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New Lethbridge College research project to develop improved grain drying strategies
June 2021

A new research project from Lethbridge College is aiming to help Alberta grain farmers cut their losses through improved storage technology and methods.

The project, one of the largest and most comprehensive on-farm grain-drying studies to be conducted in Western Canada, is led by Dr. Chandra Singh, the Applied Research chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Lethbridge College’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE). Singh and his team will deploy wireless smart sensing technology to monitor in‐bin grain storage conditions, including temperature and moisture levels, as well as an advanced automated fan and heater control system to dry the grain.

In 2018, Alberta produced nearly 31 per cent of Canadian wheat, 29 per cent of canola, 48 per cent of barley, and 20 per cent of oats, with crop market receipts totaling $6.9 billion. Despite strong crop production, adverse weather conditions during recent harvests have hit Alberta growers hard. In 2019 alone, the estimated total value of unharvested acres was $778 million. [...]

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Merging Realities returns to show real world VR applications
May 2021

From agriculture to architecture, health care to history, education to entertainment, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) is proving its effectiveness in a wide variety of industries. Taking a deeper look at how VR/AR can help businesses of all sizes is the focus of Lethbridge College’s fourth-annual Merging Realties event.

Merging Realities 2021: Impact takes place on June 8, with a free multi-faceted program hosted over both Zoom and AltSpace platforms. The day begins with a special session specifically for people interested in becoming students in the college’s VR/AR or Architectural Animation Technology (AAT) programs. The main program will include presentations from industry partners on how they have worked with Lethbridge College to integrate VR and AR applications into their work, as well as a presentation on the applied research taking place at the college. The day finishes with a showcase of the work produced by students in the college’s VR/AR program. [...]

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Sugar beet research receives Alberta Innovates funds
May 2021

A sweet new Lethbridge College research project exploring how automation and wireless technology can improve sugar beet storage is getting a boost after securing new funding from Alberta Innovates.

Dr. Chandra Singh, the applied research chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Lethbridge College’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE), is receiving $236,083 through the Alberta Innovates Smart Agriculture and Food Digitization and Automation Challenge. The challenge supports projects to develop smart technology or generate knowledge to increase productivity, reduce production costs, or increase the value of Alberta’s agri-food commodities. [...]

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Students shed light on the effect of litter in the community
May 2021

People may be desensitized to the sight of litter on a riverbank or even the heaps of garbage bags collected during Lethbridge’s annual Coulee Cleanup. But a group of Lethbridge College students and their instructor are attempting to engage the public by telling the story of what that litter means to the environment.

The project began when Dr. Tali Neta, an instructor in the School of Environmental Sciences, was struck by the abundance of litter she saw while walking her dogs in a field on Lethbridge’s west side. She decided there had to be something she could do about it. “I thought I should contact the city and see if we can work together to educate people and bring awareness to the issue,” says Neta.

The City of Lethbridge and the Helen Schuler Nature Centre provided Neta with data collected between 2015 and 2019 from the annual Coulee Cleanup event. Neta then had students in her Geomorphology class use the data to create Story Maps that tell a narrative about the litter and the effect it has on the local ecosystem as their end-of-term project. [...]

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Lethbridge College, Olds College sign agriculture research MOU
April 2021

Two of Alberta’s premier agriculture applied research institutions are coming together to ensure the province’s agriculture industry has access to world-class researchers, resources and data. Lethbridge College and Olds College have signed a “memorandum of understanding” (MOU) focused on applied agriculture research, which will benefit both institutions as well as the province’s primary producers, businesses and agencies throughout the agri-food supply chain.

To launch the agreement, both colleges have signed on to theUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), becoming the first two colleges in Alberta, and among the first colleges in Canada, to sign the accord. Both colleges are committed to supporting sustainable practices, in particular the stated SDGs of zero hunger; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; responsible consumption and production; and partnerships. [...]

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Lethbridge College aquaponics research on display for all at Granary Road
April 2021

Lethbridge College is a leader in aquaponics research, working closely with industry to produce sustainable food in an enclosed ecosystem. But with much of that work done behind closed doors in the college’s greenhouses, the public hasn’t always had easy access to see how the system works. But a new exhibit at Granary Road Active Learning Park near Calgary is now bringing the college’s aquaponics work to light.

