Selkirk College

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Selkirk College
Motto"Best of all, inquire"
TypePublic community college
Endowment$34,891,007 [1]
ChairMargaret Sutherland [2]
PresidentMaggie Matear
Vice-presidentTaya Whitehead (Education & Students), Kerry Clarke (College Services), Brier Albano (Student Success) [3]
Students1,239 FTE 2022-2023 [4]
Colours   Gold & maroon
Castlegar Campus courtyard

Selkirk College is a public community college founded in 1966, with its main campus in Castlegar BC. The college has student housing at its Castlegar and Nelson campuses. Students frequently struggle to find accommodation. [5] The college has seen shrinking enrolment for the past seven years, dropping from 1,987 FTE students in 2015/16 to 1,239 in 2022/23.[6] International students currently account for 11% of total student headcount, a decrease of 3% over the past five years, the lowest rate for a public BC college. Indigenous students comprise 8% of total student numbers.[7]


Selkirk College has eight campuses and learning centres across the West Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary regions:

  • Castlegar Campus
  • Grand Forks Campus
  • Kaslo Learning Centre
  • Nakusp Learning Centre
  • Silver King Campus
  • Tenth Street Campus
  • Trail Campus
  • Victoria Street Campus


Selkirk currently has 1,239 students[8] in eight locations and offers a variety of academic, career, vocational and technical programs.[9] Programs are offered part-time, full-time and online through the following schools of study:

  • School of the Arts
  • School of Academic Upgrading & Development
  • School of Business
  • School of Environment & Geomatics
  • School of Health & Human Services
  • School of Hospitality & Tourism
  • School of Industry & Trades Training
  • Selkirk International
  • School of University Arts & Sciences

Student life[edit]

Local arts, culture and heritage[edit]

Students of Selkirk College have access to a variety of local arts, culture and heritage facilities within the municipalities of Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Nelson, Rossland and Trail. Museums and galleries include the Doukhobor Discovery Centre, Kootenay Gallery, Langham Cultural Centre, Oxygen Art Centre, Quoynary Canada Rossland Art Gallery, Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre, Touchstones Museum, and VISAC Gallery.

Outdoor recreation and athletics[edit]

Selkirk College campuses are often within short drives to a variety of outdoor recreation sites.

  • Hiking and snowshoeing trails include the Brilliant Look Out, Dove Hill, Little McPhee Waterfall, Mel De Anna, Pulpit Rock, Seven Summits, etc.
  • Local downhill skiing areas include Red Mountain Ski Resort, Salmo Ski Hill, and Whitewater Ski Resort.
  • Local Nordic skiing locations include Blackjack, Beaver Valley Ski Club, Castlegar Nordic Ski Club, the Great Northern Rail Trail, Nelson Nordic Ski Club, etc.

On campus recreation[edit]

  • Clubs, fitness classes and drop-in sports are offered within both Selkirk gymnasiums (located on the Castlegar and Tenth Street Campus).
  • An extensive walking trail system surrounds the Castlegar Campus. The campus is also home to a gymnasium that houses a climbing wall, squash court, and weight room.
  • The Mary Hall building on Nelson's Tenth Street Campus includes a gymnasium, weight room, and Cube Climbing Centre.

Student housing[edit]

Selkirk College currently has two student housing buildings that can collectively house 209 students. Student housing at the Castlegar Campus offers 100 beds and Nelson's Tenth Street Campus offers 109 beds. A new student housing development has been confirmed to commence in 2022.[10] A new building at the Castlegar Campus will provide 112 new beds, and 36 beds will be offered in a new building on the Silver King Campus in Nelson.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SELKIRK COLLEGE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS" (PDF). Government of British Columbia. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  2. ^ "Board Members". Selkik College. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  3. ^ "Leadership Team". Selkirk College. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  4. ^ "Full-Time Equivalent Enrolments at B.C. Public Post-Secondary Institutions". Government of British Columbia. 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  5. ^ Lennie, Storrm (September 7, 2023). "Housing shortage leaves Selkirk College students struggling to find accommodation". MyKootenayNow. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  6. ^ "Full-Time Equivalent Enrolments at B.C. Public Post-Secondary Institutions". Government of British Columbia. 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  7. ^ "Post-Secondary Central Data Warehouse Standard Reports May 2023 Data Submission Headcount Totals" (PDF). Government of British Columbia. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  8. ^ "Full-Time Equivalent Enrolments at B.C. Public Post-Secondary Institutions". Government of British Columbia. 2023. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  9. ^ Selkirk College list of programs
  10. ^ "Province Announces $24 Million for Selkirk College Student Housing". October 13, 2021.
  11. ^ "Self-styled and self-titled". Calgary Herald. Postmedia. December 30, 2008. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  12. ^ Kiesza. "Kiesza". Selkir College. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  13. ^ Mitch Merrett. "Mitch Merrett". Selkirk College. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  14. ^ Will Johnson (October 26, 2015). "Roz Nay sells psychological thriller: Nelson writer will publish Our Little Secret with Simon and Schuster". Nelson Star. Retrieved July 8, 2020. Three years ago Nelson writer Roz Nay signed up for a Selkirk College writing class—she felt like she needed a hobby to sustain her through the winter—and ended up writing a 2,000-word story called "Your Wife is a Psycho". Last month she sold the novel-length version of that story, Our Little Secret, to Simon & Schuster.

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