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Striving for Excellence with the 2015 Halton Skills Competition

May 26, 2015

Halton-Skills-2015.pngThis year’s Halton Skills program book quotes Plutarch: “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Nowhere is that idea more apparent than in Halton’s technological education programs, where students are offered hands on, real-world experiences that in many cases ignite a passion in a way that traditional classroom learning can’t. The Halton Skills Competition gives these students a chance to take that passion to the next level, demonstrating and being recognized for their mastery of those talents they have been refining all year.

Everywhere you looked at Craig Kielburger Secondary School on April 9, 2015, you would have seen students from the elementary age to high school graduation focussed on the task at hand. These students are driven to succeed, competing for a chance to represent their schools at the Provincial and National level competitions to follow. The 2015 Halton Skills Competition was the largest in its 26 year history with over 1000 students from grade 4-12 in attendance – and this didn’t include the Welding and Precision Machining competitions that were held in advance.

Not simply a competition, Skills is a chance for schools and students to learn about technical careers, connect with industry partners and potential employers, and find information about college and university programs. Elementary students get to see the opportunities that await them in high school technological education programs.

Industry partners are invited to participate through sponsorship, exhibits, donation of materials and services, and volunteering as trainers and judges. The importance of these partnerships can’t be overstated – these students are the future of the Canadian economy, and partnerships between industry and education will ensure they are able to reach their full potential in the workforce.

Between giving students a platform to shine, encouraging healthy competition, rewarding hard work and drive for excellence, providing opportunities for networking, and building school and school board spirit, Halton Skills 2015 was one of the events of the year for HDSB!


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