College’s enrolment growth continues
Okanagan College’s record of growing enrolments continued to climb in 2009 - 5,663 students signed up for fall classes throughout the region.
The 5.6 per cent increase over last year can be attributed to a number of factors, noted President Jim Hamilton. “The economic situation is driving many people to return to school to upgrade their skills and education, but I also think that a broader selection of courses and programs is also partially responsible for the growth.”
Enrolment at each of the College’s four campuses grew: Kelowna’s enrolment grew by 141 students, Vernon’s grew by 76, the Penticton campus welcomed an additional 66 more students this year and in Salmon Arm, enrolment grew by 13 students.
“The growth in student numbers tells only part of the story,” said Hamilton. “We’re also seeing an increase in the number of credits students are taking – 8.9 per cent more credits this year than last fall. That means more of our students are taking more courses than they did in 2008.”
There are several areas of significant growth for the College this fall:
• 21.2 per cent more students enrolled in foundational programs (adult academic career preparation, adult special education and English as a second language) than in 2008.
September enrolment numbers tell only part of the picture for Okanagan College – the fall statistics don’t capture courses that start after September 15, and don’t count all the Continuing Studies courses that people register for. The complete picture for Okanagan College enrolments comes in the spring when a calculation of full-time equivalent students is complete, drawing in all the data from the fall and winter semesters and Continuing Studies registrations.
Hamilton drops first puck for Crusaders
President Hamilton attended the Okanagan College Crusaders Hockey Team’s first home game of the season on Friday, Oct. 2 in Winfield. The team rolled out the red carpet for the president, whose skillful puck-drop set the team up for an exciting series against the University of Victoria. At their home opener, the Crusaders lost 1-2 to UVic but battled back on Saturday night to tie the team 5-5. The team’s website has up-to-date game schedules, scores and information about the league: www.okanagancrusaders.ca.
| Dr. Jayne Brooks and Alumni Association President Kara Kazimer preapre to cut the cake to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree|
The event followed two other recent gatherings in the Centre for Learning, making it one of Kelowna's social hotspots in October. An event Sept. 29 brought Board of Governors members together with members of the Regional Advisory Committee, Central Okanagan VIPS, School Board representatives, and a host of others. An event on October 7 brought a host of guests from the construction and development community to the building to learn more about the green side of the Centre for Learning.
|Okanagan College alumna Nicole Parent was the lucky recipient of a weekend package at Big White, presented by Nicola Theberge||Alumni John Perrott (Downtown Kelowna Association) and Shelley Gilmore (from MLA Norm Letnick's constituency office) were among the alumni who turned out Thursday at the Centre for Learning. |
After a nation-wide search to find Laura Neame’s successor (Laura will be retiring in the near future), Okanagan College has selected Ross Tyner as Director of Library Services.
| Ross Tyner|
In addition to his direct responsibilities in the Library, Ross served the College and OUC as a member or chair of a wide variety of committees and professional bodies. He has held several leadership roles within the Okanagan College Faculty Association, volunteers extensively in his community, and has also been involved, as an editor and contributor, in several Kalamalka Press publications.
Ross will join the Leadership Team on Dec. 7 and will work in tandem with Laura through the month of December.
| Catherine and granddaughter|
Kal Klassen, instructor in the Construction Trades & Apprenticeship program and Wilma van der Veen, professor in Sociology, both participated in the 24th annual Toy Ride on Sunday, Sept. 27 in Kelowna. The event, which is organized by the Salvation Army, gives motorcycle riders an opportunity to ride together (there were hundreds of bikers) and donate a gift for tots & teens in the area to be distributed during the holiday season.
This month, Human Resources (with the assistance of Institutional Research) is conducting the second Okanagan College Employee Survey. It will yield valuable feedback and will help guide College plans. The 2007 survey, for example, led to improvements and refinements in the College's approach to orientation.
Gauging staff satisfaction is important as Okanagan College continues its growth and development. Survey responses will assist in setting organizational priorities.
The survey will be online until midnight Oct. 26. Results will be shared through Inside Okanagan College.
The feedback employees provide through the survey is confidential. While the survey instrument asks for basic demographic data, the categories have been kept deliberately broad to preclude individual responses being identified.
Please take time to complete the survey, which can be reached by clicking on this link.
Campus Stores is anxiously awaiting faculty textbook requests for the upcoming winter semester. Please be aware that October 15 is the text request deadline for the winter semester so please place your requests with Gord Stefansson. As always campus stores enjoys working with you and thanks you for your year-round support of the store.
