Twenty-one Assiniboine students win medals at Skills Manitoba competition | Assiniboine Community College
Narrow results:
Twenty-one Assiniboine students win medals at Skills Manitoba competition

Twenty-one Assiniboine students win medals at Skills Manitoba competition

Written On: 12 April, 2019
Category: Academic Awards Learn By Doing Trades
Related programs:  Carpentry and Woodworking Culinary Arts

Twenty-one Assiniboine Community College students won gold, silver or bronze medals yesterday at the 22nd annual Skills Manitoba competition, held at Red River College’s Notre Dame and Roblin Centre campuses in Winnipeg.

Assiniboine students swept all three medals in 3D Digital Game Art. Left to right, David Bachewich won silver, Kelsey Henningsen won gold and Sean Casselman won bronze. Derek Ford, far right, is their instructor. 

Assiniboine students swept all three medals in four of the competitions: 3D Digital Game Art; IT Network Systems Administration; Website Design and Development; and IT Office Software Applications.

Assiniboine students won gold for the first time in two competitions: Carpentry and Electrical Installation. 

“It means a lot to me to win first place in the post-secondary carpentry competition. All the instructors at Assiniboine are the best you can find from any college in Manitoba. They really know their stuff and make sure you can use the skills you learn in school to solve problems in the real world. It's quite the honour being the first Assiniboine student to win in carpentry,” said Levi Ferguson, a Carpenter Apprenticeship student.

“Assiniboine is very proud of all the students who competed and the coaches who mentored them! The fantastic results are a clear demonstration of our ‘Learn by Doing’ philosophy,” said Kate Pelletier, Dean of Trades and Access, Community Programs Division.

Thirty-seven students from 13 skilled trades and technology programs competed this year, winning a total of seven gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. 

Featured photo: Levi Ferguson, a Carpenter Apprenticeship student, won a gold medal in Carpentry at the Skills Manitoba competition yesterday.

Competition

Student

Hometown

Medal

Coach

3D Digital Game Art

Kelsey Henningsen

Regina

Gold

Derek Ford

IT Network Systems Administration

Robert Black

Minitonas

Gold

Dean Johnson

IT Office Software Applications

Tulsa Labonté

Morden

Gold

Cheryl Little

Web Design & Development

Shelby Mymko

Winnipeg

Gold 

Sean Taylor

Carpentry

Levi Ferguson

Brandon

Gold

Josh Church

Electrical Installation

James Shaw

Russell

Gold

Keith Campbell

Precision Machining

Hayden Kaastra

Wawanesa

Gold

Lance Seib

 

3D Digital Game Art

David Bachewich

Brandon

Silver

Derek Ford

IT Network Systems Administration

James Epp

Brandon

Silver

Dean Johnson

IT Office Software Applications

Chantelle Kennedy

Wawanesa

Silver

Patti-Jo Burt

Web Design & Development

Seth Gregorash

Minnedosa

Silver

Sean Taylor 

Electrical Installation

Daniel Bates

Kemnay

Silver

Keith Campbell

Welding

Aaron Frohwerk

Neepawa

Silver

Jim McGhie

Heavy Equipment Service

Jordan Rodger

Winnipeg

Silver 

Kyle McDonald

 

3D Digital Game Art

Sean Casselman

Brandon

Bronze

Derek Ford

Graphic Design

Taylor McArthur

Rapid City

Bronze

Malena Gonzalez

IT Network Systems Administration

Braden Davis

Deloraine

Bronze

Dean Johnson

IT Office Software Applications

Jerrick Haywood

Brandon

Bronze

Patti-Jo Burt

Web Design & Development

David Todd

Brandon

Bronze

Sean Taylor

Plumbing

Justin Will

Brandon

Bronze

Kris Rainville

Precision Machining

Evan Eikanger

Brandon

Bronze

Lance Seib 

Skills Manitoba is an annual one-day event that provides more than 500 secondary, post-secondary and apprenticeship students from across Manitoba the opportunity to showcase their talents in 43 different time-limited, hands-on competitions. 

The philosophy behind the competition is to reward students, involve industry and to keep training relevant to employers’ needs. Competitions are designed and judged by industry professionals and educators.

The Skills Competitions also raise awareness about Canada's shortage of skilled trades workers. Major industry associations expect a moderate to severe shortage of workers within the next five yearsThey also help raise awareness amongstudents, educators and parents about the advantages of post-secondary training in trades and technology, including good pay, job security and flexibility. 

Gold medal winners will have the opportunity to join Team Manitoba in Halifax to compete at the 25th annual Skills Canada National Competition from May 27 to 30. This multi-trade and technology competition brings together more than 500 students and apprentices from across the country to participate in more than 40 competitions.