Okanagan College inks agreement with Fraser Valley

The partnership formalizes a path for the two institutions to maximize the use of their resources

Okanagan College and the University of the Fraser Valley will be working more closely together.

UFV president Mark Evered  and OC president Jim Hamilton have signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of their organizations.

The partnership formalizes a path for the two institutions to maximize the use of their resources, collaborate on planning, share ideas and promote joint learning opportunities.

In particular, the two institutions will work together on opportunities associated with UFV’s new B.C. Agriculture Centre of Excellence, which is being constructed in Chilliwack. Those opportunities are likely to be first explored at OC’s Salmon Arm campus and may take the shape of shared program planning, program delivery or transfer arrangements.

“The MOU signing is a first step in the right direction for Okanagan College to deepen its relationship with our colleagues at the University of the Fraser Valley,” said Hamilton.

“UFV is being widely recognized as a leader in agricultural program development and delivery and their knowledge and experience is something Okanagan College can benefit from. We know there is collective and mutual value when we work together and I’m pleased to be moving forward with UFV.”

In other news, Okanagan College’s dean of the School of Business has been elected as second vice-chairperson of the Certified General Accountants Association of B.C. board.

“It’s an exciting and challenging time to be in this role,” said Heather Banham.

“The major initiative we’re working on is the unification of the accounting profession in B.C. An agreement to merge has been signed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C., the Certified General Accountants Association and the Certified Management Accountants Society of B.C. We are working together to establish the Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C.”