The College of the Rockies is calling a $1 million donation from Teck an investment into the future skilled workforce of the Kootenays.
President David Walls is praising the funding, which will see $800,000 invested into the Cranbrook Campus’s new trades training facility.
Walls says this will help ensure the facility is ready for its grand opening this Fall.
“Its going to help the students in our trades area with that new building that we’re opening,” Walls says. “It really provides the most up to date and innovative environment for training people in trades.”
$100,000 from the Teck donation will go to renovations at the Fernie campus.
Walls says many of Teck’s workers strengthen their skills through their facilities in the Elk Valley.
“The Fernie campus is fairly close to where the Teck operations are, mostly in the Sparwood and Elk Valley area,” Walls says. “We do a lot of contract training for Teck. Things like first aid and specialized training for Teck at that campus.”
An additional $100,000 will fund scholarships for students in the Heavy Duty Mechanic and Electrical foundation programs.
– College of the Rockies President, David Walls