Four Kwantlen Polytechnic University metal fabrication, millwright and welding students utilized the hands-on skills they learned from class to manufactured 50 metal sign posts for the Rotary Club of Langley Central’s Annual Wine and Food Festival.
Their hard work helped the festival raise about $50,000 to support the club’s commitment to eradicate polio, build domestic projects to assist underprivileged children and fund the Rotary Club of Langley Central Award, which provides $500 annually to a Kwantlen student in need of financial assistance.
Led by Robert Finlayson, a metal fabrication faculty member for more than 12 years, Kwantlen students Shane Bryant, Harley Northeast, Keith Ginn and Chris Colt produced posts for metal signs that attached to each vendor’s table to show the company name and information about the products on display.
The students worked from detailed design drawings provided by the festival committee member Bill Evans.
“Bill knew what he wanted and was very specific about the details that were going to make it work for them,” said instructor Robert Finlayson, who enlisted the help of the Kwantlen students to work in class and in the evenings to complete the 50 sign posts in time for the event.