Salmon Arm campus
Opportunity meets community at the Salmon Arm campus with a full range of academic and vocational programs. Small class sizes coupled with high quality instruction and personalized support is our big idea.
For Monica Auck, starting work as a Practical Nurse during a pandemic was all about the training.
Find out why WorkBC rates Administrative Assistant as the No. 1 in-demand profession by 2025.
Complete your first year of studies in Science at the Salmon Arm campus and you can transfer to B.C. universities.
Associate of Arts
Complete an Associate of Arts Degree in Salmon Arm and transfer to third year at B.C. universities.
Complete a Business Administration Certificate in Salmon Arm, and gain the skills that Shuswap-Revelstoke employers are seeking.
Student Success Centre
Prepare for academic success by learning study tips and tricks from the Student Success Centre team.
Complete prerequisites for your program of choice, or even gain a high school diploma. Adult upgrading is free, and offered in a supportive learning environment.
Enactus OC is heavily involved in the Shuswap Launch-A-Preneur, and provides students an insight into what it takes to kick-start a new enterprise
Meet Practical Nursing instructor Pamela Rouse, who has cared for people at their most vulnerable moments.
Digital Transition Program
OC Co-op students worked with Shuswap region stakeholders to support businesses across the Shuswap Region launch e-commerce sites in order to connect with their customers in new ways and expand their revenue channels.
Learn the basics of geographic information systems (GIS), create maps and edit and manage GIS data.
Support for Indigenous students starts in the Gathering Place and extends throughout the campus and community.
Program Spotlight - Health Care Assistant
The Health Care Assistant program will be offered at the Salmon Arm campus in April. Learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to work as direct client care providers in any level of continuing care.
For program or application inquiries, email Alison Chaplin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs and courses
You can complete several programs in Salmon Arm, and begin your studies on several credentials at the campus as well. Keep an eye out for programs that are offered on a rotating basis at the campus.
Arts, Business and Science programs allow you to select the individual courses you want to take. Use our Classfinder system to find out what's coming up at your campus in subjects in which you are interested.
There are options available in the community for students looking to relocate for their studies.
Services for students
Academic success for all
The Salmon Arm campus offers a variety of services designed to support learners and their diverse needs.
Advisors help you plan your studies, including course selections, program requirements, transfer information and much more. If you would like to book an appointment in advance, contact Shannon Kiehlbauch or Dani Valgardson (Rooms 120/121) by calling 250-862-2126.
As part of the College’s commitment to enhancing the participation of Aboriginal learners, Aboriginal support services are available at each campus. Get started by stopping by Room 184 in the Gathering Place, located just beyond the Student Lounge area of the Cafeteria Building.
Accessibility Services provides equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities at the College. Get started by connecting with Shannon Kiehlbauch, Accessibility Services Coordinator, by phoning 250-862-2126 or email email@example.com.
The Library is home to a large collection of print and digital materials, in addition to computers, study rooms and more.
Student Success Centre
The Student Success Centre offers free individual tutoring in math, science, English, writing and study skills. Drop-in services are available, and students can also sign up for workshops. Missed a workshop? You can request a workshop topic, as well as help from peer mentors.
The centre is located in Room 137A, accessed either through the Library or the hallway. Note: centre services are available September through April.
- English, writing and study skills: Joaquim Camps, 250-862-2126, ext. 8262, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Math and science: Dani Valgardson, 250-862-2126, ext. 8262, or email email@example.com
English as a Second Language and Settlement Assistance Program
English language training and settlement assistance is free for eligible newcomers to Canada. It offers instructor led small group English language practice and one to one meetings with ESL community volunteer tutors. The program is designed to help improve English language skills, make new friends, prepare for the Canadian citizenship exam and connect with community services. Visit the ESLSAP webpage to learn more.
Financial Aid and Awards
There are resources available to help you with the cost of education. The Financial Aid and Awards office can help you identify what options are available to you, such as:
- Student loans: this is funding the student is required to repay.
- Awards: Awards are funding types that the student does not have to repay. These include scholarships, bursaries and grants.
- Other funding: Other funding may be available for emergencies, upgrading and former youth in care.
The Financial Aids and Awards office is located in Salmon Arm's main building. Contact Olia Bullen at 250-862-2126, ext. 8237. Call to make an appointment or stop by her office in Room 119.
To email the office, make sure to include your full name and OC Student ID #:
- General inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Awards: email@example.com
- Upgrading inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service is available at the Salmon Arm campus during office hours:
- September to June: Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.
- July to August: TBD
Helping Aboriginal learners
The Salmon Arm campus is located on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc.
As part of the College’s commitment to enhancing the participation of Indigenous learners, Aboriginal Services provide culturally relevant support to students including visiting Elders, cultural and academic workshops, Aboriginal Peer Mentors, Aboriginal awards/scholarships and bursaries, assistance with band funding applications, personalized supports and computer access. The Aboriginal Services team also organizes regular cultural activities, events and potlucks to connect students and community.
Get started by stopping by Room 184 in the Gathering Place, located just beyond the Student Lounge area of the Cafeteria Building.
Health and wellness
Resources are available to support your physical, mental and emotional health and wellness.
Personal, emotional and academic problems can be a normal part of student life. OC Counselling Services provides professionally trained counsellors and other resources to help students cope with problem areas. Get started by stopping by Room 121, Monday through Thursday. Book an appointment by calling 250-862-2126, ext. 8221.
Community resources are also available to support you:
- Crisis Centre: 1-800-784-2433, crisiscentrechat.ca
- YouthSpace, includes SMS/text support
Sexual Violence Support
Okanagan College is committed to fostering supportive campuses which promote assistance, intervention and consent. If you have been affected by sexual violence or know someone who needs assistance, we are here to help with support, information and resources.
Move your body
Making time for physical activity on a regular basis has a number of physical and mental health benefits. Check in at the front office for discounts at:
Take a break
The Okanagan College Students' Union offers a variety of events and activities throughout the year, helping you unwind, relax and meet new friends. Get started by dropping by their office in Room 183, call 250-832-2126, ext. 8826 or email Lindsy Loftus at email@example.com.
Making the most of your college experience
Activities are vital components of successful, rewarding and enjoyable college experiences. Meet new people, have fun and make connections.
There are a series of events planned for you take part in each year, including: trivia night, bowling, rock climbing, paint and sip, dances and more.
Check out what Campus Life, Aboriginal Services and the OCSU has planned on campus and in the community in the Events Calendar below.
Work experience and opportunities
Apply your learning and gain valuable experience.
- Co-op programs in which students can complete a paid 12-16 week work-term to gain experience in a chosen field.
- Access to resources to get new information on funding, job hunting, resume building, and other useful links.
- Support in discovering open positions and submitting applications.
- Co-op Education is paid work in the field the student is studying. Students alternate academic terms with relevant work experience. Connect with the Co-op Office about the requirements and applications.
- Employers can hire OC grads by posting jobs on the College job board.
- On-campus student positions: check out Okanagan College's student job board for opportunities available at the College.
- The College hosts several career fairs to showcase employment opportunities to students and grads, as well as people considering what programs to take. Check out the Event Calendar for a full listing.
Connect with a Salmon Arm/Revelstoke Coordinator
Call 250-515-1358 or book an appointment: https://okanagan.libcal.com/appointments/jessical
Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 11:30 a.m.
Come for a campus tour or become a student for a day.
Have your questions answered by an advisor or recruiter.
Take the next step and enrol in a program or course at OC.