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College event focuses on local community impact on global change

Mar 31, 2015 / 3:07 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Kelowna resident Janine Roth was raised to recognize that not everyone in the world is as fortunate as most Canadians, and that time truly is the most valuable thing we can all give. The 29-year-old Okanagan College International Development diploma student has...

Small classes key at college

Mar 30, 2015 / 11:32 am
Thinking about college? Information sessions at Okanagan College in Vernon and Kelowna will tell you all you need to know. High-school students, parents, and anyone considering career training are invited to hear from college instructors and students about the learning options available to them....

Kamloops writer wins top prize in Okanagan Short Story Contest

Mar 30, 2015 / 12:00 am
More than 90 entries received in annual writers’ competition A Kamloops writer has won first prize in the Okanagan Short Story Contest. Katherin Edwards won the $500 first prize and a week’s residency at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre for her story Pellucidity. In the Canadian tradition of...

Project Management program earns international approval

Mar 29, 2015 / 1:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College has earned the designation of Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s largest project management member association. R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved by PMI to help...

Lovig crushes 10 K record at Okanagan College race

Mar 29, 2015 / 1:02 pm
Okanagan College Media Release More than 400 runners crossed the finish line on Sunday at Okanagan College’s 13th annual Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race in Kelowna. The women’s 10 K course record was shattered by Kelowna’s Christy Lovig (36:48). Salmon Arm’s Glynis Sim (38:32)...

Tech sector forecasts significant demand, nationally and locally

Mar 27, 2015 / 10:24 am
Okanagan College Media Release More than 6,500 skilled individuals are the driving force of the Okanagan’s billion-dollar tech industry but a recent national report forecasts a shortage of the homegrown talent to fill the demand for tech jobs by 2019. It is clear there are opportunities in...

Award remembers Okanagan College student and aids another in following his dream

Mar 26, 2015 / 4:40 pm
Okanagan College Media Release A young man’s dream of becoming an aircraft mechanic and pilot ended when his life was cut short by a tragic accident. Now, the award created in his memory is inspiring another student to pursue the lofty goal they shared. Brad Atkins of Vernon is the...
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Trifecta finish for College’s Enactus team at regional competition

Mar 26, 2015 / 4:31 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The winning ways of Okanagan College’s business administration students continue, with podium finishes for three teams at the Enactus Western Canadian regional championships held in Calgary recently. A team comprised of five College students won first place at...

Benefit of small class-sizes and campus community draws students to College, hear more at upcoming info nights in Vernon and Kelowna

Mar 25, 2015 / 3:12 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Good things come in small packages. At Okanagan College the small class sizes at its four local campuses continue to be a differentiator for prospective students. “Class size is the key piece,” says 32-year-old Vernon student Tim Osborne who is completing...

Sentes donation continues regional auto dealers’ strong support of trades expansion at Okanagan College

Mar 25, 2015 / 12:38 pm
Okanagan College Media Release One of the valley’s most prominent automotive dealers has come forward with a major donation towards the renovation and expansion of Okanagan College’s Trades Training Complex, and the support goes far beyond dollars and cents. Sentes Automotive has pledged...

Speaker to give inspiring talk about Aboriginal youth empowering change

Mar 23, 2015 / 10:33 am
Okanagan College Media Release In British Columbia, there are 64,100 Aboriginal youth aged 10- to 24-years-old. It is believed in some Aboriginal cultures and heritages that this “eighth generation” will be the generation to impact change. Aboriginal people today are laying the foundation...

Galactic stars to beetle shells, the universe is explored in two upcoming Science in Society Speakers Series in Vernon

Mar 18, 2015 / 4:06 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Exploring Earth’s smallest yet most beautiful particles to the sparkling farthest reaches of space, the Science in Society Speakers Series concludes with two talks that span the gamut of matter in our universe. On Thursday March 26, American astrophysicist Dr....

College business students reach podium twice in western Canadian competitions

Mar 13, 2015 / 10:25 am
Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College’s School of Business earned more hardware last weekend in the areas of accounting and human resources when two teams of students made their way to the podium in two separate western Canadian business competitions. In Winnipeg, Okanagan...

A lifetime of tools donated to Okanagan College

Mar 11, 2015 / 8:55 am
Okanagan College Media Release A local tradesperson’s generous donation of thousands of dollars of highly sought-after precision measurement tools will give Okanagan College students some heavy-duty hands-on learning opportunities. Bill Schoof, a retired journeyman, has donated his...

