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Information sessions

Experience OC

What's involved with building a bridge? How do you properly research social issues like homelessness and addiction happening in your community? When we design homes, what needs to change to increase energy efficient and protect the climate?

Welcome to Experience OC, where you will not only get an introduction into the programs offered at Okanagan College, but a chance to experience them for yourself. Drop in and be a student for an hour! Meet and interact with our inspiring instructors. Get your questions answered. Hear about the exciting education, training and career paths that await. It’s all virtual, so you can Experience OC from anywhere!

How it works

Experience OC Sessions

Experience OC sessions give you a chance to see what classes are like as a student, where professors or instructors may provide an interactive or experiential lecture or activity.

Info Sessions

Info sessions will be specific to a program or area of study at Okanagan College, providing more insight on admissions, requirements, careers and answering any questions students may have.

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Upcoming Info Sessions

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Communications

Thursday, May 06, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Explore how communication is fundamentally related to the development of self and society and examine how the messages of the contemporary world influence perception of such issues as gender, race, class and community. In this one-hour student focused session, participants will be joined by Professor Christina Grant, giving you a firsthand look at OC's Communications programs through an interactive format. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered. 

Commercial Helicopter Pilot Certificate

Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Offered in partnership with Okanagan Mountain Helicopters, this one-year program is in conjunction with Transport Canada’s guidelines/examinations and incorporates Business Administration courses that are applicable to the commercial helicopter industry. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

Commercial Helicopter Pilot Certificate

Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. (PST)

Info Session

Offered in partnership with Okanagan Mountain Helicopters, this one-year program is in conjunction with Transport Canada’s guidelines/examinations and incorporates Business Administration courses that are applicable to the commercial helicopter industry. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

Commercial Aviation Diploma

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

This two-year program integrates the flight training required by Transport Canada with business administration courses applicable to the aviation industry.  

Bush Pilot to Airline Captain 

Learn the knowledge to navigate the world of flight, both on and off the ground in this one-hour session that will give you a taste of what it’s like to be a student in the Okanagan School of Business Commercial Aviation Diploma program. Get an overview of employment types, routes to employment, training costs and requirements, employment wage ranges and other interesting facts related to the career of a pilot. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered. 

Commercial Helicopter Pilot Certificate

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Offered in partnership with Okanagan Mountain Helicopters, this one-year program is in conjunction with Transport Canada’s guidelines/examinations and incorporates Business Administration courses that are applicable to the commercial helicopter industry. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

School of Business - All Marketers are Liars

Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

The Okanagan School of Business (OSB) is a place where professors know your name, where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, and where learning is taken beyond the classroom. The OSB offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as opportunities for students to enrich their college experience on student teams and clubs or to participate in study abroad programs. 

All Marketers are Liars 

A famous marketer named Seth Godin wrote a book named All Marketers are Liars. He didn’t really mean marketers told lies. It was just a catchy title for a book that explained that good marketers are storytellers. This session, led by Dr. Barry McGillivray, Associate Dean, School of Business, is about how marketers tell stories that are authentic and that we believe.

School of Business – Advertising Anatomy 101

Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

The Okanagan School of Business (OSB) is a place where professors know your name, where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, and where learning is taken beyond the classroom. The OSB offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as opportunities for students to enrich their college experience on student teams and clubs or to participate in study abroad programs. 

Advertising Anatomy 101 

Join Professor Patrick Schryburt for a discussion and dissection of popular ads to find out why some are good, some are bad, and some are ugly.

School of Business - Getting Rich with GameStop

Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

The Okanagan School of Business (OSB) is a place where professors know your name, where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, and where learning is taken beyond the classroom. The OSB offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as opportunities for students to enrich their college experience on student teams and clubs or to participate in study abroad programs. 

Getting Rich with GameStop 

In the winter of 2021, Reddit showed just how the "power of the people" really works. In a few weeks, a huge group of activist investors shocked Wall Street to its core... and many got rich. What did we learn, and how can we use it to our advantage? Come to this session, led by Professor Mike Hazen, to find out!

Okanagan College Business Info Night

Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021 at 5 p.m. (PST)

Info Session

Business administration is not only for entrepreneurs. Learn more about Okanagan College's business programs, admission requirements, career opportunities and other fun facts. Be sure to bring your burning questions as there will be time at the end for answers. This webinar will be recorded and sent out to attendees after the event.

School of Business – Women in Leadership

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

The Okanagan School of Business (OSB) is a place where professors know your name, where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, and where learning is taken beyond the classroom. The OSB offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as opportunities for students to enrich their college experience on student teams and clubs or to participate in study abroad programs. 

Women in Leadership 

This session talks about how to beat the odds. When things get tough, the tough get going! Join Professor Dr. Susan Thomas for a session to talk about real life cases and how these women beat the odds and get going.

School of Business – Why do we buy what we buy?

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

The Okanagan School of Business (OSB) is a place where professors know your name, where teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, and where learning is taken beyond the classroom. The OSB offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as opportunities for students to enrich their college experience on student teams and clubs or to participate in study abroad programs. 

Why do we buy what we buy? 

Understand a big more about what makes you buy what you buy. Join Professor Michael Orwick to learn a few theories on the reasons consumers buy the things they do and how marketers direct their messages to suit those reasons. The session includes a bit of learning, a bit of doing, and a lot of fun!

Okanagan College Business Info Night

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Info Session

Business administration is not only for entrepreneurs. Learn more about Okanagan College's business programs, admission requirements, career opportunities and other fun facts. Be sure to bring your burning questions as there will be time at the end for answers. This webinar will be recorded and sent out to attendees after the event.

