Regional News: Last tuition free semester offered at COTR

The quickest way to update your brain’s software might be a free semester of upgrading through programming geared toward adults.

The quickest way to update your brain’s software might be a free semester of upgrading through programming geared toward adults.

College of the Rockies (COTR) is offering adult students free tuition to upgrade courses that boost basic education and prepare for employment opportunities this fall.

Adult upgrading has been offered tuition-free at COTR and other schools since 2008. The Ministry of Advanced Education gave learning institutions the option to start charging tuition as of January 1, 2015.

The COTR will be charging tuition beginning in January 2016, at which point grants will be available for low-income students to assist with tuition and other costs from studying.

“Adult upgrading courses provide opportunities for adults wishing to complete their high school education, improve their high school grades, upgrade their skills for entry into the workforce or to complete missing requirements for other college or university courses,” said Stan Chung, College of the Rockies’ vice-president of education, in a recent press release. “We encourage students at any of our campuses to take advantage of this last semester of tuition-free adult

upgrading courses.”

The goal is to focus on literacy, basic academic upgrading and employment preparation.

During the September semester, the COTR Cranbrook main campus is offering classes in biology, chemistry, English, math and physics. However, the course selections at satellite campuses — such as Invermere, Golden, Fernie and Creston — may vary.

To learn more about adult upgrading and available grants, contact an Education Advisor at your nearest campus.

For more information about adult upgrading, visit

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