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Okanagan College Enactus and Valley First celebrate $100,000 of support
Okanagan College Media Release

Valley First & Enactus March 2018Okanagan College’s Enactus team hosted a ceremony this week to mark a milestone in support from one of the team’s key sponsors.

On Monday, March 26, students from the College’s School of Business recognized Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, for the organization’s numerous contributions and support which this year will reach $100,000 in total since the partnership began three years ago.

“Giving back to our communities and supporting social enterprises like Enactus OC is in Valley First’s DNA,” says Tracy Clark, Marketing & Communications Business Partner for Valley First. “Enactus OC’s values strongly align with ours and it made sense to partner with them and work together to support growth in our shared communities.”

Valley First began its partnership with Enactus OC in early 2016 and provided its initial donation of $10,000 to support one of Enactus’ projects, CANsave – a financial literacy education program. Bolstered by Valley First’s support, that program has grown into a nationally-recognized and award-winning financial literacy program impacting teachers and students in more than 6,000 elementary schools across Canada.

Since its initial donation, Valley First has stepped forward with support for Enactus OC on numerous occasions over the past three years and has agreed to provide up to $35,000 this year.

Valley First’s support has manifested itself in other ways as well. Last year, the organization nominated Enactus OC for the 2017 Concentra Empowering your Community award, which the team went on to win. The award netted the team from OC $10,000 to sustain and continue to grow its initiatives.

“This financial support helps build our sustainability as an entire team and supports us in competitions at the regional, national and worldwide level,” explains Enactus OC President Abbey Jones. “Enactus OC has more than 65 students across all four campuses and this support ensures we can continue to develop our nine projects and programs which truly impact and empower individuals of all ages in our community and nationwide.”

Last year Valley First sponsored 49 different organizations and offers more than just financial support to its partners, Clark points out.

“We don’t just write checks,” explains Clark. “We get involved with all of our partners and projects, as our organization has a strong volunteer culture through a program we offer called LeadWell that encourages all of our staff to share their expertise and knowledge in the community. We are very proud of the work we do and I know many of our staff have enjoyed the opportunity to go into the classroom as part of CANsave and help to increase financial literacy in our communities.”

“Partnerships like this are truly invaluable for Okanagan College students because they allow our students to tap into opportunities to build their skills and apply their knowledge outside of the classroom,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “We are grateful to Valley First for supporting our students in making a positive impact in their surrounding communities.”
 

 


Budget provides growth in programs, services for College
Okanagan College Media Release

 

Okanagan College’s $112-million operating budget for 2018-19 will help provide new programs, new student support, and help address pressures that have come with recent years’ growth.

The budget, passed Tuesday by the College’s Board of Governors, will add 13 new instructional positions in a variety of programs, including arts, science, technology, business administration and trades. There will also be a new counsellor, and additional staff for co-op education, for the learning centres in Kelowna and Penticton, and in education advising.

Further support will go toward establishing a mental health first aid network and funding for health care services.

In terms of new programs, the budget provides for a new two-year diploma in collision repair, as well as additional intakes in the sustainable construction management technology and animation programs.

There will also be an additional health and safety co-ordinator hired and new information security officer for the college’s information technology department. Two more custodial positions will be added to keep pace with the growth of the College’s physical plant (including the new trades building in Vernon, which is expected to open toward the end of the summer).

A half-time faculty position will support development and delivery of indigenous programming, and another half-time position will work on programming and applied research in Revelstoke.

“We’ve seen significant growth in recent years,” explains Okanagan College Board of Governors Chair Chris Derickson. “This budget maps out our plans to address some of the pressures that have come with that growth, to invest in student services, and to move forward on continued growth in programs and with some of our strategic initiatives.”

The largest portion – $78 million – of the College’s $111,847,000 balanced budget goes toward salaries and personnel costs. Domestic and international tuition accounts for about 33.8 per cent of the College’s overall revenues, while grants from the province and other sources provide about 53.4 per cent of the budgeted income.

Initial estimates of the College’s enrolment for the current fiscal year suggest the equivalent of 8,660 full-time equivalent (FTE) students (7,702 of those domestic students), up from 8,430 in 2016-17. Over the course of a year, about 20,000 people will take advantage of the College’s courses and programs at its four campuses (Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton) and its nine other learning locations, which stretch from Revelstoke to Oliver.

 


Scotiabank’s support for College initiative translates into help for local non-profits

A renewed commitment from Scotiabank will help Okanagan College students and faculty continue their efforts to assist non-profit organizations. scotiabank photo op 2018

Scotiabank announced a $100,000 gift Thursday to the Centre for Non-Profit Excellence at the Okanagan College School of Business. Led by College professors Dr. Kyleen Myrah and Kerry Rempel, the Centre employs students to research and develop initiatives that benefit and provide support to non-profit organizations in the region.  

“We believe the students at Okanagan College are our leaders of tomorrow, and an investment in them is the pathway to community prosperity,” says Zak Khokhar, District Vice President for Scotiabank.

“This contribution will help create a better life for the people in the communities we serve and help students reach their infinite potential.” 

Scotiabank helped launch the Centre in 2014 with an initial gift of $100,000. The current donation will ensure the Centre can reach its next-phase goals.   

The Centre helps non-profit organizations improve capacity and achieve more sustainable operations by offering training to fill gaps. Since 2014, student researchers have worked with non-profits in the social services, sport and culture sectors to identify and address areas of greatest need. 

Their research identified opportunities to provide training for non-profit organizations. To date, more than 140 participants have attended workshops and panel discussions on topics including financial literacy, social entrepreneurship, project management and strategic plan implementation. Many more will be engaged through online learning that will be supported with the funding provided by Scotiabank.

“The Centre is a point of pride for Okanagan College because it both creates real value for the non-profit sector and provides students with research experience working for a good cause,” explains Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College. “Scotiabank’s welcome support is evidence that it realizes the impact this initiative has had and can continue to have in the future.” 

Currently the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence is focusing on increasing training opportunities and adapting the information to make it more accessible to a broader range of organizations. 

“It’s an incredible opportunity to apply the skills I am learning in my courses to the projects I’m working on at the Centre,” says Carly Suddard, a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration and one of four current student researchers.

Suddard’s area of focus with the Centre is impact reporting. She is currently updating the curriculum package and developing an online version to be shared with a wider audience. 

“Being a researcher has given me a whole new perspective on the needs of non-profits. They face a lot of challenges and training opportunities are not widely available or feasible for many of them,” she says.

More information on the Scotiabank Centre for Non-Profit Excellence and resources for non-profit organizations can be found at okanagan.bc.ca/npc.

 

Future business leaders soar at WCBC

Business students from across the country vied for the top spots at the Western Canadian Business Competition (WCBC) hosted at Okanagan College last weekend and a team from OC was celebrated for taking strategic planning to new heights.wcbc 2018 jr team web

Over the course of two fast-paced days of competition, student teams were tasked with running a complex business simulation – predicting all aspects of a hypothetical company’s trajectory over an eight-year timeframe. They then presented their best strategic solutions to a panel of judges. First-, second- and third-year business students competed at the junior level, while fourth-year students competed as seniors.

At the junior level, the host team from Okanagan College finished second to College of the Rockies, topping teams from Langara College, Selkirk College, and College of New Caledonia. Langara took top spot at the senior level, besting teams from (second-place) McMaster University, Medicine Hat College and the home team from Okanagan College.

OC’s junior team CEO and first-time competitor Madison Deutscher says the simulation offered her and her teammates a real-life lesson in collaboration.

“The opportunity we get as OC business students to work together in team competitions like this is incredibly valuable,” says Deutscher, who is completing her second year of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program with a specialization in Marketing. “It’s a great way to learn when to be a leader – when to speak up – and when to listen and support others in their ideas.” 

