The cold white stuff wasn’t the only thing hitting Lethbridge in December. Lots of green came our way too, to the tune of a $556 million commitment from the Alberta government:
At the University of Lethbridge, the Destination Project includes a new facility for teaching, research and community outreach in the sciences as well as upgrades to the iconic University Hall. The investment will replace dated facilities accommodating over 1,300 current students and increase capacity by 450.
At Lethbridge College, ground will be broken next spring on the Trades and Technology Project, which will include new learning spaces and equipment for an additional 880 students in eight trades and four technology programs.[…] The government is providing $200 million to Destination Project at the University of Lethbridge and $56 million towards the Trades and Technology Project at Lethbridge College.
These investments will do so much more than “increase capacity.” The new facilities will enhance Lethbridge’s ability to attract ambitious, young Albertans who will ultimately decide to grow, live, play and reinvest their own money in our community over the long run. Lethbridge will also enjoy the economic spin-off of jobs created throughout planning and construction, and upon completion when there are more students to teach and serve.
All of the above is of course good for Lethbridge real estate too. 😉
As an alumnus of both Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge (B.Mgt.), I’ve long held that our windy city offers a world-class opportunity for any young person in Alberta, or even western Canada for that matter. The academic depth, breadth and quality of instruction available is worth the price of admission alone. And the laid-back lifestyle, in conjunction with countless things to do, is ideal for students. Factor in a super competitive cost of living… what more could any up-and-comer ask for?
If you have kids with post-secondary in their future, or if you’re not sure you can afford to “send them away” to school, give Lethbridge a second look. We’re not the biggest, but you might decide we ARE the best!