College of the Rockies launches new Student Emergency Help Fund

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College of the Rockies is offering most programs online for fall 2020, with enhanced safety protocols in place for programs that require some on-campus learning.

Contributions from College communities welcomed to support students financially impacted by COVID-19

College of the Rockies has established a new COVID-19 Student Emergency Help Fund and invites businesses and individuals in the College region to contribute. The new Fund builds on financial supports announced by the federal and provincial governments.

“We know that many in our region are looking for ways to help others at this difficult time. We wanted to provide an opportunity, for those who are able, to support students,” said David Walls, College of the Rockies President and CEO. “Donations to the COVID-19 Student Emergency Help Fund will help current College students who are experiencing unexpected economic hardship.”

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, College of the Rockies students are being faced with unexpected challenges, including loss of part-time or summer jobs, adjusting to online learning, and unanticipated trips home. Through the COVID-19 Student Emergency Help Fund, students can make a one-time request of up to $200 to assist with groceries and other essentials to help them navigate through this challenging time.

Donations to the COVID-19 Student Emergency Help Fund can be made by visiting cotr.ca/giving, selecting Give Now, and choosing COVID-19 Student Help Fund. Contributions made to the Fund are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Updates on the status of College of the Rockies operations can be found at cotr.ca.


About College of the Rockies
For more than 40 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.


Media Contact:
Deb Carty
Executive Director, Communications and Marketing
College of the Rockies