The next semester of classes at the College of the Rockies is well under way, and there’s some exciting things going on at the Golden campus.
The flagship Adventure Tourism and Business Operations program is still going strong, and this year’s students have a couple new instructors to learn from.
“The students in that program are very engaged, and we have some new instructors this year including Magi Scallion and Andrea Eitle,” said campus manager Karen Cathcart. “It’s always great to hear from past students in that program, and learn what they’re up to. The graduates here know they’re alumni.”
Although this is most well-known program offered at the Golden campus, there are other programs that are gaining strength with each new intake.
And Intro to Trades is at the top of that list. In it’s third year Cathcart is seeing lots of interest from Grade 12 students at Golden Secondary School who are curious about trades industries.
“It has been very popular amongst the students, and we’re even starting to see more females opt to take the program,” she said. “It’s a great way for them to see what’s out there in terms of trades, and make an educated decision about which career path they would like to pursue after high school.”
The students get a crash course in a variety of trades, and even come out of the program with several certificates.
“It really makes them more marketable to employers. We’ve seen such great success come out of it,” said Cathcart.
Every class ends the program with a project around campus. One class built the covered entrance to the building. This one will be putting up benches and picnic tables on campus for the students, as well as community members to enjoy.
This year the college will also be partnering with the Golden Arts Guild for a program that exposes students to a large variety of mediums. The program will feature local and visiting artists teaching sessions in their area of expertise.
“We’re hoping to have an art showcase at the end of it as well, to show the community what the students have accomplished,” said Cathcart.
Although that program doesn’t start until April, there is an art program running now, with artists Janis Dyck and Susan Cooper teaching the classes.
Other exciting opportunities at the college include a creative writing weekend featuring Fernie author Keith Liggett (being presented in partnership with Bacchus Books), first aid courses, and the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program, which began earlier in the month.
For more information on these and other classes, contact the campus at 250-344-5901.