Our Transitions program can help you discover your post-secondary path, explore possibilities and create a future you can look forward to.
If you’re a student in grades 10 to 12, you have an opportunity to participate in specialized programs that fit YOUR style of learning, interests, and personality – all while earning credits towards graduation AND getting a jump-start on that promising future!
Explore specific pathways to the career of your choice. Complete college-level credits that count towards graduation or access courses and areas of study that may not be available in your school.
Who is eligible to participate in Transitions?
Students must be enrolled in a high school within the West Kootenay/Boundary region, meet the prerequisite requirements for the course or program they wish to take, and have approval from their high school.
How do I participate in Transitions?
If you are interested in Transitions, your first step is to have a discussion with your high school counsellor. You should also discuss how the program or courses you want to take will fit into your graduation plan - do you have other requirements you need to meet? How might Transitions fit into your schedule?
Not all Transitions opportunities are available in every high school so, depending on your area of interest, you may need to explore alternate arrangements to make participation possible. For example, some programs require students to attend full-time at Selkirk College in Nelson. If you do not live near Nelson then you might need to relocate temporarily, or find a reliable method of transportation.
When you have determined that Transitions is a good fit for you, then your next step is to submit an application
What is the Youth Train in Trades (formerly ACE IT) program and how is it different from transitions?
ACE IT has changed its name to Youth Train in Trades. ACE IT stands for Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Industry Training and was a term used by the BC government's Industry Training Authority (ITA). The ITA is responsible for managing BC's industry training system and developed the Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT) program to allow high school students to participate in apprenticeship programs.
Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT) programs are offered collaboratively between a high school and a post-secondary institution, with funding provided by the ITA for each participating student. In the case of Selkirk College, Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT) programs are offered within the Transitions Program. In other words, if you are participating in an Youth Train in Trades (ACE IT) program in the West Kootenay/Boundary region, then you are also a Transitions Program student with Selkirk College.
Transitions Partner Organizations
School District No. 8 Kootenay Lake. This includes the communities of: Yahk, Kitchener, Wynndel, Canyon, Boswell, Crawford Bay, Kootenay Bay, Riondel, and Creston on the east side of Kootenay Lake, and Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Johnson's Landing, Argenta, Ainsworth, Slocan, Winlaw, South Slocan, Crescent Valley, Slocan Park, Taghum, Blewett, Ymir, Balfour, Salmo, and Nelson, on the west side of Kootenay Lake.
School District No. 10 Arrow Lakes which encompasses a large area from Wauchope Creek in the Monashee Mountain Range north to Trout Lake, and south east to Silverton.
School District No. 20 Kootenay-Columbia which is located in the valley of the Lower Columbia River Basin in southwestern B.C., and serves six municipalities and numerous small communities.
School District No. 51 Boundar services the communities of Christina Lake, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Bridesville, Westbridge, Beaverdell, Big White and the surrounding rural areas.
Public Institutions and community skill centres, as well as local and provincial government agencies, play an important role in the success of the program.