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UPDATED Monday, March 21, 2016

Deadline extended to submit nominations for
Employee Excellence Awards

Employee Excellence logo 200x186To encourage more nominations to be submitted for the fifth annual Okanagan College Employee Excellence Awards the submission deadline has been extended to midnight on Monday March 21. You can nominate a fellow employee who has contributed to the College in meaningful and significant ways in any one of eight categories

Additionally, if you have completed a credential, been published or received an external award within the past year, please be sure to share the good news for the Milestones recognition.
For more information, and to submit a nomination visit the website.


May 17, 2018 | Academica Group

Public, private donations make Trades Training House a reality at Okanagan

Okanagan College has officially opened its new Trades Training House. In addition to providing a space for carpenters, plumbers, pipefitters, and electricians, the facility will reportedly serve the college's Residential Construction, Sheet Metal Worker, Women in Trades Training and Aboriginal Gateway to the Building Trades programs. Read the full article here.

May 4, 2018 | North Island College

Four BC colleges improve access to applied business technology programs

Students from across B.C. will be able to study online to gain the applied business skills to work as office professionals, thanks to a new agreement between four B.C. colleges. Read more in the media release from North Island College.

Sparling appointed Business chair

Please welcome Dr. Lynn Sparling to her new role as Business Administration Department Chair following an unopposed plurality vote by the continuing department members. Sparling's chair term begins on July 23 and will serve as the acting chair interim. 

"Lynn and I will be working together over the next few weeks to determine an appropriate structure and additional staffing to manage the substantial administrative demands of the department," says Bill Gillett, Dean of the Okanagan School of Business. "I am excited to welcome Lynn to the role and grateful she has agreed to extend her time here in service to her colleagues and Okanagan College."

Post-secondary issues - year in review

International student recruitment and the student strike in Quebec were among the big issues in Canadian post-secondary education in 2012, according to University Affairs contributor Melonie Fullick.

Fullick expands from there in her last missive of the year – Making a list, which appeared in her Speculative Diction blog that provides commentary and analysis on higher education policy and practice in Canada.



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IT scheduled maintenance July 20 and 21

IT Services has scheduled maintenance that will cause a disruption in service for Banner and Banner related services from 4 p.m. Friday, July 20 to 8 a.m. Monday, July 23. 

This is not a Banner upgrade. No changes will be made to any Banner modules. This is strictly a hardware, platform and underlying operating system switchover to accommodate the move to Banner 9 scheduled for this October.

The following services will be unavailable at this time: Banner, Services from MyOkanagan (student, applicant, faculty and employee tabs) BRM, Financial Aid, Continuing Studies Online Registration, Apply Online (both domestic and international applications), Online Payment, Classfinder, FAST (including WebReq), Workflow (including EPAF, Test Accommodation and Event Booking), Transcript Request, Housing Application and Student Affairs/Disability. Additionally, other services not listed above may be impacted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jillian Stamp

CFL Elevator Service Interruption July 13-20

Kelowna campus employees, please be advised:

Maintenance to the elevators in the Centre for Learning (E building) will cause a brief interruption in service. From noon on Friday, July 13, until 8 a.m. on Monday, July 16, both elevators will be shut down for weekend repair work.

On Monday, July 16, one elevator is expected to be operational by 8 a.m. (and will remain in service throughout the week). The other elevator will remain closed for repairs for the remainder of the week. Please anticipate some delays and additional noise while the work is underway.

During the times Friday-Monday when both elevators will be out of service, employees should plan to take the stairs to reach floors 2-5. If you anticipate any issues or require accommodation, please let your supervisor know. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you require more information, please contact the Regional Dean’s office.

New employee award open for applications

The Derek Cook Memorial Award for International Opportunities is now open for applications. Click here for full award details and click here to download the application form. Applications will be accepted until July 25, 2018.

Family Award Fall application now open

Applications are now being accepted for the next round of the Okanagan College Family Award, designed for immediate family members of continuing (regular) College employees. This round of applications is for programs or terms starting between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 and deadline for applications is Sept. 30.

Click here to download full award criteria and application form. All applications must be date-stamped at the Student Services Administration office in Kelowna or at the Campus Administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm. For more information please contact the Financial Aid and Awards office (250-862-5419).

Note: There is no longer a requirement to acquire an additional email from HR to confirm relationship to applicant and verification that the employee is a continuing (regular) employee of Okanagan College.

Summertime food services at Kelowna campus

Coffee shops

  • Fezziwig's is open Mon-Thurs from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • DeBeans is open Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Food Trucks return during the week from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (approximately)


  • Open Tue - Fri for lunch from 2 - 4 p.m. and dinner from 5 - 7 p.m. View menus here.
  • Will be closed July 30 - Aug. 7 and Sept. 25-28 for curriculum purposes

The cafeteria is closed for the summer.​

Joint Occupational Health and Safety reminder

As outdoor temperatures rise, the chance of suffering from heat stress or illness also increase. The environment, type of work and the person are three main factors that can cause heat stress disorders such as exhaustion, heat stroke, cramps and heat rash. Feeling hot or cold depends on air temperature, objects nearby, relative humidity, air circulation (ventilation), physical exertion and clothing. To prevent heat stress, you can try to reduce physical exertion and reduce the humidity in the air with a fan. Alternatively, you could reduce exposure time and increase the number of rest breaks or simply retreat to a cooler part of the building with air conditioning. If a heat stress incident occurs, report to your supervisor immediately or call security at 6699 from any campus phone or dial 250-862-5401.

Bake Shop hours

Hours for Bake Shop Sale:
Bake Shop sale will be held in Infusions every Friday at 1 p.m.

No Bake Shop Sale on:
Friday, July 27
Friday, Sept. 7

Meat Shop is closed until January 2019.


SPOKE Literary Festival
Aug. 10-12 - The third annual Spoke Literary Festival is happening in Vernon from Aug. 10-12 and the College’s Vernon campus will once again host a number of workshops during the festival. Learn more, find speakers/presenters and register by July 31 on the website.

Building on Progress 2018
Aug. 13-14 - Okanagan College and the Global Empowerment Coalition of the Central Okanagan have partnered with the Global Climate Action Summit to host an affiliate event during the Summit. With a focus on two of the Summit themes of healthy energy systems and sustainable communities, this affiliate event will demonstrate progress by showcasing local projects addressing sustainable energy, building and infrastructure. The event will include an ongoing expo with exhibits from local business and organizations helping to achieve climate progress and building toward a more sustainable future. The event is open to the public. Click here for more information.

50/50 WINNER

Congratulations to Daniel McCormick from Facilities Management, Kelowna campus, who has won the Friday, June 22, 2018 staff lottery draw for $502.50!

Thank you to everyone who participates in the 50/50 Staff Lottery Program. Because of YOU, more than $13,000 was awarded to students in need of immediate financial assistance last year.

So often, an emergency bursary can mean the difference between a student completing their education – or not.

Enroll today to have your chance at winning a cash prize while supporting our students! Already participating? Consider increasing your chances with more entries. If you are interested in joining more than 150 of your colleagues who already participate, please contact Dawn Douglas at Local 4774 in the Advancement & Alumni Office, or download a registration form online or from myOkanagan.


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