College of the Rockies
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The College of the Rockies offers academic, career, and trades programs, including apprenticeships and co-op options. The College has over 65 programs in more than 30 categories leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate in Business, Child Youth and Family Studies, Computer Science, Health, Recreation, Tourism, Trades, and University Studies. The College provides numerous opportunities for students to study online including over 200 classes and the option of earning an Associate of Arts or Science. As a result of a 2003 agreement between the College of the Rockies and Royal Roads University, students of the former who are entering their 3rd year of their Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies or Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications have the choice of transferring to the University to complete their respective programs. The University reserves 10 spaces for students of the College in their 3rd year of the aforementioned programs. Moreover, the College’s “Access” programs provides adult learners with the opportunities to learn English as a Second Language, complete their high school education, prepare for post-secondary studies, and/or upgrade their academic and/or workplace skills. The Continuing Education division of the College contains many opportunities to further one's education and/or career training via flexible courses and programs offered through part-time, evening, and/or online studies, and includes specialized instruction in computer training, first aid, safety, trades, health, and hobbies.
With its main campus in Cranbrook and secondary campuses in Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere, Kimberley, and Sparwoord, the College of the Rockies is committed to making higher education accessible in East Kootenay. The College is expected to undergo a $16.5 million expansion, including the addition of 450 new spaces for students, by 2010.