ABE and ESL will be tuition-free for domestic students at OC this fallAdult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) will be tuition free for domestic students at Okanagan College and other B.C. post-secondary institutions this fall. Premier John Horgan and Minister of Advanced Education Skills and Training Melanie Mark announced today that tuition for both programs will be eliminated commencing Sept. 1, 2017.
Okanagan College will reimburse domestic students who have already paid tuition for these programs for the fall. College officials are working on communications materials and strategies for those students who have already enrolled, those who are in the application process, and for the general public.
In 2016-17, Okanagan College had approximately 1,695 domestic students enrolled in ABE programs and approximately 95 individuals enrolled in domestic ESL. International students will continue to pay international student tuition fees.
Read more in the media release issued by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
Connections coming up soon
There’s still time for employees to participate in Connections, Okanagan College’s annual employee learning conference which will be held at the Kelowna campus on Tue., Aug. 22 and Wed., Aug. 23. Online registration will be open until end-of-day, Sun., Aug. 13.
Connections is about connecting in-person with colleagues from different departments and campuses, and celebrating the strengths and diversity of the people who work at the College through interactive social activities and fun informative workshops.
Trades Complex gets full marks for sustainability
Okanagan College’s Trades Complex in Kelowna has racked up two more awards for its innovative design and green technology.
New training for Electricians
Okanagan College is one of two B.C. post-secondary institutions to enter into agreement with EJTC Enterprises (E2 Inc.) to provide electrical trades students access to North America’s leading training program in advanced lighting controls. The training will also be offered at BCIT.
Read more about the agreement here.
Fall Continuing Studies brochure available
The Fall 2017 Continuing Studies brochure is now available. Explore certificate programs, corporate training services and general interest courses available throughout the Okanagan. Keep an eye out in your mailbox for the latest print edition or view them online: Okanagan region (Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon) and the Shuswap-Revelstoke region.
Vandergaag named a Paul Harris Fellow
Okanagan College School of Business alumna Karen Vandergaag recently received a Paul Harris Fellow Award for her ongoing Humanitarian work in East Africa. Given out by Rotary International, the award honours individuals undertaking significant work to advance health, literacy and peace around the world.
Vandergaag graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Honours degree with a specialization in Finance in 2016. Throughout her time as an OC student, she completed extensive field work studying strategies for growing entrepreneurship in Ethiopia and Malawi. Locally, Vandergaag has taught financial literacy workshops to the underprivileged and has played a leadership role with numerous fundraisers for food banks in the region. She was also an active member of Enactus OC and competed at regional and national competitions.
This award is not the first major recognition for Vandergaag. In spring of 2016, she was one of only 12 Canadians to receive a prestigious Aga Khan Foundation Fellowship. That project took her to Tanzania where she spent eight months working with an international NGO dedicated to disaster relief and fighting global poverty.
Read more here.
Foster joins the International Education teamLeanne Foster has joined the International Education team this August in the role of Executive Assistant. She replaces Brenda Foster who recently retired following 11 years of service with Okanagan College within the Student Services and International Education departments.
Leanne joined Okanagan College in 2014 after a number of years working in provincial and municipal government administrations. Prior to her new role in International Education she worked in both the Finance and the Financial Aid & Awards office. She holds an Accounting diploma from Camosun College and a BC Government Financial Management certificate. She is an avid ball player and golfer, and is an advocate for female hockey, including managing her daughter’s hockey team.
Leanne’s new local is ext. 4502.
St. Onge and Kortzman receive professional development scholarshipCongratulations are in order for Rob St. Onge, Buildings and Sustainability Services Manager, and Alex Kortzman, Health and Safety Coordinator: both were named the recipients of the annual Okanagan College Administrators’ Association scholarship. Jan O’Brien, on behalf of the association’s executive, presented each with $1,000 to support them in the pursuit of further studies and professional development.
The scholarship will help St. Onge as he embarks on a Masters of Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University. The three-year part-time program will enable St. Onge to continue to explore how environmental issues are addressed under different jurisdictions and the dynamics of both the public and private sectors.
Kortzman is pursuing an Occupational Health and Safety certificate from BCIT. This additional training will help him continue to strive in providing safe and healthy campuses across the Okanagan Valley.
The Administrators’ Association supports their own with the annual scholarship open to its members (or their dependents if no members apply). To be eligible, the recipients must be an association member registered and in good academic standing in a certificate, diploma, degree or designation at Okanagan College or another post-secondary institution.