One of the newest exhibits to open at Granary Road, located south of Calgary, showcases the cutting-edge work happening in the college’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE) to an inquisitive and curious audience – school children and their families. [...]

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Alberta's colleges adapt to meet the needs of students, industry
March 2021

As Alberta’s economy recovers and moves forward, Alberta’s colleges are ready to lead the way, providing real world experience and cutting-edge research to support Albertans and the communities where they live.

Alberta’s colleges are teaching skills to students that prepare them to enter the provincial workforce and are working closely with partners to ensure programs offer the hands-on, comprehensive training that meets industry needs. And Alberta’s colleges are providing research that keeps local businesses on the leading edge, contributing to the health of the provincial economy. [...]

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Lethbridge College launches Niitsitapi Strategy
March 2021

In reaffirming its commitment to making Indigenous education a priority, Lethbridge College has launched its newly-developed institutional Niitsitapi strategy. The strategy is an important milestone in Lethbridge College’s commitment to truth and reconciliation, which will allow the college to create a space of Indigenous cultural inclusion and deepen its connections with its internal and external Indigenous communities.

“It is a privilege to be located on the traditional lands of the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Territory) and it is our responsibility to honour and respect what that means,” says Dr. Paula Burns (Piita’gaaksiimaak – Eagle Whistle Woman), Lethbridge College President and CEO. “We must deepen our understanding of traditional cultures and ways of knowing, and we are committed to taking definitive action to support these communities. This strategy is not the start of that work, but rather it is an extension and continuation of work we have been doing for many years.” [...]

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Lethbridge College launches aquaponics training for all
March 2021

Sustainable food production is more accessible than ever in Lethbridge, as aquaponics grows in popularity. The expert scientists in Lethbridge College’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence (ACE) have launched a new series of courses that will provide training in the area to everyone from high school students to interested amateurs to experienced greenhouse technicians.

The first two of nine microcredentials are available now. Aquaponics is an integrated system in which fish and plants are grown together within a recirculating system. Each of the nine courses focuses on a unique aspect of aquaponics and is tailored to the user experience. Each person can pick and choose the combination of modules that meets different individual needs. [...]

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Lethbridge College awarded significant grant to support equity, diversity, and inclusion
March 2021

Lethbridge College’s ongoing commitment to support equity, diversity and inclusion on campus and in the community received a significant boost, thanks to a new grant from the Government of Canada.

The two-year, $400,000 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Institutional Capacity-Building Grant will help the college identify and overcome systemic barriers that impede the career advancement, recruitment and retention of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. Specifically, the funding will enable the college to hire an EDI strategist and form a formal EDI committee; create an EDI strategy; and provide resources to students, faculty and employees from underrepresented or disadvantaged groups to carry out their own research and to encourage research related to EDI. [...]

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Viewing the criminal justice system through the eyes of black youth
February 2021

A career in the corrections field led Ibrahim Turay to ask two important questions – what are the experiences that lead to Black youths being overrepresented in the Canadian justice system, and what can be done to help those young people before they ever enter the system?

To help get those answers, Turay, now an instructor and researcher at Lethbridge College, went to those who know best – the youth themselves. [...]

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Lethbridge College, Farming Smarter study ways to boost canola yields
February 2021

Southern Alberta canola producers stand to benefit from a joint research project by Lethbridge College and Farming Smarter.

The project will study the effects of strip tillage and precision planting on canola crops. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) partly funds this three-year, Applied Research and Development (ARD) grant with $75,000 per year.

The research aims to increase crop emergence and seed yield in canola under western Canadian climate conditions by using improved crop production practices. Leading the research is Dr. Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi, research associate on the Mueller Applied Research in Irrigation Science team at Lethbridge College, and Farming Smarter research scientist Dr. Gurbir Dhillon. [...]

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Industry partnership taps college researchers for agriculture data project
February 2021

When Calgary companies Jadler Industries and Random Acronym were looking to test out new technology for monitoring soil moisture in agriculture, there was only one place to go: Lethbridge College.

“Lethbridge College has built a reputation with the agriculture industry in southern Alberta for getting research out into the real world,” says Jadler Industries President Brad Smith. “When you tell clients that you’re working with the college, they know exactly what that means.”

