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Prospective students get a look at Lethbridge College

By Justin Seward - Lethbridge Herald on March 5, 2024.

Herald photo by Justin Seward Virtual and Augmented Reality student BK Tiem showcased the recently acquired new Meta Quest 3 headset during the Winter Open House at Lethbridge College on Saturday.

Prospective students could either see what programs are offered or if committed already, look at what their future program looks like during the Lethbridge College Winter Open House on Saturday.

“It’s trying to get for the next enrolment cycle, so for fall ’24 starting in September, the new class coming in,” said Marko Hilgersom, Lethbridge College registrar.

“Just an opportunity for them to see kind of our programs. There’s a lot of times where they think, well you know what I might want to do an apprentice program but I’m not sure if I want to do automotives service technician or heavy equipment mechanic. So you can see a bit of that distinction with the programs.”

There were five academic centres and testing services represented at the event.

“I think want them to have that tactile, like this is what I can do, this program is made real,” said Hilgersom.

“We pride ourselves on that experiential learning aspect (and) that it’s not just a theoretical exercise education. There’s theory but you put it into practice.”

Hilgersom said a lot of smiling faces, when asked about the feedback.

“That’s what we always like to see,” he said.

” I always like to hear kind of like oh I didn’t know you did that. Well I like to hear it because it (is) new and intriguing, (it) shows interest but also a little bit like darn it why haven’t you heard about this yet.”

Future student, Natalie Pitcher, will be starting the massage therapy course in September.

“I really like the diagrams that they have, especially the shown books that they use, a lot of the orthopedics, the pediatric surgeries and stuff or the books for those,” said Pitcher, on their booth.

“They’re on the table and it’s really interesting to see the different branches of message therapy that they use.”

She chose message therapy because she enjoys anatomy and physiology.

Bonnie Goebel is a hopeful parts technician student this fall.

“I’ve always loved cars, said Goebel.

“I’ve been into cars for as long as I can remember and I’ve always wanted to be a mechanic. So being in that area just feels like home to me.”

The college offered a promotions code to those who filled out an application on campus during the day.

Hilgersom anticipated there would be between 500 and 600 people that went through the open house.

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