Leading change in education together.
In June 2012, Thompson Rivers University (herein TRU) personnel collaborated with Sun Peaks community members (Sun Peaks Resort LLP, Mountain Resort Municipality of Sun Peaks, and Tourism Sun Peaks) to map out Sun Peaks/TRU partnership activities for the coming academic year.
Four goals were developed, agreed to, and clearly defined in a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU):
- Establish a co-op program with the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts, and Tourism (ACT), with Sun Peaks providing the work placement.
Desired goal: Experiential learning and niche opportunity for TRU students while providing a reliable labour pool for Sun Peaks.
- Design a minor (four courses that students would normally take over two years) in Mountain Resort Management, within the proposed major in Resort Experience Management.
Desired goal: An option for students that builds on existing strengths, leverages opportunity, serves the region, and operationalizes the Academic Plan while providing a more active profile for Sun Peaks within the Kamloops community.
- Engage Sun Peaks hotels and/or restaurants in the Culinary Arts program.
Desired goal: Provide more teaching facilities for TRU students while generating incremental business for Sun Peaks stakeholders during slower periods.
- Create a visual presence and awareness of the Sun Peaks/TRU partnership.
Desired goal: Both partners to promote their partnership publically, each having a physical presence and heightened profile in the other's space.
These strategies continue to evolve each and every month as both partners align and build upon opportunities as they become available.