History, Affiliations and Rankings
Located on the west coast of Canada, Okanagan College is a public, post-secondary institution established in 1963. It was the first college to be opened in British Columbia. The college was named Okanagan University College (OUC) in 1995. However, after a certain time, the previous name of Okanagan College was brought back in 2005. This happened when OUC had been divided into two parts - UBC (University of British Columbia) and OC (Okanagan College). Four engineering technology programs at Okanagan College have earned a new national accreditation which has been purposely designed to help create streamlined pathways toward professional certification for graduate
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The college is spread across 4 campuses, each providing its students with an array of diverse International courses. Okanagan also provides its students with a platform where they can take part in various recreational and extracurricular activities. This college is known for its degree courses in fields like Science, Business, Trades, Technology, Health, etc. The Okanagan College offers 120+ programs through its range from bachelors, diplomas, trades, vocational training, corporate training. It aims at transforming the lives of students and communities through its well-structured programs With an outstanding faculty, the college has been able to produce highly-skilled, industry-specific and job-ready graduates who can serve the needs of the community.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Okanagan College has been recognised across the globe for its Sustainable Construction Management Technology (SCMT) Programme which is based at the Jim Pattison Center of Excellence, Through this programme students are educated on sustainable building techniques and green technologies. Further, The Jim Pattison Center of Excellence was bestowed with the LEED Platinum Certification in 2015. The building which had been established in 2011, has received accolades as the Greenest Post-Secondary Building in the whole of Canada in 2016. Okanagan also has a list of distinguished alumni members. Some of the notable names include - The notable alumni of Okanagan College include Canadian Poet Shane Koyczan, Member of the Canadian House of Commons Dan Albas, Author and Educator Robyn Bourgeois, Canadian Curler Kevin Folk, Politician Todd Keller and Politician Norah Bowman.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
With 8,500 students enrolled in courses across various disciplines, this college has become one of the largest such institutions in the country. Currently, close to 1,000 international students from 40 different countries are enrolled in 120 certificates, bachelor, and masters courses. This college in Canada thus promotes a rich student diversity at its campus. The Okanagan college has also seen a growth in aboriginal students and has the most students from this community in the entire province