Niagara College.
Doyle says the DSBN appreciates the support of both its post-secondary and industry partners. “Our partners donate their time, resources and even facilities for these competitions and all the related preparation. Being able to work with professionals and benefit from their experience and expertise really enhances the learning experience. It is one of the reasons why these events are so popular amongst students,” says Doyle.
Gold medalists from each of the DSBN Regional Challenges will advance to the provincial level competitions held from April 30-May 1, at RIM Park in Waterloo.
DSBN medalists will also be recognized at a gala-event at Club Italia in Niagara Falls on April 4.