Info nights, tuition giveaway back this fall at Okanagan College

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Exploring your education and career options could pay off in more ways than one at Okanagan College this fall.

The College is hosting a variety of open houses and information nights in October and November to help potential students and parents explore post-secondary paths.

And the events aren’t just a chance to learn more about the programs that catch your eye – they’re also a great opportunity to get questions answered, from admission requirements and registering for courses, to applying for financial aid and awards to where to buy books and a parking pass.

For students considering an academic, apprenticeship or vocational program at Okanagan College, there is extra incentive to stop in: anyone who attends these on-campus sessions can enter into a draw for a $5,000 tuition voucher.

Grace Hunter is someone who can attest to the value of stopping into the College for an info session. She took home this year’s $5,000 tuition voucher back in May after attending an info session at OC last fall. Hunter is planning on using it to pursue the Esthetics & Nail Technology Certificate program at the Vernon campus.

“It was so crazy [to win]. I’m excited to apply and get started. This will go a long way to paying for my education,” said Hunter.

Anyone who takes an official tour, attends a recruitment event or connects with a recruitment team member will receive an entry to the contest. The winner will be chosen on May 15, 2020, and they will receive a voucher covering fall and winter semester tuition fees up to $5,000.

“We know students are always looking for opportunities to get a better sense of the programs that interest them, and to chat with recruiters, advisors and instructors,” said Inga Wheeler, Associate Registrar.

“The information nights and open houses give them a chance to do this, while also taking a tour and experiencing first-hand, in advance, all that each campus has to offer. Plus, by attending, you receive an entry into the tuition giveaway, which will be a big boost for one lucky student.”

Conditions apply for the Tuition Giveaway draw, and are available online: okanagan.bc.ca/tuitiongiveaway.

The College’s 38th annual Career Fair is set for Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Kelowna campus, offering high school and post-secondary students, and the general public, the opportunity to explore potential career paths and connect with employers.

Career Fair is one of the Interior’s longest-running fairs that attracts hundreds of prospective students every year. Attendees are treated to post-secondary preparatory seminars, tours, activities, program information and draw prizes. Tours depart from the Student Services (S) building at 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

The fair runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kelowna campus, 1000 KLO Rd. Students and parents can learn the top 15 First Year FAQs (frequently asked questions) they should know before starting post-secondary in the S104 Lecture Theatre at 11:30 a.m. Topics will include terminology, accessing scholarships and bursaries, applying for student loans, the application process, and important student services. For details, visit the event page.

Admission and parking are free for Career Fair. Those who cannot attend are welcome to book a campus tour or become a student for the day. For information or questions, contact Blake Edwards at bedwards@okanagan.bc.ca or 250-762-5445, ext. 4469.