Friendly competition at Burlington school sharpens skills of Halton students

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Published March 23, 2023 at 9:33 am

Students from Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills are set compete in a friendly competition to hone their skills.

For the first time since the pandemic, the 31st annual Halton Skills Competition (secondary panel) returns in-person on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at M.M. Robinson High School in Burlington.

Some 150 Grade 9-12 Halton District School Board (HDSB) students will compete in a variety of skills including 2D Character Animation, Baking, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Coding, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Electronics, Graphic Design, Hairstyling, Horticulture and Landscape, Photography, Precision Machining, TV & Video Production and Welding.

“This unique Halton event is an amazing opportunity for students to become truly engaged in learning through technological education programs,” says Wade Richardson, OYAP and Pathways lead with the Halton District School Board. “Technological education is at the forefront of preparing our students for the careers of the future.

“Through the hard work and dedication of many teachers, the Halton Skills Competitions helps students hone their skills and compete in a friendly environment.”

Representatives from the community, business, industry and education sectors will also be profiled during the day in a career showcase.

“For student participants to see the tremendous industry and corporate support of their educational path, and the many educational and career opportunities available in post-secondary, is highly encouraging and motivating,” Richardson says.

The Halton competition runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is followed by a dinner celebration at 4 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

Competition winners will go on to represent the HDSB at the Ontario Skills Competition in Toronto on May 6-8.

Those who qualify will move on to the Skills Canada National Competition.

M.M. Robinson is located at 2425 Upper Middle Rd.

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