John Haller (centre)

John Haller (centre)

Inland Kenworth helps college

Inland Kenworth has pledged $50,000 to Okanagan College’s Bright Horizon’s Building for Skills Campaign.

Inland Kenworth has pledged $50,000 to Okanagan College’s Bright Horizon’s Building for Skills Campaign.

The donation will help build a bay in the new three-storey trades training complex currently under construction in Kelowna.

“We’re very proud to call the Okanagan home,” said Boyd McConnachie, Inland vice-president of business development.

“It is key to the economy that local businesses and organizations work together to develop our own homegrown talent.”

Inland originated in the Okanagan more than 65 years ago, with operations in Vernon, Penticton, Kamloops and West Kelowna. Inland now owns dealerships throughout southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, B.C. and the Yukon.

“We’re very grateful to Inland for investing in the future of our students and our campus,” said Jim Hamilton, Okanagan College president.

The Bright Horizons Building for Skills fundraising campaign for the $33-million complex renovation and expansion project launched in October 2014.

The provincial government has committed $28 million to the project. The goal of the campaign is to top this up by raising $5 million for capital construction costs and $2 million for program and student support—which includes entrance awards and other assistance to help students start training.

To learn more about the campaign’s current needs and opportunities to get involved, please visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/campaign.