Selkirk Pilots SPECTRUM, a Lifespan Autism Course
Autism touches many people and families. With this comes an increasing need for awareness and understanding of practical resources and approaches for supporting situations in many contexts—schools, homes, community. In January, Selkirk College is launching SPECTRUM: Lifespan Autism Resources & Training.—January 4, 2018
Nursing Students Help Combat Homelessness
The Coldest Night of the Year walk for homelessness has been making a difference in communities across Canada, raising millions of dollars to help those who are struggling. Third-year Selkirk College Nursing Program students are an important part of the success of the walk in our region.—February 13, 2018
Ike Barber Scholarships Benefit Grads
Starting an academic journey at Selkirk College has a host of benefits. One of the advantages is access to the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship which provides $5,000 to those who begin their studies close to home. This is the story about how one alumnus has benefited.—January 31, 2018
Bursaries Help Students Focus on Education Goals
The challenges post-secondary students face as they work toward a desired education are varied and relative. Some hurdles are greater than others, but those who embark on a journey at Selkirk College have the option of seeking financial relief through bursaries that help ease the strain.—January 16, 2018
Bursaries Signal Relief for Those Pursuing Dreams
The importance of student financial aid is a key component in creating an affordable post-secondary education for Selkirk College learners. Emmett Deuling is one of the students who has benefited from the generosity of donors who will be recognized at the annual Bursary Tea.—January 25, 2018
Hairstylist Students Open Silver King Campus Salon
Students pointing their education towards a career as a hairstylist are now ready to put theory into practice at the Silver King Campus Hair Salon that is open and currently booking appointments for the public. A great opportunity for both staff and students to witness the future of the industry.—February 13, 2018
New VPs Committed to Student-First Philosophy
Selkirk College’s leadership team has welcomed a two new vice presidents who are both relishing the opportunity to help guide the region’s post-secondary into the future. Kerry Clarke and John Kincaid arrived to their new Selkirk College posts in November leading two-thirds of all departments at the college. —January 2, 2018
50th Anniversary Creates Legacy for Students
The target of raising $50,000 for future student scholarships and bursaries has been reached with the creation of the 50th Anniversary Legacy Award that will assist learners in perpetuity. The goal was reached after community support at Gala 2017 provided the final touch.—January 4, 2018
Have Your Say on the Strategic Plan
Selkirk College is starting an exciting review of our strategic plan and the greater community is invited to play a role in helping shape the future. Together with Rossland-based Thoughtexchange, those who care about post-secondary in the region are being asked to join an interactive online discussion.—April 18, 2018
Valedictorian Lauds Class of 2018
Selkirk College is set to celebrate Grad 2018 at the Castlegar Campus with students, families and friends. As we prepare for the big day, meet Integrated Environmental Planning Program student Chris Black who has been chosen as the Class of 2018's valedictorian.—April 17, 2018
Flooding in Grand Forks and Boundary: College Response
The devastation Mother Nature has brought to Grand Forks and the Boundary is historic and this volatile flooding situation continues to be a major concern. The Boundary region and our Grand Forks Campus are vital to the Selkirk College family and support for those impacted continues.—May 17, 2018
Diverse Employment Practices Focus of Conference
On May 28, the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus will host the Talent, Passion, Participation - Employment Conference, bringing together employees, employers and service providers for a day of exploring ways to build a stronger regional workforce.—April 11, 2018
Talk on Trends in Higher Ed
The Selkirk College Leadership Team is pleased to be bringing in renowned Canadian post-secondary strategist Ken Steele for a 90-minute presentation on Wednesday, May 30. An entertaining and insightful speaker, Steele’s talk will take place at the Shambhala Music & Performance Hall.—May 16, 2018
Cathy Lafortune Receives Honourary Diploma
Cathy Lafortune regularly attends classes in the Education Assistant & Community Support Worker (EACSW) Program at Selkirk College enhancing the learning experience of students striving to work with people with differing abilities with her wealth of knowledge from lived life experience.—May 10, 2018
