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College to offer more trades training

 

Okanagan College students will soon have access to more skilled trades-related training.

The college and BC government announced Thursday that more than $550,000 in one-time funding will be used to offer training in mining, oil and gas related supervision and safety and green building design, among others.

Facilities at the college are also being upgraded and modernized thanks to more than $570,000 in capital funding that is part of the government’s investment in public post-secondary  infrastructure this year.

“We are focused on ensuring our post-secondary infrastructure retains its values and capacity for generations to come, along with providing the tools, programs and services for our economy to flourish and grow,” said Naomi Yamamoto,minister of advanced education

Yamamoto was joined in the electrical trades shop at the Penticton campus by Bill Barisoff, the MLA for Penticton, Jim Hamilton, president of the college, and students.

Student Crystal Short told those gathered she was a struggling single mother before discovering what the college trades programs had to offer.

“Next I hope to take plumbing and pipefitting. And I am glad to have this opportunity to thank you personally,” she said, as she turned to face Yamamoto.

More than $34 million in capital investments have been made at the college since 2005, including construction of the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at the Penticton campus, where the announcement was made.

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