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City Scholars

The City of Lethbridge recognizes the benefits of partnering with students and faculty at post-secondary institutions, including accessing and leveraging research, data and expertise.
The City Scholars program creates a pathway for students, faculty, and the City to work together on evidence-informed applied research projects that support innovation, addressing the challenges and opportunities facing our city. Through collaboration, we can better understand the needs of our diverse community, the impacts of local and global changes, and ultimately design and deliver high-quality planning, programs, and services to our community.

The City Scholars program helps bridge the gap between campus and community by creating strong partnerships.

Students

Students bridge their academic knowledge with career development by learning about what it means to work within a public sector environment.

  • Develop workplace skills and apply academic knowledge
  • Access professional and academic mentorship
  • Network with prospective employers
  • Learn about municipal governance and business practices

Faculty

Faculty bridge theoretical frameworks and application to ground their work in real-world contexts and to support the City with research, data analysis, and knowledge.

  • Develop connections for applied research
  • Collaborate with public service experts working in the research field of interest
  • Provide opportunities for WIL placements
  • Ground truth their research by applying it to a real-world context

City Staff

City of Lethbridge staff bridge with "on-demand" expertise at post-secondary institutions to support operational and strategic needs at the City of Lethbridge.

  • Access faculty research expertise
  • Increase capacity to take on research projects
  • Develop staff mentorship and supervision skills
  • Learn about new approaches and practices to their work

City Scholars creates a unique opportunity for collaboration through Work-Integrated Learning (WIL).

WIL projects provide students with hands-on workplace experience, structured around both professional and academic outcomes. At the City of Lethbridge students have the unique opportunity to work on projects that positively impact the wellbeing of their community, while also benefiting from the mentorship of City and faculty supervisors. The skills and experiences gained through City Scholars' WIL opportunities support students as they enter the workforce and/or pursue further education.

The structure of City Scholars WIL projects can vary, however most take the form of Applied Studies and Community Service Learning. Applied Studies provide opportunities for students to take on short-term (typically one or two semesters) research projects. Students receive both professional and academic work plans, as well as supervision by a City project lead and faculty member. Typical outcomes include research papers, policy briefs and presentations. Applied Studies are often carried out by one student, however can also be designed for a small cohort. Community Service Learning projects embed real world outcomes within the structure and learning objectives of a class, linking theoretical concepts with experiential learning.

WIL projects are often initiated by the City based on our operational and strategic needs, however can also be proposed by students and faculty.

Student(s): Kes Soup 

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Best Practices for the Use of Artificial Intelligence within Public Service Settings

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Partner Services

Timeline: Fall 2023

Partner(s)University of Lethbridge Niitsitapi Centre of Excellence for Work Integrated Learning, City of Lethbridge Indigenous Relations Office, Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Student(s): Mercy Trinh

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Researching best practices for recruitment, retention and onboarding through the lens of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility 

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Chris Witkowski, People and Partner Services  

Timeline: Fall 2023

Partner(s): Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Student(s): Taylor Manns & Amy Cran  

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Multi-stage project that focuses on 1) labour market trends, 2) risk exposures to us as an employer and community, and 3) the use of Work Integrated Learning and Applied Research Partnerships as pathways to manage / mitigate labour risk 

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Internship

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Partner Services

Timeline: Fall 2023 – Spummer 2024

Partner(s): Mitacs, Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Student(s): Brie Wilson

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Research into Historic Places and Statements of Significance

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Logan Bartholow, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Fall 2023

Partner(s): Historic Places Advisory Committee

 

 

Student(s): Lawrenz Decano, Rachelle Phillips, Bryanne Wandler

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Better Practices for Neighbourhood Design

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Spencer Croil, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Fall 2023

Partner(s): Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Student(s): Hanna Laberge, Sydney Whiting, Brie Wilson

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Land Use Bylaw Renewal Project Decoding Papers

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisors: Genesis Molesky and Ross Kilgour, Planning and Design  

Timeline: Fall 2023 – Spring 2024

Partner(s): Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Student(s): Taylor Manns and Kianna Turner

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: City Scholars Program Development and Work-Integrated Learning Best Practices Research

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Internship

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Partner Services

Timeline: Summer 2024

Partner(s): Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Class: Urban Design Studio 

Institution: University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Project: Civic Commons Catalyst: Urban Core Master Planning and Conceptual Design

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Community Service Learning

City Supervisor: Logan Bartholow, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Summer 2023

Partner(s): University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

 

 

Class: Geography 4500

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Urban Design and Stakeholder Engagement for Chinatown

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Community Service Learning

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Spring 2023

Partner(s): University of Lethbridge, Urban and Regional Studies Program

 

 

Student(s): Hannah Laberge and Brie Wilson

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Assessing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Lethbridge’s Heritage Inventories Using a System Plan Approach

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Ross Kilgour, Planning and Design

Timeline: Spring 2023

Partner(s): Historic Places Advisory Committee

 

 

Student(s): Peter Gorombey

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: History of the Warehouse District

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Spring 2023

Partner(s): Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Student(s): Kirsten Hironaka

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Civic Commons: Best Practices for Comprehensive Planning

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Spring 2023

 

 

Student(s): Kianna Turner and Taylor Manns

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Inclusive urban design, planning and engagement practices: Chinese National League Site

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Spring 2023

Partner(s): Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Student(s): Amy Cran, Isabella Lee and Kianna Turner

Institution: University of Lethbridge

Project: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility in planning and placemaking

Type of Work-Integrated Learning: Applied Study

City Supervisor: Perry Stein, Opportunity Lethbridge

Timeline: Fall 2022

Partner(s): Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy

 

 

Project Contact

Perry Stein

Email: perry.stein@lethbridge.ca
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)

City of Lethbridge
910 4 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P6

 

 

Contact Us

City Hall
910 4 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P6

Phone: 311
or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)

 

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