It was a good year for Lakeland College; between students winning competitions, the Rustlers taking home medals and growing success with many of their programs, it looks like school is heading into the new year with good momentum.
Interim president Alice Wainwright- Stewart explained some of the student highlights of the year.
“We had Kyle Smith, who won the carpentry event at the Alberta Skills Canada Competition and he placed fourth at the nationals,” she said. “We had our business students who won the Deans of the Business Case competition in March (and) we had four interior design technology students who placed or received honourable mention in our student design competition.”
Also happening last March, the college’s rodeo team won four Canadian National College Final Rodeo championships and their men’s and women’s football teams both won silver at the Alberta College’s Athletic Conference Football Finals.
Then in the fall, at the Western Canadian University rowing championships in Calgary, the Rustler crew won gold in both novice women’s and novice men’s coxed 4.
“It is the third year in a row that Lakeland has won places at this championship,” said Wainwright-Stewart.
All in all it was a good year for sports as Kevin Wagner also became the first Rustler’s coach to win a National Coach of the Year award.
“He received the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Coach Award in November in Ontario. So we had some kind of neat things that happened this year,” said Wainwright- Stewart.
Onto programming, the college’s student farm won an international award, getting a silver from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics in the college/industry partnership category. Lakeland was up against 11 other post-secondary institutions across the globe who were recognized for there work in that category.
The school also leapt in the rankings of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, moving from the 46 spot last year to No. 20 in 2014. Due to larger funding and the number of faculty involved in research, Lakeland was able to substantially better their position the list.
“We’re pretty excited about that,” said Wainwright-Stewart. “It was a good year for our research.”
This year saw great success with the French online course for the early learning and child care program, which was launched in 2013 in partnership with the University of Alberta. Last year, they began with roughly seven students and a recent tally done by instructors has the number up around 54.
To cap things off, enrolment is up by six per cent. As of September, there were 2,200 full-time students compared last year’s 2,098. So on the whole it appears Lakeland did well in many key areas this year, and hope they continue their stride in 2015.