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Job-seekers to meet employers at College’s annual Business Expo & Employment Fair

Jan 28, 2016 / 2:19 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Looking for work? Graduating students, alumni and community members can meet with the companies who are hiring at the ninth annual Business Expo & Employment Fair at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Wednesday, Feb. 3. More than 60 businesses will be...

UBC leverages technology to recruit prospective medical students

Jan 27, 2016 / 12:00 am
Faculty of Medicine admissions office pilots new recruitment approach UBC has long used videoconference technology to train its medical students. In a unique move, the Faculty of Medicine’s admission office decided to use the same technology as a recruitment tool — offering its first-ever...

Okanagan students learn that computer coding isn’t just for school

Jan 25, 2016 / 12:00 am
Day-long coding workshop at UBC Okanagan introduces computer coding More than 100 elementary and high school students are one step ahead of their counterparts after spending a day of computer coding at UBC’s Okanagan campus Saturday. Coding, Premier Christy Clark announced last week, will become...

UBC research examines ways to prevent youth homelessness

Jan 21, 2016 / 12:00 am
Study confirms work and education crucial, but not enough for most vulnerable Young people leaving government care are required to grow up faster than their counterparts who live with their families. A recent UBC study has determined that children, who age-out of government care, would benefit from...

College program enables a one-year flight path to top-demand career

Jan 20, 2016 / 9:51 am
Boeing predicts a global industry demand for 609,000 aircraft maintenance technicians over the next 20 years, making it the most in-demand occupation in the aviation industry. Locally the demand is echoed at KF Aerospace, Kelowna’s largest privately owned employer. In the last four years, the...

UBC helps increasing number of new fathers quit smoking

Jan 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
Researchers find peer support a key to successful quitting A smoking cessation program designed at UBC is showing some promising results with new and expectant fathers. UBC’s Dads in Gear (DIG) is a novel smoking cessation program that targets new and expectant fathers. In a way that has never...

Providing a bit of home for those who live on the streets

Jan 20, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC and community aim to provide secure storage for Kelowna’s homeless Shopping carts used by Kelowna’s homeless are going high-tech thanks to engineers at UBC’s Okanagan campus. In a unique industry-university-community project, Kelowna-based Waterplay Solutions, Metro Community Church, the...
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Boyd donation helps College make an impact in promoting automotive careers

Jan 19, 2016 / 9:05 am
Okanagan College Media Release As a potential skills shortage looms that could affect the automotive sector in the Okanagan within the next five years, a local autobody shop owner is helping Okanagan College rev up excitement for careers in collision repair. Boyd Autobody and Glass recently...

Unique food, wine tourism training to grow youth employment opportunities in Osoyoos and area

Jan 15, 2016 / 9:00 am
Okanagan College Media Release Destination Osoyoos and Okanagan College are partnering to deliver Passport to Employment – an innovative program that aims to grow the food, wine and tourism industry by providing free, hands-on training to high school students in Osoyoos and Oliver. “We...

Retired school superintendent joins UBC’s Faculty of Education

Jan 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
Hugh Gloster brings 36 years’ experience in education to program renewal Hugh Gloster’s retirement was a quick one. Gloster retired from his role of Superintendent of Schools and CEO for the Central Okanagan School District (23) at the end of 2015. On January 4, just a few days later, he began...

College celebrates the first graduates of 2016 at Winter Convocation

Jan 14, 2016 / 2:25 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Crossing the stage this weekend at Okanagan College’s first Convocation ceremony of 2016, 20-year-old Amanda Schuffels from Kelowna will be one of 310 students starting the year on the right foot with a valuable credential to help launch her dream...

Major funding announced for College research project advocating childhood outdoor play

Jan 14, 2016 / 9:19 am
Okanagan College Media Release Advancing Early Childhood Educators’ (ECE) training curricula to include the benefits of unstructured outdoor play for children’s wellbeing is no child’s play for Dr. Beverlie Dietze, Okanagan College’s Director of Learning and Teaching, it’s serious work...

High demand calls for second Giant Walkthrough Brain performance

Jan 14, 2016 / 12:00 am
Jay Ingram and the Free Radicals to present second show on January 31 With the first presentation of Jay Ingram’s Giant Walkthrough Brain performance filling in a few days, UBC Okanagan has decided to host a second show on Sunday, January 31. Part science, part art, and part musical, The Giant...

