Okanagan College

Situated in one of Canada’s most picturesque and dynamic regions, Okanagan College offers more than 130 different programs, and credentials that range from certificates to bachelor’s degrees to post-baccalaureate diplomas. With more than 55 years of transforming lives and communities through quality education and training, Okanagan College connects with the region it serves, addressing everything from entrepreneurial aspirations to the demand for a wide array of skilled tradespeople. Okanagan College is B.C.’s second-largest trades training institution and offers six engineering technology diploma programs. It is a hub for training for the region’s renowned wine, food and tourism industries and has a nationally respected School of Business. Four major campuses (in Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon) and six additional learning and training centres serve more than 21,292 people annually; the equivalent of more than 9,244 full-time equivalent students. The College serves more than 1,800 Aboriginal students. More than 1,700 international students represent 63 different nations on campus.

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 21,000 people a year look to Okanagan College for courses and programs – that’s approximately five per cent of the entire region’s population.
  • Okanagan College began its life in 1963 as the B.C. Vocational School and through several iterations has grown to be the largest College in the B.C. Interior. Since starting it has issued more than 70,000 credentials.
  • Okanagan College has partnerships with more than 20 institutions in different parts of the world, including Asia, Europe, the Americas and Australia.
  • Within the Okanagan College region, there are more than 160 licensed wineries, four world-class ski resorts, and more than 25 18-hole golf courses.

Campuses

4

Enrolment

  • 4322

    Full-time
  • 3290

    Part-time
  • 1972

    International
  • 1711

    Apprentice
  • 1825

    Indigenous

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Support Indigenous Students

Leadership

Working with, and learning from Indigenous community partners, and interweaving cultural values into the academic and social fabric of the College contributes to the welcoming and respectful learning environment.

Territory/Space/Services/Activities

Thoughtful Aboriginal Spaces can be found on each of our four campuses including Indigenous outdoor gardens – the na’ʔk’ʷulamən and K’nmaĺka Sәnqâĺtәn gardens – that celebrate and recognize the traditional ways and knowledge of local Indigenous peoples of the region.

With a welcoming Indigenous student lounge at each campus, and a complement of Indigenous staff, peer mentors, and Elders, Indigenous students can engage with an array of academic, social, and culturally relevant supports to Indigenous students as they journey towards their personal, educational and career goals.

With more than $60,000 in awards available annually, for Indigenous students the College is committed to opening doors for, and celebrating the rich culture and heritage that all students bring to Okanagan College.

Programming/partnerships

With partnership agreements with more than 20 First Nation bands, organizations, agencies, and other post-secondary institutions, the College provides an array of both community and campus-based Indigenous programming

Programs & Services of Interest

Date modified: 2019-09-17