Founded 1963 | Kelowna, BC
Serving the beautiful Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen valleys, Okanagan College boasts campuses in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Penticton and Kelowna. It delivers more than 150 programs to nearly 20,000 students. Approximately 10 per cent of students are Indigenous and around 10 per cent are from outside Canada.
The college offers various university transfer, health, engineering technology, trade, vocational, adult basic education and continuing studies programs. It also provides two bachelor degrees—business administration and computer information systems—along with four post-baccalaureate diplomas. Students who wish to pursue a science degree can get credit for their studies at a number of universities.
In 2021, OC welcomed students into its new applied Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Research and Evaluation, as well as the new Common First-Year Engineering program. The college’s Okanagan School of Business is preparing for its first cohort of students to begin a new experiential entrepreneurship program in the fall of 2022.
Okanagan recently completed construction on the $18-million Health Sciences Centre at its Kelowna campus, which is now open to students. The Penticton campus is home to a growing suite of viticulture and wine studies and many graduates work in the region’s wine industry.
• Adult Upgrading
• Associate of Arts Degree
• Bachelor of Business Administration
• Business Administration Diploma
• Accounting/Bookkeeping Certificate
• Diploma: $4,498-$8,099
• Certificate: $3,689-$10,555
• Post-Grad: $5,315-$5,829
• Community Research and Evaluation: This program provides students with a strong knowledge base, allowing them to contribute solutions to social issues and pursue graduate studies in social work.
• Sustainable Building Technology Diploma: Students in this program contribute to changing buildings and other environments in order to make them more sustainable.
• Viticulture Certificate: The skills and knowledge necessary to manage a vineyard are covered, including how to assess grape quality and the scientific principles of grape growing.