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UBC teams up with Okanagan College to help Lake Country

Dec 18, 2013 / 12:00 am

Community works together to plan new building for the food bank Residents in Lake Country have taken the maxim, “It takes a village to raise a child” one step further, pursuing the idea that it takes a community to construct a new building for its food bank. The Lake Country Food Assistance...

UBC, Selkirk College team up to help those with serious chronic illness

Dec 16, 2013 / 12:00 am

Six-month study will also look at methods to ease the burden for caregivers With increasing numbers of Canadians living with serious chronic illnesses, health care experts are looking for ways to make life easier for them and their caregivers. Now, UBC researchers are teaming up with students and...

Kelowna writer wins Canada Writes short story contest

Dec 13, 2013 / 3:48 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College English professor Alix Hawley is the winner of the Canada Writes BloodLines short story contest for “Pig (for Oma),” a story based on her grandmother’s experiences in the Second World War. “Sharp and fresh,” and “beautifully...

Korean War veterans share experiences with UBC students

Dec 11, 2013 / 12:00 am

Community learning project brings generations together Local Korean War veterans told their stories about “the forgotten war” to UBC students in a community learning project that brought generations together. The class project saw 17 students in Mary Ann Murphy’s fourth-year sociology class...

Okanagan College to benefit from experience of Steve Moores, new Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship

Dec 10, 2013 / 2:02 pm

Okanagan College Media Release As articles about Canada’s shortage of skilled workers continue to dominate the headlines, the timing couldn’t be better for Okanagan College to announce its newest Dean, Steve Moores, an experienced post-secondary education administrator who will join the...

Hugo De Burgos named among Canada’s Most Influential Hispanics

Dec 9, 2013 / 12:00 am

UBC assistant professor a role model for visible minorities Assistant Professor of Anthropology Hugo De Burgos has been named one of Canada’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. Chris Alexander, minster of immigration, and Ian Troop, CEO of Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games presented...

Culinary Arts students bake up some holiday memories for charity

Dec 6, 2013 / 1:33 pm

Okanagna College Media Release More than 72 eggs, 28 sticks of butter, 35 cups of sugar, and a lot of elbow grease, went into the 3,000 cookies whipped up by Okanagan College Culinary Arts students and instructors this week. The tasty treats are going into hundreds of holiday stockings for kids...

Kelowna student declared winner of Okanagan College writing contest

Dec 6, 2013 / 11:55 am

Okanagan College Media Release Mary Bevan, an Okanagan College Kelowna campus student, is the grand prize winner of the fourth annual 3-hour Short Story Writing contest. Bevan was awarded a $500 Okanagan College tuition credit and a published chapbook of her winning story, “The Use in...

Okanagan College English professor nominated for prestigious Journey Prize

Dec 6, 2013 / 11:51 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College English professor Jeremy Lanaway’s short story “Downturn” has been nominated by The Fiddlehead literary journal for the Journey Prize long list. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to an emerging Canadian writer for a short story or excerpt...

Solving B.C. skills shortage starts with parents

Dec 3, 2013 / 3:57 pm

Okanagan College Media Release To promote skilled trades training as a first choice for secondary students, Okanagan College is partnering with Discover Trades BC to host a Valley-wide conference for parents, school counselors and teachers at the Kelowna campus on Friday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3...

Okanagan College first in the province to offer expanded heavy mechanical trades program

Dec 3, 2013 / 12:35 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is the first B.C. College to respond to industry needs by offering a revised Heavy Mechanical Trades program developed to train students in four separate trades in high demand. “We have been providing training in Heavy Duty Equipment and...

Chemical complexity of plants sprouts to life in UBC science lab

Dec 3, 2013 / 12:00 am

PhD candidate Christina Turi examines medicinal potential of BC’s native plants Christina Turi works like a detective – the clues she follows uncover mysteries of the plant world. In the bright, gleaming science labs at UBC's Okanagan campus, Turi interprets the realm of plant signaling and...

Competing students rock their robots at 8th annual RoboCup Junior

Nov 29, 2013 / 4:11 pm

Okanagan College Media Release Reigning champions Nelson and Hudson Schier successfully defended their title in the dance competition at the 8th annual Western Canada RoboCup Junior today at Okanagan College. In addition, they also won an award for Best Innovative Design. The Vernon brothers...

College provides critical support to parents of individuals with autism

Nov 29, 2013 / 10:36 am

Okanagan College Media Release An Autism Spectrum diagnosis can be paralyzing for parents, but the Autism Spectrum Certificate at Okanagan College can help them fill the knowledge gap and move forward. “After her diagnosis, I was overwhelmed with what to do first. I knew what she needed,...

College sees significant growth in trades, while overall fall enrolment remains steady

Nov 28, 2013 / 9:09 am

Okanagan College Media Release Okanagan College is reporting a 21 per cent increase in enrolment in trades and apprenticeship programs this fall. Overall the number of students taking classes at the College remains steady. Numbers drawn from the fall enrolment report show 5,853 students...

Social news site explodes with praise for first-year UBC student

Nov 27, 2013 / 12:00 am

“Every person who is studying computer science is now writing down your username for future reference” – Reddit user Eric Huang woke up one morning and was amazed to find more than 100 messages on his cell phone. The 18-year-old UBC Okanagan campus student turned into an overnight sensation...

TELUS dials in to Western Canada’s RoboCup Junior event with big donation to Okanagan College Foundation

Nov 26, 2013 / 9:19 am

Okanagan College Media Release About 200 elementary and secondary students across the Okanagan will be putting their robots through the paces this year in more RoboCup challenges than ever, thanks to a generous donation from TELUS. TELUS has donated $8,000 to the Okanagan College Foundation,...

First Nation Elders share language skills with UBC students

Nov 26, 2013 / 12:00 am

American Sign Language makes learning an interactive event In a fun learning exchange, elders from the Splatsin First Nation taught words from their language to UBC students, while the students shared a fun interactive learning game with the elders. The Splatsin elders recently came to UBC’s...

Celebration of Coyote Reads after-school literacy program partnership at Okanagan College

Nov 25, 2013 / 11:39 am

Okanagan College Media Release On Tuesday, Nov. 26, the Okanagan College Salmon Arm campus will celebrate the Coyote Reads after-school literacy program for Aboriginal elementary and middle-school students with a treasure hunt, presentations, and bannock and tea. Generously funded by the...

8th annual Okanagan College Pay it Forward drive now accepting donations

Nov 22, 2013 / 8:55 am

Okanagan College Media Release A warm coat, winter boots and a toothbrush are everyday items for most people, completely unremarkable in every way. But for many in the Okanagan, they are things that poverty, homelessness and other life circumstances render out of the ordinary. Nine years...


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