Travel Delays Between Nelson and Castlegar
Annual spring/summer highway maintenance has started and as usual this will cause delays between our campuses. The Shoreacres Bridge on Highway 3A just west of the Highway 6 turnoff will be undergoing deck resurfacing, joint replacements and modifications. This work will take place from April 10 until the end of June.—April 9, 2018
Distinguished Educator Changes Lives in Upgrading
A Selkirk College tradition will continue at the Grad 2018 Ceremony when the Honourary Board Awards are handed out to three outstanding contributors to the success of post-secondary in the region. The recipient of the Distinguished Educator honour is retired ABE instructor Wendy Tagami.—April 24, 2018
Province’s Agenda for Child Care Welcomed
The Early Childhood Care & Education Program is a valued contributor to a sector which has recently received plenty of attention from government who are looking for solutions to a more accessible system that will benefit both families and those choose a career in this vital field.—March 1, 2018
Turning down the Heat on Sweater Day
This winter, the heat at the Castlegar, Silver King and Tenth Street campuses was turned down by two degrees to conserve energy and show Selkirk College’s commitment to lowering our carbon footprint. Students and staff were encouraged to wear a sweater to show their support for energy conservation.—May 10, 2018
Tracey Harvey Begins PhD Research on Cannabis
School of Environment & Geomatics instructor Tracey Harvey is undertaking work on her PhD that looks into the social and economic impact the legalization of recreational cannabis will have on rural BC. Harvey is asking for participation into her research by college staff who have an interest, opinion or insight into this subject area.—June 26, 2018
Student Fights for International Justice in The Hague
After landing a dream internship in the Netherlands, Geographic Information Systems Program student Karen Godbout is now using her education and skills to help the fight against the worst international crimes and help bring justice to the victims.—March 6, 2018
Celebrating Canada Through Fresh Eyes
As we get set for Canada Day 2018, it’s a great time to celebrate with family, friends and the community. It’s also a moment in the year when we reflect on what it means to live in this amazing country. Selkirk College's Accounting Coordinator Tarunjit Jassar is taking it a step further and celebrating his new life in Canada through a poem.—June 26, 2018
Selkirk College Lands Tech Funding
Efforts to better prepare the West Kootenay and Boundary region for emerging opportunities in the tech sector has received a boost with Selkirk College’s plan to introduce two new programs that will provide learners with the education and skills required for future business and employment needs.—April 20, 2018
A Celebration of Employee Dedication at Selkirk College
Selkirk College recently celebrated the milestones and achievements of the dedicated employees who enrich our place of work every day. Hosted by the Selkirk College Human Resources Department, this year’s annual dinner on May 24 at the Staff Lounge on the Castlegar Campus was one of the largest in recent memory.—June 5, 2018
Future of Castlegar Campus Brighter
With an eye on safety and sustainability, outdoor lighting on the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus has been taken to a new level with the installation of more than 100 luminaries and a computerized system that provides a model for the future. The system is now complete and getting rave reviews.—March 8, 2018
Co-Curricular Record Gives Students Job Advantage
Students who attend Selkirk College have many opportunities for a well-rounded experience to help bolster a resume. Starting in September, learners will have the chance to formalize the soft skills developed over their educational journey with a new program that helps solidify extra-curricular activities.—August 22, 2018
Rural Pre-Medicine Program Reaches Major Milestone
Launched in 2014 as part of an effort to educate rural students in a manner that helps build a stronger health care system outside urban areas, the Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine Program has helped a pair of alumni reach their goal of entry into medical school at the University of British Columbia.—May 29, 2018
Alumnus Secures Prestigious National Award
Selkirk College alumnus Michael Graeme is currently putting finishing touches on his University of Victoria degree and was recently announced as one of ten 3M National Student Fellowship Award winners. The award honours undergraduate students who have demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership in academia and beyond.—July 16, 2018
