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Your next chapter Starts Here
Okanagan College Media Release

September marks the start of another school year at Okanagan College where over 2,000 students young and mature will begin a new chapter in their life.

Two years ago, that was Alli Macdonald, now an OC alumna who started her Bachelor of Science degree through the Associate of Science degree program.Alli Macdonald August 2019

“I was unsure of what program I wanted to go into until the end of Grade 12,” says Macdonald. “I decided I wanted to complete a degree in science, but I hadn’t taken any chemistry classes in high school and I soon realized I could not enroll in many of my first year classes without it.”

Okanagan College offers a supportive and nurturing environment for those who wish to advance their education, grow their professional development, find a new career path, or take upgrading courses through OC’s Adult Academic and Career Preparation program.

The tuition-free upgrading courses allow students to take high school classes they may not have taken or need a higher mark in. Luckily for Macdonald, she was able to take both Chemistry 11 and 12 while also taking some of her first year science courses.

“It was great because I didn’t feel like I had to take a year off to upgrade, I could do them both simultaneously,” adds Macdonald.

“I am planning on attending UBCO in order to complete my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry and plan to pursue a career in forensic science.”

According to the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer studies, 88 per cent of college students do better academically than their university counterparts by starting at a college and transferring to another institution to finish a degree.

“It’s so nice that I was able to begin my post-secondary education so close to home and the small class sizes really allowed for a sense of community within your program and the entire campus. I feel like it will make my transition to university much easier.”

Applications for fall 2020 and many winter 2021 programs open Oct. 1. There are still spaces in some programs that start this fall, and many programs offer January intakes.

The College recently launched a new tool to help students more easily explore programs starting soon at OC campuses. Would-be students can learn more at