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Campus-Life  

Fall Enrolments up at Okanagan College, 11th year of exceeding targets in sight

Sep 30, 2015 / 9:18 am
Okanagan College Media Release Fall enrolment numbers are showing that Okanagan College is headed for an 11th straight year of exceeding government targets for student enrolment. Information from mid-September—when the deadline has passed for students to register for most academic programs...

$25,000 in scholarships to celebrate 10 years of giving

Sep 29, 2015 / 10:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release Ten South Okanagan students will receive a boost to their college fund next spring thanks to the generosity of two local donors whose award fund has provided more than $125,000 in scholarships at Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan over the past 10 years. “Given...

Science in Society Speaker Series returns to ask the big questions about adapting to climate change

Sep 29, 2015 / 9:22 am
Okanagan College Media Release Environmental changes such as rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, melting Arctic sea ice, unusual extreme weather patterns, and out-of-the-norm jet stream behaviour have scientists questioning the relationship between these observations. Have we reached an...

Protocol describes commitment to Indigenous Education

Sep 28, 2015 / 2:58 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College and several First Nations and Metis partners have signed a commitment that recognizes the school’s responsibility and commitment to indigenous education and collaboration with Aboriginal communities. The Indigenous Education Protocol was...

Then and now: Therapist Assistant alumni gather to celebrate 25 years

Sep 25, 2015 / 9:23 am
Okanagan College Media Release At 71 years old, there’s no stopping Patricia Harris’s continued momentum in providing excellence in rehabilitation care to those in need. Boasting a health care career that spans a half-century fuelled by passion and compassion, Harris is a Recreation...

Praxair donation helps Okanagan College keep welding students on the cutting edge

Sep 24, 2015 / 9:43 am
Okanagan College Media Release Welding students at Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus recently sparked their torches for the first time in a newly retrofitted shop, and a donation from Praxair’s Global Giving Program is helping the College outfit state-of-the-art workspaces for...

College to host free info session about safety regulations of drone flying

Sep 22, 2015 / 8:57 am
Okanagan College Media Release The popularity of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones, has grown abuzz in the last few years. As a result, awareness about the safe use of the modern technology – be it as a toy or tool – is of the utmost importance. Helping to...
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Donation helps build new home for carpentry students at Okanagan College

Sep 21, 2015 / 3:04 pm
Okanagan College Media Release What began as an opportunity for the next generation of carpenters to hone their skills has yielded a gift that keeps on giving for carpentry students at Okanagan College. Village of Kettle Valley has donated $62,412 to the Okanagan College Foundation’s Bright...

Donor support powers up new flight simulator at Okanagan College

Sep 21, 2015 / 9:14 am
Okanagan College Media Release Support from two local companies will soon place future aviators behind the controls of a cutting-edge flight simulator at Okanagan College. Carson Air has pledged $125,000 to support the purchase and installation of a Redbird FMX flight simulator at the...

Commercial aviation partners mark quarter-century of giving wing to pilots’ dreams

Sep 15, 2015 / 8:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release As Okanagan College and Southern Interior Flight Centre – with a host of alumni – celebrate 25 years of a successful partnership teaching commercial pilots, the program is starting the new semester with a new facility in Carson Air’s new hangar at the Kelowna...

Alpine lakes poisoned

Sep 14, 2015 / 4:52 pm
A researcher at UBC Okanagan says analysis of hundreds of alpine lakes around the world shows an alarming increase in phosphorus pollution. What’s concerning, says Janice Brahney, is that the phosphorus is getting into the pristine and remote lakes by atmospheric deposition —...

Fender’s supports College in carrying on rich history of trades training in the Valley

Sep 14, 2015 / 9:37 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local automotive business owner has made a major donation to Okanagan College to ensure that one of the Valley’s economic engines doesn’t stall out as veteran tradespeople retire in the coming years. Fender’s Automotive Center in West Kelowna has pledged...

