Apology for Photo in CE Calendar Issued
We have been advised that the image printed on page 44 of the CEWT calendar is inappropriate and could potentially be offensive. We have been working through some crisis management best practices and have a plan in place to get ahead of this from a communications perspective.—August 25, 2016
Engineering Alumnus Graduates with Top Marks
After getting a solid foundation in the Selkirk College Engineering Program, Peter Kremler went on to the University of Victoria to finish his degree in Electrical Engineering. When the Kaslo native graduated, he was honoured with the IEEE Victoria Section Gold Medal for achieving top marks.—October 18, 2016
Selkirk College School of Business Takes Initiative
The School of Business answered the call to help Selkirk College celebrate its 50th anniversary year with two initiatives that created quite a buzz on campus last semester. At the beginning of the fall semester, the School of Business organized a massive scavenger hunt on the Castlegar Campus.—January 3, 2017
Hairstylist Program Grad Carves out a Successful Career
One of Selkirk College’s top Hairstylist Program graduates has cut, coloured and up-done herself to a successful career in a downtown Vancouver salon. Full of enthusiasm and ambition, she’s just 20 years old. Amber Beckjord graduated from Selkirk College’s Hairstylist Program in 2014 at the age of 17 passionate about all things hair. —January 17, 2017
Study While Hitting West Kootenay Slopes
Selkirk College has a top quality Business Program and the location to boot. For students like Bryanne Mcelroy, both weighed equally important as she decided where she wanted to pursue her education. The Alberta native came to the West Kootenay to study and snowboard, balancing work and leisure as she strives for success.—January 10, 2017
Strengthening Our Response to Sexual Violence
Selkirk College is changing the conversation around sexual violence on campus and in our community. A draft policy created through engagement with the campus community is ready for review and consultation is underway. Staff, students and the broader community are all welcome to contribute.—February 8, 2017
Make Valuable Connections at Career & Education Fair
Rewarding education and employment are just around the corner. The Selkirk College Career & Education Fair brings students and community members together with employers and post-secondary programs that will help them along the pathway to success. The annual event takes place Tuesday, March 7 on the Castlegar Campus.—March 1, 2017
Selkirk College Connects Employers to Eager Students
Partnering with Co-op Education & Employment Services to hire a co-op student from Selkirk College brings countless paybacks to employers throughout the province. Employers benefit from a connection to highly motivated and capable students in a variety of disciplines that are flexible and productive workers.—February 22, 2017
Selkirk College Gets Involved in Nelson Coldest Night
Selkirk College is working with Nelson CARES as they host the third-annual Coldest Night of the Year, a family-friendly walking fundraising event happening in communities across the country. On February 25, people will take to the streets of downtown Nelson to increase awareness about homelessness in the community.—February 2, 2017
Bursary Tea Brings Together Students and Donors
Selkirk College held an afternoon tea that brings together bursary donors and the students that benefit from financial aid. The Bursary Tea allows Selkirk College to celebrate community learning and the importance of working together to ensure everyone can access the education they need to pursue the future of their dreams.—February 15, 2017
Staff Enjoys Healthy Campus Discover Day
On February 14, Selkirk College staff gathered at the Tenth Street Campus in Nelson for the annual Discovery Day. This year's Healthy Campus theme had employees learning more about how to support wellness on campus while creating an inclusive campus community. —March 1, 2017
Journalist and Author Amy Goodman Coming to Mir Lecture Series
Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace Lecture series welcomes award winning alternative investigative journalist Amy Goodman to Castlegar this spring. Goodman is the host of Democracy Now, an independent global news program.—February 3, 2017
Celebrating Co-op Education Week across Canada
Selkirk College joins in the Canada-wide celebration of Co-op Education Week. Co-op Education has been an integral part of education at Selkirk College for more than 25 years. Each year, over 300 students take part in the paid work experience that has them honing their learned skills and making valuable work connections.—March 20, 2017
SROAMies Dive Into the Backcountry
In late-January, first-year SROAM students had the opportunity to visit Selkirk Snowcat Skiing to complete their Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 (AST I) course and capture an inside look at an operation that brings guests from across the planet for the ultimate wilderness ski experience.—February 20, 2017
