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Open house on Nov. 4 offers prospective students sneak peak at College life
Students boast benefits of College at open house events
Salmon Arm campus throws open its doors Nov. 4 and 6
Info session on Nov. 2 shines spotlight on education and careers
Okanagan College research project to revolutionize outdoor play environments for children
College hosts the region’s longest-running Career Fair on Nov. 2
Okanagan College meets industry demand with tuition-free truck driver training program
Registration opens for popular 3-Hour Short Story Contest
Award-winning photographer reveals rarely seen spectacular and threatened B.C. landscape
Do you think of ink?
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Open house on Nov. 4 offers prospective students sneak peak at College life
Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is throwing open the doors of its Penticton campus and offering an information session and open house to prospective students on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. 

Secondary students and their parents, along with adult learners, are invited to attend the event to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

“The best way to really understand what’s available at the College is to talk to students who come here,” says South Okanagan’s Regional Dean Donna Lomas. “Come and meet the instructors and learn first-hand all the benefits the College has to offer.”

Instructors and current students will be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College, which include benefiting from small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. 

“Coming to the information night, meeting with instructors and speaking with students definitely helped me feel more comfortable about starting post-secondary,” says Robert Lalonde, a first-year Associate of Science student who attended last year’s event at the Penticton campus.

In addition, everyone attending will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit.

At 7 p.m., College Prep 101 is taking place in the Lecture Theatre. This session will go into detail about the application process, accessing scholarship and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transferring credits to B.C. universities.

Events get underway at 5 p.m. in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.
Students boast benefits of College at open house events
Okanagan College Media Release

Devon and Brandon Oct 2014Okanagan College is throwing open the doors of its Vernon campus and offering an information session and open house to prospective students on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

Secondary students and their parents are invited to attend the event to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

Instructors and current students will be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College, which includes benefiting from small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. 

One student speaking at the event is second-year Associate of Arts student Devon Weston. 

“I'm going to the information night to help people learn more about the benefits of the College from a student's perspective,” he says.

“I chose Okanagan College because it’s affordable, easily accessible on transit, and offers the same educational quality you’d find at other colleges and universities.” 

Another benefit attendees will learn about is the College’s small class sizes and low student-instructor ratio.

“I have been able to befriend professors and create valuable connections within the college that is helping me get real work experience,” says Brandon Moeller, a second-year associate of science student.

I’ve gotten a job at the College as a research assistant for the chair of the Biology department and as a gardener for the community garden on campus,” he says.

Participants will also be able to find out more about the application process, how to access scholarships and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transfer credits to B.C. universities. Everyone attending the event will also have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit. 

In addition to the information night on Nov. 5, Okanagan College’s Vernon campus is also hosting an Adult Learning Seminar on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. Mature students can learn about course and program options, short-term programs, and receive information on financial aid. 

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.
Salmon Arm campus throws open its doors Nov. 4 and 6
Okanagan College Media Release

Everything you need to know about starting College, you can find at the information session and open house events taking place at Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus on Nov. 4 and 6.

Secondary students and their parents, along with adult learners, are invited to attend these events to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

“These events offer prospective students the perfect opportunity to find out answers to every question they could have—from financing their education to transferring credits to what pre-requisites are required—all in one place,” says Jim Barmby, Regional Dean Shuswap-Revelstoke.

College staff, current students and faculty will all be in attendance,” he says.

The first event, College Prep 101, takes place on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. This session goes into detail about the application process, accessing scholarships and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transferring credits to B.C. universities.

The Open House takes place on Nov. 6 starting at 6 p.m. Instructors and current students will be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College, which includes benefiting from small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. Apply for any program during the either event and the application fee will be waived. In addition, everyone attending the Open House will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit. 

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.
Info session on Nov. 2 shines spotlight on education and careers
Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is throwing open the doors of its Kelowna campus and offering an information session and open house for prospective students on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Secondary students and their parents, along with adult learners, are invited to attend the event—which is being held in conjunction with the College’s Career Fair—to find out about program offerings, fees, and admission requirements for Okanagan College.  

“The information sessions help interested students gain an understanding of the benefits of Okanagan College’s learning environment, which is characterized by small class sizes and a low student-instructor ratio. They will also learn how the College sets them up for success when they enter the workforce or transfer to university,” says Heather Schneider, Regional Dean of the Central Okanagan. 

