News

College passes $95-million balanced budget

Okanagan College’s Board of Governors has passed a $94.95 million operating budget for the coming fiscal year. The balanced operating budget allows the College to continue to provide its programs and services throughout the Okanagan, without any service reductions or layoffs.

The Board’s budget included provision for increased tuition revenue, both from growth in the number of international students and Continuing Studies activity and from a two per cent increase in tuition rates.
 
The Board also made a decision to hold off charging fees for either Adult Basic Education or English as a Second Language courses for domestic students for the 2015-16 year.
 
Over the course of the next several months, Okanagan College is to develop a plan for which courses the institution might charge tuition for. The Board will review that plan before implementing any fees.
 
For more information, read the press release here.

Finalists announced for Employee Excellence Awards

Employee ExcellenceOkanagan College is inviting all employees to attend an awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate the achievements of 22 individuals and two teams who have been selected as finalists for the fourth annual Employee Excellence Awards.

The event will take place on May 13 in Kelowna’s Centre for Learning and will provide an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of colleagues, enjoy great food and will cap off another banner year at Okanagan College.

The following finalists, who were chosen by two selection committees, represent a broad array of positions and come from all four of the College’s regions.

STRONG START: 
Beverlie Dietze, Amanda Pope



SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY:  
Jeremy Beaulne
, Tim Walters



SERVICE EXCELLENCE (Individual
): 
Tom Esson
, Karen Friesen, Henry Murphy

SERVICE EXCELLENCE (team): 
Rotating Trades Support Team 
(Dave Beckenhauer, Mark Bird, Marie Crossley, Darrell Kendal, Lyle Kennedy, Don Lingor, Kyle Lysholm, Barry Mehus, Gil Mohr, Mike Perry, Michelle Sinclair)



INNOVATION: 
Bernard Casavant



LEADERSHIP
: Kathy Butler
, Rob St. Onge
, Joanne Thomsen



TEACHING EXCELLENCE: Corey Bell
, Doug Birtwistle
, Shona Harrison
, Howard Hisdal
, Jeremy Lanaway
, Mitch Walker



KEY DIRECTIONS: 
Connections Organizing Committee 
(Corey Bransfield, Laura Berntzen, Karen Hojnocki, Michelle Lowry, Jasmine McGee, Jill Panton, Dean Warner)
, Corey Bransfield, Nicole Davis



CAREER ACHIEVEMENT
: Michael Douglas, 
Clint Lee
, Janice Ulrich 



Employees who have celebrated milestone achievements over the past year will also be recognized at the May 13 event. There is still time to submit achievements for recognition (login to College Matters to submit the form before midnight on May 8).

Project Management program earns
international approval

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 project managers achieve and maintain the Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)® and other PMI professional credentials.
 
The College’s project management programming is offered through its Continuing Studies division. Earning the designation means the College has met the criteria for course content, instructor qualification and instructional design.
 
Read the press release here and visit the website for information about the College’s Project Management Certificate program.

Trifecta finish for College’s Enactus team
at regional competition

Enactus winThe winning ways of Okanagan College’s business administration students continued, with podium finishes for three teams at the Enactus Western Canadian regional championships held in Calgary recently.
 
Winning first place at the competition in the entrepreneurship category were Kelowna’s Darren Gillespie, Cooper Simson, Brent Basil and Emilia Muscardin, and Pentictonite Suzanne Newton. The students showcased the work they did in a social enterprise project called Innspire— benefitting Kelowna’s homeless shelter, Inn from the Cold—that focused on sales of repurposed soap. The entrepreneurship team advances to the national competition in Toronto in May.
 
Capturing second place in the eco-living green category were students Abbey Jones, Sakura Hirata, Aaron Gregory, Rob Larkin and Carly Suddard with their Instill Life and Innspire projects. Instill Life sees Enactus students go into classrooms to educate Grade 5 and 6 students with interactive workshops on a variety of topics such as financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.
 
