Province funds logging truck driver training at OC

By Public Affairs | August 31, 2021

Government of British Columbia logo

The province recently contributed nearly $325,000 in funding  to Okanagan College's Vernon campus to deliver the Professional Industry Driver program, which offers 15 weeks of fully-funded training for up to eight students, preparing them for jobs as professional logging truck drivers.

The program began yesterday and runs until Feb. 25, 2022 and is focused at youth living within the Okanagan region. It is part of a new Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) project and designed to include the new Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for students to obtain their Class 1 Licence and give them essential skills training and theory. 

“Projects like this one support people to find new opportunities in a growing and high-demand sector,” said Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, in a statement. “Graduates of the program will have the skills they need to find good-paying jobs, while employers will have access to qualified employees.”

Parked commercial trucks

The program is comprised of a blend of classroom, practical training, work experience and a mentorship program. The goal is to improve the safety performance and professionalism of industry drivers and includes a focus on logging truck driving as well as chip trucks.

“Offering training that meets industry needs is a key component of Okanagan College’s mission to transform lives and communities,” said Danelle Greebe, OC's Director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Training. “The CEP project will propel this work forward.”

The program is funded through the Project Based Labour Market Training stream of WorkBC's CEP, which are investments aimed at projects that support an inclusive economic recovery.

Read the BC Gov News media release

Tags: Continuing Studies, Vernon, Inside OC



Sign up for weekly stories


Brian White, Biology Professor
Meet Bryan White, Biology Professor

July 6, 2021

Q: What is your education and background? A: I have an undergraduate degree with honours in biochemistry, a masters degree in post-secondary Education, a PhD degree in Medicine (Focus on reproduction and the signals that initiate labour), and postdoctoral  research in animal reproduction and vascular (blood vessel) development.  Q: What is your area of interest? A: Although I started in Biochemistry, as time went on I seemed to transition over to Anatomy and Physiology (A&P). T...

Victor Flint and Sharla Flint
OC student follows in her father’s footsteps as RV Service Technician

June 17, 2021

As an RV Service Technician instructor at Okanagan College, Victor Flint welcomes hundreds of new faces to the classroom each year, but none so familiar as his own daughter, Sharla, who is proudly following in his footsteps. Sharla will join nearly 300 students from various Okanagan College Trades and Apprenticeship programs who will take an important step towards their career path at the virtual Commencement ceremony tonight (Thursday, June 17). Sharla recently completed the Recreation Vehicle Service Technician Foundation program at the C...

Guessy Wang at Pond Inlet, Nunavet
The road to Harvard: Okanagan College graduate continues her quest for knowledge

June 3, 2021

Dr. Guessy Wang is no stranger to the graduation stage having already secured a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery. Wang will be adding a third degree to her name, graduating from Okanagan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, an impressive feat that has propelled her to Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she will begin her search for a solution to help address dental obstacles within Canada’s northern population. Wang came to Canada from China as an international student. She attended the...

Growing Green Earth Day
OC doing its part to reduce emissions

April 22, 2021

As the world’s leaders gather on Earth Day 2021 to discuss steps to battle climate change, Okanagan College is pointing to recent statistics that demonstrate how far its energy savings efforts are advancing B.C.’s sustainability agenda. Calculations completed this week show that OC has reduced its total overall greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 44 per cent since 2007 – this in the face of an overall growth in space of 44 per cent in the same period. The calculations show that OC has managed to decrease its per-square-metre emissions by more...