Joining Deutscher on the team were fellow business students Nico Dirksen, Dillan Crema, and Saige Girouard. Together they tackled operations, marketing, finance and HR for their hypothetical company, Everlast Digital Systems, which marketed drones and wearable camera equipment.

“In order to maximize sales over a span of eight years, we had to give a lot of thought to strategic planning,” explains Deutscher.

Their detail-oriented approach paid off. In addition to earning runner up spot in the Junior Team competition, the group was named top team in the Junior Strategic Plan competition.

“We certainly couldn’t have done it without the support of our coaches,” notes Deutscher. “They really helped us to feel confident leading up to and throughout the competition.

The team was mentored by Okanagan School of Business professors Dan Allen and Scott Overland.

This year marks the 29th time the Western Canadian Business Competition has run. The College has hosted for the past seven years. This year’s sponsors included Interior Savings and McDonalds.

As in previous years, business leaders from across the Okanagan and beyond stepped up to volunteer and lend their expertise as judges.

“A big thank to you all of our judges, many of whom have been doing this for years,” says Dr. Lynn Sparling, one of organizers for WCBC and a professor with the School of Business. “It’s so rewarding for students to get feedback from respected business leaders and community members. That element of pressure from having to step up in front of a panel of judges really adds to the learning experience for them.”

“Congratulations to all our competitors on their hard work,” adds Sparling. “It’s thrilling each and every year to watch them work together, represent themselves and their schools, and really rise to the challenge.”

For more information about WCBC, visit okanagan.bc.ca/wcbc.

 

FortisBC gives $42,000 surge to new trades training centre
Okanagan college Media Release

Canada’s largest private utility company is helping address the skills gap in the province through a generous gift that will support trades training at Okanagan College.

FortisBC March 2018FortisBC has announced a $42,000 gift for the new Vernon campus Trades Training Centre. In addition to supporting the facility, the gift will also provide students with some state-of-the-art equipment and help the College deliver training on the latest techniques in energy efficient construction.

“We are pleased to provide support and funding for the new trades training centre at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus,” explains Gary Fillingham, Fortis BC Operations Manager, Interior South.

The gift from FortisBC includes a $20,000 donation toward the facility, bringing the Okanagan College Foundation’s Bright Horizons – Building for Skills fundraising campaign closer to its $1-million goal.

An additional $10,000 gift-in-kind of gas meters will provide plumbing and electrician students with invaluable opportunities to train using equipment they’ll encounter out in the industry.

FortisBC’s Conservation and Energy Management group is also contributing $12,000 to support curriculum development that will allow the College to deliver training on energy-efficient construction techniques.

“The demand for skilled tradespeople is increasing at FortisBC and in the energy industry, so having this high level of training in Vernon is good for our organization and for the region in general,” adds Fillingham.

“This significant gift from FortisBC will have a tremendous impact on our students and on our campus,” says Kathy Butler, Executive Director, Okanagan College Foundation.

“Not only does this support assist in providing equipment for teaching and skills to our students for in-demand trades, but also develops the next generation of energy leaders in our community. It is extremely reaffirming to our students to see a national leader like FortisBC make an investment in trades as a career choice.”
 

Construction is well underway on the 13,450 square-foot training complex and on track to complete in early summer. Trades students currently train in a leased facility off-campus and will begin programs in the new facility in August.

According to Butler, the contribution from FortisBC will provide a high quality training facility and help address the skills shortage by increasing the number of qualified tradespeople for jobs in the North Okanagan.
 

The $6.2 million state-of-the-art building will have the capacity to train approximately 150 students per year.

The project was announced in November 2016 and is being supported through the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. The province of B.C. is investing $2.9 million and the government of Canada has provided $2.7 million

Okanagan College and the Okanagan College Foundation is fundraising for the remainder of the project cost and to provide program and student bursaries and scholarships that will help increase access to training.

For more information on the new training hub visit okanagan.bc.ca/brighthorizons.
 