Instructors and current students will also be on site to answer questions and help students learn about the realities of studying at the College.  

At 1 p.m., College Prep 101 is taking place in the Lecture Theatre (S104). This session will go into detail about the application process, accessing scholarships and bursaries, applying for student loans, and transferring credits to B.C. universities.

Students who put their name on a list at the Registrar’s Office during the day’s events to apply for a program when applications open on Nov. 3 will have the $30 application fee waived, if they actually apply for the program before Nov. 7.

In addition, everyone attending the campus’s Career Fair will have the opportunity to enter a draw for a $500 tuition credit.

For more information, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/infosessions.
Okanagan College research project to revolutionize outdoor play environments for children
Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is looking into ways to make children’s activity healthier. 

The College’s Director of Learning and Teaching Dr. Beverlie Dietze and North Okanagan Regional Dean Jane Lister have received a $23,530 grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) that will see the design of new outdoor playscapes and equipment, and the study of those environments on child development.

“More than half of Canadian children under five years of age spend less than 10 hours per week playing outdoors versus 20 to 30 hours per week in sedentary activities,” says Dietze, who is spearheading the research portion of the project. 

“We know we have to find a way to make the best use of the outdoor time they do have and find ways to encourage more. Research shows a direct correlation between the increase in childhood obesity, depression, ADHD and heart disease with the decrease in outdoor play,” she says. 

Dietze, a leading Canadian expert in the study of this area, will be working with Outland Design Landscape Architects on applying the guiding principles of outdoor play to new playground design. Outland will be creating prototypes based on these principles and the children at the North Okanagan Child Care Society will be field-testing the prototypes. At the end of this project, Outland will have at least five designs that they can then use for commercial purposes and the daycare will have a new play space.

The project will allow Okanagan College to advance research and curriculum that emphasize the importance of municipalities, school districts, and child care centres to create purposeful outdoor play environments that contribute to developing active life styles, which in turn will have positive social and economic impacts for communities,” says Lister, who will be managing the project and coordinating the workshops and symposium that will be held in conjunction with the research early in the new year. 

Through the NSERC grant, Okanagan College will be hiring two students, one to help Dietze on the research and the other to work with Lister on the management and marketing of the project.

This project is just another example of the College’s commitment to industry-relevant applied learning.

“Okanagan College is committed to aiding innovation, helping local industry and providing career opportunities to students in the Okanagan through applied research,” says Okanagan College’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Andrew Hay.
College hosts the region’s longest-running Career Fair on Nov. 2
Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College’s 33rd annual Career Fair is taking over the Kelowna campus on Sunday, Nov. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

From practical nursing to pipefitting, English to engineering, this popular event is free and offers the public an opportunity to gain insights about careers and educational paths.

The longest-running event of its kind in the Okanagan Valley, Career Fair is unique because it connects current and future job seekers with education experts and employers to facilitate knowledge sharing about what education and training is required for someone to land their dream job.

“If you have an idea of where you want to go, but not sure how to get there — a university degree, diploma, certificate, vocational program, apprenticeship training – this is the place to find answers,” said event organizer Michelle Lowry.

“All of our programs will be represented and professors and campus staff will be on-hand to advise students, parents and anyone interested in anything related to post-secondary education, including transfer opportunities,” said Lowry. 

The event also features educational seminars on a wealth of topics including, Ask a Tradesperson, Becoming a Commercial Diver, Finding Money For Your Education, College Prep 101 for Parents, Tour the Universe, Immigration Options for International Students and Foreign Workers, and What WorkBC Can Do for You. There will be lots of chances to win prizes, including a $500 tuition credit to any Okanagan College program and dinner for two at Infusions Restaurant.

“All of our trades shops will be open and we’ll have demonstrations going on all day,” said Steve Moores, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship. “And we’ll have staff there to help people interested in obtaining information about trades training and apprenticeship.”

Attendees will be able to watch a car getting crushed by a front-end loader and the Kelowna Fire Department using the Jaws of Life to open it up.

Foodies can go behind-the-scenes in Culinary Arts and learn how to make cinnamon buns, sugar spirals, and chicken sates as well as enjoy samples of these tasty treats.

Parking for the event is free. Application fees will be waived for anyone who puts his or her name on a list at the Registrar’s office during the event and then applies for an Okanagan College program between Nov. 3 and 7 (for programs starting fall 2015). 

For more information, visit: www.okanagan.bc.ca/careerfair.
Okanagan College meets industry demand with tuition-free truck driver training program
Okanagan College Media Release

In the provincial government’s Labour Market Outlook 2022, transport truck drivers were identified as number two in the top 10 most-needed professions. It’s estimated that the province will need a whopping 18,000 drivers by 2022.

“Those numbers are staggering,” says Steve Moores, Okanagan College’s Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship. “But the College is partnering with both industry and the government to fill that gap and provide workers with the skills they need to be competitive in the future.”

To that end, Okanagan College joined forces seven years ago with Taylor Pro Training, a leader in truck driver training, to offer Class 1 Driver Training. This experiential, full-time program covers the broad range of hands-on skills necessary to find employment as a transport truck driver and can be completed in just six weeks.

What’s more, the provincial government, realizing this looming shortage, has provided full funding for the program to eligible applicants through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Of the 32 students who participated last year in the tuition-free program, 29 found employment in the trucking industry.

To be eligible for the funding, applicants must be unemployed, legally entitled to work in Canada, a resident of B.C., not currently receiving employment insurance or have not received it in the last three years, not enrolled in high school or another post-secondary training program, and not participating in another government-funded program.

The Class 1 Driver Training program has new intakes across the Okanagan, including Revelstoke on Oct. 27, Salmon Arm on Nov. 3, Vernon on Dec. 15, and Penticton on Jan. 19, 2015.

To find out more about the program and eligibility for funding, contact Shawna Klempner at 250-762-5445, ext. 4479, or toll-free at 1-877-755-2266, ext. 4479.
Registration opens for popular 3-Hour Short Story Contest
Okanagan College Media Release

Okanagan College is calling all budding writers to exercise their creativity and participate in the 3-Hour Short Story Contest taking place on all four College campuses on Nov. 1. 

The recent accolades lauded on short story authors are a testament to the genre’s increasing popularity. Last year, Alice Munro won the Noble Prize in Literature for her body of work and Lynn Coady won the prestigious Giller Prize for a book of shorts called Hellgoing.

“There’s a lot of talk these days about the short story being a more relevant form for the digital age, since information and entertainment are moving steadily towards shorter texts, videos, and sound bites that can be easily consumed and enjoyed in one sitting,” says Okanagan College English Professor and event organizer Corinna Chong.

“Short stories are also the best way for a writer to learn and practice the fundamental principles of narrative before they move onto longer forms like the novel,” she says.

For this contest, writers will not only be challenged with a time constraint all stories must be written in a designated location within a three-hour time period but they’ll also have to find a way to incorporate a “secret phrase” that won’t be revealed until the moment the contest begins. 

Last year, more than 70 students took part, including Okanagan College student Mary Bevan from Kelowna, who won with her story The Use in Usefulness.

“The surprise phrase and the three-hour time limit meant no one was more prepared than anyone else,” says Bevan. “We were all starting with a blank sheet.”

The 3-Hour Short Story Contest is open to students in Grade 11 and 12, and those attending Okanagan College. The competition takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the College’s Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton campuses. Writers will work on College computers and will not be able to access any pre-written material or anything online.

Four prizes of a $250 tuition credit will be handed out – one for each campus winner. The grand prize winner will be chosen from those four and receive an additional $250 tuition credit as well as have their story published in a limited fine-print edition by the Kalamalka Press.

This popular contest is free but can only accommodate a limited number of entrants, so interested scribes are encouraged to register early. Deadline for entry is 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. 

Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/3hourwriting to sign up.
Award-winning photographer reveals rarely seen spectacular and threatened B.C. landscape
Okanagan College Media Release

Ian McAllister Oct 2014The Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is globally renowned for its astonishing biodiversity. Encompassing 21 million acres from Vancouver Island to Southeast Alaska, the area is the largest coastal temperate rainforest on earth. Comprised of a complex landscape of ocean, mountains, glacier-carved fjords and old growth forests, it is home to such species as cougars, wolves, salmon, grizzly bears and Kermode—a unique species of black bear in which one in 10 cubs have a white coat. 

“This treasured habitat is also one of the most endangered landscapes on the planet—under significant threat of destruction from massive energy projects,” says Ian McAllister, award-winning photographer and co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Pacific Wild. 

