Okanagan College exceeds enrolment targets:
For the tenth year in a row, Okanagan College has exceeded its total full-time equivalent (FTE) targets, as reported in the Institutional Accountability Plan and Report (IAPR). The College conferred 1,992 credentials in 2014-15, which also represented an increase from previous years (1,924 in 2013-14).
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Family Award applications (fall)Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Sept.1 and Dec. 31, 2015.
Award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan under OC Express – Forms and then Foundation. All applications must be date-stamped at the Student Services Administration office in Kelowna (or at the Campus Administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm) by Sept. 18, 2015.
For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards Office at 250-862-5419.
Pension plans news & updatesIn anticipation of the College Pension Plan changes taking effect on January 1, 2016, two new online estimator tools are available to help you calculate pension benefits at retirements. The tools replace the Pension Previewer and incorporate calculations that factor pre- and post-2016 changes. See the Member News document for details.
The 2014 Annual Reports for both the Municipal Pension Plan and the College Pension Plan are now available online. The reports feature the latest information about membership, financial information, economic impact, and plan rules and policy changes. Follow the links below to read the reports:
Explore effective learning & teaching environments Planting The Seeds eventAug. 24 and 25 – New and continuing faculty are invited to participate in a two-day interactive workshop held at the Kelowna campus that will focus on creating effective learning and teaching environments. Presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services, the workshop will look at multiple topics to foster learner-centered educational environments.
Register for the event by emailing Carla Whitten. Questions about the event can be directed to Ross McKerlich at ext. 4921.
Tiltshift Conference registrationSept. 25 to 26 - Register online for the first annual Tiltshift Education Technology Conference at Okanagan College. Presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services, the conference will explore themes including: online learning, technology leadership, and tools to benefit student learning among others. A $50 conference fee will apply.
A keynote address will be given by Mount Royal University Associate Professor Dr. Norm Vaughan. A published author, he has expertise in blended learning solutions (the combination of online and in-class courses) and faculty development. On Saturday, Penticton speaker and author Nikos Theodosakis who is the founder of the OliveUs Education Society and the architect of the Instill Life: Preserving Your Culture programs will give a second keynote address. He is an advocate for shaping education experiences that are personal, relevant and meaningful.
Questions about the conference can be directed to Ross McKerlich.
Politicians and media who toured the new trades training complex under construction at the Kelowna campus created headlines in local newspapers, including Politicians enthused by progress on trades building in the Kelowna Capital News, Provincial politicians check out trades project in the Vernon Morning Star, and a feature photo in the Kelowna Daily Courier’s July 30 print edition. Impressed by progress on the building, Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson recounted his tour experience in a Kelowna Capital News contributed article.
News of Kelowna Toyota’s donation to the new trades complex continued to earn some ink from the Kelowna Capital News on Aug. 5.
The Kelowna Capital News reported on the recent $3.4 million investment announcement from the federal government towards the Kelowna-based Innovation Centre project, in which Okanagan College will have a digital media centre.
Both the Vernon Morning Star and the Kelowna Capital News explored the spa industry’s demand for qualified professionals, and how Okanagan College is supplying this demand with the Esthetics and Nail Technology Certificate program. The articles focused on alumna Heidi Luken who found work immediately after graduating at the new Ten Spot Beauty Bar in West Kelowna.
When Okanagan College School of Business student Tyler Parfeniuk launched a new cruiser bike rental business called Loop Cruiser with co-owner Calen Trentini (UBC Okanagan graduate), Okanagan Saturday’s Steve MacNaull was quick to spread the word about the Kelowna and Vernon business in print and online.
Rising country music star, and Okanagan College alumnus, Ben Klick’s Aug. 30 performance at the Caetani Summer Music Series was promoted in advance in a Vernon Morning Star article.
The Vernon Morning Star also shared progress being made on the track at the Vernon campus in the Aug. 2 print edition.
Photos of young Camp OC Junior Metal Fabrication participants were snapped by the Vernon Morning Star in the Aug. 5 print edition.
The Vernon Morning Star also reported that Vernon Cadets spent a day digging in the dirt at Patchwork Farms at the College’s Vernon campus to learn how a community garden can support those less-privileged in the community.
Castanet reported that funding received by the Kindale Developmental Association from the provincial Job Creation Partnership will help volunteers at Patchwork Farms build a farm-gate market.
In an online article, the Vernon Morning Star shared details of Gallery Vertigo hosting a fundraiser in honour of Ada Evelyn McMechan who taught glazing and pottery at Okanagan College.
The Penticton Herald reported on Agur Lake Camp opening its third cabin and an observation deck built by Okanagan College students.
Castanet reported on the 20th annual Rotary Wheels Car Show, which also served as a fundraiser in support of the $1,500 award from the Rotary Club for a deserving student enrolled at Okanagan College in the automotive trade.
Former OUC Board Member Theresa Arsenault is profiled in the Kelowna Capital News Women to Watch features in print and online, recounting her contributions to the College.
With the federal election announced, candidates are embarking on their campaigns including College English professor Norah Bowman who is running as NDP candidate for Kelowna-Lake Country as reported by Global Okanagan and the Kelowna Daily Courier.
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Aug. 25, 2015.