Laticia McDonald attended Victoria Composite School of Performing and Visual Arts in Edmonton, graduating in 2009. She learned about Selkirk College through her grandpa’s friend who is in the forestry industry. Latacia chose the Integrated Environmental Planning (IEP) program in the School of Environment and Geomatics because of the learning style Selkirk offered, having about half the class time as instruction and the other half as hands-on learning, usually outdoors.
"The best part of being at Selkirk was meeting like-minded classmates, many of whom I’m still friends with. The instructors were also incredibly important to the program. They put a huge amount of effort into making the program applicable to the real world. They ensured we had the necessary skills and received practice for entering the workforce."
Bachelor's Degree and Career Success
After graduating Selkirk College, Laticia worked as a Surface Water Quality Technician in Alberta and then as an Occupational Health and Safety Planner in Alberta, both of which required the skills she learned in the IEP program.
Her Selkirk College transcripts transferred to Thompson Rivers University for a full two year credit, allowing her to obtain her bachelor's degree in two years.
Laticia's Advice on Starting at Selkirk
"Just go! The instructors are dedicated, intelligent people who want to see you do well and will help you obtain your goals while expecting a high level of performance. If you are uncertain of where you want to go in life, it only takes two years to complete the program and the credits you earn can be transferred to other programs."
"Completing one of the two year programs offered at Selkirk will enable you to get a job in the Natural Resource field. The IEP program provides skills which can be used at home, for fun and for work and applies a kinesthetic learning style unique to post-secondary educational institutions, which usually use a linguistic style. There were ample opportunities to go outside or to lab and practice what you studied in class."