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Carpentry students get new study space thanks to award-winning renovator

Sep 28, 2016 / 11:15 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local renovation expert and long-time Okanagan College volunteer is showing his support for the newly upgraded facilities at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution. Gord Turner, founder of Gord Turner Renovations Ltd., has donated $15,000 to...

Off the Rails, The U.S. Presidential Election

Sep 28, 2016 / 8:48 am
Okanagan College Media Release With the first U.S. presidential debate now in the rear-view mirror, many Canadians are left wondering what effect the outcome of the upcoming election will have on Canada. Dr. Rosalind Warner, Chair of Okanagan College’s Political Science department, will...

Exercise prescriptions could keep elderly out of hospitals

Sep 21, 2016 / 12:00 am
Prescribing senior citizens tailored exercise routines could keep them independent longer and lower health care costs. In a recent study, UBC researcher Gareth Jones concluded that a lack of exercise guidelines for people over 65 years old who were experiencing the onset of frailty limited their...

College business program accredited by HRMA

Sep 19, 2016 / 3:06 pm
When Ryan Lazauskas graduated from Okanagan College in June with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, the 27-year-old knew he had written his last college exam. But in the back of his mind, another daunting exam was weighing heavy on him—the National Knowledge Exam, the first step in...

Partners collaborate to offer coding fundamentals course

Sep 15, 2016 / 8:16 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is teaming up with Lighthouse Labs - one of Canada’s fastest-growing computer coding trainers - to offer an introductory course that will start students on the path to a career in coding. The Coding Fundamentals course begins Oct. 11 in Kelowna...

UBC to welcome royal couple at its Okanagan campus

Sep 12, 2016 / 12:00 am
Students, faculty and staff at UBC’s Okanagan campus are preparing to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Kelowna later this month. On September 27, as part of their Canadian tour, their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will visit UBC’s campus in the British...

Many parents lack the confidence to get their kids to exercise

Sep 12, 2016 / 12:00 am
If Canadian parents are going to get their kids to exercise more, they need more than just public awareness campaigns. Parents exposed to one such national campaign were actually less confident they could increase their children's activity levels, according to a recent UBC study. "With statistics...


New program helps support workers better serve Aboriginal people and communities

Sep 8, 2016 / 3:54 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A new program developed by Okanagan College in collaboration with local First Nations communities and regional Aboriginal organizations will prepare learners to step into community support work assisting Aboriginal individuals and families. The Aboriginal...

WFN Councillor new Vice-Chair of OC Board of Governors

Sep 8, 2016 / 9:46 am
Okanagan College Media Release Chris Derickson, a councillor from the Westbank First Nation, is the new-vice chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors. Derickson, who replaces Doug Manning in the role, has been on the College Board since 2014, has been a Westbank First Nation Council...

UBC research could help local governments plan together

Sep 8, 2016 / 12:00 am
A new approach to modelling land use change developed at UBC could help cities and towns better coordinate their land-use planning efforts. The approach can enhance existing computer planning models, better enabling planners to consider how the land-use patterns of their neighbours could impact...

Pet therapy can combat homesickness

Sep 8, 2016 / 12:00 am
The expression dog is man’s best friend might have more weight in the case of first-year university students suffering from homesickness, according to a new UBC study. The study shows that animal-assisted therapy can help students combat homesickness and could be a useful tool in lowering...

UBC unrolls the welcome mat for thousands of incoming students

Sep 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
For the class of 2020, the doorways to their future are wide open and welcoming. As UBC Okanagan’s eleventh academic year begins next week, 2,000 new first-year students will embark on their educational programs. UBC Okanagan’s Deputy Registrar Fred Vogt says while numbers will change right...

UBC student move-in day is a fast-paced, well-choreographed team effort

Sep 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
This Sunday, September 4, more than 1,200 students will embark on a life milestone they will never forget. Student move-in day—when students, including some 800 first-year students, move into their home-away-from-home for the upcoming academic year—begins at 8:30 a.m. It’s a day that involves...

Synthetic heart valves will help doctors improve surgical skills

Sep 1, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC invention has made it possible for doctors to vastly improve their bypass surgery techniques without relying on animals. The invention—synthetic heart valves, arteries and veins made of polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel, that resembles human tissue—was developed by researchers at UBC’s...

Astro-paparazzo in search of goldilocks worlds

Aug 31, 2016 / 9:02 am
Okanagan College Media Release Evidence is mounting that life-supporting planets may be more commonplace in the Galaxy than previously thought. As of late August 2016, there are about 3,500 confirmed exoplanets (planets with the right conditions for liquid water, and with it the potential for...

Program prepares nurses for in-demand specialization

Aug 30, 2016 / 2:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release An aging population could mean a dual crunch for B.C. hospitals over the next decade, with an increased number of patients requiring care coming at the same time as a wave of retirements among the province’s nurses. A program being offered by Okanagan College...

UBC engineer creates valve that will reduce vehicle emissions

Aug 30, 2016 / 12:00 am
A UBC researcher has determined there is a way to make internal combustion engines more fuel efficient and better for the environment. Rudolph Seethaler, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and PhD candidate Brad Reinholz, have completed a simulation study that demonstrates engines can...

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...
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