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Comba and Stewart receive OC Alumni Association’s highest honours

Aug 23, 2016 / 12:22 pm
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the College and its surrounding communities, two Okanagan College alumni have earned the top honours awarded by the Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA). Kelowna’s Heather Stewart is this year’s recipient of the OCAA Distinguished Alumni...

New UBC program feeds demand for creative tech-savvy workers

Aug 22, 2016 / 12:00 am
There’s a new program at UBC’s Okanagan campus linking the tech industry to academia. UBC's newly-introduced Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS) will begin accepting applications this month for entry in September 2017. “Kelowna’s tech industry is flourishing, with start-ups alongside...

OC and Toyota Technical College celebrate 25 years of cultural and educational exchange

Aug 19, 2016 / 1:26 pm
Twenty-five years ago the first students from Toyota Technical College arrived at Okanagan College to embark on a summer program of collision repair training and learning English. It planted the seed for a relationship that would blossom to span oceans, cultures, and decades. This year a record...

Aboriginal students can gain jobsite skills through CCWAB program

Aug 18, 2016 / 12:26 pm
With strong demand for construction trades workers across the province and a healthy residential construction market in the region, Okanagan College is offering up a second intake of a popular program designed to help Aboriginal students build jobsite skills, gain apprenticeship training and get on...

Two new board members for Okanagan College

Aug 16, 2016 / 8:13 am
Okanagan College Media Release A former Chief of the Splats’in Indian Band and a Vernon lawyer – both with established community service profiles – are joining the Okanagan College Board of Governors. Gloria Morgan, who was Chief of the Splats’in Indian Band from 2001 to 2005, has been...

Education uncorks wine industry opportunities

Aug 12, 2016 / 8:49 am
Okanagan College Media Release Ryan Fipke is a confirmed believer in the future of the Okanagan’s wine industry, and a staunch advocate of educating yourself to take advantage of the growing opportunities. As tasting room supervisor and sales co-ordinator for Tantalus Vineyards and a...

UBC researchers develop drinking water quality index tool for municipalities

Aug 11, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC engineers have created a tool that will help municipalities measure water quality, as a way to ensure clean and safe drinking water is coming out of the taps. Nilufar Islam, who recently received her PhD from UBC Okanagan, has spent the better part of her career creating methods to improve...


10 years of opening eyes and shutters to digital camera capabilities

Aug 10, 2016 / 2:17 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A decade of teaching Okanagan shutterbugs the intricacies and nuances of their cameras, and opening their lenses to the creative capabilities of digital photography has not dimmed Tom Cooper’s enthusiasm for teaching or photography. The professional photographer...

UBC research aims to help Canadian flax farmers

Aug 10, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC professor’s flax research could one day help Canadian farmers grow a car fender. In a recent study, UBC researcher Michael Deyholos identified the genes responsible for the bane of many Canadian flax farmers’ existence; the fibres in the plant's stem. “These findings have allowed us to...

Okanagan College student passionate about building a lasting health and safety culture

Aug 9, 2016 / 10:27 am
Okanagan College Media Release Ron Glave initially got into construction because he needed something to do during the off-season from skiing. Twenty years later, he’s passionate about having a lasting effect on the construction industry’s health and safety culture. Glave is the Occupational...

Cloverdale Paint helps College go green

Aug 8, 2016 / 12:05 pm
A unique donation from a national paint and coatings manufacturer with B.C. roots will be brightening Okanagan College campuses for years to come. Cloverdale Paint Inc. has pledged $50,000 worth of product to assist the College in beautifying classrooms, labs, shops, and student spaces across...

BC’s South Okanagan becomes home to a new family medicine residency training site

Aug 8, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC and the Province of British Columbia have launched a new family medicine training site in the South Okanagan, marking the first time doctors in UBC’s Family Practice Residency Program can complete their entire residency in the region. We’re very excited to be welcoming resident physicians...

OC business students awarded prestigious international scholarships

Aug 5, 2016 / 9:53 am
Okanagan College Media Release Two Okanagan College students will soon have the chance to continue their education abroad after receiving coveted awards from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society. Madeline Kempf and Cassandra Lum of Okanagan College’s School of Business...

UBC partnership aims to recycle environmental contaminants

Aug 4, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC is partnering with a BC company to turn soil contaminants into household products. As part of the partnership, UBC Okanagan chemist Susan Murch will work with Passive Remediation Systems Ltd. (PRS) to find ways to pull natural and industrial chemicals out of vegetation that is being used to...

UBC takes steps toward examining the DNA of the world’s wine regions

Aug 4, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers are one step closer to identifying the biological personalities of the world’s greatest wines. In a recent study, UBC researchers Dan Durall and Mansak (Ben) Tantikachornkiat developed a technique that combines a process to identify the full spectrum of DNA in yeast and bacteria...

Risky business: Seniors don’t acknowledge post-hospitalization vulnerability

Aug 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
Everyone lies, including seniors. According to a new study from UBC, older adults who have been discharged from the hospital following serious ailments tend to minimize or even lie about risks related to their condition and its management in order to avoid being seen as vulnerable. “These...

COF funds financial literacy program for elementary

Jul 28, 2016 / 11:15 am
A $6,630 grant from the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF) is helping Enactus students from Okanagan College continue their efforts to support financial literacy among elementary school children. The grant from the COF is supporting the College students as they develop a new teacher resource page...

UBC anthropologist helps create documentary on the art of language construction

Jul 28, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC professor is combining her love of languages, and her Hollywood connections, to help create a new documentary film. Christine Schreyer, who teaches anthropology at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is a linguistic anthropologist who has dedicated much of her career to working with communities to...

Faces aren’t always to be believed when it comes to honesty

Jul 27, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers have determined that certain facial features, not the expression, influence whether people think someone is trustworthy. UBC psychology professor Stephen Porter and PhD student Alysha Baker, recently completed two studies determining that people often make judgments of...

Local student athlete gives back

Jul 26, 2016 / 11:12 am
Okanagan College Media Release – Wednesday, July 20 Local student athlete gives back An elite cross-country mountain bike racer and business student has shown he has the generosity to match his world-class prowess on two wheels. Kelowna-born Evan Guthrie, 25, has been racing bikes at the...

Children’s success in schools tied to teachers’ wellbeing

Jul 26, 2016 / 12:00 am
The ability of public schools to teach students in an innovative and relevant way starts with an education system that looks after the wellbeing of its teachers, according to a study from UBC's Okanagan campus. It also starts with a greater emphasis on examining and replicating what is working as...

Do think-tanks matter? A UBC professor says 'think again'

Jul 22, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC professor is suggesting government policy makers and advisors need to do a re-think when it comes to giving validity to reports coming across their desks. Carey Doberstein, an assistant professor of political science at UBC’s Okanagan campus, recently published an experimental study of...

Medical Office Assistant training helps launch graduate into a career she never planned for

Jul 21, 2016 / 10:23 am
Lindsay Jerome never expected to go into the medical field. Yet, Jerome decided to take the Medical Office Assistant (MOA) certificate at Okanagan College and upon graduation was hired by the North Okanagan Medical Clinic at Superstore in Vernon, B.C. Three years later, she enjoys a challenging...

Researcher looking for answers when a child abandons the family religion

Jul 21, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC researcher wants to know about the experiences of parents when their adult child leaves the religious tradition they were raised in. Glendon Wiebe, working with UBC Okanagan’s Barb Pesut, associate professor with the School of Nursing and Canada Research Chair, is hoping to connect with...

UBC Okanagan reduced carbon footprint in 2015

Jul 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan reduced its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2015. As detailed in its 2015 Carbon Neutral Action Overview Report, the reduction equates to 524 tonnes of GHGs, roughly the equivalent of the annual emission of 111 passenger vehicles or 1,213 barrels of...

Camp OC keeps kids learning all summer long at Okanagan College

Jul 19, 2016 / 1:57 pm
Summer in the Okanagan means lazy days at the beach, but for 1,500 kids in Kelowna this year it also means exciting adventures in everything from Lego robotics to the culinary arts at Okanagan College’s Camp OC. Last week, more than 150 children and teenagers filled the College’s Kelowna...

Factory-built homes could help cities with tight housing markets

Jul 19, 2016 / 12:00 am
Cities facing housing shortages should encourage more modular construction to increase options for prospective homebuyers and renters, a UBC researcher says. Following the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind, Kasun Hewage, an associate professor...

