College celebrates partnership with RBC
October’s Stone Pipe Days included a celebration of another chapter in the long-standing partnership between RBC and the college’s Indigenous Services department. RBC committed to a $75,000 gift to Indigenous Services through the RBC Foundation Future Launch program. The donation will be directed to Indigenous cultural support programming, the Indigenization of campus and the new Indigenous Mentorship program scheduled to launch in January 2021. RBC began a partnership supporting Indigenous education at Lethbridge College in 2007 and has since provided nearly $700,000 to support Indigenous initiatives, events and programming on campus. “We at RBC are beyond proud and honoured to be included in Stone Pipe Days celebration and are especially proud of our partnership with Lethbridge College,” says Mark Brown, RBC Regional Vice-President – Alberta South. “There is a true commitment to excellence, diversity, and inclusion in everything they do. They are committed to ensuring that Indigenous students have the opportunity to celebrate diversity and inclusion through the recognition and respect for their distinct cultures, languages, histories and contemporary perspectives.”
Ready to commend our partners
Lethbridge College was proud to nominate four of the individuals and organizations honoured by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southern Alberta Chapter’s Inspiring Philanthropy Awards 2020 – celebrating National Philanthropy Day. Congratulations go out to these philanthropists:
- Knud Petersen, Winner – Southern Alberta Philanthropy Hero
- Enel Green Power, Winner – Indigenous category
- KB Heating and Air Conditioning, Winner – Corporate Philanthropist category
- The Lethbridge College LEO Club, Winner – Youth Philanthropist category
Learn more about these award winners and their support of many southern Alberta organizations online at lethbridgecollege.ca/news.
Enel Green Power partnership creates opportunities for Indigenous learners
Enel Green Power has partnered with Lethbridge College to create opportunities in renewable energy for Indigenous learners in southern Alberta. The unique collaboration is designed to support the education of students from the Piikani Nation who are interested in pursuing careers in wind energy.
The partnership sees Enel Green Power working with Lethbridge College’s Wind Turbine Technician (WTT) program to develop opportunities for Piikani learners, including supporting the college’s Indigenous Circle of Services programming, creating student awards and developing experiential learning opportunities for Piikani Nation community members.
A career as a wind turbine technician was the path followed by Piikani Nation member Otys Potts-Littlemustache, who graduated from the college’s Wind Turbine Technician program in 2014. He appreciates this partnership and the opportunities it will create for Piikani Nation members.
Enel Green Power operates a 210 MW portfolio of wind farms in Pincher Creek including the Castle Rock Ridge I and II and Riverview wind farms, the first of which began operations in 2012. Acknowledging that their projects are located on traditional Blackfoot territory, Enel Green Power has worked directly with the college and the Piikani Nation to develop this partnership.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE $100,000 USD AGREEMENT INCLUDE:
- Creating “experiential learning days” for students of Piikani Secondary School, other Livingstone Range School Division institutions and Piikani Nation mature learners, which will provide the opportunity to visit Lethbridge College and learn more about both the WTT program and other college programming and services.
- Student awards for the WTT program directed to support graduating Piikani Nation, Indigenous and non-Indigenous students.
- Engaging Piikani Nation youth through experiential opportunities in the WTT program, co-developed by Enel and Lethbridge College, including safety training in the college’s wind turbine shop; experience climbing in a wind turbine nacelle; standing on top of a wind turbine using virtual reality (VR); and development of a VR tour of the college’s nacelle that can be accessed at Piikani Secondary School through the donation of two VR headsets.
Photo courtesy Carson Romeril
Ready to Rise: Alumni help students rise up
Lethbridge College alumni remember what it means to be a student. And today, students are facing challenges like they have never experienced before. Lethbridge College’s Ready to Rise campaign provides support to address our students’ most pressing needs, including mental health and wellness resources and financial funding. The college would like to extend a hearty thank you to the entire Lethbridge College alumni community, who made their support go even further by unlocking $25,000 in funding from an affinity partner, TD Insurance. This past summer, nearly 700 individuals made financial gifts, shared their alumni stories and spread the word on social media – with each action unlocking dollars towards Ready to Rise. If you would like to help ease the struggles that today’s students face by providing them the resources they need to be ready, visit lethbridgecollege.ca/readytorise.