Learning and Success Centres

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Learning and Success Centres are located on all Okanagan College campuses. Staff provide comprehensive learning assistance to individuals and small groups of students. Learning Coordinators support students in developing the skills needed to complete their program and become lifelong learners. Help is available in English language, reading and writing, as well as Math, Science and Trades.

Choose your Success Centre to get started

Trades students

Trades students at all campuses can book  appointments to work with Elke Pritchard by emailing epritchard@okanagan.bc.ca during office hours: Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Contact a Success Centre Coordinator at your campus

Kelowna Success Centre
Coordinators may be contacted through Moodle
General email: tlckelowna@okanagan.bc.ca

Subjects: Math and Science
Kate Sidlar
Contact: ksidlar@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: online

Subjects: Math and Science
Alex Hanna
Contact: ahanna@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: online

Subjects: Academic writing, English, Communications and English Language Learning
Lynn Sinclair
Contact: lsinclair@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: online
Book an appointment with Lynn online

Kelowna Trades Success Centre
Subjects: Trades

Elke Pritchard

Contact: epritchard@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-762-5445 ext. 4677
Hours: Monday to Thurday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: online or Kelowna Trades Success Centre T118
Book an appointment with Elke online

Subjects: Academic writing, English and Communications
Michelle Burfitt
Contact: mburfitt@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: online
Book an appointment with Michelle online

Vernon Student Success Centre
Connect with co-ordinators Vernon Success Centre through Moodle

Subjects: Math and Science
Philip Schellenberg
Contact: PJSchellenberg@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: online

Subjects: English and essay writing
Trystan Carter
Contact: englishsuccess@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: online
Book an appointment with Trystan online
 

Penticton Student Success Centre
Connect with the Penticton Success Centre by Moodle

Subjects: English and Writing
Brittany Houston
Contact: bhouston@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: online
Book an appointment with Brittany online

Subjects: Math, Statistics and Physics
Barbara Lacy
Contact: blacy@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: online
Book an appointment with Barbara online

Salmon Arm Success Centre
Connect with the Salmon Arm Success Centre by Moodle

Subjects: Writing, English, Spanish and study skills
Joaquim Camps
Contact: jcamps@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: 

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m.

Book an appointment with Joaquim online

Subjects: Math, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Dani Valgardson
Contact: dvalgardson@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: 

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. to noon; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
  • Friday: noon to 2 p.m. 

Get help with these subjects

All co-ordinators specializing in English and writing can help you with reading comprehension and study skills. They also support essay writing skill development, including thesis statements, organization and cohesion, paragraph focus and development, introductions and conclusions, integrating and citing sources. Editing and proofreading strategies, as well as common grammar errors, can also be reviewed.

Math and Statistics support covers a broad range of fields, including basic math, calculus, statistics, finite math, second-year math and business math. Science support covers studies in physics, biology and chemistry. All co-ordinators specializing in Math and Science can help with upgrading, first-year math and statistics.

Are you taking upgrading classes in math or science right now? Support is available to you as well.

Help with Business courses is provided by peer mentors. You can access peer mentors through any Success Centre Moodle page.

There is help available in a variety of subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • English as a Second Language
  • Human Kinetics
  • Language learning strategies
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Water Engineering Technology

Reach out for help in your campus Success Centre Moodle page for a referral to a subject expert or peer mentor.

Online study resources

Practice worksheets

Find worksheets for Math, Chemistry, Physics topics and proficiency tests.

Proficiency testing

Proficiency tests are administered through the Testing Centre.  Information about the proficiency testing process and practice tests can be found below.

General information

Students may write the following diagnostic tests in the Testing Centre to meet admission requirements for specific Okanagan College courses or programs. See the course calendar for specific requirements.

  • Basic Algebra Proficiency Test
  • Calculus Readiness Test
  • Business Math Proficiency Test (formerly MDT)
  • Math 11 Proficiency Test
  • Math 12 Proficiency Test

Test-taking process

  • Download a copy of the appropriate practice test, see section below, or contact the Learning Centre Coordinator to receive a copy (available for pick up at the Learning Centre or via email).
  • When you feel you are ready to write the test, contact the Testing Centre.
  • On the day of the test, arrive on time and with pen/pencil, photo identification and a calculator (if permitted).
  • In most cases, you will receive your results as soon as you are finished the test.

Taking tests out of town

If you live out of area you can arrange to write the exam at another location by doing the following:

  • Contact an educational institution in your area and arrange an appointment to write the test.
  • Provide your invigilator with the email address kelownatesting@okanagan.bc.ca.
  • The invigilator must contact the Testing Centre to arrange for the test to be sent and to discuss testing protocol.
  • On the day of the test, arrive on time and with pen/pencil, photo identification and a calculator (if permitted).
  • When the exam is complete, the invigilator can email or fax the test back to the Testing Center for marking. 

Practice proficiency tests

Sample exam questions are available for the following exams: