Selkirk is not only BC’s oldest regional college but the first created through a community referendum. The very first day of classes at Selkirk College were held in temporary buildings, abandoned bunkhouses to be exact, at Celgar, a local pulp and paper mill. It was September 1966 but the college’s roots trace back to 1964 - 1965 during which discussions and forums finally resulted in a regional vote in favour of funding BC's first regional college.
What began its existence as one campus in Castlegar has now spread to five other communities in the West Kootenays: Grand Forks, Trail, Nelson, Nakusp and Kaslo. Selkirk College's main campus in Castlegar, was built on bluffs overlooking the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers, which once served as a gathering place for First Nations People trading and fishing salmon from the rivers. In more recent history, part of the land was occupied as a small Doukhobor village.
List of Departments / Schools / Faculty / College
- Environment & Geomatics
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Human Services
- Industry and Trades Training
- The Arts
- University Arts & Sciences
- Resort and Hotel Management Duration: 2 years.
- Ski Resort Operations Management Duration: 2 years.
- Culinary Management Duration: 2 years.
- Professional Cook Training Duration 14-28 weeks.
Business & Aviation
- Business Administration Diploma
- Admission: regular college admission requirements.
- Duration: 2 years.
- Highlights: Small classes and co-op work experience options.
Degree options include: American School of Business (France), Okanagan College, Royal Roads University, Thompson Rivers University.
Professional Pilot Diploma
- Admission: 6.5 IELTS, Math and Physics requirements. Learn more here.
- Duration: 2 years.
- Certified by Transport Canada.
- Degree options include: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (USA).
School of the Arts
- Contemporary Music & Technology Duration: 2 years.
- Digital Arts & New Media Duration: 2 years.
- Studios - Jewelry, Textiles, Ceramics, Metal Casting, Blacksmithing. Duration: 4-10 months.
University Arts & Sciences
- Available courses and programs include:
- Sciences: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Math, Psychology,
- Arts: English, Creative Writing,
- Liberal Arts: Peace Studies, History, Anthropology, French, Sociology, Women's Studies., Psychology.
Health & Human Services
- Early Childhood Care & Education Duration: 9 months.
- Social Service Worker Duration: 1-2 years.
- Health Care Assistant Duration: 6 months.
Environment & Geomatics
Admission: regular college admission requirements.
- Co-op work experience options.
- Specialized training.
- Hands-on field-study based programs.
Degree options include: Selkirk College (BCGIS), Royal Roads University, Thompson Rivers University, Seneca College, Cape Breton University, Griffith University (Australia).
GIS- Geographic Information Systems Degree / Advanced Diploma
IEP- Integrated Environmental Planning
RFW- Recreation, Fish and Wildlife
Business Administration Post-Graduate Diploma.
Business and Tourism Management Post-Graduate Diploma.
Selkirk College administered scholarships, bursaries and awards are listed below by category.
Monetary awards for eligible, full-time students entering Selkirk College for the first time who have demonstrated strong academic achievement. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office or may be downloaded from our website from February 15 - March 31.
Monetary awards for students enrolled in a minimum 80% course load who have demonstrated strong academic achievement while attending Selkirk College. The online scholarship application is available on our website from February 15 - April 15.
Scholarship recipients may be selected by the following processes: Application, Departmental Nomination and by GPA reports.
Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust (SIDIT) Awards
Trades and technology students from communities across the Southern Interior of BC may have access to $5.4 million in support over multiple years. This is the single largest donation for student awards in the history of Thompson Rivers University, Okanagan College, University of BC – Okanagan, Selkirk College and College of the Rockies. All funding is provided by SIDIT and administered by participating institutions. Applications for students studying at Selkirk College may be downloaded from our website.
Monetary awards for eligible students enrolled in a minimum 60% course load who have demonstrated financial need and who have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. The online bursary applications is available on our website from September 15 - October 31.
January, May and September
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