Finals Are Stressful, But…
Students in Doris Hausleitner’s Recreation, Fish & Wildlife 262 class took the edge off test pressure by dressing up for their final in the Castlegar Campus gym. This is the fourth year the RFW instructor has asked students to take part in dressing up. This year the second year students chose the theme: “tight and bright.”—December 15, 2015
Human Services Students Set for Food Drive
Students in Selkirk College’s School of Health & Human Services are starting the new year by giving back to peers who struggle to make ends meet while gaining an education. Partnering with the student athletes on the Saints, the second annual food drive will take place on Friday, January 8 during an exhibition game. —December 29, 2015
Experienced Cooks Offered Red Seal Training
An exciting opportunity for working cooks to gain valuable certification at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus in Nelson begins on February 15. To help fill demand for a continually growing industry, the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) has approved Selkirk College to add a special cohort of Professional Cook 3 training.—December 23, 2015
Saints Set for BCIHL Stretch Drive
The Selkirk College Saints pursuit of a fourth straight BCIHL title begins in earnest this Friday night against the Trinity Western Spartans. With the second semester of play underway, the three-time defending league champions begin a string of five straight home games at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre.—January 25, 2016
Saints Find Optimism in OT Loss
Friday night’s British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League match-up between the Selkirk College Saints and the Trinity Western University Spartans took place at the end of January, but it had the intensity and emotion of a March playoff game. The Saints lost 3-2 in overtime but remain tied for top spot in the league.—February 1, 2016
Order Your Grad Gown Today
This year's graduation ceremony and tea will be held on the Castlegar Campus on Friday, April 22. There's still plenty of work to be done by students and staff before we get to this important finish line, but the crew putting together this year's finale have been working diligently to ensure it's going to be another fabulous event!—February 2, 2016
Hockey Fans Bolster Selkirk College Food Bank
A weekend food drive at a pair of Selkirk College Saints hockey games scored valuable resources for the Selkirk College Food Bank. The student-initiated food drive took place at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex where the Saints were kicking off the second half of their BCIHL season with a pair of exhibition games. —January 13, 2016
Explore the Future at Career Fair
Rewarding employment is just around the corner. The Selkirk College Career & Education Fair provides valuable connections for students and community members to help them along the pathway to success. The annual event takes place Thursday, March 3 on the Castlegar Campus and features more than 50 exhibitors.—February 24, 2016
International Women’s Day Comes Home to Selkirk
Selkirk College will honour its own with an event featuring the “Women of Selkirk” in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 on the Castlegar Campus, marking the day that pays tribute to all that women have achieved and also raises social awareness of the struggles still faced worldwide.—March 1, 2016
Connecting to China’s Massive Ski Industry
Fueled by the rise of a massive middle class, China’s ski industry has been expanding for more than a decade. Selkirk College’s Ski Resort Operations and Management Program based out of the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson allows students from Canada and around the world to learn the skills to capitalize on that growth.—January 25, 2016
Selkirk College Co-Op Program Puts Education to Work
Selkirk College is joining institutions across Canada in celebrating Co-operative Education Week March 14 to 18, marking a tradition more than two decades old at the local post-secondary school. Each year, over 300 students take part in one of seven programs offering the co-op component that brings their classroom education to life.—March 10, 2016
Saints Come Marching Home
The student athletes on the Selkirk College Saints hockey team stepped up their road game this past weekend and returned to the West Kootenay with two huge victories against the Simon Fraser University Clan and the Trinity Western University Spartans. The two late-season wins locked down a regular season BCIHL title.—February 28, 2016
Students Help Build an Inclusive Community
Students in the Classroom & Community Support Worker Program will be hosting the 11th annual Celebration of Diverse Ability on March 21 in The Pit. “Luminosity: The True Brightness Found in Our Differences” is a two-hour event with displays, movie clips, singing, dancing, and interactive games.—March 14, 2016
Saints Set to Celebrate at Championship Rally
Support from hockey fans helped fuel the Selkirk College Saints to a fourth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League title this past weekend and now the student athletes are hosting a gathering to celebrate with the community. The Saints Celebration Rally is set for Wednesday starting at noon on the Castlegar Campus.—March 22, 2016
Saints Set to Celebrate at Championship Rally
