College of the Rockies Quarterly Report
Ascend – June 2022
Welcome to Ascend
Welcome to the summer edition of Ascend – our quarterly look at important labour market themes in our region. In this issue, we are focusing on the College’s Business, Academic, and Tourism offerings.
By 2031, BC is expected to have over a million job openings, 80% of which will require some level of post-secondary education. The majority of jobs will require a certificate or diploma (29%) or a degree (36%). In addition to our numerous academic certificates and diplomas, we are proud to offer our very own degree program, the Bachelor of Business Administration: Sustainable Business Practices. This unique degree prepares students for the new business world, one where sustainability is an important requirement.
We also offer an extensive range of University Arts and Sciences certificates, diplomas, and Associate Degrees which students can earn before transferring to university to complete their degree. Not only do our students save money by doing this, but they benefit from our small class sizes and personalized attention. In fact, students who start with us and then transfer often do better academically than students who go directly to university.
The Tourism industry has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The BC government recognizes the importance of this industry and has launched a new three-year roadmap for rebuilding and revitalizing tourism in our province. We’re proud to support this rejuvenation through our five tourism-related programs.
I hope you find the information in this edition of Ascend valuable. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and observations.
President and CEO
College of the Rockies
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Responding to regional needs
- College of the Rockies offered a special Child, Youth & Family Studies (CYFS) fast-track semester, made possible with funding from the WorkBC Community Workforce Response Grant. Twenty-two students successfully completed the 16-week semester which included four of the CYFS core courses, transferable to either the Early Childhood Education (ECE), Education Assistant (EA), or Human Service Worker (HSWR) programs. Seventeen of those who completed the fast-track semester chose to continue their education in one of these specialties.
- Our ECED 113 – Health Safety and Nutrition course has been changed to accept students on a monthly basis between October and April each year. This 10-module online course meets one of the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s requirements to qualify to work as an Early Childhood Education Assistant certification. The course also provides credit toward the full ECE program.
- Our Child, Youth and Family Studies (CYFS) dual credit semester provides an opportunity for high school students enrolled in SD 5, 6, or 8 to get an early start on their post-secondary education. The dual credit semester allows participants to complete three CYFS core courses as well as an elective. Successful participants will be qualified to work as Early Childhood Education Assistants, will receive 16 high school credits toward graduation, and will earn 13 post-secondary credits.
- College of the Rockies is collaborating with Columbia Basin Trust on two new programs to encourage individuals to train to become Early Childhood Educators. Offered by the Trust, and delivered by the College, one program offers a $2/hour wage subsidy to enhance the hourly rate of ECEs working in eligible, licensed facilities. The second program provides ECE Assistants and ECEs working in licensed facilities with a training wage to help them to complete or upgrade their credentials.
- In response to the shortage of qualified education assistants available to work in the K-12 system in our region, the College has made twice as many Education Assistant (EA) spots (60) available for fall 2021. The EA program also recently underwent a quality assurance review, with input from students, graduates, and community stakeholders, to ensure our program is current and relevant to the needs of the profession.