Work begins today on Kelowna Trades Complex

Trades Complex graphic smallWork gets underway today at Okanagan College on Phase One of the $33-million development of the Kelowna Trades Complex, just one month following the provincial government’s announcement.

Regional Dean Heather Schneider said planning has been underway for several weeks, and now work is starting on the expansion of the Heavy Duty Mechanics building.

This building, which is located in one of the oldest structures at the College, is being expanded to both the east and west. A second storey is also being constructed for additional classrooms and office space.

To keep track of developments, the College is creating a website for the project.

The Kelowna Trades Complex project will be designed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards and be the first of its kind in the province to transform a complex of this age, size and diversity into a modern learning space that is energy neutral.

Leader in post-secondary marketing presents at Okanagan College

One of the leaders in marketing post-secondary educational institutions in North America brought his expertise to the Okanagan College community today, including the College’s Board of Governors.

Ken Steele, who is best-known as the editor of Canada’s daily higher education news digest – Academica’s Top Ten, is the co-founder and Senior Vice-President of Academica Group Inc.

Steele shared his insights on emerging trends in post-secondary recruitment and brand positioning.

Steele has led major projects in recent years for Lethbridge College, the University of the Fraser Valley, Mount Royal University and the University of Saskatchewan, among others.

In the last four years since Academica launched it has attracted more than 15,000 subscribers, including college and university presidents, senior executives, faculty, government policy analysts and national media editors

College’s Institute for Learning and Teaching creates success

The Institute for Learning and Teaching celebrated a significant milestone at Okanagan College Friday with the creation of three certificate programs and the Okanagan College Teaching Guide.

The three certificate programs developed are the Learner-Centred Instructor (LCI), Service and Support in a Learner-Centred Organization (SLCO), and Leading in a Learner-Centred Organization (LLCO).

The Learner-Centred Instructor Certificate program has since become a transfer credit course in the B.C. Provincial Instructor Diploma program, and has been offered three times to full capacity since its launch.

The other two programs – SLCO and LLCO – are now undergoing beta testing, with plans for both programs to be offered in 2013, budget permitting.

Meanwhile, the Teaching Guide, which was started in December 2011 and completed in summer 2012, is now online and available to all new teaching employees.

“This is a tremendous achievement for the College,” said Dr. Jayne Brooks, Director of Learning and Teaching, who credited the hard work to a massive team of professors and instructors and other College employees who helped create the program curricula.

Key to the project were members of the ILT Education Committee: Chair Dini Steyn, Jayne Brooks, Mag Evans, Jim Gamble, Rob Kjarsgaard, Chandra McCann, Mike Minions and Paul Stephenson. Support was also provided by numerous departments – including IT Services, Public Affairs, Copy Shop, Continuing Studies, Education Council and the President’s Office.

Time once again to master the metaphor

Senior high school students who love creative writing might want to spend the next few weeks brushing up on their literary skills to take part in the 3-Hour Short Story Contest.

Registration is now open for the contest, which takes place at each of the four campuses (Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Penticton and Vernon) on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Five prizes are available for the budding writers: one $250 tuition credit at each of the campuses. The overall winner will receive an additional $250 tuition credit, and publication in a limited fine-press edition by the students in the Okanagan College’s Writing and Publishing diploma program and Kalamalka Press.

Complete contest rules are available on the 2012 3-Hour Short Story Contest website, including links to the regional winners. Last year’s winner was Gwenellen Tarbet from the South Okanagan, with her piece The Hudson’s Bay Blanket.

Water expert speaks on future and Western Canada’s climate

Bob SandfordThe chair of the United Nation’s Water for Life Decade will be at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus Thursday, Nov. 15 as part of the ongoing Science in Society Series.

Bob Sandford will be presenting his lecture at 7:30 p.m. on The Snows of Yesteryear and the Future Climate of the Canadian West.

“We are entering a period in which water is going to do things we haven't seen it do before - for which no mathematics yet exist to make accurate predictive modeling possible,” said Sandford, who has authored more than 20 books, including three on water issues in Canada including his most recent book Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World’s Water Woes.

