Working at the District of Saanich as a Student Engineering Technician, Camosun College Civil Engineering Technology co-op student Ben Lubbert was responsible for supporting the Traffic and Operations Planning Department with a variety of vital projects and tasks. Ben’s abilities to ask insightful questions, analyze processes, and take initiative to implement change were noted as valuable assets by his supervisor, Paul Butterfield. Mr. Butterfield commented that, “In the short time that (Ben) was here, he impacted our workload and processes substantially… was always eager to learn…and that it was his tenacious tussle with creativity that makes him stand out”. Ben attributes his success academic success to the “effective blending of (his) diverse career experiences”; and, as he likes to say, “There is no greater way to learn a topic than within the context of the real life workplace.” In addition to his academic and career success, Ben also had significant personal success with the birth of his first child on the very first day of his work term.
Co-op Student of the Year Awards
The Co-op Student of the Year awards recognize a BC or Yukon Co-op student who demonstrates an outstanding level of achievement in their co-operative education work placement experience; combined with a strong academic record, volunteer activities, and significant contributions to promoting co-operative education in their school and in the community.