Great turnout for Home for Learning, Salmon Arm
Local politicians, including Mayor Nancy Cooper and City Counsellor Chad Eliason, joined the Board Chair and representatives from Okanagan College, Rotary Club of Salmon Arm Shuswap and School District 83 in Salmon Arm on Jan. 21 for the completion reception of the Home for Learning residential construction project.
Okanagan College’s Regional Dean of Shuswap-Revelstoke, Jim Barmby, held court as emcee and the new Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, Steve Moores, addressed the crowd on behalf of the College stressing the importance of skilled trades training.
“Statisticians and economists are forecasting there will be a significant shortage of skilled tradespeople in our region and country, but notice the emphasis is on skilled,” said Moores.
“That’s important, because creating skilled workers is exactly what Okanagan College does, and that’s what the Home for Learning does. It puts real quantifiable skills into the hands of students. The students here will be filling that shortage, and they’ll be doing the work confident that they have what it takes to not only succeed, but excel.”
Residential Construction student, Griffin Victor, who was one of 11 students on the project, affirmed Moores’ comments.
For more information, see the press release.
Eight Okanagan College students receive Ike Barber Aboriginal Scholarships
Reducing barriers to education is the goal of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship society. Eight deserving Okanagan College Aboriginal students are among 265 in the province who have been selected as recipients of the society’s BC Aboriginal Student Awards.
Britney Jennison – Kelowna campus
Established in 2008, the scholarships facilitate access and improve achievement by reducing financial barriers. In 2013, the society disbursed $813,000 to Aboriginal students in B.C. who received awards that ranged between $1,000 and $5,000 to help in securing skills and training.
For more information, see the press release.
Tickets going fast for Winter Indulgence
Celebrate sweet love on Feb. 14 at Winter Indulgence in Kelowna. The evening features seven themed tables of creative confections made by Pastry Arts students. Desserts include Raspberry Ganache Marijolaine, White Chocolate Apricot Roulade, French Macarons and Guinness Stout Ginger Cake with Caramel Sauce with wine pairings. Diabetes-friendly and gluten-free options are also available.
“What will surprise people about Winter Indulgence is the level of skill the students showcase after just a few months of training,” says Pastry Arts program instructor and event organizer, Anna Mandziuk.
“Instead of being a typical dessert buffet, it’s a showcase of an art form. We’re raising the bar on most people’s idea of dessert.”
As a bonus for staff and students, Pasty Arts will be presenting a special preview event on Jan. 30 from 3-5 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and are still available through the Kelowna Campus cafeteria and Infusions.
Tickets for the Valentine’s Day event are $35 and available at Infusions, in the Kelowna campus cafeteria or by calling 250-762-5445, ext. 4426.
Goodnight Kelowna, G'morning poetry
An Okanagan College literary romp is taking over the Streaming Café in Kelowna on Feb. 7. Mark your calendars for G’Morning Poetry: A late-night humour talk show live. This free for all ages, half-improv, half-scripted, late-night talk show-style event promotes the love of literature in a zany setting with games, goofs and gaffes.
"G'morning Poetry aspires to make poetry real, relevant, joyful and everything else that poetry is not," says mcpherson eckhoff.
Limited to 50 people, the event is free and takes place from 8-9:30 p.m. at the Streaming Café, 596 Leon Ave, Kelowna. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @Gmorningpoetry.
Register now for Golden Day of Service
Organizations have been busy populating the online portal for Golden Day of Service with opportunities. Log on to Golden Day of Service to check out the available volunteer opportunities and register to take part on Feb. 14.
If you belong to a charitable organization and have an activity you want to take part in or solicit others to join you, make sure you register it as soon as possible.
“The Golden Day of Service has the potential to have a profound impact in our communities on just one day,” says College President Jim Hamilton.
“It’s our way of saying thank you as we write the next chapter in our College’s story and we want to write that chapter with the people who have done so much to support our students, our employees and our College.”