Dads in Gear program kicks off in Kelowna, Abbotsford and Nanaimo

Mar 10, 2015 / 12:00 am
UBC project enables dads to reduce and quit smoking Becoming a father is a significant transition period in a man’s life. And for many men, it is the ideal time to quit smoking. Prof. Joan Bottorff of UBC’s School of Nursing and her team have received an Innovation Grant from the Canadian...

Collaborating friends earn top-three spots in heavyweight Spaghetti Bridge contest

Mar 6, 2015 / 9:30 pm
Okaangan College Media Release It came down to a battle between three friends from Lumby at Okanagan College’s 32nd annual Spaghetti Bridge Contest held at the Kelowna campus today. Grade 7 student Adrian Schartner from Lumby placed first with his bridge weighing 982.6 grams and supporting...

Engineering professor is UBC Okanagan Researcher of the Year

Mar 6, 2015 / 12:00 am
Trio of student researchers also recognized at Celebrate Research Week Awards and Reception An engineering professor with a penchant for designing lighter and stronger aerospace materials has been named UBC Okanagan’s Researcher of the Year. Associate Professor Abbas Milani of the School of...

BC Wine Information Society Award helps viticulture student grow her education

Mar 5, 2015 / 10:33 am
Okanagan College Media Release The pursuit of a career in the wine industry just got a little sweeter for an Okanagan College student thanks to a bursary from the BC Wine Information Society, in recognition of her early achievements in the field. Kathleen McCaffrey, who is currently...

UBC welcomes Writer-in-Residence Marie Clements

Mar 5, 2015 / 12:00 am
Okanagan writers have opportunity for one-on-one critiques Playwright, screenwriter, performer, director, and producer Marie Clements is UBC Okanagan’s eighth annual writer-in-residence for 2015.  Sponsored by the Department of Creative Studies and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies,...

Last call for high schools to register for 25th annual math competition

Mar 4, 2015 / 11:13 am
Okanagan College Media Release Leave your calculators at home: a sharp pencil, an eraser, and your thinking cap is all Grade 8 to 12 students need to participate in the annual British Columbia Secondary School Mathematics Contest (BCSSMC) for the Okanagan Region. Many local high schools have...

New Wilden Creativity Award will recognize an emerging UBC artist

Mar 4, 2015 / 12:00 am
Funding rewards UBC Okanagan’s talented visual artists for courage and insight Expressing one’s creativity may be its own reward, but one fortunate visual arts student at UBC Okanagan will now receive added encouragement thanks to the support of the Blenk family, the local developers of...

Rotary Club of Kelowna supports Okanagan College efforts to elevate trades training in the region

Mar 3, 2015 / 10:58 am
Okanagan College Media Release Tradespeople do more than just build houses, they help build communities. This is one of the key messages that a local Rotary club hopes the community will take away from its decision to support the new trades training complex at Okanagan College. The Rotary...

Explore College education options at upcoming information session in Penticton

Mar 3, 2015 / 9:59 am
Okanagan College Media Release Making a choice of career and credential can be daunting for many people looking at their post-secondary path. Quality, cost, and location are all factors that enter the picture. Okanagan College instructors and staff will be on hand to shine a light on all...

Significant impact on water resources by land use change: UBC study

Mar 3, 2015 / 12:00 am
Climate change ruled out as most dominant factor for watersheds A UBC-Chinese Academy of Sciences joint study shows that land cover plays as significant a role as climate change on the hydrology of watersheds. Scientists Adam Wei and David F. Scott of UBC Okanagan’s Earth and Environmental...

Let’s raise a glass (of water) to our water engineering technologists

Feb 27, 2015 / 9:15 am
Okanagan College Media Release Turning on the tap this morning to brush your teeth, you probably didn’t think twice about the process of how that clean, fresh water made its way into the comfort of your home. Who are those that we trust so immensely with the job of ensuring our water is...

Engineering technologists plug in to the business of IT

Feb 27, 2015 / 9:12 am
Okanagan College Media Release Information Technology (IT) managers increasingly have the ear of senior management and have a seat at the table when it comes to making strategic decisions to advance a company’s objectives. In today’s world, businesses operate on a need-for-speed model...

Popular three-minute thesis contest returns to UBC campus

Feb 26, 2015 / 12:00 am
Precision and clarity are keys to rapid-fire research presentations Imagine having three minutes to explain what you’re passionate about. And there’s money on the line if you do a good job. That’s the challenge facing a group of competitive grad students at UBC’s Okanagan campus,  going...

