Okanagan College receives skills funding

The B.C. government is investing more than $867,000 in new skills training equipment at Okanagan College

The B.C. government is investing more than $867,000 in new skills training equipment at Okanagan College.

The funding is part of a $17 million, provincewide skills and training plan investment to support public post-secondary institutions to upgrade equipment and put the latest tools in the hands of B.C. students.

“Continued investment in equipment is vital to ensuring that Okanagan College students and apprentices are afforded the best quality training,” said Vernon’s Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College.

“They need to be prepared for the workplace with knowledge and experience of the latest technology.”

Equipment purchases and replacements at each institution are based upon a review and analysis of existing inventory, current and future program and industry requirements, and current government priorities to provide skills training that is aligned to the needs of the economy in each region.

The type of equipment slated for new purchase or replacement at Okanagan College – unless otherwise donated from industry partners – includes equipment such as an air brake trainer for the heavy-duty equipment technician program, a metal shear for the welding program, carpentry machinery, and shop pieces for the automotive service technician garage.