January 2022 Edition


Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022! A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year.

Stories Making News!

Delayed start for some programs

As the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change including the emergence of the Omicron variant, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Training in consultation with the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) advised that all post-secondary institutions delay in-person instruction until Monday, January 10th, 2022, with some exceptions for time sensitive programs including those with experiential components which will proceed as planned with appropriate COVID protocols in place. See more.

Another successful Giving Tuesday campaign

Our third-annual Giving Tuesday campaign was another success, raising $66,170 to support students.

The two featured causes for this campaign were the Dean's Health Education Technology Fund and the Cranbrook Rotary Centennial Bursary. With matching funds from the College, close to $13,000 was raised for the Dean's Fund which will help provide future healthcare heroes with new learning technology and equipment.

Over $37,000 was also raised for the Cranbrook Rotary Centennial Bursary, with an additional $10,000 in matching funds provided by the College. Thank you to all who contributed.


College signs Okanagan Charter

In an official signing ceremony attended by employees and stdents, President Paul Vogt officially signed the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, signifying our continued commitment to health and wellbeing at our campuses.

$700 tuition voucher winner

Recruitment Officer Jennifer Inglis presented Karissa Lazar with a $700 tuition voucher. Karissa was entered into a draw for the award when she registered for the College's recent online Open House. A student at Mt. Baker, Karissa plans to take General Studies at the College in September 2022.

Alumni Focus

Ann Swansburg

Growing up, Ann Swansburg was surrounded by entrepreneurs. Inspired by their passion, perserverance, and resilience, she was motivated to forge her own enterprising path.

After completing botht he Office Administration and Bookkeeping Specialty certificates, Ann also became a certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor. She then took the plunge, opening her own business, FirstStep Bookkeeping, offering customized virtual bookkeeping services to self-employed individuals and small businesses.


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Giving Back

Helping clear the path for enhanced recreational opportunities

In 2020, FortisBC was exploring opportunities to contribute to a local community project. Having recently begun construction on a major, multi-year gas line upgrade project in Cranbrook, adjacent to, and partially within, the Cranbrook Community Forest, they were keenly interested when the College kicked off a fundraising campaign for the Cranbrook Community Forest trail enhancement project which, when completed, will enhance this recreational area for community members and visitors to the region. Thanks in part to FortisBC’s contribution, we met our fundraising goal of $100,000. Work will begin in spring 2022.

Important Dates - January 2022


January 6 - Start of classes for some time-sensitive programs.

Registration opens for Winter 2022 UACE Directed Studies courses.

January 10 - Revised start date for many programs.

January 18 - Last day of late registration, to change courses or officially withdraw for the Winter 2022 semester for Child, Youth and Family Studies courses.

January 20 -  Last day for late registration, to change courses or offiically withdraw (with a 75% refund for domestic students) for the Winter 2022 semester for all programs with semestered courses.

January 21 - Last day for clearing an ‘N’ grade assigned for Fall 2021 semester courses.