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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.


Feb. 27, 2018 | Colleges and Institutes Canada

Budget 2018 empowers colleges and institutes to fuel Canadian innovation and inclusive growth

The Budget 2018 announced $140 million in new funding to support applied research and innovation, including for the critically important College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program. According to Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), the funding will help fuel the growth of applied research in institutions across Canada and generate new innovation partnerships that benefit businesses, students and their communities. Read more in the media release from CICan.


Jan.17, 2018 | Technologies

New tech seats to create exciting opportunities for Okanagan students

New funding from the Province will allow the College to offer its Animation Diploma program on an ongoing basis and at a lower cost to students. The program launched in Sept. 2017. The next intake is planned for September 2018. Read more in the media release.



HR Students shine at case competition

Okanagan College School of Business students Mitchell Folk, Andrea Poznikoff and Jessee Regnier comprised the only BC team to make the finals of the prestigious HRC West Case Competition at SAIT earlier this month.

HRC West is the first business case competition in Western Canada dedicated entirely to Human Resources. The trio, coached by Chair of Business Administration Laura Thurnheer and Professor Roger Wheeler, placed fourth overall.

Learn more about the competition here




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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Download the OC Safe app

OC Students and staff can download a new informative app that provides immediate access to 911, campus security, first aid, emergency procedures, campus maps, and support services. If you see something that you think you should report, you can go to the “Report a Concern” button and either email or call Security immediately. The “Friend Walk” feature allows you to send your location in real-time to a friend so they can follow your progress on a digital map on their dervice as you walk to your destination. They can even trigger a call to emergency services on your behalf, if necessary. Download the OC Safe app from your app store. 

OC team impresses at HRC West

Okanagan College School of Business students Mitchell Folk, Andrea Poznikoff and Jessee Regnier comprised the only BC team to make the finals of the prestigious HRC West Case Competition at SAIT earlier this month.

New staff parking passes

Please check the front of your parking pass to see if it has an expiry date of December 2017. If it has expired, you will need to apply for a new parking pass as soon as possible.

Click here to apply for a new pass and complete the form with your current vehicle information and submit. Once submitted, your designated approver will send their confirmation back to Facilities. The new permit will available for pickup at the Facilities office and it is requested that you bring your old pass with you in exchange. In the interim, if you received a parking ticket for an expired pass, bring it to Facilities to be voided.

If your pass is broken or doesn't have an expiry date listed at all, please apply for a new pass. If your pass is broken, please return the pieces in exchange for a new pass. 

For more information, please contact Facilities at ext. 4262.

Emergency procedures posted

Emergency procedures posters have been posted in every classroom at the Kelowna campus, in high visibility areas (often near the door or light switch). Posters include emergency contact numbers (250 862 5401 from any cell phone, or 6699 from any campus phone) and the steps to take if you need First Aid, if you experience a fire, lethal threat, power outage, hazardous material exposure or gas leak, building flood, or if you need to evacuate the building. Instructors, please review the poster with your classes during the first few days of each semester so everyone is familiar with the proper procedures.  It is also recommended that students and employees program the emergency number into their cell phones for quick access.

Incident Reporting at Okanagan College

Accidents occurring at Okanagan College that require the patient to be sent for medical aid are investigated by the Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) committee and an incident report is filed. But did you know that incidents that have the potential to lead to injury (“near misses”) should also be reported? This ensures that hazards can be determined and corrective measures can be taken to prevent any accidents from occurring. 

For every minor injury that occurs, approximately 60 incidents occur without visible injury or damage, and most of these go unreported. The next time you see or experience something that may lead to an accident (for example, a slip or trip), please report it to the JOHS committee. There is a fillable form found here or you can contact the Health and Safety Coordinator directly at 250-862-5405. 

2018 summer hours / 2018-19 holiday season closure schedule announced

As in the past, departments at Okanagan College have the option to change normal operational hours to summer hours. For those departments who are participating this year, summer hours (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) will be in effect from Monday, April 30 to Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Please inquire with your supervisor if your department is participating. The 2018 holiday closure schedule has also been announced. Okanagan College will be closed to the public during the holiday season beginning Monday, Dec. 24, 2018 at 3 p.m., and will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Download the closure schedule here

What's cooking at Infusions

Lunch is served at Infusions from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday to Friday. View the lunch menu here. Please note, due to curriculum, Infusions will be closed for lunch from March 26-27.

Infusions is open for dinner Tuesday to Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. Note that when a holiday falls on a Monday, Infusions will be closed on the Tuesday. Find lunch and dinner menus here.

Kelowna Cafeteria Hours

The cafeteria is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Service is as follows:

  • Breakfast is served from 7 - 11 a.m.
  • Fast Food is served from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Hot Lunch is served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Salad, sandwich and Asian-inspired food stations are running Tuesday-Friday.

Only Yes Means Yes workshop by West Coast Leaf

March 26 and 27 A free workshop about the law of sexual assault and consent is being offered at the Kelowna campus on March 26 from 1:30-4 p.m. (Rm. S103B) and from 5-7:30 p.m. (Rm. S103B) as well as on March 27 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Rm. S103B). 

Workshop topics include legal and ethical understandings of consent, systems and steps in the justice system, legal and non-legal options for adults who have experienced sexual assault and examples of legal cases where myths about sexual assault came into play.

Click here to reserve your free spot and view the event poster for more information. Food and refreshments provided.

RIPE Conference – Save the date

May 8 – The Research and Innovation Partnerships Expo (RIPE) returns to Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus on Tuesday, May 8. Join this all-day event showcasing applied research projects, resources and opportunities at Okanagan College featuring OC researchers, community/industry partners and guest speakers. For more information about participating, please contact Learning and Applied Research.

Finding the Good: Sharing International Development ideas and Practice in the Current Era

June 8 and 9 – Finding the Good is about bringing academics and practitioners together to share ethical international development ideas and practices. 

The event will make a constructive contribution to problems of how to advance social justice, inclusion and human rights in international development efforts.  With escalating challenges to fundamental human dignity and social inclusion, this project will expand the space for communities to find the ‘good’ in the current era.  

Sessions will help to ignite and sustain an ecosystem in which dialogue between scholarly insights and practical development work will, ultimately, improve the participation of people experiencing poverty, social marginalization, discrimination, and oppression.   Sign up for updates.  Visit the Facebook event page.


  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Women, Gender and Feminism
  • Universal Values and Inclusion
  • Global Citizenship & Education
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Knowledge, Technology & Innovation
  • International Security
50/50 WINNER

Congratulations to Carmen Burt from the Office Administration, Salmon Arm campus, who has won the Friday, March 16, 2018 staff lottery draw for $530!

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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