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A wealth of education and experience

Ryan Getschel is a real Renaissance man. The 25-year-old SAIT student is already able to draw on a wealth of job and education experience. As a boy he worked at his family’s businesses, first at a water park at Sylvan Lake, then a fiberglass manufacturing plant. He also studied business at Red Deer College and worked in a bank.

Eventually Getschel enrolled in a bachelor of fine arts program and, through it all, he kept up a passionate interest in design and architecture. That’s what brought him to SAIT and the Architectural Technologies program.

“I have always loved design. My parents’ computer had a design program and I always liked playing with it. I decided the arts might be my way in to architecture school, but then I learned about the SAIT program and decided the two-year diploma was the way to go.”

Getschel is a recipient of an Albi Homes Architectural Technologies award. He says the $1,000 really came in handy. “I got married just before attending SAIT so the money was put to good use — car payments, mortgage and ongoing medical expenses. The money helped a lot and eased some stress.”  

As he prepares for graduation, Getschel’s priorities have shifted. Instead of heading to architecture school, his new long-term goal is to open a home building company. With that in mind, he has decided to carry on with his studies at SAIT in the Bachelor of Science, Project Management program. He says it will make him more competitive in the workforce and knows the skills he acquires will serve him well when he is ready to start up his own business.  

Getschel was one of 16 student award recipients honoured by Albi Homes on April 2, 2014 at the company’s annual luncheon for SAIT students.