Distinguished Alumnus Rises to Peak of the Ski Industry
Selkirk College will award ski industry veteran Steve Paccagnan at the upcoming Graduation 2017 ceremony at the Castlegar Campus with the Distinguished Alumnus honour to recognize his excellence in advancing outdoor recreation in Canada. The graduation ceremony will take place on April 28.—April 13, 2017
Improved Network Connectivity Coming Soon
The Selkirk College IT Team has been working hard over the last few months on a major capital project that will improve the connectivity of email and internet on all campuses. In order to take the next step, a system-wide network outage is required and will take place on the weekend of May 6-7.—March 28, 2017
Commemorative 50th Anniversary Book Set for Release
It’s been five decades in the making and on the eve of our historic Grad 2017, Journeys Taken: Selkirk College - The First 50 Years will be available for sale. To mark 50 years of inspiring education in the region, the commemorative coffee table book traces the tremendous legacy that has been built by students, staff and community.—April 4, 2017
Saints Celebrate Season’s Achievements
The official end to the 2016-2017 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League season for the Selkirk College Saints took place last week at the Castlegar Golf Club with the annual awards night that featured recognizing outstanding achievements by individual players. It was in academics that the awards were most impressive.—April 12, 2017
Pathways to Employment Explores Opportunities
Connecting individuals who are seeking new careers to the education and background then need to succeed, the Selkirk College Pathways to Employment in Trades & Industry Program brought together 16 students for a 19-week exploration of exciting opportunities. Four students share their story about the program.—April 3, 2017
Valedictorians Help Define Rural Post-Secondary
Selkirk College was established in 1966 to bring inspiring post-secondary opportunities to rural British Columbia, so it's fitting that the valedictorians for the 50th graduating class are both raised in the West Kootenay. The 50th graduation ceremony is set for this Friday at the Castlegar Campus.—April 24, 2017
Amazing Race Canada in the West Koots
Amazing Race Canada premieres on CTV on July 4 and there is more incentive than ever to make this reality TV show one of your summer's guilty pleasures. As the show challenges teams of two with a series of wild tasks speckled across the nation, the West Kootenay will be one of the featured areas this season.—July 4, 2017
JL Crowe Explores Engineering and Geoscience
High school students with an inkling towards engineering and science as careers had the chance to visit the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus to get an introduction to their future and check out the options for study close to home. A day of workshops and speakers helped the JL Crowe Secondary students in important upcoming decisions.—June 13, 2017
Heavy Mechanical Student Overcomes and Gives Back
As a residential school survivor, Selkirk College student Running Wolf has dealt with numerous challenges as a result of a difficult start in life. With wisdom gained and determination a constant source of energy, the recent Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program graduate is committed to making a difference.—June 20, 2017
Rwanda Music Partnership Strengthened
The next chapter in the growing relationship between Selkirk College and Rwanda’s Nyundo School for Music has been written. In early-March, Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program instructor Gilles Parenteau traveled to the African nation to spend seven days in the classroom with Nyundo students.—March 27, 2017
Health Care Assistant Program Coming to Trail
With a growing demand in the region for professionals to care for the elderly and persons with disabilities, the Provincial Government has provided special funding for a Health Care Assistant Program cohort that will begin training in September at the Selkirk College Trail Campus.—March 30, 2017
Valedictorian Awarded Funds for Grad School
Alumna Tanya Tran begins grad school at the University of Victoria (UVic) in September with more than $30,000 in fellowships and awards to help pursue her educational dream. Tran, the Selkirk College Graduation 2016 valedictorian, credits her experience at Selkirk College for helping her successfully into a Master’s program.—June 29, 2017
Selkirk College Hosts Strategic Doing Training
Selkirk College is partnering with Purdue University’s Agile Strategy Lab to offer a three-day training course that helps people lead complex collaborations. This Strategic Doing 301 training has inspired hundreds of initiatives worldwide. Strategic Doing 301 takes place from September 25 to 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.—July 14, 2017
Selkirk College Officially Launches Project Aurora
