July 20, 2020
One of Okanagan College’s longest-serving employees, Dr. Jayne Brooks, will be recognized by the College with the Distinguished Service Award. “Jayne’s leadership, dedication and commit...Read more...
July 20, 2020
Jewell Gillies of Okanagan College’s Student, Graduate & Co-op Employment Services Office will be co-facilitating BCcampus’ upcoming Fall Indigenous Series entitled “Pulling Together...Read more...
College names Pamela and Wilfred Barnes, Robert Foord, Louis Thomas and Don Turri as 2020 Honorary Fellows
July 15, 2020
Okanagan College is bestowing its highest honour on five notable residents of the region, each of whom has made unique and meaningful contributions through education, public service, men...Read more...
July 14, 2020
Co-op has long been a staple of the Okanagan College experience, offering students from a variety of study areas the chance to gain job experience and practical training in the workplace...Read more...
Top Tips for new OC website
With the launch of OC's new website, here are a few helpful tips to get you on your way to navigating with ease.
- Action Centre: Need to get to webmail quickly? Wondering where myOkanagan and Moodle are? Click on the arrow by the search bar in the top right corner of the screen – that will flip open an “OC Action Centre” with links to all the things you need to get going on your day! Designed especially for current students and staff, the OC Action Centre has quick links to the pages you need to get to right away.
- COVID information: Things are changing on a daily basis, and you need the most up-to-date information. The new COVID-19 information page compiles a lot of information in one place: notices with the latest updates, FAQs and links to critical information like Online Resources, Remote Contacts for available services and health information.
- Program Search: What programs does OC offer? What is available on my home campus? The new online Program Search on OC’s website offers users a fast and effective way to narrow down the program options based on their needs. Explore programs by area of study, or filter results by campus, credential and delivery method.
- Course Search: Looking to find out the name of an academic or vocational course? Course search will have the answer. Filter by subject or type in part of a course name to see just what is offered at Okanagan College.
- Events and Important dates: Wondering what’s going on at OC? Think there might be an important deadline on the horizon? Check out the Events Calendar for a listing of activities planned and important dates on the horizon. The great news is, the calendar is automatically updated: so once a date passes, you don’t have to sift through old information! Have an important event coming up? You can share it with the OC community by submitting online to: https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/submit-an-event-or-important-date
- News: Everybody wants to be in the loop. With OC News on the revamped website, there are lots of ways to find out what is happening! Explore news by topic, or just scroll down for the most recent OC stories. Also, with new syndication functionality, news stories will be fed especially to specific pages – so Salmon Arm can learn about what’s happening on their campus page, while Trades students can find out what’s new with their department.
- Future Students: Know someone who is investigating their options at OC but they don’t know where to start? Send them a link to the Future Students page. It is home to valuable information about program options, campuses, dates and how to apply.
- Trades Training Schedules: Let’s face it: it can be tough keeping track of when Trades programs start and finish. To simplify the process for students, any program page will have Training Schedules listed in the accordions within “Program Details.” With IT’s innovative approach, these can be updated with the click of a button – making it easy for the Trades team to keep the information fresh and up-to-date.
Occupational Health and Safety and COVID-19 online workshops
Continuing Studies and Corporate Training are hosting two new online workshops covering COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety topics, taught by instructor Adrienne Bootsma. These workshops are available open to anyone. To register, go here.
COVID-19 Strategies: Wellness, Mental Health, and Stress
This course provides learners with strategies to promote wellness and mental health and manage COVID-19 related stress. Learners will explore a multitude of topics including fatigue, healthy food choices, fear and anxiety, and the selection and use of COVID-19 related personal protective equipment (PPE).
At the conclusion of this course learners will be able to:
Identify strategies that promote wellness and mental health.
Explain how COVID-19 influences stress levels and apply strategies to decrease the impact.
Course code: HLT 229
Tuesday, July 21 or September 22
$35 + GST
COVID-19 Hazards, Risks, Controls, and Communication
This course provides learners with the skills necessary to direct COVID-19 risk management practices in the work place. Using a proactive assessment approach, learners will identify hazards and corresponding risks, and apply appropriate mitigating controls. Risk communication facilitation will also be explored.
At the conclusion of this course learners will be able to:
Explain the hierarchy of the five types of mitigation controls and how they are applied to COVID-19 related risks.
Develop practical communication strategies related to risk management.
Course code: HLT 230
Thursday, July 23 or September 24
$35 + GST
Infusions now open for takeout
Culinary and Pastry Arts is excited to now offer Infusions lunch takeout. The inaugural launch of our new online ordering and takeout program starts Tuesday, July 14. Takeout from the Infusions patio will be available Tuesday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ordering is simple - click on the link below and place your order.
Pre-orders are welcome, as you can request a specific day (current or future) and specify a time to pick up your meal from the Infusions patio. Please note, there will be no dining on the patio at this time.
If you would like to save the online ordering address directly, it is:
The Culinary and Pastry Arts teams look forward to seeing and feeding you soon!
Visit College’s COVID-19 information page, subscribe for latest updates
Okanagan College is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation on a minute-by-minute basis and will be sharing pertinent information for staff and students through all available channels. For updates, info, links and recommendations visit the COVID-19 page here.
Information about what to do if you are feeling ill and need to report an absence can be found here.
Click here to visit a page with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).
Access to OC facilities during COVID-19 pandemic
In light of recent concerns regarding security and the relatively limited in-person traffic on campuses, beginning Monday, March 30, the College will be locking entrances to all buildings, with the exception of the south entrance to Trades on the Kelowna campus. Employees will retain opportunity to access the buildings with their Salto cards or keys, and each Regional Dean will be posting signs on the doors to buildings describing how to access services and offices contained within those buildings, as well as directing those needing access to contact security on each campus.
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Generations of care, Human Service Work students filling sought-after profession
Though still a relative newcomer to the profession, OC graduate Fawn Herrington is passionate about her work in the social services field.
After navigating the end of a job as a dental assistant, she felt the need in 2014 to take an online career assessment. That pointed her in the direction of human service work, and she enrolled in Okanagan College’s Human Service Work diploma, graduating two years later in 2016. Now – witness to her mom’s career – Fawn’s daughter Jaden Lee is set to take the same two-year program this September.
“I felt so ill equipped and uneducated to deal with these challenges,” says Herrington, referring to the mountain of unanswered questions about health and social issues she was navigating with her own family in 2014. “My daughter and I spent many nights in deep discussion about how to best support her health and others her age. But I wanted to do more, learn more, be educated more and be the person and support an individual or youth could count on.”
Media Top 10
Stay up to date with OC stories in the news
- B.C. announces $4.4M for health-care education, training - Castanet, CTV News, Academica
- Reduced transit for the fall - Kelowna Capital News, Castanet
- Okanagan College graduate shares human services career story - Castanet
- College's CEA program delivers prepared grads despite pandemic - Castanet
- OC Alumna Danielle Walker named to Kelowna Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 list - Kelowna Capital News
- Summer writing program ideal for seniors - Penticton Herald
- Ready to go 'back to school', OC graduate Toby Griffin shares her story - Vernon Morning Star
- Meet BEEPS summer students at the market - Peachland View
- A stone in focus, a multimedia art collaboration - Revelstoke Mountaineer
- Honour Roll student pursues business degree - Osoyoos Times