Caring Starts Here Campaign

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You Can Help Us Train the Next Generation of Health-Care Practitioners

We all need care at different points in our lives. For many of us, it isn't until we or a loved one require support that we realize the critical role highly-skilled health-care workers play in our health-care system.

From nurses and palliative-care specialists to human service workers and early childhood educators, caring occupations are essential to the well-being of our communities. These roles are also some of the fastest growing in B.C.

Forecasts predict that health care and social assistance will have the greatest number of job openings in the province in the next 10 years.

Where will these new caregivers come from? Will they have the skills and training they need to provide excellent care? How can we convince them to stay in the region? 

Join us in being — and building — part of the solution. At Okanagan College we've been training health and science professions for more than 55 years in eight professions. With your help, we will build a technically-advanced and integrated learning centre to train and prepare the next generation of health care professionals. 

We're also answering the call to ensure access to these in-demand occupations for the people who care by creating much-needed bursaries and scholarships.

The Caring Starts Here campaign aims to raise $5 million for teaching facilities, equipment and student support. We thank you for being part of the solution.


Project Overview

In March 2017, the Provincial Government announced $15.4 million for the construction of a new $18.9-million Health Sciences Centre at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.

The new facility will support and enhance the College’s ability to continue train the skilled workers in high demand across the health science sector in B.C.

The new Centre will be located beside the existing Laboratory (C) Building which currently accommodates the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, university transfer science programs and engineering technology programs.

Programming

The facility will provide technology-enhanced and student-centred labs, classrooms and office space for health and social development programs, including:

Two year and/or diploma programs:
Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Years 1 and 2)
Practical Nursing
Human Service Work
Therapist Assistant

Certificate programs:
Certified Dental Assistant
Health Care Assistant
Pharmacy Technician

Spaces in the building may also be utilized to support the delivery of a number of the health and social development programs offered by the College’s Continuing Studies department.

Sustainability

The new Health Sciences Centre will build on Okanagan College’s record of developing award-winning facilities that champion sustainability and green building practices. The Centre will be designed and built to meet the requirements of:

ZERO CARBON Building Standard

Okanagan College will be one of 16 organizations nationwide participating in a pilot program that focuses on design and construction standards meant to reduce a structure’s carbon footprint. 

WELL Building Standard

The new building will pursue a minimum of WELL Silver certification – a standard that is focused on advancing occupant health and wellbeing in buildings. It is based on 10 concepts that each comes with its own features and measures: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.

LEED Rating System

Beginning with the Centre for Learning, Okanagan College has built each of its new structures since 2005 with a minimum goal of meeting Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold standard. The rating system focuses on water and energy efficiency as well as indoor air quality.

Investment

The total project cost is $18.9 million. The Province of B.C. will contribute $15.4 million and through fundraising Okanagan College is aiming to raise $3.5 million to support the construction of the facility and $1.5 million for program and student support.

Projected completion date: Late Spring 2020

 

Contact Us

Kathy Butler

Executive Director

Okanagan College Foundation

Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4775

Email: kbutler@okanagan.bc.ca

 

Holly Routley

Development Officer

Okanagan College Foundation

Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4440

Email: hroutley@okanagan.bc.ca