Applied Arts and Sciences

Welcome from the Dean

Dr Kevin Smith

As Lethbridge College’s Dean of the Centre for Applied Arts and Sciences (CAAS), I am pleased to welcome you to our webpage. Whether you are a current or prospective student, a family member or part of our local, national or global community, we are glad you are here.

While CAAS continues to grow and evolve, many of our programs (or their precursors) have been around since Lethbridge College opened in 1957. We offer a diverse variety of qualifications, including certificate and diploma programs, in a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Each year, more than 1,000 students register in a CAAS program or cluster of courses, which are taught by more than 100 experienced and qualified faculty members.

Our programs enhance the professional and personal development of our students to help them achieve their goals, at a time and way that works for them. Whether you are looking to earn your high school equivalency, master English as a second language, or obtain a qualification that enhances future opportunities and provides a springboard for further study or career aspirations, Lethbridge College is the ideal institution to get your start. Our programs and courses are recognized by many institutions for credit and transfer.

Every CAAS student is valued as an individual. We are proud to help our students attain their academic goals and achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for success in their chosen field.

Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our key contacts for more information. I hope to see you on campus soon!

Dr. Kevin Smith

Centre Spotlight

Cor Van Raay

Making Their Case

Lethbridge College students did extremely well in the fall 2019 Cor Van Raay Case Competition. The first- and second-place teams this year were joint college (mix of business and agriculture students) and University of Lethbridge teams. In addition, four students on the other teams (three from the University of Lethbridge and one from the University of Saskatchewan) were former Lethbridge College business students. Way to represent, students and grads!

John Manyok

The Journey Continues

John Manyok and Sam Mathon were among the Lost Boys of the Sudan who, after arriving in Canada, came to Lethbridge College to study in the ESL, Upgrading and General Studies programs. After earning their diplomas in 2016, they went on to study Social Work at the University of Calgary and received their Bachelor of Social Work degrees in 2019. Congratulations, Sam and John!

Simon Schaerz

Best of the Best

Simon Schaerz, an Exercise Science faculty member and coach to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks men’s and women’s cross country teams, was named ACAC coach of the year in 2019. In addition, two members of the conference and national championship team were CAAS students. Excellent work, Simon and our student-athletes!

Schools & Programs

Academic Upgrading

School of Academic Upgrading

Whether you need to complete high school equivalency courses or upgrade your marks, our Upgrading courses can help you change directions or choose a new path to professional success. Many Upgrading courses are accepted in place of high school courses for admission at Alberta’s universities, colleges and technical institutes, as well as most colleges and universities in the United States.

Marda Schindeler
Program Assistant
Candice Crapo
School of Business

School of Business

The objective of the School of Business is to provide future business professionals with basic skills and knowledge, as well as the advanced concepts required to work in or run your own business or manage diverse office environments. With a variety of majors available, our program gives you hands-on skills and principles to succeed.

Cheryl Meheden
Program Assistant
Amber Boyd
Liberal Arts

School of Liberal Arts & Life Sciences

The School of Liberal Arts and Life Sciences offers both general and specialty courses that are designed to maximize choice of both subject and career destination. Students can build their own personal curriculum from an eclectic mix of courses; pursue majors in English, Psychology-Sociology or Exercise Science; or explore future career pathways from an Indigenous perspective.

Marda Schindeler
Program Assistant
Candice Crapo
English Language Centre

English Language Centre

The English Language Centre’s Pathway to English and Academic Culture (PEAC) allows you to learn English in a Languages Canada-approved program and meet most Lethbridge College post-secondary program language requirements. Admission to PEAC may also qualify you to gain a conditional offer of acceptance to a post-secondary program. Learn English and be ready with PEAC!

Michelle Derbich
Program Assistant
Melanie Dunne
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Lakeshore Campus

Programming is provided at Lethbridge Correctional Center to incarcerated individuals in three educational streams – Academic Studies, Personal Development and Job Employment Training.  Each stream focuses on a different aspect of inmate education, with a universal goal of providing high quality courses that develop skills to transition successfully back into society.

Please address enquiries to

Key Contacts

Kate Galbraith
Senior Administrative Assistant
Kate Galbraith