Solar panels power up College’s Kelowna campus
Okanagan College has activated B.C.’s second largest solar panel system at the Kelowna campus, taking another large step towards its ambitious goal of seeking to be energy net zero by 2025. The 194 kW electrical solar power system is slightly smaller than the existing (and B.C.’s largest) 258 kW system on top of the LEED Platinum certified Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at the Penticton campus.
Vernon students get training while giving back
June 30, 2015, Vol. 10, Issue 7
Statutory holiday closure
Okanagan College will be closed Wednesday, July 1 in observance of the Canada Day statutory holiday.
Little Scholars YMCA (Kelowna campus) summer and fall programs
Registration for the YMCA's Little Scholars Summer Kinderprep programs at the Kelowna campus is now open. The program is for children ages 4-5 who will be entering Kindergarten in September 2015 or 2016. There are eight Kinderprep camps (10 spots in each) that run during the summer from July 6 to August 29.
Registration for the fall Preschool program (ages 3-5) is also now open. Little Scholars Child Care & Preschool provides child care services for children aged newborn to 5 years. To register or for more information, visit the website or call 250-491-9622, extension 237.
Register for Connections 2015
Aug. 18 -19 – Join your colleagues at the College’s 10th annual employee learning conference taking place at the Kelowna campus from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Employees can register for one of the two days here.
Each day will have a similar agenda: an overview session at 9:30 a.m., followed by a morning workshop, lunch to be provided, and an afternoon workshop. Concluding the day is a social event featuring appetizers and samples from the Okanagan: Big Surf, Rider Cider, and Okanagan Spirits. This is an opportunity to connect with your peers, have fun, and celebrate the OC network.
Explore effective learning & teaching environments “Planting the Seeds” event
Aug 24 and 25 – New and continuing faculty are invited to participate in a two-day interactive workshop held at the Kelowna campus that will focus on creating effective learning and teaching environments. The "Planting The Seeds" event is presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services.
Much like planting a seed and watching it grow, learning and teaching provides a rewarding, organic experience of growth. This two-day workshop will look at the multiple topics to foster learner centered educational environments.
Tiltshift Conference, save the date
The first annual Tiltshift Education Technology Conference at Okanagan College will be held on Friday Sept. 25 in the evening, and continue throughout the day on Saturday Sept. 26. The conference is presented by Learning and Teaching and IT Services.
An information night being held for prospective students and their parents to find out more about the new ArtsX program at the College was shared with Vernon Morning Star readers on June 26.
The success of Okanagan College’s graduating trades student at the Skills Canada National competition was noticed by the Vernon Morning Star, which featured Vernon resident and gold medal winner in electronics Josh Wams in a June 21 article in print and online.
The final 2015 Convocation ceremony celebrating College graduands and Honorary fellow Rick Pushor was noted in a Penticton Herald brief on June 25.
Getting a jump-start on trades skills, the Salmon Arm Observer featured students Dayne Steiger and Aidan Miege-Moffat who completed pre-apprenticeship trades course as part of the dual credit programs offered at the College, counting towards both their high school graduations and post-secondary credits in a recent article in print and online.
Supporting trades students, the generous $50,000 donation from Cliff and Lois Serwa to the Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign was captured by the Kelowna Capital News in a June 26 article. KelownaNow.com also ran a story sharing the good news.
The Kelowna Daily Courier’s reporter Steve MacNaull highlighted the Serwa donation and noted the 13 similar donations to date to the campaign, including the one from Team Construction in his Valley Views June 26 column. The same newspaper also reported the campaign surpassing the $4 million mark in the June 29 print edition and online.
The Kelowna Daily Courier online published a story about the College’s trades students lending a helping hand to the community, while gaining valuable on-the-job training through the construction of the Lake Country Food Bank.
KelownaNow interviewed Steve Moores, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, in a video segment that included a tour of the Trades Complex currently under construction.
The Kelowna Capital News shined a light on the College activating B.C.’s second largest solar panel system at the Kelowna campus in the Solar panels power up local campus article. Castanet ran an editorial story online titled Energy from the heavens.
Alex Atamanenko, MP for the British Columbia Southern Interior, authored a contributed editorial in the Rossland Telegraph about sustainability at Okanagan College and wrote about his recent visit to the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence.
The Osoyoos Times celebrated Aboriginal students graduating from high school in a June 24 article, including Barnabas LaFlamme who will be attending Okanagan College starting in the fall.
Okanagan College and UBCO have signed an international charter for health promotion, well being, and sustainability on campuses and in the community. The signing ceremony took place during the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges hosted at UBCO in late June and was reported both in print and online by the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Penticton Herald. The Kelowna Capital News shared the news online.
The Kelowna Capital News helped spread the word that Okanagan College was looking for host families in Kelowna for international students as part of the Homestay program in the June 17 print edition.
To help generate votes, KelownaNow shared the news of AEMP student Ben Klick setting his sights on country music stardom and his need to win a provincial contest in order to play on the national stage at a music festival in Halifax this fall.
The Kelowna Daily Courier's Steve MacNaull shared news that Okanagan College School of Business alumnus Drew Vincent joined the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission as the new Okanagan Young Professionals Collective Coordinator in his June 24 Valley Brief column in print and online.
Vernon Morning Star’s gardening columnist Jocelyne Swell recapped a recent tour to the College’s Vernon campus Kalamalka Demonstration Garden and Patchwork Farms in her weekly column on June 17 online.
Fifty years ago, Okanagan College was considering 21 possible sites for its Kelowna campus, as noted in the Kelowna Daily Courier's June 24 A look Back at Life on this Day in History column.
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