Okanagan College

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Okanagan College
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Type public, post-secondary institution
Established 1963 as B.C. Vocational School; renamed Okanagan College (1965–1995); renamed Okanagan University College (1995–2005); renamed Okanagan College (2005–present)
President Jim Hamilton
Students over 5400
Location 1000 K.L.O. Road
, British Columbia, Canada
V1Y 4X8
Sports teams Coyotes
Colours White     ; black     ; red     
Nickname Coyotes
Affiliations ACCC, CCAA, CBIE
Website www.okanagan.bc.ca

Okanagan College is a public, post-secondary institution with over 120 certificates, diplomas, degrees and programs including apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship trades programs. Its largest campus is located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Established in 1963, Okanagan College has since grown to be the largest college in British Columbia outside the Lower Mainland and Victoria with over 8,500 full-time students on four regional campuses and is the second-largest trade school in British Columbia. Approximately 350 international students from over thirty countries currently study at Okanagan College.[citation needed]


With its roots dating back to 1963, Okanagan College has always played an important role in the development of the region. The name was changed to Okanagan University College (OUC) c. 1995, but the older name Okanagan College was re-adopted on July 1, 2005, as OUC was divided into Okanagan College and UBC Okanagan.


In 2006 Okanagan College operated five main campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Revelstoke, as well as many smaller access centres.


Programs that may be of interest to international students include: ESL courses/language training, vocational and trades programs and four-year degrees in both Business and Computer Information Systems. Many students also choose the university transfer program which allows students a smooth transition and cost-saving entry method into many of Canada’s most prestigious universities. This program includes courses in history, literature, psychology, chemistry, biology, physics and gender studies. Faculty are university educated academics who care deeply about their students. The College also has a long history of successful study tours, student exchanges and customized group training programs.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 49°51′47″N 119°28′52″W / 49.86306°N 119.48111°W / 49.86306; -119.48111