Banner raising honours RDC apprenticeship students' successes at Skills Canada competitions

Date posted: 
Thu, 11/01/2018
Trades Banner Raising_Nov 1,2018

Student success was celebrated at Red Deer College today when seven apprenticeship students were honoured for their achievements at Skills Canada competitions in 2018. At the banner raising event, the students were joined by their coaches, employers, College leaders and Skills Canada representatives who have all supported the students along their journeys.

“Supporting our students and encouraging their learning and development is both the motivation and the reward for what we do every day,” says Joel Gingrich, Dean of RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies. “Students who participate in Skills Canada competitions have a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and expertise beyond their program learning as they prepare for and compete in competitions. It’s a rewarding experience for the students and their coaches, and we are so proud of all of our apprenticeship students who dedicate their time and effort to these provincial and national events.”

Chris Browton, Executive Director of Skills Canada Alberta, shares the importance of providing a platform for apprenticeship students to showcase their skills. “We want to provide opportunities for students to learn, while also demonstrating their excellence in trades and technologies,” he says. “Our competitions provide the venue for apprentices to compete at the highest level, while also developing a range of skills and making connections that will benefit them in their futures. This helps to raise the profile and open everyone’s eyes to the potential for skilled apprentices.”

Of the RDC seven students who were honoured at the banner raising, three will be vying for spots on Team Canada, looking for a chance to represent our nation at WorldSkills 2019 in Russia. Eric Koster, Electrical Installations, and Justin Meldrum, Welder, each earned gold at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition. Taylor McCallum, Plumbing, will be joining them at the WorldSkills Team Canada Selection event in Halifax in 2019, after being named one of the top two age-eligible (22 and under) competitors at Nationals.  

In addition to the current students’ successes, RDC has a strong history at Skills Canada competitions. The banner raising event also acknowledged 41 alumni who have received medals at Provincial and National Skills Canada events since 2008.  

“Our apprenticeship students stand out at Skills Canada competitions because of their knowledge, skills and innovative approaches to problem-solving,” says Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO. “Apprenticeship programs have always been an important part of Red Deer College. As we plan for our new future as a comprehensive regional teaching university, we will maintain our diverse range of programs, including apprenticeships, so we can continue to offer students a variety of pathways to productive and rewarding careers.”

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About RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies: At RDC’s banner raising event on November 1, the following apprenticeship students were recognized for their success at the 2018 Skills Canada Alberta Provincial Competition:

Gold medalists:

  • Taylor McCallum, Plumbing
  • Tom Friesen, Sprinkler Systems
  • Eric Koster, Electrical Installations – also the Gold Medalist at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition
  • Justin Meldrum, Welding –also the Gold Medalist at the 2018 Skills Canada National Competition

Silver medalists:

  • Philemon Germaine, Electrical Installations
  • Duston Mickle, Sprinkler Systems

Bronze medalist:

  • Josiah Pilon, Carpentry

The School of Trades and Technologies offers students with apprenticeship programs in 15 trades, and the School also offers three two-year Diploma programs: Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Instrumentation Engineering Technology.


For additional information contact:
Shelley Newman    
Communications Strategist – Corporate   

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate