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Returning to Education Seminar supports adult learners looking to take the leap

March 17, 2021

Adults looking to return to education can feel confident in taking the next steps thanks to an upcoming virtual seminar offered by Okanagan College. On March 31, mature students in the North Okanagan and Shuswap looking to make a career change or jump back into school can discover programs, funding options and the support network available to assist their transition. The Returning to Education Seminar supports adults in deciding whether retraining or upgrading their education is right for them. “Returning to class may seem like big step fo...

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OC Vernon student donates artwork in memory of instructor

December 2, 2020

An Okanagan College student has donated a beautiful piece of artwork which she hopes will inspire others as much as the instructor who inspired her. While it might not be uncommon to find a periodic table adorning the hallways of a post-secondary institution, Okanagan College’s Vernon campus is now home to one unlike any other in the world. The unique piece of artwork is in honour of former instructor Donna Leigh Goodman, who taught Adult Basic Education (also known as Adult Upgrading) programs including science and mathematics courses for...

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Upgrading skills assessment

October 7, 2020

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Upgrading skills assessment

October 7, 2020

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Upgrading Screening Questionnaire

Upgrading Screening Questionnaire

Upgrading Coordinators are here to answer any questions you might have about the upgrading program. In order to better assist you, it would be helpful if you could answer the following questions. After you submit, we'll contact you shortly.

AACP student Dawn Naas
Meet Dawn Naas

February 21, 2020

Dawn Naas graduated from Okanagan College’s Adult Academic and Career Preparation program and is now ready to take the next step towards her dream career. “When I first started going to school at the College I thought all of it was going to be a fight,” says Naas. “There was a lot of emotional support and financial help that I wasn’t in anyway expecting and it is the reason why I not only made it through my program but came out with really great grades – everyone was so accepting o...

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Upgrading instructor Amanda Krebs takes a break at the Salmon Arm campus.
Meet Amanda Krebs

February 21, 2020

What's your educational background and area of interest? I have a Bachelor of Science with a major in math and a minor in Biology (UBC), a Bachelor of Education (UBC), a Master of Mathematics for Teachers (Waterloo). Currently, I am also a school trustee for School District 83 (North Okanagan-Shuswap). I am passionate about teaching for understanding and helping people become life-long learners.  When did you know you had found your discipline? This was the hard part! I knew I want...

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Upgrading portfolio page

Sometimes the hardest part of going back to school is taking the first step. At Okanagan College, our upgrading department welcomes all adult students and provides help for each step of the way.

Upgrading is the right choice if you want to:

  • Complete high school graduation requirements
  • Upgrade your high school marks
  • Complete pre-requisites for the College's program or other university courses
  • Develop your reading, writing and math skills
  • Improve your career opportunities

Courses and programs are offered throughout the year, and all College locations offer Adult Upgrading. 

Tuition free!

Upgrading classes are free, and there is also financial help available to cover extra costs. The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) is provided by the B.C. Government to cover student fees, partial travel costs, unsubsidized child care and school supplies. The AUG form is awarded based on your income level. Talk to co-ordinator at your campus for an AUG application and help completing the form.

What you need to know

How it works

Delivery method

Due to COVID-19, all Adult Upgrading courses from winter to summer 2021 will be delivered online and poly-synchronous. Poly-sychronous means the student will need to complete course materials each week on their own schedule (asynchronously) as well as at the same time with the whole class online (synchronously). You need to be available at the scheduled class times to attend online.

Skills assessment

Students can complete upgrading skills assessments online by connecting with a coordinator. Here are some upcoming assessment dates:

  • Penticton: May 17 and June 11. Contact the coordinator to book an appointment.
  • Kelowna: please contact the coordinator at adultupgrading@okanagan.bc.ca to arrange an online skills assessment.
  • Vernon: please contact the coordinator to schedule an individual online assessment
  • Salmon Arm and Revelstoke: please contact the coordinator to schedule an individual online assessment

View the practice Math skills assessment before your assessment.

Meet an instructor

Upgrading instructor Amanda Krebs is passionate about ending math phobia for her students.

Meet a student

Dawn Naas started her studies at Okanagan College with a bit of upgrading, and found a lot of support along the way.

Upcoming courses

English courses available in 2020/2021

  • English 40 (41/42)
  • English 50 (51/52)
  • English 60 (61/62)
  • English 70 (71/72)
  • English 80 (81/82)
  • English 12

Note: Due to COVID-19, courses will be offered online in the fall 2020 and winter 2021 terms. 

Science courses available for 2020/2021

  • Biology 11 and 12
  • Chemistry 11 and 12
  • Physics 11 and 12

Note: Due to COVID-19, courses will be available through online instruction.

Math courses in 2020/2021

These courses will be "self-paced," meaning you can go at your own speed and register at any time.

  • Math 40 (41/42)
  • Math 50 (51/52)
  • Math 60 (61/62)
  • Math 70 (71/72)
  • Math 80 (84/85)

These courses will be a "lecture" format, meaning an instructor will teach lessons online.

  • Introductory Algebra 11
  • Math 11
  • Math 12

Note: Due to COVID-19, courses will be offered online in the fall 2020 and winter 2021 terms. 

  • Computers 70
  • Computers 11
  • Social Studies 11

Note: Due to COVID-19, courses will be offered online in the fall 2020 and winter 2021 terms. 

Start dates vary depending on where you would like to study. 

  • Penticton: September, January and May
  • Kelowna: September, January, May and July
  • Vernon: September, January and May
  • Salmon Arm: September and January
  • Revelstoke: September and January

Note: some English and Math classes have continuous intakes, so you can register at any time.

