A Building for Skills
A Building for Skills
We need to provide the best possible learning environment for our students.
Help us build a space to match the high quality of instruction we provide.
We have outgrown our space
PROBLEM: The quality of instruction we provide our students has established Okanagan College as a leading trades trainer in Western Canada. The size of our current off-site leased training space in Vernon, which is often shared by more than one program at a time, limits our ability to train the number of future employees to ensure the skills gap is met and to continue economic growth in our community.
SOLUTION: The new Trades Training Centre will not only support an increased number of students, but it will also provide each program an independent space for learning. The modern centre will include multi-purpose trades shops for electrical, carpentry, plumbing and pipefitting, welding, and a flex space for additional training. With small class sizes, the expertise of our instructors, and state-of-the-art tools and equipment, the new centre will give our trades students a learning environment that matches the high quality of instruction they have always received at Okanagan College.
Giving our shops a purpose
PROBLEM: Trades programming in Vernon currently takes place in leased facilities off-campus, which restricts the ability to maximize industry-style workflow in the shops. We’ve seen the benefits that come from the dedicated shops and purpose-built facilities experienced by our Aircraft Maintenance Engineering students in Vernon and trades students at our three other campuses.
SOLUTION: At the new Trades Training Centre, each shop will be outfitted to reflect the best in industry standards, providing a leading-edge learning environment that is in-step with the latest technology to maximize the training potential and prepare our students for the job site.
Local training for local jobs
PROBLEM: The shortage is real. Just speak to any local employer and they will tell you there are not enough skilled people to perform the jobs industry demands. Many individuals in the North Okanagan leave the region seeking skills training or upgrading and do not return, decreasing the number of qualified tradespeople for the jobs in the North Okanagan.
SOLUTION: The Trades Training Centre at the Vernon campus will offer affordable and accessible education close to home. It will reduce the amount of time students are away from their workplace, home and family. By providing the education to meet the industry demand of today and tomorrow, we can create a positive economic future for the North Okanagan.