 


Chef set to shine in a new role
Okanagan College Media Release

Renowned Chef Bernard Casavant is leaving Okanagan College, but he’s not leaving the institution or his devotion to culinary education behind.Chef B March 2018

Casavant, who started work as Culinary Manager at OC in 2014, has a rich history in B.C.’s culinary community. He is a member of the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame. In 1986, he was one of the first chefs in Canada to earn Chef de Cuisine Certification (CCC). In 1991, he became the first West Coast-born and trained chef to represent Canada in the prestigious Bocuse D'Or Competition, France, and has served as president of the Okanagan Chefs Association.

Beyond the kitchen, Casavant has also been a major force for improvement in the hospitality industry during his career and in promoting the farm-to-table movement throughout B.C.

Now he is going to work with two of his long-time friends – “they’re really like family,” says Casavant – Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao as the director of Operations for RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. Casavant will be overseeing the company’s four restaurants.

Beyond being able to work with long-time friends, some great chefs that he has cooked with (and some whom he has trained) over the years, Casavant intends to continue his devotion to furthering the culinary reputation of the region, and building on the farm-to-table movement he has been so passionate about.

“I’m certainly interested in helping realize the vision that Okanagan College has for contributing to the food, wine and tourism sector of the region. I know that I’ll be working with and supporting the institution in the future as it builds its culinary capacity. I know that is something that Rod and Audrey believe in and have supported as well.”

Casavant has been involved in and helped lead several important developments at OC in recent years, not the least of which was the raising the College’s profile in the national Gold Medal Plates annual competition. He was also instrumental in helping launch a pastry arts program at the College, and joined Pastry Arts instructor Danny Capadouca in developing and trademarking two chocolate recipes for Okanagan College. OC is the first culinary institution in the world to have two trademarked chocolate recipes from famed chocolate maker Cacao Barry (Kalamalka Karamel and Okanagan Noir).

“Chef Bernard’s dedication and leadership will be missed at OC,” notes College President Jim Hamilton, “but we know his commitment to culinary excellence and education is something we can rely on.”

Casavant starts his role with RauDZ Creative Concepts on March 19.

 


Enactus Okanagan College teams on the road to nationals

Enactus Regionals 2018 1An impressive finish at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition means at least two Okanagan College Enactus teams are heading to the national competition in May for the chance to once again distinguish themselves as Canada’s best. 

Okanagan College’s Enactus Organization sent five teams – totaling 34 students – to compete in the Canada Regional Exposition in Calgary last weekend. The results impressed coaches and once again surpassed expectations with two first-place finishes, one in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge and the other in the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge. An OC Enactus team also scored a third-place finish in the Scotiabank Eco-Living Green Challenge.

“We’re the only team in Western Canada out of 23 to get two first-place finishes,” says Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Okanagan College School of Business professor and faculty advisor with Enactus OC. “We’re extremely proud of how these students represented their college and community and know that we have some very busy weeks ahead as we continue working on our key projects and prepare for the national competition ahead.” 

The Enactus OC team emerged from regionals with an impressive $6,000 in prize money and are still awaiting the results from the McCain Social Enterprise Challenge which was led by Kelowna’s Abbey Jones, Nick Gallant, Cooper Simson, James Van Maren, Kyle Smith, Cassandra McColman and Josh Wiebe. The top six teams in the country compete in this challenge, which awards a $20,000 grant to the national winner. After the other regional competitions are completed, Enactus OC will find out if they move forward to the final stage in this challenge. 

This year the teams took a risk and presented on several new projects including Start-up Weekend, Accelerate Youth and Recharge. 

The entrepreneurial team, comprised of coach Dr. Kyleen Myrah, Salmon Arm’s Relan Johanson and Laureen Shannon and Vernon’s Abby Lagerquist and Mitchell Vanlerberg took first place in the TD Entrepreneurship Challenge for Start-up Weekend, a bi-annual two-day intensive workshop that helps local entrepreneurs in Salmon Arm make successful business start-up plans. The team also presented on the successful Launch-a-Preneur project.