The two companies initially came together in 2018 to package Jadler’s instrumentation with Random Aconym’s FieldTracker telemetry system for remote field data monitoring. FieldTracker was designed for industrial operations in sectors like oil and gas that require real-time observation and reporting of variables such as flow rate, water level, temperature and water chemistry. [...]

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Researchers offer homegrown solution to a looming antibiotics crisis
February 2021

A potential crisis looms over the next few decades as infectious diseases become increasingly immune to treatment. Lethbridge College researchers are doing their part to discover and develop new antibiotics by testing plants native to Alberta for antibiotic molecules.

The work of microbiology senior research scientist Dr. Sophie Kernéis and lab technician Leanne DuMontier has received a boost as their lab was recently federally certified to handle Level 2 pathogens – the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that cause disease. Previously, the lab was only able to work on non-pathogens. [...]

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Lethbridge College study finds fertile ground for subsurface irrigation research
January 2021

A research project by Lethbridge College researchers is breaking new ground in the study of subsurface drip fertigation (SDF).

The two-year study is led by Dr. Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi, research associate on the Mueller Applied Research in Irrigation Science team and funded by a grant from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. It explores how using SDF, a method that applies water and fertilizer directly to the rootzones of plants, affects uptake of nutrients crop yields. [...]

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Lethbridge College named as one of Canada's fastest-growing research colleges
December 2020

Lethbridge College has been recognized as one of Canada’s fastest-growing research colleges while earning its highest ever placement in the annual ranking of Canada’s top 50 research colleges. The college placed 26th on the top 50 listreleased by Research Infosource and ranked third in research income growth.

The college moved up to 26th in the ranking from 47th last year. The college’s previous high in the rankings was 39th in the inaugural year of the rankings in 2013. Research Infosource reports a 232.5 per cent one-year increase in research income growth, the third-highest increase in Canada. [...]

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Renowned international authors visit Lethbridge College students
December 2020

A virtual classroom has resulted in a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for creative writing students at Lethbridge College. An award-winning lineup of authors and illustrators from across North America took the time to visit with students this semester to talk about their careers, writing and illustrating styles as well as to provide tips for students looking to begin their own careers.

Instructor Dr. Amy Hodgson-Bright, who has a PhD in English focused on Children’s and Young Adult Literature, invited five guests to visit her Writing for Children and Young Adults class. When she was an undergraduate student at Mount Allison University 14 years ago, Hodgson-Bright had the opportunity to meet and interact with multiple authors and she wanted to bring that experience into her own classroom. An author of two young adult novels, she says there is value in connecting with both works of literature and those who are writing it. [...]

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry helps grow research at Lethbridge College
October 2020

An agreement with the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will help Lethbridge College build upon its strengths as an applied research institution. The $2 million agreement adds established infrastructure and experienced staff members to the college’s applied research team and resources, increasing the college’s research capacity while benefitting all Albertans in the agriculture industry.  

The agreement, announced Thursday at Lethbridge College, will see management of the Alberta Irrigation Technology Centre (AITC) and the Brooks Greenhouse transfer to the college as part of its Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE). The AITC and Brooks Greenhouse offer scientists opportunities to conduct research at a scale Alberta’s farmers can then apply to their operations. [...]

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Lethbridge College students earn accolades for lacrosse stick design
October 2020

How to build a better lacrosse stick? A team of Lethbridge College Engineering Design and Drafting Technology students has found the answer. By improving the design of the primary equipment for the oldest organized sport in North America, they’ve received recognition from the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) as one of the provincial finalists for the 2020 Capstone Project of the Year Award. [...]

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Lethbridge College's VXR program provides innovative solution for supply chain event
September 2020

Leaders in supply chain technology from across Canada are coming together to discuss innovations – in a virtual experience created by Lethbridge College students and faculty. Automation in Supply Chain - A Gamified Experience is presented by Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL), Dematic (a warehousing and supply chain automation leader) and Supply Chain Canada. It takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. [...]

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Simon Schaerz has simple advice for keeping children active
September 2020

When Simon Schaerz offers parents tips for keeping their prepubescent children physically active, you might think his words flow from his experience as an instructor in the college’s Exercise Science program. Or maybe from his years working with student-athletes as the head coach of the Kodiaks’ cross country teams (the women are reigning national champs) which earned him Coach of the Year honours provincially in this sport. [...]