Ireland Added to Study Abroad Options
Earlier this summer, Selkirk College and Ireland’s Institute of Technology Tralee inked a memorandum of understanding that will see the two schools build a partnership aimed at academic exchanges for students and faculty, articulation of like programs, degree completion opportunities, and other joint projects.—July 10, 2018
Selkirk College Honours SCOPE Award Winners
The Selkirk College Faculty Association Standing Committee on Professional Excellence (SCOPE) is pleased to honour Muditha Heenkenda, Doug Henderson and Allyson Perrot as recipients of its 2017/2018 awards. The winners will be celebrated at the annual SCOPE Award ceremony and reception held on Thursday, October 11.—October 1, 2018
President Information Meetings Set for October
On his annual autumn tour through the West Kootenay and Boundary, Selkirk College President Angus Graeme will stop by eight campuses and learning centres in October to provide employees information and talk about the progress on the strategic plan refresh. Please check out what date and time is relevant to your location.—September 18, 2018
Carol Andrews Joins Columbia Basin Trust Board
A key partner in post-secondary in the region and a vital legacy that continues to build strong community, Columbia Basin Trust has added Selkirk College instructor Carol Andrews to its Board of Directors. The veteran instructor brings a wealth of knowledge in rural issues to the table. —June 12, 2018
New Employees Officially Welcomed
The traditional August welcome to Selkirk College was the focus on August 28 when the New Employee Orientation took over the Castlegar Campus. Aimed at individuals added to the team in the last 12 months, a total of 33 employees took in the day that included a morning of information from the Human Resources Department. —August 29, 2018
Gender Neutral Signs Come to Selkirk College
Selkirk College is in the process of installing Gender Neutral signs for all single-use bathrooms on our campuses. The college recognizes that many transgender, genderqueer and/or gender non-conforming people are particularly affected by bathroom segregation because of the visible gender differences that may not correlate with cultural gender norms.—June 26, 2018
Instructor Shares Research Progress on Cannabis Study
SEG instructor Tracey Harvey is currently undertaking work on her PhD that looks into the social and economic impact the legalization of recreational cannabis will have on rural BC. Earlier this summer Harvey asked Selkirk College staff to participate in her research in order to gather opinion and insight into this subject area.—September 10, 2018
Harmonize in Song with Selkirk Sings
This October, Selkirk Sings facilitated by Jane Green, welcomes everyone from Selkirk College and the community to bring their voice – even if it might be a little shy – and join in weekly singing gatherings on the Castlegar Campus starting October 9. It promises to be a lot of fun!—October 4, 2018
Alumna Aims Spotlight on Lifelong Learning
Sharon McNeill’s journey from the Adult Upgrading Program at the Nakusp Campus to UBC law school was made possible by determination and overcoming the challenges experienced in residential school. At the Graduation 2018 ceremony in April, McNeill was presented the honour of Distinguished Alumna for her inspiring journey.—August 8, 2018
Nursing Program Alumnae Get Back to Educational Roots
Three of the latest additions to the Nursing Program faculty arrive to the Castlegar Campus classrooms with a wealth of experience, deep roots in the region and an intimate knowledge of the benefits of a Selkirk College education. Get to know this trio of educators and the journey they have taken to return back to familiar surroundings.—September 17, 2018
Alumni Embark on International Internships
The importance and value of young Canadians placing a focus on global issues continues to be a priority for senior levels of government with the creation of international internships that provide essential work, develop new skills and result in vital knowledge.—June 11, 2018
Leading the Charge for a Changing Forest Industry
The future of the forest industry in British Columbia is fast changing and with a $2 million grant from the federal government, Selkirk College will now take the lead in making sure that the region's sector remains competitive and becomes a leader in the years ahead. Partnerships are key moving forward.—May 29, 2018
HR Department Puts Focus on Project Aurora
Project Aurora will transform Selkirk College underlying infrastructure and business processes. The Human Resources Department is an important part of this process and have moved into the next stage.—August 27, 2018