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Lethbridge Community College

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Last updated: September 1, 1999


Lethbridge Community College in 1999.

Lethbridge Junior College's first building in south Lethbridge in 1962.

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.

As Canada's 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.

Information and communications technology (ICT) fields have a significant role in LCCıs program mix of one-year certificates and two-year diplomas.

New training 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.

Students at 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 workforce.

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.

Many program 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 to students.

Through advanced 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.

Technology is 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 as vital.

Each program 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.

Delivery of 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.

A commitment 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 partnerships.

Students and employers alike can be assured that LCC is ready for next millennium as the small college with a BIG future.

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