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Expert Insight: New chairs set the table for innovation
September 2020

If you thought being the new kid in school was a lot of pressure, try being the new research chair at a place of higher learning. With the support of industry groups, three agricultural chairs recently appointed by western educational institutions are tasked with prioritizing and planning research efforts. As they take a seat at the farm research table, they aim to contribute to the betterment of the Prairie grain industry. [...]

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Lethbridge College receives federal funding to create Technology Access Centre
May 2020

Lethbridge College is ready to help the agriculture industry after receiving one of the most significant applied research grants in the college’s history. The college was awarded one of just six new Technology Access Centres (TAC) across Canada by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) on Tuesday. [...]

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Applied research program, LEO club earn national awards
May 2020

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) named Lethbridge College the recipient of two national awards for excellence Tuesday, recognizing the “extraordinary contributions” of the college’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) team with a gold award and the Criminal Justice student members of the college’s LEO Club Executive Team with a bronze. [...]

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EarthRenew Announces Partnership With Olds College & Lethbridge College to Complete Projected High Value Field Trials
April 2020

EarthRenew is pleased to announce partnerships with two well-known Alberta-based applied research institutions, Olds College and Lethbridge College. These partnerships are expected to focus on a new set of field trials for EarthRenew fertilizer, designed to validate historical results on yield and soil health, and provide data on new blends and formulations appropriate for commercialization. [...]

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Farming Smarter, Lethbridge College sign long-term MOU
February 2020

The southern Alberta agriculture industry gained a powerful ally when two innovative organizations agreed to expand their mutually beneficial collaboration.

Farming Smarter and Lethbridge College have long worked collaboratively on a wide variety of projects. Now, they formalized and expanded their partnership as they signed a 15-year “memorandum of understanding” (MOU). The agreement allows the college and Farming Smarter to lead and transform agriculture research in southern Alberta. [...]

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Lethbridge College research chair wins big at MIT hackathon
January 2020

One of Lethbridge College’s own has returned from a prestigious competition in Boston with impressive accolades. Mike McCready, the college’s President’s Applied Research Chair in Virtual and Augmented Reality, was one of just 350 people chosen from around the world to take part in the annual Reality Hack: MIT XR Hackathon, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His team earned first place honours in two categories and placed in the top 10 overall. [...]

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Jason Cotton puts theory into practice as a research assistant in the Mueller Irrigation program
December 2019

Jason Cotton, a third-year Ecosystem Management student at Lethbridge College, got to put the lessons he learned in the classroom into action last summer. Cotton, who completed the first two years of his program and earned a Renewable Resource Management diploma in 2019, joined a team from the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) taking part in a four-year research project study of Alberta potato crops. [...]

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Lethbridge College once again among Canada's Top 50 research colleges
November 2019

Lethbridge College has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges for the sixth time in seven years. The college rose three spots to 47th in the annual rankings released by Research Infosource

The college also placed very high in a number of individual categories among medium-sized colleges, including:

  • Number of research partners: eighth
  • Industry research intensity: 10th
  • Number of completed research projects: 11th
  • Number of paid student researchers: 11th
  • Industry research income: 12th 

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New Agricultural Engineering and Technology Applied Research Chair introduced
September 2019

Looking to support and augment southern Alberta’s agriculture industry, Lethbridge College has introduced its first applied research chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology. Dr. Chandra Singh joins the college’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE) as the latest stop in a distinguished professional and academic career.  [..]

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Lethbridge College opens new home for applied research and student innovation
September 2019

Creating solutions that help business owners and entrepreneurs and that open career doors for students is the goal of Lethbridge College’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE). And now, for the first time, the centre has a dedicated space to bring those solutions to life.  [...]

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Three institutions combine to tackle Canadian agricultural challenges
September 2019

Three of Canada’s leading post-secondary agriculture institutions are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind training opportunity and competition this weekend at Lethbridge College. McDalBridge brings together students from McGill UniversityDalhousie University and Lethbridge College to create innovative solutions to Canadian agricultural challenges. The event will take place from Sept. 20 to 22.  [...]

