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Everything from soup (culinary arts) to nuts (and bolts) at Regional Skills Canada competition Friday

Okanagan College Media Release

On Friday, scores of high school students will be congregating at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, and at the Centre for Arts and Technology to compete in the regional edition of the Skills Canada Competition.

Okanagan College has been organizing the regional competition since 1996. This year, more than 100 people are competing in a host of skills competitions, says Regional Skills Co-ordinator Dianne Holm.

“It’s an amazing display of activities and events,” says Holm, who has been fostering a growing community interest in the competition. The competitions range from culinary arts through cabinetmaking, from welding to carpentry. There are student competitions in mechanical and architectural computer-assisted drawing and automotive repair.

A competition in 3D animation will take place at the Centre for Arts and Technology on Friday and a competition in fashion design will occur at Summerland Secondary School.

Students that place gold in their contest areas advance to Provincials, then to the National level and finally to the International level.

“It’s absolutely open to the public,” says Holm, who wants to see more people come to appreciate the skills the students are developing. “We’ll have drop-in tours available and we’re going to be broadcasting the competitions at the College’s Centre for Learning building atrium,” she notes. It’s a great opportunity for interested parents and others to tour Okanagan College’s shops, talk to instructors and learn more about the skills that form the heart of the competitions.

A new event this year is a gravity vehicle competition that will be run in the Centre for Learning atrium from noon to 4 p.m.

There’s also a belt-sander race (with stock and modified divisions) that will run in the trades building from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the Central Okanagan Regional Skills Canada event this Friday, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/skillsbc or call Dianne Holm at 250-762-5445 Ext. 4439.

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