Support from hockey fans helped fuel the Selkirk College Saints to a fourth straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League title this past weekend and now the student athletes are hosting a gathering to celebrate with the community. The Saints Celebration Rally is set for Wednesday starting at noon on the Castlegar Campus.—March 22, 2016
Lawrence Hill Returning to Region
Canadian literary icon Lawrence Hill is returning to the West Kootenay-Boundary this spring to speak on his latest timely and acclaimed novel The Illegal, a fictional narrative inspired by the plight of real refugees. Application required for those interested in an exciting workshop that will also be held.—February 11, 2016
Opportunity Knocks for Women Delving into the Trades
Encouraging women to enter the trades isn’t as simple as fitting them with a tool belt. But as the Trades Discovery Program for Women wrapped up in middle February, program coordinator Julie-Claire Hamilton looked back on a term even more successful than she’d imagined when it started back in 2015.—February 17, 2016
New Student Fee Fills Important Gaps
The Selkirk College Board of Governors has approved a Student Service Fee that will focus on student health and wellness, and supporting students to transition to employment. At its regular board meeting on Tuesday evening at the Castlegar Campus, the Board approved the fee which will take effect in the 2016-2017 school year. —February 24, 2016
Music Students to Shine in Showcase Concerts
Second-year Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program students are ready to cue the lights on their annual showcase concerts featuring emerging talent from budding musicians. The showcase concerts begin on March 17 and continue through to April 1 with a total of 13 great nights of music in Nelson.—March 7, 2016
New Applied Research & Innovation Centre Opens
Selkirk College has opened up additional classroom space and created the new Applied Research & Innovation Centre in Castlegar. Before the start of the Fall Semester, the Geographic Information Systems Program, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre and the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute moved to the airport building.—March 1, 2016
Olympic Skier Gets Fresh Start in Nursing Program
After traveling the world as a competitive skier, two-time Olympian George Grey has come home to study at Selkirk College launching a new chapter in his life. The 36-year-old retired cross-country ski racer, is in his third year of the Selkirk College Nursing Program and something he never considered a career is now a passion.—March 23, 2016
FortisBC Grant Energizes Sustainability Project
A $10,000 grant from FortisBC has energized Selkirk College's quest for sustainability, joining together as leaders in the community. Selkirk College continues to demonstrate responsible stewardship of the environment and this grant is welcome support to help initiatives aiming to reduce greenhouse gasses and energy use.—March 22, 2016
Nashville Dreams Become Reality
Guitarist Tom Samulak was a Contemporary Music & Technology Program student from 2007 to 2009, majoring in music performance. In the last few years, he has quickly established himself as a gifted live performer and recording session-man in the U.S., working with some of country music’s biggest established and rising stars.—February 23, 2016
Notice of Passing: Michael Power
Retired Aviation Program faculty Michael Power passed away late last month. Many Selkirk College staff will have known Mike as a very capable and passionate teacher, aviator, and mentor. He was admired by students, colleagues and pilots throughout the industry, and by his friends, neighbours, and air cadets in the Castlegar area.—April 1, 2016
Mission to Raise $50,000 in Student Aid Launched
Selkirk College officially kicked off its 50th Anniversary celebration at the 2016 Bursary Tea in Nelson with sights set on helping students achieve success into the next half century.The 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund was launched with a goal of raising $50,000 in the coming months for scholarships and bursaries.—February 12, 2016
DANM Students Open Doors to Creativity
First and second year students in the Selkirk College Digital Arts & New Media Program (DANM) are preparing for their annual year-end show at Nelson's Tenth Street Campus in Mary Hall. The digital art lab at the college is currently a hive of energy as students plan and prepare for show that is set for April 15 starting at 6 p.m.—April 6, 2016
Alumnus Rises to the Top of Electronic Music Scene
One of Selkirk College’s own has been nominated for Juno Award. Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumnus Nils Mikkelsen received the nod from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for Electronic Album of the Year. He’s thrilled his album A Life Well Lived has been recognized.—March 8, 2016
Students and Instructors Take to Stage
Students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program are ready to celebrate months of learning and achievement at Spiritbar on April 15 for their annual Year-end Celebration Show. The community is invited to a fabulous evening of eclectic music courtesy an ultra-talented group of students and program instructors.—April 8, 2016
Ferguson is Everywhere: Mir Centre Hosts David Ragland
