Lakeland student among top apprentices in Alberta

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April 26, 2018
Parts Technician Lance Beloin was among 61 recipients to receive the 2017 Top Apprentice Award from the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board.
Beloin received the award on April 13 during the 21st annual Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Awards. The Top Apprentice Awards honour the apprentices in each trade who achieved the highest overall marks in their final period of training and received strong employer recommendations.
“We are proud of all our students and when students like Lance are awarded top honours in Alberta, it shows the level of dedication and commitment from him during his time as an apprentice. I just want to congratulate him and everyone else who was involved in his education. It is truly a special relationship between the apprentice, the employer and Lakeland College,” says Dave King, dean of Lakeland’s School of Trades and Technology.
Beloin, who is employed by Vermilion Chrysler Ltd. in Vermilion, Alta., says he’s honoured to have been selected.
“I was quite happy and surprised. I am very proud that the dedication that I, and my instructors, put into my education has awarded me with the honor of being the top apprentice parts tech in 2017,” says Beloin.
Beloin took Lakeland’s parts technician 1st period online in 2013, and then finished his 2nd and 3rd period at the Vermilion campus. He received his journeyman certificate in 2017.
“I knew I wanted to get into a trade and I was aware that Lakeland offered courses. My experience there was great. Lakeland’s facilities are good but the instructors were great. They care about their students and are passionate about what they are teaching. To sum up my experience, it comes down to the staff and instructors - they made the biggest influence on my education.”
His instructors were Randy Hobbis, Mark Okrainetz and Chris Noster.
Trades instructor receives second award nomination
Hobbis, a Lakeland parts technician instructor, received his second Top Instructor Award nomination.
“I must be doing something right. I want the students to learn and have fun in class. I use my previous work experience and experience with students – students can teach you so much – and pass on that knowledge to all my new classes when they come in. I strive to provide a positive learning experience for all my students,” says Hobbis.
A nominee for a Top Instructor Award performs beyond the requirements of the average instructor; has excellent presentation skills; and is fair, friendly and firm, according to Alberta Advanced Education.
“Randy has a huge impact on all his students year after year. He is very passionate about his trade and he relays that passion to his students,” says King.
Hobbis has been working at Lakeland as an instructor for parts technician and auto service technician since 1986. Over the last 32 years, he says Beloin is one of those students a teacher hoped to teach every year.
“Lance is a very sharp student. He knew his stuff and what he didn’t know, he accepted it. He had a positive attitude and was sharp academically.”
Beloin added, “I had Randy as an instructor in my second and third years, and he was very dedicated to my education. He really cares and it showed in his instruction.”
Hobbis was nominated once before and won the North Region Top Instructor for Parts Technician in 2010. Since 1987, 10 Lakeland students have won the Top Apprentice Award for parts technician.

Photos: (Top-Bottom) Lance Beloin, 2017 Top Apprentice Award for parts technician recipient, at his place of employment, Vermilion Chrysler. The 2017 Top Apprentice Award for parts technician from the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. Parts Technician Lance Beloin (center) holds his 2017 Top Apprentice Award for Parts Technician from the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Vermilion Chrysler. Joining him is (L-R) Dave King, dean of Lakeland’s School of Trades and Technology; Wes Campbell, owner of Vermilion Chrysler and Campbell-McLennan Chrysler; Randy Hobbis, Lakeland parts technician instructor; and Adam McIntyre, general manager of Vermilion Chrysler.

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