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College bursary boost

Okanagan College has received a major boost to assist bursaries and student support.

The college was bestowed with a $250,000 donation from the Joyce Foundation to create entrance bursaries and augment existing financial aid for students in the college’s trades and apprenticeship programs.

“This gift represents a tremendous investment in the future of many students in our region,” said Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton. 

“This support is very timely when you consider that B.C. will need 160,000 new tradespeople over the next decade, including more than 10,000 in the Okanagan alone.”

The foundation’s primary focus is to provide access to education for children and youth with significant financial need or who are facing other socio-economic barriers to success. 

“Education is key in opening new pathways to success. The Joyce Foundation is very pleased to be part of that process at Okanagan College,” said Ron Joyce, founder of the foundation and well-known Canadian entrepreneur.

The donation will count towards the Okanagan College’s $2-million goal for student and program support as part of the overall $7-million Bright Horizons, Building for Skills fundraising campaign. That's on top of a $33-million renovation and expansion of trades training facilities at the Kelowna campus.

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