Education Advising

Female student studying in the Centre of Excellence building an the Penticton campus

How we help you

Advisors help with education planning.

Registration

Advisors help with course planning.

Admissions

Advisors help with admissions requirements.

Meet with an advisor

Join a drop-in to ask a quick question, book an appointment or send a message to connect with an advisor below.

Virtual drop-ins

Have a few quick questions ? Meet with an advisor in a virtual drop-in session.  

Participants will:

  • enter into a virtual waiting room
  • get moved into a private virtual room by an advisor when it's their drop-in session
  • have 10 minutes to ask questions
  • can return later for another session
  • check here to confirm no changes have been made to our virtual drop in schedule

Drop in dates and times:

Week of November 22

Mon, Nov 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. 
Wed, Nov 24 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Thurs, Nov 25 from 1 to 3:30

 

 

Week of November 29

Mon, Nov 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. 
Wed, Dec 1 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Thurs, Dec 2 from 1 to 3:30

 

Week of December 6

Mon, Dec 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. 
Wed, Dec 8 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Thurs, Dec 9 from 1 to 3:30

 

Book an education advising appointment

Book an appointment through our online booking system. Pick a campus and appointments can be in person, via Zoom or telephone. If you don't see appointments available, come to Virtual Drop Ins. Need assistance but not sure who to ask? Services for students chat.

Note: Students in year 3 and 4 BBA or Post-Baccalaureate programs should contact businessadvising@okanagan.bc.ca to setup an appointment.

Ask an advisor

Have a question you're wondering about education advising or the advising process? Complete this quick online form and our team will get back to you within 48 business hours.

Services for students chat

Here to help

Do you have questions?  Are you struggling and don't know where to start? Don't know which department to ask? Chat with Student Services!

Click on the following link to start a chat session with one of our services for students’ team members.

Online: Monday to Friday, 7:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. (excluding statutory holidays). If we are offline, we will respond to your question by email at the earliest opportunity.

How advisors help

How we help you

Okanagan College Education Advisors help you plan your studies to get the most out of your time at our institution. Whether you take a full credential, or a few transferable courses, your decision to come to school is a life-changing choice. Education Advising is a collaborative process that involves teamwork to create an academic plan to meet your needs.

We'll review requirements and pre-requisites, program checklists and course planning with you. We're here to help you navigate college processes and plan out your time here at OC.

What's your role in the advising process?

  • Participate: Be prepared for your appointment. Make a list of OC programs or courses that interest you. Review Okanagan College program information and class schedules on ClassFinder. Bring questions and documents like high school transcripts or other supporting materials.
  • Engage: Do your best to keep any appointment you have made. If you must cancel, please give us advance notice. Read! Keep up to date with your email. Okanagan College communicates with students about deadlines and important events by email. Please bring any emails you have questions about to your appointment.
  • Review: Make it a habit to look back on your semester and identify areas for improvement. Bring any ideas or concerns to the attention of your Education Advisor so that they can help refer you to available services.
  • Inform: Keep us up to date if your plans change. We may be able to guide you in a new direction.

Information for upgrading students

We understand that deciding to go back to school can be overwhelming, or that you have a lot of questions. Education Advisors are here to help! We will walk you through each step from:

Need help planning your courses?

Plan your schedule

Classfinder is very useful to plan your schedule. It contains course descriptions, course registration numbers (CRN) and allows you to create mock schedules so you can be ready when registration opens for you. If you open ClassFinder via your myOkanagan account, you will also see if there is availability in the class or if it is waitlisted. Visit how do I register for full details and watch all the course registration help videos in your myOkanagan account.

Course planning questions

If you are in a program where registrations are completed for you, you should take the prescribed number of classes.

If you are in an Arts, Science, Business diploma or degree program, five courses (15 credits) per semester is the traditional course load for university students. If you are an upgrading student, it is a good idea to consider your work and family responsibilities. Take the amount of courses that would enable you to succeed in your classes. You are the one who knows what the right decision is for you!

If you receive funding from student loans, a sponsor, scholarship or bursary, consult with Financial Aid and Awards (or your sponsor) to find out how many courses they require you to take.

Two courses (6 credits) is usually considered part-time study, three courses (9 credits) or more is full-time study. In addition to your funding requirements, consider your work and family responsibilities and take the amount of courses that would enable you to succeed in your classes.

All university transfer courses are 3 credits each, 3 hours of lecture time (more in-class time for courses with labs and/or seminars). You should plan for 6-9 hours of homework each week for every class. Six courses are the maximum you can take without written approval from the appropriate dean or designate; this would not be recommended in your first year of study.

Meet with an advisor, review admission information and program description for your prospective program and apply for admission to your new program

See the Important Dates page for the withdrawal deadlines for your program and Financial Aid and Awards (or your sponsor) to find out how it may affect your funding. Meet with an Education Advisor to find out how withdrawing might impact your academics or if you are withdrawing for medical or compassionate reasons.

Prerequisites are courses that must be taken BEFORE another course is take, so it is extremely important that you check for prerequisites in a course description. Success in the course could be jeopardized if you do not possess the prerequisite and you will also risk being dropped from the course just before it starts. It is also important to look ahead to courses you wish to take in future terms and ensure you take the required prerequisite courses beforehand.

Corequisites are courses that need to be taken together.

Always read the course description for a class. They can be found in ClassFinder or in the calendar under course descriptions. See the "Course Layout and Definitions" tab for a full breakdown of course description terms.

