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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.  

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

AD: Stefan Matis, Plia Films

Tips for a Successful & Rewarding Co-op Work Term

Each co-op work experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate their academic studies with practical experiences in various fields and explore different career options. In this blog, you will find some helpful tips for a successful work term, and resources to support you through your Co-op journey.

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.

Interdisciplinary Co-op is creating opportunities for students to access practical learning experiences

UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Co-op Program continues to enhance, support, broaden and explore new relationships with community, and collaborate with partner organizations to develop a wide range of meaningful work experiences for students. Through co-operative education students have the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, enhancing career pathways and possibilities, and infusing a passion for reflective learning.

March 2022 Co-op Newsletter

In this newsletter, UBCO co-op students are seeking work experience for this upcoming summer, supports for Indigenous co-op students and employer partners, new wine sector co-op program announced, an upcoming virtual event, and more!

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.

October 2021 Co-op Newsletter

In this newsletter, opportunities to engage with eager Co-op students this January, develop your HR toolkit with helpful employer resources and guides, an invitation to connect with our Capstone students, free virtual employer seminars, and more!

June 2021 Co-op Newsletter

In this newsletter: Partnership opportunities to develop talent in the BC Interior region, UBC Okanagan Co-op students continue to make an impact, diversity and inclusion hiring toolkit for employers, virtual events and more!