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Reigniting the Fire

Reigniting the Fire - Daniela Carizzoni Norton was born to work in the hospitality industry. Growing up in a family-run hotel in Switzerland, she was waiting tables by the time she was five years old.

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A High Stylin’ Career

A High Stylin’ Career - Paige Wilkins was living in Calgary and exploring the idea of going to school to be a hairstylist when she learned that her stylist growing up – Gwen Stewart – was the instructor for College of the Rockies’ program in Cranbrook.

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Looking to change the world

Looking to change the world - Browsing through College of the Rockies’ program calendar, Chelsea Fiorentino was drawn to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offered in partnership with the University of Victoria.

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Pursuing His Dreams

Pursuing His Dreams - Braeden Logan has a long history with College of the Rockies. He completed his diploma in Tourism and Recreation Management as well as an Environmental Science certificate here.

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A Unique Path

A Unique Path - Joyce Turner’s interest in the healthcare field stemmed from her mother, who worked as an RN. In 2001, Joyce enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program at College of the Rockies.

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An Unconventional Path

An Unconventional Path - Kris came to College of the Rockies in 2003 after a not-so-successful year at the University of Calgary.

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Taking His Best Shot

Taking His Best Shot - After growing up in – and loving – Cranbrook, Joel Robison was keen to attend college in his hometown.

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Discovering her calling

Discovering her calling - When Leanne Teslak graduated high school she had no idea what she wanted to do so she came to College of the Rockies to try to figure it out.

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A Career Progression

A Career Progression - Kyle Gilchrist was familiar with the forestry industry, having worked as a tree planter. He was interested in learning about and gaining experience in different aspects of forestry work.

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Putting His Passion to Work

Putting His Passion to Work - Mike Robinson, like many Kootenay kids, spent a lot of his childhood enjoying the outdoors. As a result, he developed a keen interest in the diversity of plants, animals and ecosystems in the area.

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A Sustainable Career

A Sustainable Career - Michael Savarie grew up in Cranbrook and was always interested in attending College of the Rockies. The location, cost and smaller class sizes helped to cement his decision to choose the College to begin his education.

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Never Too Late to Learn

Never Too Late to Learn - Christie Dueck and her husband moved to Cranbrook in 1999. Christie had amassed 25 years of clerical and administrative positions but decided the timing was perfect for her to add a formal education to her years of experience.

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A Place To Find Herself

A Place To Find Herself - Christie Kennedy grew up in Kimberley, BC. Unsure of what she wanted to do after high school, she enrolled at College of the Rockies.

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Healing Naturally

Healing Naturally - Laura Young always had an interest in gardening. When she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia she found she was unable to tolerate traditional medication so wanted to learn how to properly grow her own, natural medicines.

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College Experience Leads To International Opportunities

College Experience Leads To International Opportunities - Jasmine Osiowy has a lot of great memories of her experience as a College of the Rockies University Studies student. "The atmosphere was friendly and personable, and there were many opportunities to get involved with a variety of activities," she said.

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Learning from a distance

Learning from a distance - Wildflower loves working with young children. After developing Stretch, Read and Relax, a yoga-based early language and literacy program, she wanted to continue her commitment to working with children.

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Inspiring a writer

Inspiring a writer - Shelby Cain first attended College of the Rockies after graduating from high school in 1994, upgrading some science courses before moving on to university.

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A Sustainable Future

A Sustainable Future - Katie Hamar’s College of the Rockies journey began with a visit to see her sister in Fernie. Coming from Moncton, New Brunswick, she quickly fell in love with the East Kootenay area.

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A Strong Start Leads to Success

A Strong Start Leads to Success - When considering her post-secondary education, Collette Robertson wanted to acquire the necessary university credits to be able to transfer into Dalhousie University’s marine biology program.

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Cooking Up A Great Career

Cooking Up A Great Career - Brandon Kennedy has always loved to cook. Looking to improve his skills, he enrolled in the Professional Cook Training program at College of the Rockies in 2004.

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Combining head and heart

Combining head and heart - Steve Cloke was always active and interested in outdoor recreation. As he grew older, that interest developed into work opportunities. Loving the industry, he decided to make it his career.

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Kick-start to a great career

Kick-start to a great career - Kc enjoyed using technology in high school. He saw that College of the Rockies was offering a two-year program for Network Support Technician (NST) and decided it was the right fit for him.

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Feeling at home

Feeling at home - For Tod Lunan, deciding to attend College of the Rockies was an easy decision. Having grown up in Cranbrook, the College gave him the chance to continue his schooling in the town he knew and loved.

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An opportunity to thrive

An opportunity to thrive - For Mary Wright, returning to school was a necessity. “As a single mother, I was looking for a steady career path that would support my daughter,” she says.

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From immigrant to Canada’s railway

From immigrant to Canada’s railway - Originally from Albania, Mark Kola arrived in Canada from the United Kingdom on a study visa. He chose to live in Kimberley, where his wife’s family had a home, and enrolled in the English Language program at College of the Rockies.

