When considering a massage therapy college, students will typically investigate its curriculum and educational model, the experience of its faculty, and atmosphere on campus - but they will also look closely at the school’s natural surroundings and the city in which it’s located.
In fact, many OVCMT students say that the opportunity to live in Vernon, B.C. was a major motivator in their decision-making process. OVCMT grad, Karla Kriese, BSc (Kin) reflects, 'the location of the school in Vernon is great as there is always something to do, from taking part in the various recreational activities available to checking out the venues that makes Vernon unique in its own way.'
Read on to discover what else makes the Vernon community so special, and why it’s an ideal place to attend massage college.
Many of our students enjoy the outdoors and want to balance their studies with time spent outside, engaging with nature. Vernon is situated close to three lakes, as well as scenic hiking trails, several golf courses, and a ski hill. Active students have their pick of outdoor activities, from swimming, sailing, and rowing, to mountain biking or a quiet stroll after class. They can also visit a number of easily accessible indoor facilities, including a rock climbing gym and an indoor pool.
By studying in a setting that promotes balanced and healthy living, students are better equipped to manage stress and respond effectively to the demands of college. They’re also ideally situated to embrace the kind of holistic and natural approach to wellbeing that massage therapists promote in their professional practice.
Students who move away from home to attend college are often concerned about fitting in, making new friends, and getting comfortable in their new surroundings. Vernon makes it easy with its close-knit, welcoming atmosphere.
In town and on the OVCMT campus, students never feel like just a “number” to their instructors or a nameless newcomer in the city. The small size of the community helps encourage a sense of belonging and support - and for many students, freedom from big city noise, congestion and pollution provide the perfect context for pursuing massage therapist training.
OVCMT’s downtown campus is located in the heart of Vernon, close to shops and cafes where students can connect and unwind on weekends and after class. Local festivals and events such as the Funtastic Slo-pitch and Music Festival, Sunshine Festival, and Vernon Winter Carnival bring students and the community together for fun-filled activities.
Creative students enjoy access to ongoing art classes and workshops, and there’s no shortage of options for weekend excursions and entertainment. From tours of local wineries and orchards, to regular shows at galleries and museums, Vernon has something for everyone.
Considering pursuing massage therapy training in Vernon? What attracts you most to our little corner of British Columbia?