Grads on our grounds https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds en Grads on our grounds: with Carlos Carabantes https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2017/grads-our-grounds-carlos-carabantes <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2017" hreflang="en">Fall 2017</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/10" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">Lawrence Krysak</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/21/2017 - 15:29</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small full-width-background parallax paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default" data-parallax="scroll" data-image-src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/styles/section_paragraph_background/public/2017-10/wh-fl7-grads-on-our-grounds-carlos-carabantes.jpg?itok=N-cT2g-e"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p class="pull-left quote-background">"You can be a 20-year or 50-year journeyman and still learning new things. It can be daunting but it also makes it exciting. It's definitely a rewarding trade."<br /><strong>Carlos Carabantes</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph-padding-small paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span>Even after he completed Lethbridge College’s Electrical Apprenticeship program in 2015, Carlos Carabantes still kept coming to campus. For the last two years, however, that commute has been for work, not school, as Carabantes has been working at the college’s new trades and technologies facility as a journeyman electrician with ESC Automation, a building automation and energy management company. “It’s exciting to be part of such a big project,” he says.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Carabantes, who has worked on both phases of the project, and his colleagues are installing the controls and valves for heating and cooling the building. Most recently, he has been working to install sensors and controls, something he hadn’t worked with before. “That’s the thing – even though I got my ticket here, as a journeyman electrician, you never really stop learning,” says Carabantes. “You can be a 20-year or 50-year journeyman and still learning new things. It can be daunting but it also makes it exciting. It’s definitely a rewarding trade.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Carabantes says he felt he received good training at the college and remembers some great instructors, including Dean Coughlin and Jeremy Waterfield. And the experience paved the way to “a job that I actually truly enjoy,” he says. “I really like working for ESC and am really interested and curious to see where my career will go from here. There is room to grow in this business and to have a long-term career.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There is only one downside to working at his alma mater, he says. “I wish we could have taken our classes here!” he says with a laugh, looking at the state-of-the-art facility which will open for classes in August.</span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Story by Lisa Kozleski / Photo by Rod Leland</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds" hreflang="en">Grads on our grounds</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grads on our grounds: with Carlos Carabantes</span> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:29:22 +0000 Lawrence Krysak 3669 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Grads on our grounds: with Jessica Murray https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/spring-2017/grads-our-grounds-jessica-murray <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/spring-2017" hreflang="en">Spring 2017</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Jessica Murray is a passionate advocate for the trades. “I think that the trades offer incredible opportunities for people,”<img alt="Grads on our grounds Spring 2017" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7636c7d4-0682-438f-8149-9af931ff2dbe" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/inline-images/widerhorizon-spring17-Grads-on-our-grounds-Spring-2017.jpg" class="align-right" /> says the 2013 graduate of the college’s Upgrading program who now works as a first-year plumber for KB Heating and Air Conditioning. “I absolutely love how hands-on my job is. It provides a challenge every day. I get to learn how to troubleshoot and problem solve. I get to work a lot with my hands as well as my head. It’s just a perfect combination for me.”<br /><br /> Murray, who has been accepted into the college’s Plumbing apprenticeship program starting this fall, spends her days working on pipes in the welding shop for the welding gases or running pipes for water supplies and heating and cooling units within the college’s new trades and technologies facility, which is set to open this fall. “I find it absolutely incredible to be a part of this project,” says Murray. “This is going to be a great resource for so many people for years to come, including myself. I’m loving being a part of a project that allows my city, as well as my province, to grow.”<br /><br /> As a woman working in the trades, Murray says she makes a deliberate effort to support and build up other women working in what are still largely male-dominated fields. She says there have been days when she has been told women don’t belong in the trades, and “days where I’ve felt so beat down. I am super lucky to have many other supportive co-workers, friends and family who really help me to see that I can do this – and I can do it well. I take all of those negative comments and use them to fuel myself to move forward and to be the best that I can be.