School of Business - Sustainable Management

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

teamwork and collaboration are encouraged, and where learning is taken beyond the classroom. The OSB offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as opportunities for students to enrich their college experience on student teams and clubs or to participate in study abroad programs. 

Sustainable Management 

Are you concerned about climate change? Do you want to know how business can be more sustainable? Join Professor Danielle Robinson to learn about business processes and initiatives that measure success with a triple bottom line: profit, people, and the planet.

Therapist Assistant Diploma

Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Explore OC’s Therapist Assistant Diploma program, geared towards helping improve people’s quality of life through rehabilitation programs. In this one-hour student focused session, participants will be joined by OC instructor Christina Nelson, giving you a firsthand look at the program through an interactive format. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered. 

Make a Difference as a Therapy Assistant 

Rewarding work in health care, job opportunities available, good pay, and no shift work - What more could you ask for?  Come see if a career as a Therapist Assistant is right for you!

Practical Nursing Program

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Interested in pursuing a career in health care? OC’s Practical Nursing Diploma program provides hands-on, person-centred education to prepare students for subsequent work as a Practical Nurse. Join OC instructor Lisa Matthews to learn more about program details, skills you’ll develop as a student through courses and clinical placements, and industry opportunities that await program graduates. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

Biology

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Are you fascinated by the living world around you? Discover studies focusing on all levels of biology, from molecules to organisms to ecosystems – and everything in between. In this one-hour student focused session, participants will be joined by Professor Stacey Sakakibara, giving you a firsthand look at OC's Department of Biology through an interactive format. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

Kinesiology (Human Kinetics)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Build skills that you can apply to a variety of career options in fitness, recreation, sport, education and health. In this one-hour student focused session, participants will be joined by Dr. Colin Wallace, giving you a firsthand look at OC's two-year Kinesiology Diploma program through an interactive format. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

Biology

Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Are you fascinated by the living world around you? Discover studies focusing on all levels of biology, from molecules to organisms to ecosystems – and everything in between.  

Learning About Plants and the Environment  

In this one-hour student focused session, participants will be joined by Professor Cam Egan, for an interactive lecture on plants and the environment. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

Civil Engineering Technology

Thursday, Apr. 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Interested in the design and construction of city infrastructure? Experience OC and what it’s like to be a student in Okanagan College's Civil Engineering Technology program. Join Professor Ken Langedyk in this one-hour student-focused session as he walks you through the program, learn more about course details and potential career possibilities. Drop in, be a student for an hour, and have your questions answered.   

Rematch: The Warring Civil Engineering Technology Instructors Battle it Out Again!  

Civil Engineering Technology Students - learn to work together and compete. See your instructors do the same for round two of the Spaghetti Battle Royal.

Electronic Engineering Technology

Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Learn about electronic circuits and system analysis and design in OC's Electronic Engineering Technology program, nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). In this one-hour student focused session, participants will be joined by Professor David Williams, giving you a firsthand look at the two-year diploma program through an interactive format. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered. 

Animation

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Develop your artistic skills, technical dexterity and creative thinking in the two-year applied learning Animation Diploma program. Use the latest technology in state-of-the-art facilities to train for a successful career in the 2D or 3D animation industry. 

Animation Pipeline 

Join OC Instructor James. W. Wood for a discussion of the animation pipeline and learn what career opportunities await you after graduation.

Electronic Engineering Technology

Thursday, May 06, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Learn about electronic circuits and system analysis and design in OC's Electronic Engineering Technology program, nationally accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC). In this one-hour student focused session, participants will be joined by Professor David Williams, giving you a firsthand look at the two-year diploma program through an interactive format. Drop in, be a student for an hour and have your questions answered.

Heavy Mechanical Trades

Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Agriculture, Energy, Forestry, Mining, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing... what do all these industries have in common? They employ Heavy Mechanical Technicians to help keep their industry moving! Gain information about what it takes to become a Heavy Duty Mechanic, Diesel Engine Mechanic, Truck and Trailer Technician or Truck and Transport Mechanic. Participants can expect to hear from a Red Seal Technician Travis Gerling.

Electrical

Tuesday, May 04, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Red Seal Electrician and the Electrical Department Chairperson, Claudio DiBiase , will be providing an electrical wiring tutorial. Get an insider's look at the Trades Training House with Red Seal Technician and Instructor, Jessica. She will tour the building and provide a time-lapsed electrical board assembly. Don't miss this enLIGHTENING opportunity to learn!

Piping Trades

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Train for three separate trades - at the same time! The Plumbing and Piping Foundation program includes skills that prepare graduates to work as Steamfitter/Pipefitters, Plumbers or Sprinkler System Installers. Watch a soldering demonstration in our Piping Trades shop at the Kelowna campus and learn more about these fascinating industries. Participants can expect to hear from Red Seal Plumber and Mechanical Building Trades Department Chairperson, Brad Oliver.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. (PST)

Experience OC Session

Train in the installation, maintenance, repair and overhaul of residential and commercial central air conditioning systems, as well as heating, ventilation and cooling systems. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning training is exclusive to the Penticton campus. Participants can expect to hear from Red Seal Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Instructor, Raymond Koepke.

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The series of sessions runs through to April. As more sessions are finalized, the schedule will grow -- and could cover off a subject area you are interested in! Sign up for updates and we will contact you when new sessions are added.

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