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Selkirk College receives $587,000 grant

Funding will help students pursue high-demand careers
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Selkirk College is receiving over $587,000 towards its Pathways to High-Demand Careers program. (File photo)

Selkirk College is receiving over $587,000 for a program to help students pursue high-demand careers. 

Part of the college’s Academic Upgrading program Pathways to High-Demand Careers helps students identify and overcome barriers to their education so they can complete their studies and move on to successful careers.

“It’s intended for students who are looking to get into a high-demand career education path and the upgrading portion is what helps them to prepare for that program,” says Allison Alder, dean of the School of Academic Upgrading & Development, School of University Arts & Sciences and the Mir Centre for Peace. 

The tuition-free program also helps students with some financial challenges, such as transportation and food. 

Alder said that while the Province of B.C. does have an adult upgrading grant available, it is based on income. 

“The Pathways program enhances what’s available and lets us really target the things that people need to get in ... and then be successful.”

The program also provides one-on-one support and coaching, and supplies. While it can’t provide funding for things like housing, the program does help students identify strategies for overcoming their barriers to education. 

The program includes pathways to careers in environment and geomatics, health care, human services, and STEAM fields. All Canadian students are eligible.

Details are available at selkirk.ca and Alder encourages anyone who is interested or has questions to email upgrading@selkirk.ca.

The $587,827 in funding for the 2024-2025 academic year is being provided by the province through its Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning Pathways program. 

The program “launched in 2022 to provide tailored support for people who need upgrading to pursue in-demand jobs.”

This will be the third time Selkirk has received funding through the program, and so far about 80 students have been part of the Pathways to High-Demand Careers program.