Second, third and fourth year students have until Friday, Oct. 16 to apply for the Okanagan College Tuition Busaries for the fall 2009 and winter 2010 terms. Last year Okanagan College disbursed $253,000 in tuition bursaries to students.
Students are eligible for up to $500 per term (fall ’09 and winter ’10) based on the following criteria:
To apply, follow this link to download an application form. Completed forms must be submitted to the student services welcome centre at the Kelowna campus or to the Regional campus administration offices by Oct. 16, 2009.
The Okanagan College Tributes Committee invites nominations for the Honorary Fellow and Distinguished Service Awards for the 2010 Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.
The award of an Honorary Fellow is recognition by Okanagan College of distinguished achievement or outstanding service. The criteria for the award include mentorship, excellence, eminence and accomplishment that reflect the values of the College and the diversity of Canadian society. Nominees will be persons who have made significant contributions to the College, the Okanagan Valley, the Province, the Nation or on an international level.
To make a nomination:
Nominations can be made in confidence by e-mail or mail, and should contain as much information as possible including:
This award honours and recognizes former Okanagan College employees who have given outstanding service to Okanagan College, who share and support the mission, vision and values of Okanagan College, and who are active within and outside the Okanagan College community. This award will not be given as a matter of routine and is extended to only those who are most deserving. Nominations from either a peer or supervisor are the chief source of candidates and all are given serious consideration. Nominations should include:
Nominations should be submitted in confidence by Oct. 16, 2009 to:
Joanna Campbell, Assistant to the President
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8
250-762-5445, ext. 4715
Congratulations to Bryan Cook from the Kal Campus who won last week's payday draw for $520 - the largest prize ever awarded! The Okanagan College Foundation 50/50 Staff Lottery is open to all employees of Okanagan College. If you wish to sign up for the lottery, registration forms are available from: Advancement & Alumni/Okanagan College Foundation office (P103, KLO Campus), Human Resources or online.
| CEI Architect Planning Interiors representative Tim McLennan with CHBC news reporter April Lawrence|
Avid hiker and Education Council chair Rick Gee was interviewed for an article on the great outdoors recently on Castanet. You can find the article here.The College's swelling enrolment numbers were front-page news for the Penticton Herald on Oct. 1, as they were in Kelowna's Daily Courier on Sept. 30.
Oct. 16 & 17 – Trade Up: Empowering Women in Trades Conference
Okanagan College will host a conference for women in trades on Oct. 16 and 17 at the Kelowna campus. The conference will bring guest speakers, networking opportunities and a forum for the sharing of best practices. For more information, or to register, contact Maura Lucente or go online: www.okanagan.bc.ca/wtti.
Oct. 22 - International Day for Climate Action – (12 – 2 p.m. in the Pit)
Join the students of Sociology 295 Social Dissent and 212 Race & Ethnic relations and members of the OK Activist Club for an event to raise awareness about Global Climate Change with a particular focus on environmental racism. Through information displays and interactive activities, participants will learn about this most urgent environmental issue, sending a message to our political leaders that members of Okanagan College and Kelowna want to see the Canadian government make a strong commitment to reduce carbon emissions as the next round of international negotiations takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark in early December.
Oct. 23 - There's a rhino in my house, and a hyena, and a warthog...
Join Wilma van der Veen of Sociology for a slide show presentation of her volunteer work with a conservation project helping to protect the endangered black rhino. Find out more about Wilma’s voluntourism adventure, which took her to Zimbabwe’s Imire Safari Ranch. The presentation will take place at the Kelowna campus in room H115 at 7 p.m. Some snacks & beverages will be provided.
Nov. 2 - You, me and the SPP: Trading Democracy for Corporate Rule
The Kelowna campus will screen this documentary with the film's director, Paul Manley, in attendance for a Q&A after the showing. The documentary focuses on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).The film will be presented at 7 p.m. in the lecture theatre. The free screening is hosted by the Kelowna Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and part of the National SPP Victory Tour. For more information, visit: www.youmespp.com.
Dec. 1 – This is what democracy looks like
The documentary film, This is what democracy looks like, will be screened in the Kelowna campus lecture theatre at 7 p.m. on the 10th anniversary of the Pro-democracy movement action that took place in Seattle in November and December 1999 when more than 50,000 people from environment groups, religious groups, women's groups, human rights groups, labour union groups and more, protested the negotiations that were being conducted by the World Trade Organization. Some snacks and beverages will be provided.
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The next edition of INSIDE OKANAGAN COLLEGE will be issued on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009.