A new $10 million trades facility announced this year will play an important role in the College of the Rockies future.
So says President and CEO David Walls, who’s looking back at the institution’s highlights in 2017.
Construction of the trades building began in May and will result in 50 new spaces for students in the fall of 2018.
“Its more purpose designed. I was able to get in and actually have a look at the facilities. All the outsides done and they are working on the inside now,” Walls says. “Its going to be a very good facility for us with three new bays, small classrooms, overhead crane and so on.”
Walls adds the college saw a significant 14.6 percent increase in student population this year, thanks in part to the return of free tuition for adult basic education.
“We said back in 2015 that we wanted to increase our student base by about 15 percent,” Walls says. “That includes indigenous students, international and other domestic students as well. So we seem to be doing very well on the student recruitment front.”
He adds around half of COTR’s students come from outside the region.
Walls hopes to support the growing numbers with more housing to be built next summer.
Stay tuned for more Year-In-Reviews from East Kootenay newsmakers as we make our way through the holiday season.
– COTR President and CEO, David Walls