A long-time Great Bear Rainforest resident, McAllister will reveal his explorations from the headwaters of the region’s river valleys down to the hidden depths of the offshore world in his talk The Great Bear Wild: Why Should We Care About its Protection? on Monday, Nov.3 at 7:30 p.m. at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus Lecture Theatre. 

McAllister is the author of The Great Bear Rainforest, winner of the B.C. Bookseller’s Choice Award, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. He has been honoured by The Globe and Mail as one of 133 highly accomplished Canadians, and he and his wife, Karen McAllister, were named by Time magazine as “Leaders of the 21st Century” for their efforts to protect B.C.’s rainforest. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has won the North America Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero Award. Brother Bear Oct 2014

McAllister’s new book The Great Bear Wild, a stunning collection of photographs and personal narrative, is the product of 25 years of research, exploration, and campaigning within the spectacular area he calls home.

The Great Bear Wild is presented in collaboration with Pacific Wild, and is part of the Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by Okanagan College and the Okanagan Science Centre), which is sponsored by the Best Western Vernon Lodge, Cooper’s Foods, Starbucks Coffee, and the Vernon Morning Star.

Admission is $7 in advance or $10 at the door. For tickets, call the Okanagan Science Centre at 250-545-3644 or visit www.okscience.ca. To subscribe or obtain more information about the Science in Society Speaker Series, visit okanagansisss.wordpress.com.
Do you think of ink?
Okanagan College Media Release

For as many books, magazines, and newspapers that you have read, you may never have asked yourself about the social life of ink.Ted Bishop Oct 2014

A
nd that’s where Ted Bishop, an internationally recognized author and academic, is different from the rest of us.

In his role as a professor of English literature and film studies at the University of Alberta, Bishop is known for “poring over stains on paper made by some of the greatest minds in literature” (to borrow words from his publisher). Recently, though, the Edmonton-based Bishop started to contemplate the ink itself. And a forthcoming book, The Social Life of Ink: Culture, Wonder And Our Relationship With The Written Word, will reveal the discoveries he has made along a route that traverses thousands of years, continents, cultures and technologies.

He’ll be reading from the soon-to-be-released book, being published by Penguin Random House Canada, at a presentation at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., as part of a week-long College initiative to highlight authors, scholarly and creative activity, and research.

“We take ink for granted,” says Bishop. “Unless the pen or the printer runs out of it.

“But this is a miraculous invention that really goes to the heart of our culture. There are countless fascinating aspects to this ubiquitous substance - I found myself enthralled as I researched the topic.”

InkBishop has a pedigree that promises a rewarding read. He had published on Virginia Woolf, James Joyce and modernist publishing but, after a motorcycle crash in which he broke his back and collapsed his lungs, he wrote his first cross-over book: Riding with Rilke, an account of a motorcycle ride from Edmonton to Austin, Texas to work in the James Joyce archives at the Harry Ransom Center

The book garnered a Governor-General’s award nomination in Canada, and 11 words of praise in Playboy magazine in the U.S. (You can read more about Bishop at tedbishop.com.) 

“Ted is a highlight of our week of focusing on authors, scholarly and creative activity and research,” explains Ross Tyner, Okanagan College’s Director of Library Services. “We invited him to come to read from his forthcoming book because he bridges the gap between the academic world and popular literature. His first book was a fascinating read and I expect this work will be too.”

The week-long celebration at the College features many of the institution’s own faculty and staff who are accomplished and nationally known for their books, novels, articles and research, explains Tyner. 

“We have organized an entire series of presentations and lectures that span the region and an array of topic areas, as well as displays of OC authors’ work in each OC campus library.”

All are open to the public – a complete list can be found online at Okanagan.bc.ca/ocauthors2014.
Residential Construction students use skills to support local family
Okanagan College Media Release

Armstrong Res Con Oct 2014A team of 15 Okanagan College trades students put their skills to good use for a worthy cause this summer.  

The students, who took the Residential Construction Foundation program in Armstrong, which ran from February to August, were working digging holes and laying backfill at a project house when it was delayed due to weather conditions. 

Residential Construction Instructor Les Shuert needed to find an alternative project to fill the gap. When he was telling John Aarestad, building supply manager at Shepherd’s Home Hardware about his problem, Aarestad suggested the students try out their new skills building two 8-by-10 foot garden sheds and the store would donate the materials. 

