Okanagan College
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Tuition: $3,899.00  Students: 5,400
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC      V1Y 4X8
(250) 862-5443

Okanagan College

Okanagan College started in 1963 and assumed an important role in the region’s development. Its name was changed into Okanagan University College (OUC) in 1995, but was later changed back to Okanagan College in 2005, with OUC becoming divided into two institutions: UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College. Today, the College is a post secondary, comprehensive, and public secondary educational institution that offers diverse career, degree, continuing education, developmental, university transfer, trades/technology, and vocational programs. ... continued below

About Okanagan College

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

Okanagan College covers around 38,000 square kilometers of land, and it extends itself from Osyoos and Princeton in the south and west to Mica Creek and Revelstoke in the north and east. The region is popular for its scenic lakes and mountains, with a high quality of living and an all-year round activities in the region. It has four campuses: Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm, and Vernon. There are also the Daycare Building, Centre For Learning, Cafeteria, Library Building, Student Services Building, and Trades Building.

The College offers affordable accommodation inside the campus. The Student Residence (Skaha Place) offers furnished, non smoking residences at the Kelowna campus. It is only a few steps away from food services, recreational and fitness facilities, libraries, and classrooms. The Public bus service can also be accessed, along with the on-campus Wellness Centre that looks after the health and nutritional needs of the residents. Students can use the on-campus recreation facilities that include sports fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and weight training rooms. These give the students a unique experience of combining academics, leadership, recreational, and social activities to make their student experience more fulfilling and memorable.

Student Services and Student Life

Okanagan College offers the following services to students: STUDENT SERVICES [Financial Aid and Awards (loans, scholarships, bursaries), Disability Services, Counselling Services (personal & career counselling, study skills), Educational Advising (course & program advising), Student, Grad and Co-op Employment Centre, Alumni Services, Aboriginal Programs & Services, Recreation, Learning Centres (math and writing support), Campus Health Services, Multifaith Chaplaincy Services]; ADVISING; CAMPUS STORES [Okanagan College Campus Stores are located in Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, and Salmon Arm]; STUDENT, GRAD AND CO-OP EMPLOYMENT [Co-operative Education is a three-way partnership between students, employers, and the new Okanagan College, combining a student's academic terms with paid work terms]; FINANCIAL AID & AWARDS [Government Student Assistance, Awards & Applications and Okanagan College Awards & Applications]; LIBRARY; THE LEARNING CENTRES [Writing skills - all levels, Essay and research skills, Grammar, Punctuation, Reading comprehension, Study skills, Math - all levels, Calculator skills, Sciences - all levels, all subjects, Basic computer skills, Video tapes & print material available for independent study]; STUDENT SUPPORT; ABORIGINAL PROGRAMS & SERVICES; CAMPUS HEALTH; COUNSELLING SERVICES [Student Success, Personal Counselling, Groups and Workshops, Career Planning]; and DISABILITY SERVICES [Orientation, Technical Aids, Advanced Registration, Registration Assistance, Language Interpreter, Captioning Computer, Note-taking Services, Mobility Assistance, Physical Access, Exam Accommodation, Instructor Liaison, Referral, Student Aide, Transition Planning,Texts in Alternate Format, AT-BC].

The Kelowna Campus also offers a number of recreational activities that students can take part in. Among them are: INTRAMURALS (operated by Kelowna Sport and Social Club and offer sports such as Handball, Volleyball, Floor Hockey, Dodgeball, and all Sports); OUTDOOR PURSUITS (offers activities that include trail running, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, cross country skiing, downhill skiing / snowboarding and more); FITNESS CLASSES (Fitness Classes such as Circuit Training, Boot Camp, Yoga, Personal Training Sessions including weight room appointments are also available to students. An on campus fitness facility is available to students); FITNESS EDUCATION COURSES (offers Fitness Education Courses and Certifications); and SPECIAL EVENTS (The Department of Recreation, Intramurals and Student Life also hosts a number of special events throughout the calendar year).

Academic Programs

Accounting Assistant Certificate

Advanced Culinary Arts Diploma

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) M - License Certificate

Applied Business Technology Certificate

Arc/Info GIS Certificate

Associate of Arts Degree

Associate of Science Degree

Automotive Collision Repair Program

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting and Refinishing Certificate

Automotive Refinishing Program

Automotive Service Advisor Program

Automotive Service Technician Certificate

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree

Bachelor of Computer Information Systems Degree

Bachelor of Science in Wood Processing (UBC Transfer) Program

BSc Oenology and Viticulture Transfer Program

Business Administration Certificate

Business Administration Diploma

Business Studies Certificate Programs

Carpentry Program

Carpentry/Joinery Certificate

Certified Dental Assistant Certificate

Civil Engineering Technology Diploma

Commercial Aviation Diploma

Computer Information Systems Diploma

Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Woodworking Technician Certificate

Criminal and Social Justice Diploma

Culinary Arts Certificate

Diploma in General Studies

Diploma in Media and Cultural Studies

Diploma in Writing and Publishing (English)

Early Childhood Education Diploma

Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate

Electronic Engineering Technology Diploma

Engineering First-Year University Transfer Program

Esthetician Certificate

General Educational Development Tests

Heavy Duty and Commercial Transport Mechanics Certificate

Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Access to Practical Nursing Program

Home Support/Resident Care Attendant Certificate

Human Kinetics Diploma

Human Service Work Diploma

Infant Toddler (ECE) Certificate

Joinery Program

Legal Access Certificate

Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate Programs

Mechanical Engineering Technology Diploma

Network and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Diploma

Office Assistant Certificate

Office Management Certificate

Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Post-Diploma Certificate in Business Administration

Practical Nursing Certificate

Recreation Vehicle and Marine Partsperson Program

Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Certificate

Residential Construction Certificate

Sheet Metal Worker Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Steel Fabricator Program

Supported Access to Modified Education (SAME) Program

Therapist Assistant Diploma

Trades Technology Teacher Education Diploma

University (Transfer) Studies

Vehicle Detailer Program

Water Quality and Environmental Engineering Technology Diploma

Welder/Fitter Certificate

Welding Levels C, B, A Certificates and Upgrading

Off-Campus Living

Off-campus housing is also available for students who plan to stay for a short or long time. There are numerous apartments and houses that can be rented near the campus, and students can choose room and board accommodations (arrangements will be made by the students), private suites, or a rental place for them and their friends.

Kelowna Information

Kelowna is a city on Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. With scenic lake vistas and a dry, mild Canadian climate, Kelowna has become one of the fastest growing cities in North America.

Kelowna boasts all the amenities of a major city - fine dining, unique shops and a vibrant cultural life - yet orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive of the downtown core. Spectacular vistas await those ready to explore. A delightful day can be spent sampling the award-winning wares of our numerous internationally-acclaimed wineries, while several championship golf courses draw enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.

Situated on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake mid-way between Penticton in the south and Vernon in the north, Kelowna residents and tourists alike find the lake offers wonderful opportunities for boating, swimming or fishing. The nearby mountains attract hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts of all descriptions. Three major ski hills are within a one-hour drive.


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