Placing third in the financial literacy category were Christianne Edbald (Vernon) and Kelowna students Daniel Alfred, Minami Endo, Talasa Larder and Rebecca Alfred for their Dollars and Sense and MAPS (Mentorship for All Parents) financial literacy programs helping low-income earners.
   
Enactus Okanagan College involves students from each of Okanagan College’s four major campuses. To learn more visit the website and read the press release here.

College event focuses on local community impact
on global change

On April 8, the inaugural International Development Night will be hosted at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus in the Student Services building from 4 to 6 p.m.

Janine Roth in HaitiIt is an opportunity for the general public and students to explore the issues developing countries face, and hear from the individuals and organizations in our Okanagan community who are making a global impact.

The interactive community focused event includes information booths, mini guest lectures (room A125), networking, live music, and light refreshments. A dozen local non-profit organizations will be in attendance to share their aid efforts.

One of the College's International Development diploma program's students, Janine Roth, knows all too well the impact she can have on communities around the world. She has traveled to many developing countries, including Haiti, to provide aid and support. To read about her experience, follow this link.

Sentes donation continues regional auto dealers’ support of trades expansion 

One of the valley’s most prominent automotive dealers, Sentes Automotive, has pledged $50,000 towards the Bright Horizons Building for Skills fundraising campaign to support a student study space in the new trades tower currently under construction along KLO Road in Kelowna.
  
Sentes DonationThe Sentes Automotive donation has special meaning for its General Manager, Adam Rich, who is volunteering his time as Automotive Sector Chair for the campaign. Rich noted that he saw the necessity to raise awareness and ensure that the community understands the importance of trades training, given the demand in the Okanagan.
 
Sentes Automotive operates six dealerships from Vernon to Penticton and is one of the largest automotive industry employers in the region with 265 employees. Rich noted that the College plays an important role in helping to meet their industry’s need for trained technicians, giving opportunities for students.
 
He also explained that the buzz around the campaign has been very positive since it was announced, especially among auto dealers. Dealerships throughout the valley have collectively provided over $600,000 to date.
 
Click here to read the press release, and to learn more about the campaign follow this link. 

College hosts top business students
in Western Canada

It was all business for a group of 48 students from eight British Columbia and Alberta post-secondary institutions who gathered at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus to compete in the 26th annual Western Canadian Business Competition.

WCBC photoOkanagan College’s own Stephen Jung, Bachelor of Business Administration student, outshone his peers to earn the individual VP Operations award for his excellence in strategic business decision-making.

Over three days, teams simulate running a manufacturing organization, making eight business decisions in the areas of operations, finance, HR, and marketing, that each represent a year of the company. Students aim to bring their company sustained and profitable growth and present their strategic plans to a panel of judges comprised of leading community business leaders.

Host to the reputable competition for the past four years, Okanagan College was well represented with two teams this year, one in each of the junior and senior division. Teams also represented Capilano University, Camosun College, College of New Caledonia, College of the Rockies, Langara College, Medicine Hat College, and the University of the Fraser Valley. An awards banquet on the Sunday night capped off a very exciting weekend for the students.

Lovig crushes 10 K record at Okanagan College race 

MarathonMore than 400 runners crossed the finish line at Okanagan College’s 13th annual Half Marathon, 10 K and Relay Race in Kelowna on March 29. With perfect weather and a team of dedicated volunteers the energy was high at the event that raises funds to support student bursaries.
 
The women’s 10 K course record was shattered by Kelowna’s Christy Lovig (36:48) and the men’s 10 K race was won by Greg Edgar (35:49).
 
The half marathon men’s race was won by Vernon’s Aaron Heidt (1:14:49) and the women’s half marathon was won by Kelowna’s Claire Young (1:26:44).
 
The half marathon relay event was won by a five-runner team from Fresh Air Experience in Kelowna (1:38:36).
 
