Study shows College’s significant economic impact
A recent study undertaken by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) found that in 2012-13 Okanagan College and its students added $542 million to the regional economy. It pegged the institution’s provincial impact at $915 million.
College receives additional funding for Trades
The Province recently announced it would fund an additional 203 trades-focused seats at Okanagan College this year as part of B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, an initiative aimed at increasing access and reducing wait lists for trades critical to the Liquefied Natural Gas industry and other sectors.
The allocation is part of $6.8 million announced to create 1,424 foundation and apprenticeship seats at 14 public post-secondary institutions throughout British Columbia.
One such student benefiting from the Province’s decision is Andrew Broadbent, a 17-year-old Summerland resident, who is scheduled to start his electrical foundation program in September at the College’s Penticton campus.
Read the full press release here.
Don’t miss Connections next week
Today (Aug. 12) is the last day to register online for Connections, Okanagan College’s annual employee learning conference.
On Aug. 19 and 20, employees from all campuses will gather at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and learn what’s going on at the College, attend some personal and professional development information sessions and socialize with colleagues. Employees are not expected to attend both days, but instead choose the day that works best with their schedules and department’s needs.
View the workshop planner here.
Attendees are also asked to bring a refillable beverage container and a non-perishable food item with them to the event.
Explore wine and food
On Aug. 1-3, Okanagan College's Penticton campus hosted students from B.C. and Alberta in its first-ever Wine and Food Intensive, a three-day, action-packed exploration of the Okanagan wine region.
Designed for small groups, the intensive is an intimate experience where participants receive one-on-one instruction from the expert instructors, including chef and winemaker Jay Drysdale, viticulturist Penelope Roche, and wine blogger and educator Erin Korpisto.
Included in the three days were daily field trips and transportation on a private tour company bus, seasonal Okanagan lunches, and sensory wine and food education sessions at the Penticton campus.
Okanagan College is offering many food and wine appreciation courses of varying length throughout the year, including a series of afternoon farm to table workshops and evening sessions exploring wine varietals of the world.
To view a complete schedule, see the Food, Wine, Tourism website.
Krysko named Entrepreneur-in-Residence
One of Club Penguin’s founders, Dave Krysko, has just accepted the role of Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Okanagan College.
Krysko’s role as Entrepreneur-in-Residence will be to offer occasional guest lectures, provide one-on-one and group mentoring, and generally encourage students with his story as an entrepreneur.
“This is an opportunity to share expertise and insights that have been developed through my career, and a chance to rub elbows with and learn from the leaders of tomorrow. I’ve been very impressed by the quality of students and graduates coming out of the College’s business program and am excited to be part of it.”
Read the full press release here.
Aug. 12, 2014, Vol. 9, Issue 10
Employee health and wellness
Okanagan College's Employee and Family Assistance Provider (EFAP), Optum PPC Canada, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and well-being.
This month’s focus is managing stress at home and at work. The Balance Sheet newsletter features the following articles:
Read the August newsletter at the following link.
Sign up for the webinar here.
Family Award application deadline
Applications are now being accepted for the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) Okanagan College employees.The deadline is Sept. 19.
This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. Full award criteria and the application form can be found in myOkanagan – follow the link to OC Express - Forms and then click through to Foundation.
Terry Fox Run
On Sept. 14, Team Okanagan College will be participating in the 34th annual Terry Fox Run in Kelowna, starting at the Mission Sports Fields. Registration is at 10 a.m., race starts at 11 a.m. Click here to register.
Kick Off Kelowna
At the beginning of the Fall semester, students are invited to attend Kick Off orientation events to welcome them to the Okanagan College community, meet other students and faculty, and help them understand how things work at the College.
Volunteers are needed in Kelowna on Sept. 2 for the Kick Off events. Sign-up by clicking the following link.
Yoga at work
Okanagan College employees and yoga instructors Kim Snyder and Dawn Balic teach yoga classes on a weekly basis to staff and students. It’s a great opportunity to relieve tension and restore energy and all levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat, towel (for under your mat) and water. Wear comfortable clothes.
Okanagan College is a partner in the Okanagan Centre for Innovation, a $35-million high-tech centre being developed in Kelowna. The centre was recently awarded $6 million in funding from the provincial government, see Province kicks in $6 million for high tech centre in the Kelowna Capital News, and State of the art tech centre to be built in the Business Examiner.
Okanagan College received funding for 203 additional trades-focused seats this fall from the Province of B.C., see More funding means less waiting in the Kelowna Daily Courier, OC trades training investment paying off in the Kelowna Capital News, and College expands training spaces in the Vernon Morning Star.
An economic impact study reveals that Okanagan College contributes more than half a billion dollars to the regional economy, see College economic driver in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
One of Kelowna’s most successful business owners is Okanagan College’s new Entrepreneur-in-Residence, see Club Penguin founder helping students in the Kelowna Daily Courier, and Maxine DeHart’s column in the Kelowna Capital News.
Maxine DeHart’s column also mentioned a large genealogy conference taking place this fall at the Kelowna campus, see Genealogy society to host conference at Okanagan College.
Okanagan College hosted a Wine and Food intensive at its Penticton campus on the August long weekend, see Vin-dulge: Ultimate wine-food pairing course in the Penticton Herald, and Learning the intricacies of wine in the Kelowna Capital News.
OC Honorary Fellows George and Trudy Heiss were celebrated for their trailblazing efforts in the Okanagan wine industry by the Canadian Vintners Association, see Gray Monk recognized by peers in the Business Examiner.
Esteemed chef Bernard Casavant has joined Okanagan College as the institution’s culinary manager, see Distinguished Chef joins College’s culinary arts department in the Business Examiner.
Registrar Jane Muskens’ most recent column discussed why it’s important for older adults to consider going back to school to keep their skills relevant, see Don’t be afraid in the Vernon Morning Star.
The groundbreaking for Okanagan College’s $33-million Trades Training complex was mentioned in the Business Examiner this month.
Connie Denesiuk, Board of Governors' Vice Chair, will represent the Liberals in the next federal election, see Denesiuk receives Liberal nod in the Summerland Review.
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