Two Cum­ber­land Cam­pus car­pen­try stu­dents cap­ture medals at com­pe­ti­tion

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - COVER STORY - BY CHRISTO­PHER GOOD­ING christo­pher.good­ing@amher­st­ Twit­ter: @ADNchris

Af­ter two years of ed­u­ca­tion they don’t just have the skills needed to build a tro­phy case, they have the hardware too.

Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege Cum­ber­land Cam­pus Springhill stu­dents Nick Ge­orge and Thomas Ad­shade, both sec­ond-year car­pen­try stu­dents ap­proach­ing grad­u­a­tion, at­tended Skills Canada’s Nova Sco­tia com­pe­ti­tion in Hal­i­fax - net­ting them­selves sec­ond and third-place hon­ours, re­spec­tively.

With a limited num­ber of reg­is­tra­tion va­can­cies, Ge­orge and Ad­shade qual­i­fied to rep­re­sent the Cum­ber­land Cam­pus, and en­ter­ing the con­test of­fered a re­al­world op­por­tu­nity to take what they’ve learned, strive for ex­cel­lence and do it on the clock.

“It was very fast,” Ad­shade, an Ox­ford res­i­dent, said.

“They don’t give you much time for what you got to do,” said Ge­orge, who calls Amherst home. “There’s not much time for look­ing up and fig­ur­ing out what’s go­ing on. You got to put your head down and get to it.”

“We went in and they gave us our plans and then we started build­ing at 8:30 a.m. We got to look them over right quick and then we had to go out and start build­ing,” Ad­shade said. “They had a lit­tle spot gated off, so we only had enough room to work with.”

The task at hand was a fourby-six chil­dren’s play shed. Be­tween mak­ing their cuts straight and true, Ad­shade and Ge­orge say they dug deep into one of the things at the fore­front of their car­pen­try pro­gram dur­ing both their first and sec­ond year of in­struc­tion.

“Safety was the main thing,” Ad­shade said. “You could lose points, like if you took your safety glasses off for even a sec­ond you would get docked points or if you went out­side of your gated area when mov­ing lum­ber, you would lose points.”

“I fo­cused a lot on the safety be­cause I knew it was a big part of the points, so I wanted to make sure I was get­ting them all,” Ge­orge said.

A steady flow of ob­servers dur­ing the day kept the two on their toes, but at the end of the day it was a fun chal­lenge. Now the two will grad­u­ate from their pro­gram with an op­por­tu­nity to say they have stand­out skills and a con­fi­dence boost for when they en­ter the work force.

“I’m in the ap­pren­tice pro­gram, so I would like to get my Red Seal,” Ge­orge said. “I want to go all the way with car­pen­try. I en­joy it.”

“I want to go Red Seal with it. I kind of like the fin­ish-work side of (car­pen­try) but I also like fram­ing, and pretty much ev­ery­thing,” Ad­shade said.

With fam­ily so close, both say they wold en­joy find­ing work lo­cally af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Skills Canada Nova Sco­tia’s web­site, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence to over 2,000 stu­dents an­nu­ally. Af­fil­i­ated na­tion­ally with Skills Canada and World Skills In­ter­na­tional, their sig­na­ture event is the an­nual Nova Sco­tia Skills Com­pe­ti­tion. To learn more visit www.skill­


Thomas Ad­shade and Nick Ge­orge landed in the top-three for car­pen­try in the Nova Sco­tia Skills Com­pe­ti­tion.

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