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St. Lawrence College to host 10th Annual Limestone Skills Competition

2012-04-03

KINGSTON, ON – Animation, carpentry, culinary arts, robotics, and graphic design are just a few of more than 30 skilled trades and technology events that students will compete in during the 10th Annual Limestone Skills Competition at St. Lawrence College’s Kingston campus on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

This exciting partnership between the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) and St. Lawrence College continues to grow with more than 300 students and 75 judges showcasing the skills and talents applied in experiential education at both the elementary and secondary levels. There are also students competing from Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, Upper Canada District School Board, and Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.

The overall focus of the day is to provide a post-secondary atmosphere that will challenge student thinking and engage a higher level of skill required in their pursuit of further education or training in an area of interest. The annual competition is an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their talent and creativity, putting all of their skills to the test against peers and current industry standards. Students are given specific tasks to perform or scenarios to complete within a predetermined time frame; the results will be judged by industry specialists.

Once again this year the competition will include several elementary challenges, such as the Lego Robotics Challenge, that will test student interest in the design process and the many ways where computers meet mechanics. Many of the familiar competitions, such as Hairstyling, Hospitality and Cabinetmaking, will be held in the south block of St. Lawrence College while Fashion Design, Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design will be in the new Link building.

All events will occur on the same day with the exception of team Home Building, which will require two days. Three satellite locations will now be used to accommodate the addition of Auto Service at LCVI, Auto Paint at NDSS and Baking, which will be hosted by Bayridge Secondary School.

Many of the secondary winners will advance directly to the provincial competition held in Kitchener-Waterloo from April 29 until May 2, 2012, which will also host the elementary Lego Challenges.

For secondary events in 2D Character Computer Animation, Culinary Arts, Individual Carpentry, Small Powered Equipment, TV & Video Production, and Welding, an additional Regional qualifier will be required at St. Lawrence College on April 14, 2012.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Sewell
LDSB
Program Leader Skills, Training and Technology
Event Co-chair
sewellm@limestone.on.ca
613-544-6920 ext. 277 or 613-532-4659

John Chomitz
LDSB Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
Event Co-chair
chomitzj@limestone.on.ca
613-331-0940

Jill Dennis
St. Lawrence College
SLC/PASS Skills Competition Coordinator
jdennis@sl.on.ca

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About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Denise Corcoran
Communications Officer
Marketing & Communications
St. Lawrence College
Brockville, Cornwall, Kingston
T 613-345-0660, ext. 2261
dcorcoran@sl.on.ca