The Vernon campus is set on a hill overlooking Kal Lake

Orientation 2020

Vernon campus welcomes you!

We respectfully acknowledge that our campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people. 

Message from Regional Dean Jane Lister

Welcome everyone to the Vernon campus – we are excited to meet you on Orientation Day. In this extraordinary year of the pandemic, we realize that the majority of you won’t be physically on campus, however we want you to know that we are still here offering all of our student services that will assist you to navigate this new world of post-secondary education.  One of the best things about the Vernon campus is our sense of community. Even in an online environment our class sizes are small so professors and instructors have the opportunity to get to know you, and they are committed to helping you be successful in new learning formats. 

In the year to come, I hope you have an interesting and rewarding time, and I wish you all much success.

Meet Tawnya Cameron, Recruitment and Events Coordinator

Meet-and-greet orientation

The Vernon team is excited to welcome you for a meet-and-greet event on Sept. 8.  Meet student services staff, pick up an awesome swag bag full of goodies, coupons, OC swag, helpful information and a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Meet the Vernon team

Aboriginal Services

Marilyn Alexis, Aboriginal Transitions Planner and Education Advisor: malexis@okanagan.bc.ca

The Aboriginal Transitions team is here to help you plan out your application, review admission requirements and provide guidance on available funding. They can also help you explore options if you are unsure of what program to pursue.

Education Advising

Kim Strilchuk, Education Advisor: kstrilchuk@okanagan.bc.ca. Please include your student number, education goals, career goals, telephone number and dates/times that work if you require a telephone appointment.

The Education Advisor assists students with the following:

  • Program information and admission requirements
  • Academic planning and pathways to transfer to other
  • B.C.post-secondary institutions
  • Course selection and pre-requisites
  • Graduation requirements
  • Academic policy
  • Referrals to other student services

Counselling

Derrick Doige is the counsellor at the Vernon campus, and if you would like to connect with him, please email ddoige@okanagan.bc.ca with your available times, phone number and student number. An appointment time and instructions will be sent to you.

Personal, emotional and academic challenges are common parts of student life. Counsellors provide a safe and confidential space for you to explore your concerns and work collaboratively with you to strengthen your ability to cope. Counsellors also assist students with career planning, study skills and life strategies.

24/7 help: Here2Talk

If you are in need of immediate listening and support, you can access Here2Talk, a free 24-hr support for B.C. post-secondary students.

  • Chat sessions with a trained counsellor can be accessed by downloading the Here2Talk app or visiting: here2talk.ca.
  • Students can speak to a counsellor by phone, toll-free at 1-877-857-3397.
  • Students calling from outside Canada can dial 1-604-642-5212 (international calling charges may apply).
  • If you are in crisis, you can also call the province-wide Crisis Line at 1-888-353-CARE (2273).

Student Success Centre

Tutors available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Student Success Centre staff provide free academic tutoring in math, science, English writing, reading and study skills. This semester, students can work with a
tutor virtually by video conference, e-mail, phone or a combination of all three.

  • Math and Science: Receive one-on-one tutoring for various Math (i.e. basic, calculus, statistics, etc.) or science courses (i.e. general, chemistry, physics or
  • biology). For help, contact Philip Schellenberg at PJSchellenberg@okanagan.bc.ca who is available on Zoom, phone and e-mail.
  • English and Writing: One-on-one support is available to improve your writing and reading skills in areas such as writing a thesis statement, correctly integrating
  • sources to avoid plagiarism, or getting feedback for revision on an essay or a report. For help, contact Mag Evans at englishsuccess@okanagan.bc.ca
  • Moodle: Student can also connect with the Science/Math or English tutors on their Moodle homepage. Click on the “Student Success Centre” link.

Accessibility Services

Kim Bailey, Accessibility Services Coordinator: kbailey@okanagan.bc.ca

Accessibility Services provides equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities at Okanagan College. Students with disabilities can be
supported with academic accommodations such as extra time on tests, access to a notetaker, etc. Students with disabilities (eg. ADHD, depression, Autism
Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, mobility issues, etc.) can setup Zoom or BlueJeans video-conference appointments.
 

Financial Aid and Awards

Shelly Smit at ssmit@okanagan.bc.ca

Do you have questions about student loans? Are you wondering about eligibility? Are you curious what awards, grants and bursaries are available and how to apply?

  • Financial Aid and Awards helps with:
  • Student loans, eligibility and questions
  • Awards, grants and bursaries, including what is available and how to apply
  • Help finding additional resources, making sense of terminology and assisting with applications

Cultural Liaison

Mia Salmon is the Cultural Liaison for the Vernon campus. She can be reached by emailing msalmon@okanagan.bc.ca.

Follow us on Facebook

Get in the loop with campus events, activities and news by following the Okanagan College Vernon campus Facebook page.

Campus map

Finding your way around a new building can be daunting. Check out this handy downloadable map of the Vernon campus, and never be lost again.

Meet your peers

The Okanagan College Vernon campus has launched a Facebook group for new students to meet each other, ask questions and get to know the OC community! 

Meet your students' union

Vernon Students' Association OC

All students at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College are automatically members of the VSAOC. The VSAOC is an independent and democratically operated student organization which supports the student experience at this college with events, activities, volunteer opportunities and special services that often help students save money.

Special services offered by the VSAOC

The VSAOC operates a used bookstore, a Good Food Box program and a student food bank. These services are available to all Vernon students. Check out the video below to learn about those services or visit their website.

Get involved, have a voice

The Vernon Students' Association OC encourages students to have a voice and join the amazing team of student leaders. If you are interested in joining the team, please reach out to Eric Reist early in September for details on how to join (this is an amazing experience and Eric writes compelling reference letters for student council members). Learn more at www.vsaoc.ca or contact Eric Reist at ereist@okanagan.bc.ca or text or call 1-250-306-2891.

Virtual orientation

Be sure to take the OC Student Orientation 2020 virtual session on Moodle. Meet Giovan and Dinushi, 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!

Smart Start

Success sessions for new students! 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.

Have questions?

We are here to help

Okanagan College's mission is to transform lives and communities. We know that starts with you.

If you have any questions about orientation, feel free to contact Tawnya Cameron, Vernon's Events and Recruitment Coordinator, by sending her an email at tcameron@okanagan.bc.ca.