Kootenay MLAs say Selkirk College students benefit from more co-op, work-integrated learning opportunities

By Contributor
December 7th, 2021

New Democrat MLAs Brittny Anderson, Katrine Conroy and Roly Russell say students at Selkirk College will have greater access to valuable learning opportunities with new co-op and work-integrated learning funding. 

Building relationships is an important step in finding a job that you are passionate about,” said MLA Russell in a media release.

“In many cases, these placements lead to permanent employment opportunities for graduates, saving  everyone the anxiety of looking for the right work or great job candidates. Selkirk students will now have even more opportunities to build those connections with small business owners, benefiting employees and employers across our region.”

Selkirk College will receive over $450,000 to enhance employer and student recruitment for co-ops, internships, and other work-integrated learning programs in rural areas, create a Career Passport for students in the School of Business, and create a new Employer Engagement and Recruitment Officer.

“Students at Selkirk College are excited to embark on new opportunities, and employers are always looking for qualified, experienced candidates,” said MLA Anderson.

“We’re helping make those connections by supporting programs like co-ops and internships across the Kootenays. Employers can confidently hire a Selkirk grad knowing they’re knowledgeable, skilled, and ready to be a part of their team.”

Additionally, the Nursing Street Outreach Program will be expanding from the current Nelson and Trail campuses to include Castlegar. This initiative provides nursing students opportunities to work with people with mental health and other challenges in partnership with community service providers.

“For nursing students at Selkirk College, practical experience means being better prepared for many different kinds of work,” said MLA Conroy. “I’m really glad to see the Nursing Street Outreach Program being expanded to Castlegar. Not only does this mean better training for students, but it’s another level of support for people in need, helping us build a safer, healthier community for everyone.”

This one-time funding will expand co-op and work-integrated learning programs, and focus on placements in sectors impacted by the pandemic. In total, 47 projects are being funded at all 25 public post-secondary institutions in B.C, creating up to 3,000 new co-op and work-integrated learning placements for students.

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