The answer is entirely at the professor's discretion and will be based on their faculty's practices and policies. You can approach the professor with a Request to Waive Pre or Corequisites form and ask for their permission. Be prepared to give academic reasons why you feel you will be successful in the course without the pre- or corequisite. Permission is not always granted, but if they say yes, take the completed form to the Registrar's Office or Administration Office.

If you want to complete the Adult Dogwood, begin with English and Math courses and contact an Education Advisor to plan your remaining courses. Find out about upgrading admissions here. There are many ways to complete the Adult Graduation Diploma, some of which may allow you to take academic or vocational programs at the college. 

Do you know the admissions requirements for upgrading? Once that's all set, check the registration dates for Upgrading (also known as AACP or ABE) on your campus.

  • Kelowna: For upgrading courses that are at the grade 11 and 12 level, you can register online (you must have the pre-requisites courses/Skills Assessment at the required grade level). All other upgrading courses must be registered by bringing a completed “Registration and Withdrawal” form to the Registrar’s Office. Check the course in ClassFinder to see if you need the instructor’s approval on your Registration and Withdrawal form.
  • All other campuses: contact the AACP co-ordinator at your home campus (PentictonVernon or Salmon Arm-Revelstoke), especially if you are a new student.

Admissions

Details

In order to take a course at Okanagan College, you need to apply and be accepted to a program. Once you are admitted to a program you can then register for courses within your area for which you have the course prerequisites. The first step is to decide which program(s) you wish to apply to.

Here is some information to get you started:

  • All programs require that you have graduated from high school, OR are at least 19 years of age and have not attended a traditional high school for at least 12 months
  • Most programs will require an English language admission requirement and may require that you complete other academic courses
  • Some programs will require you to have completed non-academic requirements
  • OC offers admission to students on a “first-applied, first-offered” basis for all programs with the exception of our nursing programs. Apply if you already meet the academic admission requirements for your program OR if you will meet those requirements by the end of the June preceding your fall admission date
  • You will need to send an official copy of your high school transcript and post-secondary transcripts to Okanagan College
  • If you have courses from other colleges and universities that are not over 10 years old, you can request transfer credit

Meet with an advisor, review admission information and program description for your prospective program and apply for admission to your new program.

Use the B.C. Transfer Guide to see how your Okanagan College transfer in or out to other colleges and universities in British Columbia. It is your responsibility to contact a program advisor at your intended school early in your studies at OC. There may be other courses they would wish you to take for your particular program.

They are welcome to come with you to an advising appointment. However, without you being present, they cannot get advice for you unless you give Okanagan College permission to release your information to them. This is true for parents, spouses or sponsors; no information can be shared without your prior consent.

Do you consent to the release of your information? 

Log into myOkanagan and fill out the "Consent to Release Information" online form. 

If you have been out of high school for three years or more, or you do not have the pre-requisite course, we recommended that you complete the Skills Assessment to determine which Okanagan College class is the best fit for you. Contact an Education Advisor for assistance.

Contact us

Kelowna campus

Student Services Building (S111)
250-862-5451

Vernon campus

Administration Building (A300)
250-545-7291

Penticton campus

Ashnola Building (PL142)
250-492-4305

Salmon Arm

Main Building (SA103)
250-832-2126
Revelstoke Centre students can contact Salmon Arm for appointments

Office Hours

September to April (Monday-Friday): 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
May to August (Monday-Friday): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

hours may vary per campus

Book an appointment

Book an appointment through our online booking system. Need assistance? Contact us
Note: Students in year 3 and 4 BBA or Post-Baccalaureate programs should contact businessadvising@okanagan.bc.ca to setup an appointment.

Email

General advising email: educationadvising@okanagan.bc.ca

Meet the Education Advising Team

Kelowna Advisors

Dana Sheldrake

Educational Advising
Office: Student Services Building 111B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4599
Educational Advising - Dana Sheldrake

Michelle Somerville

Educational Advising
Office: Student Services Building 111C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4629
Educational Advising - Michelle Somerville

Paul Zeng

International Education Advising
Office: Centre For Learning 113
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4282
Educational Advising - Paul Zeng

Penticton Advisors

Donna Arnold

Financial Aid | Education Advisor
Office: Ashnola Building 144
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3314
Donna Arnold

John Mott

Interdisciplinary Studies / Education Advising
Office: Ashnola Building 142A
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3219
Educational Advising - John Mott

I have a background in Administrative law and have worked as a refugee lawyer for a private practice firm in Vancouver, a Human Rights Officer for the BC Human Rights Commission, and as the Workplace Harassment Prevention Officer for the Yukon Government. I joined Okanagan College at the Penticton Campus in 2006 and have been teaching courses in Canadian law since 2007. Law touches our lives in so many ways and I enjoy sharing this with students and challenging them to think critically about the law.

Credentials:
LLB, University of British Columbia
BA, English, University of Victoria

Salmon Arm Advisors

Shannon Kiehlbauch

Accessibility Services / Educational Advising (she, her)
Office: Salmon Arm Building 119
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-832-2126 ext. 8211
Educational Advising - Shannon Kiehlbauch

Stacey Larsen

Regional Dean's Office - Shuswap
Office: Salmon Arm Building 103
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-804-8888 ext. 8202

Vernon Advisors

Kim Strilchuk

Educational Advising
Office: Main Building A305
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2261