As the students began building the sheds, tragedy struck Okanagan College Carpentry Instructor Gerry Leverrier when his four-year-old granddaughter Megan was diagnosed with a rare liver disease and sent to the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto for treatment. Megan lives in Salmon Arm with her parents, Gerry’s son Jamie, who is an RCMP corporal with the Salmon Arm detachment, her mom Michelle, and her younger brother Gavin.

Shuert and his colleague Okanagan College Tool Room Attendant Brian Thomas jumped on the opportunity to help the young family and asked Aarestad if they could donate the sheds to an auction that the RCMP was holding to help the Leverrier’s with expenses related to the family’s extended stay in Toronto. He agreed and together the sheds were sold for nearly $1,000 at the auction in July. 

“Building the sheds gave the students an opportunity to do things they wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to do, such as affixing roofing material, hanging doors and building rafters, which really helped develop their on-the-job skills,” says Shuert.

“While it’s hard to beat the pride you feel from seeing a finished project, knowing it was helping a family going through a really difficult time made it even that much more rewarding for the students,” he says.

Okanagan College is currently accepting applications for the next intake of its 30-week Residential Construction program in Salmon Arm, which starts February 2015. The program provides students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to seek employment as an Apprentice Carpenter in the residential construction industry.
Auto sector support vital to successful $2.5 million launch of campaign to revamp Okanagan College’s Trades Training Complex
Okanagan College Media Release

The Okanagan College Foundation campaign to raise funds for a new Trades Training Complex at the Kelowna campus Trades Oct 2014has kicked off with donations from 43 donors totaling $2.5 million – a significant portion of that coming from Kelowna area car dealerships.

Local car dealerships have collectively provided $610,000; a sizable donation that includes $10,000 from the Kelowna Auto Dealers Association. Another $845,000 has come from industry leaders in the auto, welding, construction, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical sectors.

“We’ve only just launched our campaign and we’re more than a third of the way to reaching our $7-million goal,” said Dennis Gabelhouse, Chair of the Bright Horizons - Building for Skills Campaign. “To have one of our key trades sectors come forward with this level of commitment really sets the tone for what we hope will come. The Kelowna Auto Dealers Association and local auto dealers clearly understand the importance of supporting the College.”

Work on the $33-million Trades Training Complex expansion and renovation has begun and is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2016. The provincial government has committed $28-million to the project and the Okanagan College Foundation is responsible for raising an additional $7 million; $5 million for capital costs and the remaining $2 million going towards student and program support.

Gabelhouse thanked Sentes General Manager Adam Rich for being one of the first industry leaders to publicly support the campaign. Rich is one of 18 sector chairs who not only volunteer their time to the campaign, but have collectively donated $345,000. He also recognized John Bokitch, president of the 18-member Kelowna Auto Dealers Association.

Bokitch said supporting the College makes business sense, given the industry’s reliance on the institution to educate many of the industry’s employees.

“We need highly skilled mechanics and technicians and graduating students need jobs,” he said.

The support shown by the automotive sector has been phenomenal, says Kathy Butler, the Foundation’s Executive Director.

“The Foundation is very grateful that the individual auto dealers and the Kelowna Auto Dealers Association have chosen this campaign as its charity of choice,” she said. “We’ve all read the statistics that the demand for skilled tradespeople is high. Having this industry come forward and invest in students’ future is great news.”

“Today’s announcement makes it clear that industry recognizes the importance the trades play in our economy and is working with the College to address the skills shortage we know is coming,” Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton said. “We know that 43 per cent of the one million job openings that will be created in B.C. by 2022 will require trades or technical training and many of those jobs will be filled by Okanagan College graduates.”

“Community support is vital to building that connection between our College, our students, and this province’s future.” 

Okanagan College student Emma Paul will complete the 30-week Automotive Service Foundation Program this week. She has already secured a job with Lexus.

“I grew up in Kelowna and I feel lucky to be able to complete my training here at Okanagan College. It never occurred to me to train anywhere else and I can say with all honesty that the training I have received has been exceptional. I work with top-of-the line equipment and I learn from instructors who have been incredibly supportive and have encouraged me every step of the way,” Paul said. 

“I am excited to be one of the students who will train in the refurbished complex and I am thankful to the College Foundation, the automotive sector, and the many donors and volunteers who are working so hard to raise the funds needed to see this project through to completion.”

Information about the campaign can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.okanagan.bc.ca/campaign.