Budding writers encouraged to submit work for short story contest

Jan 13, 2016 / 12:00 am
Deadline for annual writing Okanagan Short Story Contest fast approaching Promising writers are being encouraged to sharpen their pencils, get the creative juices flowing, and finalize their submissions for the annual Okanagan Short Story Contest. The February 1 deadline is fast approaching for...

UBC student runs across Haiti to raise funds for job creation

Jan 12, 2016 / 12:00 am
Catch her if you can, but there’s no stopping long distance runner Paige Marzinzik Paige Marzinzik has been on the run for several months now. Marzinzik is a fifth-year UBC Okanagan Human Kinetics student who plans to run across the island nation of Haiti in late February. For the past few...

Spring Speakers Series returns to College’s Penticton campus

Jan 11, 2016 / 10:24 am
Okanagan College Media Release Throughout January to April, 11 speakers will take the stage weekly as part of Okanagan College’s spring 2016 Speakers Series at the Penticton campus. The public is invited to broaden their horizon of knowledge and hear about the research, published works, and...

Competition win a sweet success for culinary student, next round serves up $50,000 in trades entrance bursaries

Jan 11, 2016 / 9:10 am
Okanagan College Media Release Between juggling a busy work schedule and caring for her three-year-old son, sous chef Rachel Broe thought her dream of becoming a certified Red Seal Chef would have to stay on the backburner. Then she found the recipe for a new future in 500 words or less. “I...

Making the case for evidence-based science in the political arena

Jan 5, 2016 / 11:55 am
Okanagan College Media Release A new era of optimism for science in Canada is emerging. Within days of coming into power, the federal Liberal government lifted a veil of secrecy by giving government scientists a green light to speak directly to the media and the public. This change invites...

Lunelli family helps Okanagan College inspire the automotive tradespeople of tomorrow

Jan 4, 2016 / 2:53 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A local family that includes two generations of Okanagan College alumni has made a major donation to assist the next generation of automotive technicians at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution. Tony and Franca Lunelli, founders of Anthony’s...

A beautiful thing - OC student's work helps industry

Dec 29, 2015 / 9:41 am
An Okanagan College student’s class project is turning out to be a valuable resource for B.C.’s estheticians and spa owners. Faye Hughes, a fourth-year student in OC’s Business Administration degree program, has produced a 50-page human resources manual as part of her Social Entrepreneurship...

Mentors give back to College

Dec 29, 2015 / 9:09 am
Mentors give back to the College in a big way Inspired by their experience mentoring trades students nearly a decade ago, two long-time Okanagan College donors have come forward with a major gift to support the training of the Valley’s future carpenters. Jim and Yvonne Lamb, owners of...

Denesiuk becomes Board Chair

Dec 24, 2015 / 11:57 am
Okanagan College News Release - Dec. 24, 2016 New OC Board Chair has strong resume The incoming Chair of Okanagan College’s Board of Governors has a distinguished history of leading educational organizations. Connie Denesiuk, of Summerland, will assume responsibilities of the Chair on...

Students thankful to donors in the community as holidays approach

Dec 22, 2015 / 2:41 pm
Okanagan College Media Release During the busy season of giving, an Okanagan College student and father of four is taking the time to express his gratitude to donors who have brought the gift of education back into his life this year. Steven Steed is among the 866 students throughout the...

Management students help promote BMX park and food forest

Dec 21, 2015 / 12:00 am
A presentation by business students might conjure up images of snazzy suits, flashy displays, and talks about profit margins, market demand, and growth. Things are a little bit different in the third-year Introduction to Marketing course offered by UBC Okanagan’s Assist. Prof. Eric Li. His...

Capri Insurance generosity a slam dunk for UBC Heat student athlete

Dec 18, 2015 / 12:00 am
First-year UBC Okanagan student Emma Johnson knows the meaning of hard work. Watch her on the court during an Okanagan Heat women’s basketball game, and it’s obvious the first-year guard is determined to win. As a nursing student who hopes to focus on pediatrics or community nursing, Johnson...

A gift 50 years in the making: donor honours father’s legacy

Dec 16, 2015 / 2:56 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of the valley’s longest-running family-owned commercial trucking businesses has come forward with a big gift for trades students at Okanagan College, in honour of its founder who helped pave the way for the industry in Kelowna. Cookson Motors Ltd., owned...

