Red Deer College Trades and Technology students took home two Gold and a Silver medal at the 21st Skills Canada National Competition this past weekend. The two day competition took place in Saskatoon at the end of May.

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) brings together the best and brightest students and apprentices in skilled trades and technologies from across the country. This year, over 500 young Canadians showcased their talent, reaching for gold by competing in over 40 disciplines across six industry sectors in front of a crowd of thousands.

SCNC is the only multi-trade and multi-technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country.  Competitors are evaluated by independent judges from a cross-section of sectors that demand a pool of skilled workers. The judges’ decisions are based on industry standards.

RDC students taking home Gold included:  Dustin Sejdl (Cabinet Making) and Calum Harbidge (Welding).  Dennis Borren took home Silver in Carpentry.

“This is truly an exceptional showing for RDC and we’re so proud our students for being recognized as among the nation’s best,” says Tony Appels, Dean of the RDC School of Trades and Technologies.  “The event is a showcase for trades and technologies and RDC is proud of our role in training Alberta’s skilled workforce.”

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) provides competitors with an opportunity to further develop their skills through hands-on competition with their peers, and the distinction of being named the nation’s best in their chosen field. The competition brings together representatives from industry, government and educators along with more than 5000 visiting students who take part in interactive Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities. The competition features skilled trades ranging from carpentry and mobile robotics to welding, aircraft maintenance and fashion design. Through these competitions, Skills Canada seeks to raise awareness about skilled trades and technology sectors to all Canadian youth and their influencers.

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Building on a strong 50 year history, RDC is proud to serve our learners and communities. Red Deer College offers more than 100 different programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs) to 7,000 full and part-time credit students and more than 18,000 learners in the School of Continuing Education. Named by Alberta Venturemagazine as one of Alberta’s most innovative organizations for the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, RDC is a key location for applied and industry-led research. Our main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. We have also expanded our learning and performing arts space into the heart of downtown Red Deer through our Welikoklad Event Centre and the Donald School of Business.