The current situation has resulted in a number of changes to our campuses and services as we continue to maximize social distancing and protect the health and safety of our community.
This unprecedented situation has created many questions for Selkirk College students - current and future. The following information has been brought together to ensure you we are working hard to ensure your learning experience is not hindered by disruptions due to COVID-19.
Is Selkirk College open? Did you close as a result of COVID-19?
The BC Government defines post-secondary education as an essential service so we are here, open and operating, but just differently.
I was admitted to the fall 2020 term. Is it going ahead?
Yes! We are ready for September 2020! Get the details...
How is Selkirk College delivering programs/courses?
With strict adherence to public health and safety guidelines, we have cautiously started to welcome students back to our campuses using a range of delivery models that are in-person where feasible and safe to do so, and online where required. The breadth of educational options at Selkirk College means that delivery models will look different depending on the program. Get the details...
Who can I contact with specific questions about my program?
Your school chair or enrolment officer will provide more specific details.
School Chair Contacts:
Will I be required to be on or near campus?
Your plans for fall 2020 will depend on your program. Programs with experiential components can expect in-person activities. Get the details...
What type of learning can I expect?
Selkirk College faculty and instructors are designing program learning and evaluation to meet the program and course learning outcomes. Using our online learning management system, students will be able to access course materials online. Faculty and instructors will either instruct online, remotely, hybrid/blended, and in-person.
Course and program outcomes will meet transfer requirements and workplace and professional competency requirements. Get the details...
With safety considerations, how will education be delivered at Selkirk College?
Due to COVID-19, we are planning for a mix in the delivery of courses. Terminology students can expect to hear about includes:
Online – Where students will be provided with content, activities, and evaluation that students can access at flexible times, with due dates for specific activities and evaluations. Students will be able to contact and engage with their instructors and fellow students on our learning management system, Moodle.
Remote – With a schedule (synchronous) where students will be expected to attend classes aided by remote technology such as Zoom. Instructors will provide lectures and other learning activities in real time.
In-person – Where students will attend scheduled on-campus and off-campus applied learning activities related to their program. Examples of these activities include studios, shops, labs, field work, practicum and others.
Hybrid/Blended – Where students will learn with a range of scheduled remote learning, online asynchronously and in-person instruction.
What does online delivery mean?
Online course delivery will not be on a weekly schedule. Instead, learning will be provided with content, activities, and evaluation that students can access according to their own schedule, with due dates for assignments. Students will be able to contact their instructors and engage fellow students in Moodle discussion forums. If some specific activities and evaluations are scheduled, students will be informed.
What does remote delivery mean?
Course delivery will be scheduled with instruction delivered using computer aided technology e.g. Zoom. Students will join classes remotely and participate in lecture and discussion groups. Evaluation will be either delivered remotely or in-person.
What does in-person instruction mean?
Parts of courses may include in-person activities and evaluation. In-person activities will be scheduled. Example of in-person activities includes – labs (e.g. science, computer), studio, shop, practicum/clinical, field work. Your course instructors will provide more information on in-person components. In-person activities will include safe workplace procedures and strict adherence to public health and safety guidelines.
What does the term blended/hybrid mean?
Course work may include a mix of the above learning methods. Course delivery will be summarized in course outlines or other documentation provided by the instructor.
How do I know it is safe to participate in in-person or hands-on activity?
Safety of students and employees remains the main priority. The transition to the new normal at Selkirk College is being guided by the Provincial Health Officer’s core guidelines, practice standards that are being developed for the post-secondary sector by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and health and safety guidelines from WorkSafe BC.
Why isn’t all learning online?
The college has programs that require access to specialized equipment that is on-campus and/or in-person instruction in labs, clinics and shops. This learning cannot be duplicated online.
How will you protect students and employees who come on campus?
Selkirk College is following guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafe BC to ensure the safety and well being of students and employees while also meeting standards established by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Actions include physical distancing, personal protection equipment, modification to learning and workplaces with signage, linage and plexiglass barriers in addition to smaller class sizes and enhanced sanitization.
