Upgrades boost education

Provincial government directing funds into Okanagan College

Campuses at Okanagan College are being upgraded and modernized.

The provincial government has provided the institution with more than $570,000 in capital funding.

“We are focused on ensuring our post-secondary infrastructure retains its value and capacity for generations to come, along with providing  the tools, programs and services for our economy to flourish and grow,” said Naomi Yamamoto, advanced education minister.

The upgrades will ensure campus infrastructure and operational systems are performing at optimum levels.

One-time funding of $550,000 is also going towards skilled trades-related training in the region.

The college expects to  create 110 seats over the coming year, including training in mining,  oil and gas-related supervision and safety, and green building design,  among others.

“As the demand for skilled workers increases throughout our region, the  provincial government’s investment in improving our facilities and  funding additional opportunities for skills training will have a significant impact on our students and the communities we serve,” said Jim Hamilton, OC president.