Columbia Valley Pioneer Staff

David Thompson Secondary School (DTSS) will be getting a new art room thanks to an expansion by College of the Rockies’ Invermere campus.

The collaboration will see the College giving the high school’s art room a facelift with a $2.8 million infusion from the provincial government.

Both the College and DTSS have shared space since 1998, with the art room connected to the College’s portion of the building.

Allan Knibbs, Director of Facilities at College of the Rockies, said a growing number of programs and students at the campus has necessitated the expansion

“With the introduction of new programming like our Hospitality Management diploma, and subsequent enrolment growth, space is extremely constrained, limiting the campus’ course offerings and availability,” Knibbs said.

The project is expected to be completed before the start of the fall semester in September. High school representatives could not be reached for comment on the initiative.