Is there a possibility plans could change?
COVID-19 has created a lot of uncertainty to every aspect of our lives. Depending on circumstances, we may need to make adjustments through the months ahead as we receive new and modified information. Our goal is to keep people safe while delivering the best possible educational experience for everyone.
Can I still access academic advising and other student services?
Yes! Our student services staff are committed to provide you with the support you need to complete or prepare for your semester. Learn more...
Can students access general purpose computer labs?
General purpose computer labs at Selkirk College campuses are closed.
Do students require access to a computer and internet to study at Selkirk College?
Yes! Access to a personal computer is critical to your success as a student. Whether your course is offered online or in-class, a computer and an internet connection help you to participate in lessons, access course materials, complete assignments and interact with your instructor, classmates and college services.
Find out about our Bring Your Own Device program...
What computer do I need for my studies?
Find out what you need to know about computer hardware, internet and software requirements check Technology Needs for Learning...
There are student supports in place to help with access to technology. Please connect with Financial Aid.
What about specialty programs with advanced computer requirements?
Some programs have specialized computer hardware and software requirements. Examples of these programs may include: School of Environment and Geomatics - ADGIS, BGIS, IEP; School of the Arts - Digital Arts, Web Development, and Music. Computer requirements will be provided by the school chair of these programs.
Can I use my cell phone instead of a computer?
No! A cell phone is not an adequate substitute for a personal computer for students.
How can I get help to connect remotely? Should I always have my laptop with me?
Knowing that many people need access to onsite resources, IT Services has instituted a VPN solution to allow off-campus users the ability to access on-campus resources. Please contact IT to get set up on VPN so that you can access our internal systems. They are available through their online helpdesk...
Given that I won’t be attending in-person, why do I still have to pay the same fees? Isn’t it cheaper to teach online?
There will be no tuition reduction because we plan to deliver the same courses, with the same learning outcomes for students, though the methods will change.
The credential at the end remains the same - extremely high value.
The cost of delivering online is at least the same and may be higher. In fact, some institutions charge an additional fee for online courses. This fee recognizes the costs of delivering remotely are actually a little higher.
Shifting to online isn’t free. There are software/tech costs etc. and instructors still need to transition their instruction and materials for an online environment.
How can I be assured that my online learning experience will be the same quality as face-to-face? I am losing the in-person interactions.
The educational experience with online/remote will be different (and students need to be prepared for the difference), but it is still of the highest quality.
The credential at the end remains the same - extremely high value.
Remote learning has been embraced, almost all materials are available online, in some cases, textbooks are being replaced with e-readers which are a lower cost to students.
My program is very hands on. Can you guarantee my learning experience will be of similar value to what it was before COVID?
For the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, we have worked hard to move programs online, while still providing in-person learning where feasible. Throughout the pandemic, it is important to us that our students can continue their education while maintaining access to the same quality instructors/programs they need to succeed. By offering “remote learning” we are better able to support international students not able to come back to Canada to complete their programs.
How will the college effectively transition its programs and services to online services of value?
You can access the latest information at selkirk.ca/september-2020
. Also, be sure to follow our social media channels. Students will also be contacted via email with information as it is released.
My fees are for services like career counselling, mental health, and other interpersonal services I would normally get on campus. Will these be available online? In fact, I think there should be more services available online to help me transition to an online learning environment.
The services you appreciate and require will still be available online. We are investing first in all student supports that you require to be successful, which includes: Accessibility Services, Assessment Services, Counselling, on-call Invigilators, and the Learning Resource Centres, to support students and faculty in the most efficient way possible.
What financial support is available for students? I’m worried I won’t be able to finish/or enter my program now that my financial situation has changed.
Affordability is one of Selkirk College’s advantages. We offer significant scholarship and bursary assistance, and our programs generally cost less. At the same time, the education is of high value and provides many pathways to employment. Contact the Financial Aid
department for information and assistance
Because my program will be delivered remotely, I have learned that I will need to have access to a computer to complete my studies, what if I do not have one or can not afford one?
