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Lakeland students excel at Alberta Skills Competition

Three Lakeland College students were award winners at the 2017 Alberta Skills Competition at the Edmonton Expo Centre earlier this month.

  • Zenon Ostashewski, a 2nd period steamfitter-pipefitter apprentice, received a silver medal in the steamfitter/pipefitter competition.
  • Kaleb Bosch, a 4th year carpenter apprentice, won a bronze in carpentry
  • Derek Haggart, a 1st year apprentice in the automotive service technician trade, received the Safety Award after competing in the Auto Service competition.
Zenon Ostashewski at Alberta Skills
Ostashewski praised his Lakeland College teachers for their support and expertise during his apprenticeship technical training at the Vermilion campus, saying they heightened his skills heading into the competition.

“It was a good experience, especially to have been a part of this level of steamfitting. There were a lot of skillful competitors there, so I was surprised and honoured to have won a silver medal,” says Ostashewski. During the competition, Ostashewski was required to assemble, troubleshoot and repair piping systems.

Bosch, who had to build a children’s play structure, was happy with his bronze medal win.

“I am a fast worker and although I wasn’t judged on speed, I thought I did pretty well,” says Bosch. “My instructors were really great with allowing me to come in during my spare to time to work on projects and answer my questions, which I think gave me the preparation to perform as well as I did.”

It was the second Alberta Skills medal for Bosch, a silver medalist in carpentry at the 2016 competition.

Kaleb Bosch at Alberta SkillsIn many competitions, safety is one condition of vital importance that must not be sacrificed for the sake of expediency. For Haggart, safety means going home at the end of the day.

“I deal with a lot of stuff every day that could injure me and put me out of work. It is always good to focus on the things needed to keep yourself safe and get home,” says Haggart. Safety recognition during the competition includes being diligent in wearing personal protective equipment and handling power tools.

Haggart also commended Lakeland College and his instructors for giving him the skill set to compete at the provincial level. He finished 5th in his trade.

“If it wasn't for Lakeland College and my instructors, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to further my skills at such a high skilled competition,” he says. “I have also been hired on the spot, because Skills Canada is much respected.”

Haggart competed in the Lakeland Regional Skills Competition, an annual event for high school students at Lakeland’s Vermilion campus. He earned a bronze medal in auto service in 2015 and silver in 2016.

In total, six Lakeland College students participated in five categories of the provincial competition, including auto service, carpentry, heavy equipment service, steamfitter/pipefitter, and welding.

Skills Alberta, a division of Skills Canada, works to equip young minds with innovative, hands-on learning experiences that will help them to explore, develop, and refine their trade and technology skills.

Photos: Top - Zenon Ostashewski, is pictured at a work station before winning silver in the steamfitter/pipefitter competition at the 2017 Alberta Skills Competition. Bottom - Kaleb Bosch, a fourth year carpenter apprentice, won a bronze in carpentry. It was his second straight medal at Alberta Skills.

May 29, 2017
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