Student Stories

Exploring Work-Integrated Learning in BC’s Interior & Northern Regions

Exploring Work-Integrated Learning in BC’s Interior & Northern Regions

The Interior & Northern Work Integrated Learning (INWIL) Coalition, a partnership between the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO), Thompson Rivers University (TRU), and University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), aims to direct connection between industry and institution, opening the door for employers to innovate, increase capacity, and contribute to a future skilled workforce. The initiative aims to align student talent in supporting the changing needs of small and medium sized organizations, while encouraging students to explore the many regionally based opportunities available.

Building foundations for community connection and impact through Co-op

Building foundations for community connection and impact through Co-op

This past August, as he settled into a new position in Victoria as a Policy Analyst for the Indigenous Education division of the Ministry of Education and Child Care with the Government of British Columbia, UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Co-op Education alumnus Damyn Libby reflected on how far he’d come since his early days as a Bachelor of Arts student.  

Co-op Alumni Profile: Akeem Johnston

Co-op Alumni Profile: Akeem Johnston

Akeem Johnston completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2021 with a major in English, and is currently working as Brand Coordinator at Bylands Nurseries in West Kelowna. Recently, Akeem Akeem shared more about his time here at UBCO, including his time in the Co-op Program, and what he is doing now that he has graduated.

UBC Okanagan Arts student receives Interdisciplinary Co-op Student of the Year Award

UBC Okanagan Arts student receives Interdisciplinary Co-op Student of the Year Award

The UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Co-op Student of The Year Award recognizes one outstanding co-op student for their personal and professional development through work-integrated learning. This year’s winner, Bachelor of Arts student Lisvet Parra Montas shares how her co-op experience played a pivotal role in igniting passions and uncovering future career pathways.

UBC Okanagan Co-op Students Win IMPACT 2020 Award

This year, the BC Association for Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning introduced an initiative to showcase the impact and innovation that post secondary students continue to bring to organizations across the province, despite the unique challenges presented by COVID-19. Read on to hear about three featured students from the UBCO campus and the meaningful contributions they’ve made during their work integrated learning experiences.

Celebrating the Co-op Graduates of 2021

Celebrating the Co-op Graduates of 2021

As we reflect on this past year and approach the 2021 convocation – UBC graduation – we are excited to highlight stories from some of UBC Okanagan’s newest co-op graduates.

Kelowna, Canada - UBCO coop program photo shoot at Inhouse Video offices, UBC student Yiming Han.

AD: Stephanie Baziuk, UBCO
DP: Stefan Matis, Plia Films.

International Appeal

From China to Canada, Yiming Han discovers Co-op is key to acclimating to a new culture.

Kelowna, Canada - Campaign shoot of UBCO Coop Program, featuring students Harraj and Jackson at Irwin Safety.

AD: Stefan Matis, Plia Films

Teaming Up for Success

Co-op students pair up to support a local company’s vision

Kelowna, Canada - UBCO student coop plan campaign in collaboration with Stefan Matis and Plia Films.

Subjects: Lise Dallien MacMillan, Shayla McLean
AD: Adam Eisenbarth
Asst: Sarah Closson

If the Shoe Fits

Human kinetics student Shayla Mclean and a local orthotic company were a perfect match through Co-op Education.