Fundamental to the college’s vision of leading and transforming education in Alberta, our centre is a catalyst for economic growth, sustainability and social development in the region.
Our integrated strategy brings together community organizations, researchers and students to collaborate on projects that use new or existing knowledge to solve real-world challenges with immediate practical applications. Project outcomes often lead to innovative products and services that benefit our economy and society.
The CARI Comprehensive Institutional Plan
Applied research activity is strongly encouraged and supported at Lethbridge College as a means to enhance professional development, share knowledge and strengthen our academic capabilities regionally, nationally and internationally.
CARI enables and supports the growth of applied research by working directly with academic centres to implement their research plans and to assist with training in applied research skills.
We also pursue resource acquisitions, funding opportunities and industry engagement to ensure sustainability, and our internal fund serves to build capacity in applied research and scholarly activities.
Our strategic collaborations with Campus Alberta institutions, the Alberta Innovates (RINSA) network and other organizations maximize the benefits of applied research relationships and their outcomes. These collaborative partnerships also enhance learning opportunities and serve as a catalyst for knowledge transfer within and beyond our college community.
Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA)
As a partner of RINSA, we’ve focused our efforts in supporting entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in key sectors in southern Alberta, including food and fibre, environment, and health. We assist SMEs with successfully navigating the commercialization system through specialized programs and services. We also encourage and search for opportunities for collaboration with other regional innovation networks and companies.