College Students Students Put Their SKILLS to the Test

April 8, 2013
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario – Team carpentry, hairstyling, welding, and journalism are just a few of the 15 skilled trades and technology events that students will compete in during the SKILLS Competition at St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.

This exciting partnership between the Upper Canada District School Board, the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Conseils des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario, Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien and St. Lawrence College continues to grow with more than 240 students showcasing the skills and talents applied in experiential education at the secondary level.

The focus of the competition is to provide a public forum that highlights the skills and knowledge students have gained in their particular field of interest. The annual competition is an excellent opportunity for students to demonstrate their talent and creativity putting all of their skills to the test against peers and the current industry standards. Students are given specific tasks to perform, or scenarios to complete, within a predetermined time frame that will be judged by industry specialists.

This year, competitors in the Aviation event will get to compete in a flight simulator thanks to Cornwall Aviation (Cornwall Regional Airport). The remainder of the events will occur at St. Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus, located at 2 St. Lawrence Drive (formerly Belmont St.).

Competition winners will have the opportunity to advance to the Regional competition held at St. Lawrence College’s Kingston campus on April 20, as well as the Provincial competition in Kitchener-Waterloo in May.

About St. Lawrence College

Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. The SLC college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. It also serves more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research and the revitalization of its campuses.

87.9 % of the College’s recent graduates found work within six months of graduation, according to the latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data. St. Lawrence College received straight A’s in all other KPIs:

Employer Satisfaction: 92.3%
Graduate Satisfaction: 81.3%
Student Satisfaction: 81.1%

You can find out more informaton on the St. Lawrence College website:

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