Okanagan College and Justice Institute of British Columbia open degree path in law enforcement

Sep 11, 2015 / 3:44 pm
Okanagan College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) are opening the doors for students to complete JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies degree program at the College’s Penticton campus. Beginning in September of 2016, Okanagan College graduates of the Criminal and...

New program answers needs for practicing nurses, health authorities

Sep 10, 2015 / 2:55 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A new online program focused on gastroenterological care, developed by Okanagan College with support and input from the health care community, is unique and addresses a national need among practicing nurses. The 302-hour online Gastroenterology Nursing...

Industry teams up with UBC and Okanagan College on energy efficiency research

Sep 10, 2015 / 2:39 pm
Two homes will be built as part of a three-year sustainability research project A local developer, a homebuilder, the University of British Columbia and Okanagan College are collaborating to see how sustainable building technologies can be used to reduce the energy used in new homes in the...

Bloom and Martyr takes 2015 John Lent Poetry-Prose Award

Sep 10, 2015 / 10:10 am
Okanagan College Media Release Kalamalka Press merrily announces that the fourth annual John Lent Poetry-Prose Award goes to Montreal-based writer Helen Hajnoczky. The winner of the Lent Her chapbook, Bloom and Martyr, was selected from nearly 40 manuscripts. “The quality of...

Eleanor Wachtel and Elizabeth Hay to headline Shuswap Bookfest

Sep 9, 2015 / 11:20 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s inaugural Shuswap Bookfest is bringing two internationally renowned writers to Salmon Arm - Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, on Oct. 1, and Elizabeth Hay, winner of the Giller Prize for her novel Late Nights on Air,...

Renowned editor-turned-author Douglas Gibson to speak at free College events

Sep 8, 2015 / 11:16 am
Okanagan College Media Release Armed with a sharpened pencil and the weight of words, a discerning editor’s role must also respect the integrity of an author’s intentions. No easy feat when editing the works of Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Alice Munro and Pierre Trudeau. Douglas...

The frat house difference

Sep 7, 2015 / 7:52 pm
Given all the inequities foisted upon Canadian consumers compared to the spoiled shoppers to their south, it's safe to assume few have spent significant time dwelling on the absence of choice when it comes to wooden bum-spanking paddles. But it's true. Add tush-thumping paraphernalia...

Wilden supports Okanagan College’s new Trades Training Complex to aid and inspire future tradespeople

Sep 4, 2015 / 10:06 am
Okanagan College Media Release The development team behind one of the region’s most prominent master-planned communities has made a major donation to Okanagan College to support the creation of a new student space and help open doors for the next generation of tradespeople. Blenk...

Trades students join forces with firefighters on community project

Sep 1, 2015 / 9:36 am
Okanagan College Media Release Students and instructors in Okanagan College’s entry-level carpentry/joinery class were joined by Vernon Fire Chief Keith Green and Deputy Fire Chief Jack Blair in Kelowna to hand over a set of custom cabinets for the fire hall at Predator Ridge. The 12...

There’s an app for that: College and Accelerate Okanagan partner to offer new coding program

Aug 28, 2015 / 11:10 am
Okanagan College Media Release In an era of smartphones, tablets and mobile computing, applications – apps to most of us - are at the core of making it all happen, but the industry that produces them requires talented and trained developers to turn ideas into on-screen reality. In response...

Smoke proves to be power vampire

Aug 26, 2015 / 4:00 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Smoky skies caused by fires south of the border are affecting much more than visibility, breathing and our appreciation of the region’s scenery: one of the impacts many people may not think about is on solar power arrays. An example is Okanagan College’s...

Registration open for new College conference focused on connected classrooms

Aug 24, 2015 / 10:33 am
Technology and connectivity in the classroom are remarkably changing methods of teaching and learning, leading education institutions to adapt to new models in order to stay ahead of the curve. On Sept. 25 and 26 Okanagan College will host a new conference titled Tiltshift – an acronym for...

