Wider Horizons

Lethbridge College’s carpentry shop in the Trades building is where Carpenter Apprenticeship students nail down the skills they need for their future careers. The two labs, large storage area and two designated classrooms are where carpentry careers take shape, one two-by-four at a time, in a program celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Here’s what two recent grads and an instructor have to say about their time building skills and more in the space.


​Finishing my apprenticeship has been one of my more valuable journeys in life. I met many people who work in different areas in carpentry and learned from their views and understandings of the trade. I had opportunities within the course to reach out and make new friends and have new career paths. The overall experience was very positive and helped me grow my knowledge and networking within the community. The instructors are fully knowledgeable and make the journey enjoyable. They helped me understand the importance of education.

Tyler Gordon Carpenter Apprentice 2021





​There were lots of opportunity for one-on-one with the instructors, and it made the time spent there very personalized. All the instructors were very professional and respectful of everyone in class. Shawn Scotney is the master of hand tools and his knowledge of fine finishing was amazing to see. Tyrel Churko knew the commercial world inside out and made third year much easier for a residential carpenter. Leon Wensmann was a wizard in the math and construction world and had good knowledge of the building process. I am currently building energy-efficient homes in Lethbridge and surrounding areas, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the learning community at Lethbridge College.

Arnie Brubacher Carpenter Apprentice 2020


​Our labs are well-equipped. We have students who have come from other institutions and they regularly comment on the size of our space, and the amount of good quality equipment that we get to work with, so we are blessed in that regard. We have enough room that our students get to work on some cool, larger projects for their learning. We run smaller class sizes of 16 and we have enough space and tools for all.

Shawn Scotney Carpentry 1995; instructor since 2014


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Raising the roof!

Kodiaks fans and family members rejoiced in the news that spectators will allowed back in to the Val Matteotti Gymnasium to cheer on the Kodiaks this winter. To celebrate, we’re looking to collect your memorable moments and mind-blowing victories (200 words max) to share in our Spring 2022 issue. Just email WHMagazine@lethbridgecollege.ca or share your stories socially by tagging @LethCollege and #LastWordLC.

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Wider Horizons
Illustrated by Eric Dyck – Interviews by Dawn Sugimoto
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