Kelowna Trades Complex Opens
From top to bottom the new $35 million Trades Complex celebrates Okanagan College’s rich history of trades training and honours the men and women who build our communities. It is also unquestionably a building for the future – a bold embodiment of the College’s commitment to pushing the envelope in sustainability and green building technology.
Madison Roukema, a recent graduate of the Sheet Metal foundation program and of the Women in Trades Training (WITT) program, was one of the more than a dozen students who installed equipment into the Cross Connection Control Lab and Gas Training Lab, a space which will also allow the College to deliver a new Steamfitter/Pipefitter apprenticeship.
“It was such an awesome opportunity to get to work on the building as a student,” says Roukema. “There were students from different trades, different classes, and we all had a chance to put our skills to work. It was a way of being part of the project, part of the future of the Trades at the College.”
“It was a great experience.”
When doors opened to students in April, more than 700 students training at leased shops on Penno and Acland Road could return to campus. Students have been quick to show their appreciation and excitement.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” says Steve Moores, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship. “Students who have moved back to campus are thrilled. And those were who were here or who are completely new to the campus have responded in the same way. Instructors couldn’t be happier with the facilities – they’re bright, modern, and they show how much the College values and reveres our tradespeople.”
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