College graduates look to bring globally conscious business perspective to the Okanagan

OC will confer 70 bachelor’s degrees, 21 associate degrees, 161 diplomas, and 70 certificates, at the convocation ceremony.

In an increasingly connected and global world, companies are seeking candidates who understand that business today goes beyond borders.

This resonates well with Okanagan College student Danielle Hofer, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in marketing this weekend. As part of her studies, she jumped at the chance to spend a semester studying abroad at sister school the Berlin School of Economics and Law with the College’s exchange program.

“I was seeking a well-rounded perspective to my education that I knew would serve me well in my career. Studying marketing, I was interested in participating in new and creative experiences to help broaden my horizon,” says Hofer. “Plus, I’ve always had a passion for travelling, and I wanted to make my last year of study truly unique.”

Globally-minded, Hofer was also a leader within the College’s Enactus program: over the course of her four years of study, she participated in three regional, and two national Enactus team competitions, and was also the project manager for InStill Life. This project involved the team going into local elementary schools to teach Grade five and six students about financial literacy skills, sustainability and global citizenship principles. They worked together on providing agricultural grants to developing countries’ communities through micro-loans with Kiva.

Currently interviewing with a number of local marketing firms within the Okanagan, Hofer sees the global perspective she gained through her exchange and Enactus as a marketable skill. She is making a point of asking in interviews what companies’ corporate social responsibility policies are, and looking to see how her globally-minded skills can contribute to further these objectives.

“Our exchange program and Enactus are just two examples of how we create opportunities for students to build a network to launch their careers and provide unique educational experiences that go beyond the classrooms, and in Danielle’s case beyond Canada,” says Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College. “Our Winter 2015 graduates have demonstrated high achievement, ambition, and strong foundational skills, making this a dynamic workforce entering our local industries.”

This Saturday, January 17, the College will confer 322 credentials, comprised of 70 bachelor’s degrees, 21 associate degrees, 161 diplomas, and 70 certificates, at the convocation ceremony.

The morning ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. and will see students from Arts, Business, Science, Engineering Technologies, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, and Health and Social Development programs receive their credentials.

This winter ceremony marks the first of six to be held in 2015. In June, the College will celebrate Trades Commencement, Spring Convocation, Vernon Convocation and Summer Convocation in separate events.

In 2014 Okanagan College graduated more than 2,100 students from its programs.

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