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Selkirk College is endorsed by the BC Industry Training Authority to deliver all four levels of Carpentry Apprenticeship Technical Training to registered carpentry apprentices. Each level of training consists of a full-time (30 hours per week), seven-week, on-campus program of study. Activities include classroom sessions where apprentices learn theoretical principles of carpentry, and shop sessions where knowledge is put to use in the mastery of practical skills.
Students engage in a variety of classroom and shop activities. Theoretical principles of construction are learned in the classroom, while the majority of the time is spent in the shop where students learn and gain mastery of practical carpentry skills. Early activities include the fabrication of small projects where students learn safe practices, proper tool use and fundamental construction techniques. Gradually, students build structures of increased complexity that simulate real-world construction scenarios.
Our practicing artist instructors take you through technical, critical and design issues in contemporary pottery and ceramics, as well as show you traditional techniques like hand-building, wheel, glazing and firing. We’ll take you from beginner potter through to professional artist, ready to start your career with your artistic talent and business skills.
Combining in class theory with hands-on chemical labs, you’ll get the experience you need to set you up for success. Our program gives you chemistry fundamentals so you’ll be ready for further education in areas like engineering, nutrition, pharmacy and science degrees, as you learn the basics of equipment usage, measurement of physical and chemical properties and chemical syntheses. Basic chemical principles are vital in all areas of science. Understanding how chemicals are structured, operate independently, and interact together, can take you a long way in your chosen science career.
Commercial Kitchen Assistant is a learner-centred program that helps students expand their workplace skills and readiness in a classroom setting. Further training through a flexible work practicum in commercial kitchens is provided. Learners can take advantage of this fully-funded program that will lead to in-demand entry-level restaurant jobs.
An exciting professional development opportunity for experienced support workers! If you already work in the community support worker field, you can earn an associate certificate to take your career to a new level.
Selkirk College offers elective courses in computer science. These elective courses are transferable to a variety of post-secondary institutions. Course requirements vary among post-secondary institutions. We advise that you plan your program with a Selkirk College counsellor or contact the UAS School Chair for information on transferability.
As a provincial Industry Training Authority (ITA) for professional cooks 1, 2 and 3, our skilled instructors teach you culinary fundamentals for detailed menu planning, quality ingredient selection and efficient meal preparation. You will learn in a live kitchen environment providing services for our student cafeteria, banquet guests, at regional competitions and in our signature Scholar's Dining Room.
Every organization today needs and wants creative and competent writers and thinkers. Our creative writing program enables students to focus on strengths and cultivate strategies for learning both the art and craft of writing in all four genres, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. In this two year program, students write and produce imaginative work on multiple platforms including travel writing, digital stories and radio plays. Students also gain publishing and editorial experience with our literary magazine, and participate in building a supportive community with monthly open-mic public readings.
Our Culinary Management program is a two year diploma combining the Professional Cooking ITA programs (levels one & two) with some of our best hospitality management courses. You will learn both culinary fundamentals and key management and leadership skills. The Culinary Management program includes a paid 4-month work term where you’ll put your theory to action and gain valuable practical experience.