Welcome to the Penticton Campus!
We can't wait to welcome you to the Penticton campus for the Winter 2024 semester!
Browse through this page for information about Winter Orientation events we have planned for you. And be sure to look over the prep for the semester section for courses you should do before the semester begins.
Orientation Events start on January 8 and continue until January 12! FREE to attend and New and Returning students are welcome! Check out the schedule below!
Okanagan College respectfully acknowledges that our Penticton campus is located on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan.
Winter Orientation Events
International Student In-Person Orientation
Wednesday, January 3
9:30am to 11:30am
This day is designed to welcome you to the Penticton campus and provide you with practical information to help you settle into your new home.
OCSU Winter Wonderland Dance
Friday, January 26
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Step into a magical night at our Winter Wonderland Dance! It's the perfect time to glam up, let loose, and dance the night away. With a fantastic DJ, a picture-perfect photobooth, and all the festive vibes you can imagine, this is a soirée you won't want to miss! Your $5 admission not only guarantees an unforgettable time, but also includes a free drink and an entry to win an IPAD! Tickets available for purchase at the OCSU Office PE C14, Admin Office and Recreation Department starting January 10!
*present two pieces of government ID for alcoholic drink
First Day Fuel Up
Monday, January 8
8:00am – 11:00am
Centre of Excellence Foyer
Start your first day of classes with a coffee and baked treat on us! Come to the Centre of Excellence (PC) Foyer for information, direction to your classes, hot beverage, and treats. Enter in for a prize!
Okanagan College Student Union (OCSU) Welcome Back Pancake Breakfast
Wednesday, January 10
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Get ready to flip into the new semester with the OCSU! Join us for a delicious welcome back pancake breakfast that's stacked with good vibes and even better company. Let's kick off the new year together in the most delicious way possible, see you at the breakfast bash!
This event is part of orientation activities and is open to all Okanagan College students.
Prep for the coming semester
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
Campus location and contacts
583 Duncan Ave. West
Penticton B.C., V2A 8E1
- Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Afterhours Crisis Response Team from 4:30pm - 11:00pm evenings and weekends. Call 250-770-3555 or visit the Early Psychosis Intervention Program website for information. After hours call Regional Mental Health Crisis Line at no charge 1-888-353-2273.
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.
*Please note, as of July 31, 2023, Pathways has closed and is recommending people to reach out to Interior Health for support. The Penticton & Area Access Centre published a “Little Red Book of Resources” that may be helpful.
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.