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Okanagan College


With a history dating back to 1963, Okanagan College has been embedded in the social, cultural and
economic fabric of the region for over a half-century. The institution provides post-secondary education
and training to the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen regions and has a strong reputation for
excellence in learning and teaching through its wide range of academic, career, continuing education,
developmental, trades and vocational programs.

The College’s catchment area extends from Osoyoos and Princeton in the south and west to Mica Creek
and Revelstoke in the north, covering an area of 37,750 km2 and serving a population of nearly 400,000
people. Each year, approximately 16,000 domestic and international students attend Okanagan College
in programs spanning Arts, Science, Business Administration, Health and Social Development, Trades and
Apprenticeship, Adult Upgrading and in niche areas such as Viticulture, Animation and Sustainable Building
Technology. Also offering vocational training, Okanagan College is the second largest trades training
institution in B.C.

The latest chapter in Okanagan College’s history began in 2005, when Okanagan University College
evolved into two separate institutions: Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan. Okanagan College has
since grown significantly, with rapid expansion in almost all program areas.

Known for its easily identifiable red logo, the College’s brand has taken a firm hold in the business and
social fabric of the region. Many have attributed this to the College’s focus on partnerships and outreach,
while meeting student, community and employer needs. With an annual operating budget of over $125
million and more than 1,000 employees, OC is a significant contributor to the regional economy.