Sherwood Park, AB. — Joshua Hoffmann discovered his love for computer networking and problem solving in Grade 10 after studying IT Essentials at Bev Facey Community High. Fast forward 20 months, that passion has paid off and led him to a second-place finish at the 2017 Provincial Skills Canada Competition (PSCC). “The competition was tough,” says Hoffmann. “It was challenging but I also learned a lot."

Hoffmann, Grade 11, along with 10 other students from Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) recently competed in this year’s PSCC—Alberta’s largest trade and technology career show—on May 10-11. Over the course of two days, students were tasked with completing a challenge relevant to their respective trade. All completed projects had to meet industry standards and were then judged by a panel of experts. Despite fierce levels of competition, Hoffmann made it to the podium taking home the silver in the IT Network Systems category.

“Joshua has put an incredible amount of effort into his studies to qualify for this competition,” says Michelle Killoran, a teacher at Bev Facey Community High who works with Skills Canada students. “What he has managed to accomplish is tremendous. He’s extremely talented and it’s wonderful to see that dedication be recognized at such a high level.”

Approximately 500 high school students from across Alberta competed in this year’s PSCC. The competition featured more than 30 unique events ranging from robotics to auto services to graphic design to baking. Students who placed first in their respective categories will now represent Team Alberta at the 2017 Skills National Competition in Winnipeg next month.

Other EIPS students who competed in the 2017 PSCC include:

Andrik Jacobsen; Cabinet Making; Bev Facey Community High
Dryden Bezovie; Cabinet Making; Vegreville Composite High
Dalton Zwarich; Carpentry; Vegreville Composite High
K’Asia Baskerville; Hairstyling: Intermediate; Bev Facey Community High
Sierra Spencer; Hairstyling: Senior; Bev Facey Community High
Kirstyn Sklar; Hairstyling: Senior; Bev Facey Community High
Allen Cawthorne; IT Networks Systems; Bev Facey Community High
Cassandra Gray; Joinery; Bev Facey Community High
James Glasman; Outdoor Power & Rec. Equipment; Bev Facey Community High
Linda Moebes; Photography; Bev Facey Community High

“The passion and talent on display by our EIPS students at the competition was impressive to say the least,” says Joseph Clark, the director of Learning Services at EIPS. “I think I speak for all of us from EIPS when I say we felt like proud parents. Our students demonstrated an incredible level of talent, knowledge and skill.”

Launched in 1994, Alberta’s PSCC is a national competition hosted annually by Skills Canada and Skills Canada Alberta (SCA). Its goal: to better equip youth with the knowledge and skills needed to advance the trade and technical sectors and to showcase career opportunities in both fields. For the complete list of results from this year’s PSCC visit


EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,100 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties, and the western portion of the County of Minburn.


For more information contact:
Joseph Clark, Learning Services, EIPS 780-417-8173
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902