College of the Rockies launching Work-Integrated Learning opportunities
College of the Rockies will be launching work-integrated learning (WIL) as a component of many of their programs in summer 2022 and is inviting the regional business community to take part in the first phase, co-operative education.
Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to work in an industry related to their program of study. Study terms are separated by a period of paid relevant work, up to four months in duration. Employers help shape the development of the region’s future employees while students benefit from learning from industry professionals.
“College of the Rockies students are eager to receive hands-on experience and are ready to make meaningful contributions to local businesses,” said Jack Moes, Dean of Trades and Technology. “Through co-op placements, these students will bring their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to employers who, in turn, can economically add depth to their workforce and increase job capacity within their organization.”
Leading up to the official kick-off, the College is inviting regional employers to learn more about the benefits of participating in the program. Through an informational webinar, the College will provide details about work-integrated learning and co-op education, explore the benefits of employer participation, and provide a brief overview of funding resources. The webinar will also include a presentation from a local co-op student employer and provide time for questions. Interested employers have four opportunities to take part in the webinar: 1:00 p.m. on November 4 or 18, or 4:00 p.m. November 9 or 25.
The summer 2022 launch of the WIL program may include up to 13 College programs, including business, tourism, environmental science, recreation, criminal and social justice, and kinesiology.
“Our Co-op and Employment Services team will be providing on-going assistance to both employers and students taking part in WIL,” Moes added.
Interested employers can learn more about work-integrated learning, find links to the webinars, and fill out a request for more information online.