Technology Accreditation Canada Accredits Civil Engineering Technology Program at Lethbridge College

February 5, 2020
On February 3, 2019, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) celebrated with students, staff and faculty at Lethbridge College accreditation of the institution’s Civil Engineering Technology program. National program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and a tour of the programs’ labs and student support services.  

The audit team of Kathryn Deschamps, C.E.T., Jazmin McLean, A.Sc.T., Imed Jouini, C.E.T. and Nixon Christian, C.E.T. noted the breadth of the curriculum, which provides graduates with employment opportunities in various industry sectors. The program’s connection to industry is extremely strong as evidenced from its partnership with a key equipment supplier providing students with training on the latest equipment. Industry Night, field trips and guest speakers offer students important additional industry exposure and networking opportunities.

“The Civil Engineering Technology program accreditation marks the third program accredited at Lethbridge College,” commented Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director.  “We congratulate the College on this significant achievement as it demonstrates a commitment to its students, delivering a program which meets the current standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession.”

“The accreditation will be a tremendous asset for our students,” says Bill Smienk, chair of Lethbridge College’s School of Engineering Technologies. “Many of our students are hired by engineering, construction, and materials testing firms, and those firms recognize the value of this type of certification. We currently have many successful graduates in excellent careers as project managers involved in various infrastructure projects all over Western Canada and beyond. The TAC seal of approval validates the excellent educational experience. It recognizes that the program has met the standards of the profession and that graduates have the knowledge and skills to function competently in the workforce.”

Additionally, accreditation provides an expedited path to professional certification through The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta and other provincial engineering technology and applied science associations across Canada.

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Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director presenting Bill Smienk, Chair, School of Engineering Technologies, with TAC national program accreditation certificate in front of college staff and program faculty and students and Eric Morin, ASET.