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College of the Rockies

Campuses

7

Enrolment

  • 2009

    Full-time
  • 260

    International
  • 330

    Apprentice
  • 528

    Indigenous

Celebrating 40 years of providing post-secondary education in the spectacular Kootenay Rockies of southeastern BC, College of the Rockies combines an exceptional learning experience with an unparalleled lifestyle. With two campuses in Cranbrook and regional campuses in Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere and Kimberley, College of the Rockies has a vision to create and deliver the most personal student experience in Canada. Twice voted number one in Canada for overall student experience in the largest annual survey of international students in the world (International Student Barometer), the staff and faculty at the College are passionate in their commitment to take a personal interest in discovering what motivates and excites each student. College of the Rockies offers a wide range of programs across a range of disciplines including arts and sciences, business, tourism, engineering, health, trades, child and youth studies and more. Credentials range from one-year certificates all the way through to four-year Bachelor degrees. Non-competitive entry, a wide variety of online courses and programs, reasonable tuition and affordable living costs are part of what makes College of the Rockies “Rocky Mountain Inspired, Small College Proud”.

Fast Facts

  • Transfer Excellence: COTR students transferring to university graduate with among the highest GPAs in BC. Further 85% complete their degree- the highest rate for transfer students from any BC institution.
  • Doctors in the House: College of the Rockies has at least 9 PhDs on staff.
  • We’re #1: College of the Rockies was ranked #1 in the world for overall international student experience two years in a row (2012, 2013) by the International Student Barometer.
  • Dual Admission: COTR has signed dual admission agreements with University of Victoria and University of Lethbridge, opening up new opportunities for students who wish to earn a degree.
  • Lifestyle: Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with skiing and other outdoor opportunities minutes from the classroom. Hundreds of kms of marked trails are just steps from the main campus.

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Contribute to our Community

We serve a regional population of approximately 75,000 people who live within a large 45,000 square kilometer area. Many of our programs are offered through non-traditional instructional methods and our reach goes well beyond our region. In 2012-13, College of the Rockies’ total impact on the region’s economy was $206.7 million in added income, equal to 4.7% of the region’s Gross Regional Product. The effect of former College of the Rockies students on the regional economy amounted to $176.4 million in added income. Overall, the added income created by College of the Rockies and its students supported 4,778 job equivalents.

Foster Student Success

Lori Wik

From COTR to MD, a local girl, Lori Wik chose College of the Rockies because of geography, the social supports she had in place and to save money. She completed two years of University Transfer Science courses at the College before going on to complete a Bachelor of Medical Science and a Doctor of Medicine with special training in research. Lori is now a General Internal Medicine Specialist in Cranbrook and has volunteered as a clinical teacher in The Gambia, West Africa. Not only did Lori’s career in medicine get its start at the College – her family did as well. She married one of her friends that she met in her first year of classes. They now have four children.

Josh Prasad

Following his passion Josh Prasad has always found electricity fascinating. He enrolled in the electrical pre-apprenticeship training at College of the Rockies in 2008. Upon completing that first year, he decided to continue his learning through the apprenticeship program. Throughout his training, Josh found work with a variety of local companies performing residential and commercial building in the electrical trade. Since completing his fourth year, Josh has filled the role of foreman and lead hand, has overseen quality control, run small projects for a young company, and assisted a friend with the completion of an $18 million electrical job. His choice to pursue work in the industrial oil and gas field has served him well, allowing him to further his electrical career. He loved his time at College of the Rockies and credits doing his apprenticeship training at the College with getting him where he is today.

Greg Snell

From Tourism grad to ‘Best Job in the World’, Greg Snell graduated from the Adventure Tourism Business Operations program at College of the Rockies. Following his studies, he completed an internship in Ecuador and began work with a Canadian adventure tourism company in South America. In 2013, Greg applied for Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Job in the World – Wildlife Caretaker’ position. With over 330,000 applicants, Greg was the only Canadian to make it to the finals — and he won! Greg worked in South Australia for six months – swimming with great white sharks, snorkeling with sea lions, hanging out with kangaroos and helping to conserve the natural environment. Since then, Greg has gone on to launch an online documentary travel series called Travel Global Think Local, which focuses on community projects and the actions of people who are making the world a better place – just like Greg is.

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Date modified: 2016-10-26