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Kelowna Trades Training Centre

Okanagan College recently embarked on one of the most significant projects in its history, one that will provide students with the skills and training they need to meet the challenges of today’s economy and tomorrow’s workplace.

The newly expanded $35-million Trades Training Complex located at the Kelowna campus involved significant expansion of the facilities, along with renovation and upgrading of existing classroom and shop space.

Now open to students, the complex is the largest, most comprehensive and environmentally sustainable trades training facilities between the Lower Mainland and Calgary.

Vernon Trades Training Centre

Okanagan College’s new Trades Training Centre at the Vernon campus, a 13,450 square-foot state-of-the-art facility, will help address the province’s skills gap by training approximately 150 students per year for the workforce. The building will include multi-purpose trades shops for the College’s electrical, carpentry, plumbing and pipefitting programs, as well as a dedicated welding shop.

The $6.2 million-dollar training centre will be constructed by Maple Reinders Inc., a national engineering construction company, with support from MQN Architects, as well as CIMA+ and Encora. The project is being supported primarily through the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. Through this fund, the province of B.C. is investing $2.9 million and the government of Canada has provided $2.7 million. Okanagan College will contribute the remainder of the project cost.  

The project was announced on November 21, 2016. Construction began in spring of 2017 and is expected to be completed by spring of 2018.