Tickets for the event, which is held in conjunction with the Okanagan Science Centre, are available in advance for $7 at the Okanagan Science Centre, or at the door ($10).

Explore your future at Career Fair 2012

Take one curious mind looking for a career, and bring it in to the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College on Sunday, Nov. 4.

This marks the 31st annual Career Fair with exhibitors arriving from all over the region from fields as varied as health sciences, aeronautics, social services, technicians, and banking.

The fair starts at 10:30 a.m. and continues through to 3 p.m. in the atrium of the Centre for Learning at the campus on 1000 K.L.O. Road.

Venture Okanagan winner to take $5,000 purse Nov. 7

For the first time since its launch three years ago, the winner at the Venture Okanagan Investors Forum at Okanagan College will be walking away with a $5,000 cash prize, along with mentorship.

The event, which is run by SIFE Okanagan volunteers who are all students at Okanagan College, takes place Nov. 7 at the Kelowna campus.

Six entrepreneurs will be making their final pitch to accredited investors from fields as varied as health technology, transportation security, software and a speciality distillery.

Grant Thornton LLP jumped at the opportunity to sponsor SIFE’s Venture Okanagan Program.

 “We recognize the importance of the availability of capital for growing businesses in our community,” said Andrew Malashewsky, the manager of the company’s Kelowna office.

Take off with a new career in Aircraft Maintenance

Students with an interest in aviation can get the inside goods on the industry at an information session underway Tuesday, Oct. 30 at the Kelowna Aerospace campus.

The 90-minute session gets underway at 6 p.m. and will feature instructors providing information on the 37-week full-time Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Structures (AME-S) program starting in February 2013.

The Kelowna Aerospace Campus is located at 5655 Airport Way in Kelowna. For more information, contact Rob Kjarsgaard or call 250-503-2670.

Professional social workers speak on careers Nov. 14

Students interested in a career in social work can hear from the professionals at a panel discussion Nov. 14 at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.

The discussion, put on the by the Interdisciplinary Studies department, will feature social workers from child protection, victim services, advocacy, senior support, Aboriginal social work, and others talking about the challenges and triumphs of the profession.

The event takes place from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Room E202 (Centre for Dialogue in the Centre for Learning building), and is hosted by the Interdisciplinary Studies department.

For more information, contact Olivia Hofer, or call 250-869-6584.

ILT Lunch & Learn on track Nov. 6 with birth of BC Rail

Birth is never easy, and that certainly was true for the beginning of B.C. Rail, according to Canadian historian and Okanagan College Learning Centre instructor and coordinator Dr. Paul Stephenson.

On Nov. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kelowna campus Stephenson will share some of his PhD research into why 100 per cent of the construction money was spent by 1915, while only 30 per cent of the track had been laid.

The session, which takes place in the Atrium of the Centre for Learning, marks the beginning of the ILT Lunch & Learn season, and the 100th birthday of B.C Rail.


Okanagan College student lands international scholarship

Ben LeeAn Okanagan College student has become the first student outside of the United States to receive a scholarship from the International Cessna 170 Association.

Ben Peters, 19, received the $1,000 U.S. scholarship just as he completed his Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – M training at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus. The winning scholars must be enrolled in an aviation-related program at an educational institution.

This will really help,” said Peters. “The simple fact is my current post-secondary education would not be possible without this generous contribution.”

Now with the 62-week portion of the program under his belt, and the scholarship in his pocket, he’s off to Dawson Creek to complete the remainder of his AME-M training.

“I can’t imagine what I’d do other than be around airplanes,” he said.

“Receiving this scholarship is a wonderful testament to his passion for aviation,” said Instructor Dale Martell.

Practical Nursing Instructor proves to be expert sailor

Practical Nursing Instructor Tanis Coletti was a member of the winning Okanagan Team that took the Canadian Yachting Association Women’s Keelboat Nationals in early September on Sylvan Lake in Alberta.

Coletti sailed with the Okanagan Team in their craft I’m Alone.

To read more of the story, click here.

