Students from central Island region high schools and the Sunshine Coast arrived in Nanaimo on Thursday to test their talents in the the 2020 Skills Canada competition.
Students, about 500, competed for medals and for chances to move onto provincial- and national-level competitions.
Carpentry, photography, hairdressing, automotive repair, cabinet making, robotics, workplace safety, culinary arts, architectural computer-aided design and and other trade and technology competition categories were hosted at Vancouver Island University and Nanaimo District, Dover Bay and John Barsby secondary schools.
Gold medal winners from Thursday’s competitions will move on to compete in the provincial competitions April 15 in Abbotsford. Winners of those competitions will compete in the nationals in Vancouver on May 28-29.
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Cameron Trustham and James Hodson from Francis Kelsey Secondary School prep robots for robotics competition at Skills Canada Competition.#Nanaimo #SkillsCanada @NanaimoBulletin pic.twitter.com/x87k3lXzvd
— Chris Bush (@ChrisBushphotog) February 27, 2020
Vancouver Island University also hosted Discovery Day on Thursday when hundreds of Grades 10-12 high school students from the Nanaimo region took part in activities and competitions designed to showcase the university’s programs and facilities.