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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...

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 Amazon.ca 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...

Business course paints a picture of co-operation between students and service agencies

May 5, 2015 / 3:13 pm
Okanagan College Media Release For Kaitlyn Kendall and the Downtown Vernon Association, Okanagan College’s Social Entrepreneurship course turned out to be a marvelous coupling of learning and real-world needs. For the Downtown Vernon Association (DVA), the efforts of student Kendall as part...

Graduating student’s invention hits the ground running

May 5, 2015 / 11:08 am
Okanagan College Media Release An Okanagan College student’s ingenuity has the potential to provide running parents with a better experience as they push their children’s strollers or wheelchairs while jogging. Melissa Lang undertook a capstone graduating project as part of her Therapist...

Public history and art: can sculptures shape public perspective?

May 1, 2015 / 12:00 am
Discussion series looks at sculptures of Father Pandosy and Chief S?knc?ut What: AlterKnowledge discussion on public history and art with the Pandosy and S?knc?ut sculptures Who: UBC students and faculty, members of the public When: Friday, May 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Where: Alternator Centre for...

College apprentices shine at Skills BC competition

Apr 30, 2015 / 3:08 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College claimed half a dozen medals at the annual Skills BC provincial competition held in Abbotsford in April, including gold in two categories, earning berths into the national competition in Saskatoon next month. The College’s Nathan Schulte took...

UBC student thankful for opportunity to combine sport with school

Apr 30, 2015 / 12:00 am
Basketball player receives Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship Buster Truss, a first-year bachelor of science student at UBC's Okanagan campus, is the sixth recipient of the annual Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is funded by an endowment...

25th year of math contest marks College Professor’s retirement

Apr 29, 2015 / 12:31 pm
Okanagan College Media Release In a game of numbers, 25 holds particular significance for Okanagan College Math Professor Dr. Clint Lee. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the British Columbia Secondary School Mathematics Contest (BCSSMC), founded and chaired by Lee since its inception in...

UBC Okanagan honours professors and staff for years of service

Apr 29, 2015 / 12:00 am
Decades of employment to post-secondary sector celebrated at annual event The year was 1980 and while 83 million television viewers wondered ‘who shot J.R.?’, Mount St. Helens, Terry Fox, and John Lennon’s death grabbed the headlines. That same year, Diana French, associate professor of...

Medical student creates art classes for people living with brain injuries

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:00 am
New idea tackles depression and social isolation while creating useable art work Second-year medical student Maksim Parfyonov has always had a keen interest in neuroscience. And art. When he was offered the chance to work with CONNECT as part of his Southern Medical Program studies at UBC’s...

Distinguished biomedical innovator to lead research at UBC Okanagan

Apr 28, 2015 / 12:00 am
Molecular biologist Philip Barker from McGill University appointed Vice-Principal Research Molecular biologist and biochemist Philip Barker has been appointed Vice-Principal Research at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. A professor in the Departments of Neurology and...

UBC’s Southern Medical Program graduates first class of students

Apr 27, 2015 / 12:00 am
First group of medical doctors trained in the B.C. Interior begin residency training The first medical students to be fully educated and trained in the B.C. Interior are set to graduate from the University of British Columbia this spring. UBC Okanagan welcomed the inaugural class of the Southern...

One year of ‘likes’ in sharing Kelowna’s storied past through photos

Apr 22, 2015 / 9:16 am
Okanagan College Media Release Modern technology is giving Kelowna’s rich history a collective voice. With 8,400 likes garnered since its launch, the Old Kelowna Facebook page is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Friday, April 24. It all started when Okanagan College English professor...

UBC study finds nurse 'navigators' play vital role in senior care

Apr 21, 2015 / 12:00 am
Retired baby boomers may provide volunteer workforce to help in rural settings Retired baby boomers—professionals looking for something meaningful to do during retirement—might be the answer to helping seniors  with chronic illness live independent lives. A three-year study conducted by...
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