Inaugural OC4 Cyclosportif hits the road
Okanagan College’s first public cycling event – the OC4 Cyclosportif – took place during the last weekend of June and went off without a hitch.
The riders made their way to Penticton on Sunday where they enjoyed the sights along Okanagan Lake. Aid station support was provided by a nursing student, Erika Warkentin. Once at the Penticton campus, they were welcomed by volunteer Johann Funk (former OC sociology professor). All ten of the participants said they would be back next year, bringing more friends along.
College hosts Discover Trades BC
Okanagan College recently hosted a regional youth forum to promote trades to young people called Discover Trades BC.
The forum was an opportunity for everyone (representatives from government, local industry and educators) to get a better understanding of the youth initiatives in place now and those that are on the horizon, to brainstorm areas where gaps exist and areas for improvement as well as explore new ideas and other options with the main focus on transitioning K-12 youth into the trades.
"What a great forum this was and how optimistic it makes me feel about future possibilities," said Larry Espe, Superintendent of Transitions and Trades for the Ministry of Labour. “It was such a pleasure being a part of a conversation where partners from industry, colleges and schools respectfully questioned the barriers to common sense that exist in our system and then made some practical suggestions on how to move forward.”
College signs MOU with BCIT, deepening partnership
Okanagan College will be working more closely with BCIT in the near future after signing a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes each institution’s commitment to explore and pursue joint opportunities to provide high-quality programming, complementary disciplines and applied research.
Yasmin and Rick Thorpe support SCMT student scholarships
Camp OC kicks off
Camp OC officially started today in Kelowna at Okanagan College. Registrations for the popular kids’ camps have exceeded 900, which marks a new high for the program.
Please take the time to welcome our campers and ask them which camp they’re in. Kids love sharing about their adventures. For more information on Camp OC, please contact either Helena Jordo, or Lara Jennings in Continuing Studies.
2013 Convocation season comes to a close
Last week Okanagan College celebrated the achievements of more than 1,250 students who graduated in two ceremonies – one in Vernon and the other in Kelowna.
Graduates included degree, diploma, certificate and Continuing Studies students from Vernon, as well as diploma, certificate and Continuing Studies students in Kelowna.
The Summer Convocation ceremony also included recognition of Barry Lapointe as an Honorary Fellow of the College. Lapointe is the CEO, Founder and Past-President of Kelowna Flightcraft.
The next Convocation to take place at the College will be the winter ceremony in January.
Students complete new tourism and hospitality program
More than two dozen students have now completed the Employment Skills Access Bar, Wine and Service Industry Training program – a new offering funded by the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement. The seven-week program provided successful participants with six industry recognized certificates, including two Okanagan College certificates.
To learn more about upcoming Employment Skills Access programs, please contact Continuing Studies.
Top accounting students to attend premium event at KPMG HQ
Two Okanagan College accounting students have been selected to travel to
Amanda Wright, a third-year Bachelor of Business Administration student
KPMG holds this conference each year to connect the best and brightest
This marks the second year in a row that Okanagan College students have
OCAD update – new Chair and Co-Chair
Tanis Stoltz has stepped into the role of Chair of the OCAD group, working with newly elected Co-Chair, Susan Moran. OCAD is the Okanagan College Assistants Development team and most of the OCAD members report directly to a member of the Leadership Team.
OCAD’s goal is to connect with the various faculties and departments to share issues and discuss best practices within the College as well as work closely with various departments to streamline processes and implement changes to procedures. Please contact Tanis Stoltz if you are interested in presenting at an OCAD meeting.
Salmon Arm students recognized
At the Salmon Arm Campus Awards Night on June 12 three young men received scholarships, much to the delight of their families. All had parents, grandparents or sponsors working at the Salmon Arm Campus.
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Terry Fox Run to take place in Kelowna – Sept. 15
The annual Terry Fox Run will take place at the Mission Sports Field in Kelowna and employees are encouraged to join the Okanagan College team in support of cancer awareness and research. The free event includes a 1.5, 5 or 9 km walk, bike or run. Angie March in the Regional Dean’s office is organizing the College’s efforts – please contact her for more information at 4501.
