One of B.C.’s largest trades training institutions
Each year more than 20,000 individuals come through the doors of Okanagan College. That number translates into one out of every five people who reside within our vast region. With every new student the Okanagan College community grows just a little larger and more diverse. More important than the number of students at Okanagan College is the impact they have in our communities. You need only look at the list of distinguished alumni and people served by Okanagan College who have helped shape this valley, province and country to fully appreciate the contributions of Okanagan College and its graduates. Fifty years ago the first seeds of Okanagan College were planted. Half a century later the vision of a community college has become a reality and has grown beyond what anyone could have anticipated back in 1963 when the B.C. Vocational School opened its doors.
Over the years, the College has done much to respond to the growing and shifting needs of the communities it serves. Whether by cultivating new programming, offering a greater level of services to students or by delving into applied research, the College’s own transformation has been remarkable. A leader in areas such as learner-centred education, sustainability, and experiential learning, Okanagan College is the largest college outside the lower mainland, and one of B.C.’s largest trades training institutions.Our students benefit from educators of the highest order, as well as services that provide the support needed to achieve their goals, no matter how ambitious they may be.
With an active and energetic learning community, the Penticton campus is the perfect place for students to discover life-long relationships and their path to success. Students benefit from the region’s array of four-season outdoor activities, from kayaking and paddle boarding on Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake, to skiing and snowboarding at Apex Mountain only minutes away.
World-class instructors choose the Penticton campus as home because of their passion for teaching and the opportunity to foster close connections with students. Many professors are active in research and contributing to community-driven projects throughout the region – infusing classroom lectures with innovation and best practice that primes students for achievement.
As a Penticton student, you will learn in an active environment designed for social connection. Meet new people and make friends at campus life events and intramurals in the gym, where the OC Coyotes basketball teams play. This campus even celebrates finals: enjoy pizza and popcorn in your pajamas while getting some study help during the annual Long Night Against Procrastination. Therapy dogs regularly do the rounds on campus to offer students a breather from workload expectations, and Enactus Okanagan College students work on entrepreneurial projects that make a tangible difference in the community.
Educational amenities on campus provide an innovative and inspiring place for you to explore subjects. Catch up with friends in the College Grounds Café, or get some serious study time in at the library and Aboriginal Centre. Built to LEED Platinum standard, Jim Pattison Centre for Excellence was named the most sustainable post-secondary building in Canada, and serves as a living lab for students in the Sustainable Construction Management Technology program. Human Kinetics students are actively involved in gymnasium and fitness room activities. The Wine Sensory Information Centre, supported by the B.C. Wine Information Society, is a professional venue to discover the many facets of the Okanagan’s signature wines. The Little Learners Academy supports students needing on-site child-care, and is the first Passive House-certified day care in Canada.
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