Education

Selkirk College Board of Governors Approves Balanced Budget

The Selkirk College Board of Governors recently approved a $45 million budget that sets a course for regional college in the coming year.

The Selkirk College Board of Governors has approved an annual budget that allows the institution to continue providing high quality, sought after programs and services to students and to grow in areas that address future needs.

At its monthly meeting in May, the board passed the proposed $45 million budget that sets a financial course for the regional college in the coming year.

Students Won’t Bear the Cost as Selkirk College Introduces Tuition for Upgrading

Selkirk College wants to keep upgrading courses accessible to students despite funding changes coming from the Provincial Government. Full financial support for learning is available when you sign up at Selkirk College.

Students won’t be out of pocket to pay as Selkirk College joins other British Columbian post-secondary institutes in implementing tuition fees for high school upgrading courses in their School of Academic Upgrading & Development.

SD 20 tests for radon; employs remediation measures

SD 20 tests for radon; employs remediation measures

Interior Health and the SD 20 school district have issued a release regarding completed tests for radon levels in district facilities. Schools with levels high enough to indicate a need for remediation include Stanley Humphreys and Kinnaird Elementary in Castlegar, as well as J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail. The mass email, sent to parents and guardians on June 23, reads as follows:

Selkirk College Hosts Regional Aboriginal Youth Conference

The Strengthening Our Relations Conference will engage Indigenous youth from around the Columbia Basin in a two-day event this autumn in Castlegar aiming to build the leaders of tomorrow while making cultural connections.

The Strengthening Our Relations Conference will return to Selkirk College this autumn, aiming to engage Indigenous youth from around the region as they take part in the third annual event. Called “Reconciliation Through Indigenous Youth Leadership,” this year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Wab Kinew.

Selkirk College Grad Scores Scholarships for University Transfer to UBCO

Selkirk College Associate of Arts degree graduate Darren Paterson has secured $15,000 in scholarships as he goes on to further his studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Financial aid can go a long way in helping post-secondary students achieve great things and one Selkirk College Associate of Arts Degree graduate is a prime example.

Darren Paterson is taking his goal of achieving a doctorate degree one step at a time – next stop, the University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO). There he will finish his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.

EAVESDROPPING ON BATS

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North American Bat Monitoring Program has started in BC

“Our bats are crucial for our ecosystem” says Dr. Cori Lausen, Bat Specialist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada.  “They consume enormous numbers of nocturnal flying insects, including moths that are agricultural or forest pests. Monitoring the disease’s spread and impact through this NABat monitoring will alert us to where we may experience future ecosystem and economic consequences, and may shed light on potential mitigation.”

Winlaw community not taking closure of local elementary school sitting down — threatens legal action

Winlaw Elementary parents Claire Kelly and Kaila Ellis have started a legal fund to block the closing of the Slocan Valley Elementary School. — Brendan Quinn photo, The Nelson Daily

Emotions ran high and the tension inside the building could be cut with knife as the Kootenay Lake Board hosted a public meeting to discuss the potential closure of Winlaw Elementary School Monday evening in the Slocan Valley.

The meeting was yet another in a long line of similar events that have taken place during the last several months, but the enthusiastic crowd and passionate speeches elevated this particular meeting to a level not yet seen during the tumultuous process that is the facilities draft plan.

Busing fees to be halved in SD20

Busing fees to be halved in SD20

Controversial busing fees for SD20 students are being cut in half after the province provided a rebate of almost $200,000.

A post on the district's website underlines a decision made by trustees this week:

"Given our Board is now able to keep $178,000 of funding originally required to go back to government, trustees voted to reduce the transportation fees by 50 per cent for the 2016/2017 school year. Details will be released and emailed to parents on Friday afternoon. The online registration system will be updated Friday afternoon as well.

Bronwyn Moore of Rossland's Seven Summits Centre for Learning to Attend SHAD

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Bronwyn Moore,  in Grade 11 at the Seven Summits Centre for Learning in Rossland, has been chosen as one of the 701 exceptional students from across Canada to join the prestigious SHAD program this July -- in an intense one-month program at one of 12 host university campuses, focused on "STEAM" -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

After the program, students become connected to a powerful network featuring some of the brightest young minds in the country, including 30 Rhodes scholars.

Column: OCEANS OF REASON TO PROTECT THE SEAS

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June 8 marks World Oceans Day, but what if we celebrated oceans every day? Covering more than 70 per cent of Earth’s surface, oceans, more than anything, define our small blue planet. We should celebrate their complex and vibrant ecosystems, life-sustaining services, calming effects and unimaginable diversity, much of which we have not yet even discovered.

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