Category Archives: Education

Apply Alberta helping students find their path

Apply Alberta, a government initiative to bridge the communication gap between post-secondary instituations has finally taken flight after 2-years of co-ordinated meetings. The Lethbridge College APAS Team is part of a province wide plan to network 21 public, post-secondary institutions to make life easier for students all over Alberta.

There are two major benefits that come from the Apply Alberta program. Prospective students in Alberta can now go to their website at and fill in their application for admission forms and afterwords, the student has the option of choosing to keep their application history accessible to any university or college in Alberta. So, if the student decides to apply to a different program or post-secondary institution, the information is already there.

A process which saves time for college staff as well as the student. Additionally, all transcripts will now be available at the touch of a button. Instead of having to request their transcripts from Alberta Education and paying of fees to have those transcripts sent to the respective institution, the students or admissions faculty can go to the Apply Alberta site and access them at any time.

“This will save our staff an enormous amount of time,” says Suzie Kennedy, a key member of the APAS team.

“The feedback we’re getting from students is that it’s slick and easy.”


Wind Turbine Student Awarded $10,000 Dollar Scholarship

Lethbridge College student Rikki Lee Ty Provost from the Piikani First Nations has won a $10,000 scholarship.  The largest award that the college offers to students.

The Enmax First Nations Wind Turbine Technician award will cover books, living expences, and all other fees related to program costs.  The Enmax Corporation teamed up with Lethbridge College to offer the scholarship to a Blood Tribe or Piikani First  Nations student.

The award gives a member of one of the two local tribes an opportunity to get training over a 24-week-long, award-winning program.

Provost was chosen after graduating from Catholic Central High School in 2008, and has been volunteering around the community, and actively helping out with youth programs..

Robin Little Bear, Lethbridge College First Nations, Metis, and Inuit manager is quoted as saying the $10,000 award implies a desire for relationship building between the Enmax, and First Nations communities.

Upon completion of the Wind Turbine Technician program, the award recipient will be reviewed by Enmax with the possibility of future employment.  Enmax will take a closer look at the success of the scholarship, and decide at a later time if they will offer the award in the fall of 2010.

Enrollment skyrockets at Lethbridge College

Student population is on the rise as Lethbridge College registers a 12.8 per cent increase in first-year applications with 10.9   per cent confirming enrolment, says Krista Pearson, associate VP of Enrolment and Learner Services.

That increase in enrolment works out to between 500 to 600 more full- time students attending the college this fall.

Lethbridge college catches 32 per cent of students who are entering post secondary education from the Lethbridge area, Pearson says.

The business program in particular has increased by 40 per cent in just the last year.  That’s a jump to 180 students from 127.

The criminal justice program rose by 200 students with correctional studies up 30 per cent, and culinary studies climbing by 12 per cent.

Pearson says the college has engaged in new marketing initiatives over the last couple years.

Pearson says Lethbridge college started a promotional idea last year called the RBC home sponsorship program.  As part of the program, families of potential students are invited to stay in the residences over the weekend to see what the college has to offer.

The college has reached beyond its borders, and now is seeing new applicants from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, the United States, and India.

Lethbridge has Nationally recognized programs, and an award winning faculty that draw students from all over Canada to enroll in the Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, Fashion Design, and marketing programs.

Pearson says the percentage of students from out of town has been on a steady rise.  In 2007-08 that population was 3.4 per cent. Last year, it was 4.3 per cent and this fall it’s five per cent.