The Accelerate Youth project, which teaches practical skills to at-risk youth was led by coach Scott Overland and Kelowna’s Jessica Egyed, Jessica Overland, Jamie Park and Marshall Kutyn. It placed first in the Scotiabank Youth Empowerment Challenge.

Taking third place in the Eco-Living Green challenge was the green team, consisting of coach Mark Ziebarth, Vernon’s Braydon Davis and Kelowna’s Emily Pilon, Carmen Larder and Wade Gable. The project helps people power up their devices on the go while also providing a conduit for giving back to the community.

“The outstanding performance from all five teams is a testament to the passion, hard work and dedication the Enactus students have for entrepreneurialism and solving real-world issues,” says OC Enactus President, Abbey Jones. “It’s truly inspiring to watch our team grow closer during competition preparation and nothing beats watching them shine on that stage as they speak to the amazing things being accomplished everyday through our programs.” 

Jones, a fourth-year OC Business Administration student, also achieved a victory of her own at the competition, being named one of only two females from Western Canada to receive the HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow award. She received a $1,500 scholarship and a further $2,500 project scholarship for her team to be used for the advancement of women.

“Being recognized in this way is the cherry on top of a successful four-year run with Enactus OC,” explains Jones. “Without the support and mentorship from the OC community, my faculty advisors and Enactus Canada it wouldn’t have been possible. I’m looking forward to meeting other inspirational women at the National Exposition and learning what it truly means to be a woman in business in today’s world.”

Enactus OC is a student-run organization that has a long history of distinguishing itself in nation-wide competitions for its contributions to entrepreneurship and to the communities it serves.

The national competitions are held from May 14 – 16 in Toronto, Ontario. 

Info sessions offer a look into law enforcement studies
Okanagan College Media Release

A collaboration between Okanagan College and the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) is allowing students in the region to complete their law enforcement studies close to home, and those interested can learn more during a series of info sessions in Kelowna and Penticton later this month.

Thanks to a partnership that began in 2015, graduates of Okanagan College’s Criminal and Social Justice (CSJ) Diploma program who meet admission requirements can continue their studies and step directly into the third-year of JIBC’s Bachelor of Law Enforcement Studies (BLES) degree at the College’s Penticton campus.

The collaboration doesn’t just benefit Okanagan College CSJ graduates. The program is also open to holders of a recognized Criminology, or similarly relevant Diploma or Associate Degree.

Information sessions hosted will be hosted on Monday, March 12 in Kelowna and Penticton as follows:

Kelowna Campus Information Session
Time: 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Room: C276 (C Building)

Penticton Campus Information Sessions
Times: 1 - 2 p.m. and 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Room: PC 229 (Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence)

The BLES degree provides in-depth knowledge of the Canadian criminal justice system, contemporary criminal justice issues, criminological explanations of crime as well as analysis and reasoning skills informed by theory and research.

It’s designed to prepare graduates for work in a variety of criminal justice and public safety professions.

Okanagan College launched its Criminal and Social Justice Diploma in 2006 and since then has graduated 230 people from the program. Students can complete the full program at the Penticton campus while some CSJ courses are also offered at the Kelowna and Vernon campuses.

For eligibility requirements, program information and details about the information sessions, visit okanagan.bc.ca/BLES.

 


Lumby siblings shine at Spaghetti Bridge contest

spag bridge 2018 winners webTwo very determined defending champions, a dash of friendly sibling rivalry and a home team hungry for victory spelled the recipe for a dramatic finish at the 35th annual Spaghetti Bridge Building Heavyweight competition at Okanagan College.

The bridge built by Justin Dessert and Hanya Riddick withstood an impressive 223.61 kg of load on the College’s Fettucine Fault Line scale before it exploded. The Grade 9 duo earned first place in the competition – and the top prize of $1,500 – for the second year running. Last year, their bridge withstood 255.06 kg of load.

