Aerial view of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake
Hospitality training in Okanagan leads to tourism jobs

September 14, 2020

Published on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. See original release here. Up to 40 eligible British Columbians will be able to tap into a unique online training program at Okanagan College and gain work experience to prepare them for jobs in the hospitality industry, thanks to more than $611,000 in funding from the provincial government. “The tourism sector is resilient. We’re seeing evidence of that in the Okanagan and Shuswap as businesses begin to reopen,” said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Developme...

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Continuing Studies Alumna Kayley Herman
College Perianesthesia Nursing grad juggles family and school, puts her skills to work on the frontline

September 8, 2020

For Kayley Herman, the last couple of years have been busy ones as she navigated going back to school at Okanagan College for advanced perianesthesia (PAR) training and welcoming a new baby. Herman, who worked as a PAR nurse in Saskatchewan before moving to B.C., needed to gain proper certification for PAR work in the province. She applied for and received educational funding through Interior Health to complete that training at OC. “My journey with the training was unique because I completed the theory portion of the course while I was pre...

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Wine author and educator, Luke Whittall
New OC course will take students on an online guided tour of BC wine history this fall

August 26, 2020

How did teetotalling berry farmers, a Kelowna grocery store owner and a provincial Premier who voted for prohibition set in motion events that would launch the wine industry we have today? Wine enthusiasts and industry members will have a chance to learn the answer to this and many other questions as part of a unique look into B.C. wine history at Okanagan College this fall. Wine author, educator and industry professional Luke Whittall is teaching the course, B.C. Wine: An Online Guided Tour Through History, which starts on Sept. 29. “Ther...

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Continuing Studies alumna, Noelle Eugster
College unveils new online CS brochure, array of courses for fall

August 26, 2020

OC Occupational Health and Safety grad put her skills to work With fall approaching and parents and students of all ages making decisions about going back to school, Noelle Eugster still considers it one of the best decisions she’s made in her life. “Making a complete career change and going back to College in my mid-40s was certainly scary, but I’m so glad I did. It was easily one of the smartest choices I’ve ever made,” says Eugster, who completed the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Certificate. Eugster puts her training to work on a...

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OC employees embrace Four Seasons of Reconciliation

July 9, 2020

Since introducing an opportunity in April to engage in Indigenous cultural sensitivity training via an online program, more than 110 Okanagan College employees have completed the Four Seasons of Reconciliation learning modules. Producers explain that Four Seasons of Reconciliation “promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians through transformative learning about truth and reconciliation.” As Okanagan College continues to engage in the process of developing an Indigenization strategy, this online resource, which ...

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Education Assistant Graduate Toby Griffin
OC Education Assistant grads ready to support learners in new and ever-changing world of education

June 30, 2020

The phrase “going back to school” is exciting on many levels for Okanagan College Vernon graduate Toby Griffin. When she took the leap of returning to College at age 48 to pursue her dream of becoming a certified education assistant, Griffin never could have imagined she’d finish off her studies during a pandemic – nor could she have anticipated how much this experience would inspire her and her fellow students to support learners in new and innovative ways. Education Assistants (EAs) are trained to help students be successful in meeting th...

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College’s Camp OC cancelled for 2020

May 25, 2020

COVID-19 concerns are leading Okanagan College to cancel its Camp OC summer camp offerings for 2020. “We have been closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation,” said Dr. Dennis Silvestrone, director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Training for Okanagan College. “And given what we understand about safety and limitations, we have made the decision to cancel Camp OC this summer.” “It is a very difficult decision for us, and one made with the best interests of all our campers, students, staff and our surrounding communities in mind. ...

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Logan Larocque and Noah Pontenteau
OC Audio Engineering and Music Production alums send new music and gratitude out into the world

April 27, 2020

From local creators to international headliners, musicians around the world are rallying to provide sweet sounds of hope amid troubled times during the COVID-19 pandemic. And if a common thread runs throughout these live shows, between the trends and among the shares, it’s an increased awareness for the value music brings to our lives. Okanagan College students Noah Potenteau and Logan Larocque are among those brightening the digital space with their talents.   The pair recently completed the Audio Engineering and Music Production (AEMP) p...

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Continuing Studies Professional Development
College responds with free professional development offerings during COVID-19

April 17, 2020

With organizations of all sizes in our communities facing uncertainty and disruption or adaptation to the way they conduct business in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Okanagan College is stepping up with resources to help individuals and employers tap into professional development offerings. The College’s Continuing Studies and Corporate Training department has published a new online Professional Development Resource page on its website to help people tap into free OC courses, webinars and panels. It will also point them in the direction...

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Ed Henczel and Raluca Fratiloiu
OC Course Helps Make Sense of “Fake News”

March 12, 2020

The term “fake news” came to the public’s attention during the 2016 American presidential campaign and today, as the U.S. heads into another election cycle, the potential impacts are hard to ignore. But is fake news a new phenomenon? How does it differ from propaganda? And is there any way to defeat it? Okanagan College instructor Edward Henczel has spent 20 years working as a journalist around North America and Dr. Raluca Fratiloiu has studied the phenomena since her time in Communist-era Romania where she was surrounded by fake news and p...

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Sean Heddle
Mapping a world-wide worry: OC student charts coronavirus spread in real-time

February 4, 2020

Sean Heddle was looking for a career change after an injury left him unable to work as a concrete construction foreman. He could never have imagined that his foray into the study of geographic information systems (GIS) would see him building a real-time map of a global public health emergency. Heddle, who hails from Kelowna, is currently enrolled in the GIS Certificate course at Okanagan College in Salmon Arm. His professor, Shelley Desautels, recently issued an assignment to her class, inviting students to build a digital map of a place or...

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Christopher Simpson
Cannabis training offers credentials for growing retail market

January 23, 2020

With a growing number of cannabis retail outlets open or in progress across the province, Okanagan College is launching new training opportunities for those looking to gain a competitive edge in the cannabis retail job market. Business manager Christopher Simpson has experienced a flood of interested applicants as he prepares to open Shire Green Cannabis in Prince George. “Legal retail cannabis has been slow to roll out in B.C. but it is gaining momentum,” says Simpson. “Because the industry is privately funded, it’s important that compan...

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Continuing Studies

Continuing Studies

We know the pandemic has impacted students’ travel and career opportunities in many ways, and with that in mind, we are here to help. Continuing Studies will be offering most of its certificate programs, corporate training services and general interest courses online and via distance education this fall. Explore upcoming online offerings below. 

First Aid and Safety

Okanagan College is an approved Canadian Red Cross and WorkSafeBC Training Centre. Working with the latest equipment, our First Aid instructors are fully qualified to deliver a complete range of training.

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We are pleased to offer a full range of spa services by our Esthetics and Nail Technology students in a professional and relaxing environment. We invite you to pamper yourself.

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