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College on your mind? Upcoming Vernon campus information sessions to demystify starting post-secondary this fall
Okanagan College Media Release

Visions of post-secondary education are exciting for those graduating high school and individuals considering a career change. But with the dreams comes an overwhelming amount of choices, questions, and decisions as well.

On Wednesday March 2, Okanagan College’s Vernon campus will host an evening of information sessions aimed towards helping Grade 11 and 12 students, their parents, and those considering further studies to navigate the options and the process on the path to post-secondary.

The evening will start at 6 p.m. with the Freshmen 15 session in the Lecture Theatre where attendees will hear from Okanagan College recruiters about the 15 things that all students should know before starting post-secondary. Topics covered will include: College schedules, the difference between registering and applying, university transfers, student loans, amongst others.

At 7 p.m. two program-specific sessions will be offered: Arts and Science programs will be discussed in the Lecture Theatre, meanwhile the Business programs session will be held in room E102/103. Instructors, current students, and alumni will be on hand to answer questions and provide a glimpse into how each program can lead to a variety of exciting careers.

Adam McCaffrey Feb 2016When 21-year-old Vernon resident Adam McCaffrey, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the College, was considering his post-secondary education options three years ago, the lure of being able to gain a quality and recognized education close to home made the choice easy.

“The accessibility and convenience of the campus being a few minutes from home was great,” says McCaffrey. “If you’re living in Vernon, starting school here makes sense: there won’t be expensive moving expenses and it’s comforting to stay in your community.

“Even more important, is how much value I get as a student at the College: the affordable tuition, experienced instructors, small class sizes and the flexibility for transfer program credits to other campuses and institutions. It’s a winning combination.”

Michele Hoover, who grew up in Salmon Arm and is a resident of Armstrong, echoes McCaffrey’s feelings. The 35-year-old decided to return to school after working in the oil and gas industry in Calgary so she could gain new training to apply for the jobs she really wanted. She is in the first year of an Associate of Science degree at the College.Michele Hoover Feb 2016

“The campus is close by, it’s small and not intimidating,” she says. “At first I was nervous to go back to school. But the campus is so diverse, and my peers in class have inspired me to keep going on the path of continual learning.”

She adds that the resources available on campus have been a great asset, whether it’s career counseling, campus yoga, the library, or the new track. “But the real differentiator is the amazing instructors, who really care and have made themselves available to answer questions. This has helped me do as well as I have thus far.”

For more information about the March 2 Vernon campus information sessions visit
www.okanagan.bc.ca/VernonInfoSessions. No pre-registration is required to attend, and parking will be free that evening.