Getting started

Our staff support students like you to succeed every day, and want to make the school process simple. Education Advising has information on the courses you need and how to register.

Tutoring

Okanagan College offers tutoring services for community members looking for one-on-one help with reading, writing or mathematics skills.

Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program

This program is free, and you do not have to be an Okanagan College student to sign up. Students can start at any time. Contact the centre nearest to you to start:

  • Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos: 250-492-4305, or 1-866-510-8889 (toll-free)
  • Kelowna: 250-762-5445
  • Vernon: 250-545-7291
  • Salmon Arm: 250-832-2126
  • Revelstoke: 250-837-4235, revelstokeadmissions@okanagan.bc.ca

English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program

New Canadians can improve their English language skills to help enjoy life. Adult immigrants learn through one-on-one lessons. Students get matched with volunteer tutors who build lessons to reach their goals.

This program is free and confidential. It runs from September to May. Weekly practice groups are available. A family friendly group with childcare is available. Field trips, social events and a special ESL resource library help students learn.

To get started, phone:

  • Salmon Arm campus: 250-832-2126
  • Revelstoke centre: 250-837-4235

Experience

Join a virtual info session or become a student for a day. 

Ask

Have your questions answered by an advisor or recruiter. 

Apply

Take the next step and enrol in a program or course at OC. 

Krebs, Mando

Last Name
Krebs
First Name
Amanda
Preferred Name
Amanda
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Extension
8224
Unlisted
No
Email
akrebs@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
146
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
AACP instructor Amanda Krebs
Bio

I joined Okanagan College at the Salmon Arm campus in 2013. I teach upgrading math and science courses to prepare students for further study. I have international teaching experience; two years in Japan and one year in England. I am also currently a trustee for School District No. 83. When not teaching, I can be found gardening, walking my dog, or traveling.

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Credentials
MMT (Master of Mathematics for Teachers), University of Waterloo
BEd, Secondary focus, UBC
BSc, Major Math, minor Biology, UBC
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Adult Upgrading
Priority
-500
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No
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Musselman, Joey-Lynn

Last Name
Musselman
First Name
Joey-Lynn
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-832-2126
Extension
2210
Unlisted
No
Email
jmusselman@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
C334
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
AACP instructor Joey-Lynn Musselman
Bio

I am an Instructor in the AACP Department (Mathematics) at the Vernon campus. I have significant international experience having spent over twelve years teaching in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong before returning to Canada to make the Okanagan my home. I have a passion for endurance sports and when I'm not at the college, I can usually be found swimming, biking, running, skiing or enjoying the outdoors. I love teaching, coaching, learning, travelling and reading.

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Credentials
M.Ed, Education, The University of Western Australia
B.Sc, Math, Western University

Niznikowski, Brianne

Last Name
Niznikowski
First Name
Brianne
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Ashnola Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-492-4305
Extension
3331
Unlisted
No
Email
bniznikowski@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
114
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
AACP instructor Brianne Niznikowski
Bio

I began my career with Okanagan College's Adult Upgrading department in 2015. I teach English literacy and numeracy and also facilitate the Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor Program. What I love the most about teaching adult literacy is connecting with students and helping them transform their lives. When I am not teaching, I am spending time with friends and family enjoying all that the Okanagan has to offer.

 

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Credentials
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia Okanagan
BA, History, University of British Columbia Okanagan
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No
Staff Phone Unlisted
No
Staff Office Unlisted
No

Torrie, Christopher

Last Name
Torrie
First Name
Christopher
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Main Building
Campus
Vernon
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
ctorrie@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
D356
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
AACP instructor Chris Torrie
Bio

Born and (mostly) raised in Vernon. I am an Okanagan College alumnus from the late 80's early 90's. I am very happy to have recently returned to the college as an instructor in the AACP teaching Math and Sciences. If not spending time with my family (4 girls, wife included) I am out running, mountain biking or taking in any of the many things offered throughout our area and community. I consider myself very lucky to live and work in such an amazing place.

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Credentials
MET, Education Technology,University of British Columbia
B.Ed, Education, University of British Columbia
B.Sc, Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University

Calkins, Darcy

Last Name
Calkins
First Name
Darcy
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Salmon Arm Building
Campus
Salmon Arm
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
dcalkins@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
148
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Credentials
BEng, Electrical Engineering, University of Victoria
BEd, Secondary Mathematics, University of Calgary

Orlando, Aaron

Last Name
Orlando
First Name
Aaron
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Revelstoke Building
Campus
Revelstoke
Phone Number
250-837-4235
Extension
6516
Unlisted
No
Email
aorlando@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
102
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
AACP instructor Aaron Orlando
Bio

I am the instructor for AACP English, Adult Literacy and the ESL Settlement Program instructor at Okanagan College's Revelstoke Centre. I have worked as a professional journalist and editor in the Kootenay and Columbia regions for the past 14 years. I am currently the editor of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine and its sister publication revelstokemountaineer.com. I have received awards for investigative journalism and historical writing and my freelance work has been published in a variety of outlets.

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Stutz, Natasha

Last Name
Stutz
First Name
Natasha
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-762-5445
Unlisted
No
Email
nstutz@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
001
Employee Group
INS
Active
Yes
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Priority
789
Search Exclude
No

Dudley, Wanda

Last Name
Dudley
First Name
Wanda
Department
Adult Academic Career Preparation
Building
Sunoka Building
Campus
Penticton
Phone Number
250-492-4305
Extension
3248
Unlisted
No
Email
wdudley@okanagan.bc.ca
Office
A01B
Employee Group
SUP
Active
Yes
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Credentials
B.Ed, Education, Nipissing University
BA, English, Nipissing University