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Local NSCC student wins silver in carpentry competition

Kevin MacIntosh congratulates student Jacob Prest on finishing with silver at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition earlier this month.
Kevin MacIntosh congratulates student Jacob Prest on finishing with silver at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition earlier this month.

A local student has represented Pictou County well at a provincial competition.  

Jacob Prest, a student at the Nova Scotia Community College Pictou Campus in Stellarton, took home silver in the carpentry division of the 2017 Nova Scotia Skills Competition.

Prest said it was a great opportunity for everyone from all the schools across the province to get together.

“Competition always makes for a good atmosphere,” he said.

He was tasked with building a 4X8ft building with 4.5 foot walls. It involved cutting rafters and framing in a window as well. They were given just six hours to complete the project.

“There was only two of us that completed the full build,” he said.

He attributes his success to skills he learned at the Nova Scotia Community College in Stellarton. He said because they have smaller class sizes, it allows for a lot more opportunities and in-depth work.

One of his instructors, Kevin MacIntosh, said they were very proud of him.

“He’s a hugely well-rounded student,” MacIntosh said. “He thinks on his feet. We’re very proud of him.”

He said Prest came to the program with some strong skills already and has built on it during his time at the school.

“He’s definitely one of our stars,” MacIntosh said.

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