To ensure that Selkirk College remains competitive in the marketplace while continuing to grow and evolve as an institution, Project Aurora (an acronym for A Unified Renewal of Related Application) was initiated to review and upgrade support systems and processes. Aurora will be implemented in stages with completion in the Fall of 2019—June 29, 2017
UBC Okanagan Next Stop for Selkirk College Scholar
Getting the right start at Selkirk College is exactly what Haley Seven Deers accomplished over the last two years in the School of University Arts & Sciences where she arrived as a 16-year-old who was homeschooled. In September, the young scholar will move to Kelowna where she will attend UBC Okanagan to complete her degree.—June 12, 2017
Education Assistant & Community Support Worker Program Embraces New Name
The Classroom and Community Support Worker program has changed its name to Education Assistant & Community Support Worker (EACSW) program. The change honours the industry name for the role – Education Assistant, rather than Classroom Support Worker.—June 28, 2017
Special Night for Inspiring and Dedicated Employees
The backbone of Selkirk College took centre stage at the end of May for the annual Employee Recognition & Retirement Dinner on the Castlegar Campus.The springtime tradition falls after classes let out, graduation is complete and the clamour in the campus hallways fades. It’s a time to honour all those who put students first.—June 26, 2017
UAS Grad Lands $80,000 Scholarship from UBC
One of a select group offered a full-ride academic scholarship from the University of British Columbia, Stephanie Kirk credits the start she received at Selkirk College as the fuel she needed to reach an important post-secondary goal. She will head off to Vancouver this September with an $80,000 scholarship.—May 29, 2017
Journeys Taken Coffee Table Book Released
As the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary celebration year begins to wind down, a new book that chronicles the fascinating history of post-secondary education in rural British Columbia has been released and is now for sale. All proceeds will go towards future student bursaries and scholarships.—May 1, 2017
Disability Services is Now Accessibility Services
The Selkirk College team supporting students with disabilities has changed its name from Disabilities Services to Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities in a move that reflects a societal shift happening Canada-wide.The new name, in fact, more clearly reflects what’s already taking place.—June 29, 2017
Selkirk College Joins Kenya Consortium
Selkirk College is joining three other Canadian universities in an exciting project that places focus on building and strengthening the economy of Kenya. The federal government-funded program will provide expertise and allow for staff to gain valuable international experience over the next three years.—June 5, 2017
Celebratory Year Comes to Close
Selkirk College spent the past year celebrating a major milestone - our 50th Anniversary. And now, that year has come to a close.—June 21, 2017
Aurora Vendor and Leadership Announced
Project Aurora (an acronym for A Unified Renewal of Related Application) is underway at Selkirk College. After considerable evaluation, a vendor has been selected for the project and we now have our leadership team. Learn more about where we are at on this transformational project.—August 21, 2017
Student Commons Building Breaks Ground
Students and staff at the Selkirk College Silver King Campus are preparing for a new learning era in Nelson courtesy of a major project that is refreshing the aging facility. One of the most visible elements of the renewal project has now started to take shape with the arrival of excavators. —August 15, 2017
Minister of Advanced Education Visits Selkirk College
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Melanie Mark touched down in Nelson earlier this week to visit the Silver King Campus and Victoria Street Campus. A member of Premier John Horgan’s recently announced cabinet, the MLA from Vancouver-Mount Pleasant spent time with students and staff as she settles into her position. —August 24, 2017
Saints Release Season Schedule
Though summer is in full effect in the West Kootenay and ice is primarily something that is of most use for cold drinks, the Selkirk College Saints hockey team is starting to build excitement for the upcoming 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.—August 10, 2017
Selkirk College Mir Lecture Series Welcomes Avi Lewis
One of the nation’s most ardent climate change activists will visit the West Kootenay as part of the Selkirk College Mir Centre for Peace Lecture Series. Canadian documentary filmmaker and former journalist Avi Lewis appears at Nelson’s Capitol Theatre on Friday, October 13 where he will speak about the critical need for immediate action.—October 5, 2017
New Employees Officially Welcomed
