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Lethbridge College launches exploratory programs for prospective students

Lethbridge College is partnering with 10 school divisions across southern Alberta to bring various exploratory programs to prospective students.

The programs allow students in grades 10 and 11 to visit campus for a day and explore the program of their choosing. The goal is to get students more familiar with their chosen field of study, as well as to show what to expect at the college level.

“We are really trying to create a pathway from high school to careers by giving students a chance to experience post-secondary in an interactive, fun and informative way,” says Dr. Terry Kowalchuk, Dean of the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design. “Students will be actively involved in unique program-based projects that will help them see possible careers in their future.”

The first of these programs took place in mid-March of this year, where around 30 students from 5 different rural schools learned about the college’s agriculture programs, learning everything from insect identification to commodity marketing and soil science.

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“By coming to campus, students gain an appreciation for the diversity of instruction and opportunities available at Lethbridge College,” says Byrne Cook, School of Agriculture chair. “Exploratory programming days allow students to experience what really goes on in each field of study which can help clarify their career planning.”

More than 20 exploratory programs are set to take place this spring, offering an inside look at Health Care; Media; Engineering Technology; Environmental Sciences; Architecture and Design; Natural Resource Enforcement; Virtual Reality; Carpentry; and Criminal Justice programs. Students interested are encouraged to contact their high school for session dates and registration details.

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