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Selkirk College began in the hearts and minds of citizens who shared a common vision of providing access to high-quality, post-secondary education in the West Kootenay.

Selkirk College’s roots can be traced back to 1964-65, when discussion and community forums culminated in a regional vote in favour of funding British Columbia's first regional college.



Image:SelkirkCollegeCampus.jpgSelkirk College History

The official opening of Selkirk College occurred in the fall of 1966, when the first classes commenced, albeit in temporary buildings provided by Celgar, the local pulp mill.

The official and current site of Selkirk College at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay rivers was opened in 1967. Selkirk College is one of the first colleges in British Columbia to have been created as the result of a community referendum. It is also the oldest regional college in the province.

Selkirk College was named for the Selkirk mountains, which surround the college. Though often considered part of the Rocky Mountain Range, the Selkirk mountains belong to an older geological epoch, consisting mainly of crystalline or highly metamorphosed rocks, granites, gneiss and schists.


Selkirk College will develop empowered, effective citizens through rewarding educational and life experiences that are built on our Region's distinct identity.


Our Vision is to be a Regional Community College that inspires, engages and enables learners to be valuable contributors to their communities and to society as a whole. Recognizing the value of mutually beneficial relationships, we will provide collaborative leadership in the communities we serve.
Selkirk College Renewed Vision Document Final Version
Approved by Selkirk College Board of Governors February 22, 2005
This Vision is rooted in our vivid sense of place that is more than mere location. It is a composite of our people, history, culture, values, lifestyle and landscape. It is a strength that will define us, give us direction and provide us with unique opportunities.

Campus and community

UAS front page - girl in librarySelkirk College is located in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions of south-central British Columbia. It operates a total of eight campuses and learning centres in Castlegar, Nelson, Trail, Grand Forks, Nakusp and Kaslo to provide these and surrounding communities with a wide variety of educational opportunities.

Castlegar Campus

The Castlegar Campus is Selkirk College's main campus. Home to the Renewable Resources, University Arts and Science, Business Administration and Aviation, and Health and Human Services programs, the Castlegar Campus also houses the majority of the college's administrative departments.

About Castlegar

Castlegar is a city of about 8,000 that is located at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers. Often called the “Crossroads of the Kootenays” Castlegar marks the half-way point between Vancouver and Calgary and is home to the region's primary airport. 

Castlegar takes pride in its friendly atmosphere, seasonal climate, scenic backdrop and easy accessibility to a wide range of outdoor activities. Camping, hiking, kayaking, rock and mountain climbing, mountain biking, golfing, boating, and fishing are all within easy access from the city.


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