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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...

Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Awards inspire incoming Okanagan College students

May 28, 2015 / 2:03 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Entrance scholarships provided by two Okanagan College donors have inspired a group of graduating Grade 12 students to think about how they can translate education into community impact. Shad Collins, Matt Finlayson, Jack Holman, Courtney Korabek, Breanne Pitts,...

Team Construction Management Ltd. gift helps Okanagan College build for skills

May 25, 2015 / 1:30 pm

Okanagan College Media Release A prominent local construction firm has made a major donation to the fundraising campaign for Okanagan College’s new Trades Training Complex, and the company hopes its donation will inspire others to follow their lead in supporting apprentices. Team...

Kelowna author receives national award, second novel already underway

May 22, 2015 / 1:37 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Even before the honour of winning a prestigious Canadian first novel award has set in, Okanagan College Professor and novelist Dr. Alix Hawley is already hard at work on her second novel. In a crowded Toronto ballroom, the Kelowna based author was named the...

Partnership proves successful in giving new Okanagan nurses a step-up

May 20, 2015 / 3:37 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Optimal patient care relies on nurses being able to make quick, effective, and educated health care decisions. For Courtney Miller, a young Kelowna nurse completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) this year, her decision-making confidence was put to...

Building a strong foundation: Greyback Construction project gives students a chance to put their skills to work

May 19, 2015 / 1:38 pm

Okaangan College Media Release A unique job-shadow project is providing a group of students from Okanagan College’s Residential Construction program the chance to gain hands-on training as they build a high-end home in the South Okanagan. The class of 11 students, under the guidance of...

Andrew Sheret donation supports Okanagan College’s efforts to go green with new trades training complex

May 13, 2015 / 1:51 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Inspired by Okanagan College’s goal of building one of the most sustainable trades training facilities in North America, a B.C.-based distributor of plumbing and heating supplies has stepped forward with major support for the $33-million renovation and expansion...

College professor’s novel finalist for national literary award

May 11, 2015 / 11:59 am

Okanagan College Media Release Continuing to the capture the attention of the literary world, Okanagan College English Professor Dr. Alix Hawley’s debut novel All True Not a Lie in It has received a nod from one of the country’s most reputable literary competitions, the First Novel...

New award celebrates the legacy of renowned local author; encourages students to promote social justice

May 11, 2015 / 10:14 am

Okanagan College Media Release A local author who achieved national recognition as a social justice playwright is being commemorated through a new award that encourages students to promote social justice in the Okanagan. Two annual awards valued at $1,000 each have been established in memory...

Health Care Assistant student awarded W. Brett Wilson Prize for creative care project

May 7, 2015 / 11:59 am

Okanagan College Media Release For her embodiment of the true spirit of philanthropy in our community, an Okanagan College student has been named the recipient of the W. Brett Wilson Prize. Catherine Links, a student in the Health Care Assistant program at the Penticton campus, was awarded...

Culinary Arts open house demonstrates ripe opportunities for Okanagan chefs

May 7, 2015 / 11:29 am

Okanagan College Media Release Imagine landing your dream job at the age of 25. Chef Jenna Pillon has done just that and was able to do it without leaving the Okanagan Valley. Pillon is settling into her second year at the helm of one of the South Okanagan’s most esteemed winery...

New College liberal Arts program ideal for the curious learner with a broad perspective

May 6, 2015 / 10:22 am

Okanagan College Media Release This fall, Okanagan College will offer a combined multi-disciplinary approach to studying liberal arts that is geared to students who have an intrinsic desire to explore connections and understand the causal relationships between the key subject areas of our...


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