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New home for applied research opens at Lethbridge College

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Lethbridge College has opened its new home for applied research and student innovation.

The Centre for Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship or CARIE as it will be known, is located on the second floor of the college’s Trades and Technology facility.

An area known as “The Pivot” is a dedicated hub for student entrepreneurial activity at Lethbridge College.

The space is representative of the steps the college has taken to increase its presence in the applied research field and its goals for expanding the centre in the coming years.

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Megan Shapka, the College’s Manager of Innovation, says The Pivot is the central point from which the college will nurture and grow ideas.

The Pivot grew out of the successful Agriculture Entrepreneur in Residence (AgENT) extracurricular program that allows students to work closely with industry partners to identify and solve real-world challenges in the agriculture industry.

“It is a versatile collaboration space for cultivating student-entrepreneurs,” says Shapka. “Not only is it the home of all AgENT workshops and events, it will also act as a student business incubator space, giving students access to resources, technology, business advisors and one-on-one coaching.”

The new administrative space and The Pivot are the latest additions to Lethbridge College.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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