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Limestone Skills 2014

2014-04-01, 8:57 AM

The annual Limestone Skills Competition is the first of three Skills events held each year to draw attention to our student’s passion for learning and to showcase the skills they have acquired in a technical field of their choosing. The Limestone Skills Competition is an excellent Reach Ahead destination related activity where students are empowered to apply their learning in a meaningful post-secondary environment that will help them discover the possibilities of what could happen next in their career life plan.

Students are given specific tasks to perform or scenarios to complete within a predetermined time frame that will be evaluated by a variety of industry specialists or post-secondary judges. Culinary Arts, Desktop Publishing, Photography and Prepared Speech are just a few of the more than 30 skills and competitive events that students will take part in during the 11th annual Limestone Skills Competition. The majority of the events will take place at St. Lawrence College along with NDSS and Bayridge Secondary School on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Once again the Limestone District School Board, will team up with St. Lawrence College and many community partners to provide a full day of activity that will engage well over 400 elementary and secondary students. Throughout the day student competitors will demonstrate their talents under the watchful eye of industry experts, college level judges and spectators from the Limestone and surrounding district. Also returning this year on the same day as the Skills Competition will be the Young Women Innovators Conference for grade 7-8 students adding to the already very full and exciting day for students.

The overall focus of “skills” day is to provide a post-secondary atmosphere to challenge student learning and engage a higher level of thinking towards the pursuit of further education or training in an area of their interest. Each year the competition includes several elementary challenges like Lego Robotics that will test student knowledge of the design process and the many ways where computer language influences mechanical function. Of course 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 Link building.

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

Many of the secondary winners will advance directly to the 25th annual Skills Ontario competition held in Kitchener Waterloo, Sunday May 4th – May 07th which will also host the elementary Lego Challenges. For secondary events in the following areas: 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 12th, 2014.

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 (Cell) 613-331- 0940

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