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Bringing home the hardware 

Wider Horizons and Lethbridge College represented at the CASE District VIII 2016 communications awards competition, bringing home a gold award in feature writing for the “Lost Boys” story written by Lisa Kozleski and a silver award for photo series for the “Whistling while he works” photos taken by Rod Leland.

Lethbridge College recruiters win Instagram contest

Lethbridge College recruiters Jessica DeCoste, Greg Goodwin and Kelsey Solway spent a solid three-month span on the road late in 2016, traveling throughout B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan. By snapping and sharing some outstanding photos during their travels, Jessica and Greg were also winners of the Educational Liaison Association of Alberta Instagram contest.

College opens new regional campus in Pincher Creek 

Lethbridge College is expanding its services in southern Alberta by opening a new regional campus in Pincher Creek. The campus officially became part of the college community in late December 2016, with the signing of a collaborative agreement between the college and five community partners in Pincher Creek. The partner organizations will work together with Lethbridge College to identify and serve the educational needs of the local community and to establish and deliver programs and services throughout several community locations. A previous regional campus in Pincher Creek operated until 2013, but this new campus will utilize a different format, working directly with partners on community-driven initiatives that will meet the needs of learners in the Pincher Creek area. The college is actively exploring opportunities to partner with more communities to expand its network of regional campuses.

Parent Preschool Program earns provincial honour 

The Parent Preschool Program, a unique and innovative partnership that includes faculty and students from the Early Childhood Education program, has earned a major provincial honour. It has been named a winner in the “program category” of the Child Care Professional Awards of Excellence, awarded by Alberta Human Services.

Popular agriculture conference celebrates 18th year 

More than 350 agricultural producers, business people, students and industry experts gathered to learn about issues important to the red meat industry at the 18th annual Tiffin Conference hosted by Lethbridge College in January. Featured speakers included Dr. Jude Capper, a livestock sustainability consultant based in England, and Anne Wasko, a livestock marketing consultant with Gateway Livestock in Taber.

The Dean and the Delegation 

Dr. Edith Olson, Interim Dean of the Centre for Applied Arts and Sciences, joined a delegation led by Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman in February to visit Anyang City and Anyang County, Henan, China as well as Haebaru, Okinawa, Japan. “This is a tremendous opportunity to return the visits that our sistercities have paid to us previously,” Olson said before leaving on the trip. “I look forward to the opportunity to explore a new culture, the ability to build relationships with our international partners and an educational exchange of ideas that will benefit the entire college community.”

College Home partnership 

The college and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Lethbridge Region were pleased to welcome back Stranville Living Master Builder as the lead builder for the fifth and final year of the College Home Project. “Opening up the build to smaller contractors, many of whom are college alumni who want to give back, is very heartening and is a perfect way to complete the five-year College Home partnership,” says Lethbridge College President and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. “It’s terrific to have a builder like Stranville Living see the value of this partnership and return to lead the project for a second time.”

surRENDER offers a look at Lethbridge College’s virtual reality 

More than 120 students, staff and community members experienced the cutting-edge technology used to train the next generation of interior design technologists during the “surRENDER” open house on campus in December. About 80 of those visitors entered the virtual reality experience space and 30 people had the chance to immerse themselves into the custom home (while the remaining visitors were able to watch the experience on the big screen). The Interior Design Technology program has introduced a virtual reality experience into the program to be a leading force in the design and architectural illustration industry. Students were thrilled to be able to feature their designs, digital illustrations and animation at the event, which was generously sponsored by Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc. and Electrical Solutions Inc. Stay tuned for more developments involving virtual reality applied research opportunities at the college.

Unique partnership benefits local students

Ten students from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute spent a week in January in a job-shadow program that saw them spend four-and-a-half days at Southland International, a local service, sales, rental and leasing heavy equipment dealer, and a half day at the college in the new trades and technologies facility. “It’s a very interesting, unique partnership,” says Sheldon Anderson (Automotives 1987), chair of the Crooks School of Transportation. “I believe it’s the first time anything like this has been done. Our main goal is to raise the positive profile of the trades for high school students. “I believe trades are an excellent career to pursue, and we hope this new facility inspires students to see the possibilities that exist in a career in the trades.”

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