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Lisa Kozleski</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds" hreflang="en">Grads on our grounds</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grads on our grounds: with Jessica Murray</span> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:20 +0000 admin 2726 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Grads on our grounds: with Dale Krall https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2017/grads-our-grounds-dale-krall <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2017" hreflang="en">Winter 2017</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 01/03/2017 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="Dale Krall" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0fc05d4b-4696-4a2d-895d-b7b1a7128d13" height="211" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/inline-images/widerhorizons-winter2017-dale-krall.jpg" width="316" class="align-right" />Dale Krall may be an electrical engineering grad from the University of Alberta, but in his work as an associate at SMP Engineering, he finds he regularly draws on the skills he learned in Lethbridge College’s Electrical Apprenticeship program.</p> <p>“I learned a lot of what is actually needed to build a building during my time in the trade,” he says, “and I think that makes our designs better. The way we lay buildings out, the way we circuit them is far more realistic. Several of us at SMP are certified master electricians and it changes the way we design. We are constantly thinking of how the electrician will construct it on site, and we try to put in extra effort to help align the drawings with how it will actually be installed.”</p> <p>Krall, who graduated from the college in 2007, is thrilled to be working on the new trades and technologies facility at his alma mater. “The project is wonderful,” he says, “for Lethbridge and for the whole province. It’s going to be a facility where we can train skilled people – and we need skilled people to build Alberta. That doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a very impressive project for Lethbridge – but for all of Alberta too.” He adds that he’s also enjoying designing a building his former instructors will work in – “the same ones who helped me.”</p> <p>The aesthetics of the building matter to Krall. “It’s important that buildings are not just cubes where you go and learn skills,” he says. “I like this building because I think it is going to be an inspiring and interactive place to learn.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Lisa Kozleski</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds" hreflang="en">Grads on our grounds</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grads on our grounds: with Dale Krall</span> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:19 +0000 admin 2706 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Grads on our grounds: with Richard Martinell https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2016/grads-our-grounds-richard-martinell <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2016" hreflang="en">Fall 2016</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/01/2016 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>This isn’t the first time Richard Martinell, a 1981 graduate of the college’s Carpentry Apprenticeship program, has returned to work at the campus where he started to learn his trade. In the early 1980s, he was one of the tradespeople involved in building Centre Core and, more than three decades after he worked to construct it, he looks around the building with approving eyes and says it’s still a great space.<br /><br /> Last January, Martinell returned to Lethbridge College as the general foreman for Stuart Olson at the site of the new trades and technologies facility on the south end of campus. His work has changed quite a bit since he was last on campus – these days he is part scheduler, part trouble shooter and part problem solver. “My main job is to make sure everything runs smoothly – everything,” Martinell explains. “We work with the subtrades and there are certain windows we have to get things done. Part of what I do is to schedule, organize, track down solutions and chase down answers to make sure each one is there doing their job at the right time.”<br /><br /> He says he encourages young people to consider apprenticeships to launch their careers – and that he can’t think of a better one. “You can go as far as you want – you can be your own boss or work for a company – and you can always keep on developing your skills.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Lisa Kozleski</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds" hreflang="en">Grads on our grounds</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grads on our grounds: with Richard Martinell</span> Thu, 01 Sep 2016 15:00:32 +0000 admin 2685 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Grads on our grounds: with Chuck Wynder https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/spring-2016/grads-our-grounds-chuck-wynder <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/spring-2016" hreflang="en">Spring 2016</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/19/2016 - 12:34</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It’s been three decades since Chuck Wynder came to Lethbridge College in the Carpentry Apprenticeship program,<img alt="Grads on ground Chuck Wynder" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8476f731-dfb7-4eff-9923-41c1a660f7ed" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/inline-images/widerhorizons-spring16-Gradsonground-ChuckWynder.jpg" class="align-right" /> and he still remembers some of those first lessons. As a transfer student in the second year of his four-year program, he spent his first year at the college focused on framing. “Third year was concrete and fourth year was finishing,” says Wynder, who graduated in 1988. “Anything you do in carpentry goes back to your time at the college. Yeah, you learn new skills on the job, but it doesn’t matter what aspects of the trades you are doing, it all goes back to those basics.”<br /><br /> Wynder works as a lead hand for Stuart Olson, the construction manager for the college’s new trades and technologies facility, and his work in late February was with concrete. “Right now, I’m doing shear walls,” he explains. “They prevent lateral movement between the two levels. Walls have a tendency to wobble and waver in the wind, so we put up shear walls for lateral strength.”