Cancarb employees share experiences as MHC alumni

The Cancarb - College Connection

For many Cancarb employees, their place of employment isn’t the only thing they have in common. At least 30 of the 80 people working at the local manufacturing plant have studied in a variety of programs at Medicine Hat College (MHC) over the years, including power engineering, business administration, information technology, and welding.

Having the opportunity to start his education at home made MHC the first choice for Ross Buchholz, Cancarb’s vice-president of product quality and development. He studied university transfer science at the college in the mid-1980s before moving to the University of Alberta where he completed a biology degree with a minor in chemistry.

One of his most memorable experiences at the college happened during the second week of school. After skipping a chemistry class, he saw his instructor in the hallway later that day.

“He looked at me and said, ‘how come you weren’t in class?’ In a class of 100 first year students, I don’t know how he knew I wasn’t there but that moment kept me accountable. I realized that if he was watching me, I better show up,” recalls Buchholz.


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Janae Ulrich, CYCC graduate

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