Penticton campus welcomes you!
Welcome to the 2020/21 school year! This is one of the most unique back-to-class starts we've had yet, so check out this page for information you will need to get started as a new OC student.
Welcome from Penticton Indian Band Elder
We respectfully acknowledge that our campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people.
Welcome from the Regional Dean
Register for on-campus meet and greet
We are holding a special first-day meet and greet for new students on Tuesday, Sept. 8, for you to meet the staff of the College, get some info and pick up your swag bag! Precautions will be in place to ensure everyone's safety in light of COVID-19. Sign up for your preferred pickup time.
College Launch is a free, two-session online workshop designed to help new and returning Penticton students thrive in a remote learning environment. The workshops will be delivered with Moodle Collaborate. We encourage you to attend both sessions as they complement each other. The first 30 students to register for and attend both sessions will receive OC hoodies!
Get to know Student Services
Campus location and contacts
583 Duncan Ave. West
Penticton B.C., V2A 8E1
- Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday: closed
- Sunday: closed
Flourish is a drop-in space that supports mental wellness and stress management. Learn about the different activities organized by Flourish and how you can get involved.
The Crisis Line Association of B.C. provides individuals with 24-hour confidential telephone intervention and support. Phone 1-888-353-2273 (1-888-353-CARE) when in crisis.
Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. All College students currently registered have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.
Penticton Community Crisis Response Team
This service is available 7 days a week, between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call Penticton Regional Hospital at 250-492-4000 and ask to be connected to the Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT).
Foundry Penticton offers a one-stop-shop for youth ages 12-24 and their families to substance use, counselling and social services. Contact them by calling 778-646-2292 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
A space for any youth across Canada, under 30, that is experiencing any sort of crisis to come and talk (through text and chat). They are open every day between 6 p.m. and midnight, and information is available online.
Contact your family doctor or go to a walk-in medical clinic. This link offers a listing of local clinics and wait times.
Penticton Mental Health and Substance Use
This Interior Health mental health counselling service can be booked by calling or walking in to schedule an intake appointment. They are located at 740 Carmi Ave. and the phone number is 250-770-3555. Substance abuse drop-in hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m.
Canadian Mental Health Association South Okanagan-Similkameen
Contact the CMHA for wellness programs and more. They are located at 2852 Skaha Lake Rd. and can be reached by calling 250-493-8999.
Early Psychosis Intervention Program
This Interior Health service provides assessment, treatment and family support for individuals 19-30 years old, who may be experiencing psychosis or schizophrenia. The program is offered at 740 Carmi Ave. and office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Call 250-770-3555 or visit the Early Psychosis Intervention Program website for information.
Pathways Addictions Resource Centre
Pathways Addictions Resource Centre services are for youth through senior adults, as well as for parents whose children are involved with substance use. Pathways offers several outpatient services including individual counselling, men's and women's groups, parenting groups and services for people whose lives are being affected by someone else's use.
South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services
SOICS is a one-stop shop that provides a range of free services to all immigrants, temporary foreign workers, post-secondary international students, and refugees through education, advocacy and projects, which assist in their integration http://www.soics.ca/ 340 Ellis St. Phone: 250.492 6299
Salvation Army Food Bank
The Salvation Army runs the community Food Bank, as well as a community kitchen offering nutrition education and hands-on training in cooking nutritious meals. They also offer personal assistance (personal and emergency assistance, and assistance during the holiday season. They are located at 2399 South Main St. (phone 250-492-4788) and hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PFLAG is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited, Queer and Questioning people. They welcome allies and people of diverse gender expression, identity and attraction. Penticton Chapter meets at Oasis United Church, on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. You can also reach Ron Smuin at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 250-493-5530.
Penticton and Area Access Centre Society
The Access Centre changes lives through poverty advocacy, awareness, and action. Services include: legal advocacy, disability advocacy, tenant and landlord issue, and volunteer tax services. Drop-in hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Wed from 1-3 p.m. They are located at 209-304 Martin St. Call them at 250-493-6822.
South Okanagan Brain Injury Society
Provides support to individuals and families dealing with the effects of traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Services include: brain injury prevention and education; Programs for clients, their families and caregivers; advocacy and homeless outreach; and vocational support. they are located at 2-996 Main St. Call them at 250-490-0613.
Y Mind Mindfulness Groups for managing anxiety
YMCA Mindfulness Groups are free and support young adults between 18-30 years old. You will learn healthy coping tools to manage anxiety, connect with other young people and receive support. The groups are 7 weeks in duration and are offered at various locations in Kelowna and Penticton. To register for an information session contact 250-317-7980 or email@example.com.
Meet the Penticton team
Penticton Library staff
Okanagan College Students' Union
250-492-4305 ext 3208
Sunoka Building PE C14
Be sure to take the OC Student Orientation 2020 virtual session on Moodle. Meet OC students, Raquel and Giovan, who will walk you through an overview of the College and services available before sending you on to your program-specific orientation. Students are asked to complete this virtual orientation before your first day of classes!
Don't miss out on Smart Start, an opportunity to get a jump start on the semester. This is your chance to get ahead of the crowd and learn about services on campus, transitioning from high school to college, financial aid, time management skills and so much more! Stay tuned for registration details.