This year's race raised more than $5,100 to support Okanagan College students.

Complete race results are available online and read the release here.

Have you met Sophie yet?

Sophie staff courtyardSophie is Okanagan College’s Distance Education's virtual super cyber student. She gives OC learners tips and tricks that help them succeed in their online courses. 

You may have seen cartoons featuring Sophie online and around campus, or recall staff members in Continuing Studies dressed like Sophie on April 1.

To learn more about Sophie or to check out the most up to date online course offerings (summer session courses available May 4 to August 8), visit the website.

Emil Anderson Construction helps students step into heavy-duty classroom

Emil Anderson DonationPrompted by the looming skills gap across the trades sector, Emil Anderson Construction has thrown its support behind the expansion and renovation of the trades training complex at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus by making a $50,000 donation to the campaign.

The company’s donation enabled the building and outfitting of a new classroom in the heavy mechanical trades shop, which integrates new technology and equipment into the learning space.

Mike Jacobs, President and CEO of Emil Anderson Construction recognized the importance of encouraging young people to enter the trades so as to support future key infrastructure in our society. The company is a fourth generation family construction business based in Kelowna that specializes in highway construction, paving, design build projects, site development, land development and housing.

Upgrades to the College’s heavy mechanical trades shop were completed in summer 2013, including the construction of a 1,858-square-metre outdoor training space, which is covered by a canopy housing one of the province’s largest arrays of photovoltaic solar panels. The new heavy-duty classroom features built-in heavy-duty equipment and technology, offering a blend of shop and classroom learning.

A press release announcing the donation can be read here.

Tech sector forecasts significant demand,
nationally and locally

More than 6,500 skilled individuals are the driving force of the Okanagan’s billion-dollar tech industry yet a recent national report forecasts a shortage of the homegrown talent to fill the demand for tech jobs by 2019.
 
Addressing this concern, the College’s Associate Dean of Science, Technology and Health, Phil Ashman, remarked that with the right training, experience, and networking, graduates of the Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree, Computer Information Systems diploma, and Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology diploma can in fact take advantage of job openings in the rapidly growing tech sector here in our region.

The College partnered with local industry—Accelerate Okanagan and Acro Media—on a press release to round out commentary on the local job demand.

Earth Matters rescheduled to fall

The Earth Matters environmental art competition and symposium has been rescheduled. The artwork submission deadline has been extended to October 20, 2015, with the symposium and awards ceremony to be held in mid-November.

To review the themes and entry guidelines please click here.  For more information or if you have any questions contact Kathleen Jagger.

People

Danai Bélanger’s new certification to benefit
International students

Danai BelangerOkanagan College’s Student Services International Education Advisor Danai Bélanger has earned her Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) certification. She joined the College in January 2014, advising international students on opportunities Okanagan College can afford them and providing support on the process of studying abroad.
 
A significant value to the College’s international students, this new designation enables Danai, under the new laws, to legitimately provide immigration advice on matters such as study and work authorization. She joins a growing number of international student advisors at institutions across the country that recognize the value of providing free immigration advice to students.

In June 2011 Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced significant changes (Bill C35) that made it illegal for anyone other than accredited consultants under the ICCRC to provide immigration advice. The legislation had significant impact on international student advisors who had been providing advice to enrolled students for many years.

The rigorous process to earn the certification saw Bélanger complete the online Immigration Consultant Certificate program through Humber College, from which she graduated with honours, followed by successfully writing the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) Full Skills Exam.

Hawley a finalist in national literary competition

English Professor Dr. Alix Hawley’s first novel All True Not A Lie in It continues to capture the attention of the literary world. It has just been announced as a finalist in the Amazon.ca First Novel Award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the Canadian novel repertoire.

Hawley’s novel recounts the adventures of American pioneer Daniel Boone and was one of five novels selected by head judge and fiction editor of The Walrus, Nick Mount. A panel of nominees including award-winning authors Helen Humphreys and Richard Wagameses will review the finalists’ novels. Winners will be announced on May 21.

