Okanagan College Announces Funding Improvements

8/24/2012

Okanagan College and the provincial government announced this week that money promised back in April is finally going to work.

More than $570,000 of capital funding will go towards infrastructure upgrades at Okanagan College's three main campuses.

While most of the money will be used in Kelowna and Vernon, Penticton will see some improvements saysChristine Ulmer, Okanagan College's Communications Manager.

"The first is we're converting the parking lot lights here at the Penticton campus to LED lights to be more energy efficient. The second is we're doing some building control upgrades in the Sunoka building, it's one of our older buildings and is ready for a little help"

In Vernon a new roof will cover the library and Kelowna will see repaired roadways and heating upgrades.

Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton says some of that funding will also go towards new programs in Penticton and in Kelowna.

"I mean $570,000 is a huge lift to our budget for the year to trades training and skills training. So what we've been able to do is mount all kinds of programs that would not have happened otherwise this year"

Penticton will see improvements to the entry level gateway program while Kelowna will have a new animation program introduced in conjunction with Capilano University in Vancouver.

Anita Sthankiya -Penticton

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