October 28th, 2020

Training Inc. student learns office skills with Herald practicum

By Mabell, Dave on November 27, 2019.

Practicum student Deborah Hawryluk works with circulation administrator Sharon Christianson at the Lethbridge Herald reception desk as part of the Training Inc. Office Assistant Program. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


After years working in the city’s food production and the service sectors, Deborah Hawryluk wanted a change.

Recognizing how many smaller and larger businesses are operating here, the Lethbridge resident decided she’d like to work in an office environment. But she needed to learn a few new skills.

That’s where the city’s adult training programs play an important role. She enrolled in the Office Assistant program at Training Inc., and began to work on study models like foundational computer skills, client and customer service, administrative skills and time management, along with career management skills.

The 13-week program includes a practicum placement as well – and Hawryluk was fortunate enough to spend that time at the Lethbridge Herald. She was soon discovering how a newspaper’s circulation department operates day to day.

Learning systems and procedures quickly was a challenge, of course, but Hawryluk found working in a business office is what she hopes to continue doing.

“Being here was very nice,” but now she’s about to complete her program.

Soon, Hawryluk says, she’ll be taking her updated resume, listing those newly acquired office skills to employers across the city. Training Inc. also helps with that process, she adds.

The long-running Lethbridge training centre is one of many privately operated centres across the province licensed by Alberta Advanced Education. Officials say they have spaces available in the office assistant program and others starting in the new year.

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