College of the Rockies Knows ‘It’s Good Out Here’

Posted on
Image of two students standing outside College of the Rockies' Kootenay Centre entrance.

College of the Rockies is joining with six other post-secondary institutions across BC to get the word out that if you’re interested in working in a rewarding career alongside great people in a close-knit community—it’s good out here.

Where exactly is “here?” The group of seven British Columbia colleges  – College of the Rockies, College of New Caledonia, North Island College, Northern Lights College, Northwest Community College, Okanagan College and Selkirk College – offer work in communities that include small towns with only a few thousand people, up to large cities with populations of over 80,000. A few communities have fewer than 1000 permanent residents and are set in some of the most breathtaking locations in BC.

College of the Rockies Executive Director of Human Resources and Payroll Sheila McDonald notes, “It’s not unusual for people to move to one of the colleges’ communities for a job opportunity and quickly realize they never want to leave. Between the camaraderie offered in the working environment, the affordable real estate and the instant access to outdoor recreation, people truly connect with others and settle in.”

Job opportunities at the Regional Colleges of BC include careers in administration, finance, health services, information technology, maintenance and senior leadership. And then there are the obvious faculty and teaching roles, which are appealing because the small college settings enable employees to make strong connections with their students and really make a difference in their lives.

“Most people know that the outdoor recreation is spectacular everywhere you go in BC,” adds Ken Crewe, Director of Human Resources for North Island College. “But add in affordable housing, vibrant communities and the chance to do work that has direct application in the community you’re living in and you’ve got a situation that has a lot of appeal for someone ready to leave the big city behind.”

The Regional Colleges of BC expect that once the word gets out, it won’t be difficult to entice qualified candidates to their workplaces.

“We know from our employees who have moved here from elsewhere that we offer great places to live and rewarding workplaces, but not enough people consider one of the Regional Colleges of BC as an employer of choice, especially outside of teaching faculty and staff,” says Gary Leier, Director of Human Resources and Community Relations for Selkirk College. “The reality is that compared to the big city, it really is good out here.”

The Regional Colleges of BC is a group of public post-secondary institutions spanning the regions outside of the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. The colleges cover 43 communities across British Columbia, from Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii out west, bordering Yukon to the north, the Rocky Mountains to the east and everything in between. The employee recruitment brand and website is the first large project this group has collaborated on.

To learn more about why “it’s good out here” – visit www.itsgoodouthere.com