Through the decades

Here is a summary of the major events that have occurred since the B.C. Vocational School and Okanagan College officially merged in 1971.


 1970s Kelowna2
 Entrance to the Student Services building at the Kelowna campus.

• Adult (continuing) education is added

• Penticton joins the College with 9,400 square feet leased from St. Joseph’s Elementary School

• Construction of a new campus begins at the Kelowna campus


 Vernon Courtyard
Vernon campus

 Penticton campus

• New Vernon campus – Kalamalka – opens

•  Upgrades take place at the Kelowna campus, including the creation of the Laboratory Library and Student Services buildings

•  College adds Distance Education, International Education and Co-op programs

•  New campus opens in Penticton


Salmon Arm 
 Salmon Arm campus

•    First four-year degrees presented

•    New five-acre campus opens in Salmon Arm

•    Vernon campus expands

•    Okanagan College is designated and renamed Okanagan University College

•    Penticton campus expands



First Nation dignitaries take part in opening ceremony at Salmon Arm campus.

Kelowna centre for learning

Construction of Kelowna's LEED standard campus addition - Centre for Learning.

•  Renovations to the Kelowna campus

•  OUC Foundation established

•  Expansions to Salmon Arm, Vernon and Penticton campuses

•  Okanagan University College transitions to Okanagan College

•  Okanagan College joins the Canadian College Baseball Conference, fielding a new team – the Coyotes

•  Aboriginal Gathering place opens in Salmon Arm

•  Kelowna campus opens its $28-million LEED Gold Centre for Learning



Premier Christy Clark and donor Jim Pattison celebrate opening of the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Penticton.


Advanced Education Minister John Yap announces the new trades facility for Okanagan College.

•    Salmon Arm opens $1-million trades training facility

•    College registers as Charter Participant in STARS, administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

•    Penticton campus opens the $28-million Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

•    Vernon campus develops two-acre Kalamalka Demonstration Garden and Community Farm

•    B.C. government announces $28-million project to expand and renovate trades training facilities at the Kelowna campus