African American scholar, activist and advocate David Ragland will bring his personal experiences and passion for change to Nelson as he participates in the Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series. Since Michael Brown was fatally shot in Ferguson, Missouri in August, 2014, police violence in America has become a hot button issue.—March 30, 2016
TESOL Program Takes Local Teachers Abroad
Two teachers with roots in the West Kootenay have launched new careers abroad with the help of Selkirk College’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program. Prior to taking the TESOL Program, Slocan Valley raised Craig Nichols was a full-time elementary and middle school teacher working in the Yukon Territory.—March 29, 2016
Building Momentum for 50th Anniversary Celebration
In September, 1966 Selkirk College opened its doors to a new era of learning in the West Kootenay-Boundary. The province's first regional college created by a referendum embarked on an ambitious mission to transform lives through education and training close to home. Five decades later that mission continues.—January 11, 2016
Inspired Futures
Tanya Tran arrived at Selkirk College wanting job training to complement her Bachelor of Science degree. Two years later, as she nears graduation from the Integrated Environment Planning Program, she isn’t only workforce ready; she’s rediscovered her passion for water protection in a region known for its waterways.—April 12, 2016
Legacy of Peace
The Doukhobor Cultural Association continues to work toward their philosophy of peace as they offer up support for Selkirk College's Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Program, the first of its kind being offered in Canada. The course aims to build capacity within individuals to strengthen cultures of peace and reduce violence.—April 11, 2016
Enterprise Continues
Successful tech entrepreneur Brian Fry has deep roots in the West Kootenay. Rossland born and raised, he was on the National Ski Team before an accident changed the course of his life. Turning to Selkirk College, he gained confidence and a keen interest in computers that would carry him into a future marketing technology.—April 15, 2016
Nursing Program Hosts Open House
The Selkirk College Nursing Program will be showing off some cool new equipment on May 9 at an open house on the Castlegar Campus. In conjunction with National Nursing Week which runs May 9 to 15, faculty and students will be opening the doors at the M17 lab which includes $50,000 worth of new equipment.—April 27, 2016
Kiesza Honoured with Distinguished Alumna Award
In 2009, Kiesza was a member of the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology grad class and has since taken the knowledge she gained at the Tenth Street Campus to extraordinary heights in her chosen industry. At the Graduation 2016 Ceremony on Friday, Selkirk College will recognize the outstanding alumna's accomplishments.—April 19, 2016
Families at the Heart
The inspiring and impactful 25-year Selkirk College career of Judy Pollard will be honoured at the 2016 Graduation Ceremony in Castlegar on April 22 where she will receive the Distinguished Educator Award. Pollard is at the heart of the foundation of the Early Childhood Care & Education Program which has provided a truly meaningful impact.—April 6, 2016
SEG share research and camaraderie
Earlier this month, students of the School of Environment & Geomatics stood up in front of their peers sharing all they’ve learned through months of applied research. The experience takes them into the real-world realm of presenting scientific findings through a conference format and brings the school together in a celebration of learning.—April 18, 2016
Nursing Program Students on Way to Guatemala
A group of Selkirk College Nursing students are journeying to Guatemala for a practicum experience that has been making an impact and opening up opportunities for a decade. The international experience wouldn’t be possible without the financial support of the community that continues to see it as a well-meaning cause.—April 20, 2016
A Walk in the Forest Serious Work for Students
Students in the Selkirk College Forest Technology Program headed west for an annual field trip that allows insight into a different ecosystem than the one that serves as a backdrop in the West Kootenay-Boundary. The experience is one of the highlights of the academic year for students in their second year of studies on the Castlegar Campus.—April 19, 2016
UAS Honours Top Students
As Selkirk College students prepare for the final push to the end of the Winter Semester, students and instructors in the School of University Arts & Sciences gathered on the Castlegar Campus last week to recognize outstanding achievements and accomplishments. The annual UAS Excellence Awards Ceremony was held in The Pit.—March 30, 2016
Indigenization at Selkirk College Co-teaching Project
During the month of March, three Selkirk College faculty volunteers embarked on an Indigenization pilot project. The project involved the practice of co-teaching with Indigenous instructor Dr. Christopher Horsethief and included diverse topics within their curriculums.—April 18, 2016
High School Students Immersed in Project Heavy Duty
A group of high school students from School District 20 will take their keen interest in the trades and local industry one step further with a hands-on experience that could cement their future. Project Heavy Duty is being offered for the first time in this region as a way to connect employers, educators and students.—May 17, 2016