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Lethbridge College, potato growers partner on irrigation study
August 2019

A new study will dig deep into the soil to determine how watering and irrigation methods affect southern Alberta’s potato crops. The four-year research project is a partnership between Lethbridge College’s Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Potato Growers of Alberta. It is made possible through a grant from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. [...]

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Lethbridge College chosen for diversity and inclusion pilot project
August 2019

Lethbridge College is making a commitment to identifying and improving its equity, diversity and inclusion on campus. The college is one of just 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions chosen for the Dimensions pilot program, a national initiative designed to foster transformational change within research bodies and post-secondary institutions. [...]

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Lethbridge College receives more than $1 million in federal research grants
June 2019

Lethbridge College will receive nearly $1.15 million in federal research funding, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced this morning in Ontario.

The college will receive $1 million towards its Centre for Sustainable Food Production through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) College-Industry Innovation Fund (CIIF). An additional $147,023 of funding will provide two Lethbridge College researchers with equipment vital to their work through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada(NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) fund. [...]

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Native plants could provide new antibiotics
June 2019

Sources for life-saving new antibiotics could be growing beneath our feet on the prairie, foothill and mountain landscapes that are home to native plants.

Antibiotics that have been in use since Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin in 1928 are all derived from bacteria and fungi. Sophie Kerneis, a microbiologist and senior researcher at Lethbridge College, is looking to native plants for potential keys to new antibiotics that can prevent and fight infection. [...]

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Inaugural innovate Ag competition winners announced
April 2019

Lethbridge College’s Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence (AgENT) program is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Innovate Ag competition. Teams pitched their solutions to industry-provided problems to a panel of expert judges at Saturday’s competition. [...]

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Lethbridge College launches two new tech-based programs
April 2019

As new technologies emerge, they create a market for those who know how to make those technologies come to life. In this environment, Lethbridge College is on the leading edge as it launches two new programs for Fall 2019.

The college will offer a two-year diploma in Architectural Animation Technology (pending final approval) and a one-year certificate in Virtual and Augmented Reality. [...]

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Student-designed home finalist for top industry award
February 2019

A home designed by a Lethbridge College student was voted as a finalist for a major industry award. The Emberly, designed by Interior Design TechnologIDT) student Lina Wiebe, was a finalist in the annual BILD (Building Industry and Land Development Association) Lethbridge Awards of Excellence in Housing in the $230,000-$260,000 single family category. [...]

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Federal government gifts 'invaluable' soil monoliths collection to LC
January 2019

A decades-old collection that helps identify a wide variety of soil types from across western Canada now resides at Lethbridge College. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has donated 110 soil monoliths (vertical cross-sections of soil about one-metre long that show soil from a variety of regions in its natural state) to the college. The collection had previously been located at AAFC’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. [...]

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Lethbridge College launches VR book club
January 2019

Lethbridge College is inviting anyone with an interest in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) to join its new book club. [...]

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A leg up on the competition: mentorship programs help build the next generation of AG professionals
November/December 2018

No matter what point you are in life, chances are, somewhere along the way you had a mentor. [...]

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Lethbridge College ranked as one of Canada's Top 50 research colleges
November 2018

Lethbridge College has once again been recognized as one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges. The college placed 50th in the 2018 rankings, released on Thursday by Research Infosource. It is the second-straight year – and the fifth time in the last six years – that Lethbridge College has been included in the rankings. [...]

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Southern Alberta soil comes inside at Lethbridge College to test irrigation properties
August 2018

Multiple tonnes of southern Alberta’s most common soil types sit inside three massive, custom-built wooden bins at Lethbridge College. Housed inside the college’s Innovation Space in the Trades, Technologies and Innovation Facility, the soil is being used to test subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems – without the variable factors of wind, rain or gophers. [...]

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College investigates zero-waste food production
August 2018

Biochar: it’s light, durable, readily accessible and could be a key to zero-waste food production in the world’s greenhouses and aquaponics systems. And a research project at Lethbridge College is testing it as a micro-nanofiltration system in aquaponics. [...]

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Putting the moisture where it counts: Subsurface drip irrigation delivers water directly to root systems
July 2018

In 2013, Lethbridge’s Southern Drip Irrigation Ltd. took farmer Don Plett down to Texas to look at subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems in 400,000 acres of cotton. [...]