The Amazon.ca award has been known to launch some of our country’s most celebrated authors such as Michael Ondaatje and Joy Kogawa.

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

Harder Family AwardAn award created in memory of a young man’s dream of becoming an aircraft mechanic and pilot whose life was cut short by a tragic accident has inspired another student to pursue the lofty goal they shared.
 
Vernon’s Brad Atkins received the first annual Tim Harder Memorial Award, a $1,000 bursary awarded by the Okanagan College Foundation to support students in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) program.
 
At the award presentation held at Okanagan College’s Aerospace Centre in Vernon, Tim Harder’s parents, Drs. James and Joyce Harder, reflected that they wanted to honour their son’s memory by helping other students who experienced the challenges of going back to school as a mature student.
 
Their son had been 30 years old when he decided to pursue a career in aviation, enrolling in the College’s AME program. He hoped one day to also attain his commercial pilot’s license and fly up north during the summer while pursuing his other passion, ski coaching, during the winter. Sadly, Harder passed away after his first year of the program.
 
Atkins, who has completed the first 48 weeks of training for the AME M-License through Okanagan College, also has a great love for the outdoors, much like Harder. Atkins founded his own business, Backcountry Avalanche Awareness, an avalanche skills training company, which he continues to operate while completing his studies at Okanagan College.
 
Follow this link to read the press release, or click here for more information about Okanagan College Awards. 

April. 7, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 1
Notices

Convocation 2015

Convocation is approaching, and faculty and instructors are encouraged to support this year’s grads and participate in the ceremony by leading in the classes. If you are planning to attend a ceremony please email Michelle Lowry noting the ceremony you wish to attend. If you require regalia, please include your height and highest credential awarded (i.e. 5’11” MSc, Alberta).

  • Trades Commencement Fri, June 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Spring Convocation Sat, June 6 – 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Vernon Convocation  Tue, June 23 – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Summer Convocation Thu, June 25 – 6 p.m.

For more information visit the website.

Spring 2015 Continuing Studies
course brochure now available

Continuing Studies Spring 2015 courses are open for registration. The new brochure contains hundreds of learning opportunities ranging from one-day workshops to short-term certificates.

Professional development opportunities through a Project Management Certificate (May and October intakes, Kelowna) and Leadership Essentials Series (Penticton and Revelstoke) are available.

Find a course to fine-tune or pick-up a new hobby such as the Floral Design Series (Kelowna), Wild Mushroom Identification (Salmon Arm and Vernon), and varied food and wine courses at the BC Wine Information Society Sensory Centre (Penticton).
 
Graduates of Okanagan College (and OUC) are eligible for a 10 per cent discount on most CS courses. Register in-person at your campus to obtain the discounted tuition. Browse courses here

Camp OC 2015 registration (Kelowna) 

Camp OC is accepting registration for its 99 camps available over the course of nine weeks this summer at the Kelowna campus. The camps are available for kids in Grades 2 and 3, Grades 4 to 6, and Grades 7 to 9. College staff are eligible for a 10 per cent discount for their kids or grandkids. Visit www.CampOC.ca for more information or e-mail Helena Jordo.

May start dates for
LCI and SLCO Certificate Programs 

The Learner-Centred Instructor Certificate (designed for beginning and continuing faculty/instructors) and the Service & Support in a Learner Centred Organization (a program ideal for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in service excellence, open to service and support staff) are offering intakes in May 2015. Applicants to the courses will be entered for a chance to win their textbooks (one winner per course).
 
For more information, please contact Ross McKerlich.

Employee health and wellness newsletter

This month's The Balance Sheet newsletter looks at responsible ways of getting fit, and also explores how depression can affect women.

On Apr. 29, from 12 to 1 p.m., Mary Roncarelli presents a webinar titled “Managing the menopause middle” that examines some of the challenges menopause brings to women. To register click here

Okanagan College's employee and family assistance provider, Optum PPC Canada, provides information on issues regarding your health and well being.

