Niagara College to host DSBN’s 26th Annual Technological Skills Challenge

Feb 26, 2024

On February 28, Niagara College (NC) will host 350 Niagara high school students as they compete across many different disciplines in the District School Board of Niagara’s (DSBN) 26th annual Technological Skills Challenge.

Students from 16 DSBN secondary schools will compete in 30 challenges at both the Welland Campus and the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Challenges will demonstrate students’ skills in everything from precision machining to floristry and 2D character animation to carpentry, culinary arts, plumbing, robotics, welding and more.

By participating in the challenges, students have the opportunity to explore careers in the skilled trades and technologies by completing industry-related projects, using industry-standard equipment and adhering to industry regulations. Challenges will be judged by industry mentors who will provide students with valuable feedback and the opportunity to make industry contacts.

DSBN students are well prepared for the competition as there is ample opportunity for students to find their niche in the skilled trades and technologies at DSBN. Education, preparation and training for these challenges happens during the school year through the numerous technology classes students can take in high school. Many of the students involved are Specialist High Skill Major (SHSM) students and Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) participants.

NC staff and faculty from the schools of Trades, Technology, Media, Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism, and Environment and Horticulture, as well as the Career Services department, will work alongside the DSBN to help administer the challenges and give students a taste of real, hands-on experience in their chosen fields, further preparing them for successful careers in the skilled trades.

“Niagara College has been hosting the Technological Skills Challenge in partnership with the DSBN for nearly 10 years to provide high school students with an opportunity to further explore their interests in the skilled trades,” said Leo Tiberi, NC’s Dean, Media, Trades and Technology. “The competition helps students develop their skills through hands-on challenges supported by our faculty, who hope to inspire these students to become the next generation of skilled workers.”

“DSBN students have been working with our highly skilled technology teachers, and now have the opportunity during these Challenges to enhance and build on their skills," said Roy Smith, DSBN Technology and SHSM Consultant. "Students can apply problem solving techniques, leadership abilities, and creative ideas to real-world applications on their way to successful careers in the skilled trades."

Gold medalists from the DSBN Skills Challenge will advance to the Skills Ontario Competition (SOC) which will be held May 6th and 7th at the Toronto Congress Centre. Gold medalists at the SOC will become part of Team Ontario and will have the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), held this year in Quebec City during the last week of May.

Media interested in attending the Skills Challenge are asked to contact Elyse Howarth, Communications Consultant at to arrange a time and location.

Niagara College has a full-time enrolment of more than 11,000 students from over 95 countries, who study in 130 diploma, certificate and bachelor degree programs at specialized campuses in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara College is also involved in educational projects and partnerships around the world and is consistently ranked among Canada’s top 10 colleges for research funding. Learn more at

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is the largest public school board in Niagara. The DSBN serves over 43,000 elementary and secondary students across the Niagara region. The DSBN is committed to ensuring all students have the individual support and encouragement they need to become successful in school. For more information, visit


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Elyse Howarth
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