The traditional August welcome to Selkirk College took place on August 28 at the Castlegar Campus when the New Employee Orientation was the focus of the day. Aimed at individuals added to the team in the last 12 months, a total of 27 employees took in the day that included a morning of information from the Human Resources Department.—August 29, 2017
Selkirk College Honours SCOPE Award Winners
The Selkirk College Faculty Association Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) is pleased to honour Leslie Comrie, Takaia Larsen, James Nicol and Tiffany Snauwaert as recipients of its 2016/2017 awards. The Selkirk College community will celebrate the winners with the annual SCOPE Award ceremony.—September 25, 2017
Selkirk Men Speak Out Against Sexual Violence
Selkirk College is dedicating the month of October to raising awareness about how to prevent sexual violence. The College has also produced a video just released at featuring men on campus taking a stand against sexual violence and offering up advice on how to be more active as leaders for change in the community. —October 3, 2017
Employees Invited to President Information Sessions
Selkirk College President Angus Graeme will take part in eight information sessions in the Fall. Starting on the Castlegar Campus on October 19, the sessions are an important part of the calendar year and all employees are encouraged to attend. Find out when there will be a stop at your campus.—September 11, 2017
College Set to Welcome New VPs
Selkirk College will welcome two new team members in November when both Kerry Clarke and John Kincaid arrive to our area to start in their new vice president roles.—November 1, 2017
Intercultural Week Bigger Than Ever
International Education Week is an annual celebration of international education during the third week of November. Selkirk College has a rich diversity and is ready to highlight it with events leading up to and including Intercultural Week from November 13 to 24. What’s in store includes anticipated annual events and new ones.—October 31, 2017
Canada Savings Bonds to be Discontinued
The Government of Canada announced that it will discontinue the sale of Canada Savings Bonds and Canada Premium Bonds as of November 2017. Important information for staff currently enrolled in the program.—March 27, 2017
CBT Invests in Early Childhood Care & Education
As part of a $3.6 million three-year Child Care Support Program to help maintain and create new child care spaces in the Columbia Basin, the Trust is committed to help fill workforce gaps and meet professional development needs through its Early Childhood Educator Workforce Development Fund.—November 8, 2017
Castlegar Campus Parking Lot Goes Green
Students in Selkirk College’s School of Environment & Geomatics took a break from classroom activities earlier this month to pick up spades, wheelbarrows and garden gloves. The students were part of a bioswale project that brought an extra touch to the Castlegar Campus parking lot.—October 30, 2017
Selkirk College Gala 2017 Inspires
The annual Selkirk College Gala took place at Mary Hall on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus on Saturday night with more than 200 guests taking in a showcase of student talent. The event raised more than $15,000 for student scholarships and bursaries.—November 28, 2017
RPM Students Get Scholarship Boost
Support for learners in the Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine Program from the medical community continues to build through student awards which helps take the financial pressure off those just starting their educational journey. To start the Fall Semester, 12 students received a total of $32,000 in financial awards.—October 24, 2017
Youngblutt Focused on Change in Cambodia
When she's not helping provide inspiring education to students in Selkirk College's Academic Upgrading Program, Instructor Sarah Youngblutt is using her knowledge and research about Cambodia to help make a positive change for the future in a troubled nation where she feels a strong connection to the people and the history.—October 19, 2017
Carpentry Class Helps Build Outdoor Rink
Students in Selkirk College’s Carpentry Foundation Program are earning an assist with an outdoor rink project that will bring a fittingly Canadian recreational outlet to residents in the Blewett region. The rinks will be built at Morning Mountain west of Nelson.—November 28, 2017
Selkirk College Partners with Jamaican Arts School
A new partnership between Selkirk College and the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Jamaica has opened the door for students to immerse themselves in Caribbean culture and creativity. In October, an envoy of Selkirk College educators headed south to Kingston, Jamaica to formalize an agreement.—November 28, 2017
Return to Class Proves Vital
The Selkirk College School of Academic Upgrading & Development provides learners with the opportunity to succeed in a welcoming environment where overcoming challenges is made possible. Students of all ages rely on the program to complete high school requirements.—December 13, 2017