Events

Save a life, get swabbed

April 8 – The Canadian Blood Services OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network will be in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). If you are between 17 to 35 years old, find out if you could be a match to save a life at the Get Swabbed event to help patients needing stem cell transplants.

Inaugural International Development Night event

April 8 The first International Development Night will be held in the Pit area of the Student Services Building at the Kelowna campus (4 to 6 p.m.).  The public event will explore the international development field and celebrate the contributions Okanagan residents and organizations have made to international humanitarian actions, aid and development efforts worldwide.

Trades Tailgate Party

April 9 – Celebrate trades at Okanagan College with the Trades Tailgate Party hosted by the Canadian Homebuilders’ Association Okanagan (CHBAO). Enjoy a BBQ and refreshments all evening, prizes and giveaways, and tours of the trades training complex. Network and hear updates and special announcements about the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign. The event will be held at the Trades Building Carpentry Shop in Kelowna (5 to 7 p.m.), and tickets are $10 for CHBA members, and $15 for non-CHBA members. Click here for more information.

Venture Okanagan forum

April 9 – Enactus students are hosting the ninth annual Venture Okanagan Investors Forum, the largest angel investors’ forum in the region, at the Kelowna campus. The event connects entrepreneurs with potential investors, business leaders, and members of the Venture Okanagan community. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with pitch presentations beginning at 6 p.m. in room H115. Tickets are $35 and include access to the post-presentation networking reception catered by the College’s Culinary Arts program. Purchase tickets here.

Business Honours Program
student presentations

April 13 – Hear from 14 Okanagan College Bachelor of Business Administration Honours program graduating students as they present their individual research projects. The students conducted research for organizations within the community, such as the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vernon and the Kelowna Wine Festivals Society.  The event takes place at the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna Campus (3 to 6 p.m.).  Presentations take place in room E202 (click for schedule), and in room E213. For more information about the research projects contact Dr. Lynn Sparling, Lee Cartier or to RSVP your attendance email Jamie Morrow

Student opinion surveys as a resource

April 16 – Hear from Jan O’Brien, Okanagan College’s Institutional Research Manager, as she discusses the many student surveys at the institutional level each year and the purpose and accountability these provide to the institution, including reporting on student satisfaction year over year. The lunch and learn event titled “Managing institutional surveys at Okanagan College, an overview of student opinion” is presented by the Institute of Learning and Teaching. The event takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. Visit the ILT website for location update and to register.

Seedy Sunday

April 19 – Learn about seed preservation, sustainable gardening, and share and swap seeds from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Vernon Okanagan Regional Library in the Community Room.  For more information contact Karen Friesen at the Vernon Campus Seed Library or call 545-7291 Local 2268.

College dental clinic appointments

May – Appointments for Okanagan College’s Certified Dental Assistant Department annual Oral Health Patient Treatment Clinic are still available for patients ages five to 35. To review treatments available, costs, guidelines, and eligibility criteria, click here. Call the clinic at 250-862-5424 to book an appointment with one of the students. Most appointments available are between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. from May 13-28.

Upcoming roundabout workshop series

May 4 to 15 – Mark your calendars for an upcoming unique roundabout series of workshops presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services. A minimum of two workshops will be offered per day and with opportunities at all campuses with options in information technology, education technology, and learning and teaching. Look for more information about workshop descriptions, times and locations in the coming weeks on the ILT website.

Charity golf tournament registration

May 21 – Register online for the 24th annual Okanagan College Foundation Charity Golf Tournament at the Okanagan Golf Club. To volunteer or to have your department host an on-course booth, please contact Dawn Douglas.

