The ribbon has been cut: Lionel Houle Electrical Shop at Camosun College officially opens

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, VICA member Houle Electric cut the (figurative) ribbon at the grand opening of the Lionel Houle Electrical Shop at Camosun College Interurban. 

A crowd full of industry stakeholders — including participants of Camosun's Electrical Program, Knappett Projects, and Technical Safety BC — were in attendance as Houle CEO and Chairman Robert Lashin addressed the audience. Houle donated $75,000 to improve the space, which is now double the size of the previous shop. For a program that, at any given time, trains 100 foundation students and 600 apprentices, an upgrade was certainly needed.

Houle Electric CEO Robert Lashin

Shown below: Paul Hill, President of Houle Electric, Robert Lashin, CEO of Houle Electric, and Ross McLean, Houle Victoria Branch Manager

Houle Electric Executive

Learn More about the Electrical Foundations program on the Camosun website.

"The Electrical Foundations program has given me a wealth of practical knowledge and hands-on experience that will serve me well as I enter the field and begin my new career path. The instructors are fantastic. Their knowledge and experience helps to give me an idea of what to expect outside of school and on the worksite. The self-paced program has allowed me to get ahead and potentially graduate early. Can't beat a program like that!" - Jessica Jackman, Camosun Student

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