Engineering University Transfer Programs in the Kootenays

Engineering University Transfer Programs throughout the Kootenays

Engineering University Transfer Programs in the Kootenays

With the rise in demand for Engineers of all disciplines, post-secondary institutions in the Kootenays make it easier for regional students to begin their Engineering educations, along with valuable co-op experiences, closer to home.

Kootenays colleges meeting the demand for regional, transferrable, first year programs

Generally speaking, engineering is for students who are interested in the physical structures and systems in our modern world.  Engineers are are the thinkers and builders who apply science and math to every aspect of modern life, designing and developing the products and processes we use every day.

It is a solid, in-demand career path often offering high-paying jobs as well as challenging, satisfying work.

 Engineering careers include:

  • civil  (structures)
  • mechanical (machines)
  • electrical and computer (circuits and software)
  • chemical and biological (chemical and biochemical processes)
  • physics (applied physics in the design of new devices)

College of the Rockies

The College of the Rockies Engineering Certificate is designed to satisfy the first year requirements of undergraduate programs at both UVIC and UBC as well as other institutions.

With a Block Transfer agreement with University of Victoria, College of the Rockies’ engineering certificate students will receive full credit for first-year engineering at UVIC and will be on equal footing with UVIC students when it comes to competitive entry into second year.

According to College of the Rockies Dean of Instruction, Darrell Bethune, “College of the Rockies’ engineering certificate students will receive full credit for first-year engineering at the University of Victoria, and better yet, will be on equal footing with UVIC students for competitive admission into year two.”

“This is a terrific opportunity for students to begin their engineering education at College of the Rockies with smaller class sizes and more personal instruction,” Bethune notes.

The COTR engineering certificate meets the first-year requirements of all UVIC engineering streams except software engineering, though those COTR students interested can enter software engineering by taking the additional computer science course at UVIC after they transfer.

For more information on the College of the Rockies’ Engineering certificate, call (250) 489-2751 ext. 3243 or go to www.cotr.bc.ca/university.

Selkirk College

The first-year Engineering Transfer (Applied Science) program at Selkirk College allows for the transfer option to UBC, SFU, UVic or U of A.

This program focuses on physical structures and provides the necessary background in math and physics required to pursue the remaining three years in a degree program.

Additionally, any prep or prerequisite courses can be fulfilled and successful completion of this certificate program allows for transfer of credits towards an engineering degree at UBC, UBC Okanagan, SFU, UVic, or the University of Alberta. Most of Selkirk’s first-year engineering courses in fact transfer to universities across Canada.

Engineering Co-op

Co-op education programs are vital to providing valuable on-the-job, hands-on experience to future engineers. The Selkirk College co-op education integrates the first year of academic study with periods of paid, related work experience. The co-op work term credit is also transferable to further university co-op engineering programs.

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Coordinated with the East and West Kootenay Branches of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, Selkirk College organized a day-long field trip to Kimberley on September 10, 2016 to tour the Kimberley Underground Mine and the Sunmine Solar Facility.

 

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#madeatMIDAS great minds in fabrication and 3D printing

Great Minds in Fabrication and 3D Printing: Our Regional Supercluster!

#madeatMIDAS great minds in fabrication and 3D printing

Kootenay supercluster:  Great Minds gather in fabrication and 3D printing

As evidenced by the funding award to the BC-led Digital Technology Supercluster earlier this year, there is some serious momentum building in the tech sector not only in the Lower Mainland, but throughout the province, as well as here in the Kootenays.

“It is an exciting and historic time for innovation in Canada. The Digital Technology Supercluster is a generational opportunity – one that holds significant promise for companies in BC and across Canada,” says Bill Tam, Co-Chair of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster consortium. “Now the important work begins. As a collective, we’ll apply data and use technology in new ways, such as mixed reality, which can digitally transform companies, solve industry problems and advance economic opportunities throughout BC, Canada and the world.”

