Located in the beautiful West Kootenays, Selkirk College’s highly regarded Forest Technology program has been providing forest sector employers with skilled graduates for over fifty years. Our program is nationally accredited and upon graduation, students are eligible to enrol to become Registered Forest Technologists with the Association of BC Forest Professionals.
Selkirk College’s Forest Technology program provides an ideal starting point for learners excited by the combined career challenges of working in B.C.’s rugged outdoors and finding modern solutions to current forest management issues. Our primary goal is to provide job-ready graduates to potential employers in both private industry and government.
Our program focuses on the following principles in order to optimize our students’ learning experience:
Instruction by practicing resource professionals;
Maximization of outdoor learning opportunities in real forest environments;
Collaboration with industry professionals to provide exposure to current practices in all aspects of forest management;
Familiarization with current forest technology used by industry employers; and
Commitment to student success in a fun and close-knit learning environment.
Graduates will gain proficiency in all of the following in the specific context of British Columbia forestry:
Forest road location
Wildlife habitat identification
Relationship-building with First Nations communities
Selkirk College’s Forest Technology program also provides excellent credit transfer opportunities for students interested in continuing their studies in Selkirk’s degree or advanced diploma in Geographic Information Systems, or in pursuit of a related degree at various other institutions. Students who continue their academic studies after graduation from our program consistently discover that the solid technical and academic foundation obtained during their Selkirk studies provides them with a distinct competitive advantage.
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