In a time when
advertisers tell us ³size matters,² bigger does not necessarily
mean better. Lethbridge
Community College is a small school with some very big differences.
first public community college, LCC has seen many changes and challenges
since it was established nearly 43 years. It began in 1957 as the
dream of some visionary school administrators who instituted post-secondary
vocational training and university arts courses in the basement
of a Lethbridge high school. Those
first 35 students have now swelled to more than 4,200 located on
a modern campus in south Lethbridge.
Now, LCC is
poised on the threshold of a new millennium. As the world changes
and employers demand a technically trained workforce, LCC is readying
Canada's future leaders in business, industry, technologies and
human service fields.
and communications technology (ICT) fields have a significant role
in LCCıs program mix of one-year certificates and two-year diplomas.
initiatives will develop skills in a new generation of professionals
in key areas: computer networking, information technology, geographic
information systems, computer animation and web development, multimedia
production, computer assisted drafting and interior design. The
College also offers an applied degree in Conservation Enforcement,
the first of its kind in Canada.
LCC learn by doing. They donıt just sit in classrooms and hear hours
of lectures. They combine theoretical instruction with a hands-on
education in the lab, shop or in the field. Key to each of LCCıs
70 career programs is an applied focus where students complete fieldwork
or practicum placements with Southern Alberta employers and agencies.
In keeping with the expectations of today's employers, practical
experiences allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in
real-world settings. Employers get the benefits of valuable assistance
in their operations, as well as partnering to help develop the future
Many of our
students come directly from high school, but more than half are
coming back after an absence (either for work or other education).
The average age of our students is 25. A growing portion are coming
from university. Many employers want specific skills that general
arts degree holders donıt possess. So increasingly, students with
university experience are coming to LCC to get hands-on training
in many of the high tech or career oriented fields.
At LCC, course
material is current and follows the latest trends and practices
actually used in the world of work. Each LCC program has an advisory
committee made up of business and industry representatives.
instructors are industry professionals who have years of practical,
on-the-job experience and bring their real-world examples and solutions
into the classroom and lab. Together with program advisors, they
ensure that the best practical training and experiences are offered
technologies in computer networks, lab and diagnostic equipment
and superior services, LCC students are well prepared for their
careers. LCC continues to invest in an ongoing program of improvement
to hardware, software, computer networks and lab space.
everchanging and LCC does not let the world go by. New training
methods, presentation technology and computer applications give
LCC graduates an edge in the highly competitive employment market.
All of the LCCıs programs consider the employability of graduates
has instituted a detailed analysis of curriculum and matched that
with the skills outlined by the Conference Board of Canada. LCC
combines academic, personal management and teamwork skills to create
a well-rounded and highly capable workforce of graduates. Entrepreneurial
skills are encouraged and open the doors of employment opportunities
to other areas beside the traditional ³job.² Call it what you will,
but self-employment, contracting or freelancing are here to stay
and play a big role in employing todayıs graduates. LCC grads have
the skills and initiative to take on these challenges.
non-credit programming has had a long history at LCC. Thousands
of southern Albertans regularly attend non-credit classes in Lethbridge
and across the region. Distance delivery continues to be a major
focus for LCC in the future. More and more courses are available
through LCC Distributed Learning. These courses include simple print
based correspondence courses, technology-based audio-graphic courses
and on-line courses delivered through the College's web site.
to the concept of lifelong learning underscores LCC's mission and
values. This is shown with the increasing number of connections
with degree granting institutions in Alberta, British Columbia and
Montana through enhanced course and program transfer and collaborative
employers alike can be assured that LCC is ready for next millennium
as the small college with a BIG future.