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A Trades Training Hub for the North Okanagan and Beyond

Canada’s productivity depends on the highly specialized expertise of tradespeople, and labour market predictions for B.C. show a shortage of skilled workers in key sectors. The situation is serious. We need to be ready.

As the largest trades training facility in the region, Okanagan College has more than 50 years of experience training skilled workers for B.C. We have positioned ourselves to aggressively address the skills shortage with a major investment into our trades facilities with the construction of a $6.2 million Trades Training Centre at the Vernon campus of Okanagan College.

Your support of the Bright Horizons - Building for Skills Campaign will help provide students with learning environments that are leading-edge and highly sustainable, matching the quality of instruction delivered by Okanagan College.

Help us narrow the skills gap and make an investment in the future. Donate today

Project Overview


Located at the Vernon campus overlooking Kalamalka Lake, the new $6.2 million Trades Training Centre will provide 13,450 square-feet of space, state-of-the-art equipment and will establish itself as a trades training hub for the North Okanagan. 

The new Trades Training Centre will help address the province’s skills gap by training approximately 150 students per year for the workforce.

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Okanagan College will have the ability to offer the following programs to a diverse set of students in the new facility:
  • Aboriginal Trades Training
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical
  • Gateway to the Trades (Youth Explore Trades Sampler)
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting
  • Residential Construction
  • Welding
  • Women in Trades Training

The facility will also be able to offer customized and vendor training.

The project will be built to a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard and will include a rooftop solar photovoltaic array for electricity generation. 

The project is being supported 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.

$1 million for capital, student and program support.

Projected completion: Summer 2018


Our campaign leadership team would be honoured to speak with you about how your investment will help make this campaign a great success.

Consider giving today. Contact us to find out how.

Michael Tindall, Campaign Chair
Phone: 250-309-1969

Jane Lister, North Okanagan Regional Dean, Okanagan CollegeDonate Now CanadaHelps
Phone: 250-545-7291, ext. 2206

Kathy Butler, Executive Director, Okanagan College Foundation
Phone: 250-862-5630, ext. 2


By phone

Local: (250) 545-7291 ext. 4772
Toll Free 1-888-650-6968

By mail Send your cheque to:
Okanagan College Foundation
1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 4X8


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