Selkirk College Celebrates 50th Birthday

One of the highlights of the Selkirk College Homecoming Weekend on the Castlegar Campus was the re-enactment of The Great Trek which first took place in January, 1967 when students moved from the temporary bunkhouse campus on the Celgar millsite to the brand new Castlegar Campus. For this past weekend’s trek, current students joined with members of that first class to carry in the flagpole and plant it in front of the campus. — Photo courtesy Selkirk College

Selkirk College marked 50 years of post-secondary education in the West Kootenay and Boundary region at its Homecoming Weekend in Castlegar.

Events throughout this past weekend included a Board of Governors & President’s Reception on Friday night, a Community Pancake Breakfast and re-enactment of The Great Trek on Saturday morning, and the Through the Decades Gala on Saturday night.

Selkirk College Welcomes Lieutenant Governor to Homecoming Weekend

The Honourable Judith Guichon (second from right), Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, visited the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus in May, 2015 where she met with members of the senior management team, toured the buildings and spoke with students.

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will be one of the special guests at the Selkirk College 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend celebration.

The representative of Her Majesty The Queen in British Columbia, The Lieutenant Governor will take part in the Through The Decades Gala which goes Saturday night at the Castlegar Campus.

Nuggets of History: A Walking Tour

Left to right:  Museum Director Joelle Hodgins, Museum President Libby Martin, Tourism Rossland's Executive Director Deanne Steven, and Stewart Spooner of the Kootenay Columbia Trails  Society.

Take a stroll along the Centennial Trail and Moe's Loop, and watch for new plaques posted along the way -- there are 16 altogether, with interesting nuggets of information (and the odd bit of entertaining misinformation, but you'll be able to tell the differece)  about Rossland's history.   One  favorite refers to the Rossland Miners Union being responsible for limiting the workday to eight hours, and doing away with "the 8-day workweek."

Walkers can view all the plaques in a 3-kilometer hike.

Editorial Rant: Speed, Mountain Biking, and Being Nice

Editorial Rant: Speed, Mountain Biking, and Being Nice

We Canadians are such nice people.  We don't look very hard for opportunities to sue other people, unlike our more litigious neighbours south of the border.  Here's an example from right here in the Greater Rossland area.  True story:

Vancouver Aquarium's AQUAVAN will visit Rossland September 27-- 29

Vancouver Aquarium's AQUAVAN will visit Rossland September 27-- 29

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s mobile education program, AquaVan,  will be visiting the Kootenays from September 13 – October 6, 2016. AquaVan will be delivering fully interactive and immersive educational programming with the goal of inspiring students to make positive changes in aquatic conservation. 

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

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