For more information, visit Golden Day of Service.
Launching Okanagan College’s first LOOC
You’ve probably heard of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), but three Okanagan College employees are in the final touches of developing an innovative Local Open Online Course (LOOC).
“MOOCs have been around for a while,” says course co-creator and Political Science professor Rosalind Warner, “but these courses lack a local flavor and interaction between the participants.”
“We wanted a deep learning experience that was focused on the Okanagan but open to anyone in the world who wanted to learn about how to apply sustainability practices,” she says.
Warner, together with Business Professor Arnica Rowan and Education Technology Specialist, Ross McKerlich, created the online course to be flexible enough to enable the learner to complete the sections they want to complete, when they want to complete them.
“The three of us share a similar learning philosophy that is learner-centred,” says Rowan. “If you don’t finish the course but participate for two days, learn something, and make some connections with like-minded people, then it served its purpose.”
In the course, learners get to explore timely sustainability issues, like Food Systems, Green Living, Nature and Outside, Human Health, and Local Global.
Another unique feature of the course is it’s based on game theory. Students complete tasks to earn badges and discover the next challenge. At each bronze, silver and gold level they can earn three types of badges: Connection Facilitator, Resource Specialist, Change Agent. The elusive Topic Master badge is awarded to learners who complete every challenge in the topic.
Registration for the Applied Sustainability LOOC opens Feb. 10. Course starts on Feb. 17. Contact Ross McKerlich for registration details.
Getting the word out
The Public Affairs Department of Okanagan College sent out the following media releases in the last two weeks:
Penticton ushers in the New Year
To welcome new and returning students to the winter 2014 term, the team at the Penticton campus hosted a lunch event. All of student services were at the event, as well as the Students’ Union and Enactus.
Organized by Jill Smith, Recruiting and Events Coordinator, with help from Jackie Pine, Regional Dean’s assistant, 200 students enjoyed free lunch and popcorn and had the opportunity to play games and win prizes. Sabrina Crawford in the HCA program was the lucky winner of the $250 Campus bookstore gift certificate.
“Many students were able to take advantage of the reception. It was a great event that was well received and allowed the campus staff to give a warm welcome to 2014,” says Penticton’s Regional Dean, Donna Lomas.
New employee makes a cross-Canada trek
Okanagan College’s new International Education Advisor in Kelowna, Danai Kusikwenyu, braved inclement weather to start her role with Okanagan College on Jan. 6.
A native of Zimbabwe, she came to Canada to study English and History at Memorial University in Newfoundland. After graduation, Danai worked in international education at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. Most recently, she was at the University of Waterloo in Ontario where she embarked on the cross-country drive with her fiance.
Although far from home, she chose the job at Okanagan College for the depth of experience it would bring her.
“In my previous positions, I dealt mostly with immigration and settlement and now I have the opportunity to work on the academic side and advise students on their course selections.”
Jan. 28, 2014 Vol. 8, Issue 21
Health info from the Employee and Family Assistance Provider
Okanagan College's Employee and Family Assistance Provider (EFAP), PPC Canada, provides a wealth of information each month about an important issue regarding your health and wellbeing.
Summer Distance Education opens soon
Registration for Summer 2014 Distance Education courses opens on Feb. 3 for continuing students and Feb. 10 for new students. Courses start in May and students write their final exams mid-August. In summer 2013, Okanagan College had more than 900 registrations in online and distance education courses.
College Pension Plan statements coming soon
This week, your Member’s Benefit Statement will accompany your Report to Members booklet in the mail. Both publications are provided to help you understand your pension benefits. Your pension is a valuable asset, and your Member’s Benefit Statement explains the value of your pension and provides you with an overview of the choices you may make about how and when to retire.
