RBC invests $50K towards students in tech

Tech wizards of tomorrow

College students in Salmon Arm will be getting some real-world tech experience next year. 

Okanagan College runs a program called Gateway to Tech, a collaborative program between the college and local high schools. The original funding for it came from B.C.'s Ministry of Advanced Education, and RBC stepped in and donated $50,000, providing a huge boost for the project.

The money will help create a work-integrated learning component to Gateway when it is offered in Salmon Arm next year. This addition will give students real world experience with local tech companies while they're still in school.

“With this generous gift, RBC is demonstrating how much it values investing in youth to succeed in the careers of today and tomorrow,” says Dennis Silvestrone, Okanagan College's Director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Training.

“The opportunity for students to work directly with local tech companies gives them a much better understanding of the skills they’ll need to be successful and contribute to our communities.”

The $50,000 comes from RBC's Future Launch program, which aims to empower young Canadians and prepare them for their future in the workplace. The whole Future Launch program will be dedicating $500 million across the board for students to gain experience, develop their skills and network within their respective industries.

Okanagan College's Gateway to Tech program is currently running in Vernon, with Kelowna, Osoyoos and Salmon Arm to be added in the spring.

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