Success Centres

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Success Centres are located on all Okanagan College campuses. Staff provide comprehensive learning assistance to individuals and small groups of students. Success Centre Coordinators support students in developing the skills needed to complete their program and become lifelong learners. Help is available in English language, reading and writing, as well as math, science, and trades. Success Centre Coordinators are available to help you in person at all campuses and also online.

Contact a Success Centre Coordinator at your campus

Kelowna Success Centre
The Kelowna Success Centre is located in the library, across from circulation, in L204.
General email: tlckelowna@okanagan.bc.ca

Subjects: Math and Science
Kate Sidlar
Contact: ksidlar@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: L204C and online
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4427

Subjects: Math and Science
Nick Kayban
Contact: nkayban@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: L204E and online
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4928

Subjects: Academic writing, English, Communications and English Language Learning
Lynn Sinclair
Contact: lsinclair@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: online
Book an appointment with Lynn here.

Subjects: Academic writing, English and Communications
Karolynn Green
Contact: kgreen@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                 Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: L204D and online
Book an appointment with Karolynn here

Vernon Success Centre
The Vernon Success Centre is located next to the Auditorium in the Main Entrance.

Subjects: English and essay writing
Trystan Carter
Contact: tcarter@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: D364 and online
Book an appointment with Trystan here.
 

Subjects: Math and Science
Zakeea Al Hanafy
Contact: zalhanafy@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: D314 and online

 

Penticton Student Success Centre
The Penticton Student Success Centre is located in the Sunoka Building, Room PE C13, next to the student union (OCSU) office.

Subjects: English and Writing
Brittany Rust
Contact: brust@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: PE C13 and online
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext 3302
Book an appointment with Brittany here.

Subjects: Math and Science
Barbara Lacy
Contact: blacy@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: PE C13 and online
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext 3302
Book an appointment with Barb here.

Salmon Arm Success Centre
The Salmon Arm Success Centre is located in Room SA 137A, and can also be accessed through the library.

Subjects: Writing, English, Spanish and study skills
Joaquim Camps
Contact: jcamps@okanagan.bc.ca
Hours: 

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Book an appointment with Joaquim here.

Subjects: Math and Science
Kate Ritchie
Contact: keritchie@okanagan.bc.ca

Hours: 

  • Monday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Trades Success Centre
The Trades Success Centre is located in the Trades building, T118.

Subjects: Trades
Elke Pritchard
Contact: epritchard@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-762-5445 ext. 4677
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: online or T118

Get help with these subjects

All co-ordinators specializing in English and writing can help you with reading comprehension and study skills. They also support essay writing skill development, including thesis statements, organization and cohesion, paragraph focus and development, introductions and conclusions, and integrating sources. Editing and proofreading strategies, as well as common grammar errors, can also be reviewed.

Math support covers a broad range of fields, including basic math, calculus, statistics, second-year math, and business math. Science support covers studies in physics, biology and chemistry. All co-ordinators specializing in Math and Science can help with upgrading, first-year math, and statistics.

Help with Business courses is provided by peer mentors. Contact tlckelowna@okanagan.bc.ca for details.

There is help available in a variety of subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • English as a Second Language
  • Human Kinetics
  • Language learning strategies
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Water Engineering Technology

Contact tlckelowna@okanagan.bc.ca for a referral to a subject expert or peer mentor.

Online study resources

Practice worksheets

Find worksheets for Math, Chemistry, Physics topics and proficiency tests.

Proficiency testing

Proficiency tests are administered through the Testing Centre.  Information about the proficiency testing process and practice tests can be found below.

General information

Students may write the following diagnostic tests in the Testing Centre to meet admission requirements for specific Okanagan College courses or programs. See the course calendar for specific requirements.

  • Basic Algebra Proficiency Test
  • Calculus Readiness Test
  • Business Math Proficiency Test (formerly MDT)
  • Math 11 Proficiency Test
  • Math 12 Proficiency Test

Test-taking process

  • Download a copy of the appropriate practice test, see section below, or contact the Learning Centre Coordinator to receive a copy (available for pick up at the Learning Centre or via email).
  • When you feel you are ready to write the test, contact the Testing Centre.
  • On the day of the test, arrive on time and with pen/pencil, photo identification and a calculator (if permitted).
  • In most cases, you will receive your results as soon as you are finished the test.

Taking tests out of town

If you live out of area you can arrange to write the exam at another location by doing the following:

  • Contact an educational institution in your area and arrange an appointment to write the test.
  • Provide your invigilator with the email address kelownatesting@okanagan.bc.ca.
  • The invigilator must contact the Testing Centre to arrange for the test to be sent and to discuss testing protocol.
  • On the day of the test, arrive on time and with pen/pencil, photo identification and a calculator (if permitted).
  • When the exam is complete, the invigilator can email or fax the test back to the Testing Center for marking. 

Practice proficiency tests

Sample exam questions are available for the following exams: