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The influence of technology is evident in every aspect of our lives. Whether we’re working, teaching, learning or even playing, chances are technology isinvolved in some way. Almost every job posted in newspapers or on the Internet is requesting computer knowledge. This generation of high school graduates is the first one that has more knowledge of a major economic influence, namely computers, than their parents do. It is an exciting time where the possibilities and the challenges are endless.

For more than 40 years, Lethbridge Community College has worked with employers to determine what type of training the College should provide. Today, the message comes through loud and clear - LCC must be able to provide hands-on, practical training in the use of the technologies that enhance the ability of our graduates to meet the needs of business. Whether it’s Automotives, Agriculture, Child & Youth Care, Nursing, Criminal Justice or any of LCC’s programs, employers need people who understand their business and the technology that supports that business.

LCC is taking a bold step forward to ensure our graduates have the skills and the confidence to meet the demands of the workplace. The TEC 2000 Campaign will raise $4 million over the next three years and the funds will be used in a very efficient, cost-effective way. The current Technologies Wing was originally planned for three floors, only two of which were built. Due to the previous structural design, the College can put a third floor on the building at a reduced cost. One of the money raised will be used for this construction while the remaining $2 million will be used for the hardware, software and systems required for this high-tech development.

A Few Examples:

  • The use of computer diagnostic tools has become mandatory for mechanics and automotives graduates. Every major car and machinery manufacturer and service department uses computer-based analysis to determine potential problems and fixes. LCC students need access to this type of training in order to meet the workplace needs.
  • Multimedia students are working with instructors to develop interactive CD Rom’s and websites for training materials that range from an overview of cultural diversity issues to math testbanks for Criminal Justice students. When these students graduate, they will take this knowledge into the rapidly growing field of multimedia development.
  • Nursing students learn how to use computers to support and monitor patient care in many ways. For example, nurses use computer systems to regulate the administration of intravenous medication, analyze blood sugar levels, run cardiac monitors and transfer test information from hospitals to laboratories.

The Solution...

Lethbridge Community College is taking a bold step forward to ensure our graduates have the skills and the confidence to meet the demands of the workplace. The TEC 2000 Campaign will raise $4 million over the next three years and the funds will be used in a very efficient, cost-effective way. The current Technologies Wing was originally planned for three floors, only two of which were built. Due to the previous structural design, the College can put a third floor on the building at a reduced cost. One-half of the money raised will be used for this construction while the remaining $2 million will be used for the hardware, software and systems required for this high-tech development.

Instructors and students will use this space for understanding and using applied technology in their field. In fact, there will be an area set aside just for the ongoing, lifelong learning involved with the use of technology. The Center for Teaching and Learning is already operational in a small area but LCC sees the expansion of this Center as one of the keys to allowing students and instructors to stay up-to-date through rapid technological change and the evolution of learning.

At the same time, this new floor will allow the College to reallocate classroom space that has become limited as programs and enrollment have increased. The new space will also give LCC students greater access to distance, Internet or alternative delivery classes. Working learners who need short-term upgrading can find a method of delivery that will fit their time schedule and career goals.

Lethbridge Community College will continue to commit funds to year-to-year technology needs. However, this campaign means LCC will be able to provide current and future generations of students with a quality, high-tech learning environment that supports a well-rounded, dynamic education.

TEC 2000 addresses our urgent needs...

Facility Cost: $2,000,000
Using the current facilities of the Technologies Wing, the College will add a third floor and modify the other two floors to accommodate enhanced technology - creating an integrated complex of ‘wired classrooms’. This wing will address technological changes that are being demanded by industry and students. It will not be a fancy showcase but rather a practical, effective use of much needed space. It will be what goes on inside the building that will make this area unique. It is intended to be an example of the prudent planning the College has demonstrated over the past 42 years. It will allow the College to move forward in partnership with the community.

Technology Cost: $2,000,000
Once the third floor is added, the tools must be put in place and networked to facilitate improved technological access and learning. Continuing with LCC’s cautious purchasing habits, the College will purchase computers, hardware and software that can be upgraded as needed. The world is entering into an age of conducting business without boundaries and LCC is committed to technology that will ensure we continue to be a leader in education for Southern Albertans.

Because space planning and technology are changing so quickly, LCC has decided to finalize the plans for the exact layout and design of the third floor closer to the end of the campaign. This will allow us to create a space that is as current and as focused on the future as possible.

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