Education Assistant graduates make a difference in children's lives

Aug 6, 2015 / 4:14 pm
Christine Liefke gave birth to her fourth child two months before her eldest sister was in a serious car crash. The two events marked a turning point in her life. The stay-at-home mother of 10 years had recently divorced and was working at a home-based business. “I thought, ‘I’ve got...

Estheticians in demand at local beauty and spa businesses

Jul 23, 2015 / 10:04 am
Okanagan College Media Release She’s only 19, but Heidi Luken’s esthetics career has taken off. A month before graduating from Okanagan College’s Esthetics and Nail Technology Certificate program, Luken was hired by Ten Spot Beauty Bar, a trendy Toronto franchise that recently opened...

Canadian Home Builders Association South Okanagan helps students build strong foundation for education

Jul 22, 2015 / 10:36 am
Okanagan College Media Release Cody Plante was grooming ski hills in the Fraser Valley when he decided to carve a new career path; now a bursary from the South Okanagan Chapter of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association is helping him and two other Okanagan College students build for their...

Kelowna Kia supports Okanagan College trades training complex, sees bright future for automotive trades in the valley

Jul 9, 2015 / 10:12 am
Okanagan College Media Release With a vast network of automotive-related businesses, the region will continue to need skilled automotive service technicians says one Okanagan College donor who has come forward with major support for the College’s new Trades Training Complex. Kelowna Kia has...

Okanagan College Foundation board welcomes new directors, thanks retiring directors

Jul 7, 2015 / 4:03 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Following its annual general meeting the Okanagan College Foundation has announced five new directors have joined its board in 2015. Anne Clarke, BA, B.Ed, MA (North Okanagan) A retired English professor at Okanagan College, Clarke is an active community leader...

Mini chefs whip up treats at Camp OC

Jul 7, 2015 / 9:13 am
Okanagan College Media Release Hot dogs don’t cut it for today’s young foodies. Camp OC’s Mini Chef Academy is all about going gourmet—and having fun in the kitchen. More than 1,200 students are registered this year for Camp OC, Okanagan College’s summer camp for children and...

College trades campaign gets another boost from a local auto dealer

Jul 2, 2015 / 3:48 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Students in the Automotive Service Technician program at Okanagan College will test drive an exciting new learning environment next spring thanks to a generous donation from a local automotive dealer. Kelowna Toyota has donated $50,000 to the Bright Horizons...

Salmon Arm students recognized for their achievements

Jun 25, 2015 / 2:54 pm
Okaangan College Media Release Forty-seven students from Salmon Arm were honoured with scholarships and bursaries this month at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm Campus awards ceremony. A number of mature students from the Salmon Arm campus credit support from the College and the community for...

Serwa family supports trades training complex at Okanagan College

Jun 24, 2015 / 4:10 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Their family’s connection to Okanagan College goes back more than 50 years, and through a generous donation to the new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus, Cliff and Lois Serwa are helping the College build for the next 50. The Serwas have given...

Solar panels power up College’s Kelowna campus

Jun 24, 2015 / 12:43 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has activated B.C.’s second largest solar panel system at its Kelowna campus, taking another large step towards its ambitious goal of seeking to be energy net zero by 2025. “With the longer and sunnier summer days upon us, we’re thrilled...

College’s new liberal Arts program ArtsX marks the spot for incoming students

Jun 22, 2015 / 3:20 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Like many of her peers, 18-year-old Penticton high school graduate Anika Raynolds has had a busy year researching post-secondary education options. The end goal has always been a Bachelor of Arts, but to get there she was searching for a program where she could...

Study looks at water quality

Jun 16, 2015 / 4:37 pm
Researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus are working with local ranchers and stakeholders to determine the best way to protect drinking water on cattle grazing lands. Engineering Professor and microbiologist Deborah Roberts is leading student research into drinking water supply intakes and...

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...
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