By Lethbridge Herald on June 3, 2015.
Lethbridge Collegeâ€™s trades and technologies facility has received another boost.
This afternoon, Avonlea Homes Master Builder and Stranville Living Ltd., along with their building teams, announced a $193,000 donation to Lethbridge College as part of The College Home partnership. The donation is the second of its kind from the partnership between the Canadian Home Buildersâ€™ Association Lethbridge Region (CHBA) and the college.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to celebrate Avonlea and Stranville Living for their contributions in the second year of this collaborative partnership as well as the many outstanding suppliers and tradespeople who worked on the two homes this year,â€ said Lethbridge College president and CEO Dr. Paula Burns. â€œWith their generous support toward our new facility, Lethbridge College will position itself as the leader in trades and technologies training in Alberta.â€
Â In 2013, CHBA and Lethbridge College announced a partnership, The College Home. This partnership involves two CHBA builders each year who work with their suppliers and tradespeople and commit to building two homes per year over a five-year period. Each builder then makes a donation from the proceeds from the sales toward the new trades and technologies facility at Lethbridge College. More than 44 different suppliers and tradespeople were involved in the building of these two homes.
Both homes were unveiled at the Parade of Homes last fall and have since been sold to local families. Each of the families receives a $2,500 student award to Lethbridge College along with the purchase of these homes.
â€œAvonlea Homes is honored to be one of the builders of the 2014 College Homes because the project has huge significance to our industry in properly training our trades and those who will partner with us to build our homes,â€ said Jen McCarthy, operations manager, Avonlea Homes Master Builder. â€œHelping to build the future of our community, the people in it, and ultimately the homes that they live in is something that can’t be beat, and we at Avonlea are proud to say we helped out.â€
â€œStranville Living was thrilled to be chosen to participate in this unique partnership with Lethbridge College, helping to build infrastructure to train current and future tradespeople,â€ added Dell Matthews, general manager, Stranville Living. â€œStranville Living employees, management and owners understand the vital role that all the tradespeople play in creating the homes for our clientele. Each Stranville Living home is built with excellence, quality and integrity and beyond code, which is not possible without our partnership with tradespeople.â€
The college broke ground on the new trades and technologies facility in April 2014 and the first phase of the project, which will host programs within the Crooks School of Transportation such as automotive service technician, parts technician, agriculture and heavy equipment technician, will open this fall. The second phase of the new facility will open in Sept. 2017. The college has raised more than $22 million of the $25 million goal for the Possibilities are Endless campaign, thanks to generous donors like Avonlea Homes and Stranville Living.
The first year of The College Home exceeded the original goal for year one of the partnership with more than $233,000 raised by the sale of the first two homes built by Ashcroft Master Builder and Galko Master Builder. Now the second year of The College Home has also exceeded the original year two goal.