Register a team for Inn from the Cold event

May 23 – OC Enactus students need your help to support Inn from the Cold Kelowna’s 4th annual "Arthur Cottie" Push to End Homelessness. Through an ‘Amazing Race’ style competition, pledged participants will decorate their carts at 1157 Sutherland Avenue (9 a.m.), teams then participate in a series of challenges through Kelowna, and make their way over to Kerry Park for a BBQ lunch and prizes by 1 p.m.

Put a pledge team together (six people per team) to participate in this fun, community event that helps to inform and inspire local residents in helping to put an end to homelessness. Team goal is to raise $1000, which sponsors one person for a month and a half stay at the shelter. Those who wish to only attend the BBQ, 100 per cent of the proceeds will go directly towards helping those experiencing homelessness.

For more information email Inn from the Cold or call the shelter office at (250) 448-6403.

Media

The Okanagan College Coyotes had a 75 per cent weekend, taking three of four games. They took two games against the University of Calgary Dinos and split two games with the VIBI Mariners, all recorded on the team’s website. The Kelowna Capital News summarized the team’s performance to date after the four-game home stand. The Coyotes’ loss to the TRU Wolfpack the weekend before was duly noted in Kamloops This Week. The team’s mid-March performance with a split of four games was noted in the Kelowna Capital News as was the prep for the Easter weekend play.

The deadline for the Earth Matters environmental art competition has been extended, a fact reported by several media outlets, including KelownaNow, the Vernon Morning Star, the Penticton Western, and the Kelowna Daily Courier online and in print.

Rates for the Greater Vernon Athletic Park, located on Okanagan College’s Vernon Campus, have been established by the advisory committee, as reported by the Vernon Morning Star.

The Revelstoke Mountaineer noted that area residents have a chance to learn how to use Canada’s number one accounting solution for small business – QuickBooks – at a course being offered by Okanagan College’s Revelstoke centre. The same site also noted an H2S Alive course offered by the College.

Those lovable easers of tensions, the therapy dogs, are back at the Penticton campus and the Penticton Western carried a feel-good story about POOCHES (Pawsitive Options at Okanagan College Helping Exam Stress) in its online edition.

News of the tentative agreement between Okanagan College and the Faculty Association broke on April 2 with distribution of a press release by the College. The story hit KelownaNow.com, Castanet as well as the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald.

The story of student Janine Roth’s travels and international work were at the heart of a press release released by Okanagan College as part of promotion of the International Development Night taking place on April 8. The article was picked up by KelownaNow.com, the online edition of  the Kelowna Daily Courier the print version, and the Kelowna Capital News.

Alumna and Olympian Kelsey Serwa is going to be the guest speaker at a fundraising banquet on April 8, as reported by the Kelowna Daily Courier.

Another alumna, Molly Ciadrullo, is the latest Okanagan College graduate to be featured in the BDO Kelowna Top Forty Under 40 feature being run by the Daily Courier. She’s the office and communications co-ordinator for the Central Okanagan Foundation.

The Central Okanagan Regional District’s Waste Reduction Office is hosting a repair café at the Kelowna campus Centre for Learning on April 18, as reported by the Kelowna Daily Courier on April 7.

A $95-million budget and tuition fees going up two per cent were the focal point of a post-meeting release from the Okanagan College Board of Governors. The story was picked up by InfoTel News, the Vernon Morning Star, and Interior Daily News. The news of the increase prompted a story by Castanet about the reaction of the Okanagan College Students’ Union. Castanet also carried the story of the budget passage. Global Okanagan also carried the story, as did the Daily Courier online and in print. The Courier carried an editorial on the tuition hike on April 5, “Tuition hike hurts us all."

A Progress Edition story in the Vernon Morning Star featured the fact of several new courses at the Vernon campus and the further development of the Community Gardens.

The report of a skills shortage in the tech industry prompted Okanagan College to work with Accelerate Okanagan and Acro Media to highlight the College’s program offerings in the area and to make the story local. The Vernon Morning Star carried the story, as did Castanet. The Castanet article prompted several comments about the issue being wages, not a skills shortage. The story was also included in Steve MacNaull's Kelowna Daily Courier Valley Views column on April 1 under 'Tech Jobs' heading.

