Trades Complex already earning accolades
Okanagan College’s newest building has only been officially open for a little more than a month but already it has garnered some major recognition.
The renovated and expanded Trades Complex in Kelowna took home Best Overall Entry and Community Institutional Excellence Award at the 8th Annual Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Commercial Building Awards held in Kelowna on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016.
“Given the quality of entries and the size of the region, we were surprised to have won, but we are very pleased that our efforts to produce such a remarkable building were recognized by SICA,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “To me, the significance of this new building goes beyond the example of sustainability that it sets and the recognition of the importance of trades training. What is most important is the training and education that occurs within it as we prepare the workforce in a building that represents the future.”
The SICA awards celebrate the best of the best in commercial and industrial construction in the Thompson Okanagan and Kootenay regions. Other nominees in the Community Institutional category included the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, School District 83 Administration Office in Salmon Arm, the Splatsin Community Centre in Enderby, and the Summerland Branch Library.
Silver Surfers ride wave of support
OC business students are helping senior citizens amp up their computer technology skills and their work is getting a boost from Odlum Brown Limited.
The Kelowna branch of the investment firm donated $3,500 to Enactus Okanagan College to allow the student organization to grow the program.
“When I heard about the College students volunteering their time to work with the senior citizens to answer questions and allay fears about technology, I thought it was a marvelous program to support,” explains Doug Chambers, Kelowna Branch Manager for Odlum Brown Limited. “The students are well-organized, dedicated and since they started to pilot this program last year, the demand for their help has grown.”
College students Sam Jamieson, Rebecca Alfred, Daniel Alfred, and Meaghan Barnard launched Silver Surfers to address seniors’ feelings of isolation. Using step-by-step booklets created by the students, seniors are now learning how to use iPads to connect with loved ones through e-mail, Facebook, and Skype.
Read the full story here.
Celebrating 35 years of helping careers take flight
The region’s longest-running career fair returns this Sunday, offering visitors a chance to meet with employers and learn more about the educational pathways to their dream careers.
The 35th annual Career Fair will take place from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Kelowna campus, featuring approximately 40 employers, interactive demonstrations, information about Okanagan College’s programs, prizes and fun for the whole family. Admission and parking are free.
Visitors can check out a number of special presentations throughout the day, from a quick a tour of the universe presented by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to an information session hosted by Steph Bodden, Okanagan College Recruitment and Events Coordinator, covering off the top 15 points parents and students should know before starting post-secondary.
Follow this link for more information about Career Fair.
Trades funding announced in Penticton
Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson visited the Penticton campus on Thursday, Oct. 27 to announce support for Trades equipment and programming.
An investment of more than $565,500 will fund the purchase of new trades equipment, including a natural gas oven for the refrigeration and air conditioning program. The funding will also benefit students in the automotive service, construction, heavy mechanic, plumber/pipefitter, sheet metal, welder and cook/baker programs.
Read the full story here.
Training leads to lift off for AME-S grads
A group of Okanagan College students and alumni recently shared what it’s like to train for, and step into, one of the most in-demand jobs in the global aviation industry.
Andre Leroux is one of those alumni, but only a few years ago, he was a student in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) Structures program. He now plies his trade for KF Aerospace – an employer who will be in attendance at Career Fair on Nov. 6 – working on aircraft worth tens of millions, only steps away from where he trained at the College’s AME-S facility at the Kelowna airport.
“I get to work on some of the world’s most incredible aircraft, doing everything from routine checks to big conversions that would have blown my mind as a kid. It’s amazing.”
Those looking to follow in Leroux’s footsteps and become an AME-S technician can attend an upcoming info night.
Accreditation a source of pride for HCA students
Stephanie Shuttleworth has long dreamt about a career in health care and thanks to new recognition for the Health Care Assistant (HCA) certificate program at Okanagan College, she is feeling more confident than ever about stepping out into the industry.
“I volunteered in hospitals a lot when I was younger, so this is a career I’ve always wanted,” explains Shuttleworth, a student at the Kelowna campus. “A number of my friends completed the program and got jobs right away, so I felt confident it was the right choice for my future. The program already has a great reputation and so it feels good as a student knowing that we have this feather in our cap when we’re approaching employers.”
The program recently received a full five-year accreditation from the BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry (CACHWR), the provincial body that oversees registration of HCAs in B.C.
“This accreditation will make the registration process smooth for our graduates, so they can start working as soon as possible—great news for them given the demand for HCAs right now,” notes Angela Godler, Chair of the HCA program.
Click here to read more about how this news will benefit HCA graduates.
Campus store new products and customer appreciation sale
Just in time for fall weather, the Okanagan College bookstore has some cozy new apparel and accessories in stock. The Campus Store now carries MinxNY fashionable and functional accessories, including the Navajo Boot with phone pocket (as pictured) $39.99 each and the Fuzzy slipper sock with phone pocket $29.99 each.
Visit your local campus store today to check out the new MinxNY line as well as the great selection of gift items carried.
Scholarship recipients dine with the President
President Jim Hamilton personally welcomed eight outstanding new students to Okanagan College at his annual President’s Entrance Scholarship dinner, which was held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at Infusions.
The students, representing each of the College’s four regions, earned the prestigious scholarships based on leadership and extensive contributions to their respective communities.
The 2016 recipients included:
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Gopal and Manning are community leaders
The third annual Community Leader Awards ceremony took place at Okanagan College on Monday, Oct. 24 and saw two members of the College community honoured for their contributions to the region.
OC Foundation Vice President Raghwa Gopal was named overall Community Leader for 2016, while Doug Manning, former Okanagan College Board of Governors Vice Chair, received an honourable mention in the Above and Beyond category.
Presented by the Kelowna Capital News, and supported by a vast array of organizations throughout Kelowna and surrounding communities, the awards recognize the people whose efforts make the Central Okanagan such a great place to learn, work and live.
Read the full list of honourees here.
Mural in Assam’s honour unveiled
A local auto dealer recently visited the Kelowna campus to unveil an automotive-themed tribute to his father who left a legacy of support for education and training in the Okanagan.
The student lounge in the new Trades complex now features a mural depicting a Ford GT50, honoring Norm Assam who founded Orchard Ford in 1983. Assam’s son Dan and daughter-in-law Tammy, were joined by Orchard Ford General Manager Trevor Pollon and Kelowna Ford Lincoln General Manager Dean Bradshaw in dedicating the mural.
To the delight of automotive students and instructors, the Assams brought along the classic GT40 that was much beloved and driven by Norm in his retirement. Earlier this year, the Assam family announced a $100,000 pledge toward the Bright Horizons Fundraising campaign for the new building. Their support helped to renovate and outfit the new student lounge area now home to the mural.
“This beautiful car represents a lot of history for the Assam family and their legacy of serving the Okanagan,” said campaign Chair Dennis Gabelhouse. “Thank you to the Assam family for their generous support of students at Okanagan College.”
College welcomes Indonesian students on Okanagan tour
A group of high school students from Indonesia recently stopped by Okanagan College while on a tour of post-secondary institutions in the region, and the unique legacy of the cultural exchange dates back to long before any of them were born.
Twenty-two students from Tangerang in West Java, Indonesia explored the Kelowna campus on Monday, October 24. The students will spend two weeks in class at Mount Boucherie Secondary, getting a taste of life in Canada, before returning home.
The visit comes almost three decades after School District 23 Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rick Oliver took a group of Canadian students to Indonesia on an exchange trip in 1992.
"We are always happy to have students from other countries come to our schools,” said Oliver. “To be able to welcome our first Indonesian students in cooperation with Okanagan College is amazing. Opportunities like this one allow our students to develop an appreciation for other cultures and the world around them."
“It is great to see such talented students from Indonesia become familiar with the Okanagan,” says Skye Chataway from Okanagan College’s International Education office. “We were delighted to show them around the Kelowna campus, answer questions, and give them a brief glance at what a day in the life is like for Okanagan College students.” Follow this link to view a photo gallery from the tour.
Tory Braun joins Public Affairs
The Public Affairs bureau welcomes a new team member this month. Victoria (Tory) Braun joins as Marketing and Communications Specialist, taking over for Tyler Finley as Axelle Bazett’s maternity leave replacement.
Braun studied arts at Okanagan College before transferring to Simon Fraser University, where she graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Science and certificate in Cultural Resource Management. She has an extensive background in marketing and communications in the public and private sector, and volunteers her expertise on committees for Lake Country ArtWalk and the Kelowna Art Gallery.
Braun starts on Monday, Nov. 7 and will replace Finley as the go-to contact for Inside Okanagan College and College Matters; she can be reached by email or at local 4942. Finley now steps into a new role as the College’s Digital Content and Social Media Specialist.
Nov. 1, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 16
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