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Student Athlete Scores New Career

Student Athlete Scores New Career - Unsure of a future career path, Kellan Ward chose College of the Rockies because of the volleyball opportunities available to him, the available entrance award and because the College was located the perfect distance from home.

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Finding her calling

Finding her calling - Haley Pelton wasn’t sure what she wanted to do after graduating from high school in 2007. She began taking University Studies courses at College of the Rockies because of the affordable tuition and ability to remain at home.

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From COTR to Kenya

From COTR to Kenya - Katie Schneider has always been fascinated by different cultures. She has also always had a love of the outdoors.

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Exceeding Expectations

Exceeding Expectations - Blaze was working in security but wanted to make a change. After an assessment indicated he may be best suited for Human Service work he enrolled in Adult Upgrading at College of the Rockies to get the prerequisites he needed.

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An Inspirational Journey

An Inspirational Journey - Living in Brazil, Ricardo Zeilmann had a long-standing interest in woodworking. In 2012 he decided it was time to do something about it.

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An Adventure-Filled Life

An Adventure-Filled Life - Bobby Sherlock was looking for a career that would allow him to be active, work outdoors and meet new people. His journey to achieve that goal began with the Adventure Tourism Business Operations program at College of the Rockies’ Golden campus.

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Following his passion

Following his passion - Josh Prasad has always found electricity fascinating. Having the ability to complete his Electrical Apprenticeship program so close to his hometown of Marysville, BC helped him transfer his interest in electricity into his career.

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From COTR to Doctor

From COTR to Doctor - Raised in Kimberley, Lori Wik knew that College of the Rockies was the ideal first step for her long educational journey.

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Taking on big challenges

Taking on big challenges - Marlies Romich’s family has worked in and owned tourism-related businesses her entire life. They have also been frequent travellers. All of this experience has fuelled Marlies’ strong interest in a career in the tourism industry.

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Business Administration to Business Partner

Business Administration to Business Partner - Mike Adams knew when he graduated from high school in Creston, BC that he wanted to be an accountant. When looking at schools to complete a Business Administration diploma, College of the Rockies had several key components Mike was looking for.

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In his comfort zone.

In his comfort zone. - Growing up in Cranbrook, College of the Rockies was a familiar environment for Zyoji Jackson who had attended local judo tournaments at the campus.

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Giving back to her community

Giving back to her community - Laranna Androsoff has a passion for helping others. To that end, she enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at the College of the Rockies.

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Balancing learning and lifestyle

Balancing learning and lifestyle - Aidan Lindsay has a passion for two things – skiing and science.

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Fast track to success

Fast track to success - Leanne knew she loved working with children but wasn’t sure a career as a teacher was for her. The 10-month Education Assistant program at College of the Rockies was a great way for her to be able to work in schools with children quickly.

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Teaching What He Loves

Teaching What He Loves - Born and raised in Cranbrook, Steven Hammond began his education at the College of the Rockies in the Teacher Education program.

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Fulfilling a dream

Fulfilling a dream - Darla Rouleau had always loved working with children and had been a parent volunteer at both her son’s and her niece’s schools.

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Staying close to home

Staying close to home - Meghan Flint wanted to attend College of the Rockies so she could stay close to home and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle so readily available in the area. She also liked the idea of paying lower tuition costs while still receiving great instruction.

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A Dr. in the making

A Dr. in the making - Dan Metcalf became interested in attending College of the Rockies because of the strong varsity volleyball program. The opportunity to take difficult courses in a small, personal environment solidified his decision to attend COTR.

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A born teacher

A born teacher - Karly Fregin learned about the East Kootenay Teacher Education program at a career fair at her high school when she was in Grade 12.

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Making a difference

Making a difference - Justin Opal didn’t always know he wanted to be a Registered Nurse. He had previously achieved professional designations as both a Forest Technologist and as a Personal Fitness Trainer.

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From graduation to employment in only four months

From graduation to employment in only four months - During her first practicum experience in the Education Assistant Program at College of the Rockies, Nina Erickson decided she wanted to continue her schooling and obtain a Bachelor of Education degree.

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From COTR grad to 'Best Job in the World'

From COTR grad to 'Best Job in the World' - Greg Snell, an Oshawa, Ontario native, was living in Golden, BC and working in the tourism industry when he learned about the Adventure Tourism Business Operations program offered at College of the Rockies.

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From Michelangelo to Newton

From Michelangelo to Newton - Jesse Roberts' educational path took an unexpected turn with the discovery of a new way of looking at things.

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A Big Switch

A Big Switch - One month into her studies, Taryn Boyd's discovery of a love for numbers caused her to change her educational goals.

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Entrance award helps student fund her academic journey

Entrance award helps student fund her academic journey - Jenny Byford is a graduate of the College of the Rockies’ University Studies program and is currently working on her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree at the University of Lethbridge.

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