KPU trades program receives generous donation from Whirlpool

Mon, Jul 1, 2013
Henry Reiser, Dean of KPU’s Faculty of Trades and Technology (second left), meets with Whirlpool Canada representative Robert Malandrino (left) alongside current students and program instructor Tom Westgate (centre). 
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KPU trades program receives generous donation from Whirlpool

Metro Vancouver, BC – Whirlpool Canada donated 39 high-end appliances to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Appliance Service Technician Program last Thursday.

Sent from Ontario, the refrigerators, stoves, cooktops and microwaves will facilitate training and hands-on learning in the Cloverdale-based program, which is unique to both British Columbia and Canada.

“Donations such as the current generous one from Whirlpool Canada are crucial to the ongoing Appliance Service Technology Program at KPU. Whirlpool Canada’s ongoing support of the program allows us to keep up,” says program instructor Tom Westgate.

An industry partner since the beginning of the program, the company’s continued support means instructors can train students on top-of-the-line equipment, giving them a competitive edge as they enter the workforce with practical experience on the latest technology.

“The appliance servicing program at KPU has been instrumental in developing technicians, enhancing the ownership experience and most importantly driving loyalty towards our products and our brands,” says Robert Malandrino, Regional Field Service Manager for Whirlpool’s Central and Western region.

For more information on KPU’s trades and technology programs, visit For questions about the Appliance Service Technician Program, email Tom Westgate at or call 604-599-6140.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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