The Kootenay region is ripe for expanding innovation and tech-based economic development, creating a fertile environment for the increasing clustering of initiatives, ideas, and talent springing to life throughout the region.  The combination of phenomenal mountain lifestyle, location, high-speed fibre Internet, access to markets, and affordability has offered up the perfect storm of opportunity appealing to innovators, disruptors and adventure-seeking entrepreneurs dialled in to the potential of the area to effectively and efficiently nurture and grow their respective businesses.

#metaltechalley clustering great minds 3D printing

West Kootenay:  Canada’s next Silicon Valley?

Essential to the evolution, or revolution as it’s being referred, is the region’s enthusiastic embrace of the power behind fabrication and 3D printing and rapid prototyping – resources often required to facilitate startup and business success.

The MIDAS Fab Lab,an MIT-certified digital fabrication laboratory in Trail, is a perfect example.  MIDAS, the Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies, is an applied research, commercialization and digital fabrication training facility becoming a hub for innovation and fabrication in the Kootenays.

With a focus on the metallurgical sector that has supported the region and the Teck Trail Operations smelter, MIDAS support entrepreneur development and the commercialization of applied, market-relevant research in the metallurgic industry.  The fab lab also works to helps to expand local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products.  It also promotes skills & equipment training in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology, making recent advances in manufacturing tech (including 3D Printing) accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.

“Nelson and area has the potential to be the next Canadian ‘Silicon Valley’, and every day we see more and more talented STEAM advocates moving to the region, participating and adding to the growth and success of a solid foundation.”  Says MIDAS Fab Lab Director, Brad Pommen.  “I am excited to see what we’ve achieved in a short five years and the potential of where the next five years will take us.”

i4C innovation in Trail, BC, nestled in the the newly minted Metal Tech Alley, is a production and testing facility committed to the recruitment of early stage Industry 4.0-related companies that want to run their R&D, light fabrication, commercialization and/or distribution from their strategic location just minutes from the US border.

Tenants of i4C are provided with custom-designed infrastructure, equipment, professional services and access to venture capital focused on digital technologies for industrial applications.  Founded by three tech heavyweights, visionaries Pilar Portella, Brian Fry, and Tim Dufour, i4C is intended to be a regional innovation hub.  They understand the strong potential of the region for growing innovation as an economic driver.

According to Fry, “I think we can innovate even faster then other traditional Silicon Valley like environments due to our many advantages.” 

Another example of local 3D printing & fabrication innovation, a recent BCIC Ignite award recipient and exciting partnership between business and local academia, is exploring ways to provide an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional 3D printing filament while at the same time drawing on resources native to BC.  Darrel Fry, CEO of Advanced BioCarbon 3D, and Jason Taylor of Selkirk College, respectively, were awarded $300,000 to develop 3D-printing filament from 100% biodegradable, engineering grade plastics and carbon fiber derived from lignin, the natural glue-like fibres found inside of wood.

States Taylor, “Academic and industry partnership is important for us because it provides the opportunity for our students to keep ahead of the curve.  It gives us the access to what industry is doing and really gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge with industry to provide a wold standard in the fields that we are working towards.”

#madeatMIDAS #makersgonnamake #metaltechalley

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BCTECHSummit gathering 20th Anniversary celebration for KAST

20th Anniversary Meet ‘n Greet with KAST at #BCTECH Summit 2018!

BCTECHSummit gathering 20th Anniversary celebration for KAST

Koots tech pros and knowledge workers!

If you’re heading to the #BCTECH Summit, make sure you stop by and see us and help us celebrate the 20th Anniversary of KAST!

We’ll be in the booth with MIDAS and would love not only to connect with you, but invite you to our popular Kootenay networking event, May 15th at 7:00pm.