Short list announced for Okanagan Short Fiction contest

Feb 26, 2015 / 12:00 am
More than 90 entries for 17th annual story contest It will be a tough call. A total of 93 entries were received for the 17th annual Okanagan Short Fiction contest, sponsored by UBC Okanagan’s Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS), the Central Okanagan Foundation, and the Kelowna...

Take it outside! Conference focuses on outdoor play

Feb 25, 2015 / 3:02 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Child’s play is serious work for a group of academics, professionals, and planners who will be gathering March 6 at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus to consider the how and why of developing outdoor play spaces and why they are essential for children’s...

New awards honour aviation pioneers and help college students take flight

Feb 25, 2015 / 9:57 am
Okanagan College Media Release Students enrolled in the Commercial Aviation diploma program at Okanagan College will soon get a lift from new awards that recognize the achievements of two distinguished B.C. aviators. The Roy Clemens Memorial Award in Aviation and Margaret Fane Rutledge Award...

UBC celebrates the research, and those who are making a difference

Feb 25, 2015 / 12:00 am
Full week of activities highlights students, professors, and projects that matter Research matters. Whether it’s a new chip on cell phones to monitor health, helmets that prevent concussions, or new methods to provide safe drinking water, research underway at UBC’s Okanagan campus continues to...

A comedic curling match with the devil takes the stage in upcoming Red Dot Players production

Feb 23, 2015 / 12:16 pm
Okanagan College Media Release What could be more Canadian than W.O. Mitchell, a curling competition with the devil set in the Prairies and curling stones that can be used in any season? This is what you can expect on the stage March 5 to 8 as the Okanagan College Red Dot Players present...

Okanagan College Students’ Union supports the future of trades

Feb 20, 2015 / 12:08 pm
Okanagan College Media Release The profile of Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus along KLO Road will change significantly over the next year and the Okanagan College Students’ Union is showing support for the new complex that will elevate the region as a hub for trades training. The OCSU...

UBC Okanagan animal therapy program launches BARK2GO

Feb 17, 2015 / 12:00 am
Building Academic Retention through K9s expands across campus Students are lining up at UBC Okanagan’s campus—and it’s not for Tim Hortons. Each semester more than 1,000 students attend Building Academic Retention through K9s (BARK) to spend time with registered therapy dogs. Due to...

UBC honours contributions to science of dinosaurs and distant planets

Feb 17, 2015 / 12:00 am
Paleontologist and astrophysicist to receive honorary degrees in June Sara Seager’s research focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Two accomplished Canadian scientists--a discoverer of dinosaurs, and a discoverer of atmosphere on planets orbiting distant stars--will...

Okanagan College’s Dr. Barry McGillivray has decided to reinvest in the economy of the region that has treated him well

Feb 16, 2015 / 3:22 pm
Okanagan College Media Release Dr. Barry McGillivray, Associate Dean of the College’s School of Business, is donating $100,000 to develop a research centre at the College that will be focused on small business and entrepreneurship in the Southern Interior. “I’m giving back to a region...

New Construction Craft Worker program coming to the College

Feb 16, 2015 / 9:05 am
Okanagan College Media Release The people who do the work of a Construction Craft Worker are a vital part of every construction site and team. They install utility piping, place concrete, construct roads, assist skilled tradespersons such as carpenters and bricklayers, and they set-up and break...

Concussions, their effect, and return to play, topic of Science in Society Series talk

Feb 13, 2015 / 11:21 am
Okanagan College Media Release When is it safe for an athlete to return to play following a concussion? In recent years, concussions resulting from sports activity have gained the attention of sports enthusiasts and scientists alike. On Wednesday Feb. 18 clinical neuroscientist Dr. Paul van...

Carter family donation to enhance study space for trades students at Okanagan College

Feb 13, 2015 / 9:24 am
Okanagan College Media Release A generous gift by a local family will help support the creation of two new study spaces at Okanagan College, as part of the $33-million project to renovate and expand the institution’s trades training complex. Al Carter, a well-known auto industry pioneer in...

Interior Savings, UBC team up to go places never thought possible

Feb 13, 2015 / 12:00 am
Adaptive outdoor cycling equipment turns disabled riders into Explorers Unique cycling machines that can help people with disabilities get outdoors onto hiking and skiing trails will also help UBC Okanagan students to better understand physical limitations. Interior Savings recently contributed...
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