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Getting ready for its 50th birthday, College looks to honour contributors who made a difference

Jul 3, 2013 / 11:24 am

Okanagan College Media Release As Okanagan College prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its start (the B.C. Vocational School opened its doors in September 1963), the institution is looking to bolster the ranks of already-honoured luminaries and contributors by acknowledging even more...

Poet Sonnet L'Abbé writes a stirring poem about Canada

Jun 27, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC instructor toured country asking Canadians why they love their country She spent months on a steel-wheels tour, criss-crossing the country as Artist in Motion for CBC, ViaRail and Community Foundations of Canada, taking the pulse of Canadians at countless whistlestops. Acclaimed poet Sonnet...

Okanagan College and BCIT deepen partnership with MOU

Jun 25, 2013 / 9:01 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) took a significant step forward in joint collaboration this week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes each institution’s commitment to explore and pursue joint...

B.C.’s first female carpenter to speak at TRADE UP! 2013 Conference at Okanagan College

Jun 24, 2013 / 2:13 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A Red Seal carpenter who broke down the barrier for women entering the trades in B.C. will be the keynote speaker at the TRADE UP! Women in Trades 2013 Conference on Saturday, July 6 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Kate Braid started work in construction...

Next-generation 'green' concrete a home construction first

Jun 24, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC engineering professor mixes recycled waste aggregate into concrete Kelowna architect Hugh Bitz heard buzz about a “green concrete” project and called UBC. Bitz is always looking for ways to integrate green strategies and technologies into building projects – and decided that green...

Community builders, rising star celebrated for volunteer efforts

Jun 20, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC honours alumni for outstanding community contributions When UBC looks to honour its alumni, you can imagine there are thousands of great candidates to consider. To be presented with the Okanagan Alumni Community Builder Award, you have to be pretty outstanding. And that’s the case with Walley...

Longtime supporters provide scholarships for new Sustainable Construction Management Technology diploma

Jun 19, 2013 / 10:39 am

Okanagan College Media Release Students entering the Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) diploma program this fall at Okanagan College will now be eligible to apply for a new scholarship. Longtime College supporters Rick and Yasmin Thorpe of Penticton are providing four...

Multi-talented geologist's passion for Earth sciences recognized

Jun 19, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC instructor mixes philanthropy with writing, painting, and photography When you’re a natural-born teacher and have a certain zeal for something, you can spend most of your waking hours sharing that passion. Such is the case for geologist Murray Roed, who taught a fourth-year geology class in...

New course offers place for musically shy boomers to band together

Jun 17, 2013 / 12:16 pm

Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan musician, who has played sessions with stars like Patrick Simmons from the Doobie Brothers and studied music under Quincy Jones and Chuck Mangione, is giving shy boomers a chance to reconnect with their musical talents. “I’ve talked to so many...

Car raffle raises thousands for trades students at Okanagan College

Jun 13, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has an additional few thousand dollars to hand out to deserving trades students following the successful raffling of a 1989 Mercedes-Benz, which took place on Saturday. Leo Doody of Kelowna was the winner of the car raffle, which helped raised...

Ontario student can’t wait to teach trades in B.C.

Jun 13, 2013 / 12:00 pm

Okanagan College Media Release An Ontario man hopes to soon be among those helping to address a critical shortage of trades and technology teachers in the province. James Ross entered the two-year Trades Technology Teacher Education (TTTE) diploma program at Okanagan College last fall, after...

The Art of Pastry comes to Okanagan College

Jun 12, 2013 / 1:55 pm

Okanagan College Media Release At a time when a New York chef is capturing international attention for his croissant/donut creation – the cronut – Okanagan College’s celebrated Culinary Arts program is launching its first Pastry Arts certificate program this fall. “There is no...

ASTTBC recognizes two Okanagan College employees

Jun 12, 2013 / 11:56 am

Okanagan College Media Release The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of B.C. (ASTTBC) have recognized two Okanagan College employees for their work in promoting and enhancing careers in applied science. Public Affairs Director Allan Coyle was recognized for his contribution in...

Podium wins for two Okanagan College students at Skills Canada National Competition

Jun 11, 2013 / 3:52 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College proved two of its students are among the top in the country when it comes to skills in both electronics and autobody repair after taking a silver and bronze at the Skills Canada national competition, held June 5 – 8 in Vancouver. Electronic...

Okanagan College sharpens its image with donated equipment

Jun 11, 2013 / 2:53 pm

Okanagan College Media Release The mother of a photographer who captured some of the most notable faces at the Oscars, models in the making, and fashion's glitterati, has now placed his camera, lenses and other equipment into the hands of Okanagan College. Andreas Koessler, who recently...

Canada’s top hockey players make most of Penticton campus fitness facility

Jun 10, 2013 / 10:00 am

Okanagan College Media Release Twenty-seven of Canada’s top female hockey players have taken up part-time residence at Okanagan College’s fitness centre in Penticton. Along with athletic trainers and coaches, the three goalies, nine defencemen and 15 forwards are spending the next few...

Metro Vancouver donation flows straight to Okanagan College

Jun 10, 2013 / 9:13 am

Okanagan College Media Release Students enrolled in the Water Engineering Technology (WET) diploma program will be benefitting this fall from some well-placed connections. The College is in the process of incorporating used equipment donated by Metro Vancouver for use in various classes...

Students awarded medals as heads of graduating class

Jun 7, 2013 / 12:00 am

Ten students are being recognized with gold medals for being at the top of their graduating class at UBC’s Okanagan campus convocation. The awards are led by the Governor-General’s Gold Medal, awarded the student with the highest academic achievement in the College of Graduate Studies. The 2013...

Embrace the beauty of life, acclaimed poet tells UBC graduates

Jun 7, 2013 / 12:00 am

Patrick Lane devoted his life to writing after life-changing moment  Patrick Lane discovered beauty and the fragility of life on a cold Okanagan winter day in 1958, as a 19-year-old labourer. Waiting beside the highway to be picked up for work, the Vernon native found a sapphire butterfly. He...

It's never too late for a university education

Jun 7, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC degree earned 20 years after high school as mom wanted more from life Twenty years out of high school, Wendi Wright decided she needed a change. She was a long-time personal trainer but felt she wanted to do something more meaningful. “I just felt I wanted a bit more out of life than that,”...


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