Saints Team Up with Human Services Department
When the Selkirk College Saints return to the Castlegar Recreation Complex on Friday night to get started on the second half of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season, student talent will be on display both on and off the ice. Human Services Department the first to take part in new college collaboration.—January 5, 2015
Building a New Life Through Adult Basic Education
Transforming lives through education is a key part of the Selkirk College mission statement and where many of the stories of success begin is in the Adult Basic Education Program. One of the graduates of the program is a successful Castlegar business person who says the foundation provided has helped spark her thirst for learning.—December 18, 2014
Bursaries a Boon for College Students
Learning to deal with financial pressure is as much a part of post-secondary life as final exams, but financial aid opportunities at Selkirk College help ease stress for students focused on success. Here is a story on how a bursary helped at Resort & Hotel Management Program student focus on studies rather than the stress of finances.—January 9, 2015
Saints Taking Care of Business Short Term and Long Term
The Selkirk College Saints hockey team is pushing towards the playoffs and a shot at a third straight BCIHL championship. On Friday night, the Saints return to home ice in Castlegar and will be bolstered by players from the past on Alumni Night as they take on the Simon Fraser University Clan. —February 4, 2015
Finding Bonds Through Peace in Costa Rica
Retired English instructor Myler Wilkinson is carrying the Selkirk College flag to Central America where he will be teaching a course in transformative justice at the University for Peace and helping build on an important new partnership. Wilkinson retired from active teaching at the end of last semester.—January 11, 2015
Selkirk Will Continue to Offer Tuition-Free ABE
Adult Basic Education programming is a vital resource for students in the West Kootenay-Boundary region to improve their lives through education. Selkirk College has maintained its commitment to continue to provide the programming tuition-free in the next semester in light of a recent provincial government announcement.—December 9, 2014
Saints Reconnect and Celebrate at Alumni Weekend
Though it’s a month away from the start of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League post season, the Selkirk College Saints had a taste of playoff hockey Friday night at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. The two-time defending BCIHL champion Saints locked horns with Simon Fraser University.—February 10, 2015
Knot Your Traditional Classroom Activity
The annual Knot Tying Competition at Nelson's Silver King Campus brought together teams of trades students eager to put their skills to the test and earn bragging rights for their program. Who came out on top in this year's competition came through with a well-earned victory and trophy to go with it.—December 17, 2014
Saints Defenceman Shares in World Junior Moment
It’s a game that will take prominence in Canadian hockey lore and for Selkirk College Saints defenceman Stefan Virtanen, last week’s Canada-Russia World Junior Championship game had extra special significance. Stefan’s brother Jake Virtanen was a key component of the world champion juniors that triumphed over the Russians 5-4.—January 12, 2015
Mir Lecture Series Welcomes Naomi Klein
Award winning Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein is coming to the West Kootenay to speak about her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, a powerful analysis of the casual relationship between capitalism and climate change. The Mir Lecture Series event will take place on April 11.—February 4, 2015
Coburn Receives Leadership Award
Creating ways for students to get the most out of their time spent in the classroom is enhanced by strong transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. Vice President of Education & Students Neil Coburn has been recognized for his work on helping build the impressive system across the province.—January 12, 2015
Power Saint Ambassadors Issue Challenge
The college has been working hard to reduce its Green House Gas (GHG) emissions through improvements to infrastructure like the heating system, solar panels, energy efficient lighting and reduced gasoline consumption. The college has met and beat its GHG targets which is an achievement to be celebrated, but more can be done.—January 23, 2015
Children's Winter Holiday Party a Small But Cozy Affair
On Saturday, December 6th more than 40 Selkirk College employees and their families enjoyed an afternoon of festive snacks, face-painting, crafts, live flute music, and that ever-exciting magical gift-giving visit from a very warm and jolly Santa and his elves. Many people helped contribute to the success of the party.—January 30, 2015
Nursing Students Get Involved in Room to Live Campaign
On February 21, the Nelson CARES’s Room to Live Campaign is holding the first annual Coldest Night of the Year walk in Nelson. The walk is intended to raise awareness and funds for Ward Street Place, the only affordable living complex in Nelson's downtown. The goal for the Coldest Night of the Year is $25,000.—February 16, 2015
Saints Secure Four Key Points
The Selkirk College Saints are now in a position to capture the all-important home ice advantage during the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League playoffs after two straight wins over the Eastern Washington University Eagles. The post-season begins in early March where they will go for a three-peat.—February 18, 2015
Take the Discovery Day Survey
Friday the 13th was a great day in Nelson as more than 180 staff came together for the Selkirk College Discovery Day. With the theme of inclusivity, staff from all departments took the opportunity to learn new skills, discuss ideas and come together as a team. To wrap up the event, please take a short survey.—February 15, 2015
Parenteau Pushes Pipe Organ to Next Level