Boost your leadership quotient
Continuing Studies has updated and renamed its Management Skills for Supervisors Certificate. The new three-course Leadership Skills Certificate has its first intake in Kelowna, running from Feb. 6 to Mar. 28, on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Using iPad in the Classroom
On Jan. 29, Okanagan School of Business professor, Michael Orwick shares ways to enhance students' learning using the iPad. From videos to PowerPoint-style presentations, there are a growing number of teaching options available to professors. Co-presented by the Institute for Learning and Teaching and Education Technology; from 4-5 p.m., Room E303, Kelowna, Campus. Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/tea for more information.
Celebrate the Year of the Horse
Usher in the Chinese New Year on Friday, Jan. 31. This year’s event features the Dragon Dance lead by Mr. Lee from the Chinese Freemasons Club and attendees will receive a lucky red envelope. Discover your Chinese zodiac sign, make paper lanterns and learn how to use chopsticks. Sample Chinese culinary delights from the Asian Pear; from 3-6 p.m., Atrium, Centre for Learning, Kelowna campus.
Baseball ticket drive is a home run
Buy a ticket to an Okanagan College Coyotes baseball game by 4 p.m. on Jan. 29, and you could win a trip for two to Las Vegas. As an incentive to sell advance tickets to the 2014 season, the baseball team is holding a series of prize draws starting on Feb. 1.
Home Support Forum
On Feb. 6, the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) is hosting a community discussion on the crisis in home care for the elderly featuring the BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter, Co-Chair of the BC Health Coalition Rick Turner and front-line community health worker Donna Stubbe.
Register now for Okanagan College Half Marathon event
What better incentive is there to keep your New Year’s resolutions than to register for a fitness goal? Register now for the Okanagan College Half Marathon on Apr. 6 and keep yourself on track.
Business expo brings employers to Kelowna campus
Okanagan College will host its seventh annual Business Expo and Employment Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in the Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus.
Studio woodworking tool demonstration
For the third year, the Studio Woodworking program in Kelowna is hosting a tool demonstration from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc. This is a rare opportunity to see high-quality hand tools and fine woodworking in action.
Could you become a superhero?
Having the power, agility and speed of Ironman and Superman may seem like it can only happen in comic books, but according to neurobiologist, it is possible.
An art exhibit at the Vernon Campus, supplied through a partnership between Okanagan College and Gallery Vertigo, was a topic of public debate. Read more in ‘Distressing' exhibit removed from OC, listen to a CBC radio interview with Regional Dean Jane Lister and the artist, and watch a Global News report on Jan. 21.
Finalists of the Canadian Culinary Championships taking place at the Delta Grand Hotel and Okanagan College on Feb. 7 and 8 were announced, see Battle royal cooked up for top chefs, Culinary championships will have definite Canadian music flavor, Singers to serve up entrainment at end of Canadian chefs competition, and Canada’s best chefs converge on Kelowna.
Eight Okanagan College Aboriginal students were among 265 students in the province who received scholarships through the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society, see Aboriginal students at College win scholarships and OK College Aboriginal students receive Irving K. Barber awards.
In her regular Capital News column, Registrar Jane Muskens discusses the benefits of post secondary education to salary competitiveness and job security in times of economic uncertainty, see Housing market cost increases outpace rise in salary income.
If you have an unfilled New Year’s resolution, then chances are Okanagan College has a class to help you complete it, see OC arts classes abound.
Okanagan College Honorary Fellow, Richard Cannings, a Penticton-area biologist and author, is seeking the federal NDP nomination for the new South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, see Cannings wants Atamanenko’s job.
The Pastry Arts program's Winter Indulgence dessert event at Okanagan College in Kelowna promises to sweeten the soul on Feb. 14. Watch the Global News clip here, Pastry program on the rise.
Okanagan College’s announcement that it's joining eight B.C. post-secondary institutions in the Skills Bridge Research Project intended to bolster student success made Academica’s TopTen on Jan. 24.
An Okanagan University College business graduate has turned her attention to pursuing her music career full-time after personal turmoil, see This girl has grit.
The College's Kelowna campus is hosting a business expo and job fair, see Business expo attracts employers and job seekers.