August 8, 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 35
Scheduled Banner services outage on Sat., Aug. 12
Scheduled maintenance will cause a disruption in Banner and related services from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 12. The work is to apply final upgrades as OC transitions from Production Banner to the new Ellucian Portal. There will be no change to any Banner module.
The following services will continue to run normally:
myOkanagan changes ahead
A new login interface for myOkanagan will launch on Sat. Aug. 12 as IT Services transitions to the new Ellucian Portal. Staff will now need to click on the “login to myOkanagan” link once they are on the landing page. Your username will have a new format: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, your password will now be the same for your workstation and email (only one username and one password).
Volunteers for Orientation, Kelowna, Sept. 5
Help welcome more than 1,500 new students to Okanagan College in Kelowna this fall. Employees are invited to volunteer at the Kelowna campus orientation event on Tue., Sept. 5. There are numerous spots/duties available and organizers will work around volunteers' schedules. Volunteers will also receive a free lunch. For more information or to sign-up online, click here.
OC Library closure
All OC Libraries will be closed on Wed., Aug. 30 for Library Services' annual staff in-service meeting.
Employee summer hours endingEmployee summer hours will conclude Fri., Sept. 1. Regular operation hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume on Tue., Sept. 5.
Remembrance Day observance
As Remembrance Day is on Sat., Nov. 11 this year, employees should use Mon., Nov. 13 as the stat day.
B.C. wildfire support from Life Works
LifeWorks, the College’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider is offering support and information for anyone impacted by the ongoing wildfires in B.C.’s interior. Emergencies and natural disasters, whether they hit close to home or far away, may increase feelings of stress, worry, and anxiety. If you or someone you love is experiencing difficult or painful emotions, remember that the LifeWorks program can help. You can call 1-888-307-0590 anytime to speak to a caring, confidential consultant. Help is available 24/7, whenever you need it. You can also visit the Life section of the LifeWorks app or website for helpful resources, including articles such as “Coping with Fears After a Traumatic Event,” “Steps to take After a Flood, Fire or Other Disaster,” and “How the EAP Can Help in a Crisis.”
Solar eclipse on Aug. 21
The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Okanagan Center (RASCOC) invites the public to observe the Aug. 21 solar eclipse at the Kelowna Curling Club (551 Recreation Avenue). In Kelowna, the eclipse will be partial, with 83 per cent of the sun’s disk covered by the moon. The event will take place between 9 a.m. and noon. The RASCOC will provide approved solar eclipse glasses and a number of special solar telescopes to allow safe observing of the sun, and to see sunspots on the sun’s surface and bright red prominences around the edge. The solar eclipse will also be live-streamed just before 10:30 a.m. Visit the website for more details, or contact Terry Bridges at 250-826-5301.
Planting the Seeds two day workshop
Planting the Seeds: Cultivating Teaching and Learning at Okanagan College. A two day workshop presented by Learning and Teaching, with Information Technology Services, Aug. 29 and 30, 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. room E103. To register please email Learning and Teaching.
Kelowna Blood Donor Clinic – open weekly
Mon./Tues./Thurs. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
1. Be well hydrated (approx. 2L the day before and 1L the day-of)
2. Eat before you donate
3. Don’t donate unless you are generally feeling well
4. Bring photo ID
The Markin twins’ donation matching challenge to OC alumni to help raise $20,000 towards the new child care centre at the Penticton campus was profiled in the Penticton Herald and Penticton Western News print editions.
Continuing Studies instructor Howard Soon celebrated his retirement from Sandhill Wines with a wine-centred reception at Oak+Cru. The celebration was recapped by Kelowna Daily Courier’s Steve MacNaull.
The numbers are in: Kelowna’s population is growing, particularly with young people. OC Alumnus Drew Vincent commented on the draw for young professionals to the city in a Kelowna Daily Courier article about the latest Census numbers.
KelownaNow's In Focus column recently profiled three OC Alumni: Laura Elliott graduated from the Human Service Worker program and is the Artistic Director at the Creator's Arts Centre, Jonathan De Bruyne and Chad Haller, both Business alumnus, launched Kelowna Concierge.
From Arts to Business, current student Kayla Gabelhouse, shows her entrepreneurial spirit in a KelownaNow feature about launching her Lavender & Grace jewelry business.
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