Students to get better access to skills, education for careers in health sciences at Okanagan College

Posted on July 24th, 2018

Construction is underway for Okanagan College’s new Health Sciences Centre that will give students better access to training for a health-science career.

“Students will get the skills and training in a modern building for a range of health-care and social-development careers,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Nurses, pharmacy technicians and early childhood educators are in-demand jobs that people rely on every day in communities around the province to keep our families safe and healthy.”

The new 2,800 square-metre (30,000 square-foot) Health Sciences Centre will be an integrated learning centre. Programming provided through the new centre will include diploma and certificate programs, to help meet the need for high-priority health-care professionals, such as practical nurses, dental assistants, special-needs workers and health-care assistants.

“The groundbreaking is an exciting milestone in the start of a new era in training health professionals at the college,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Okanagan College (OC). “The Health Sciences Centre has been a high priority for us, and will be welcome news for thousands of students who will go on to become an important part of our province’s workforce.”

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