Selkirk College Nurtures Peace Leaders in the Community
Selkirk College Students taking the Leadership for Peace course recently showcased their learning projects aimed at promoting peace directly in their communities. From idea to implementation, students learned about the trials and triumphs of working toward social transformation.—May 6, 2016
Fine Woodworking Program Enters New Era
As the Fine Woodworking Program students at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus reach the finishing stages of their projects, they eye up nine months of work done alongside two new instructors guiding the program into a new era. David Ringheim and David Stryck took over for retiring Michael Grace and David Fraser.—May 11, 2016
Raise Funds for Your Program at Gala 2016
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. The evening is always sold-out!—May 17, 2016
Selkirk College Partners with Suriname Tech School
Instructors in Selkirk College's Nursing Program are helping to develop standards in geriatric nursing education in Suriname, South America. Working closely with well-established technical college COVAB, local instructors are part of a team to improve education and improve quality of care.—May 16, 2016
Pioneer Educator Receives Recognition
Selkirk College honoured Craig Andrews at the Graduation 2016 Ceremony on the Castlegar Campus on Friday with the award of Distinguished Educator in recognition of his tremendous contribution to the advancement of learning in the West Kootenay-Boundary. Andrews had a great 31-year career in a variety of areas.—April 27, 2016
SEG Students Awarded for Superb Work
Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) Regional Manager Bruce Stevens attended the Selkirk College graduation ceremony last month to honour five students from the School of Environment & Geomatics for their presentations made during the recent applied research conference. —May 18, 2016
KSA Student Finds Healing Through Studies
At the mid-point in his life, amid crisis, Darwin Greyeyes took a risk and enrolled in blacksmithing at Kootenay Studio Arts finally embracing his true calling as an artist. As he finds success developing his craft, he also finds strength, self-discovery and re connection with his Prairie Cree Heritage.—May 24, 2016
Graduate Secures Carleton Scholarship
Maddie Snelgrove, a graduate of Rossland Secondary School who went on to start her post-secondary education at Selkirk College, has been awarded a $12,000 entrance scholarship as she heads to Ottawa’s Carleton University this fall. She will study Urbanism in their unique undergraduate Architecture program.—May 25, 2016
Trail Campus Celebrates Student Success
Students and staff at the Trail Campus gathered for a semester ending barbecue earlier this month. The courtyard at the historic campus was filled with great food, laughter and inspirational learners. School of Academic Upgrading & Development Instructor Ellie Knight provided those in attendance with some highlights. —April 27, 2016
IEP Students Assist Arrow Lakes Restoration Project
Working with the Columbia Power Corporation, a field school of Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program students spent the end of their semester doing important restoration work just outside of Castlegar. The students were helping rehabilitate the area that is important habitat for a variety of species.—May 19, 2016
Exam Competition Could Mean Cash Toward Education
Out-test the best and get money toward a Selkirk College education in the annual Scholarship High School Exam Competition taking place at the end of June. There is $5,000 to be won among regional high school students as they compete to invest in their future. It is expected between 40 and 60 students will participate.—June 1, 2016
Summer Golf Camp Instructor Reaches New Heights
The Selkirk College Saints Golf Camp is adding a new professional to its roster of instructors this summer—though he’s not a new face to the organization. Garrett Kucher is returning to the July golf camp in Castlegar for a fourth season as instructor, but this time it will also be as a professional golfer.—March 29, 2016
Grad Scores Scholarships for University Transfer to UBCO
Selkirk College was right next door when Darren Paterson figured out his life’s direction. Two years later, the UAS Associate of Arts (English) Degree graduate is ready to take the next step at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan with the help of $15,000 in transfer scholarships earned.—June 15, 2016
Aboriginal Youth Conference to Strengthen Relations
Strengthening Our Relations Conference will return to Selkirk College this autumn, aiming to engage Indigenous youth from around the region as they take part in the third annual event. Called “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Youth Leadership,” this year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Wab Kinew.—June 21, 2016
Chinese International Student Finds Success at UBC
When International student Xu Jiaming returned to China after wrapping up his year at Selkirk College, he went secure in the knowledge that two British Columbian universities would welcome him back to study this fall, a dream come true for the young learner. Xu, also went by his adopted Canadian name Charlie.—June 22, 2016
