Westco Construction Ltd., a Lethbridge company that will be celebrating its 25th year of providing complete construction solutions in southern Alberta in 2016, has shown its support of a Lethbridge College education by donating $50,000 to establish a classroom in the college’s new trades and technologies facility, the college announced in November.
Theo Van Ee and Derek O’Connor, founders of Westco, agree that construction is more than just about the trades. “There is a process we need to understand, and at Westco, we believe the college is offering relevant training and opportunities for young people to be exposed to the trades,” says Van Ee.
In addition, the founders add that Westco and associated companies employ students from the college’s trades and engineering technologies programs, including carpenters, heavy equipment technicians, drafting and design technologists, and civil engineering technologists. “We believe it is important to support both the southern Alberta construction industry and the education of our young people,” O’Connor says.
The Westco Classroom will be used by students studying new and emerging trends in trades and technologies programs and practices. The classroom, which will be located in the part of the new facility that will open in September 2017, will bring together students, faculty and industry partners to create a vibrant learning environment that explores emerging trends in sustainable design and technologies.
To read more about Westco’s generous gift to the college, follow this link.