Two Niagara College students win medals in skills competition

Jake Boekestyn, right, who is graduating as a welding technician this spring, won bronze in the national Skills Canada competition.
  • Matt Mackie, left, who is graduating from Niagara College's game development program this spring, placed second in the 3D digital game competition at the Skills Canada National Competition in Vancouver.

Two students from Niagara College came away from the national Skills Canada competition with medals.

Matt Mackie, from Grimsby, who is set to graduate from the college’s game development program later this month, won silver in the 3D Digital Game Art competition.

Jake Boekestyn of Niagara-on-the-Lake, who is enrolled in the college’s welding technician program, won bronze in the welding contest at the competition held in Vancouver May 25-28.

The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) is the only national multi-trades and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. This year, 350 students and apprentices from across Canada competed for the title of National Champion in over 45 skill areas. Each qualified for the SCNC after winning gold in their province or territory.

Mackie and Boekestyn both competed in the Team Canada WorldSkills selection category, which gave them the opportunity to earn a spot in the 2022 WorldSkills Competition.

“That our students put their skills to the test alongside the best students in Canada and finish in the top three speaks volumes,” said Vincent Van Schaik, Dean of the School of Media, Trades and Technology. .

“Seeing our students shine on the national stage is something we are very proud of. Their exemplary achievements show Canada that Niagara College students receive the best education from faculty and staff who are committed to seeing them succeed.

The National Skills Canada Competition is the only national multi-trades and technology event of its kind for young students and apprentices in the country. It aims to engage young Canadians and promote careers in the skilled trades and technologies.

Competitors are evaluated against strict industry standards and medals are awarded to the top three finishers in six skilled trades and technology sectors including: transportation, construction, manufacturing and engineering, information, services and employment.