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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...
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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...

Interactive learning tools help students map the brain

Nov 25, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC professor turns to technology to help students learn neuroanatomy For those who traditionally learned about anatomy outside medical school, figuring out what the human brain looks like inside the skull was largely a textbook exercise. Diagrams with arrows and text descriptions acted as a...

New Inclusive Technology Lab levels the academic field at UBC

Nov 24, 2015 / 12:00 am
Workspace options improve learning opportunities for many students A new space has opened up on UBC’s Okanagan campus that will help level the academic playing field for students with disabilities. The new Inclusive Technology Lab (ITL), located just inside the main doors of the library, has...

UBC Okanagan flu vaccine numbers receive shot in the arm

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:00 am
Number of students, staff, and faculty rolling up their sleeves rises 780 per cent in 10 years Ten years ago, 92 people took part in the first flu clinic held at UBC’s Okanagan campus. This year, the number of students, faculty, and staff attending on-campus flu clinics has risen to 810 — a 780...

Engineering student represents Canada at world trampoline championship

Nov 20, 2015 / 12:00 am
Student bounces from gym to lab to class to international competition When UBC engineering student Trevor Stirling talks about a Miller plus, don’t be thinking it has anything to do with a beverage. Stirling, who is in his third year of electrical engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is...

College brings its renowned Culinary program to Revelstoke

Nov 19, 2015 / 10:15 am
Okanagan College Media Release Aggressive growth in the tourism and hospitality sector has created a demand for skilled workers in Revelstoke’s culinary industry, as a result, Okanagan College will offer its Professional Cook Level One program in February to prepare the chefs of tomorrow for...

Research pokes holes in police tactics to obtain confessions of crime

Nov 18, 2015 / 12:00 am
Study participants easily led to believe fake memory of criminal activities If you’ve ever watched a TV crime drama, or even the national news, you’ve likely witnessed a suspect, after endless police questioning, breakdown in tears to confess to a crime. Dramatic evidence, however, now proves...

College hosts session on combining construction program and green building project

Nov 17, 2015 / 2:35 pm
Would-be builders and carpenters have a chance on Nov. 23 to find out more about a course next spring that will take them onto the jobsite of tomorrow as Okanagan College instructors and students help to construct one of the most energy efficient homes in the region. The College’s Trades...

Just one HIIT: High intensity interval training may reduce risk of diabetes

Nov 17, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers demonstrate the impact of just one training session  We all know that pushing yourself through that intense cardio workout is good for your heart. But new research coming out of UBC’s Okanagan campus demonstrates that high intensity interval training (HIIT) can actually help...

Acclaimed biologist promotes public appreciation for insects

Nov 13, 2015 / 11:05 am
Have little critters been giving you the creepy crawlies? In an effort to shift your perspective towards insects, Dr. Jeremy McNeil, Biology Professor at Western University, will make the case about their crucial role in the planet’s ecosystem when he visits Okanagan College’s Vernon campus...

College’s Vernon Aerospace Campus hosts open house

Nov 12, 2015 / 3:45 pm
Those interested in learning more about careers in aviation will have a chance on Nov. 14 to tour Okanagan College’s Vernon Aerospace Campus and speak with instructors and students about program opportunities and two big new additions to the College’s fleet. Okanagan College recently...

The fats you consume may make you lazy and prone to diabetes

Nov 12, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers investigate the detriments of polyunsaturated fats Dietary fat has dangerous alliances in the diabetes war, according to UBC researchers. Their findings show that certain fats consumed in excessively high levels contribute to sedentary behaviour and a predisposition to insulin...

UBC researcher investigates fall prevention for the elderly

Nov 10, 2015 / 12:00 am
Jennifer Jakobi awarded Killam Research Fellowship to assist with her research A UBC researcher is looking at ways to help keep elderly residents safe and independent in their later years. One of the key aspects of her research is fall prevention. “Factors such as muscle strength, steadiness,...

Engineering student bridging gaps between cultures on campus

Nov 6, 2015 / 12:00 am
Muslim Student Association hosts discussion about hatred and misconceptions UBC graduate student Adnan Bhat knows a thing or two about engineering change. Bhat has been successfully bridging the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims on the UBC Okanagan campus and in the community. “Our goal was to...

Donor hopes new trades building will inspire students to think green

Nov 5, 2015 / 11:48 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local business leader and volunteer for the Okanagan College Foundation’s Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign is supporting the College’s efforts to go green with its new trades training facilities. Rambow Mechanical Ltd., led by President Patrick...

3-Hour writing contest underway this weekend

Nov 4, 2015 / 3:25 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Talk to any writer and they will tell you that the process of writing, editing and rewriting is one that is unique to every person. Some writers need absolute silence, an antique typewriter and a pair of perfectly worn-in and well-loved slippers on their feet...