Fresh off one of the highlight performances of his career at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, Selkirk College keyboard instructor Gilles Parenteau is bringing his Virtual Symphony show to the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson on February 2 for a special one-night engagement that will be sure to entertain. —January 21, 2015
Music Students Dive Into the World of Hedwig
On February 12, the local production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will open at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. A co-production between Selkirk College and Black Productions, the hit musical will be performed on nine nights in Nelson and features three music program students in the cast.—January 28, 2015
Saints Secure Home Ice for BCIHL Semi-Final
The Selkirk College Saints locked up home ice advantage in the first round of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League playoffs after two huge wins on Vancouver Island this past weekend. The Saints will host the best-of-three semi-final starting on March 6 at the Castlegar Recreation Complex. Come out and cheer them on!—February 24, 2015
Career Fair Provides an Edge for Students
The annual Selkirk College Career & Education Fair brings together more than 50 exhibitors with community members, students, prospective students and parents for a day of building connections and providing insight into the available avenues for in-demand jobs. The fair takes place on the Castlegar Campus on Thursday.—March 4, 2015
Saints D-man Learns to Earn Success in the Classroom
Selkirk Saints defenceman Stefan Gonzales celebrated his greatest hockey triumph last March when he helped his team to its second straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League title at the Castlegar Recreation Complex, but it's in the classroom where the Business Administration Program student has discovered his untapped potential.—January 19, 2015
Selkirk Saints Captain Leads Charge Into Post Season
Trail-raised Logan Proulx played his last BCIHL regular season game this past weekend at Eastern Washington University. Like he has in the previous 67 regular season games he has played at this level, Proulx made an impact scoring a goal and keeping his team focused. Read more about his journey at Selkirk College.—March 5, 2015
TeckServ Internship Seeks Applicants
A key partnership with Teck Trail Operations is now accepting proposals for a community-based research project that will take place this summer. The TeckServ Internship brings together a Selkirk College student with a community organization that will result in important research and an ongoing benefit to the region.—February 17, 2015
Project Based Training Opens Doors of Opportunity
Ross Spur resident Tina Paterson is one of 50 residents from around the region who has taken advantage of the tuition-free program that aims to get unemployed and under-employed people the training they require to transition into an industry that needs more entry level workers. The final one was held in Salmo in February.—March 5, 2015
ABE Paves Way for Change and Opportunity
When he made the decision to come to Selkirk College and enrol in the Nursing Program, Daniel Leslie discovered he didn’t have the proper pre-requisites. Determined to make the change, he enrolled in the Selkirk College Adult Basic Education Program. This is the story how he used ABE to transform his life through education.—January 29, 2015
Hit the Road to Shambhala this Summer
Organizers of the Shambhala Music Festival are reaching out to Selkirk College, encouraging staff to bring their expertise to the summer music event. The Shambhala Music Festival Human Resources Department will be set up at the Selkirk College Career Fair on March 5 at the Castlegar Campus and encourage you to stop by.—February 12, 2015
Saints Off to Third Straight BCIHL Championship
The Selkirk College Saints disposed of the University of Victoria Vikes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Junior Hockey League semi-final over the weekend and will now compete for an unprecedented third straight league championship. The best-of-three final starts Friday night in Castlegar against Simon Fraser University.—March 9, 2015
Marking 10 Years of Shifting From Judgment to Curiosity
Challenging pre-existing ideas or beliefs about individuals with disabilities and celebrating those differences is the theme of an annual event that brings together the community. Put on by the Classroom and Community Support Worker Program students, “Celebrating Diverse Ability: A Walk in the Park” goes March 16.—March 3, 2015
Tom Rand Talks Climate Change and Waking the Frog
Canadian author Tom Rand is coming to Nelson on March 16 to speak about the dangers of passive denial when it comes to climate change. Taking a proactive approach to finding solutions, the entrepreneur will talk about the positive stories of clean energy abundance. The event is free for Selkirk College students.—February 24, 2015
Students to Benefit from New Trades Training Equipment
With heightened call for a highly trained workforce to fill in-demand jobs, the provincial government has announced important funding for Selkirk College's School of Industry & Trades Training which will provide modern equipment for students on the Silver King Campus in Nelson.—February 10, 2015
Royal Roads Reaches Out to Students and Staff
Faculty and staff from Victoria’s Royal Roads University touched down at Selkirk College earlier this month to add a personal touch to the extensive transfer agreements between the two schools. As part of its annual outreach to partnering institutions, the delegation spent two days in the classrooms in Castlegar and Nelson.—February 19, 2015
Discovering Ancient Ways at Kootenay Studio Arts
Kootenay Studio Arts student Josh Koss is piecing together history in an effort to explore his passion for medieval armour. Using ancient techniques mostly lost in time, Koss is using his training in the four-month Blacksmithing Program at KSA to forge replica helmets employed on the battlefields of Europe during the 15th Century.—February 16, 2015
Music Students Tutored by Jazz Guitarist Mike Stern
Legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern dropped by the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on Wednesday to chat with students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program. Stern talked to students about his early beginnings in rock and blues, his journey into jazz and his passion for lifelong learning.—February 6, 2015
Bursaries Provide Spark for Students
Selkirk College bursaries have the power to change lives and embolden students to make it through the challenges that stand in the way of realizing their educational dreams. Earlier this month, students and donors gathered at Nelson’s Mary Hall for the annual Bursary Tea to celebrate the important financial awards.—February 16, 2015
Come Celebrate with the Saints
The Selkirk College Saints hockey team pulled off a historic feat earlier this month when they captured a third straight BCIHL championship in front of a boisterous home crowd. On Wednesday the team is inviting the community to join a celebration on the Castlegar Campus to mark this momentous achievement.—March 23, 2015
Nursing Student Probes Youth Political Engagement
Youth have an opportunity to be heard in the decision-making halls of Ottawa and Victoria. Selkirk College Nursing Program student Suzanne Larocque is reaching out to her peers to let them know they can make a difference by simply showing up to vote on election day. Registration booths will be set up over the next two weeks in The Pit.—March 11, 2015
Kekuli House Enhancements Bring New Flavour
Living in residence is an important and memorable part of college life. Recent renovations to the kitchen and laundry facilities at the Kekuli House Residence on the Castlegar Campus have resulted in a new spirit of community amongst the students who call the location home during the college year.—February 19, 2015
Music Students Set to Showcase Talents
Music fans have the opportunity to experience seven nights of diverse genres and budding talent at the annual Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program showcase concerts.Second year students have been working hard at putting together their final showcases beginning March 17 at the Shambhala Performance Hall.—March 2, 2015
Food Services Employees Donate to Food Bank
Selkirk College Food Services employees are putting money where hungry mouths are. Over the last year the staff at the Ripple Café, Glacier Café, Tenth Street Campus cafeteria and Tenth Street Residence Bistro have been collecting tips at their cash registers for the Selkirk College Student Emergency Food Bank.—February 27, 2015
Saints Add Firepower to Future with Commitment
The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program is pleased to announce the playing commitment of Dallas Calvin to attend and compete for the Saints beginning in the 2015-2016 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season. Calvin recently completed his final junior hockey season with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.—March 5, 2015
Welcome April With Pedal Power
Beginning your day with a dose of fresh air and little workout is the perfect way to get started in the morning. Campus Recreation is throwing down the challenge to make it happen between April 7 and 10 with Bike to College Week. Staff and students are encouraged to hop on two wheels during the week in the spirit of fun and fitness. —March 31, 2015
Hairdressing Students Arrive with Style
Students in the Selkirk College Hairdressing Program have entered the second semester and are gaining confidence daily by working on clients who stop by the Silver King Campus to take part in capturing the passion of future salon superstars and leaving with a new look. Book your appointment today.—January 27, 2015
MLA Recognizes Saints in BC Legislature
The Selkirk College Saints hockey program found its way to the floor of the British Columbia legislature earlier this week. Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy took time on Tuesday morning to let her political colleagues know about the hockey team’s accomplishment of capturing its third straight BCIHL championship earlier this month.—March 25, 2015
Online Scholarship Applications Now Open
Scholarships are a tremendous opportunity for Selkirk College students to help offset the costs of their education and be rewarded for their hard work. The online scholarship application process has now opened and staff are being encouraged to point students who can benefit from these awards to—February 17, 2015
Music Students Prepare for Year End Celebration Show
Burgeoning Selkirk College talent will shine in an eclectic night of entertainment when Contemporary Music & Technology Program students hit the stage at Nelson’s Spiritbar. The traditional Year End Celebration Show will feature five student-based bands that have been toiling for several weeks in preparation for the night.—April 9, 2015
Tomorrow’s Digital Design Leaders to be Featured
Selkirk College Digital Arts & New Media Program students are preparing to end the school year with a feast for the senses at Nelson’s Mary Hall on April 17. The annual Year End Show will feature the best work by students who have toiled in the classroom since September using cutting edge technology to create eye-popping works.—April 1, 2015
Walking History Course Offers Research and Writing Skills
Have you ever wanted to turn your family papers into a memoir? Do you volunteer for a historical society and feel like you need more skills to write local histories? If so, you should consider signing up for Walking History—Exploring the Past in the Present, being offered at the Selkirk College Learning Centre in Nakusp on April 18 and 19.—April 8, 2015
PPWC Members Lauded for Contribution
PPWC Local 26 President Rod Fayant and Selkirk College President Angus Graeme met at the Castlegar Campus Ripple Café to unveil a plaque that will be displayed on the wall outside the cafeteria. The plaque recognizes the financial contribution PPWC members made to help buoy Food Services between 2004 and 2012.—March 2, 2015
An Exploration of the Doukhobor Connection to Peace