Please connect with Financial Aid
in order to explore options to help assist you with access to technology for your studies.
Is Selkirk still admitting students?
Selkirk College have our Enrolment Services team working remotely and continuing to evaluate applications for the fall and winter 2020 semesters. Admission processes have been altered to ensure applicants experience as little disruption as possible. All previous methods of applying to Selkirk College programs remain in effect.
We are working closely with new applicants to ensure you are accepted and registered in the correct program and courses. If you are experiencing challenges completing your admission requirements or registering please send your concern to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect with you and continue to support your needs.
Will I receive my acceptance letter to my program in the mail?
This process has not changed. Your letter of acceptance will be sent to the email address identified on your application. Our Admission team will connect with you by alternate means if required, to ensure you receive your notification as soon as possible.
When are program acceptance decisions made?
For secondary school applicants, to the fall 2020 semester, we will issue letters of “conditional” acceptance as soon as we receive and process your application and program seat availability is confirmed. Confirmation usually happens within 2 working days and will be sent to the email provided on your application. This letter will identify the next steps for you to be fully accepted to your program and provide direct contact information of the Enrolment Officer you will be working with to assist you through the admission and registration processes. If you apply to a program that has a competitive admissions process, all applications will be evaluated after the application deadline and you will be contacted shortly after an admissions decision has been made.
I am unable to attend the fall term, can I defer my admission offer?
Yes, an applicant who has been accepted into a program and paid their seat deposit may request a deferral of their program start date up to 12 months from the accepted program start date. Deferral for more than 12 months requires the applicant to reapply.
I am thinking of living in Student Housing in the fall. What is happening?
We are accepting applications for fall and our contact and process remains the same. There have been alterations to our operations and we welcome you to find out more at Student Housing.
I was/will be unable to submit my documents before the deadline, due to the current situation. What can I do?
Enrolment Services will work with you to ensure we have the information needed to evaluate your application for admission. You can also scan and email us official and unofficial documents to review. If we require additional information or official copies, we will contact you via phone or email and identify any outstanding requirements. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
I am unable to report my secondary school grades, due to the current situation. What can I do?
Enrolment Services will work with you to ensure we have the information needed to evaluate your application for admission. Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
How is Selkirk College receiving admission documents?
As our Enrolment Services staff are working remotely, we are processing mailed documents only twice per week. Instead of mailing admission requirements, you can scan and email your Enrolment Officer copies of your official and unofficial documents for review.
What happens if I can’t take my secondary school final exams?
We are aware of final exams being cancelled in many regions and the uncertainty in completing the high school year. We are working with the local School Districts to clarify the transition of students from high school to College. The recent changes will not impact your application to Selkirk College. Please continue to work with you High school Counsellor or call one of our College Counsellors to setup an appointment to discuss your attendance at Selkirk this coming fall. Counselling Services can be contacted at 1-888-953-1133 ext. 21273 or review their services at selkirk.ca
What if I am unable to finish a high school course that is required for the program I wish to take at Selkirk in fall 2020?
There are several options available to you. Firstly, we encourage you to complete as much of the current high school year as possible. Other options include taking a distance education course through Adult Upgrading at Selkirk College or through your School District over the summer months. Please apply for fall 2020 as soon as possible and our Enrolment Services staff will evaluate your application fairly given the current circumstances and help to clarify your options.
Will Selkirk College consider final grades from an online course, if my high school course is not completed?
Yes, if the course learning outcomes meet the outcomes of the required course for the program you apply to and an official grade is identified on your transcript. We recommend you apply before completing the course so we can secured your seat by conditionally accepting you into the program expecting you will successfully complete the course.
What if the English assessment test is no longer being offered in my area? How can I meet the English Language Requirement?
