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First in Canada: College signs AGCO agreement

Lethbridge College is the first postsecondary institute in Canada to sign an AGCO Advantage Partnership agreement with AGCO Corporation and Hanlon Ag Centre Ltd. The multi-faceted, non-exclusive partnership was signed in January and announced in March. AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of agricultural equipment. The AGCO Advantage was developed in the United States and is currently implemented at eight different colleges in the U.S. and, as of this year, at Lethbridge College in Canada. The partnership includes support of the program by AGCO Corporation providing components used as training aids at no cost to the college’s Ag and Heavy Equipment apprenticeship and certificate programs. AGCO will also provide factory training for the instructors and training materials associated with current AGCO products, giving students the opportunity to learn about the state-of-the-art technologies used on AGCO equipment. The partnership was first suggested by Lethbridge-based Hanlon Ag Centre Ltd., an AGCO dealer and longtime partner of Lethbridge College. The partnership highlights the strength of Lethbridge College’s apprenticeship and training programs as well as its agricultural programming. AGCO’s commitment now allows the college to offer all four years of Ag Equipment apprenticeship training in a cost effective manner. The partnership highlights the flexibility now available in the brand new trades facility, which houses the Crooks School of Transportation.

Gift of $75,000 will create Randy Jespersen Classroom

A very special gift was announced at the Board of Governors holiday reception – $75,000 to establish a classroom in the new trades and technologies facility in honour of board chair Randy Jespersen (Business Administration 1973). The gift, which will be used to create the Randy Jespersen Classroom, was made by Jespersen’s brother, Kent Jespersen, to recognize his brother’s pursuit of excellence and leadership as board chair. The Randy Jespersen Classroom will be located in the second phase of the new trades and technologies facility, which is currently under construction and will open in 2017. Jespersen, who has served as chair of the board of governors since 2010, is the retired president and CEO of Terasen Inc. (now FortisBC).

$50,000 gift from DMT Mechanical Ltd.

DMT Mechanical Ltd. is helping build the futures of students with a $50,000 gift to establish a classroom in Lethbridge College’s new trades and technologies facility. DMT is a prime mechanical contractor, co-owned by Neil Nunweiler, Don Romaniuk and Lethbridge College graduate Darren Guenther (Civil Engineering 2000). In addition, DMT took a leading role in developing, promoting and delivering Lethbridge College’s brand new Plumbing Apprenticeship program, which welcomed its first students in January 2016. Students will begin learning in the DMT Mechanical Ltd. Trades and Technologies Classroom in September 2017 when the second phase of the new trades and technology facility opens its doors.

Wider Horizons needs your help

The fall issue of Wider Horizons will focus on some of the fabulous faculty and stellar staff members who have been a part of the college community over the years. Alumni and friends of the college are asked to contact us for help on two stories. First, there will be a story about “The Class that Changed My Life,” so if you had a class that fits that description, please contact us. Second, we are also looking to write profiles of some of the great faculty and staff members who are or were among the most influential or memorable during your time as a student. We’re looking for those who really defined a program or department, who went the extra mile for their students, who were leaders in their professions or who simply made your college experience great. If you have a suggestion for either story, please contact Lisa Kozleski by email at, by calling 403.320.3202 ext. 5778, or by writing Lisa Kozleski, Communications, 3000 College Drive S., Lethbridge, AB T1K 1L6. Thanks.

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