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OCAA Award helps first year engineer hit the books

Taylor Cornett has always enjoyed figuring out how things work. As a first year student in Okanagan College’s Civil Engineering program, he is now turning that curiosity into a career—and kicking off his studies with a boost from inside the Okanagan College family.

Cornett, who stepped into the classroom at the Kelowna campus this September, recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Okanagan College Association of Administrators. The news took some of the stress out of beginning post-secondary, he says.cornett

“It was a weight off my shoulders,” explains Cornett. “The award covered the majority of the cost of my books for this year, which was wonderful.”

Books in hand, he hopes to complete his Civil Engineering Technology program at the College and bridge to Lakehead University or UBCO to continue on toward an engineering degree. A specialization in the Geotechnical side of the field, such as soil analysis or snow and avalanche research, would be an ideal career, he says, given his passion for engineering and the outdoors.

Cornett’s mother Charlene works in Human Resources and has been an Okanagan College employee and OCAA member since 2011.

Since it was established in 2005, the Okanagan College Association of Administrators (OCAA) Award Fund has provided $15,400 dollars to 19 recipients.

The award is intended to assist members of OCAA in pursuing higher education, or, as in the case of Cornett, family members as well. Two awards were handed out this year: one to Cornett and the second to Dawn Southern who also works in Human Resources as the Kelowna Campus.

Thanks to the support and continued generosity of OCCA members, the award has grown from a $500 award in 2005 to a $1,000 scholarship since 2010. Funds can be applied toward tuition for studies at Okanagan College, or other institutions in Canada or internationally.

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