Image Credit: Skills Canada Saskatchewan
Image Credit: Skills Canada Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Polytechnic students earn medals at Skills Canada national competition

Two students win the opportunity to compete in the Team Canada trials for WorldSkills

June 24, 2016 - Four Saskatchewan Polytechnic students earned medals in the Skills Canada National Competition held June 5-8 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Kyla Henry, from Regina, picked up gold in the Graphic Design competition. Daniel Nelson, also from Regina, earned silver in Electrical Installation. Brandon Schatz from Moose Jaw took home silver in Architectural Design and Technology while Nathan Honsberger from Saskatoon earned a bronze medal in Mechanical CADD. A total of 15 Saskatchewan Polytechnic students and apprentices competed in the Skills Canada National Competition.

Kyla, with her gold medal win, and Daniel, with his silver medal win, are eligible to compete in the trials for the 2017 WorldSkills Competition with Team Canada. WorldSkills will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in October 2017.

"We are proud of the accomplishments of all our students and congratulate them on their achievements earned at the Skills Canada National Competition," says Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO. "The dedication, hard-work and success of our students demonstrate once again that Saskatchewan Polytechnic's skills training is world-class."

"Saskatchewan students can compete and win on any stage, in Canada and across the globe," said Minister of Advanced Education Scott Moe. "It's why I often say our greatest natural resource is our people."

More than 500 trade and technology students and apprentices competed for medals in their respective fields at Skills Canada. The multi-trade and technology competition is for secondary and post-secondary students as well as apprentices. Skills Canada and WorldSkills aim to raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers. They provide forums for youth to compete in more than 40 skill-based competencies such as computer animation, carpentry, machining, welding, masonry, hairstyling and more.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

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