Monthly Archive for September, 2009

Our Grads keep it growing


Agriculture is still a major player in the sourthern Alberta economy. Several of our Agricultural Technology alum are leaders who keep it green and growing.

Partners in the field

Growing Green

Lethbridge College has expanded its network of partnerships in the Agriculture field in Southern Alberta.

Tracy Edwards tours Russia

Tracy Edwards

Lethbridge College President Tracy Edwards received an invitation from Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and the Asia-Pacific Gateway, to join a Federal Trade Mission to Russia in advance of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Read as she blogged about her journey.

Photo contest

Rosanne Fortier

View a few our favourite shots! Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo.

Don’t forget to send us your best ‘life in residence stories and photos’ by Nov. 1 to

Computerizing carp

Penny Takahashi (Renewable Resource Management ’03) doesn’t speak much “computer.” And at the time she met them, the five students from Lethbridge College’s Computer Information Technology (CIT) program didn’t know a word of “fish.” But Takahashi, fisheries technician at the college’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE), and the five second-year students – Gary Schenk, Walter […]

College expertise goes Olympic

In roughly five months, when the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games open, among the most intent observers will be members of the delegation from Sochi, a relatively small Russian city on the shore of the Black Sea, chosen as host of the 2014 games. They will come to glean as much information as they can to […]

College compass helps navigate change

When the local economy took a downturn, Lethbridge College responded with a free employment-readiness course for the community. Here, two participants share their experience. Darcey weathers storm Darcey Trowbridge isn’t letting the recession get the best of him. Thanks to Lethbridge College’s Charting Career Change course offered last spring, the 45-year-old found the strength to […]

Chalk talk: Kodiaks smarten up

When basketball players at Lethbridge College finish hitting three-pointers, they, like all Kodiaks athletes, hit the books. Every Monday, regardless of their sport or their academic standing, some 120 young stars – and often, their coaches – can be found together in a study hall working on their courses. The goal, says Athletics Director Mark […]

Cellmates: Duo tracks big cat DNA

Tamara Hariz and Jennifer Bourk are tracking cougars. Although they can see a broad swath of cougar terrain from the west-facing, fourth-floor windows of their lab in the Cousins Science Centre at Lethbridge College, they seldom get a chance to enjoy the view. Instead, the two research students are hunting their prey with the tools […]

Aquaculture, Ag and DNA

Innovation and research are taking Lethbridge College to interesting places of late, realms of fang and fin, of DNA, of computer wizardry and the world’s oldest profession. We’ve got cougars in the Cousins Science Centre, fish in computer labs and all manner of growth in agriculture technology. Teaching is a phenomenal experience, knowing you’re helping […]

All ages yearning to learn

They come to Lethbridge from around the globe, intelligent, industrious, aspiring. Many speak more than one language, a testament to their intuitive ability to learn. They want and need to add English to their repertoire. Lethbridge College’s Youth In Transition (YIT) program, funded by provincial and federal governments, is helping immigrants aged 16 to 24 […]

Nine lives: Dave helps these felines live them all

Dave Haight doesn’t much mind being surrounded by 22 cougars in an enclosed space at Lethbridge College. After all, they’re frozen solid at -20C and, to be fair, Dave doesn’t appear all that appetizing anyway. Haight, Cousins Science Centre lab coordinator, is in the process of giving the deceased predators new leases on life: their […]

Growing Green

Did you eat today? If so, thank the growing industry of agriculture. From the Fertile Crescent in 10,000 BC to the Palliser Triangle AD 2009, someone, somewhere, somehow has been tilling the soil or tending the herd, practising the science of producing food to feed themselves and others. That industry is alive and well. It […]

English Language Centre: Our window to the world

As a student of Slavic languages, Philip Harttrup had a desire, while at the University of Toronto, to read Russian literature in its original tongue. He managed it, but admits he found more war than peace in the effort. Today, Harttrup, director of Lethbridge College’s English Language Centre, is marshaling forces to take on the […]

World wind romance

From its humble beginnings in Pincher Creek to recent national recognition, Lethbridge College’s Wind Turbine Technician program is poised to become an international wind-energy academy. Overcoming Canada’s dependency on petroleum has become a towering challenge, one in which Lethbridge College has become a central player in the last four years. Since it set up its […]

Where are they now?

Yvette Deleff (nee Dyke)- Nursing, 1988 Since graduation Yvette has focused on geriatric nursing, moving to Grand Prairie in 1988 until 1989 when she moved to Sarcee, Carewest Long Term Care in Calgary. She moved to the Northwest Territories in 2000 working at Aven Manor in Yellowknife as Resident Care Leader until 2004. Yvette then […]

Tiffin lesson: Succession needs a plan

Barrie Broughton has seen it happen more than once. An Alberta farmer, about to harvest his retirement years, decides to leave his farm to a child. After all, what could be more natural: the son or daughter inherits a business the father has grown diligently all his life, and keeps the family line intact. It’s […]

Surveying her future

Lydia Penner (Geomatics Engineering Technology 2008) heads a survey crew for Altus Geomatics in Grande Prairie. Within a year of graduation, she had already volunteered for a project in Ethiopia with Engineering Ministries International, on a project to build an orphanage. I grew up on a farm in the Goodwin area, one-half hour east of […]

RCGA chips in for golf program

When the last putt had dropped at the 2008 Canadian Amateur Golf Championship at Paradise Canyon, Darrell Ell and his organizing committee began looking for a way to create an event legacy. They had surprised their own expectations by realizing a profit of $30,000 and, with the Royal Canadian Golf Association’s blessing, decided to invest […]

Q & A with Disney’s latest flash

Johannes Tacskovics is a senior Flash developer, a job title that might pique interest among readers, or might not, depending on your familiarity with the technology. But add to his title “for Disney,” and it’s difficult to not be curious as to how a Lethbridge College Multimedia Production (2000) grad from Fort Macleod wound up in […]

Perspectives: What is your perspective on wind energy?

Greg Weadick- MLA, Lethbridge West On behalf of Premier Ed Stelmach and the government of Alberta, I’m proud to congratulate Lethbridge College for the unprecedented success of its Wind Turbine Technician program and its overall focus on the role wind energy will play here at home and around the world. The program is tangible proof […]

Memory nurtures students

When Bill Harrison, popular Lethbridge College instructor and public school guidance counselor, passed away suddenly – and much too young – in 1986, his wife Elaine (pictured left) figured she knew how best to preserve his memory. “He was so interested in students,” she says during an interview in her south Lethbridge home. “They were […]

Mean streets are Saskia’s avenue

Downtown Vancouver is more than mere miles away from Saskia Schopman’s hometown of Vauxhall. During the last seven years working with at-risk youth, Schopman has peered into the alleys of drug abuse, prostitution and homelessness. From rural roads to busy streets, this small-town girl is helping kids trade in their needles for new beginnings, a […]

Four strong winds find the power

Lethbridge College has joined forces with the Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership to promote wind energy. SAAEP is an initiative of three economic development organizations seeking to harness readily available resources to promote the production and manufacturing of wind energy, bio energy and solar energy. Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL), South Grow Regional Initiative and the […]