Nestled in one of the most spectacular locations in Canada, Selkirk College mirrors the communities it serves. With an eclectic economy built on primary industry, tourism and small business, the West Kootenay/Boundary region of southern British Columbia is a mixture of small rural communities and incredible natural beauty. Selkirk College is integral to the region, offering a wide array of programs in face-to-face, on-line and blended delivery. Its internationally recognized faculty and intimate learning environments provide students with outstanding educational experiences. The mission of Selkirk College is to inspire lifelong learning, transform lives through education and training, and serve its communities. The college achieves this through focus on the learner, teaching excellence, community engagement, innovation, a healthy workplace and sustainability. With more than 60 nationally recognized programs, Selkirk College ensures its graduates are career and life ready. Selkirk College values respect, quality, inclusivity, curiosity, service, accountability, collaboration and accountability in all its endeavours. The college serves more than 13,000 students in ten locations across the West Kootenay/Boundary. With 2,290 full-time students and 11,225 community education learners, the college helps build futures by preparing graduates for challenging and exciting careers.
- Selkirk College has five campuses and four learning centres in seven different communities across the West Kootenay/Boundary region of southern British Columbia.
- On average, Selkirk College two-year diploma graduates earn $402,800 more in their lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma.
- The trades-focused Silver King Campus based in Nelson is currently undergoing a $19M renovation which will modernize the facility that has been serving the region for more than 50 years.
- 92% of students are satisfied with the quality of instruction in their program.
- Selkirk College awards more than $400,000 in scholarships and bursaries on an annual basis.
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Contribute to our Community
In order to thrive in rural Canada, residents need to adapt to trends in the workforce. Selkirk College meets those expectations by offering innovative programs that provide training for in-demand careers.With a supportive cohort-based approach, the three-year Rural Pre-Medicine Program provides the opportunity for students to develop the experience and knowledge needed to prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and acceptance in medical school. The curriculum weaves courses tailored to rural medicine and has been developed in consultation with experts in rural medical education. The Rural Pre-Medicine Program is just one of several options offered at Selkirk College for those looking to become a health care provider. In partnership with the University of Victoria, the Selkirk College Nursing Program presents students the opportunity to study close to home. The program offers high quality, affordable and personal learning with the outcome of a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from the University of Victoria. Additional pathways in the Selkirk College School of Health & Human Services include: Advanced Medical Transcription, Advanced Diploma in Gerontology, Health Care Assistant, Mental Health & Addictions Associate Certificate, Nursing Unit Clerk, Pharmacy Technician and a Post Graduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing.
Foster Student Success
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. Sutherland entered Selkirk College with a focus on history, but early in her studies found an additional passion with Creative Writing. After two years of connecting more deeply with her interests, the University of British Columbia welcomed Sutherland as a Chancellor Scholar. The Vancouver-based university awards the prestigious distinction to those students who enter with an outstanding academic background. In her four semesters at Selkirk College, Sutherland maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point-average.
Angelika Brunner represented the Selkirk College Class of 2015 as valedictorian, cementing the message that it’s always the right time to let education be a beacon towards a new pathway in life. The mother of two young boys, Brunner returned to post-secondary in September of 2013 determined to make the most of an opportunity to follow a new career trajectory. After her second maternity leave, Brunner qualified for funding through the provincial government and entered the Social Service Work Program where she became an outstanding student that contributed to the community while completing her studies.
International music sensation Kiesza entered the Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program as an 18-year-old fresh out of high school in Calgary. She chose Selkirk College because of its intimate setting, veteran faculty, value and partnership with the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon graduation she had cemented a bond with her musical mentor and bolstered her foundation. After earning a degree from Berklee with an additional two years of study, Kiesza worked tirelessly on breaking through in the New York City music scene. In 2014 her career rocketed with the release of “Hideaway” and she became an award winning international music star. Kiesza credits the training and approach her instructors took while attending Selkirk College as a key factor in her success.
Support Indigenous Students
Selkirk College provides financial aid advice, community support, career counseling and cultural activities for learners through Aboriginal Services. Based in the Gathering Place on the Castlegar Campus, the doors are open for students to connect and excel. One of the latest additions to the services provided is the Elders Program which provides an opportunity for Elders throughout the region to connect with students and with each other. Students make connections with Elders in gaining a wider sense of community and intergenerational connections. The program also allows staff and faculty to get to know Elders and develop a deeper understanding of indigenous perspectives. The Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s important work over the last years has identified education as key to Canada’s efforts in reconciliation. The Elders Program helps guide efforts in addressing some the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, particularly the ones related to education.
Date modified: 2016-10-27