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Local student reaps rewards of College’s Science Transfer program

February 21, 2014 - 4:11 PM

For Taylor Weixl, choosing to start her science degree at Okanagan College was about lifestyle and cost savings but she quickly reaped the rewards of small class sizes.

“Most of my labs only have 10 students in them,” says Weixl, who is just finishing up the second year of her Science degree at Okanagan College.

“Every institution offers a unique experience and students should consider whether that experience will meet their needs,” says Donna Lomas, Regional Dean of the South Okanagan.

“Are they ready to handle a larger student body, bigger class sizes and less teacher interaction? Some are, but it’s not for everyone. The two-year university transfer program offered by Okanagan College is a good first step for many students,” says Lomas.

“The student-professor ratio is low, so students get a lot of one-on-one time with their instructors,” says Weixl.

“I’ve even had the opportunity to use equipment in my labs that students in the second year of undergrad at a bigger school don’t get,” she says. “The best part is that all my credits will transfer to university.”

Having been accepted into UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Science degree program starting in September, Weixl plans to finish the last two years of her degree and then continue her education after graduation.

“If my grades are high enough I’d like to go to medical school or pursue graduate studies in biology,” she says.

The College is holding an Arts and Science University Transfer Information session on Feb. 26 from 5-7 p.m. in the Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus.

Interested students are invited to come and speak with current students and professors about the benefits of studying at the College. They will have the opportunity to hear about the value an Arts degree, find out about options for careers in science, and learn about the process for transferring credits to universities in B.C. as well as discuss their career options with an education advisor. The meet and mingle will be followed by a College Prep 101 for future students and their parents.

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