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August 28, 2012

New rural campus opens in Vulcan County

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Lethbridge College is pleased to announce the opening of a new rural campus. Lethbridge College Vulcan County Campus became an official part of the college community earlier this summer through an agreement between the college, the Vulcan Business Development Society and the Vulcan County Adult Learning Council.

The new campus is unique from the college’s other rural campuses in that it will be managed collaboratively by all the partners. The partners will work together to determine and deliver relevant Lethbridge College programming directly in the community, using flexible delivery methods.

 “The agreement is really just recognizing the work we’ve been doing with the community for a number of years already,” says Leah Wack, coordinator of rural education at Lethbridge College. “It takes a lot of goodwill, patience, and coordination to establish this type of relationship and our partners in Vulcan have made all the difference. I’m looking forward to continuing our work together well into the future.”

The community will provide various facilities, including video conference suites, classrooms and a dedicated wind turbine electrical lab, while the college will be primarily responsible for program delivery and student support. Program plans for the coming year include Unit Clerk Training, Wind Turbine Technician, and Pre-Employment Trades. Students will also be able to participate in Lethbridge College courses offered through video-conference.

 “We are really excited about the possibilities that this partnership will provide,” says Economic Development Officer Leslie Warren from the Vulcan Business Development Society. “Credit programming will now be available to residents, businesses and organizations in their own community, and will be an attraction for those outside the region to participate in courses that may not have been accessible in the past. We have been piloting courses delivered partially through videoconferencing, and their success can be built upon.”

In addition to the Vulcan County Campus, the college has rural campuses in Fort Macleod, Claresholm, the Crowsnest Pass, and Pincher Creek.

Some of the rural campuses offer a full-time adult upgrading program for students who would like to improve their academic skills before entering the workforce or a post-secondary program. Other campuses offer specific employment-focused programs such as Trades Training, Unit Clerk Training, and Licensed Practical Nurse.

For more information about our rural campuses, contact Leah Wack.

Leah Wack
Coordinator, Rural Education
Lethbridge College

Leslie Warren
Economic Development Officer
Vulcan Business Development Society

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