“We went with a similar design this year – a simple arch with spokes – but we made a few tweaks,” explains Dessert, who hopes to be a teacher one day and whose life-long interest in science has continued to grow as a result of the competition. “We used fewer noodles and smaller noodles, which made the bridge a little lighter.”

The pair have already agreed they’ll try for a Spaghetti Bridge three-peat.

“We’ll definitely be back next year,” says Dessert. “Hopefully we’ll be able to build one that beats all our previous bridges.”

Adding to the fun of the competition for Dessert, this year marks the second year in a row he has vied with his brother for best bridge.

Dessert’s older brother James, a Grade 12 student at Charles Bloom and last year’s runner up, once again took home second place. His bridge withstood 159.39 kg this year before shattering in front of a packed lecture theatre at the Kelowna campus.

The team of Keyvan Khadem, Gavin Saini, Ahmed Ramadan, Harvey Mann, and Jordan Van Drimmelen of Okanagan College settled for a disappointing third place after their bridge crumbled early on under 36.48 kg of load. 

Justin and James weren’t the only Desserts thrilling the crowd. Their sister Julia took top spot in the Secondary category.

It was a day of competition marked by sweeps. Students from Eagle River Secondary in Sicamous landed in second, third, fourth and fifth place in the Secondary category, while Salmon Arm’s King’s Christian School swept the podium in the Secondary Team Building category.

“Today’s competition came off without a hitch,” says event organizer Michelle Lowry. “Congratulations to all the competitors – they represented themselves and their schools so well. We saw a lot of good sportsmanship and good citizenship today.”

Prize money for the event is generously provided by the event’s sponsors: the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC), PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., CTQ Consultants Ltd., Multi Power Products, Okanagan College Students’ Union, Interior Testing Services Ltd. and OP Machine Ltd.

Complete Results

Heavyweight 

First –Justin Dessert and Hanya Riddick (Charles Bloom Secondary)
Bridge weighed 784.4 grams
Bridge held 223.61 kg

Second – James Dessert (Charles Bloom Secondary)
Bridge weighed 888.7 grams
Bridge held 159.39 kg

Third – Keyvan Khadem, Gavin Saini, Ahmed Ramadan, Harvey Mann, Jordan L (Okanagan College)
Bridge weighed 999.2 grams
Bridge held 36.48 kg

Secondary

First – Julia Dessert (Charles Bloom Secondary)
Second – Tommy Bland, Jake Erbo (Eagle River Secondary)
Third – Emily Gordon (Eagle River Secondary)
Fourth – Hunter Martin, Bryce Mayer (Eagle River Secondary)
Fifth – Thomas Tune, Alyssia Phommakaskione, Paxton Watson (Eagle River Secondary)

Secondary Team Building 

First – Sarah Congdon, Ashley Koop (King’s Christian School)
Second – Rudi Fink, Joel de Hoog (King’s Christian School)
Third – Jacob DeWitt, Brenton Huntington, Tyson Kamstra (King’s Christian School) 

Post-Secondary Team Building

First – Josh Richardson, Matt Dreger, John Navratil, Evan Geck (Okanagan College)

 

Beastly underworld on the bill for OC’s Red Dot Players
Okanagan College Media Release

Monsters, magic, mayhem and a reluctant hero are on the agenda as Okanagan College’s Red Dot Players bring Neverwhere to the stage at the Kelowna campus beginning March 8.

Red Dot Players March 2018“Neverwhere is a dark, exciting play that should appeal to lovers of fantasy, mystery and magic,” explains director Jeremy Beaulne, whose day job is being an English professor at the College. “We’re excited about the play because it is a great stage adaptation of a classic fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman.”

The story focuses on a London office worker, Richard Mayhew, who helps a mysterious young woman who appears on the sidewalk in front of him. Mayhew is drawn into the depths of London Below, a sinister realm brimming with monsters and magic. As he helps the Lady Door discover who murdered her family, Mayhew has to battle a beast, match wits with a pair of Victorian assassins and survive an ordeal that forces him to question his very sanity.

