SYDNEY MINES — Memorial Composite High School is one of two high schools in the province that received 27 power tools donated by DeWALT, valued at approximately $9,000.
“Tools are always in need of replacement and updates,” said Ken Collier, Memorial Composite High School’s vocational department head. “This addition will give our students great tools to work with in our respective vocational programs.”
Skills Canada-Nova Scotia secured a new gold level partnership with Stanley Black & Decker Canada, making DeWALT the official tool provider of the Nova Scotia Skills Competition.
High schools with a registered competitor in this years Skills Canada-Nova Scotia competition had the opportunity to submitted an application to SCNS to be considered for the first-ever Skills Canada-Nova Scotia and DeWALT Tool Enhancement Program.
Memorial’s vocational students have been competing in the skills competition for 14 years.
“During that time our students have won numerous provincial medals and national medals as well in the various programs,” Collier said.
Skills Canada-Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that promotes skilled trades and technologies to Nova Scotian youth through a variety of programs and events. Visit www.skillsns.ca for more information.
Each year Skills Canada-Nova Scotia holds the Nova Scotia Skills competition, an Olympic-style event with competitions held provincewide in over 40 skilled trade and technology contest areas. Participating youth have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and gain recognition from industry leasers.
For the next three years Nova Scotia high schools will have the opportunity to apply for this program.
“These tools will be used all through the vocational programs, whether it is plumbing, carpentry or the tech ed courses,” Collier said. “We were fortunate to win these tools will shared wherever they are needed and will help students train for the skills competition or better their skills toward their chosen profession.”
Memorial received the tools during the provincial skills competition in Port Hawkesbury.