College of the Rockies prepared for full return to campuses

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On-campus instruction returns, with provincially mandated safety measures in place

After many months of alternative delivery, College of the Rockies’ is looking forward to welcoming students back to campus again, starting September 7.

“We’re thrilled to be preparing for a full return to campus for the fall semester and look forward to once again enjoying the energy our students bring to our hallways,” said Paul Vogt, College of the Rockies’ President. “We will continue to follow the lead of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and the Provincial Health Officer as we prepare to make the on-campus experience safe for everyone.”

In a joint press conference August 24, AEST Minister Anne Kang and PHO Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the return of a mask mandate for all indoor common spaces at post-secondary institutions. Vaccinations will also be required to live in student housing and to access some non-essential services like the gymnasium, inter-collegiate sports, intramural sports, club events or organized social gatherings. Full details of the College’s return-to-campus plan are available at cotr.ca

“We maintained a mask requirement at all of our campuses through the summer months and will be keeping that requirement in place until the PHO’s order is rescinded,” Vogt added. “Our orientation activities were planned to limit the size of gatherings and all welcome back events will stay within the 50-person limit.”

In conjunction with Interior Health, pop-up vaccination clinics will be held at the College’s Cranbrook main campus gymnasium from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 8 and 9. These clinics are open to the public and do not require an appointment. Masks must be worn while inside the campus.

College of the Rockies students, meanwhile, will have access to a host of new or updated courses this fall, with additions or updates to the Environmental Science Associate Degree, the Financial Services diploma, Engineering certificate, and the Business Administration, Fine Arts, and University Studies programs. Further updates are in the works for the winter 2022 semester.

Learn more about College of the Rockies at cotr.ca.


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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Heather Jackson
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College of the Rockies