RDC students sweep skills awards

  • May. 22, 2013 3:26 p.m.

Red Deer College Carpentry students took home the gold, silver and bronze at the 2013 Provincial Skills Canada Competition for Post-Secondary students.

The two-day competition took place in Edmonton and winners were announced at the closing ceremonies May 16 with the results show streaming live on the Internet.

The annual competition brings together the best and brightest high school and post-secondary students from across the province to compete in trade and technical events. Each student, or team of students, specializes in a single event area and completes a project that has been designed by experts in that field.

RDC’s Scott Pylypow, who is currently apprenticing for Vleeming Construction, took home the top Carpentry prize.

Fellow RDC students Jonathan Allers, apprenticing with Top of the Hill Construction of Red Deer, was second and RDC’s Tyler Stagg, apprenticing with Staggs Renovations and Glass Ltd, was third.

“This is unprecedented for RDC and we’re so proud of all our students and faculty who are involved in Skills,” says Patricia Rokosh, dean of trades and manufacturing technologies at Red Deer College.

“The event is a showcase for trades and technologies and RDC is proud of our role in training Alberta’s skilled workforce. I encourage young people to get involved in Skills because it’s an amazing experience.”

When the dust settled, five out of nine RDC competitors took home medals.

Chris Badry, who currently apprentices for Schendel Mechanical Contracting, won silver in Plumbing and Scott Compton, who apprentices with Mission Electric Systems, brought home the bronze medal in Electrical Installations.

Ricky Van Wijk, Chris Rodgers and Stacey Guthro represented RDC in Heavy Equipment Service, Auto Service and Culinary Arts, respectively.

Post-Secondary students are selected to compete each year by Skills Canada Alberta, Apprenticeship and Industry Training or their Technical Institute.

The top student in each competition category will go on to represent Team Alberta at the 19th Annual Skills Canada National Competition held in Vancouver from June 5-8.