A family-owned and operated farming and custom harvesting business announced a $100,000 gift in October to establish the Taylor Family Heavy Equipment Bay at Lethbridge College. Taylor Harvesting Ltd. has operated out of southern Alberta for 30 years.
“My son, Darren (Agricultural Technology 1998), and I are both alumni of the college and agree that Lethbridge College provides hands-on training, teaches business skills and instills a strong work ethic upon its students,” says Ray Taylor (Vocational Agriculture 1968), founder of Taylor Harvesting Ltd. “The college provided us with the skill set we needed to succeed in our industry of choice and it’s our turn to give something back.”
The Taylor Family Heavy Equipment Bay resides in the recently-opened first phase of the trades and technologies facility. The building includes programs within the Crooks School of Transportation, including the Automotive Service Technician, Parts Technician, and Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technician programs.
Ray and Darren Taylor aren’t the only ones in the family with connections to the college – in fact, there are now three generations of Taylors who will have studied at Lethbridge College. Ray’s grandson, Braden, started in the college’s Heavy Equipment Apprenticeship program last fall; he was among the first students to study in the new facility after it opened.