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 a half-century history of transforming lives and communities with 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 10 additional learning and training centres serve more than 19,000 people annually; the equivalent of more than 7,500 full-time equivalent students. The College serves more than 1,500 Aboriginal students. More than 500 international students represent 44 different nations on campus.
- Approximately 19,000 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 68,000 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.
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Support Indigenous Students
Okanagan College has a significant number of Aboriginal students – more than 1,500 – and has Aboriginal Student Service Centres at each of its major campuses. It offers support for prospective and current students through an Aboriginal Services department linked to the many bands, Friendship Centres and Metis organizations within the College region. It has four Aboriginal Transition Planners, Aboriginal Peer Mentors, and welcomes Elders on campus. Powwows, potlucks, smudge ceremonies and events focused on Aboriginal culture are among the cultural and social supports in place for Indigenous students. Several bursaries and scholarships are targeted especially toward Aboriginal students, and Okanagan College partners with many of the bands and Aboriginal organizations to provide programs that cater specifically to the First Nations and Metis community. Okanagan College is a signatory to the Indigenous Education Protocol and has agreements with more than 20 bands, First Nation governments, agencies, and other post-secondary institutions.
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Date modified: 2016-10-27