Virus adds college offerings
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 03, 2020 - Biz Releases

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Okanagan College’s campus in Salmon Arm

Okanagan College is expanding its course offerings in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke this fall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since many courses will be shifting to online learning in September, it is allowing the college to offer more classes to those who would normally have to travel to Vernon, Kelowna or Penticton.

“That’s going to be a huge benefit for recent high school grads and mature students alike in the Shuswap-Revelstoke area,” OC Shuswap-Revelstoke regional dean Joan Ragsdale said in a press release. “They can stay local, learn from home and access courses which normally they would have to travel to Vernon, Kelowna or Penticton to pursue.

“It’s particularly exciting for students in Revelstoke, as they’re going to be able to enjoy a wider range of academic courses. We’re encouraging students to chat with one of our education advisors as soon as possible so we can help them plan their fall schedules.”

The college will be hosting a virtual information session for students and parents on Tuesday at 1 p.m. It will cover the array of courses that will be available to students attending the college in Salmon Arm and Revelstoke. The human service work program is one such offering this year.

“It’s very timely that we’re able to offering this program this year, as we know there is huge demand for human service work graduates locally,” Ragsdale said. “It’s a health-care career that you can train for in Salmon Arm and find work in Salmon Arm, so it’s a great opportunity for students looking to step into the health care field now.”

The college will still be offering limited, physically distanced, in-person instruction in a wide variety of trades, science and health courses.

Anyone interested in taking part in Tuesday’s webinar can register here.

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