Love of song woos crowd at Black Box

Love LineCarolyn Theiss took to the stage recently with multiple roles in the Black Box Theatre presentation of Love on the Line in Kelowna.

Carolyn, who works in the Women’s Trades Training Initiative, played the Operator (which gave the audience a glimpse of her former career at Telus) and she also played one of the three Doo Wop girls.  

Rob St. Onge gets last laugh at Toastmasters

Rob St. Onge, who works as Energy Manager in the Facilities department at the Kelowna campus, took first place in the Humorous Speech Contest at the Toastmasters Division C competition in Vernon this past weekend.

Rob, a charter member of the Okanagan College Toastmaster Club, was up against winners from 35 clubs and took the prize for his speech With a Little Help from my Friends. He’ll now move on the Toastmasters District conference Nov. 3 where he will meet winners from all 260 clubs in B.C.

Dianne Bayes, who works in Advancement and is new to Toastmasters competed at the Club level and went on to Area Level.

The OC Toastmasters meet each Wednesday at noon in Room E309 in the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus.

Terry Scarborough proves to have lock on Sherlock

English professor Terry Scarborough’s essay Open the window, then: Filmic Interpretation of Gothic Conventions in Brian Mills' The Hound of the Baskervilles has appeared in a new book exploring themes surrounding the fictitious detective and the author who created him.

Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle: Multi-Media Afterlives is edited by Sabine Vanacker and Catherine Wynne and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

To read more, about the publication, click here.

Oct. 23, 2012 Vol. 7 Issue 14


Final exam schedules posted online

The final exam schedules for the Fall semester are now available online. Please advise students to check back regularly for any changes that may be made between now and the exam period. The final exam period is Dec. 5 – 15, 2012.

Reach Out October now online

The current issue of Reach Out, published by the Registrar’s Office, is now available. Anyone interested in receiving the monthly newsletter, can click on the link at the top of the page.

This month’s edition includes a staff spotlight, an invite to the 2nd Annual Muffins and Cupcakes fundraiser and October Education Council updates. Please continue to send along any topic ideas you may have to Carlyn Young.

Flu vaccinations take place this week

Flu vaccinations clinics are being held at all four campuses on the following days:

Penticton – Tuesday, Oct. 23
9 – 11 a.m., room Sunoka PE A6A

Vernon – Tuesday, Oct. 23
Noon to 2 p.m.  room E105

Kelowna – Thursday, Oct. 25
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Atrium, Centre for Learning

Salmon Arm – Thursday, Oct. 25
Noon – 1 p.m., room 131

Those attending the flu clinic are asked to complete the bulk of the Seasonal Flu Vaccination Questionnaire and Consent form ahead of time, and then sign and date the form in the nurse’s presence at the clinic.

Employee cost for the vaccination is $10. Please bring exact change, or a cheque made payable to Okanagan College.

Find a friend and car pool

Anyone with an empty passenger seat might want to consider filling it this week.

Car Pool Week takes place Oct. 22 – 26, and anyone who registers online has a chance to win a prize, including a GPS Navigation System, or $250 in gas cards.

Visit the Car Pool page for more information.

Santa searching for team members

The annual Santa Shuffle takes place Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Mission Park Greenway.

This is an opportunity to spend time walking or running while raising funds for the Salvation Army’s Christmas hampers.

The cost is $17.50 per person, with the hope of putting together a 20-member Okanagan College team. Please contact Michelle Sinclair by Oct. 26 for more details or call her toll-free 1-877-755-2266 ext. 4346.

Sassy Salsa at Global Café

SalsaGrab a partner, or simply just sit back and watch the action when Salsa Night gets underway Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.

This free event, put on by the Athletics, Recreation and Student Life department in conjunction with the Global Café, takes place from 7 – 9 p.m. in the atrium of the Centre for Learning. For more information, Jenn Naiman.


Oct. 25 – The Kelowna campus sizzles at 7 p.m. when Salsa Night at the Global Café gets underway featuring dance performances, food and a chance to try a few turns.  For more information, contact Jenn Naiman.