The Balance Sheet
Okanagan College’s Employee and Family Wellness Program provider PPC Canada has issued its monthly newsletter, the Balance Sheet. This month’s edition features information on disability management. Follow this link to read the PDF.
Ryga goes digital
Okanagan College professors Corinna Chong and Sean Johnston have completed the process of converting Ryga, the Department of English’s literary journal, to a digital format. Issue #6 of Ryga is now online at www.rygajournal.ca.
Despite the format shift, Ryga still reflects the highest standards of content and design and is now even easier to access.
Help support Camp OC
With a record-breaking 900 registrations for Camp OC, organizers are in need of some supplies. Please pop by A149 and see James or Dana if you are able to contribute any of the following supplies:
- Empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls
College Ladies Golf Tournament
Join colleagues in Kelowna on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 5 p.m. at Michaelbrook Ranch for the Okanagan College Ladies Golf Tournament. Prizes, gifts, golf and dinner for under $40. Contact Angie March for details at 4501.
Campus Store highlight
Women in Trades Conference - July 6
Okanagan College will host the Women in Trades Conference at the Kelowna campus on July 6 with presentations, keynote speakers and demonstrations. To register, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/wtti.
The Kelowna Daily Courier covered news of Barry Lapointe’s Honorary Fellow designation at the College’s Summer Convocation ceremony. Read more about the CEO and Founder of Kelowna Flightcraft and his special recognition in: For he’s a jolly good fellow.
The Business Examiner published a Public Affairs press release announcing the installation of a new spray booth for the College’s Automotive Collision Repair Program. Read more about the system and how it is training students on cutting-edge equipment while enhancing sustainability efforts in: Okanagan College boosts sustainability.
News that the College will be offering a new program in Pastry Arts made the pages of the Kelowna Capital News. Read more about the program, which begins this fall in: Pastry Arts.
Agur Lake Camp will host a grand opening on July 6. The wilderness camp, which is designed to provide access for people with disabilities, includes three cabins that were built by Okanagan College students in the Residential Construction program. Read more about the upcoming event in: Agur Lake Camp grand opening July 6.
The winner of Venture Okanagan’s most recent investors forum, Chris Priebe, was profiled in the Business Examiner’s latest edition. Priebe is launching a new company with support from the forum – he earned the $5,000 grand prize for his product, PottyMouth. Read more about Venture Okanagan, which is organized and operated by Enactus Okanagan College, and Priebe in: Chris Priebe launches new company.
Continuing Studies’ music jam camp was covered in the Kelowna Capital News after Public Affairs issued a media release about the upcoming event. Read more in: New course offers place for musically shy boomers to band together.
Registrar Jane Muskens’ regular School’s In column for the Kelowna Capital News covered two topics over the past few weeks. Jane explored a recent study that links higher levels of employment with certified job skills. She also wrote about the value of teaching as a career and used the College’s Trades Technology Teacher Education diploma program as an example. Read more in: Those who can, do, and those who can, also teach others.
Rick and Yasmin Thorpe have contributed to a new scholarship for Okanagan College students entering the new Sustainable Construction Management Technology program. News of the Thorpes’ continued support for College students made the pages of the Kelowna Capital News. Read more in: Longtime scholarship supporters step up for new program.
Okanagan College is making the most of a recent donation of photography equipment from Ute Koessler, a donor with a history of gifting items to the College. Koessler’s son Andreas was a professional and well known photographer whose equipment was extremely valuable. He passed away recently and his mother made the decision to gift his equipment to benefit students. Read more about the donation in: Okanagan College sharpens image.
Okanagan College’s Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence was mentioned recently in an article about CEI Architecture that appeared in Okanagan Life Magazine. Read more about the firm and their projects in: CEI Architecture.
A press release about the opportunities for graduates of Okanagan College’s Trades Technology Teacher Education diploma program made the pages of the Kelowna Daily Courier. Read more in: Student can’t wait to teach trades.
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