Garden Valley School Division wishes to congratulate the students in the Red River Technical Vocational Area (RRTVA) who competed and won medals at the 19th Annual Skills Manitoba Competition held at Red River College on April 14, 2016.
This year's Skills Competition saw 500 students from across Manitoba participate in challenges designed to test skills required in trades and technology careers. The competition involves industry directly, as the students' performances are evaluated by industry professionals and educators and rewarded for their excellence. The following six local students enrolled in RRTVA programs took home medals and demonstrated that they are among the very best in Manitoba:
Nelli Albertin (NPC) - Silver Medal in Aesthetics (Skin Care)
Devin Boger (NPC) - Silver Medal in Autobody Repair
Andrew Friesen (GVC) - Silver Medal in Car Painting
Alexander Harder (GVC) - Gold Medal in Electrical Installation
Leonard Heinrichs Klippenstein (GVC) - Gold Medal in Outdoor Power & Rec Equipment
Chelsea Hoeppner (Morden) - Bronze Medal in Cooking
Skills Canada Manitoba is a not for profit, charitable organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to reposition skilled trades and technology careers, as a first choice career option for Manitoba youth. The Skills organization guides students toward available opportunities in skilled trades and technology through events and programs like the skills competition. The value of the Skills Canada provincial and national (and international) competitions, and how it can ignite the careers of young people, was highlighted in a recent article in Macleans magazine entitled "Skills Canada: The Olympics for trades students" (March 14, 2016).
The RRTVA is a partnership of five southern Manitoba school divisions devoted to providing access to high quality technology education programs for high school students. As a partner in this endeavor, GVSD is committed to providing effective programs for students that support emerging careers in trades and technology.
Winners of the provincial competition will join Team Manitoba and compete against their national peers at the Skills Canada National Competition. Gold medalists Alexander Harder and Leonard Heinrichs Klippenstein will compete in the national competition in Moncton, New Brunswick on June 4-8, 2016. Winnipeg will host next year's Skills Canada National Competition on May 31-June 3, 2017.
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