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AgENT program to bring Lethbridge College students and industry together to solve ag-industry issues
July 2018

Anyone interested in agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship will have a chance to explore all those avenues at Lethbridge College this fall. The Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence program, known as AgENT, will launch in September by pairing students with local industry partners to solve real-world problems that affect the agriculture industry. [...]

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College exploring biochar technology
July 2018

At the Lethbridge College's Aquaculture Centre of Excellence, staff are using a micro nano-filtration system to explore zero-waste food production using biochar, a type of charcoal created by burning bamboo.  [...]

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Lethbridge College research project investigates new micro-nanofiltration system for zero-waste food production
July 2018

Biochar: it’s light, durable, readily accessible and could be a key to zero-waste food production in the world’s greenhouses and aquaponics systems. And a research project at Lethbridge College is testing it as a micro-nanofiltration system in aquaponics. [...]

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Lethbridge College receives federal boost for research funding
July 2018

Lethbridge College has received its first institutional grant funding from the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), a relative rarity for colleges.

Over the past three years, only 10 Colleges and Institutes Canada members have received SSHRC institutional grant funding. Lethbridge College’s SSHRC grant will provide $45,000 over three years to support small-scale research and related activities. Faculty will be invited to submit applications which will be evaluated through a peer review process. [...]

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Lethbridge College brings students, industry together to solve ag-industry issues
July 2018

Lethbridge College has a mission for those interested in agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship. The Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence (AgENT) program will launch in September by pairing students with local industry partners to solve real-world problems that affect the agriculture industry. [...]

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Overwhelming success of Lethbridge College's virtual reality conference prompts plans for yearly function
May 2018

On the heels of a successful inaugural event, Lethbridge College is pleased to announce that Merging Realities: An Event of Multiple Perspectives will move forward as an annual affair. On April 26, the college proudly hosted the world’s first full-day conference held completely in virtual reality. [...]

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At Lethbridge College, designer Cherie Reitzel found the perfect space
May 2018

As any graduate from the Interior Design Technology (IDT) program will tell you, a well-designed space can foster feelings of well-being, comfort and home. For IDT instructor Cherie Reitzel, southern Alberta, Lethbridge and Lethbridge College have felt like spaces designed just for her. [...]

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Lethbridge College announces first winners of Ashcroft Design Challenge
April 2018

Two Lethbridge College Interior Design Technology (IDT) students have been named the inaugural winners of the Ashcroft Design Challenge. First-year designer Lina Wiebe and second-year animator and virtual reality creator Jada Kot were selected as the winners by a panel of judges from Ashcroft Master Builder. The winners were announced during surRENDER, Lethbridge College’s annual IDT design showcase event, on Wednesday evening. [...]

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Students lead the charge on groundbreaking virtual reality conference
April 2018

What began as a year-end capstone project for Lethbridge College students has turned into a world-leading virtual and augmented reality conference. Merging Realities: An Event of Multiple Perspectives is a full-day conference, hosted entirely in virtual reality. This is the first time that hosting an entire conference in a virtual space has ever been attempted. [...]

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Lethbridge College interior design event invites participants to surRENDER
April 2018

The inaugural winners of the Ashcroft Design Challenge will be announced on Wednesday, April 25, at Lethbridge College. The announcement is part of surRENDER, an annual showcase for the Interior Design Technology (IDT) program. [...]

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Veteran researcher to lead applied research activities at Lethbridge College
April 2018

Dr. Kenny Corscadden has been appointed the new Associate Vice President of Research at Lethbridge College. Corscadden joined the college in August 2017 as Dean of the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design. He will continue in that role, while also taking on the AVP Research portfolio.  [...]

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Lethbridge College breaks ground on massive outdoor play space renovation
April 2018

Lethbridge College is going back to basics for its outdoor play space. Located in the heart of the college’s campus, the current yard will be converted to a state-of-the-art outdoor play environment over the next few months. A ceremonial groundbreaking took place in the area on Wednesday afternoon and renovations will begin immediately. [...]

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Leaders in outdoor play for children gather at Lethbridge College
March 2018

“Getting back to nature” is a phrase often relied upon by those who want to embrace a more active, outdoor lifestyle. But when it comes to child development, its usage illustrates a growing body of research about the benefits it presents to children. [...]