Selkirk College is cracking open the door to one of the most influential cultures in our region with a new Mir Centre for Peace Summer Institute offering starting at the end of April. An intensive five-day course, Peace 216: The Doukhobors offers a study of the Doukhobors and their connection to issues of peace and conflict. —March 31, 2015
Saints Add Pair of Outstanding KIJHL Grads
With a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League championship now part of the history books, the Selkirk College Saints continue to build towards continued success. The hockey program is pleased to announce the playing commitments of Brett Huber and Nelson Hurry to attend and compete for the Saints.—March 31, 2015
MP Alex Atamanenko to Receive Honourary Diploma
Selkirk College is recognizing retiring British Columbia Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko with a Honourary Diploma in Peace Studies for his contribution to furthering the cause locally and across Canada. The representative for the region in Ottawa since the 2006, Atamanenko has been a strong national voice for peace.—April 20, 2015
Lunch and Learn With Series of Wellness Webinars
The Selkirk College Wellness Committee is presenting a series of six webinars that explore a diverse range of personal and professional growth. Put on by experts at Shepell, the six webinars offer an opportunity to gain valuable information and discover tools to help you become more productive.—February 12, 2015
Carpentry Program Purchases Finger-Saving Table Saws
The Selkirk College Carpentry Program shop has become a safer place to learn with the addition of three top end table saws that employ the latest flesh-saving technology. Using an elk sausage, Carpentry Instructor Dan Brazeau held a demonstration of the new industrial SawStop table saw that stops when flesh is detected.—March 30, 2015
Saints Bolster Defensive Corps with Pair of Recruits
With playing commitments from a pair of top-notch defenceman, the three-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Selkirk College Saints have started to rebuild a key component to continued success. The team is pleased to announce the addition of defenceman Ashton McLeod and Nathan Browne.—April 1, 2015
Selkirk students to Benefit from Boost to ECE Training
An increase to the provincial government’s bursary funding for students enrolled in early childhood education programs will bolster Selkirk College’s ability to educate those interested in a rewarding career. Through the bursary, students attending early childhood education programs in B.C. can apply for up to $300 per course.—April 8, 2015
Margaret Scaia to Receive Distinguished Alumni Honour
Selkirk College Nursing Program alumna Margaret Scaia has dedicated her professional life to the enhancement of education in her field and traces her passion for learning back to her days as a student in Castlegar. Scaia began her career in nursing in 1994 when she enrolled in Selkirk College at the age of 40. —April 21, 2015
Saints Honour Outstanding Individual Achievements
The Selkirk College Saints brought an official close to an amazing 2014-2015 BCIHL season with its annual awards night. Players joined family, friends, college staff and community supporters at the Castlegar Complex for a special evening that included recognizing outstanding individual performance both on and off the ice. —April 15, 2015
Business Students Clash in Case Competition
The Selkirk College Business Administration Program wrapped up its year with the annual Business Competition which pitted teams of students of against each other in a test of knowledge, presentation and innovation. Second year students challenged each other and everybody came away with a great experience.—April 20, 2015
Shining the Spotlight on Dedicated Service
The annual Selkirk College Employee Recognition Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 21 at the Faculty Lounge on the Castlegar Campus. Tickets for the special evening are now on sale so make sure you mark the date to celebrate with your fellow Selkirk College employees who have helped make post-secondary education great.—April 14, 2015
Fine Woodworking Program Set for Year End Show
Renowned in the furniture design and woodworking communities for the highly skilled craftspeople it produces, the Selkirk College Fine Woodworking Program is preparing for an impressive showcase of talent at the annual Year End Show. Students will have their finished products on display between May 22 and May 24 in downtown Nelson.—May 12, 2015
Bringing Selkirk College to the Community
A wealth of Community Education & Workplace Training opportunities are currently arriving to mailboxes throughout the West Kootenay-Boundary region. Creating educational experiences that inspire lifelong learning is an important part of the Selkirk College vision and the Winter & Spring Calendar is a cornerstone of making it happen.—January 14, 2015
Champion of Youth Receives Distinguished Alumni
Geoff Yule believes the future is secure as long as there’s ample opportunity for young people to succeed. A Selkirk College alumnus, the Castlegar resident’s work in the community over the last 20 years is a testament to how he feels life in the West Kootenay is enhanced when youth are given the tools to make a contribution.—April 21, 2015
Students Discover Doukhobor Connection to Peace
A deeper exploration of Doukhobor culture provided valuable insight to a class of 25 Selkirk College students who had an opportunity to sample the history, philosophy, food, language and spirit of a community that has helped shape the West Kootenay-Boundary region. Peace 216: The Doukhobors took place last week.—May 4, 2015
Documentary on Guatemala Mining Coming to Nelson
A film about the harrowing tale of the Mayan Q’eqchi resistance against mining in Guatemala is coming to Nelson for a special screening. Defensora is a documentary set along the shores of Lake Izabal in the community El Estor where Canadian nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals Inc. has operated for more than 50 years. —June 4, 2015
Summer Institute on Contemplative Pedagogy
