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CDDHS students headed to Trade Skills Competition

April 29, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Three Construction Technology students from Centre Dufferin High School (CDDHS) in Shelburne are headed for the nation’s largest skilled trades competition.

From May 2 to 4, secondary students will compete at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC) at RIM Park in Waterloo.

With 2,000 competitors, 20,000 spectators and 67 contests ranging from robotics and graphic design to cabinet making and carpentry, the Upper Grand District School Board says “the competition is a unique opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills to their friends, family and teachers, while gaining the attention of prospective employers.”

Heather Loney Communications and Community Engagement Officer for the Upper Grand School Board, says the Region will be represented by students from Centre Dufferin DHS, Centre Wellington DHS, Erin DHS, John F. Ross CVI, Norwell DHS, Orangeville DSS, and Wellington Heights SS, competing in home and team building, robotics, architectural technology and design, automotive service technology, cabinet making, team and individual carpentry, computer aided manufacturing, electronics, graphic design, hairstyling, IT and network system administration, job interview, photography, precision machining, TV and video production, welding and workplace safety.

CDDHS Construction Co-op Teacher Mark Greenfield says at the Regional competition on March 22,“Maxwell Hosken constructed an outdoor bench during the individual competition, while Wesley Dousett and Jett Rykhoff constructed an outdoor table during the team competition. All three students performed admirably. Maxwell achieving a fourth place finish and Wesley and Jett coming home with the first place Gold.”

“Wesley and Jett will now be heading to the Provincial Skills Competition on May 3,” says Greenfield. “They will arrive at 6 a.m. and by 8 a.m. begin construction of an unknown project competing against all other Gold medal winners from across the province.

“This is the first time in the past 14 years of participating in the Construction Competition that we are having students represent Centre Dufferin at this level of competition.”

Results of the competition “will be announced during the closing ceremony on May 4 says Ms. Loney.

“Winners at OTSC have the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition.”

OTSC is free to attend and open to the general public.

Congratulations to all three competitors and best of luck to Wesley and Jett from the staff and students at CDDHS and the Shelburne Free Press.

By Marni Walsh




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