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Okanagan College professors to deliver top training for tech sector

Okanagan College Media Release

A series of business seminars targeted to entrepreneurs in the technology sector is being offered tuition-free at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus, starting this June.

Professors from both the Okanagan College Computer Science department and the Okanagan School of Business, along with two European experts in international business, will be hosting nine sessions to support professional development of senior personnel and managers of small to medium-sized enterprises.

Computer Science professor Dr. Youry Khmelevsky and Okanagan School of Business professor Dr. Lynn Sparling put the series together, which is being made available tuition-free to qualified participants.

“Having our two departments work together provides a great opportunity for us to assist the growing tech community in the Okanagan,” Sparling said.

“We all know how important the role of professional development is when it comes to enhancing business success and profitability,” she said. “We also know accessing that expertise isn’t always easy when you’re running a small business. Our hope is that offering these targeted seminars to this sector will help overcome that obstacle.”

Sessions vary from one, two and three-days, and are divided up over two months, starting in June with topics such as public speaking, communication strategies, business research, and success in software engineering projects.

The series starts with Okanagan School of Business professor Dr. Kyleen Myrah presenting the two-day seminar Public Speaking with Confidence: Delivering Your Message with Power and Persuasion, which runs June 3 and 10.

The series resumes August 26 with further seminars on topics such as data management and strategic account management plus the two-day session Overview of Running an International Business. The two Europeans leading that session have 35+ combined years’ experience working with multinational corporations including Gillette, Duracell, and P&G doing business in Europe, Africa and Asia.

“We’re very fortunate to have Dmitry Syrotovsky and Steve Clark here to present this seminar,” Sparling said. “Their insight will be invaluable to those businesses that want to expand their markets.”

Okanagan College is putting on the series as agents of the Vancouver-based Discovery Foundation and its Technology Education Program. The Foundation is a registered charity that works to educate technology entrepreneurs about business practices that will enable them to grow world-scale B.C.-based technology companies.

"This is the first time Discovery Foundation is offering programs to technology entrepreneurs outside of the Lower Mainland,” said Discovery Foundation Executive Director Mark Betteridge. “We are very pleased to be working with Okanagan College to deliver these seminars to support and help grow the tech industry in the Okanagan region."

To see a full list of the seminars and to register, visit Okanagan College’s TrainingBC website at www.trainingbc.ca, or send an email to info@trainingbc.ca.