In 2009 Drumheller Valley Secondary School received tens of thousands of dollars worth of new equipment after the WorldSkills Competition for vocational skills was held in Calgary.
 
This year the Skills Canada National Competition will be held in Edmonton the first week in June and the Career and Technologies Studies Department at the school will benefit.
 
The Drumheller junior-senior high school is one of a handful of schools in Alberta selected to receive a tool package from Stanley Black & Decker, which is one of the official sponsors of the national competition.
 
"The grant was brought to my attention by Mrs. Green in the office; her son, Daniel Green, suggested that we apply for it," explained teacher Dawn Sullivan, who teaches junior high shop. "They award five schools every year the package that is valued at up to $12,000 in Stanley and Black & Decker and DeWalt tools."
 
The tools will be left over from this year's competition and so, will be all but brand new.
 
"I have 60 students a day in the shop both semesters and the high school construction (class) could have anywhere between an additional 20 to 40 students a day, so our tools are pretty much used every day, every period," noted Sullivan.
 
She isn't sure exactly what DVSS will be getting, but the possibilities include mitre saws, scroll saws, cordless power tools and hand tools.
 
"I won't really know until I get there; there will be two pallets worth of tools," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "Now we just have to figure out how we're going to get them from Edmonton to our school."

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