We have recently approved the acceptance of test scores from Duolingo, an online English proficiency evaluation tool. Duolingo information can be found at: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/
Apply for your desired program and once you have completed this online evaluation forward the scores to our Enrolment Services team at email@example.com. Please send any questions to the same email address and we will be glad to assist you in finding the answers to make your educational journey a reality.
I was accepted into the spring 2020 term. Is it going ahead?
Most international students that applied to start programs in the spring 2020 term have been postponed to start in the fall 2020 term, 8 September 2020. You will have received direction from your program’s Enrolment Officer and will continue to receive updates if circumstances change. If you have any questions please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If my admission to Selkirk College was deferred from May 2020 to a September 2020 start, will my Study Permit be impacted?
Deferrals to September 2020 start were initiated as a result of the recent pandemic. Impacts on Study Permits and travel to Canada are governed by the Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada and their website should be consulted for the most up-to-date information at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study...
How will Selkirk College evaluate my application for admission, if I am a post-secondary transfer student?
Once you apply to Selkirk College your Enrolment Officer will connect to request you contact all post secondary institutions you have attended and have them send us your transcripts. We are working with our post-secondary partners to ensure a process is in effect to ensure we receive your transcripts. Service disruptions will not impact your application to Selkirk College.
If I received a ‘P’ grade from my last institution will I receive transfer credit at Selkirk College?
Yes. If you received a ‘P’ grade from a BC institution in the January – April 2020 semester it will receive transfer credit at Selkirk College.
Will the ‘P’ grade satisfy a minimum grade requirement for a pre-requisite course?
All requests for transfer credit for a course that has a minimum grade requirement may be reviewed on a case by case bases by the program Chair to determine if transfer credit will be approved.
How is a ‘P’ grade calculated in my application if a competitive admission process is being used?
Our competitive admission process considers a number of criteria beyond GPA and course grades. The assessment of your application will not be jeopardized by a ‘P’ grade in any previously completed course.
What is the deadline to apply for BC student loans?
The 2020/2021 applications for classes starting on or after August 1, 2020 will be available early July through StudentAid BC.
When can I apply for bursaries and scholarships?
SIDIT Bursaries open July 1st, see selkirk.ca/SIDIT for details.
Bursaries open September 15th, see selkirk.ca/bursaries for details.
Scholarships open February 15th, see selkirk.ca/scholarhships for details.
Are people still available at Selkirk College to help me?
We are still here to serve you at Selkirk College, just a little differently. On March 24, we closed our campuses and services areas to students and the public but operations are continuing behind the scenes. Rest assured and read on to find more on what area you may be trying to access.
I need to reach a counselor for personal or academic support? How do I do that?
Counseling Services continue to be offered to students, however, the service has moved to phone or video conferencing to ensure social distancing. Booking an appointment remains the same. Get all the information at Counseling Services . To access immediate support for mental health during this time, check out our resources at Healthy Campus.
I need support with my co-op placement. I need a job! My resume is awful. Are employment supports still available?
Co-op Education & Employment Services are still here to support you during COVID-19. It's more important now than ever to be employment ready. Book virtual appointments or simply send an email question. All our contact information remains the same at CEES online at selkirk.ca.
Indigenous Services supported me during my time at Selkirk. How do I reach them now?
Indigenous Services are still here to support you. Their contact remains the same. Please go to Indigenous Services to connect.
I have a disability and Accessibility Services is my lifeline at Selkirk College. How do I reach them?
Our Accessibility Services team is still here to support you, just remotely. We understand this may not be what you are used to. Please reach out to our coordinators and assistants who are found here: Accessilibity Services or book an appointment...
I am struggling with online learning. Is there help for me?
Selkirk College's Learning Success Center is as important now as ever. Transitioning to a new form of learning such as online or distance can be challenging. We are here to help!
Please visit our web pages to learn more about the steps to get started with online learning and how to succeed as an online learner.
Or book an online or phone appointment with us...
Are campus services still available?
Selkirk College is still here to serve you, just a little differently. On March 24, we closed our campuses and services areas to students and the public but operations are continuing behind the scenes. Rest assured and read on to find more on what area you may be trying to access.
