Prairie Post (West Edition)

Lethbridge College renews partnershi­p with world-renowned safety training company

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OLethbridg­e College and TEAM-1 Academy Inc. are building on an already successful partnershi­p by announcing a renewed four-year agreement that will ensure students in the Wind Turbine Technician program continue to receive the best safety training possible.

The latest commitment by TEAM-1 Academy is valued at $131,480 and follows a similar three-year agreement announced in 2019.

“Partnering with TEAM-1 Academy has provided not only our students, but our faculty, with the most up-to-date safety training in the wind industry,” says Sheldon Anderson, Dean of Lethbridge College’s Centre for Trades. “We value this partnershi­p and look forward to several more years of mutually beneficial collaborat­ion.”

As part of the agreement, TEAM-1 Academy trainers will continue to visit Lethbridge College several times a year to train students and faculty. They will also use the space on campus to train workers from other wind power generation companies. Participan­ts earn a globally recognized certificat­ion from the Global Wind Organizati­on (GWO).

“TEAM-1 Academy is very proud to be part of this synergisti­c partnershi­p,” says Scott Connor, TEAM-1 Academy Chief of Training. “Lethbridge College offers a world class facility and Wind Turbine Technician program. We look forward to continuing this relationsh­ip and supporting their programs.”

TEAM-1 Academy has offered industryle­ading safety and rescue training for over 20 years, providing services to renewable energy, Fortune 500 companies, constructi­on, health care, utilities, fire services, police, EMS, military, government and many other agencies.

“Thanks to our partnershi­p with TEAM-1 Academy, graduates of the Wind Turbine Technician program enter the workforce climb-ready,” says Colin Wynder, Lethbridge College’s Renewable Energy chair. “With GWO certificat­ion, they can be confident in their ability to handle any challenges in the field.”

Students enrolled in the nationally recognized Wind Turbine Technician program also get hands-on experience by scaling the training tower on campus and working on a 309,000-pound nacelle housed in the college’s Trades, Technologi­es and Innovation Facility. Career pathways include, but aren’t limited to, wind turbine constructi­on, maintenanc­e and manufactur­ing, as well as apprentice electricia­n and blade repair technician.

Visit the Lethbridge College website for more informatio­n on the Wind Turbine Technician program.

 ?? Contribute­d photos: ?? Otys Potts-Littlemust­ache, a graduate of the college’s Wind Turbine Technician program, climbs an indoor training ladder.
Contribute­d photos: Otys Potts-Littlemust­ache, a graduate of the college’s Wind Turbine Technician program, climbs an indoor training ladder.
 ?? ?? Otys Potts-Littlemust­ache explores the college’s training nacelle.
Otys Potts-Littlemust­ache explores the college’s training nacelle.

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