Oct. 29 – Journalist and author Craig Henderson shares some interesting tales about Naramata’s past and present and his recent book, Naramata Chronicles, at the Penticton campus. The presentation takes place from 7 – 9 p.m. in Room PL107.

Nov. 2 – Film Festival Movie Night takes place at the Kelowna campus with the screening of Surviving Progress, part of the REEL Change Sustainability Film Festival. Admission is free, with show time from 7 – 10 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre S104.

Nov. 4 - Career Fair 2012 is on at the Kelowna campus from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nov. 7 – The Salmon Arm campus opens its doors from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for students, parents, adult learners and anyone interested in learning about programs and services available at Okanagan College.

Nov. 14 – The Interdisciplinary Studies department hosts a panel of experienced social workers to talk on the triumphs and challenges of the profession. 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Kelowna campus. Room E202.

Nov. 15 – The Science in Society Series features a talk on the future of water at the Vernon campus with UN Water for Life Decade Chair Bob Sandford. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at the door, or in advance through the Okanagan Science Centre.

Nov. 24 – Grade 11 and 12 high school students take part in the 3-Hour Short Story competition, which takes place at each of the four campuses: Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton. For contest rules, click here.


Okanagan College students in Vernon persisted through the stink and sticky as part of their trash audit. Read: College students take out the trash, from the Morning Star.

The Courier and the Capital News picked up a media release on Lee Cartier’s research into innovation in the Okanagan agriculture industry. Read: Farming innovation gets closer examination, and Prof looks at impact on farming on economy.

The provincial government is investing $18.7 million to create more than 3,000 new seats in skills training, with more than $1-million of that flowing directly to Okanagan College. Read: Provincial funding finds its way to Kelowna campus, from the Capital News.

Okanagan College student Ben Peters has become the first student outside of the U.S. to receive an international scholarship for aviation students. Read: Aircraft maintenance engineering student lands prestigious scholarship, and Aircraft student lands U.S. scholarship.

Board of Governors chair Lance Kayfish had his ideas aired in the Vancouver Sun. Read: Future workforce shortage looms.

A media release on one of the heftiest donations on wheels ended up in the pages of the Morning Star, the Courier, the Penticton Herald, and the Capital News. Read: RV donation benefits college, Big RV donation helps out college (Courier and Herald), and A 30-foot donation to RV program.

Registrar Jane Muskens focused her School’s In column on observations from attending a recent career fair in Alberta. Read: Matching skills to where the jobs are.

Exhibitors are already signing up to provide public seminars at this year’s Career Fair, reported both the Capital News and the Morning Star. Read: OC Career Fair will include seminars and College prepares for annual career fair.

Two stories written by Public Affairs were featured in the Small Business Week supplement in the Daily Courier. Read: A dream realized, featuring alumni Bobby Gidda, and Farmers digging up new business, featuring members of SIFE Okanagan.

People thinking about a career in the wine industry were invited to an information session in Penticton. Read: Make a career in winemaking.

Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan referenced Okanagan College in one of his recently published columns in the Courier. Read: Science and technology booming in Canada.

The story of Okanagan College Distinguished Alumni Ryan Holmes was featured in the Morning Star. Read: Hootsuite founder keeps eye on big picture.

The proposal to relocate Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus downtown received a boost last week. Read: College expansion supported, from the Salmon Arm Observer.

Central Okanagan recipients of the Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships from Okanagan College were named in the Courier. Read: Students awarded $5,000 scholarships.

After years of discussion, a proposed sports complex at the Okanagan College Vernon campus is going before voters. Read: Sports complex heads to a vote, from the Morning Star.

The Science in Society lecture series kicks off its sixth season with a talk on brain research. Read: Science series hosts speaker.

The Osoyoos Times ran a feature story on the College’s South Okanagan Community Literacy program. Read: Successful literacy program continues.

Community members turned out to support Okanagan College instructor and author Dona Sturmanis. Read: Friends give helping hand to writer, from the Courier, and Coming together to help local author.

A West Kelowna woman was fined $1,250 for her part in the death of College instructor Ethan Baptiste. Read: Driver fined in deadly crash.


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