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Cody Gray of Fort Macleod wins career makeover at Lethbridge College

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Cody Gray and his wife Tanis celebrate.

HEATHER CAMERON – GAZETTE CONTRIBUTOR
Fort Macleod resident Cody Gray is the winner of Lethbridge College’s Extreme Career Makeover 2.
The 34-year-old Gray will receive two years of free tuition, books, and accommodation in the college residence dorms.
Gray’s victory was announced Wednesday at Lethbridge College.
“It’s pretty intense, I have to say” Gray said. “I have had a lot of support in this and so this has very little to do with me. It’s my story, but my wife was the one pushing everything. I obviously had a lot of people voting for me and that helped. I have to thank them for getting me here.”
Gray is excited to pursue a new career in the Engineer Design and Drafting Technology program because it will mean better things for himself, his wife Tanis, and their five-month-old son Lane Daniel.
Gray hopes this new career will help him have more time to spend with his family.
“I’m excited to eventually have a job that I look forward to getting up in the morning and doing,” Gray said. “It is something that is 100 per cent who I am and it is something I can give back to other people with and be part of a community.”
“It means everything to my wife because she is behind me 110 per cent. She is my everything and my little boy will be proud that his daddy’s educated. It’ll be awesome.”
The runner up in the competition was Camrose resident Jamie Griffiths, 40, who will receive two years of Lethbridge College tuition.
The other finalists, Mandy Tobler of Fort Macleod, Chris Carleton and Stephanie Savage of Lethbridge and Rianna Randall of Osler, Sask all received $1,000 student awards.
“I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it, I love it,” Lethbridge College manager of market and web services Carmen Jones said of the career makeover. “It’s just a great opportunity to change people’s lives.”
More than 360 people applied for Extreme Career Makeover 2.
Once the finalists were declared, more than 14, 000 people voted for their favourite through an on-line ballot.
A panel of Lethbridge College judges then selected the winner from the top two vote-getters.
“It’s a really neat opportunity,” Lethbridge College president and chief executive officer Dr. Paula Burns said of the career makeover. “It’s the stories of everybody who’s involved; it’s not just the winners. It is a real cool opportunity for us to have a contribution into changing someone’s life.”

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