Feel at home in our classrooms and communities, nestled within the welcoming West Kootenay and Boundary regions. Since 1966, Selkirk College has been providing innovative and unique learning opportunities through 60+ nationally recognized programs.
Selkirk College is also home to over 311 international students, from 26 countries, studying in 25 program areas and 127 Aboriginal learners study in more than 30 program areas. Selkirk College also offers transfer courses that enable students to transfer to a university to pursue their degree. The college is located in a world-class outdoor setting that provides incredible recreational opportunities for students in both their studies and leisure time.
Economic Activity & Employment
Selkirk College’s total economic effect including operations, student spending and student productivity provides the region 198.2 Million. The college employs 352 full-time equivalent employees. Learn more about Selkirk College’s annual reports and statements.
The Academic & Life Experience
Selkirk is a leader in environmental sustainability and has implemented initiatives that improve campus life, surrounding communities and the health of the environment. The college is also home to the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre, the Rural Development Institute (in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust) and the Mir Centre for Peace. Selkirk College delivers exemplary teaching and outstanding learning experiences.
BC’s Oldest Community College
Selkirk is not only BC’s oldest regional college but the first created through a community referendum. The very first day of classes at Selkirk College were held in temporary buildings, abandoned bunkhouses at Celgar, a local pulp and paper mill. It was September 1966 but the college’s roots trace back to 1964 – 1965, during which discussions and forums finally resulted in a regional vote in favour of funding BC’s first regional college.
Many of our trades programs have been in continuous operation on the present day Silver King Campus of Selkirk College since 1964 when the facility was then called the British Columbia Vocational School. It was the first such institute in BC and it officially became part of Selkirk College in 1975.