Wider Horizons
It’s been said that the road to success is not a path you follow but a trail you blaze. Many Lethbridge College students, alumni, faculty and staff have found that this proves to be true as they break new ground in their work, their communities and their industries during and after their time at the college.

Pathways, trails, roads and routes abound in this issue of Wider Horizons. Inside, you’ll find stories and images that resonate with the idea of choosing (or blazing) a path. You will learn about some of the roads members of the college community choose to follow while they are here – including the journey our former president led us on during her sevenyear tenure – and the adventures that await them when they move on.

All of the stories illustrate, in one way or another, the importance of learning how to learn while at the college. And that’s one of the priorities we’ve had here for a while, as we’ve been working on establishing our College Wide Outcomes. The outcomes are the skill, abilities, critical thinking, knowledge and curiosity that we want all students to develop while they are here, and to take with them when they leave.

Put another way, our commitment to our students is not just to help them get that first job… but to instead teach them the skills they need to learn and adapt throughout their careers, to prepare for whatever the future holds. That preparation proved useful for the subject of our cover story, an alumnus who diverged onto a new path later in life and has built a thriving second career as a photographer. Sam Wirzba is responsible for the beautiful photo that graces our cover as well as the photos that appear with his story. With a little encouragement from his family (and perhaps some of the skills he learned at college), he was able to turn a passion into a new profession.

Other stories speak to the importance and value of learning how to learn and adapt. A feature on three capstone projects for second-year students gives a glimpse into the real-life experience awaiting our learners at the end of their Lethbridge College journey. Take time to check out the follow-up on last year’s fire in Slave Lake, which tells the tale of a community’s path to recovery and one alumna’s effort to raise money to help her hometown rebuild. Enjoy the story of a student trip to Uganda to work at an agency that was founded by a Lethbridge College alumna. You’ll also find our regular features, including a new recipe from our culinary program chefs and a link to the video showing how to prepare the sumptuous spaghetti alla carbonara.

Higher education needs to change with the times. We need to teach our students to be critical thinkers, to be creative, to strive for sustainability and to realize their global influence. Learning these skills will equip them to blaze any trail they desire.
Wider Horizons
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