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$100,000 donation to OC

The electrical program at Okanagan College has received a major boost from a local contractor.

Horizon Electric donated $100,000 towards the Trades Training Complex, currently under construction at the Kelowna campus.

The donation will help amp up a cutting-edge lab for trades training.

“Having a state-of-the-art facility like this in our own backyard is so beneficial to our industry and our community,” says Horizon Electric President Jerry Pasitney.

“This new complex will attract people to the region, keep jobs local and provide the skilled workers needed in the Okanagan and throughout the province. As a local family-owned company we are very proud to be able to support that.”

Electrical students will have access to three new electrical control labs featuring the latest equipment, technology and workstations, once the complex opens next spring.

“From top to bottom our new trades training facilities are being designed, built, and outfitted with a great deal of input from our industry partners,” says Okanagan College’s vice-president education Dr. Andrew Hay.

“We are very grateful to Horizon Electric for supporting our vision to create a dynamic, new learning environment for trades students.”

The arrival of the new electrical labs next spring will be timely for the College and for students, given the projected demand for electricians in the region.

Over the next seven years, it is expected that the Thompson Okanagan will need more than 1,000 new electricians. Provincially, the government has identified electricians as one of the top trades-sector jobs over the next decade, along with heavy duty mechanics.

The Okanagan College Foundation is endeavouring to raise $7 million – including $5 million for capital construction costs and $2 million for program and student support – to top up the Provincial Government’s $28-million investment.

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