Health Sciences Centre

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Our students, your health campaign


Now, more than ever, we realize how important well-trained health care professionals are

With the COVID-19 pandemic, our more than 11,000 health care graduates are working tirelessly in our hospitals, long-term care homes and pharmacies to keep our community safe.

With the public’s help, we will open the doors to a state-of-the-art Health Sciences Centre in September, ensuring students are learning in modern facilities and are well prepared to respond to our future health challenges.

Our current health building dates back to 1963 and can no longer support the quality of education Okanagan College is renowned for. 

Rendering of Health Sciences Centre

A rendering of the new Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus. Photo credit: GEC Architecture and @FlyingArchitecture 


A state-of-the-art Health Sciences Centre to match the quality of our education

We stand by the quality of our education, but we need to invest in a new facility that reflects advances in health care and learning spaces.

Interior view

The new $18.9-million Health Sciences Centre will feature innovative spaces such as hands-on labs for every program, modern clinics and technically advanced simulation rooms.

The Centre will also be adaptable to meet future training needs, which is vital in a rapidly changing health care environment.

With critical skills shortages in health care, Okanagan College students are essential to the future health and well-being of the region. A new Centre will help the College attract talent from across the province. Studies show students who do practicums locally are more likely to stay in the community after they graduate. 

We need the community's help to reach our $5-million goal to complete the modern Health Sciences Centre and open the doors to students in September 2020. 

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Photo credit: GEC Architecture and @FlyingArchitecture 


Campaign goalsThe Province of B.C. is funding $15.4 million of the $18.9 million Centre.

We're raising $3.5 million to complete the building, and $1.5 million to support program needs, purchase equipment and provide scholarships and bursaries for students entering high-demand health care careers.


We're training for in-demand positions across the Okanagan

Programs taught in new Centre
Needs in our Community
 Bachelor of Science in Nursing          CRITICAL
 Certified Dental Assistant          CRITICAL
 Early Childhood Education          CRITICAL
 Health Care Assistant          CRITICAL
 Human Service Work          SERIOUS
 Pharmacy Technician          SERIOUS
 Practical Nursing          STABLE
 Therapist Assistant          STABLE

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Why our community cares

Our commitment to 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.


Contact Us

Helen Jackman
Executive Director
Okanagan College Foundation
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext.4775


Holly Routley

Development Officer

Okanagan College Foundation

Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4440

Anne Kirkpatrick
Development Officer, Planned Giving
Okanagan College Foundation

Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 3254


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