Red Seal of approval – it’s Apprenticeship Recognition Week

Nov 3, 2015 / 1:42 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The B.C. government has proclaimed this as B.C. Apprenticeship Recognition Week and there are few places in the province where the role of apprentices is more obvious than at Okanagan College, B.C.’s second-largest trades training institution. “This week we...

Balancing campus life and sport no ordinary feat for Special Olympics athlete

Nov 2, 2015 / 9:22 am
Okanagan College Media Release With 18 medals adorning her neck representing five years competing in provincial, national, and international track and field events, 21-year-old Kelowna resident Jeneka Greif has defied the odds. The latest in her hardware collection are a silver and a bronze...

Master of science in nursing program adds new dimension of caring

Nov 2, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan’s MSN option provides life-time learning opportunities Nursing is in Adam Fulton’s blood. Both of his parents (now retired) were registered nurses and when Fulton started thinking about career choices, it was easy to follow in their footsteps. Now a graduate from UBC Okanagan’s...

K-HUB at Career Fair to spark innovation

Oct 29, 2015 / 3:01 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan’s first Makerspace Business Incubator, K-HUB, is looking for the people and ideas that will spark light-bulb types into creating, innovating and manufacturing new products and services and they’ll be on hand at Okanagan College on Sunday, Nov. 1 as...

PCL helping Okanagan College build the future of trades training

Oct 29, 2015 / 10:09 am
Okanagan College Media Release The construction company overseeing the renovation and expansion of Okanagan College’s new trades training facilities has made a major donation to support the College’s efforts to elevate the learning environment for tradespeople. PCL Constructors Westcoast...

UBC supports drive to expand blood and stem cell donor registry

Oct 29, 2015 / 12:00 am
Kelowna family tells their story and encourages Okanagan residents to donate For most people, having 26 million options to choose from would seem like good odds. For Kelowna’s four-year-old Nadia Bjarnason and her family, those odds were not quite enough. Nadia was born with Dyskeratosis...

Conservationist provides rare look into the Great Bear Rainforest coastal waters

Oct 28, 2015 / 10:31 am
Okanagan College Media Release The coastal waters of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia contain more than 1,000 uninhabited islands and are one of the planet’s most ecologically rich marine environments. Stretching 21 million acres from Vancouver Island to Southeast Alaska, the area...

UBC medical student examines the use of CT scans by doctors

Oct 27, 2015 / 12:00 am
Study will help determine ways to improve utilization of a costly resource Increased public awareness of the risks associated with concussions has led to a surge in patients visiting emergency departments — and statistics Canada reports some 30,000 concussions or related head injuries are...

Carson Air donation expands Okanagan College training fleet

Oct 26, 2015 / 9:36 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local aviation company has touched down with its second major donation to Okanagan College in as many months. Carson Air has donated a Metroliner II aircraft to the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) M-License program; the company estimates the value of...

UBC prof. heading to global conference on sustainable agriculture

Oct 26, 2015 / 12:00 am
Indigenous peoples from around the world to gather in India in November For Tirso Gonzales, an associate professor at UBC Okanagan, the problems with the western world’s way of farming are clear. Current practices such as monocropping, pesticide use, and only using a select group of plant species...

Audition call for College theatre troupe’s annual stage production

Oct 19, 2015 / 10:50 am
Okanagan College Media Release Holy stage fright, Batman! Okanagan College’s Red Dot Players theatre troupe is seeking actors to perform in its sixth annual theatrical production, the comic book comedy A.K.A. Fangirl. Auditions will be held Nov. 4, 6, and 8 at the Kelowna campus lecture...

Inspiring inquisitive minds: upcoming OC Speaker Series events in Penticton

Oct 16, 2015 / 3:00 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Currently underway, the Okanagan College Speakers Series in Penticton is piquing curious minds, encouraging public dialogue and highlighting research and innovation in our midst. From now through to December the public is invited to attend six scheduled talks....

Keldon Electric gives OC Trades Complex campaign a boost, amps up new classroom

Oct 16, 2015 / 2:12 pm
Okanagan College Media Release With the demand for electricians projected to surge in Western Canada, a local electrical services contractor is helping Okanagan College power up a dynamic new classroom space. Keldon Electric and Data Ltd. has pledged $50,000 to the Bright Horizons fundraising...

Foodies take note: Infusions ends corkage fee on Okanagan wines

Oct 14, 2015 / 9:10 am
Okanagan College Media Release A new menu and a new feature are key ingredients in a revamped fine dining experience that awaits foodies eager to test the creations of the Okanagan’s next culinary stars. Okanagan College’s Infusions Restaurant – open to the public during the day Tuesday...

Debbie Robert joins Okanagan College Foundation Board

Oct 9, 2015 / 8:45 am
Okanagan College Media Release The Okanagan College Foundation is pleased to announce that Debbie Robert has joined its board as a new director. Robert now resides in Kelowna after calling Fort McMurray home for 32 years. She and her husband Leo are retired co-owners of L. Robert Enterprises...
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