Education

Trade apprenticeship program coming to local high school students

Grand Forks Secondary School principal Scott Stewart asked the SD51 board of education for funding to help with a new apprenticeship program he would like to partner with Selkirk College on in September. Photo Erin Perkins.

The BC trades industry will be short an estimated 100,000 skilled trades professionals by 2015 and School District 51 wants to have their students ready for the opportunities to come.

Grand Forks Secondary School principal Scott Stewart made a financial request to the Board of Education during their regular board meeting earlier this month to get a trade apprenticeship program kick started for September 2012.

Selkirk College holds community meetings to determine future direction

Selkirk College holds community meetings to determine future direction

Grappling with dramatic funding cuts hasn't prevented Selkirk College from looking toward an ambitious future, if a series of local community consultations is any indication.

Selkirk College staff and administration representatives travelled to each of the six regional communites in which one of the nine college sites are located, beginning with Grand Forks on April 23, Nelson on May 2, Kaslo on May 7, Castlegar on May 10, Trail on May 15 and wrapping up in Nakusp last night.

College president Angus Graeme said these community meetings came after an extensive consultation with students and the college's 550 employees.

Selkirk College supports local KAST winner

Selkirk College supports local KAST winner

On April 14, 2012,  82 young scientists participated in the West Kootenay and Boundary Regional Science Fair. The 2012 event involved the largest number of senior students than in previous years. Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Technology Instructor, Rob Macrae, did not expect to be involved but when he was contacted by local LV Rogers student and an eventual winner, Micah May, for assistance on his science project, Rob immediately agreed to help out.

AquaVan visits Grand Forks

The AquaVan visited Grand Forks elementary schools this past week with a hands-on educational program. Photo Erin Perkins.

The Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan presented by B.C. Hydro toured the Kootenay region last week, including a stop over in Grand Forks Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10.

The award-winning educational program focusses on teaching students about the environment, the animals that live on the west coast and conservation. Even living as far inland as Grand Forks, it is important to educate kids about their impact on our oceans, said Lydia Gibson, AquaVan operations leader.

BCPSEA declares teachers's recent withdrawal an unlawful strike

Teachers and the B.C. Teachers's Federation await a ruling by the Labour Relations Board as to whether they are involved in an illegal strike action after withdrawing extracurricular activities late last month. The LRB will be making their decision tomorrow, Friday, May 11. Photo Erin Perkins.

The B.C. Public School Employers' Association (BCPSEA) applied to the B.C. Labour Relations Board (BCLRB) Wednesday, May 9 for relief from the recent B.C. Teachers's Federation (BCTF) withdrawal of extracurricular activities.

The labour relations board is expected to meet with BCPSEA at or around 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 to announce whether it feels teachers are participating in an illegal strike action by withdrawing extracurricular involvement.

4.5 teaching positions cut for next school year

4.5 teaching positions cut for next school year

The pink slips are coming to 4.5 teaching positions in School District 51 on Tuesday, May 15.

The layoffs are as a result of declining enrollment in the district, said superintendent Michael Strukoff. In previous years the district has avoided layoffs because of teacher retirements. But not this year.

This year there is only one retirement and no leaves of any substance, said Strukoff.

Extra education funding to help special needs students

Extra education funding to help special needs students

School District 51 is one of two districts awarded extra funds to support special needs students and struggling readers.

Last week the Ministry of Education announced that the Boundary district will receive $199,288 to be used to help special needs students and an additional $27,478 to help struggling readers.

A helping hand for hoppers

Pacific Chorus Frog found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park. Photo Erin Perkins.

The modern dating scene might be a perilous one but the modern breeding scene for local frogs, salamanders and toads is just plain deadly.

The Pacific Chorus Frog, the Tiger Salamander, the Long-toed Salamander and the Spadefoot Toad spend their winters among the rocks and trees found in Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park.

Author Grant Lawrence reads to appreciative audience in Grand Forks

Author Grant Lawrence signed copies of his book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, at the Grand Forks and District Public Library on Tuesday, April 24. Photo Erin Perkins.

Grant Lawrence, author of the award-winning book Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and other stories from Desolation Sound, read to an engaged audience of more than 50 CBC fans, avid readers and coastal travellers during his appearance at the Grand Forks and District Public Library, Tuesday, April 24.

Selkirk College honours its extended family

Mr. Fred Wah, 2012 Distinguished Educator Recipient with nominator, retired Selkirk College instructor, Mr. Craig Andrews.

A tradition has been established at Selkirk College. Each year, on the evening prior to the annual graduation ceremony, the Board of Governors gathers to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.

The recipients of these Board Awards are in very good company with past award winners including such distinguished individuals as ex-MLA Corky Evans, Nelson Mayor John Dooley, Chartered Accountant Ron Anderson and J.J.Verigin Jr., head of the Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ (USCC).

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