SCDSB students have skills! (Skills Ontario qualifiers, that is)

Each year, students in the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) can take part in technological skills competitions. These Skills Ontario events showcase student talent and encourage students to consider a career in skilled trades and technologies.

The three-day Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) is the cornerstone event of these competitions. More than 2,000 students from across the province compete in over 65 skills contests. The OTSC is May 2 to 4 at RIM Park and Manulife Financial Sportsplex in Waterloo.

Since the start of March, SCDSB students have participated in local, board-organized and regional Skills Ontario events. Thirty-three students from 11 of our secondary schools have qualified for the provincial competition. We’ll be represented in over 50 per cent of the contests at the OTSC. Check out the photo gallery below to see students participating in the local events.

Team Ontario will send gold medal representatives to the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton in June. In 2014, Emma Rybka from Nantyr Shores Secondary School’s Hospitality & Tourism Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program represented the SCDSB in baking at this competition.

Not all gold medal winners move on to nationals. Not all contests exist at the national level. Collingwood Collegiate Institute’s Nikki Stadnyk won gold in aesthetics in 2012 and 2013. At the time there was no national contest for aesthetics so her journey ended at the provincial level.

Good luck to all SCDSB students participating in the OTSC!

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