I need tech support how do I reach IT Services? Are the computer labs open?
Computer Labs at Selkirk are closed until further notice but our IT Services team has been dilligent about helping Selkirk College students and employees transition to online dependance. You can reach them where they always have been at IT Services. You can also check out our category Technology Needs for Learning
Help! The Admin Building is closed. I had business there. How do I pay my tab? How do I get my records? Access Financial Aid?
To arrange payments while the administration buildings are closed, please email email@example.com
I just discovered I still have a library book. Are they open right now?
All libraries are closed until further notice. But we are still here to serve you. Students needing assistance with research or citation questions can use the AskAway virtual reference service, or contact us. Check the library website for details.
Please note that to return borrowed books, there is an external book drop at the main entrance at the Castlegar Campus. For the Tenth Street and Silver King campuses in Nelson, the drops are inside near library entrances. Fines will be waived at this current time, so no need to worry about returning materials on time. Library staff will be continuing to check all the book drops for those who do return their materials.
Are the bookstores or cafeterias open?
The bookstores at Castlegar, Silverking, and 10th Street Campuses are closed for in-person shopping until further notice. Check out our webpage for help with textbooks or to order that hoodie you never got the chance to purchse. All cafeterias are closed until further notice.
Is that Selkirk College Shuttle Bus still running?
The Selkirk College shuttle bus is no longer running. For transit updates, please visit the BC Transit Website.
Is there anything happening with on campus for recreation? Are gyms open? Happening classes?
All Selkirk College gymnasiums and campus recreation programming will be closed until further notice. GOAL! Check out our calendar for online classes! Get the details, stay tuned for updates and more programming to be added at Campus Rec ...
I am thinking of living in Student Housing in the fall. What is happening?
We are accepting applications for fall and our contact and process remains the same. There have been alterations to our operations and we welcome you to find out more at Student Housing .
When will final grades be enter for Winter 2020 courses?
Final grades will be entered into the records system by your instructor. The recent changes to your learning environment may cause some delays in grade entry but we expect most to be entered by 5th May.
Has the grading table for Winter 2020 courses changed?
No, grading has not changed. You may have learned that some institutions are offering ‘P’ (Pass) or ‘CRG’ (Credit Granted) grades instead of using the respective program grading table. As many processes within the post secondary education system rely on actual grades such as applying to transfer to another institutions, applying for awards /bursaries/scholarships, and for individual course transfer credit, it is important to our student’s success to retain the current grading tables.
Will requests for documents from Selkirk College be delayed?
The recently approved extension to the final withdrawal date may delay your grades being entered. Many documents are dependant on grade entry completion and the verification of specific information which must be confirmed before the document can be produced. Once grades are entered this procedure begins and transcripts, work visa letters, and program completion letters will begin to be processed. Documents are processed by the date the request is received, meaning the first request received will be processed first. Please make one request as repeated requests will not expedite your request.
Has the final withdrawal date changed?
In an effort to support students through the current situation and recent changes the final date to withdraw from Winter 2020 courses has been extended from 17 March to 15 May. Students wishing to withdraw by this date must complete the Winter 2020 Withdrawal Form at https://selkirk.ca/sites/default/files/Admissions/SC-Registrars-Winter20... and submit the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Selkirk College cancelled the annual convocation ceremony that was scheduled for April 28 at the Castlegar Campus. To commemorate student success, Selkirk College is extending an invitation to all those who would have graduated to attend the 2021 in-person Convocation Ceremony. Learn more about current plans...
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I'm having a hard time with this and it is impacting my mental health. What resources are available through Selkirk College?
This is a very difficult time and it is understandable that there is a heightened sense of anxiety. In response, Healthy Campus at Selkirk has created a biweekly newsletterwith tips and strategies to help better take care of yourself. They also have many further resources. Check this all out here . You may contact Selkirk College's Counseling Services to make an appointment. You can find more information for bookings here.