Students Won’t Bear the Cost of Tuition for Upgrading
Students aiming to upgrade at Selkirk College need not be deterred by the new tuition model taking affect this spring. Despite funding changes coming from the Provincial Government, 100 per cent financial support for learning is currently available when you sign up for Upgrading at Selkirk College.—June 27, 2016
New Chemistry Labs a Catalyst for Learning
Selkirk College recently unveiled the first of two chemistry labs seeing a major renovation to bring them into the modern era. The old labs dated back 50 years to the original construction of the college and the new facilities are an exciting addition to a growing field of study at the local institution.—July 11, 2016
GLOWS Joins Forces with Selkirk College
Opening the doors to the exploration of science for young people is the focus of the Growing Learning Opportunities With Science program that has been building momentum in our region over the years. The program has now moved into a partnership with Selkirk College where synergies will help continue the great work.—June 14, 2016
Music of John Lennon performed by Shine On
Michael Occhipinti's inventive approach to creative music of all kinds has earned him a wide array of listeners and the respect of critics and musicians alike. His project Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon imaginatively alters the music well-known to all while staying true to the original feel. Occhipinti is in Nelson on August 3.—July 20, 2016
Staying Close to Home a Calculated Reward
Selkirk College is the perfect place to get started on a university degree with transfer agreements acting as a springboard to success across the country. Nelsonite and Governor General Award winner Dylan Bennett found this out after spending a year in the School of University Arts & Sciences on the Castlegar Campus. —May 12, 2016
Saints Add Pair of Former Junior Champions
Four-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Selkirk College Saints will begin the 2016-2017 season with some fresh faces in the line-up as they pursue their fifth in a row starting in September. A pair of defensive specialists are transferring to Selkirk College for the upcoming season.—June 14, 2016
HCA Program Gets Bursary Boost in Kaslo
A special cohort of the 26-week Health Care Assistant Program started in January at the college’s Kaslo Learning Centre. The offering was made possible through a partnership with the Victorian Hospital of Kaslo to share their resources and help provide the education needed in this critical area of the health care sector.—May 3, 2016
Selkirk College First Choice for Nelson Grad
Selkirk College is a strong option for high school graduates wanting to start their post-secondary education close to home. L.V. Rogers Secondary grad Jade May made the local college her first choice when applying and with that strong Selkirk College start, she is now ready to move to the city and further her engineering education at UBC.—July 18, 2016
Saints Add More Fuel to High Octane Offense
The Selkirk College Saints already potent offense has been bolstered with commitments from a pair of players with proven point-producing talents. Forward Wade Johnson and defenceman Seth Schmidt will be joining the four-time defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League champion Saints for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.—June 23, 2016
Fairmont Leadership Program Selects Alumna
A desire to travel, meet people and discover new experiences drew Kiraya Spencer to the dynamic hospitality industry. With a strong start at Selkirk College, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has selected Spencer to its SUMMIT Leadership Program, an exciting step for the West Kootenay native recognized as a strong leader.—July 25, 2016
Silver King Campus Refresh Moves Forward
Selkirk College has hired a project manager and architect for its $18.9 million refresh of Nelson’s Silver King Campus. Project manager Tomer Curiel and architect Ray Wolfe will help guide the regional college through a major renovation of its trades training facilities and addition of a student commons space.—May 2, 2016
Board of Governors Approves Balanced Budget
The Selkirk College Board of Governors has approved an annual budget that allows the institution to continue providing high quality, sought after programs and services to students and to grow in areas that address future needs. At its monthly meeting in May, the board passed the proposed $45 million budget that sets a financial course.—June 28, 2016
Orientation Gets Semester Off to Right Start
On August 30, the Human Resources Department is inviting new and returning employees to the BBQ & Staff Orientation on the Castlegar Campus. The Employee Orientation is designed to give staff the opportunity to explore their new workplace and discover the resources, services, and opportunities available at Selkirk College.—July 25, 2016
Silver King Renewal Drilling This Week
SNC-Lavalin, Mud Bay Drilling, and On The Mark locators will be on-site at the Silver King Campus this past week completing the geotechnical and environmental drilling program. The work includes utility locates, drilling, sampling and environmental monitoring well installations.—September 1, 2016
Health & Safety Program is Cutting Edge
A health and wellness program can translate directly into cost savings with lower injury and accident rates. But how can an organization choose and support a wellness program? Dr. Delia Roberts offers her wealth of knowledge and experience in a program at the forefront of this industry.—August 12, 2016
Professional Cook Program a Recipe for Employment
The tourism and hospitality industry in British Columbia is red hot, with projections for growth continuing to be high. Selkirk College has a number of programs that provide top quality training and education for those looking to enter an industry that is need of hard working individuals ready for exciting careers.—May 2, 2016
Selkirk College Partners with Rwandan Music School
Shrinking the world through music, the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program has cemented a relationship with a music school in Rwanda that is an important part of the healing the process the African nation continues to go through. Students and an instructor traveled to Rwanda earlier in the spring.—May 31, 2016
New Provincial Funding Benefits Aboriginal Studies
A one-time funding allotment of $75,000 to support Aboriginal students at Selkirk College will help the local institution provide even more opportunities for higher education improving capacity building across the board. The targeted funding for is part of more than $1 million that is being provided to 14 post-secondary institutions.—June 27, 2016
New Provincial Funding Benefits Aboriginal Studies
A one-time funding allotment of $75,000 to support Aboriginal students at Selkirk College will help the local institution provide even more opportunities for higher education improving capacity building across the board. The targeted funding for is part of more than $1 million that is being provided to 14 post-secondary institutions.—June 27, 2016
U of C endorses Rural Pre-Medicine
A Selkirk College program started as a solution to the rural doctor shortage is gaining traction for its ahead-of-the-curve approach and the School of Medicine at the University of Calgary has given the Rural Pre-Medicine Program endorsement just as the first cohort readies for the next step.—August 15, 2016
U of C endorses Rural Pre-Medicine
A Selkirk College program started as a solution to the rural doctor shortage is gaining traction for its ahead-of-the-curve approach and the School of Medicine at the University of Calgary has given the Rural Pre-Medicine Program endorsement just as the first cohort readies for the next step.—August 15, 2016
College Ventures to Kimberley for Field Trip on Film
A day-long field trip to Kimberley organized by the Selkirk College Engineering department will be captured on film and submitted to CTV for its Canada in a Day project aiming to showcase life across the nation on one day. There is also room for between 20 and 30 Selkirk College faculty, staff and guests.—September 7, 2016
Sustainability Efforts Earn Silver Rating
Selkirk College continues to lead in the achievement of sustainability and has recently earned a STARS silver rating for its commendable efforts. The global Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has praised the local institution for its ongoing work. —July 4, 2016
Welcoming Home the Region for 50th Anniversary
Fifty years ago, Selkirk College embarked on its mission to serve the communities of the West Kootenay-Boundary region through inspiring lifelong learning and transforming lives through education. In September, the college is inviting all those who have been impacted over five decades to return home for a golden celebration.—June 6, 2016
Creative Writing Blossoming in Nelson
Selkirk College is providing emerging and established writers an opportunity to release their creative energy with a pair of exciting offerings in Nelson starting in September. Building off success from last year, Selkirk College will be offering both Creative Writing 100 and Creative Writing 200 in the Fall Semester.—August 17, 2016
Cultural Volunteer Opportunity
Next week Selkirk College will be hosting the international Peace & Justice Studies Conference from September 22 to 24. It’s going to be a tremendous three days as participants from across the country and around the globe arrive to our region. Help is needed to prepare a Doukhbour dinner on Saturday night.—September 14, 2016
Conference Brings Peace Cafés
When the Peace and Justice Studies Conference comes to Selkirk College, people are invited to spend a relaxed Friday evening engaged in some serious conversation. While it may seem counter intuitive to combine the two, Peace Cafés allow for positive dialogue on issues that matter led by people in the know.—August 16, 2016
International Conference Coming in September
As we look toward the future, building the world we want involves a balance between activism opposing the establishment and forging ahead with new ideas. An international conference examining the tension between the two will be held in September in Nelson bringing in high profile guest speakers Wab Kinew and Sandra Moran.—May 30, 2016
College Benefits from Federal Innovation Funding
Funding from the Federal Government will provide three projects with the resources required to further advance innovative collaborative partnerships with community organizations and local businesses. The Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council has announced that Selkirk College will receive three grants totaling $603,430.—June 20, 2016
