The College of the Rockies is pleased to be bringing in some state-of-the-art technology to help prepare their students for life on the job site.
Students at COTR campuses who are training to work in the Kootenays’ thriving mining sector will have access to the latest mining truck haul simulators, thanks to a substantial investment from the government of British Columbia and the Columbia Basin Trust.
“In addition to the $1.7 million in federal funding, COTR has received $1.1 million in funding from the provincial government ($580,000) and the Columbia Basin Trust ($560,00), for a total of $2.8 million,” said Donna Kraus-Hagerman.
“The simulators could not have been purchased without the support of all three funders.”
The funding, which enables the college to buy the simulators, is also paying for a truck and trailer to transport the equipment between campuses. This will ensure that as many students as possible benefit from the new equipment.
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this funding. This is good news for not only the college, but for students looking to learn here in the Kootenays. The simulators will prepare our students for job opportunities across the province,” said Nick Rubidge, president of COTR.
A report issued in 2012 but the Mining Industry Human Resources council and the Mining Association of BC predicted that in the next 10 years, 11,330 workers will be needed in the B.C. mining industry, and 6,370 will be needed in the Kootenays.
The funding went to purchase five simulators for COTR campuses across the region. Two will be placed in the Fernie campus, two in the Cranbrook campus, and the remaining simulator will travel between campuses and job sites, including Golden, to allow all students access to this valuable training.
“This is an important program as it addresses two needs: the need of Basin employers to find trained labour, and the need of Basin residents to be qualified for local jobs,” said CBT president Neil Muth. “Congratulations to the College of the Rockies for leading this initiative and helping foster the economic well-being of our region.”
To learn more about the new simulators, and programs at the College of the Rockies, go to www.cotr.bc.ca.