Kwantlen trades students and local business owner create "fab" partnership

Mon, May 11, 2009


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(left to right) Kwantlen metal fabrication students Kyle Spain, Brody Hazzard, Kevin Bidwell;
Kwantlen graduate and owner of Accurate Fabricating Ltd Ron Castle; Kwantlen metal fabrication faculty
Robert Finlayson; metal fabrication student Joe Berg; and Kwantlen ACP faculty Colleen McGoff Dean.


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May 12, 2009

Kwantlen trades students and local business owner create "fab" partnership

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) In spite of the economic downturn, Kwantlen Polytechnic University graduate and owner of Accurate Fabricating Ltd. Ron Castle spends his time and energy giving back to the university that had helped him build a successful career.

Castle, a Kwantlen graduate who received his training at the university over 20 years ago, understands the importance of a solid education as well as investments in the future workforce. Castle has been a strong community supporter of the metal fabrication program at Kwantlen as he regularly provides industry guidance on student projects and donates precious supplies to the program. Students benefit from Castle’s contribution as they receive hands-on training and learn practical skills using advanced equipment in the industry.

Kwantlen metal fabrication faculty Robert Finlayson comments on Castle’s involvement, “For a number of years now I have had the pleasure of working with Ron and his staff. Ron gives his time and generously donates material to us as he continues to support the students and faculty of Kwantlen’s metal fabrication program.”

Thanks to generous community members like Castle who have been giving back to Kwantlen and contributing to the outstanding success of its programs and students, the university continues to provide leading edge trades and technology training at its state-of-the-art Cloverdale Campus. The support of local companies enables Kwantlen to provide real world learning opportunities to students.

Finlayson adds, “We greatly appreciate the opportunity Ron provides the students in developing their skills in a productive way. It allows the students to get experience from a real world project and to develop the problem-solving skills required on the job.”

Kwantlen’s metal fabrication program was established in 2004 and has now evolved into a much sought after program over this short time period. This program is one of the many innovative educational options at Kwantlen that helps students acquire cutting-edge skills and succeed in today’s job market. For more information, visit:


For more information about Kwantlen Faculty of Trade and Technology, contact:
Dana Goedbloed
Dean, Faculty of Trades and Technology
Tel: 604.598.6101


For more information about Kwantlen, contact:
Peter Chevrier
Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 604.599.2286