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Westco Construction Ltd. donates $50,000 to Lethbridge College

Westco Construction Ltd. owners

Westco Construction Ltd. owners Theo Van Ee and Derek O’Connor, Calvin Whitehead, chair of construction trades and renewable energy, Bill Smienk, chair of engineering technologies, and Dennis Sheppard, dean of the Centre for Applied Management.

Westco Construction Ltd., which will celebrate its 25th year in southern Alberta, donated $50,000 to establish a classroom in Lethbridge College’s new trades and technologies facility.
Theo Van Ee and Derek O’Connor, founders of Westco, agree that construction is more than just about the trades.
“There is a process we need to understand, and at Westco, we believe the college is offering relevant training and opportunities for young people to be exposed to the trades,” Van Ee said.
The founders add that Westco and associated companies employ students from the college’s trades and engineering technologies program, including carpenters, heavy equipment technicians, drafting and design technologists and civil engineering technologists.
“We believe it is important to support the southern Alberta construction industry as well as the education of our young people,” O’Connor said.
The Westco Classroom will be used by students studying new and emerging trends in trades and technologies programs and practices.
The classroom, which will be located in the part of the new 165,270 sq. ft. facility that will open in September 2017, will bring together students, faculty and industry partners to create a vibrant learning environment that explores emerging trends in sustainable design and technologies.
“This generous gift is another example of a thriving partnership between Lethbridge College and an industry leader,” Lethbridge College president and chief executive officer Dr. Paula Burns said. “Westco Construction’s support will provide long-term benefits to students, to apprentices and our community.”
The first phase of the college’s new trades and technologies facility opened for apprenticeship students at the end of August and was officially opened on Sept. 30.
When the entire building project is complete in 2017, students in eight skilled trades and four technology programs will use what will be the largest trades and technology training facility south of Calgary.
Many of those students will take classes in the new Westco Construction Trades and Technologies Classroom.
Westco Construction Ltd. was founded in 1991 and works with customers from concept and design to final construction on a wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural, institutional and retail projects.
In addition, they supply and erect pre-engineered structures as well as conventional buildings, among other work.