Educators from around the region are being invited to come together at the Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace in mid-June to better develop tools that will assist students in finding ways to focus their minds and find meaning in what they are learning. The Contemplative Pedagogy Retreat takes place on June 12 and 13.—June 1, 2015
Advanced Education Minister Visits Selkirk College
Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson had the opportunity to tour Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus on May 8 and discuss the future of post-secondary in the West Kootenay-Boundary. Formerly the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Wilkinson was appointed to his new cabinet post in December.—May 15, 2015
Gala 2015 Provides Fundraising Opportunity
The annual Selkirk College Gala is an opportunity to showcase the tremendous talent and spirit we have on all campuses. It’s a time to bring the community together for a special evening that helps boost the college’s image and raises funds for special projects. Proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 event.—May 4, 2015
KSA Wraps Up Semester at Year End Show & Sale
The community is invited to take a peek at our region’s up-and-coming artists this weekend when students in Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts present the annual Year End Show & Sale. A late-spring tradition in the West Kootenay, students will have the results of many hours of splendid toil on display and available. —June 16, 2015
Saints Excited to See Evin Move Onto Next Level
The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team is pleased to announce that head coach Alex Evin has accepted a new position as assistant coach and goaltending coach with the British Columbia Hockey League's Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Evin guided the Saints to their amazing third straight BCIHL title this past season.—May 27, 2015
ASE Students Brighten World at Conference
Selkirk College Transitional Training students from across the region put together an inspirational three-day conference earlier this month that showcased the talents of differently-abled adults. Called Branching Out, the conference featured 19 different presenters and 18 workshops between May 12 and 14 at Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. —May 20, 2015
High School Students Get the Selkirk College Experience
High school students from across the West Kootenay-Boundary received a taste for post-secondary life last week at the annual Experience Selkirk Day. More than 400 students descended on Selkirk College’s Castlegar Campus, Tenth Street Campus and Kootenay Studio Arts Campus to take in morning workshops and afternoon games.—May 26, 2015
Selkirk College Saints Add Size Up Front
The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team has bolstered its 2015-2016 roster with the addition of hulking forward BJ Avery who has committed to playing in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season. Avery recently completed his final season with the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.—June 17, 2015
A Celebration Fit for a Cherished Milestone
It was an amazing day for Selkirk College on April 24 at the Graduation 2015 Ceremony on the Castlegar Campus. College staff joined students, family, friends and supporters on what was a special day for everyone who attended. More than 760 students graduated in certificate, diploma and degree programs in 2015.—May 4, 2015
Selkirk College Presents Electrifying Night of Jazz
The West Kootenay summer will sizzle musically when Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Jazz Project featuring Pilar arrive to Nelson’s Shambhala Music & Performance Hall on the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus on July 9. Tickets for the Selkirk College Presents show are $15 and available at Otter Books in Nelson.—June 30, 2015
Annual Fiddle Workshop Coming in July
The BC Old Time Fiddlers, Kootenay Branch No.9, are busy planning the 14th Annual 2015 Fiddle, Guitar and Piano Workshop. This week-long summer camp will take place from July 13 to the 17 at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus. This very popular camp continues to provide some of Canada’s very best champion fiddlers as instructors.—June 2, 2015
Archaeology Open House Goes Sunday
A pair of Selkirk College students are gaining valuable insight and experience as part of the six-week Hamilton College field school taking place at the Slocan Narrows Pithouse Village. This Sunday they will help guide the public through the site at the Archaeology Open House that runs between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.—July 9, 2015
Archaeological Project Digs Into the Past
In the shadow of the towering Valhalla Mountains in the Slocan Valley, post-secondary students and educators are meticulously documenting the human history of our region that stretches back more than 3,000 years. The Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project is once again bustling with activity along the shores of the Slocan River.—June 29, 2015
Made For Trades Presents Pathways
The annual Made For Trades event brought students from around the West Kootenay-Boundary region to the campus to introduce the youth to the advantages of post-secondary as a springboard into trades careers. Students from Grade 8 to Grade 12 had an opportunity to tour Silver King, ask questions and take part in hands-on workshops.—May 5, 2015
Creative Writing Department Welcomes Leesa Dean
Highly regarded Canadian author Leesa Dean is returning to the Kootenays to write and teach in Selkirk College’s School of University Arts and Sciences. Dean’s first assignment will be to teach first-year Creative Writing courses at the Nelson and Castlegar campuses starting in the Fall Semester. —May 26, 2015
Plant Operator Program Provides Industry Options
Selkirk College is opening doors to multi-industry opportunities by offering an additional intake for the popular Plant Operator Program. The 24-week program prepares students for entry level positions in areas like oil & gas, refineries, pulp mills, forestry, mining, health care, educational facilities, manufacturing and recreation. —June 15, 2015
