Hailey Rilkoff (left)

Hailey Rilkoff (left)

Program bolsters DVA’s goals

Okanagan College’s social entrepreneurship course provides assistance to business group

For Kaitlyn Kendall and the Downtown Vernon Association, Okanagan College’s social entrepreneurship course turned out to be a marvelous coupling of learning and real-world needs.

The course is one of many offered as part of Okanagan College’s bachelor of business administration degree program.

“We were very excited to be a part of this program and provide a real-world project for a student to work on,” said Hailey Rilkoff, the DVA’s events and promotions co-ordinator.

“The DVA has been involved in numerous public art projects in the past, and we were looking for a public art plan to be developed to guide our efforts moving forward. The report we received as an outcome of the project will be valuable when new public art projects arise and will guide the DVA in partnering with other community groups.”

As part of the process, several organizations stepped forward with service learning projects, including the Upper Room Mission, North Okanagan Youth and Family Services, the Okanagan Indian Band and the Lake Country Art Gallery.

“Social entrepreneurship and the service learning experience connects deep learning with active community involvement,” said Kendall.

“The course has allowed me to learn to collaborate and communicate with business professionals in the real world rather than in a classroom setting.”

Students can enrol now for the bachelor of business administration degree program at the Vernon campus. For more information, visit okanagan.bc.ca/business or contact Tawnya Cameron at 250-545-7291 ext. 2309.