College gets big exposure

Okanagan College acknowledged the support of local media this week in driving contributions to its $7-million fundraising campaign.

The Bright Horizons Building for Skills campaign is raising money for the renovation and expansion of the college's $33-million Trades Training Complex and student assistance and bursaries.

“With a province-wide skills shortage projected across the trades sector, Okanagan College is renovating and expanding our facilities to train ahead of that need and help thousands of new tradespeople get job-ready,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “We truly appreciate how the region’s media has bolstered our efforts to raise awareness about this project.”

Castanet Media has contributed $25,000 of in-kind advertising for the campaign.

Between them, Global News, Shaw, Bell Media, Black Press, The Daily Courier and Castanet have donated $385,000 in advertising and media support.

Of the $7 million, $5 million will go toward renovation and construction of the new three-storey trades tower at the KLO campus, and $2 million is for program and student support in the trades.

According to the campaign team, the media’s added support in sharing stories about the trades expansion has been crucial for showcasing how the community can get involved.

“When you consider that the new complex will be able to accommodate over 2,400 students per year, the ripple effect of those students entering the workforce, supporting their families, and contributing to our local economy is immense,” says campaign chair Dennis Gabelhouse. “Our donors are contributing to that ripple effect – their donation is a direct investment in the future of a student working to attain his or her dream and build a rewarding life for themself.”

Construction is in progress on the 10,000-square-metre tower, which is slated to open in spring 2016. The provincial government has committed $28 million to the project.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/campaign.


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