Penticton campus welcomes you!
Welcome to 2021! Check out this page for information you will need to get started as a new OC student.
Welcome from Penticton Indian Band Elder
We respectfully acknowledge that our campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan people.
The Penticton team is excited to welcome you for a drive-through event Jan. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up for a bag of goodies including important campus service information, OC swag, treats, a gift certificate and a chance to win prizes!
Register for your time slot, as space is limited due to COVID-19 capacity restrictions! (Note: OC is monitoring public health orders closely. If circumstances change that will impact the event, registrants will receive an email with updates.) Don't have a vehicle? Just choose that option on the registration form and the Penticton team will arrange an alternate time for your to pick up your welcome package. Also, for everyone's safety, the following health and safety procedures must be adhered to:
- Students MUST stay in their vehicle during the drive-thru event
- Please ensure you are wearing a mask when you open your window to receive your swag bag
Registrations are now CLOSED due to capacity. Thanks for signing up - looking forward to seeing you there!
The start of a new semester is a great time to reflect on strategies for success. Join Penticton Student Services for a fun and informal chat about how to set yourself up to succeed in the new term. A prize draw will be done at the end of the session for one lucky participant. Session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 7-8 p.m. No need to register.
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.
Get to know Student Services
Campus location and contacts
583 Duncan Ave. West
Penticton B.C., V2A 8E1
- Monday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday: closed
- Sunday: closed
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Penticton team
Penticton Library staff
Okanagan College Students' Union
OCSU's office is located in Sunoka Building PE C14
(Please note, Cassie Phillips is currently on leave)
Be sure to take the OC Student Orientation virtual session on Moodle. Meet OC students, Raquel and Giovan, who will walk you through an overview of the College and services available before sending you on to your program-specific orientation. Students are asked to complete this virtual orientation before your first day of classes!
Don't miss out on Smart Start, an opportunity to get a jump start on the semester. This is your chance to get ahead of the crowd and learn about services on campus, transitioning from high school to college, financial aid, time management skills and so much more! Stay tuned for registration details.