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About OC

We transform lives and communities

Welcome to Ƶ

We are a community of learning, rich with cultural diversity and academic support. Learners are at the heart of everything we do – evidenced with smaller class sizes, industry-experienced professors, hands-on learning in addition to co-op, field and practicum opportunities.

Fast facts

  • 15,900+ students attend OC each year
  • 7,988 full-time equivalent students
  • 1,515 Indigenous students 
  • 18 students make up the average class size

Ƶ respectfully acknowledges that our Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon campuses are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan People, our Salmon Arm campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc, and our Revelstoke centre is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, Sinixt and Syilx Okanagan Peoples.

Governance and administration

Ƶ is governed, like all other colleges in the province, by the College and Institute Act of British Columbia. The act sets up dual responsibility for the College through its Board of Governors and its Education Council.

Plans, policies and reports

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors has the sole responsibility for the management, administration and control of the property, revenue, expenditures, business and affairs of the institution.

Education Council

Education Council is responsible for curriculum content, academic standards and policies.

Senior Administration

Senior administration is responsible for directing Ƶ’s operations, under the guidance of the Board of Governors.

Work here

Our employees have an unparalleled enthusiasm for bringing out the best from the more than 20,000 people who take courses or programs through our four regional campuses. This devotion to quality learning means employees here can expect the same for themselves. 

At Ƶ we see careers not as destinations, but pathways to something richer, something deeper. Professional development isn’t simply an idea here. It’s who we are. More than 1,200 employees choose to work at Ƶ, making this College one of the largest employers in the region.