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OC introduces tuition for upgrading but help is at hand for students

Feb 23, 2016 / 2:33 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is implementing tuition fees for domestic students taking upgrading courses, but government and college financial aid will mean many of those students won’t be out of pocket to pay. The decision comes in the wake of a 2014 change in provincial...

Solar Fair shines a light on positive change

Feb 18, 2016 / 9:33 am
Okanagan College Media Release A new society, with a host of supporters, is hoping to shine a light on solar energy at a day-long fair being organized for March 12 in Penticton. First Things First Okanagan was launched two years ago and became a registered society recently. It was formed to...

New technique identifies early heart complications in breast cancer survivors

Feb 18, 2016 / 12:00 am
Researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus have identified a new method of detecting cardio-vascular disease in women who are recovering from breast cancer. Neil Eves, assoc. prof in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, says this breakthrough is particularly relevant for detecting early-stage...

Poutine and Pinot – a pairing as perfect as business students and Dairy Farmers

Feb 17, 2016 / 11:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release Four Okanagan College School of Business students sparked an idea to bring Canadiana flair to the wildly popular Okanagan Wine Festivals Signature Events by pairing B.C.’s stellar pinot wines with the iconic poutine. Tickets to the upcoming Feb. 20 Poutine and...

UBC research helps small municipalities manage aging water systems

Feb 16, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researchers have developed a tool that is designed to help small to medium-sized cities and towns address the challenges posed by aging drinking water infrastructure in Canada. The tool, developed by Solomon Tesfamariam and Rehan Sadiq who are civil engineering professors at UBC’s Okanagan...

Canada Research Chair title extended further five years for UBC professor

Feb 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC researcher Barb Pesut’s tenure as Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Health, Ethics, and Diversity has been renewed for a further five years. Pesut, an associate professor in the School of Nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has spent her career working on ways to improve the quality of...

UBC to confer three honorary degrees at Okanagan graduation

Feb 15, 2016 / 12:00 am
Pioneering astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar, global economist Dambisa Moyo and water scientist David Schindler will be recognized with UBC Centennial honorary degrees during UBC Okanagan’s graduation ceremonies June 9 and 10. Dr. Roberta Bondar, a physician and scientist, made history in 1992 as the...
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College and Westbank First Nation sign MOU, commit to deeper partnership

Feb 12, 2016 / 11:01 am
Okanagan College Media Release Just weeks after rolling out its new Strategic Plan, Okanagan College took a significant step toward one of its key directions by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with its partners in the Westbank First Nation (WFN). The MOU was signed on Monday, Feb. 1...

Partnership makes it possible to pursue degree in Law Enforcement Studies

Feb 11, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Interested in a degree in Law Enforcement Studies? The Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and Okanagan College are teaming up to offer two information sessions in Penticton on Feb. 24 that will outline student options for the baccalaureate...

Builder of the year helping College build for the future

Feb 11, 2016 / 11:03 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local homebuilder recently named Builder of the Year in the Okanagan says supporting young people entering the trades will be crucial to maintaining the valley’s reputation for offering well-built homes. Bellamy Homes has donated $30,000 toward the new...

UBC researchers discover new glass technology

Feb 11, 2016 / 12:00 am
Imagine if the picture window in your living room could double as a giant thermostat or big screen TV. A discovery by researchers at the University of British Columbia has brought us one step closer to this becoming a reality. Researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna found that coating...

Patchwork Farms harvests a successful year

Feb 10, 2016 / 2:32 pm
Okanagan College Media Release It might be the middle of winter but the work goes on for Patchwork Farms. Located at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College, Patchwork Farms is a community collective farm offering meaningful activities that foster personal growth, strengthen the local food...

UBC prof. looking for seniors with hearing loss for new study

Feb 9, 2016 / 12:00 am
UBC Okanagan’s widely popular Walk ‘n Talk for your Life program — that creates exercise and safe social settings for local seniors — is branching out. Assoc. Prof. Charlotte Jones, who teaches with UBC’s Southern Medical Program, initiated Walk ‘n Talk in 2014, is now looking for...

Back to school for RV pros at Okanagan College

Feb 5, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Carl Hollmann is among those Okanagan College alumni who relish the close working relationship that his alma mater has with the Recreation Vehicle industry that has provided him with a fulfilling career. Hollmann, who runs his own business in Nanaimo, B.C., was...

Acclaimed author Madeleine Thien to speak at the College

Feb 5, 2016 / 2:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release UPDATE: Please note that this event has been cancelled due to illness. Inspiring students and the public about the art of writing, Okanagan College’s Department of English is bringing one of B.C.’s prized authors to the Kelowna campus on Thursday, Feb....

A recipe for success: Canada’s best chefs pair up with Okanagan College students at Gold Medal Plates

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:48 am
Too many chefs in the kitchen is actually a good thing when it comes to the annual Canadian Culinary Championships’ Gold Medal Plates event, which takes place this weekend and includes more than 50 Okanagan College Culinary and Pastry Arts students who will provide support to 11 of the...

UBC Management students honoured in business competition

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
Teams win awards in entrepreneurship, taxation, and accounting Faculty of Management (FoM) students from UBC Okanagan’s campus won three top-three finishes at JDC West, one of Canada’s largest business competitions. The teams won awards in three key categories: entrepreneurship, taxation, and...

UBC Okanagan researchers receive Killam awards

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:00 am
Engineering and biology professors win top recognition from university Soil ecologist Miranda Hart and composite materials engineer Abbas Milani have won UBC Killam Research Fellowships, which enable promising faculty to pursue full-time research during a recognized study leave. The Fellowships...

Venture Okanagan 2016

Jan 29, 2016 / 3:07 pm
$5,000 prize and connections are the promise of Venture Okanagan Entrepreneurs are already honing their presentation skills as preparations continue for the 10th edition of Venture Okanagan, Western Canada’s largest student-run pitch session for entrepreneurs. The event will be held in...

Early registration open for the Okanagan College Half Marathon

Jan 28, 2016 / 3:39 pm
Okanagan College Media Release It’s time to hit the ground running and Okanagan runners can get a head start on the race: early-bird registration for the 2016 Okanagan College Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race is now open. This is the 14th year for the race, which will be held on Sunday,...

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...

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...
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