Reject proposed course suspensions; address funding needs of rural colleges
  • Petitioned The Honorable Naomi Yamamoto

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Minister of Advanced Education
The Honorable Naomi Yamamoto

Reject proposed course suspensions; address funding needs of rural colleges

    1. Henry Gerelle
    2. Petition by

      Henry Gerelle

      Robson, Canada

Last year was the year of Science. This year, Selkirk College, after receiving a request from your Ministry asking the College to identify $600,000 in administrative cuts, chose to suspend its second year courses in Science, Mathematics and its Engineering program. Selkirk College serves a rural region with limited access to Universities. Each year, our Science and Engineering programs serve a small but talented and ambitious cohort of young people who plan to become Doctors, engineers and scientists. A highly trained and dedicated group of Faculty work hard to promote science and engineering in our region and to give our students opportunities to channel their abilities and provide a real service to society and BC’s economy.


Selkirk College is vital to our community both in the education and the employment opportunities it provides to this region. These drastic cuts are the symptom of a larger problem facing post-secondary institutions in BC, especially colleges located in rural areas who face significantly different challenges than those faced by urban universities. These cuts are merely the beginning of the end. Support Selkirk College, support your region, and protect the opportunities of future generations!

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    • Linda Morris WINLAW BC, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Our Selkirk experience ( x five kids ) has been so positive and beneficial I would very much like to see that opportunity remain for future local families. I am dismayed to hear that Selkirk might me so diminished. I would much rather support society, my local community ,and youth via higher academic education, than see my taxes go towards prisons that are not only completely unnecessary but a real backwards step.. Selkirk College is really a great place, let's Save It !

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    • Dan Rude KOOTENAY BAY, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Access to regional college is imperative for our rural youth.

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    • Margaret Stegman NELSON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Kootenay School of the Arts has a long proud history in this area. What is needed is better advertising of what it has to offer, plus the attractions of life in Nelson, and better liaison with West Kootenay art programs in the area high schools so local artistically minded students can visit and see what a great place it is. Who is promoting KSA anyway? I took some programs there as a part-time student and thought they were wonderful - very intense and professionally taught.

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    • Lillias Cowper EDMONTON, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      Education is the equalizer and if some areas do not have good access to Educational opportunities the whole area will suffer...we all will suffer.

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    • Sam Kaplan VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      The Kootenays region already has a high unemployment rate and difficulty finding jobs. For people that wish to further their education and increase their job possibilities these cuts are a massive hindrance. It is difficult enough to afford post-secondary education without asking people to move away from their home communities and support systems in order to do so.

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