Selkirk College and Zellstoff Celgar Bonded By History and the Future

Zellstoff Celgar employs more than 400 people and the impact Selkirk College has on a trained workforce is vital to its success. This is just a small sample of the mill employees who have received at least some of their education and training at the local post-secondary. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

It’s a kindred bond that has provided an economic and social foundation for the West Kootenay over the last 50 years.

Fuelled by the natural resources that drive the regional economy, Zellstoff Celgar and Selkirk College help define what it is to live in rural British Columbia. Both came to be in the 1960s, a time of great opportunity in the West Kootenay.

As Selkirk College celebrates its 50th year of providing inspiring and relevant post-secondary education in 2016-2017, that bond is stronger than ever.

Selkirk College Set for Golden Weekend

Premier W.A.C. Bennett attended the official opening ceremony of the Castlegar Campus in April, 1967. Here he chats with one of the Selkirk College students. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

The doors opened to a new era of post-secondary learning 50 years ago when Selkirk College welcomed students seeking a brighter future from across the West Kootenay and Boundary region.

Wait-listed student’s mom demands answers from SD #8

Kootenay Lake School District Superintendent Jeff Jones said says the challenge in this case is Camara Cassin registered her daughter to transfer into the district after the March 31 deadline.

A Nelson mother is demanding answers after she says her daughter was put on a waiting list to attend the city’s only high school… while 50 foreign students are taking up seats in the same school.

Camara Cassin says she was told her daughter would have to wait a week to see if she can attend L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson. School started again for high school students this week.

B.C.’s new curriculum

Tuesday was the start of the second year of a three-year process of phasing in the new curriculum.

The world is changing and parents expect their kids to be taught the skills they need to succeed in that changing world.

That’s why, for the past few years, the Ministry of Education has partnered with teachers and education experts to develop a new curriculum that will make sure British Columbia’s students and education system remains a global leader.

Is climate change just a fable?

Is climate change just a fable?

“Waiting for others to act is not a solution – it compounds the problem. Taking refuge in the status quo because others refuse to change is not an answer. It’s avoiding responsibility and being generationally selfish.” – quote from 2008 Throne Speech

Local young people tackle the wild in youth backpacking adventure

Local young people tackle the wild in youth backpacking adventure

This summer, 15 youth from across the region tackled some of the most rugged and remote wilderness in the Kootenays on Wildsight’s six-day Go Wild Youth Leadership Adventure.

Led by Revelstoke’s Patagonia Ambassador and Pro Skier Leah Evans and Kimberley wildlife biologist and wilderness guide Dave Quinn, the team traversed both Elk Lakes and Height of the Rockies Provincial Parks.

BC Coroners Service reminds boaters to wear PFDs

The best way to enjoy being on the water is wearing a personal flotation device.

As the fina long weekend of the summer approaches, the BC Coroners Service is urging residents and visitors to stay safe when boating.

The need for all persons in small vessels to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD) is highlighted by two cases reported to the BC Coroners Service this week.

Both persons were in small boats. In one case, the person fell overboard. In the other, the boat capsized. Neither person was wearing a PFD. Neither survived.

Selkirk College and Columbia Power Create Energy for Growth

Columbia Power has many employees who have received at least some of their post-secondary education and training at Selkirk College. Some of those alumni gathered for a photo and include (L-R) Bree Seabrook, Jessica Rogers, Heather Gauthier, Sue Dyer, Scott Spencer, Linda Verishine, Andre Noel, Audrey Rysen, Pat Keller, John Jenner and Caleb Kennedy.

Building a sustainable regional economy requires teamwork and when it comes to helping provide an educated and trained workforce to create growth, Selkirk College and Columbia Power are a winning combination.

Joint task force statement on International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day has never before been more relevant.

Provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall and director of police services Clayton Pecknold released the following statement in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31, 2016.

“With the unprecedented number of overdoses we are seeing across the country, International Overdose Awareness Day has never before been more relevant.

Back to school tips and links for students and their families

Students will be heading back to school in September.

As families get ready to send over 600,000 students back to school, there are lots of great resources available to make the transition to the classroom easier – and get a start on getting ready for life after high school.

“The new school year is exciting for parents and students alike and everyone wants a stress-free start to the year," said Mike Bernier, Minister of Education.

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