Okanagan College News 2010

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Support continues to pour in for Centre of Excellence
Okanagan College Media Release

One of B.C.’s pioneering companies in the trades field has put its support into the establishment of Penticton’s new Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation.

Andrew Sheret Limited, a B.C.-based 118-year-old plumbing and heating company, has donated $50,000 to create a dedicated classroom space for students entering the technologically challenging plumbing apprenticeship program.

“This demonstrates the industry is stepping up to support the Centre of Excellence,” said Steve Tuck, president of the Okanagan College Foundation. “Andrew Sheret Limited is a company that really recognizes the significance of this project and the training it will provide. That’s a strong endorsement.”

The president of Andrew Sheret Limited, Brian Findlay, says his company has benefitted over the years from the training and education provided to students who attended Okanagan College. The company’s donation to the new Andrew Sheret Plumbing Apprenticeship Classroom reflects that relationship.

"In order to meet the ever-increasing demand for qualified trades people, Okanagan College is building a strong reputation in providing the necessary training,” Findlay said. “We have been very impressed with the quality of the trades education and the training these men and women are receiving at Okanagan College.”

The Okanagan College Foundation has been actively seeking donations as part of its campaign for the Centre of Excellence project at the Penticton Campus.

“This donation is a significant contribution to our College and will support the training and education of the next generation of leaders in sustainable technologies,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College.

The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation is playing a pivotal role in shifting the perspective of Canada’s construction community, demonstrating that going “deep green” on an institutional project doesn’t mean having to pay a premium.

The Centre is being built with the investment of $22.6-million from both federal and provincial governments (as part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Project), along with a further $5-million from the Okanagan College Foundation and donors like Andrew Sheret