Photo: Logan Shubin proudly displays his welding medal.
L.V.Rogers student Logan Shubin is brazing a trail toward national recognition for his welding talent.
Shubin won first place at the Skills Canada Kootenay regional secondary school welding competition in Cranbrook, a gold medal in the Skills Canada B.C. competition in Abbotsford and now qualifies to advance to the Skills Canada National Competition in Quebec City from June 1-4, 2011.
“I’m kind of shocked,” says Shubin. “I never expected to make the nationals.”
Shubin is currently enrolled in the Transitions to Trades (Welding) program offered through Selkirk College, which is part of the Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training program (ACE-IT). Through ACE-IT, students interested in pursuing a career in a trade can earn post-secondary credits in that trade before they complete high school, without the full cost of tuition fees.
ACE-IT Coordinator, Larry Veregin, is excited about Shubin’s success and what the ACE-IT program is doing for high school students. “Logan is a strong-minded individual—he knew what he wanted to do and what career path he wanted to take. The ACE-IT program enabled him to get a head start on all of that.”
Shubin added, “I like everything about metal—from building structures to smaller functional objects. I’d like to get my full journeyman ticket for welding in the future and this just helps me along.”
Started in 1994, the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) remains is the only national, Olympic-style, multi-trade and technology competition for young students and apprentices in the country. Every year, the event brings together approximately 500 young people from all regions of Canada, along with their parents and advisors, to compete in over 40 trade and technology areas.
The Skills Canada National Competition rates students’ skills and abilities in reading plans, interpreting welding symbols and in their mastery of the main welding processes used in today’s industry. The contest is spread over two days for six hours a day.
Much of the costs associated with ACE-IT and other Transitions programs are covered by the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT). Students can choose from a wide range of trades, technology and academic programs at Selkirk College and have access to this financial support.
First published on May 11, 2011