Prospera gives big in support of Women in Trades at Okanagan College

Women in Trades at O.C.

More women will get a chance to lace up their work boots and take the first step in a career in trades, thanks to a recent $79,660 gift from Prospera to a program at Okanagan College that has already trained over 1,300 women since it was founded.

The Women in Trades Training program was created to remove barriers for women interested in pursuing trades education and help meet the community’s need for skilled trades professionals.

“These bursaries and added equipment provide opportunities for women to pursue trades training, supporting them to go on to find a rewarding career and adding to the richness of representation and diversity in the workplace,” says Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

“This is just one example of how Okanagan College is opening doors for students and supporting their talent, passions, and pursuit of knowledge.”

The gift is made up of two separate donations: Since 2021, Prospera Credit Union has given $60,000 in student bursaries to be disbursed until 2025, and Prospera Foundation recently gave $19,660 for equipment for the SISTERS program.

The SISTERS program is a 30-week program that introduces Indigenous women to all aspects of the carpentry trade, including the use of hand tools and other equipment. SISTERS is part of Okanagan College’s Carpenter Foundation program.

“We’re proud to support Okanagan College’s Women in Trades Training program,” says Niki Jelstad, Director, Marketing and Community Engagement at Prospera.

“Our partnership is a valuable investment in women and their families, and strategically supports our commitment to helping our local communities.”

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