Indigenous Leader to Speak at Conferences
Well-known Indigenous leader, artist and journalist Wab Kinew will be speaking at Selkirk College this month. Seeking to engage with Canadians to dispel Native stereotypes and work toward a world that’s compassionate, Kinew brings a wealth of experience to two conferences.—September 19, 2016
It’s the People Make Selkirk College Great
Hundreds of years of dedicated service were put in the spotlight on May 12 at the annual Selkirk College Employee Recognition & Retirement Dinner. Hosted by the Human Resources Department, the dinner at the Staff Lounge on the Castlegar Campus recognized 17 employees for their years of service and 12 who have retired.—May 17, 2016
Forestry Technology Student Firewood Sales
This year’s Forest Technology Program class will once again be selling split firewood (mixed larch, douglas fir, lodgepole pine) as a fundraiser for their annual Spring field trip to the West Coast. This is a popular fundraiser, so act quickly if you want to save your energy and support the students. —September 14, 2016
Our 2015/16 SCOPE Award Recipients
The Faculty Association Standing Committee On Professional Excellence committee announces the recipients of its 2015/16 award: Gail Potter, Kay Armstrong, Mike Konkin, Duff Sutherland, and Doris Hausleitner. The College community is invited to help celebrate these recipients.—September 19, 2016
Albert Vila Brings Passion for Jazz
On October 3, Jazz guitarist Albert Vila will appear at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall at Selkirk College with Canadian virtuosos Kodi Hutchinson on bass and Julian MacDonough on drums.—September 26, 2016
Saints Home Opener Goes Saturday
The Selkirk College Saints will raise another British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League banner to the rafters of the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre on Saturday night, but the focus for this year’s group of student athletes will not be on the past. The puck drops on the Saints drive for five at 7:00 p.m.—October 4, 2016
President Angus Graeme Thanks Community
With the successful Selkirk College Homecoming Weekend now part of the regional post-secondary history books, President Angus Graeme expresses appreciation for all those who had a hand in making it happen and those who helped celebrate.—September 23, 2016
President Angus Graeme Signs for Five More Years
With five years of inspiring leadership in the books, Selkirk College President Angus Graeme will now lead post-secondary education in the Kootenay and Boundary region into the next 50 years of learning. The Board of Governors recently signed Graeme to his second five year contract.—August 25, 2016
A Scent Free Reminder for Fall Semester
The HR Director, Safety Department and the Joint Health and Safety Committees would like to remind all employees of our Selkirk College Scent Policy. This policy applies to all employees, students and visitors of Selkirk College campuses and centres. As we head into the Fall Semester, get a refresher.—August 17, 2016
Nursing Students Deliver Frontline Care
Third-year Nursing Program students have a unique opportunity develop their skills and knowledge of the social factors that shape health on the streets of Nelson. They work with agencies to help people in the community who may be dealing with issues of housing insecurity, addictions and untreated mental illness.—August 22, 2016
President Information Sessions Underway
An important part of the Selkirk College calendar year is the annual information sessions conducted by President Angus Graeme. These sessions are a great opportunity to sit down with our president to an update and engage in discussion. The meetings start on October 13 and run through to November 17.—October 6, 2016
Protein for People Project Hosted at Selkirk College
Getting protein into your diet isn’t always easy for those struggling to make ends meet. An event hosted by West Kootenay Labour Council and Selkirk College offered up a meal for families – a free salmon buffet – in banquet style as an initiative aiming to ensure poverty doesn’t reach the plate.—October 21, 2016
Gala 2016 Set for November 26
It's one of the highlights of the year at Nelson's Tenth Street Campus and this year's Selkirk College Gala 2016 fast approaches. Students are ramping up to host the region at Mary Hall on November 26 where a fantastic evening of food, friends and fun awaits. Get your tickets today.—November 16, 2016
Support Increased for Youth Aging Out of Care
Selkirk College will be able to further support students who have overcome early lifetime challenges to achieve their goals with increased provisions recently announced by the Provincial Government. Extended support for current and former youth in care covers costs like tuition and living expenses.—October 31, 2016
Fifty Years of Athletics at Selkirk College
As Selkirk College gets set to kick off our 50th Anniversary celebrations this September, staff have been busy digging through boxes of history that chronicles five decades of learning in the West Kootenay and Boundary. One of the recent boxes we have dusted off features competitive and recreational sport. Your help is required.—July 27, 2016
Web App Supporting Wellbeing Connects Students