On your mark, get set, write: 3-hour short story contest winners

Dec 16, 2015 / 12:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Armed with only their creativity and the words at their fingertips, 60 budding writers participated in Okanagan College’s annual 3-Hour Short Story contest in November at the four campus locations. Four regional authors (one per campus) were named the...

College students’ Stash Bash raises funds for BC Cancer Foundation

Dec 15, 2015 / 2:35 pm
Okanagan College Media Release You may have noticed Kelowna gentlemen growing a little hairier this past Movember. Keeping to the theme and in support of the moustache the annual Stash Bash raised $2,250 in support of the BC Cancer Foundation in Kelowna. Now in its fourth year, the Stash Bash...

Seeing red: the science behind the holiday cups

Dec 11, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC professor explains why the plain cup campaign didn’t backfire for Starbucks If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a viral video is priceless. On November 1, Starbucks released its 2015 holiday cups. It’s a marketing tradition that’s been around since 1997. This time, however, the...

Okanagan College receives $250,000 from The Joyce Foundation for trades bursaries

Dec 10, 2015 / 2:26 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A major gift from The Joyce Foundation will soon open doors to education and help make dreams a reality for scores of current and future students at Okanagan College. The $250,000 donation will be used to create entrance bursaries and augment existing financial...

High schoolers experience a day in the life at university

Dec 10, 2015 / 12:00 am
Computer Science instructor opens doors and helps mentor future students Inspire young minds. That’s the motto for UBC Computer Science instructor Bowen Hui. Last week, about 20 students from Kelowna Secondary School (KSS) had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a student at...

$1 million in funding announced to support apprenticeship in high demand trades

Dec 7, 2015 / 1:48 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Apprentices, employers, and anyone considering a career in trades should take note: LNG Canada has announced $1 million in private funding to support employers sponsoring apprentices and foundation (pre-apprentice) trades students in programs from Carpentry to...

CLAC gift helps Okanagan College equip trades students

Dec 4, 2015 / 1:26 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of Canada’s largest national independent unions has come forward with a major donation to help Okanagan College put tools in the hands of tradespeople in training. CLAC has donated $30,000 toward a new tool crib in the College’s carpentry shop, which has...

New space opens for students, resident doctors at Nelson hospital

Dec 3, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC medical students and resident physicians now have their own dedicated study and training space at Kootenay Lake Hospital The new learning areas will be used primarily by third-year students with the Trail Integrated Community Clerkship program and resident physicians from the Kootenay Boundary...

UBC ties girls’ sedentary lifestyles to potential health issues

Dec 3, 2015 / 12:00 am
In an age of TVs, touchscreens, and tablets, Canadian children are spending more and more time riding the couch than their bikes. While it’s well known that moving less and eating more has led to expanding waistlines, recently published research by UBC Assoc. Prof. Ali McManus is showing that...

UBC School of Nursing turns to technology to help with paediatric care

Dec 1, 2015 / 12:00 am
Donation provides new “child” simulator to help with student medical training For anyone working in the medical field, they know the challenges they face helping a child in trouble. Finding and treating what’s wrong can be difficult. Children have challenges communicating their feelings, are...

Business students prepare to head east for prominent case competition

Nov 30, 2015 / 2:52 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Jessica Lenz is hopeful that she can once again help her team bring home a gold medal from the prestigious Queen’s University Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (I.C.B.C.) when she heads to Kingston, Ont., in January with seven fellow Okanagan College School...

Horizon Electric lights up Okanagan College with trades complex donation

Nov 30, 2015 / 9:30 am
The future looks bright for the next generation of electricians in the Okanagan thanks to a major boost from a local contractor that will help the College amp up a cutting edge lab for trades training. Staff from Horizon Electric joined students and employees of Okanagan College to celebrate the...

Penticton adopts UBC nursing students’ Baby Friendly Initiative

Nov 26, 2015 / 12:00 am
Group works to make breastfeeding in public more acceptable throughout the Okanagan A group of fourth-year nursing students at UBC’s Okanagan campus has aligned with the City of Penticton to be “baby friendly.” The students made a formal request to Penticton city council earlier this month,...

College graduates answer school district’s needs

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:50 am
Okanagan College Media Release North Okanagan Shuswap School District #83 is anticipating a significant number of retirements in the next couple of years, and graduates of Okanagan College’s Education Assistant (EA) program will be ready to meet the community’s needs. “We’re at a...
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