Okanagan College - Vernon Campus
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Student Extended Health & Dental Opt-out
Opt-out for Student Health & Dental Plan
If students have existing comparable coverage (through family, spouse, work, etc.) they can choose to either bundle the benefits and use both plan packages, or they can opt-out of the student health and dental fees through mystudentplan.ca. If students choose to opt-out of the fees, they must complete an online Student Benefits opt-out form. The student is responsible for submitting the completed form to mystudentplan.ca prior to the determined opt out date. There are no exceptions past this date. Deadlines for submitting opt-outs: All students wishing to opt-out of the mandatory student extended health and dental plan coverage must complete the online opt-out within thirty (30) days of the start date for their applicable program of study. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Okanagan College – Vernon Campus – Kickoff to Orientation Day – September 2023
We are excited to host Kick Off, a one-day event to welcome new students to Okanagan College! Join us for a day of fun and get to know the campus, meet other students and receive some important info that all first year students should know about. 3Cannot Wait to meet you at the Vernon OC Orientation Day Sept 5, 2023
Why is it important to attend?
Meet your professors before the first day of classes, purchase your parking permits, purchase your books, supplies and OC swag, and take a walk around the campus to make sure you are ready for Sept 6, 2023!
What to Expect at the Session?
Carnival Booths with Professors from each Department ready for questions and giving out treats, we will have a OC grab bag with Snacks and goodies, Games and Prize Packages!! As well everyone one that attends will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a new iPad!! A 1 in 250 chance to win!
Orientation 2023 Welcome Week of Events
Tuesday, Aug. 29
11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the gazebo area adjacent to the café
All new and returning students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come and enjoy a Campus BBQ and Library Scavenger Hunt!
Join us and meet other students, professors, and get a lay of the land with a campus tour. Come and enjoy anytime between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm. There will be music, food and drinks, as well as prizes to be won, so stop by as you can!
Please register with the link below.
Tuesday, Aug. 29
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Indigenous students at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus are invited to join us in the K’nmaĺka? Sənqâĺtən garden to make cattail bracelets and learn about what Indigenous Services can offer during your time at OC.
Afterwards, we will join the campus-wide barbeque for some bannock and hot dogs.
To register, please email Cassidy at email@example.com.
Tuesday, Aug. 29
1 pm – 4 pm
This orientation day is designed to welcome you to your campus and provide practical information to assist you with settling in your city.
Topics covered will include: important reminders, medical insurance, Canadian culture, and you will be introduced to campus services & community resources. You will also meet the International Education staff team / faculty, meet other students, and have fun!
Tuesday, Sept. 5
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
All incoming new Vernon campus students are invited to join us to Kick Off Orientation. Check in for all registered students will start at 10 am. Join us for a brief Welcome Session over coffee or tea and donuts, learn about your campus and what your first year at Okanagan College will look like while getting to meet your program faculty, then have some fun with our Carnival theme Orientation Event! There will be music, live entertainment, games, prizes, food trucks on site, and the opportunity to chat with College staff and community partners. Reserve your free ticket to get $10 in food truck vouchers to use at the truck of your choice.
Sept 6 & 7
9:00 am – 11:00 am
All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to come and enjoy a pancake breakfast on Wednesday and Thursday morning to continue the back-to-school celebrations. We will be cooking up pancakes in the gazebo area outside of the cafeteria and invite you to come and grab a bite.
Support services – Indigenous Services, Financial Aid, Accessibility, and Counselling will also be on hand to answer questions that any new or returning students may have.
Registration is not needed
Thursday, Sept. 7
6:30 pm – 9 pm
Join us in the Lecture Theatre for Movie Night, complete with popcorn and non-alcoholic drinks, hosted by the VSAOC. Doors open at 6:30 pm, movie starts at 7:00 pm, come in your jammies and relax with friends while taking in a movie!
Movie title will be released closer to the date.
Registration is not necessary but helps us plan for food and drinks and is appreciated!
Let’s Get Consensual Campaign
The VSAOC has partnered with Okanagan College to launch a campaign designed to stimulate awareness and dialogue on campus about the issue of consent and Okanagan College’s sexual violence and sexual misconduct policy and supports. We will be launching some events and actions shortly to begin this campaign. Check out some of the consent videos we have posted below:
Important Update to the Housing Registry – September 1, 2022
We appreciate how difficult it is for students to find suitable and affordable accommodations in the Vernon area. For years, we have provided a housing accommodation section on our website, whereby landlords could advertise accommodations for students. This was also a service students could access to locate accommodations. Unfortunately, with the rising number of rental scams that have been circulating recently, we have suspended this service permanently. We wish to alert students to rental scams, and encourage you to exercise caution when seeking a place to live. Do not e-transfer any money to a prospective landlord until such time as you have been able to view and verify the accommodation. We are working on solutions and will update here.