A mobile responsive web site developed by Selkirk College students and staff asks lively questions on sometimes serious subject matter as it points users to wellbeing resources in the West Kootenay region. It's now live at and points users to mental health resources and more.—November 8, 2016
Katy Hutchison Brings Restorative Justice to Life
On November 23, best-selling author and restorative justice advocate Katy Hutchison brings her compelling real-life story of reconciliation to Nelson in a Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College lecture. In 1997, her husband Bob was beaten to death and instead of growing embittered, she “took part in repairing the harm.”—November 15, 2016
Selkirk College Sheds Light on Open Data at GIS Day
If you ever wanted to take a closer look at the world of Geographic Information Systems, otherwise known as GIS, there will be a great opportunity at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus on November 17 when International GIS Day is celebrated with a free event full of student displays, information and a speaker.—November 10, 2016
Fostering a Healthy Campus Takes Forward Leap
Building a healthy community takes initiative and Selkirk College is placing a high priority on the well-being of its student. With the formalization of Healthy Campus Initiatives, Selkirk College is leading the way in supporting students outside the classroom with Leslie Comrie at the helm.—November 23, 2016
Helping Build Our Rural Economy
Since Selkirk College alumni began transitioning into the regional workforce in the late-1960s, individuals educated close to home have helped build and grow the economy of the West Kootenay and Boundary region. This ongoing series of industry partners takes a closer look at our relationship with FortisBC.—October 7, 2016
Welcome Back Michael Occhipinti
Join Selkirk College in welcoming back Michael Occhipinti & the Sicilian Project featuring Pilar. He will mix Old World music with modern sound at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall in Nelson on November 28 where he recently appeared on tour with Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon.—November 23, 2016
Faculty Association Recognizes Teaching Excellence
Five outstanding faculty members have been recognized for their commitment to learning and exceptional performance in the classroom. The Selkirk College Faculty Association hosted a special evening at the Castlegar Campus earlier this month where they presented their annual SCOPE Awards.—October 18, 2016
Magic Revealed at KSA Winter Show & Sale
Discover unique creations of ceramics, blacksmithing, jewelry and textiles made by the talented students of Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College in their magical Winter Show & Sale. The decade-long seasonal tradition is an amazing opportunity to support student artists and explore the stone heritage building where the magic happens.—December 5, 2016
Drawn & Dangerous Delves into Graphic Fiction
Whether you’re a fan of the genre, interested in what graphic novels say about society or wanting to examine their place among famous literary works, a course being offered at Selkirk College this winter brings graphic fiction to life for students eager to learn more about this pop-culture phenomenon.—December 14, 2016
Music Students Raise Funds for CARES
Students in the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program are bringing months of hard work to the stage at Spiritbar for their annual Winter Showcase and Celebration. The community is invited to an evening of eclectic music courtesy students and program instructors with a chance to donate to a worthy cause.—December 8, 2016
Music Students Coin Song Celebrating 50th Anniversary
Students of the Contemporary Music & Technology Program released an original song written just for the occasion. “50 Years of Dreams” is a catchy number shining the spotlight on the college’s 50th anniversary through the eyes of students on campus pursuing their dreams.—December 15, 2016
Transitional Training Students Spread Holiday Cheer
Students taking the Transitional Training Program at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus in Nelson raised money through hard work, determination and goodwill to purchase eight holiday hampers benefiting hungry students. Students were hands-on through the entire process which provided learning opportunities along the way.—December 15, 2016
Philosophy Returns to Selkirk College this January
Students will have the opportunity to explore those questions at the very heart of human existence as Philosophy 101 returns to the School of University Arts & Sciences at Selkirk College in January. This intro-level philosophy course focuses on the nature of human reality. —December 20, 2016
Entrance Awards Provide Boost
Selkirk College has provided 43 outstanding new students with a great start to their post-secondary education. At a special Entrance Scholarship Award Ceremony on the Castlegar Campus, a total of $66,000 was provided to students beginning their educational pathways in a number of different programs.—November 9, 2016
Save the Date for Staff Discovery Day 2017
Mark your calendar – February 14 is Discovery Day, an annual event held at Selkirk College for staff to learn from each other and socially connect. This year’s event is Healthy Campus themed. New on campus this year, Healthy Campus Initiatives aims to support student and staff wellness and create a thriving college community.—December 20, 2016