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Estheticians in demand at local beauty and spa businesses

Jul 23, 2015 / 10:04 am

Okanagan College Media Release She’s only 19, but Heidi Luken’s esthetics career has taken off. A month before graduating from Okanagan College’s Esthetics and Nail Technology Certificate program, Luken was hired by Ten Spot Beauty Bar, a trendy Toronto franchise that recently opened...

Canadian Home Builders Association South Okanagan helps students build strong foundation for education

Jul 22, 2015 / 10:36 am

Okanagan College Media Release Cody Plante was grooming ski hills in the Fraser Valley when he decided to carve a new career path; now a bursary from the South Okanagan Chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association is helping him and two other Okanagan College students build for their...

Kelowna Kia supports Okanagan College trades training complex, sees bright future for automotive trades in the valley

Jul 9, 2015 / 10:12 am

Okanagan College Media Release With a vast network of automotive-related businesses, the region will continue to need skilled automotive service technicians says one Okanagan College donor who has come forward with major support for the College’s new Trades Training Complex. Kelowna Kia has...

Okanagan College Foundation board welcomes new directors, thanks retiring directors

Jul 7, 2015 / 4:03 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Following its annual general meeting the Okanagan College Foundation has announced five new directors have joined its board in 2015. Anne Clarke, BA, B.Ed, MA (North Okanagan) A retired English professor at Okanagan College, Clarke is an active community leader...

Mini chefs whip up treats at Camp OC

Jul 7, 2015 / 9:13 am

Okanagan College Media Release Hot dogs don’t cut it for today’s young foodies. Camp OC’s Mini Chef Academy is all about going gourmet—and having fun in the kitchen. More than 1,200 students are registered this year for Camp OC, Okanagan College’s summer camp for children and...

College trades campaign gets another boost from a local auto dealer

Jul 2, 2015 / 3:48 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Students in the Automotive Service Technician program at Okanagan College will test drive an exciting new learning environment next spring thanks to a generous donation from a local automotive dealer. Kelowna Toyota has donated $50,000 to the Bright Horizons...

Salmon Arm students recognized for their achievements

Jun 25, 2015 / 2:54 pm

Okaangan College Media Release Forty-seven students from Salmon Arm were honoured with scholarships and bursaries this month at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm Campus awards ceremony. A number of mature students from the Salmon Arm campus credit support from the College and the community for...

Serwa family supports trades training complex at Okanagan College

Jun 24, 2015 / 4:10 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Their family’s connection to Okanagan College goes back more than 50 years, and through a generous donation to the new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus, Cliff and Lois Serwa are helping the College build for the next 50. The Serwas have given...

Solar panels power up College’s Kelowna campus

Jun 24, 2015 / 12:43 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has activated B.C.’s second largest solar panel system at its Kelowna campus, taking another large step towards its ambitious goal of seeking to be energy net zero by 2025. “With the longer and sunnier summer days upon us, we’re thrilled...

College’s new liberal Arts program ArtsX marks the spot for incoming students

Jun 22, 2015 / 3:20 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Like many of her peers, 18-year-old Penticton high school graduate Anika Raynolds has had a busy year researching post-secondary education options. The end goal has always been a Bachelor of Arts, but to get there she was searching for a program where she could...

Study looks at water quality

Jun 16, 2015 / 4:37 pm

Researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus are working with local ranchers and stakeholders to determine the best way to protect drinking water on cattle grazing lands. Engineering Professor and microbiologist Deborah Roberts is leading student research into drinking water supply intakes and...

Ben Klick sets his sight on country stardom

Jun 16, 2015 / 4:15 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A 19-year-old audio engineering graduate from Okanagan College is poised to play alongside Canadian greats at Country Music Week in Halifax if he wins a province-wide competition. West Kelowna resident Ben Klick is among the top three finalists of the British...

Recognition keeps coming for one of world’s most sustainable buildings

Jun 11, 2015 / 12:29 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Add another chapter to the sustainability story of Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. The College received LEED Platinum certification recently for the Penticton building...

Okanagan College graduates top of their game at Skills Canada

Jun 10, 2015 / 1:05 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Graduating Okanagan College students demonstrated their expertise once again at the 2015 Skills Canada National Competition held in Saskatoon in late May. Josh Wams won gold in Electronics and bronze medals went to Ethan Delichte in Automotive Service Tech and...

Dr. Dennis Silvestrone is PRAISEworthy

Jun 10, 2015 / 9:25 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s Director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Development, Dr. Dennis Silvestrone, was honoured by the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) on June 5 for his commitment to the Winnipeg Branch of the organization. Silvestrone worked at the...

Northside donation keeps Okanagan College trades campaign on upward arc

Jun 10, 2015 / 9:21 am

Okanagan College Media Release Training the next wave of welders will be crucial for the local manufacturing industry, says one Okanagan College donor who has stepped up to support the College’s new trades training complex. Northside Industries, a steel manufacturing company based in West...

College program inspires mature Aboriginal learner to chart a new course

Jun 9, 2015 / 11:34 am

Okanagan College Media Release Forty years is a long time to be away from a classroom. For Splatsin Nation Spiritual Helper and Elder Edna Felix it proved to be the opportunity to change her life’s course. After her husband passed away, Felix found herself struggling to balance working odd...

College looking for host families for short-term international tours

Jun 4, 2015 / 3:57 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is hoping that some Kelowna-area families may want to spend a part of the summer or early fall entertaining some international students. Okanagan College’s International Education Department Homestay Program is looking for hosts for its...

New world of opportunities await College graduates

Jun 4, 2015 / 11:21 am

Okaangan College Media Release With a will to learn and to become well-versed in Canada’s health care system, Gurdeep Dhanoa, graduating from the College’s Practical Nursing diploma program this weekend, knew that the pursuit of education was imperative when she immigrated to Kelowna from...

Community support pushes Okanagan College trades training complex campaign over the $4 million mark

Jun 1, 2015 / 4:21 pm

Okanagan College Media Release The fundraising campaign for Okanagan College’s new trades training complex has officially raised more than $4 million toward its $7-million goal, with support coming from every corner of the Okanagan. Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton says the...


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