COTR welcomes back students for a new year

College of the Rockies is ready to welcome more than 2,000 new and returning students on Tuesday, September 8.

It’s back to school for College of the Rockies students on September 8.

It’s back to school for College of the Rockies students on September 8.

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College of the Rockies is ready to welcome more than 2,000 new and returning students on Tuesday, September 8.  Tuesday is set aside for students to orient themselves, get a locker, meet their classmates, get their student ID cards, buy textbooks and have some fun.  Day and evening classes will start on Wednesday, September 9.

Many activities are planned at the Cranbrook main campus.  “The day kicks off for most students at 9:45 am with a welcome and announcements in the gym followed by program meetings geared toward helping students get to know their fellow students and faculty as well as program expectations,” says Cori Andrichuk, College of the Rockies Manager, Student Life and Athletics.

“The morning wraps up with a free barbeque sponsored by President and CEO David Walls as well as some fun activities, music and prizes,” Andrichuck continues.  “We are excited to be having some local celebrities taking part in activities with us this year as well.”

Further events are planned for students throughout September including the annual Pins n’ Pizza event at Juniper Lanes, a lakeside paddle on paddleboard or kayak at St. Mary’s Lake, a trip to Fernie’s Aerial Park and the always fun egg splat competition.

“We are excited for the start of our fortieth year of providing exceptional post-secondary education to students in the East Kootenay,” said Heather Jackson, Manager, Communications and Marketing.  “We’re a small college and we’re proud of that.  It allows us to really get to know our students and to provide personalized attention.  In fact, our vision is to create and deliver the most personal student experience in Canada and, with the extraordinary work of our dedicated faculty and staff I believe we’re well on our way to doing just that.”

“I’d also encourage everyone in our College region to mark October 17 in their calendars,” Jackson continued.  “We’re throwing a fortieth anniversary party at our Cranbrook main campus and everyone is invited.  We’ll have more information available in the coming weeks.  It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Students can get in on that fortieth year excitement now.  With options for full-time or part-time programs as well as individual courses to complete a credential or to further explore ones interests, the College offers something for every type of learner.  Many programs and courses are still accepting applications until September 23.

For more information on Orientation Week go to: cotr.ca/orientation.