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Lethbridge College hosts pop-up adventure playground at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre
March 2018

The Lethbridge College Early Childhood Education program will host an exciting community event in conjunction with Spring Nature Fest at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. From 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16, the nature centre’s outdoor play square space will be turned upside down with the launch of Lethbridge’s first community loose parts playground. [...]

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College builds expertise in outdoor play with Scotland study tour
March 2018

Two Lethbridge College faculty expanded their knowledge of how to create a culture of outdoor play during a week-long study tour to Scotland. [...]

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Students learn 'the art of the pitch' during real-world competition at Tecconnect
February 2018

Creating inspired, meaningful designs is only half of the challenge once media graduates enter the workforce. An annual competition, run in partnership with Tecconnect, challenges Lethbridge College students to think about the art of the pitch as they try to get local entrepreneurs to buy into their creative vision. [...]

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Ideas and discussion emerge as outdoor play leaders meet at Lethbridge College
December 2017

A full day of discussions, brainstorming and informed presentations were the highlights of the first Visioning and Leading Outdoor Play in Alberta Symposium, held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Lethbridge College. [...]

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Lethbridge day care replaces all plastic toys
December 2017

Lethbridge College is going old school, they're getting rid of traditional plastic toys in favor of more natural ones. [...]

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Discussion at Lethbridge College looks at playground design
December 2017

A discussion was held at Lethbridge College on Tuesday about the importance of unstructured outdoor play for childhood development. [...]

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Lethbridge College receives $6.79 million in federal funding for some innovative new infrastructure
June 2017

New infrastructure funding will allow Lethbridge College to create a flexible, modular innovation space that will benefit students, faculty and industry by providing real-world research opportunities in all disciplines. […]

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Canada and Alberta invest in post-secondary infrastructure - $21.78-million investment in four colleges will create jobs, expand research and foster innovation
May 2017

The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today, the governments of Canada and Alberta […]

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“Poultryponics” Coming to Canada’s North
February 2017

A revolutionary new approach to combine vegetable and egg production is being set up in the Northwest Territories. Treena Hein of Farm Credit Canada reports that a Hay River facility may be the first of its kind in the world to employ “Poultryponics”. […]

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College receives research funding
Lethbridge College’s applied research program involving Integrated Fish and Plant Systems received a $2.1 million grant.

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Dr. Faron Ellis named research chair of Citizen Society Research Lab
November 2016

A big announcement coming out of Lethbridge College. Doctor Faron Ellis has taken on a new role of research chair at the ‘Citizen Society Research Lab’. Erik Mikkelsen has the details. […]

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Multiple benefits to come from new research chair at Lethbridge College
November 2016

A new position for an instructor at Lethbridge College is going to mean new opportunities for students, faculty and even the community. Dr. Faron Ellis has taken on the role of Research Chair at the Citizen Society Research Lab (CSRL), an initiative he has guided since 2001. […]

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Fresh water
October 2016

Lethbridge College has a new research chair in irrigation science—the school’s first-ever fully funded applied research chair. Willemijn Appels joined Lethbridge College earlier this year to fill the position, which is paid for by a $3.1-million gift from Lloyd and Dorothy Mueller, announced in 2014, and $1.9 million in additional funding from the college. […]

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Ready, set, sell
October 2016

Local entrepreneurs were given a chance to start a company in three days as part of a start-up program at Lethbridge College held over the weekend. Greg Vilk, industry liaison manager for the University of Lethbridge, said the program teaches people who have potential business or product ideas how to develop those ideas into viable products and companies. […]

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Newest college chair putting irrigation research into motion
August 2016

Dr. Willemijn Appels, originally from the Netherlands, joined the Mueller Irrigation Science program earlier this year. Before moving to Lethbridge, she was working with the University of Saskatchewan on detailed hydrological processes at reclamation sites in northern Alberta oil sands projects. […]

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College adds new dimension to its interior design program

 

December 2016

 

There’s a new way of designing and students at Lethbridge College are getting the chance to explore it firsthand. Students in the Interior Design and Technology (IDT) program are getting the opportunity to work in virtual reality. […]

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