April 2022 Edition


Stories Making News!

Going Electric

College of the Rockies is excited to have been chosen for a pilot project alongside Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Vancouver Island University to which provides our Automotive Service Technician students the education and skills required to service electric vehicles and to promote a cleaner, greener future.


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The more the merrier

As College of the Rockies 2020 and 2021 graduates were unable to attend an in-person Commencement Ceremony, they have been invited to take part in the 2022 celebration, which will be held at Western Financial Place on Friday, June 10.


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A Big Thank You!

Paper Excellence, which operates the Skookumchuck Pulp Mill, recently donated $50,000 to the College to create a Paper Excellence student scholarship award. Each year for the next five years, ten $1,00 scholarships will be distributed to College of the Rockies students. On behalf of our students - thank you so much Paper Excellence!

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Fun with STEM

Our STEM Spring Break campers proved that learning really can be fun and exciting! Some of their fun included solving Rubik's Cubes, playing chess, and coding with robots. It was great to have their energy on campus.

Learning technology

Metis Elders met over nine weeks to expand their digital skills using iPads. They concluded their training by hosting a luncheon for the College community at The Place Where People Gather, complete with a musical performance.

Winning in style

On February 25, our Hairstylist students took part in the Regional Skills Competition in two categories: Youth Train in Trades and Adult. Our students won in both categories with Emily Lindsay (far left) and Breanna Smith (2nd from left) each winning gold! They will travel to Provincials in Vancouver in April. A huge shout out to all participants who created some amazing styles.

Congratulations Emily and Breanna, we will be cheering you on!


On Thursday, February 24, College of the Rockies’ Kimberley campus celebrated 16 new Fire Services certificate graduates.

Graduates of the 23-week program are now prepared for entry-level positions in municipal firefighting; emergency response for the forestry, oil and gas, or mining industries; or as medical first-responders.

Congratulations to all graduates! We are so proud!

International Opportunities for Students

Our International Office is offering six students an opportunity to participate in the International Youth Intern Program in Kenya as a Gender Equality Officer. from May - December 2022. This program aims to provide international experience, skills and knowledge that will prepare students for future employment

The program, which is funded through Global Affairs Canada, is part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy.

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Clean Up Day!

There was a good turn out of employees and students for our Sustainability Committee's Clean Up Day! This group cleaned up trash around the Cranbrook main campus and then were treated to a delicious BBQ.

Reminder: Earth Day is April 22. #InvestInOurPlanet

International Internship Opportunities

If you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant between the ages of 19 and 30, a graduate of a degree or diploma program, and are looking for an exciting and unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and to promote Canada’s international development efforts, we have some opportunities for you. But hurry! Application deadline is April 7.

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Alumni Focus

Sparking her interest

Growing up, Jenny Bateman was interested in a career in the skilled trades but felt there were barriers preventing it from becoming a reality. She felt pressure to pursue academics, struggled with math, and wasn’t even sure which trade would best suit her.

Almost 27 years after graduating from high school, Jenny learned of the College’s Women in Trades Sampler program, an opportunity to try out six different trades (Automotive, Carpenter, Electrician, Industrial Mechanic, and Welder) over 12 weeks.

At the end of the 12-weeks, Jenny had found the right trade for her. She applied for and was accepted into the foundation-level Electrician program. She began the program in February 2022.

Giving Back

Honouring a treasured friend, colleague, and family man

In November 2021, Randy “Fritz” Sandberg tragically passed away after a workplace vehicle accident, a loss that deeply impacted his colleagues at Mainroad East Kootenay.

Randy was a gentle, loving, caring, wonderful man who will forever be remembered for his smile, caring heart, and loyalty to his friends and family. He kept everyone around him rolling in laughter and could find humour in almost every situation.

Randy had a deep love of family, fishing, camping, traveling, and helping others out in any way possible. As the Mechanical Trades Supervisor – Heavy Duty Mechanic with Mainroad, he was involved in the mentoring and coaching of other mechanics.

As many of Mainroad mechanics have taken an interest in upgrading courses at College of the Rockies or are graduates of the Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician program, Mainroad felt it appropriate to honour Randy’s legacy by creating the Randy “Fritz” Sandberg Memorial Bursary. This Bursary will be awarded to students entering the College’s Heavy Duty Equipment Technician foundation program.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The Teck Scholarship offers six, $2,000 scholarships to students entering College of the Rockies in the Heavy Mechanical or Electrician Foundation program in the fall or winter semester. These scholarships will be awarded to two female students, two Ktunaxa Nation members and two other students in either program. Deadline to apply: August 15, 2022.

The College of the Rockies Entrance Bursary Program is open to first-year students entering a full-time post-secondary program at College of the Rockies. Bursaries range from $250 to $2,000 for students who demonstrate financial need. Deadline to apply: August 15, 2022.


The Irving K. Barber Transition Award is available for students who have completed - or will be completing - a minium of three Adult Basic Education courses and are planning to enrol in full-time post secondary studies at a BC public post-secondary institution between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023.


Important Dates - April 2022

April 13 - End of Child, Youth and Family Studies (CYFS) courses for Winter 2022 and tuition fees due 
                 for CYFS Spring semester.

April 14 - Last day of Winter 2022 classes for semestered courses.

April 15 - Good Friday - College closed.

April 18 - Easter Monday - College closed.

April 19 - Exam period starts for all programs with semestered courses.

April 20 - Start of Spring semester for Child, Youth and Family Studies programs

April 25 - Registration opens for Fall 2022 and Winter/Spring 2023 for new domestic students in all
                  programs with semestered courses.

April 27 - Orientation for new International students
                - Last day of late registration, changes or withdrawals with 75% refund for Spring Child, Youth
                  and Family Studies courses.

April 28 - Exam period ends.