Penticton and South Okanagan
New lab uncorked at Okanagan College
Oct 3, 2013 / 6:30 am
Okanagan College is on its way to establishing a new sensory lab, thanks to a $300,000 donation from the BC Wine Information Society, which operates the BC VQA Wine Information Centre in Penticton.
The announcement was made Wednesday at the centre in front of a crowd of local dignitaries, college officials and people involved in the wine industry.
"This is an important step in the evolution of our programming at Okanagan College and demonstrates how important the relationship is between the college and the industry," said college president Jim Hamilton. "I want to say thanks very much. I think we have a shared vision of what we want for this region."
The $300,000 donation will provide the bulk of the funding for the $480,000 project. It is expected to be open and available for students in January 2014.
Keith Bevington, president of the society, talked about its goal of educating people who want to work in the wine industry in BC.
"We wanted to partner with the college, because they have already been instrumental in educating so many of our exceptional winemakers in this region," he said. "This sensory lab will attract new students to the industry right in the heart of BC's wine country."
The new classroom-style lab will be located at the Penticton campus and will be the first educational facility of its type in the valley.
It will create a tasting environment similar to those in existence at Brock University and Niagara College in Ontario.
Speaker Jonathan Rouse, director of wine, food and tourism at the college, recognized key guests at the event and touched on what the lab, outfitted with a complete kitchen and multimedia facilities that can broadcast instructional material worldwide, will offer to students.
"The sensory lab classroom has been expressly designed to meet the needs of a research-oriented facility, and one that is interactive and engaging for students," he said. "Our aim is to create a flexible environment to meet a range of programming needs, from the amateur to the professional."
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