Be sure to make your way to the MIDAS booth at the Summit, have a visit, register with us, and pick up your FREE ticket(s) to our evening meetup.  Sponsored by KAST and LCIC, this networking event is a great opportunity to meet new Koots tech professionals, connect with peers & colleagues, share Summit experiences, and chat with other Kootenay folk in a fun and casual atmosphere.  Last year some great connections were made and you never know who’s doing what right in our own backyards!

The tickets are free, food and drink will be provided, and there will be a fabulous prize draw during the get together!

We’ll have more information about this special event as the Summit draws nearer, so stay tuned.

The Summit is fast approaching, so be sure to put this special KAST 20th Anniversary event on your calendar.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver!

 

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BCIC Ignite Award Winner: Selkirk College and Advanced BioCarbon 3D

BCIC Awards $300,000 to Koots Innovation: New Biodegradable 3D-printing Filament

BCIC Ignite Award Winner: Selkirk College and Advanced BioCarbon 3D

Koots innovation awarded $300,000!

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC), a Crown agency helping propel innovation development and adoption in British Columbia, has announced the winners of its fourth BCIC Ignite Awards. A record total of $990,000 was awarded to four BC research projects that aim to solve industry problems in the natural resources and applied sciences.

BCIC Ignite provides funding to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences sectors in British Columbia. The program provides awards of up to $300,000 to consortia that are conducting research projects that address a significant demonstrated problem faced by industry and will commercialize a proposed innovation within a 3-year timeframe.

One of the innovative projects awarded is doing incredible work right here in the Koots!

Darrel Fry, CEO of Advanced BioCarbon 3D, and Jason Taylor of Selkirk College were awarded $300,000 to develop a new type of 3D-printing filament from 100% biodegradable, engineering grade plastics and carbon fiber derived from lignin, which are the natural glue-like fibres found inside of wood.

Advanced BioCarbon 3D is an advanced materials company specializing in bi0degradable plastics and carbon fibers.  Looking to come up with a solution for the over-abundance of plastics used, and inevitably, polluting the earth on such an incredible scale, Advanced BioCarbon 3D creates product, engineering grade and 100% biodegradable.

In partnership with Jason Taylor and Selkirk College, the research project is focused on creating a new 3D printing filament to address the pressing issue of excessive plastics in 3D printing and manufacturing.

“Academic and industry partnership is important for us because it provides the opportunity for our students to keep ahead of the curve.  It gives us the access to what industry is doing and really gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge with industry to provide a wold standard in the fields that we are working towards.”

Congratulations, Darrel and Jason!

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The Trust Seeks Business Opportunities

The Trust Seeks Business Opportunities – Webinar

The Trust Seeks Business Opportunities

Media release

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT)  invites expressions of interest for investment.

Do you have a vision for a commercial venture that will create jobs, increase wealth in our region and grow the economy of your community and beyond? If you have a business opportunity that will have economic impact in the Columbia Basin region—and are interested in working with Columbia Basin Trust—the Trust invites you to respond to its Request for Expressions of Interest for Basin Business Opportunities.

“The Trust is looking to uncover new business opportunities that we might want to invest in that will bring new jobs, and grow the Basin economy,” said Johnny Strilaeff, Columbia Basin Trust President and Chief Executive Officer. “Economic development is one of the Trust’s core priorities, and we’re looking to have significant impact and be a catalyst for economic growth.”

The CBT  wants to partner with businesses, groups, associations or organizations to expand existing commercial businesses or create new ones. Together, the Trust and the partner would contribute to the success of the venture, each bringing resources to the partnership such as finances, assets and management.

To learn about potential business opportunities in the region, the CBT issued a Request for Expressions of Interest. A webinar about the process will be held on April 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 11:00 a.m. MT. Registration details:  ourtrust.org/opportunities.

Investing in business is one of the ways the Trust supports a diverse and resilient economy in the Basin. It recently committed $20 million over three years to be a catalyst in economic development, and offers various funding and support programs that help businesses grow. View all the ways the Trust supports economic development at ourtrust.org/economic.

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