The Okanagan College Faculty Association (OCFA) is sponsoring this contest through union dues paid by 302 members, in collaboration with our provincial affiliate the Federation of Post Secondary Educators (FPSE).
Our union wishes to bring attention to the REAL WORLD EFFECTS OF THE BC LIBERALS CONTINUAL REDUCTION OF FUNDING TO OUR INSTITUTION AND OUR SECTOR, ONE OF WHICH IS THE RISING level of student debt PLACED ON STUDENTS in the Okanagan/Shuswap region.
For more details download press release:
Feb 17: Highest debt level so far is $63,000 … still 9 days to apply.
All current and former students (from any department) at Okanagan College are eligible to enter the contest, as long as they have completed at least one course since Sept. 1, 2005. The possible departments include:
- Adult Basic Education
- Business Administration
- Continuing Studies
- Employment oriented programs: aviation, health, social, etc.
- University transfer: Arts and Science
Please download the application and submit with the supporting documents.
All applications must be received by mail, before noon Friday, Feb 26, 2016. Don’t delay! Apply now!
The 30 students with the highest level of debt will each receive $1000 … thus 30 drops will be taken out of the ‘bucket of student debt’ that currently exists in our province.
The winners will be announced by March 1, 2016, and a spreadsheet will be published that gives a debt total for all who entered the contest (see application form for the details about the information to be published online).
Our provincial affiliate, FPSE, has been trying to ‘open the doors’ to discuss funding for the post-secondary sector. Want to know more? … check out this link: advocacy for the post secondary sector in BC
Here is the student debt issue we want to discuss with the government…