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Welcome to the Penticton Campus

Welcome to the Okanagan College community! Check out this page for information you will need to get started as a new OC student.  Scroll through the sections below for a complete guide to orientation before the semester begins.  We want to make sure that you have a smooth transition to OC and are here if you need us!

Please visit the Jump Start page to learn about OC and the process for registering for your courses.

Okanagan College respectfully acknowledges that our Penticton campus is located on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan.

 

Winter welcome events

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All in-person Orientation events and winter welcome activities for the first week have been postponed. Please watch for updates. 

Show us your snowperson! Build one and post a photo on social media using #OCSnowperson for a chance to win prizes. Get creative with it. Your snowperson doesn't have to be built out of snow!

Image of a coffee mug and winter cookie on a wooden table.

All in-person Orientation events and winter welcome activities for the first week have been postponed. Please watch for updates. 

During the month of January, share some virtual care. Send an email to orientation@okanagan.bc.ca to have a virtual care package emailed to someone in the OC community - yourself, a friend, a loved one or someone you feel could use a little extra care this month.

Student life events

Need a study break? Looking to meet fellow students while staying safe? Want to win cool prizes? Follow Student Life activities and events scheduled throughout the term: online games, cultural activities, videos and more! There is a lot happening throughout the term, and keep an eye out for giveaways for participating.

Prep for the coming semester

OC 101

OC Ready

Round out your OC readiness with the Moodle course, OC Ready. This course will introduce you to all the services and supports the College offers.

  • Learn about OC
  • Familiarize yourself with the services available to you
  • Get ready to be an OC student

Access resources

Campus location and contacts

583 Duncan Ave. West
Penticton B.C., V2A 8E1

Phone: 250-492-4305
Toll-free: 1-866-510-8899
Email: penweb@okanagan.bc.ca

Office hours

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

Connect on social media

Penticton campus:

Okanagan College Students' Union:

Flourish

Flourish is a drop-in space that supports mental wellness and stress management. Learn about the different activities organized by Flourish and how you can get involved.

Crisis Line

The Crisis Line Association of B.C. provides individuals with 24-hour confidential telephone intervention and support. Phone 1-888-353-2273 (1-888-353-CARE) when in crisis.

Here2Talk

Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. All College students currently registered have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

Penticton Community Crisis Response Team

This service is available 7 days a week, between 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Call Penticton Regional Hospital at 250-492-4000 and ask to be connected to the Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT).

Foundry Penticton

Foundry Penticton offers a one-stop-shop for youth ages 12-24 and their families to substance use, counselling and social services. Contact them by calling 778-646-2292 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. 

YouthSpace

A space for any youth across Canada, under 30, that is experiencing any sort of crisis to come and talk (through text and chat). They are open every day between 6 p.m. and midnight, and information is available online.

Health care

Contact your family doctor or go to a walk-in medical clinic. This link offers a listing of local clinics and wait times. 

Penticton Mental Health and Substance Use

This Interior Health mental health counselling service can be booked by calling or walking in to schedule an intake appointment. They are located at 740 Carmi Ave. and the phone number is 250-770-3555. Substance abuse drop-in hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Canadian Mental Health Association South Okanagan-Similkameen

Contact the CMHA for wellness programs and more. They are located at 2852 Skaha Lake Rd. and can be reached by calling 250-493-8999.

Early Psychosis Intervention Program

This Interior Health service provides assessment, treatment and family support for individuals 19-30 years old, who may be experiencing psychosis or schizophrenia. The program is offered at 740 Carmi Ave. and office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Call 250-770-3555 or visit the Early Psychosis Intervention Program website for information.

Pathways Addictions Resource Centre

Pathways Addictions Resource Centre services are for youth through senior adults, as well as for parents whose children are involved with substance use. Pathways offers several outpatient services including individual counselling, men's and women's groups, parenting groups and services for people whose lives are being affected by someone else's use. 

South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services

SOICS is a one-stop shop that provides a range of free services to all immigrants, temporary foreign workers, post-secondary international students, and refugees through education, advocacy and projects, which assist in their integration http://www.soics.ca/  340 Ellis St. Phone: 250.492 6299

Salvation Army Food Bank

The Salvation Army runs the community Food Bank, as well as a community kitchen offering nutrition education and hands-on training in cooking nutritious meals. They also offer personal assistance (personal and emergency assistance, and assistance during the holiday season. They are located at 2399 South Main St. (phone 250-492-4788) and hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PFLAG

PFLAG is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited, Queer and Questioning people. They welcome allies and people of diverse gender expression, identity and attraction. Penticton Chapter meets at Oasis United Church, on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. You can also reach Ron Smuin at rsmuin@shaw.ca  and rsmuin51@gmail.ca, phone: 250-493-5530.

Penticton and Area Access Centre Society

The Access Centre changes lives through poverty advocacy, awareness, and action. Services include: legal advocacy, disability advocacy, tenant and landlord issue, and volunteer tax services. Drop-in hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Wed from  1-3 p.m. They are located at 209-304 Martin St. Call them at 250-493-6822.

South Okanagan Brain Injury Society

Provides support to individuals and families dealing with the effects of traumatic and acquired brain injuries. Services include: brain injury prevention and education; Programs for clients, their families and caregivers; advocacy and homeless outreach; and vocational support. they are located at 2-996 Main St. Call them at 250-490-0613.

Y Mind Mindfulness Groups for managing anxiety

YMCA Mindfulness Groups are free and support young adults between 18-30 years old. You will learn healthy coping tools to manage anxiety, connect with other young people and receive support. The groups are 7 weeks in duration and are offered at various locations in Kelowna and Penticton. To register for an information session contact 250-317-7980 or ymind@ymcaokanagan.bc.ca.