Derek Georgopoulos Headed to Saints' Camp
Veteran Kootenay Junior International Junior Hockey League forward Derek Georgopoulos will suit up for the Selkirk College Saints starting this September. The defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Saints announced this week that the Cranbrook resident will join the team for the 2015-2016 season.—July 2, 2015
A Wonderful Night on the Castlegar Campus
It was a night of celebration and storytelling at the annual Selkirk College Employee Recognition & Retirement Dinner that took place at the end of May at the Faculty Lounge on the Castlegar Campus. The evening honoured long serving employees, NISOD Award recipients and retirees. —June 9, 2015
Saints Hockey Gets Touch of Heaven
The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team have once again promoted an assistant coach to lead the team to continued success in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League.The defending BCIHL champion Saints announced this week that Brent Heaven is stepping up as head coach for the upcoming 2015-2016 season.—June 26, 2015
Homestay Hosts Needed for Fall Semester
Hosting a Selkirk College International student is a great way to learn more about different cultures and cement lifelong relationships. The Homestay Program has been an important part of campus life in Castlegar for many years, now more international students are coming to Nelson and the department is looking for host families.—June 2, 2015
East Shore Summer School Starts July 21
The East Shore of Kootenay Lake will be alive with educational opportunities to stimulate the senses this summer with three amazing weeks of classes for the whole family. In partnership with Selkirk College, the East Shore Summer School will be running four camps out of the beautiful Crawford Bay School starting July 21.—June 10, 2015
Board of Governors Green Lights Balanced Budget
Selkirk College will move into the next fiscal year with a balanced budget after receiving approval from its Board of Governors earlier this month. After months of hard work by administration and staff, the 2015-2016 Selkirk College budget was passed at the June 2 board meeting. The college can now proceed with its $43.1 million budget.—June 8, 2015
Province Provides Funding for New Trades Equipment
Selkirk College is receiving $87,000 from the provincial government to purchase new industry-standard technology for its trades programs. As part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, the government is investing $12 million in 2015-16 for new trades equipment at 14 public post-secondary institutions.—July 21, 2015
Post-Secondary from a North/South Perspective
Community college leaders from both sides of the Canada-United States border gathered at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus last month to embark on a new north-south relationship aimed at enhancing opportunities for both students and educators. The two-day meetings helped identify specific areas where collaboration is possible.—July 6, 2015
Teaching English in Thailand Opens Up New Worlds
A thirst for international travel brought Sara Howard to the Selkirk College Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Program and a continued passion for education has taken her to the other side of the globe. Today she is teaching English in Thailand and loving the opportunity to intimately explore another culture.—June 2, 2015
Forest Technology Students Shift to Mountain Classroom
Trading textbooks for tools of the trade, first year Selkirk College Forest Technology Program students wrapped up their semester in the bush. For the tree planting element of the field study, students spent two days above Trail on the Bear Creek Forest Service Road where 10,400 trees planted in the outdoor classroom.—June 18, 2015
Selkirk College Puts Out Call for Homestays
A surge in international students coming to the West Kootenay to study English has opened up further opportunities for local families to experience a cultural exchange close to home. The Selkirk College English Language Program will immerse more than 100 international students in a new language and introduce them to Canadian culture. —August 4, 2015
UAS Provides Building Blocks for UBC Chancellor Scholar
Fraser Sutherland entered Selkirk College with an open mind to the meanderings of her post-secondary interests, confident the School of University Arts & Sciences would point her in the right direction. She will leave in September to spread her academic wings further at the University of British Columbia.—July 31, 2015
Mission Accomplished for Bruce Morrison
As chair of the Selkirk College Board of Governors, Bruce Morrison embraced the opportunity to help guide post-secondary education in the West Kootenay-Boundary. With passion for lifelong learning that meshes perfectly with the college vision, the well-respected community leader has now passed the torch.—July 13, 2015
Candidates Asked to Take a Closer Look at Vital Issues
Federal election candidates will have an opportunity to focus on issues of peace, security and climate change in a pair of all-candidates forums. Co-hosted by Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace and the Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the forums will take place in Nelson and Castlegar.—September 14, 2015
Selkirk College Saints Roll Out the Turf in Kaslo
Locals and visitors alike are enjoying the bounty of recreational opportunities the West Kootenay has to offer this summer and at the Kaslo Golf Club the experience has been enhanced courtesy of the Selkirk College Saints hockey team. Members of the team helped lay sod on the first tee this past spring.—July 13, 2015
Music Faculty Prepare Set of African-Infused Songs
A new relationship with a music school in Rwanda will be celebrated at the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program’s annual faculty concert that invites the community to come together for a night of African-inspired selections. The two concerts take the stage on the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson on September 22 and 23.—September 14, 2015
Saints Versus UVIC in Nelson - Game One
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The Selkirk College Saints will showcase British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League calibre action in Nelson this weekend when they host the University of Victoria Vikes in a special two-game exhibition set. Read on…

Create a Chance by Taking at a Chance
Leaping into the financial unknown at the upcoming fundraising evening for the Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program will inject an extra dose of excitement. The Mir Centre for Peace Fundraising Dinner is set for September 26 and will include a traditional borsch dinner and admission to the Parfaite Ntahuba lecture. —September 15, 2015
New Employee & Family Assistance Program Provider
On September 1, college staff will begin using Homewood Health which will replace current provider Shepell. Homewood Health is a Canadian company that has been providing high quality EFAP services and is recognized their ability to provide service excellence in the field of employee health and well-being.—August 4, 2015
Tourism Industry Veteran Jim Greene Joins Faculty
Former Red Mountain Resort general manager Jim Greene has taken up a teaching post and will begin passing on knowledge he has earned over a 25-year career as a leader in the tourism industry. Greene will teach a number of Fall Semester classes in the School of Hospitality, Tourism & Cosmetology on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. —August 7, 2015
Malekow Family Supports UCP Program
A terrible tragedy more than three decades ago led to the family of Philip Malekow creating an award that provided an opportunity for high school students to discuss topics of peace. Malekow's legacy has now expanded to work being done by Mir Centre for Peace and the new Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program.—September 14, 2015
Preparing for an Aging Population
The Association of Kootenay-Boundary Local Governments is partnering with the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute to host a learning event focused on regional demographic shifts relating to our region’s aging population. These shifts will create new challenges and opportunities for our region.—September 30, 2015
Make A Change Canada Celebrates Ten Years
Make A Change Canada is extending an invitation to all its colleagues at Selkirk College to attend the 10-Year National Extravaganza on October 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall.The two-hour event will be held at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus in Nelson.—September 30, 2015
Women Encouraged to Explore the Trades
Selkirk College and the Greater Trail Community Skills Centre are offering a special program aimed at encouraging women to consider a career in the trades. Leading the cohort through the 14-week program will be Electrical Foundation Instructor Julie-Claire Hamilton who has a firm understanding of the challenges and opportunities.—August 13, 2015
Kisses Can Save You Money
Reaching into a bag of Hersey Kisses at the Selkirk College bookstore can bolster the bottom line for students checking off their Fall Semester textbook needs. Until supplies last at the Castlegar Campus bookstore, students who purchase their books in-store will be eligible to save up to $100.—September 3, 2015
Fifth Annual SROAMazing Race Set for Nelson
Students in the Ski Resort Operations & Management Program are building up to the winter season with an annual event that challenges teams to race through Nelson's downtown in a fun-filled afternoon. The SROAMazing Race is slated to take place on October 17 starting at 1 p.m.—October 9, 2015
Taking Action on a Plan to Boost the Kootenay Economy
An initiative to enhance the regional workforce and strengthen the economy in the Columbia Basin-Boundary has been launched. The Kootenay Workforce Development is a two-year project that builds on the recommendations of the Kootenay Regional Skills Training Plan that came out of stakeholder roundtables. —August 10, 2015
Union Announces Historic Name Change
After a proud history spanning more than 50 years, the Pulp, Paper & Woodworkers of Canada (PPWC) has changed its name. At a special convention on September 15 a vote was held to change the name to Public & Private Workers of Canada. The PPWC represents more than 3,000 members across British Columbia.—September 21, 2015
Selkirk College Pride Helps Produce Spirited Effort
The high octane brand of hockey the Selkirk College Saints showcase on the ice is fuelled by what goes on behind the glass. The Selkirk College hockey team will return to the Castlegar & District Community Complex this Saturday night for a tilt against the Eastern Washington University Eagles. Puck drops at 7 p.m. —October 21, 2015
Pat Henman Sends Love to Selkirk Community
Selkirk College employee Pat Henman was involved in a serious car accident in the East Kootenay in June, 2013. Her road to recovery has been long and is ongoing. She recently sent this letter to thank the college community for their love and support over the last two years.—September 17, 2015
Stock Up on Firewood and Help Forestry Students
Students in the Selkirk College Forest Technology Program have been busy cutting firewood over the last couple weeks and are now ready to get the stacks to you. The annual firewood sale helps fund the year-end trip for students in the second year of the program. Cords of wood are now available for purchase and delivery.—September 30, 2015
Mir Lecture Series Event Goes Monday
Former Israeli Defence Force helicopter pilot Yonatan Shapira’s outlook on the violent struggle in the Gaza Strip and West Bank changed dramatically 12 years ago and for more than a decade he has been traveling the world in an effort to bring change through non-violent means. Shapira will speak on November 2 in Nelson.—October 30, 2015
Open House Set for November 4
Selkirk College is hosting an Open House on November 4th for all prospective students, parents, high school teachers, career counsellors and any other interested members of the community. On hand will be program representatives, admissions officers, financial aid, Aboriginal Services, counsellors and college student tour guides. —October 9, 2015
Alumna Adds Creative Touch to Expanding the Brand
Selkirk College’s Kootenay Studio Arts Ceramics Program alumna Hannah Jarvis-Lingard was commissioned to create a line of pottery to be used as gifts on behalf of the college and for sale at campus bookstores. Those items have now been created and will spread the Selkirk College brand around the world.—October 6, 2015
President Angus Graeme Holds Information Sessions
Selkirk College President Angus Graeme will be holding his regular staff information meetings starting in early October and ending in November. Hitting all campuses, Graeme encourages all staff to come out and spend some time finding about the latest happenings at the college. These sessions are informal and questions are encouraged.—September 17, 2015
A Shorter Walk to a More Promising Future
The Selkirk College Environmental Sustainability Committee is offering a little bit of incentive for those who are thinking about reducing their carbon footprint. Five carpool stalls have been set aside which provide those who share rides to the Castlegar Campus a quick walk to their office and classrooms.—September 17, 2015
Selkirk College Examines Rise of the Drones
Selkirk College is marking GIS Day with an event that explores one of the hottest technologies being used in the field. GIS Day is an internationally recognized event that demonstrates the power of Geographic Information Systems used for better understanding our Earth. GIS Day takes place at the Castlegar Campus on November 19.—November 13, 2015
Saints Program Boasts Ten Academic All Stars
The Selkirk College Saints hockey program has been the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League gold standard over the last three seasons, but the team’s dominance doesn’t end on the ice. As the 2015-2016 BCIHL regular season gets started, the league released its Academic Excellence Award winners.—October 14, 2015
Call for Humanitarian Award Applications
Call for Humanitarian Award applications. In 2009, Selkirk College established a Humanitarian Award as a means to connect the College with community humanitarian efforts, to participate in global humanitarian efforts and enrich the learning experiences of local learners.—October 29, 2015
Trudeau Family Connected to West Kootenay
Justin Trudeau's dramatic triumph in Monday night's federal election is the latest chapter in a family history that stretches back decades. Selkirk College and the West Kootenay are featured in the storyline going back to the late-1960s when his father visited the Castlegar Campus during an election campaign.—October 21, 2015
SCOPE Award Winners Honoured
Four inspirational instructors were honoured last month at the annual SCOPE Awards evening on the Castlegar Campus. Selkirk College’s Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) recognized the four faculty members for their exceptional performance in the classroom and beyond.—October 7, 2015
Selkirk College Asks: Are You Made for Trades?
On Friday, November 27 at the Silver King Campus, students from high schools across the West Kootenay-Boundary will descend on the Silver King Campus to take a closer look at Welding, Metal Fabrication, Heavy Mechanics, Millwright/Machinist, Fine Woodworking, Carpentry, Electrical, Hairdressing and Esthetics for Made For Trades.—November 23, 2015
Aboriginal Elders Provide Broader Understanding
Wisdom and perspective from regional Aboriginal Elders is now available to Selkirk College students through a new program at the Gathering Place.The Elders Program was launched at a gathering that included individuals from around the region who joined with Selkirk College students and staff to celebrate the new initiative.—October 30, 2015
Kiesza Joins the Party at Gala 2015
This year’s annual showcase of Selkirk College talent on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus will feature an alumna who started to piece together a blossoming international pop star career while studying in the West Kootenay. The Selkirk College Gala 2015 will take place on November 28 at Mary Hall and student talent. —October 30, 2015
Save the Date for Discovery Day 2016
The annual Selkirk College Discovery Day may be a few months off, but now is the time to start thinking about this important day. The annual event will take place on Tuesday February 9, 2016.This year’s event will set the stage as employees plan to celebrate Selkirk Colleges past, present and future as we head into our 50th year.—November 2, 2015
Green Light for Silver King Overhaul
Government today announced approval for new trades training facilities at the Silver King Campus of Selkirk College that will support students pursuing in-demand careers in a range of sectors that support a strong, diverse and growing economy. The provincial government made the announcement at the Nelson campus.—November 12, 2015
Music Students Kick-Off the Holidays with Year-End Bash
Burgeoning Selkirk College talent will shine in an eclectic night of entertainment when Contemporary Music & Technology Program students hit the stage at SpiritBar on December 18. The traditional Christmas Break Show features student-based bands that have been toiling for several weeks in preparation for the night.—December 4, 2015
Help Tell the Story of Selkirk College
The countdown to the Selkirk College’s golden anniversary is on and there will be plenty of opportunities for staff to get involved in a number of different projects, events and activities in the coming months. It’s an exciting time to look back on our 50 years and look ahead to the next 50. Your help is required.—October 8, 2015
Kiesza Spreads Music Industry Wisdom to Students
Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumna Kiesza made good on a promise to return her roots and left a lasting impact on those she touched during a six-day visit to Nelson. She provided a clinic for students and then performed on stage with them at Gala 2015 at Mary Hall.—December 8, 2015