College of the Rockies students wrap up summer work experience

Co-op student turns into staffer

College of the Rockies Hospitality Management student, Simi Kaur, completed her co-op placement at Kicking Horse Coffee where she treated her co-workers to a traditional Indian meal during a staff lunch. Submitted photo

Submitted by College of the Rockies

Hospitality Management students at College of the Rockies’ Invermere campus wrapped up the program’s first paid co-op experience on September 20th. Twenty-three students filled much-needed roles during the region’s busy tourist season in a variety of hospitality-related positions throughout the Columbia Valley.

“In response to industry need, we designed the program to ensure students are available to work part-time throughout their studies and to be available during peak tourist times, like summer,” said Invermere campus manager, Michelle Taylor. “The program’s fall semester has a late start date so students are available to fill these roles later into September when the busy season is still on.”

Copper Point Resort had eight students complete their co-op placements in a variety of areas within the Resort.

“As Invermere is small town, it is difficult for us to get seasonal staff to fill positions when we are running at full capacity,” said Emily Carver, Copper Point Resort Front Office Manager. “Having the students come in to fill these roles was great for us, and provided a wonderful opportunity for them to learn in a fast-paced environment.”

Students were required to complete 500 hours of work experience over the summer and to submit assignments to supplement their in-field learning and training experiences. They returned to the classroom for the second year of the diploma program on September 23rd.

“I feel like we lucked out having these great students join us at Copper Point Resort,” added Ms. Carver. “They were all very hard-working, eager to learn, and willing to jump in wherever they were needed.”

Learn more about College of the Rockies’ Hospitality Management program at: cotr.ca/hospitality-management.

Co-op student turns into staffer

By Dauna Ditson

reporter@columbiavalleypioneer.com

Simi Kaur enjoyed her co-op placement at Kicking Horse Coffee so much that she asked if she could continue working there when the term ended, and will be staying on as a part-time employee.

“That was awesome. I really liked working there. They are so appreciating. I’ve got so many skills from working there,” she said. “The environment was so positive, and I have learned some managerial skills as well.”

Ms. Kaur, who has already earned a food technology diploma, set a few objectives at the start of her placement.

“I wanted to be more efficient in the kitchen,” she said. “I have achieved some goals, like I got to chop some vegetables and everything. I know chopping now.”

Once she completes her hospitality-management diploma, Ms. Kaur intends to add to her education with a degree in hospitality and build a career in food services.

“A lot of my supervisors at the kitchen and in the cafe, they have complimented me that they are proud of me,” she said.

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