Student handbook

Female student studying in the Centre of Excellence building an the Penticton campus

Welcome to OC

Transitioning to College is an exciting time, whether you are coming from high school, returning to school after being away for several years, an international student, or a transfer student! This online guide has been designed to help set you up for success as you begin or continue your educational journey at OC. While many of our services and events have transitioned online for now, due to COVID-19, there are still many ways to stay connected and access the supports you need. We wish you great success during your time with us.

Getting started

Once you’ve been accepted to your program of study, what’s next?
 

Online resources

Need help making the transition to online learning or instructions to learning platforms?

Available services

Offices may be closed, but services are still available to students remotely.

Stay connected

We might be physically distant, but OC is still a tight-knit community. Join in on the fun!

Getting started

Once you’ve been accepted to your program of study, what’s next? First you will need to determine whether or not you need to register. You can find that information “Do You Need to Register?” If you need to register, choose the courses that interest you and use ClassFinder to plan out your course schedule. ClassFinder lists all the courses that are available in a given semester with dates, times and instructors listed. Refer to the College Calendar to view all the academic requirements for your program. You will also find important dates and deadlines there. You will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar assigning you a time when you can register. Registration for your courses will be done through your myOkanagan account. You will want to login to myOkanagan to register on or as close to that time as possible to ensure the courses you want to register for are available.

Review How to Register for full details on the steps involved and when to register.

campus life

OC has transitioned classes to alternative modes of delivery as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While all campus libraries, buildings and offices are closed to encourage social (physical) distancing, you can still access services remotely. Visit the Available Services page to find contact info, hours and more details. Find the latest updates, resources and FAQs on the College’s COVID-19 information page.

Academics

Your academic success is important to us. As a student transitioning from high school to college or as a mature student who has been out of high school for a while, we’re here to support you along the way.
Download the free Okanagan College app to help you during your time with us. Here you can find your class schedule, access your grades, view College maps, read the latest news from the College and more. 

Online Learning Resource Centre
Need help making the transition to online learning or instructions to learning platforms? Learn about myOkanagan, Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate and more.

Online learning resources

General Academic Regulations and Policies
As a student at Okanagan College, there is a set of regulations and policies you must adhere to. In particular, you should review the Academic Integrity policy. Find all of the policies here.

View the list below for other important policies:

 

Support services

Okanagan College cares about the health and safety of all, which is why on-campus, in-person services have been suspended. While all offices are physically closed to students and the public, College staff are committed to ensuring students can access services online, by phone or through other means. We are here to help you through this. 

Aboriginal Services

Prospective, new and current Aboriginal students are supported at each of our four campuses. Culturally relevant support includes:

  • Visiting elders
  • Cultural and academic workshops
  • Aboriginal Services team
  • Aboriginal peer mentors
  • Aboriginal student centres
  • Aboriginal scholarships/bursaries/awards information
  • Assistance with Band funding applications
  • Personalized daily supports
  • Computer access

Visit the Aboriginal Services web page.

Accessibility Services

Coordinators on each campus assist those with a documented disability to provide equal access to educational opportunities.
Visit the Accessibility Services web page.

Education Advising

If you need some help, Education Advisors can assist you in coming up with your education plan. View the Education Advising website.
Have a question? Ask an advisor.

Financial Aid and Awards

A wide range of financial support is available to help you meet your educational goals. This includes awards, scholarships and bursaries. Find out more by connecting with Financial Aid and Awards.

There are awards applications available depending on which campus you attend and also whether you are entering a new program at the College or if you are a current student. Visit Financial Aid and Awards to learn more about what awards you may be eligible for.

Learning Centres

Become an effective and independent learner with a little help from one of our Learning Centres. Click here to visit the Learning Centres website.

Library

As an Okanagan College student you are welcome to use any campus library, however, hours vary by campus and time of year. Use the library for:

  • Borrowing materials
  • Laptop loans
  • Research help
  • Group study rooms

Visit the Library website.

Campus Events

Orientation

Okanagan College welcomes new students to each campus throughout the month of September. Make the most of your first weeks on campus by coming out to as many orientation activities as you can. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in your college community and meet like-minded individuals.

Learn more about orientation

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Get Involved

Make the most of your time at Okanagan College and discover how getting involved in events earns you more than just a credential!

Spread across the four campuses of Okanagan College in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Salmon Arm, Enactus Okanagan College is a non-profit student-run organization that develops and implements projects in our communities that improve the quality of life and standard of living across the region.

The Okanagan Business Students’ Association (OBSA) provides students with real-world business experience at the Kelowna, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Penticton campuses.

The Okanagan College Accounting Club (OCAC) is a student run, not-for-profit organization connecting students with local accounting professionals. Located at the Kelowna campus, the OCAC provides students with practical knowledge of the accounting profession through workshops, volunteering and networking opportunities.

The Okanagan College Human Resources Club is a student run, not-for-profit organization that aims to create a social and academic environment where students have the opportunity to connect, learn from and interact with other students and professionals.

 

Okanagan College's Board of Governors has the sole responsibility for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, expenditures, business and affairs of the institution.

Education Council (also known as EdCo) is an internal governance body of Okanagan College as required by the College and Institute Act. Education Council considers curriculum and educational policies relating to students, standards, planning and operations.

In carrying out the business of Education Council, members exercise their best individual judgment in accordance with the Okanagan College Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Directions. All eligible members vote freely on all issues considered by Education Council regardless of their association with a particular portfolio/area of the institution.

OCSU
The OCSU offers a number of programs and services to meet your needs as a student. Our services come in a variety of forms. Some are campus based and locally developed, such as free lockers in Penticton, Lunch Once a Month in Salmon Arm and print services in Kelowna. Some are organized for all members across our three campuses such as our water bottles/pens/lanyards/highlighters, while some are in partnership with the British Columbia Federation of Students – BCFS – like the free handbook/day planner that we give to every member.

Website: Click here

VSAOC
The governing body of the VSAOC is made up of elected student representatives, who form Student Council. The Student Council is empowered to make all decisions and take all actions on behalf of the Association, in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws. The student body is able to influence these decisions through participation in elections, referenda, general meetings and by making suggestions to the elected representatives. General Elections are conducted each March, with bi-elections in the early fall to fill any vacant positions.

Website: Click here

Cards and Passes

Your Student Photo ID card can be used for*:
• Official Okanagan College identification
• Library privileges
• Access to gym pass
• Entrance to exams
• Entrance to College events
• To receive computer support
• Discount for City buses
• Discounts from community businesses
• Access to College residence

*Some options available at limited campuses. Photo sessions are held at the beginning of each semester. You can also obtain your Student ID through the online photo submission. Your card will be valid for two years!