The District Faculty Board of Niagara (DSBN) celebrated the expertise of scholars enrolled in its technological training programs, in addition to these within the Specialist Excessive Expertise Main (SHSM) and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, with its annual Know-how Expertise Problem which ran March 1 via 12.
The Voice spoke with DSBN expertise consultants Roy Smith and Jill Russell relating to the competitors, involving all 17 of DSBN’s secondary faculties. The occasion is in its twenty third yr, however this was the primary time it was offered and judged nearly, as a result of pandemic. Usually, the occasion is featured on Niagara School’s campuses.
“Occasions are being evaluated in numerous methods this yr,” mentioned Russell. “Some are being judged through Zoom videoconferencing, and others through digital file submission. In some classes, entries are judged by academics within the classroom, after which these recordsdata are despatched to different professionals.”
There have been 21 totally different problem classes. Some —hairstyling, precision machining, carpentry, welding, electrical wiring, and culinary arts, for instance— have been trades-based, whereas others— video manufacturing and images, graphic design, pc coding, architectural CAD (computer-assisted design), and robotics —have been tech-based.
Gold, silver, and bronze medals have been awarded in every class, with winners advancing to provincial competitors, which can be being carried out nearly this yr, from April 22 to Could 7.
Smith mentioned that a lot of occasion companions, comparable to Rona and the Niagara Industrial Affiliation, donated supplies and agreed to function judges.
“Lots of our competing college students are enrolled in our DSBN technology lessons, and have accomplished co-op placements in these areas for further expertise outdoors the classroom,” mentioned Smith, including that Niagara School gives $1,000 scholarships for college students who’re SHSM graduates getting into considered one of their tech packages.
Russell and Smith each underscored the million-dollar funding that the DSBN has revamped the previous two years in assist of skilled-trade packages, which they mentioned has allowed the acquisition of industry-standard gear and software program for college students to coach on, the identical gear that they might be utilizing within the office.
“All of it helps our college students put together for his or her future careers,” mentioned Smith, who famous that success within the annual Know-how Expertise Problem is intently noticed by many employers, who acknowledge the scholars’ abilities and potential.
For Mackenna Belding of Fonthill, an E.L. Crossley Grade 11 scholar and floristry occasion competitor, flowers are a household affair.
“My aunt and uncle used to personal a perennial farm, so that they at all times had flowers that I used to be in a position to decide, and I’d make preparations with them. And my dad is a horticulture trainer at E.L. Crossley, so he was an affect. Gardens have simply at all times been a part of my life.”
Belding mentioned that she needs to check elementary faculty concurrent training at college, and has narrowed her selections to Brock, Queen’s, and Nipissing.
Natalie Anderson, in Grade 11 at Crossley, additionally had an entry within the floristry competitors.
“We have been judged partially on symmetrical association, so I used to be attempting to think about stability and depth by creating totally different layers with the flowers and greenery. I labored on creating a focus and totally different creative types,” she mentioned.
Though she mentioned she has restricted gardening expertise, Anderson thought-about the competitors a worthwhile endeavour. “Crossley’s horticulture trainer, Mr. Belding, demonstrated some strategies, and I did some on-line analysis previous to the competitors,” she mentioned.
Anderson is considering a mix of visible artwork and organic sciences for her college research.
“Combining the creative visible attraction of flower preparations, together with working with vegetation….that’s actually thrilling for me. It’s type of a mix of my passions.”