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Early Childhood Care Education Dual Credit Programs

SD8 Kootenay Lake has partnered with regional colleges to offer an Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) dual credit program for high school students in grades 11 or 12. 

The programs are one semester each, and will provide students with graduation credits as well as credit toward an ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) program certificate. Students who complete the semester program will be eligible to become an ECE Assistant.

The program is offered at two campuses, the College of the Rockies (Spring Semester) and Selkirk College (Fall Semester).

SD8 Kootenay Lake pays for the tuition, textbooks, technology, and any transportation costs for the ECCE Dual Credit Program.

College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies offers a spring semester dual credit ECCE program.


  • Website (includes application and information)

Selkirk College

Selkirk College offers a fall semester dual credit ECCE Program at the Castlegar Campus.


Interested students should contact their high school counsellor for information.

New! Selkirk College Health Care Assistant (HCA) Program

Selkirk College (Trail Campus) is offering grade 12 students in the region an opportunity to enroll in the Health Care Assistant (HCA) program. This program is blended online and in-person. It is 26 weeks in total, with the first 16 weeks completing theory classes, then in-person lab courses at the Trail campus, followed by completion of 270 hours of practice in residential and community care settings. 

Tuition and work placement are supported through the Health Career Access Program offered through Interior Health. Contact Sara Lechthaler, Selkirk College Health and Human Services Program Coordinator/Instructor for details.

Contact Selkirk College Admissions for flexible study options and tuition supports, your high school counsellor, or the Selkirk College Recruitment Team.


Selkirk College Health and Health Care Assistant (HCA) website


ECCE Application Packages: