Business student and renowned athlete launches scholarship
A champion cross-country mountain bike racer and business student hailing from Kelowna is displaying a big heart to go along with his athletic ability.
Camp OC serving up an educational summer for kids
From healthy cooking to lego robotics, science experiments to crafty creations, Camp OC is once again keeping kids learning all summer long.
By the end of August, more than 1,500 kids will have spent time on OC campuses, enjoying the educational camp (or camps) of their choosing. Last week alone, more than 150 children and teenagers filled the College’s Kelowna campus for nine different camps including Chef Academy, Java Programming using Minecraft, and Jewelry and Craft Creations, just to name a few. All told, more than 100 camps will be offered going right up until Aug. 26 at the College’s Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm campuses.
“One of the biggest differences compared to other camps is that the majority of our camps are taught by actual teachers with a passion and expertise in the subject they are teaching and obviously a background in teaching.”
Salmon Arm Charity Golf Tournament chips in impressive support for students
A great turnout and generosity by Okanagan College employees, donors, volunteers, and friends in the community helped drive home some wonderful support for students recently.
Fifty-two golfers teed it up at the 2016 Links to Learning Golf Tournament at the Salmon Arm Golf Club on July 7, with the crowd growing to 70 for the banquet dinner. More than $13,000 was raised to support scholarships and bursaries for Salmon Arm students.
Ruth Chambers, Adult Academic and Career Preparation (AACP) instructor from Salmon Arm, played in the tournament and was the lucky winner of the raffle prize – a Waterway houseboat vacation aboard a Genesis 70. Tournament organizers thank Waterway Houseboat Vacations and all the Okanagan College employees who purchased raffle tickets and everyone who played in or supported this year’s tournament.
Employees and students reminded to keep data secure
Many devices at Okanagan College contain staff and student personal information and so the College’s IT Services department is providing information and training to help employees and students ensure personal information is kept secure.
Medical Office Assistant shines in new career
When Lindsay Jerome set her sights on a career in the medical field, she was willing to overcome any obstacle in her path – even if it meant working two jobs while completing her studies – to finally land in a career that she could be proud of.
After an unsatisfying stint in retail, Jerome decided it was time for a new direction and enrolled in the Medical Office Assistant (MOA) certificate program at Okanagan College. She graduated in 2013 and was hired by the North Okanagan Medical Clinic. Three years, later Jerome says the challenge and satisfaction of the fast-paced career has lived up to expectations.
“You never know what’s going to walk through the door,” says Jerome. “It’s chaotic, it’s crazy busy, and it’s challenging because the medical field is always changing and we have about 20-30 doctors who rotate through here. So you’re always learning and definitely never bored.”
Rodger Hallman's passing
Former Okanagan College instructor Rodger Hallman passed away on July 2, 2016 at the age of 62.
Students can apply to join Prime Minister's Youth Council
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week the creation of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council, a body of 30 young Canadians aged 16 to 24, who will provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities as well as climate change and clean growth, among others.
2016 OC bocce champions crowned
Another fun, friendly, and competitive season of bocce at the Kelowna campus has wrapped up and the 2016 champions have received their trophy.
“Young and the Reckless” (team of Carlyn Young and Lee Robinson) took the title after a suspenseful match against "The Bocce Movements" (team of Lynn Johnson and Gerry Born). Okanagan College Vice President Students Charlotte Kushner presented the trophy to the winning team along with gift certificates for prizes.
July 26, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 9
Improvements to East Campus Road – Kelowna campus
Improvements to East Campus Road at the Kelowna campus will begin on Wednesday, July 27. Parking along the road is being upgraded from parallel parking to angle parking to create more students parking spaces on campus. The road is also being paved.
Changes to distance education
Starting with the September intake, Distance Education students will be responsible for purchasing their own texts either in person at the Kelowna Campus Store or online. Texts will be delivered to OC campuses outside of Kelowna for students in those areas who order online.
WHMIS 2015 training available for employees
As part of Okanagan College's commitment to providing a healthy and safe environment for the College community, a number of Occupational Health and Safety courses are offered at no cost to employees.
Security Code Notice
Facilities and Business Services (FABS) is undergoing a clean-up of the Security Code database as we are running out of user codes. In order to do this, unused and/or duplicate profiles need to be deleted. FABS will do the utmost to contact individuals before making any deletions. Should you experience issues while using your code, please contact Security to resolve the problem immediately. To have your code reestablished, please email Security Access.
Volunteers needed for Kelowna campus orientation - Sept. 6.
Employees are invited to volunteer at the Kelowna campus orientation event on Tuesday, Sept. 6. 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.
ECE Ages and Stages Questionnaire - call for volunteers
The Early Childhood Education department is looking for volunteers to support students as they learn to administer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This is a developmental screening tool that indicates typical development as well as any potential developmental concerns.
Explore effective learning & teaching environments: Planting The Seeds
August 22 and 23 – New and continuing faculty are invited to participate in a two-day interactive workshop being held at the Kelowna campus that will focus on creating effective learning and teaching environments. The "Planting The Seeds" event is presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services.
Hannah Calder's novel Piranesi's Figures received a glowing review from The Vancouver Sun's Tom Sandborn who described the book as "a work of serious literary ambition and substantial achievement."
The inspiring story of Okanagan College Medical Office Assistant certificate graduate Lindsay Jerome was published by Castanet on July 21.
The Daily Courier helped to showcase the generosity of Okanagan College donors David Perron and Patricia Kully who are leaving a legacy by supporting immigrants, single parents, and other Okanagan College students.
The sun, fun, and interacting learning experiences offered by Camp OC were highlighted by Castanet on July 19, The Daily Courier on July 20, and The Capital News on July 22. Camps run at OC campuses until August 26; more than 1,500 kids and teens are expected to participate.
More than 50 young creative writers in Penticton had a chance to participate in the 2016 BC Youth Writers Camp recently and Okanagan College Honorary Fellow and local author Yasmin John-Thorpe was among the supporters acknowledged in a piece by The Penticton Herald.
Okanagan College alumnus John Bachelder recently donated $10,000 to support the new Trades building at the Kelowna campus, as shared by Castanet.
A group of 14 deserving Salmon Arm students (which included a number of Okanagan College students in addition to local high schoolers) received $21,000 in scholarships from the Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union (SASCU), as told in the July 13 edition of The Salmon Arm Observer.
After supporting Okanagan College's School of Business in numerous roles, Jamie Morrow accepted a position as sales and business development manager with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce. News of Morrow’s new role was carried by The Vernon Morning Star on July 10.
Renowned author and former Okanagan College creative writing professor John Lent was interviewed by The Morning Star about the upcoming Spoke Literary Festival that will take place in Vernon Aug. 19-21 at the Caetani Cultural Centre.
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