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Philanthropy.jpg Corus Entertainment supports broadcast and online journalism students

Corus Entertainment has invested in the future of Canadian journalism, with a $52,000 gift to Lethbridge College. The gift, which was announced in October, will support the creation of a state-of-the-art active-learning newsroom, as well as create new awards that will financially support students in the Digital Communications and Media (DCM) program. The new newsroom will modernize the existing Endeavour room, which has primarily been used as a print-based journalism hub. The upgrades will create a technologically advanced setting where students and instructors can quickly share content and work in individual stations that replicate modern newsrooms used to generate television, online, radio and digital stories. The space will better prepare DCM students to succeed as they enter the workforce. The gift will also lead to the creation of the Global News Journalism Award that will go to support two DCM students each year. The recipients will be chosen based on a variety of criteria, including community involvement and financial need.


Wind Turbine Technician program partners with safety training company

When working hundreds of feet in the air, there is no room for error. A new partnership with TEAM-1 Academy Inc., one of the world’s leading safety and rescue training companies, will ensure students in Lethbridge College’s Wind Turbine Technician program are trained to handle that challenge as they enter their careers. TEAM-1 Academy will provide world-class training and equipment to the college’s students and faculty over the next three years. TEAM-1 Academy has worked with renewable energy companies for more than 20 years, providing safety and rescue training and equipment. As part of the partnership agreement, TEAM-1 Academy trainers will visit the Lethbridge College campus multiple times each year to train students and faculty, and they will also use the college’s training space to train workers from other wind power generation companies. The three-year agreement is valued at well over $100,000. In recognition of this gift, the training platform in the college’s Wind Turbine Technician shop has been renamed in honour of TEAM-1 Academy Inc.


City and college team up to offer students opportunity

In September, the City of Lethbridge and the college announced a unique opportunity for Engineering Design and Drafting Technology students to design a flagpole structure in front of Lethbridge’s City Hall. The project allows students a chance to take on a real-world design challenge, which includes meeting the city’s criteria such as housing three or four new flagpoles, matching the aesthetic design of the current City Hall and meeting municipal, provincial and federal flag protocols. But it also encourages students to express creativity by incorporating design elements such as location and the shape and design of the structure, as well as respectfully incorporating Blackfoot cultural elements. The city plans to permanently fly the Blackfoot Confederacy flag and the Reconciliation Lethbridge flag, as well as having dedicated poles to fly flags to celebrate other important community events and partners such as Lethbridge Pride Week and the Alberta Summer Games, which can currently only be accommodated by lowering the city’s flag. The college has been flying the Blackfoot Confederacy flag permanently since 2017. Students will submit their projects by the end of January, and then will present to the city’s Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee in February. The winning submission will share in over $250 worth of prizes.


Indigenous.jpg Two supporters of Indigenous education honoured with Blackfoot names

Two long-time supporters of Indigenous education were honoured with Blackfoot names during Lethbridge College’s Indigenous Celebration Day in October. Doug Camrud and Mark Brown of RBC were bestowed names by the college’s Kainai Kaahsinnoonik (Grandparent) Peter Weasel Moccasin in recognition of years spent furthering Indigenous education. Camrud was given the name Saakooaapaspii, which means Last Dancer. Brown received the name Kiinai’ipos’taitaapo’aako’kaatsis, which means Long Time Many Camps. RBC began a partnership supporting Indigenous education at Lethbridge College in 2007, and has since provided nearly $600,000 to support Indigenous initiatives, events and programming. Beyond the partnership, both men have made genuine connections to the local Blackfoot community, taking time to learn about the culture, to talk to Grandparents and students, and to learn about what it means to be on Blackfoot territory.


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