<br /><br /> The work is satisfying for several reasons. First, there’s the size of the project. “This is what I do best,” he says. “I like the big jobs. I like the action, the cranes, the equipment… everything is big.” He also is pleased that the work he is doing will be seen once his part is finished.<br /><br /> “Normally concrete work is buried underground or behind walls. But a lot of the concrete here is architectural – it’s exposed,” he says. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s all going to look nice by the time it’s done.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Lisa Kozleski</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds" hreflang="en">Grads on our grounds</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grads on our grounds: with Chuck Wynder</span> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:34:59 +0000 admin 2674 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Grads on our grounds: with J.J. Nelson https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2016/grads-our-grounds-jj-nelson <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/winter-2016" hreflang="en">Winter 2016</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/04/2016 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="J.J. Nelson" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b8aa55b6-6dec-4f8f-9f7e-0cbac1f41388" height="209" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/inline-images/widerhorizons-winter2016-jj-nelson.jpg" width="313" class="align-right" />J.J. Nelson is just where he wants to be on the job site for the new trades and technologies facility at Lethbridge College – right in the middle of everything.</p> <p>Nelson, who graduated from the Automotives Service Technician program in 2009 and from the Computer Network Technician program in 2004, is the general foreman for Stuart Olson and has been working on campus since July 2014. As second in command on the site, he reports directly to the site superintendent, and on any given day, he will work with all subtrade foremen, members of the college staff and the project consultant group. He is responsible for the daily coordination of all activities on site and ensures that all scheduling is followed through and that the trades are moving forward.</p> <p>This fall, Nelson was joined by Ross Caffyn (Business Administration 1997), chair of the Crooks School of Transportation Sheldon Anderson (Automotives 1987), and building maintenance supervisor Clarence Slomp (Carpentry 1989) to review some plans. On other days, he is looking for conflicts before they arise, working on quality control issues and even taking photos of the work as it progresses.</p> <p>“I love being in the middle of everything, from the planning and layout to the finished product,” Nelson says. “I’m fortunate that I get to see everything come together, including seeing the students using what we build. It feels good knowing that our efforts will aid in the education of future tradespeople.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Lethbridge College</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds" hreflang="en">Grads on our grounds</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grads on our grounds: with J.J. Nelson</span> Mon, 04 Jan 2016 16:00:18 +0000 admin 2646 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca Grads on our grounds: with Dominique Tousignant https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2015/grads-our-grounds-dominique-tousignant <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wider-horizons/fall-2015" hreflang="en">Fall 2015</a></div> </div> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">admin</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/01/2015 - 09:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-body field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--section paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-paragraph-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-content field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Dominique Tousignant, who is surrounded by sparks, splatters, fizz and buzz every day in his work as a journeyman<img alt="DominiqueTousignant" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="563434f1-275a-4c46-9cf4-924ef35dad8f" src="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/sites/default/files/inline-images/widerhorizons-fall2015-DominiqueTousignant.jpg" class="align-right" /> welder, was one of many Lethbridge College grads who went straight from their apprenticeship or program into full-time work. The Lethbridge resident started working for Gilmar Crane Services last January right after finishing the college’s Welding apprenticeship training program.<br /><br /> “The work I do is related to my apprenticeship,” says Tousignant, who was on campus working on the new trades and technologies building this summer. “I am doing structural welding on the steel structure of the building” using skills learned as a student at the college. While Tousignant has been working in commercial construction, other welding grads find jobs in vessel or structural steel assembly, steel fabrication and heavy equipment repair, pipeline construction and industrial construction.<br /><br /> Tousignant says he truly likes his job. “I enjoy the feeling of knowing that my work will be seen and admired for years to come,” he says of his work on the facility which, once complete, will be the largest in the college’s history. “And I like knowing that one day my daughter and perhaps grandchildren may walk through the doors that I welded in place.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-author-photo-credit field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Lethbridge College</div> </div> <div class="main-field-wrapper"> <div class="field field--name-field-wh-category field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Category</div> <div class="field__item"><a href="https://lethbridgecollege.ca/wh-category/grads-our-grounds" hreflang="en">Grads on our grounds</a></div> </div> </div> <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Grads on our grounds: with Dominique Tousignant</span> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:00:08 +0000 admin 2621 at https://lethbridgecollege.ca