Construction is set to begin on Okanagan Collegeâ€™s new $28-million Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation following the official groundbreaking by provincial, federal and college representatives. The project will create up to 179 direct jobs.
â€œThe investment in Okanagan College will provide a significant economic stimulus to our community and will create jobs in this region,â€ said Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla. â€œOur government is investing in innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to improve the quality of life for Canadians. Young people and older citizens in increased numbers will benefit from the ongoing excellence of Okanagan College.â€
â€œThis new centre for green technology at Okanagan College will stimulate Pentictonâ€™s economy and increase our communityâ€™s vitality as more youth can affordably stay here to get a world class, state of the art education,â€ said Bill Barisoff, MLA for Penticton. â€œThe skills being learned here will translate into real career opportunities that capitalize on the new green economy.