News of the establishment and presentation of the Tim Harder Memorial award to Brad Atkins, a student in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, was the focus of a Vernon Morning Star article posted online on April 3 and a Daily Courier article on March 27.

Plaudits were in plentiful supply in a column in the Kelowna Daily Courier, when it came to the Okanagan College Half-Marathon, its organizers and volunteers in the April 2, 2015 edition and in print in the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald.

Emil Anderson Construction is among the latest company that is showing its support of the Bright Horizons campaign with a $50,000 donation, a fact picked up on by KelownaNow.com.

Kelowna Daily Courier business columnist Steve MacNaull made note of the Enactus Okanagan College student placements at the Western Regionals in his weekly column online and in print. The Kelowna Capital News carried the article, as did KelownaNow.com, and the Penticton Western News. The Penticton Herald carried the story in print.

The B.C. Wine Information Society Sensory Centre at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus was part of the picture when the Penticton Western News painted the scene for the upcoming spring wine festival. The courses and offerings at the centre were also referenced in Okanagan Life’s article on the wine festival and on KelownaNow.com’s website.

Global News made note of  Sentes Automotive’s $50,000 donation to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign on March 30 as did Topix on March 31. The story was also carried on News British Columbia’s website  and on Castanet, and in the Penticton Western News. It earned a picture and cutline in the Kelowna Daily Courier on April 2.

An article in the Daily Courier about the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society focused on Louise Arkle, who taught at Okanagan College and who is now president of the society.

Vern Nielsen’s Rotary Report (the Daily Courier, April 5) made mention of the club’s decision to contribute $75,000 to the Bright Horizons Campaign.

Christy Lovig’s record-breaking victory in the 10k at the Okanagan College Half Marathon was the focus of attention in the Kelowna Capital News on March 30 both online and in print along with a College-supplied photo of Lovig crossing the line. KelownaNow and Castanet carried the same photo and the story on the half-marathon as well. Prerace publicity also garnered media attention, including Castanet and the Daily Courier.

When the Liquid Natural Gas show came to Kelowna, Okanagan College was there highlighting the opportunities in the trades for those who were interested, a fact that didn’t escape the eagle eyes of Steve MacNaull in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

Castanet carried the story of Okanagan College being designated a Registered Education Provider by the Project Management institute on March 29, as did KelownaNow.com on March 25. InfoTel News also carried the story on March 25.

Promoting information nights at the Kelowna and Vernon campuses earned media online and print attention from the Vernon Morning Star and the Kelowna Daily Courier online  and in print, as well as on Castanet.

OC faculty member and alumna Norah Bowman has earned the nod of the New Democrats to run in Lake Country in the next federal election. The Kelowna Daily Courier featured Bowman in its edition. KelownaNow.com noted the pending acclamation on March 27.

The tax-preparation service provided by the Okanagan College Accounting Club was referenced in a column by MP Ron Cannan in the Kelowna Capital News on March 27.

Gabrielle Scrimshaw’s presentation on Aboriginal youth in Kelowna and Vernon was the topic of a Vernon Morning Star article on March 25.

The Kelowna Daily Courier noted in its March 25 edition that 25 years ago, Okanagan College had announced its plans to acquire 243 acres on Highway 97 North and build a new $31-million campus to open in the fall of 1992. The next day, the publication observed that 50 years previous Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Bill Bennet was calling on other Valley politicians to support the choice of Kelowna as the Okanagan’s new regional college site.

Well-known author Denise Jaden has been identified as the keynote speaker for the 2015 British Columbia Youth Writers Camp to be held July 5-10 at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus, as noted in the Penticton Herald on March 30.

Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and renowned naturalist and author Dick Cannings will be the guest speaker at the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society’s AGM on April 17, as noted by the Penticton Herald March 30.


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