Local builder proud to support future tradespeople

Jul 18, 2016 / 2:56 pm
Okanagan College Media Release With more than two decades of experience under his tool belt, a local construction business owner and Okanagan College alumnus is giving back to support future tradespeople. John Bachelder, owner of Bachelder Construction Ltd., has pledged $10,000 toward the...

Cell research could help with heart tissue transplants

Jul 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
A new technique developed by a UBC researcher could make tissue regeneration cheaper and safer for health-care systems and their patients. A study, conducted by UBC researcher Keekyoung Kim while at Harvard University, has identified new ways in which proteins and various biological...

UBC researchers determine vineyards adversely affect soil quality

Jul 14, 2016 / 12:00 am
Biologists from UBC’s Okanagan campus are digging under vineyards to see if the Okanagan’s grape industry is affecting soil quality. The team of researchers spent the better part of three years studying soil samples from more than 15 vineyards throughout the valley. Associate Professor Miranda...

Avcorp Industries and UBC agree to pursue innovative partnership

Jul 12, 2016 / 12:00 am
Avcorp Industries and the University of British Columbia have agreed to explore the establishment of a Learning Factory for Advanced Composites at UBC’s Okanagan campus. The two parties, represented by Avcorp CEO Peter George and UBC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, signed an...

Some dietary fats still getting a bad rap, says UBC researcher

Jul 7, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC research shows that some of the fats we consume are getting a raw deal when it comes to deciding what’s good for us. Long thought of as the bad guys in the commercial diet industry, fats are now getting a second look thanks to research done by UBC’s Deanna Gibson. Her recent findings,...

Downtown College campus not proceeding as hoped, College to focus on enrolment growth as top priority

Jun 30, 2016 / 3:00 pm
Enrolment challenges mean that a prospective donation of land proposed as a potential site for a new campus of Okanagan College in Salmon Arm will not proceed. (The land identified for the potential donation is located between 10th Street SW, 10th Avenue, Foothill Road and Shuswap Street.) ...

Seniors with undiagnosed hearing loss can become isolated

Jun 30, 2016 / 12:00 am
Senior citizens with undiagnosed or untreated hearing problems are more likely to suffer from social isolation and cognitive impairment, a UBC study has found. UBC Okanagan researchers examined the impact of undiagnosed or untreated hearing issues in seniors aged 60 to 69. The study found that for...

Two-time College grad wins gold in national electronics competition

Jun 29, 2016 / 11:51 am
Okanagan College Media Release Zach Andrews is adding another medal to a growing collection of accolades after returning from the Skills Canada Competition in Moncton, NB with a gold medal in Electronics. The 31-year-old qualified for the Canada-wide competition after winning gold for B.C. in...

Jazz and Okanagan College create new opportunities for graduating pilots

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:32 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A new agreement with Jazz Aviation LP could spell more career opportunities for pilots graduating from Okanagan College’s Commercial Aviation diploma program. The College’s two-year program, run in concert with flight partners Southern Interior Flight Centre...

Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends awards continue to open doors for students

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:04 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Scholarships from Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and friends are inspiring graduating high school students from Penticton and Summerland to make the most of their studies as they step into the classrooms of Okanagan College this fall. Eight students hailing from three...

Wood mulch can help in climate change fight

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:00 am
In addition to looking nice, covering soil with wood mulch can actually help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, UBC research shows. In a recent study undertaken in Kelowna-area vineyards, UBC Okanagan researchers discovered that using mulch in agriculture can cut nitrous oxide emissions up to 28 per...

UBC works with school district on coding curriculum

Jun 27, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC is working with public school educators to create ways to bring more innovation into Okanagan classrooms. As part of an effort to help increase innovation and computer coding taught in Kindergarten to Grade 5 classrooms, UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Education recently hosted an event with School...

Salmon Arm campus and community recognize students

Jun 24, 2016 / 9:23 am
Okanagan College Media Release Thirty-eight students from Salmon Arm were recently awarded bursaries and scholarships in recognition of their hard work in and out of the classroom. Students and their families, alongside College officials and donors from the community, gathered on Wednesday,...
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