And – along the way – he discovers that despite all indications to the contrary, he might just be a hero.

The Red Dot Players are a theatre troupe for Okanagan College students, employees, and community members, sponsored by Arts and Foundational Programs at Okanagan College and based in Kelowna. The troupe’s mission is to produce plays that entertain, challenge, and educate audiences; to provide Okanagan College students and employees with an opportunity for creative self-expression; and to contribute to the arts in the Okanagan Valley.

Performances of Neverwhere are taking place on Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at the Okanagan College Theatre (1000 K.L.O. Road).

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and are available at Mosaic Books and the Okanagan College Campus Store. They will also be available at the door.

Since starting in 2010, Red Dot Players have produced seven plays: The Beaux' Stratagem (2011), Blithe Spirit (2012), Les Belles-Soeurs (2013), The Government Inspector (2014), The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (2015), A.K.A. Fangirl (2016), and Sense and Sensibility (2017).

 


Tuition increasing at OC
Okanagan College Media Release

Tuition will be increasing at Okanagan College in the coming year.

Following provincial policy, the College’s Board of Governors has approved a two per cent increase for domestic students in the coming year. Tuition for international students will increase two per cent for some programs and 5.9 per cent in other programs (arts, business, science, and English as a Second Language).

Adult Basic Education courses and English as a Second Language courses remain tuition free for domestic students.

“The increase in tuition is one of the mechanisms we have to keep pace with the impact of tuition on our budget and support much-needed additional services,” explains Okanagan College Board Chair Chris Derickson.

For a Canadian student taking a full semester of five university arts lectures, the increase will add $33.42, increasing the semester’s tuition to $1,704.73. For an international student taking the same courses, the increase will add $382.91 to a semester’s tuition (totaling $6,872.91). Tuition for international students is higher than for domestic students because they are not supported by taxpayer funding.

Even with the increases, Okanagan College’s international tuition will be in the mid-range of those charged by other colleges in British Columbia.

Okanagan College’s budget will be finalized in the coming month. “We have had requests for additional services articulated by the Okanagan College Students’ Association and I know that administration is looking closely at how the College can address those,” says Derickson.

 

Beer appreciation courses on tap in Vernon and Kelowna
Okanagan College Media Release

Stefan Buhl March 2018An award-winning brewmaster who was among those to help ferment the craft beer revolution in B.C. is serving up a guided tasting course in Vernon this month that will appeal to everyone from industry professionals and homebrewers to craft beer newcomers alike.

After completing his apprenticeship as a brewmaster in his homeland of Germany, Stefan Buhl brought his knowledge and passion for German-styled lagers and ales and English ales to Canada in 1996. He spent 17 years brewing beer and overseeing production for Tree Brewing in Kelowna and is now owner of his own brewing and packaging solutions company. Buhl will share his decades of experience during a three-hour beer appreciation course on March 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Marten Brewing Company in Vernon.
 

“Craft beer was not on anyone’s radar at all here when I first arrived,” says Buhl. “People are much more knowledgeable and interested in it now, which is great to see.

“Given the growth in the number of craft breweries out there, and with more and more people building an appreciation for craft beer, I felt like it was a great time to pass on what I’ve learned over the years.”

Participants can expect an interactive session touching briefly on the history of beer making and Buhl’s experiences in the early days of craft beer in the Okanagan. They will then taste their way through some of the brewmaster’s favourites from around B.C. The session will cap off with a question and answer period.

“I’m really looking forward to chatting with people about the evolution of craft beer in B.C., hearing about what styles they like and talking about whatever they want to know more about,” says Buhl.

The course is offered through Okanagan College’s Continuing Studies Department in partnership with Marten Brewing Company. Seating is limited.

Following the March 8 course in Vernon, the College will be also offering beer appreciation courses in Kelowna on March 10 and April 14 in partnership with Tree Brewing.

For more information and to register online (participants must be 19 or older), visit Okanagan.bc.ca/beerappreciation.