Nathan Bolton took the challenge and won.
The 17-year-old PGSS student created his own web page and took top prize in his category. Bolton competed Friday along with 15 other high school students from Prince George and Quesnel in the Skills Canada competition which included web design contest and carpentry competition. The event was hosted by CNC.
Students were also given the chance to check the out trades and technology programs offered at the college.
“We had to create a web page on a certain theme with pictures and text,” he explained. “We had five hours to put it all together and we weren’t allowed Internet access to help us out.”
To enter the competition, students had to be recommended by their high school. “PGSS did really well because I came in first for the web page design and another PGSS student placed second. There were a lot of talented people there but everyone did the project a little differently.”
What does he think impressed the judges most about his page?
“They gave us a lot of material to work with and I ended up using most of the text in my web page design. So I think they liked that.”
Where does he see his computer skills taking him.?
“Computers are becoming more and more a part of everyday life, so I expect to be using them no matter what I do (as a career.) That’s why computer literacy is so very important today. In the old days, you had to specialize to make a web page. Now there are tutorials and websites that show you how but the more advanced ones still need specific skills.”
There’s still room in the field for specialized professionals, Bolton said. His own interest in computers began when he was eight.
“I think you develop a mindset about it. A lot of it is trial and error,” he said. “My advice to people is to be curious, try it out and see what happens. More and more high schools are opening up with technology-based resources that can really help you get ahead.”
As a regional winner, Bolton will now move forward to the provincial competition in Abbotsford. Winners of the provincials go on to the national competition in May in Charlottetown. National winners will compete at the World Skills competition in Calgary in September.