Gov’t funds will help with new COTR equipment

The College of the Rockies is getting a boost from the B.C. Government which will help put the latest tools in the hands of its students.

  • Jan. 23, 2013 9:00 a.m.

The College of the Rockies (COTR) is getting a funding boost from the B.C. Government which will help put the latest tools in the hands of its students.

A funding announcement of $443,842 was made Tuesday, Jan. 22, which will go towards new skills training equipment at COTR. That money is part of a $17 million B.C.-wide Skills and Training Plan investment by the Province to support equipment upgrades at post-secondary institutions.

Nick Rubidge, COTR President, said the funding will allow the college to replace obsolete equipment and purchase new state-of-the-art technology.

“In order for College of the Rockies to continue to play a vital role in preparing skilled workers to support the B.C. economy, it is critical that our students have access and are trained on the most up-to-date equipment and technology so that they are work-ready when they leave this institution.”

The type of equipment slated for new purchase or replacement at COTR — unless otherwise donated from industry partners — includes equipment such as solar-wind energy training systems, skidder and a crawler.

“It is important to safeguard our students for a successful future by placing them with the proper tools for a proper education,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

Equipment purchases and replacements at each institution are based upon a review and analysis of existing inventory, current and future program and industry requirements, and current government priorities to provide skills training that is aligned to the needs of the economy in each region.

Institutions will also pursue partnerships with local industries and other stakeholders to purchase or donate equipment, ensuring students continue to train on the latest equipment being used in the workplace.