November 12th, 2019

Another LC program earns national accreditation


By Mabell, Dave on October 17, 2019.

Engineering technologies chair Bill Smienk and associate dean Candace Lewko talk with Technology Accreditation Canada executive director Richard Stamp, as the engineering design and drafting program was added to the list of nationally accredited programs at Lethbridge College. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald

dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com

Another engineering technology program has been added to the growing roster of nationally accredited programs at Lethbridge College.

The recently revamped engineering design and drafting program – which traces its roots to 1964 – received formal recognition Tuesday from Technology Accreditation Canada. Earlier this year, executive director Richard Stamp came to Lethbridge to extend accreditation to the college’s geomatics engineering technology program.

National accreditation agencies have also formally recognized a number of other Lethbridge College programs in other disciplines, officials report.

The accreditation process, Stamp explained, involves an on-site examination of each program submitted and interviews with recent graduates and industry employers as well as faculty and current students.

Annual updates are required during the five-year accreditation period.

“This significant achievement demonstrates the college’s leadership and commitment to its students, and signifies that the program aligns with the current standards of the profession which are valued by industry,” Stamp said.

For students, said engineering technologies chair Bill Smienk, the accreditation provides confidence that the skills they’re learning are what businesses in that field require.

“Many of our students are being hired by architectural or engineering firms, and many of these firms now require this type of certification,” he said.

“And they can transfer right across Canada,” as opportunities arise.

On the basis of the accredited Lethbridge program, he said some graduates have also followed a career path to international assignments.

The two-year program also provides an “expedited path” to professional certification by the Association of Science and Engineering Technological Professionals of Alberta, he added.

Many other Lethbridge College programs have earned accreditation by other agencies, officials say, providing graduates with similar advantages.

The nursing and the child and youth care programs are accredited nationally, they say, while the School of Business is affiliated with the CPA – providing the accounting major graduates clear pathways to that professional designation.

The computer information technology program has national accreditation with the Canadian Information Processing Society, and graduates of the exercise science program are eligible for certification as a Certified Personal Trainer by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology

The college’s ecosystem management program has provincial accreditation. And all apprenticeship trades programs are nationally accredited through the Red Seal program.

In the engineering technology school, meanwhile, work is underway to gain national accreditation for its civil engineering technology program.

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