College of the Rockies launches new report to the community

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College of the Rockies’ quarterly employment and education forecast, Ascend, is now available.

‘Ascend’ will provide a quarterly look at the College’s employment and education forecast

College of the Rockies has a new tool to explore employment and education needs in the region, and to chronicle the institution’s progress on its 2-Year Action Plan, with the release of its new quarterly report – Ascend.

“In fall 2020, we reached out to our communities to ask how the College could help move our region past COVID and into recovery. That feedback helped us to develop our 2-Year Action plan,” said Paul Vogt, College President and CEO. “Ascend aims to celebrate our communities while focusing on important labour market themes in our region.”

The inaugural edition of Ascend focuses on community and the growing needs of the East Kootenay family.

“We explore how the College is working to meet the demand for Early Childhood Educators and Education Assistants in our region. With the anticipated need for over 30,000 new regulated early learning and childcare spaces in B.C. due to the new affordable childcare plan agreed upon by the federal and provincial governments, the College has taken action to increase access to our Early Childhood Education and Education Assistant programs,” Vogt said. “Both of these programs are fully subscribed for the 2021/22 academic year, which is good news for our region.”

Themes for future editions include health; trades and construction; and tourism, business and academics.

“We hope our communities find the report engaging and informative,” Vogt concluded.

To view the fall 2021 edition of Ascend, and to subscribe for future editions, go to cotr.ca/ascend.


About College of the Rockies

For more than 45 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 10,000 full-time and part-time students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.

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College of the Rockies