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Castlegar students 'Get Connected' at Selkirk campus
It's not just back to school time for youngsters. Students of all ages arrived for the official kickoff of another new year of classes at Selkirk College's Castlegar campus on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The orientation day, dubbed "Get Connected," showcased the various departments and services available to students via information booths set up inside the Pit Lounge. Outside, two long lines formed for a free barbecue after students worked up an appetite during events like Beer Goggle Trike Races, log-sawing and "minute to win it" contests.
Taking a break from the action to enjoy the live band and have some lunch was Salmo resident, Paige Robertson, who is attending her first year at Selkirk and has aspirations of becoming a teacher.
"I'm taking Elementary Education," said Robertson. "I have younger cousins and siblings who I enjoy teaching." She said she has a full five-class workload and is taking courses in English, science and math. Asked about the daily commute, Robertson said it shouldn't be too bad as often she will be able to car-pool with a family member who works in Castlegar.
Another large group of students sitting together were all from Nelson and were excited to be enrolled in engineering, general sciences, biology and arts classes at Selkirk.
The Selkirk Saints men's hockey team players were easy to spot, with all the players sporting their jerseys. A short conversation with a few who were chowing down on burgers revealed they know they will be targets after a championship winning season last year.
A number of students were seen photographing their class schedules which were posted on a wall, while others dutifully jotted them down in calendars.
Selkirk College offers a full range of classes: from high school upgrading, university transfer and degree programs, to fine arts, career and industrial trades training. More information about the college can be found at www.selkirk.ca