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Jobs a focus of new Okanagan College and Kal Tire partnership
Okanagan College Media Release

Casey Lobb Nov.2013Imagine enrolling in a training program and becoming an Automotive Service Technician with Canada’s largest independent tire dealer. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But a new partnership between Okanagan College and Kal Tire promises qualified graduates just that opportunity.

“The career possibilities at Kal Tire are limitless,” says Casey Lobb, an Automotive Service Technician apprentice at Kal Tire in Vernon and student of the College’s Automotive Service Technician (AST) program.

“Kal Tire offers training in mechanics and diagnostics but also in the service and management side of the business—and it has more than 240 locations from here through Ontario,” says Lobb.

In response to the growth of Kal Tire and its increasing need for Automotive Service Technicians, the company is partnering with Okanagan College to offer the AST Foundation Program at the Kelowna Campus in January.

“The program not only provides students with all the benefits of Okanagan College’s level one program, including the practical and theoretical aspects of servicing and repair in the industry, but pairs it with a job opportunity at Kal Tire,” says Rob Kjarsgaard, Program Administrator of Trades and Apprenticeship at Okanagan College.

To be accepted into the Kal Tire AST program, applicants must meet Okanagan College admission requirements, attend an apprenticeship interview with Kal Tire representatives and be willing to relocate after course completion.

“In addition to employment, Kal Tire will also provide successful graduates with further in-house training and a tool purchase incentive program. Kal Tire is committed to advancing all apprentices through to their journeyman’s ticket,” says Diane Templeton, Kal Tire’s Human Resources Talent Advisor.

To find out more about the one-time offering of this unique program, attend an information session on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. in room T123 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Attendees can meet and ask questions of instructors from Okanagan College and Kal Tire team members. College application fees will be waived for anyone who applies to the program during the session. For more information, visit