Lakeland snags three nominations

By Geoff Lee

February 9, 2016 10:08 AM

Steamfitter-pipefitter instructor, Angus MacLean, is one of three Lakeland College instructors from the Vermilion campus nominated by apprentices for top instructor awards.

Three Lakeland College instructors are among 40 people nominated by their students for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board’s 2015 Top Instructor Award.
Aidan Grinde, Don Henry and Angus MacLean were nominated by registered apprentices who took technical
training at Lakeland College’s Vermilion campus between November 2014 and November 2015.
The AIT Top Instructor Award recognizes two people — one in northern Alberta and one in southern Alberta — who perform beyond the requirements of the average instructor.
They must have excellent presentation skills and be fair, friendly and firm.
“Congratulations to all three instructors on their nominations,“said Dave King dean of Lakeland’s School of Trades and Technology in a news release Tuesday.
“Aidan, Angus and Don have been selected by their students for an award that we, including all of us in our school, strive for each year,” said King.
Since joining Lakeland in 1986, Henry has taught primarily in the heavy equipment technician trade although
he has also instructed automotive service technician apprentices.
He’s the author of the textbook Fire Department Pumping Apparatus Maintenance.
Thirty years into his teaching career, Henry still enjoys seeing the look on a student’s face when they “get it”
and realize how something works.
His nominee wrote that Henry makes it fun to go to technical school and that sharing his years of experience with them is very valuable.
Grinde, an instrumentation instructor, started at Lakeland in the fall of 2013.
“I like it more than I ever expected,” said the former instrumentation contractor of teaching.
“My first year was very humbling.”
The apprentice who nominated him indicated Grinde was the best instructor he has ever had and that it
was a pleasure to attend his class.
MacLean, a holder of four trades tickets, has worked in industry for more than 30 years so the switch to the
classroom has been challenging, but very rewarding.
Currently in his second year of instructing in the steamfitter-pipefitter trade, MacLean sees his award nomination as affirmation that he’s on the right track.
“I spend a lot of time learning how to present the information to students,” he said.
According to information on his nomination form, MacLean goes far beyond what is expected of an instructor. “It’s a true honour and a pleasure to be taught by someone so passionate about the trade and work and who is constantly striving for excellence,” wrote his nominee.
The 2015 Top Instructors will be recognized at the AIT awards ceremony in April 2016.

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