Terrace B.C. students show off skills

Two Caledonia Senior Secondary students competed in the Skills Canada provincial competition

Caledonia Secondary students Sam Christiansen (left) and Jake Blix (right) competed at the Skills Canada Provincial Competition in Abbotsford on April 15.

Two Caledonia Senior Secondary students competed in the Skills Canada provincial competition after placing well in the regional competition here.

Sam Christiansen earned an impressive third place (Bronze Medal) in welding after earning the right to compete when he placed first in a regional Skills Canada competition sponsored by Northwest Community College (NWCC), the Industry Training Authority and industry in January.

Jake Blix placed first at NWCC, which led to his invitation to demonstrate his carpentry skills at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford.

Both boys said it was a great experience and were amazed at the sheer size of the competition, depth of talent and myriad of trades opportunities available to students.

Both have fully embraced and excelled in their trades-training through the ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training) program – an opportunity to earn graduation credits, get a head start on an apprenticeship and a possible career while in high school.

The ACE-IT program is available to students in Grades 11 and 12 at NWCC or UA-PIC (Piping Industry College), housed in the newly formed Northwest Regional Training and Employment Centre. For more information go to http://www.itabc.ca/youth/educators.