Million dollar donation to Okanagan College

The Kelowna campus of Okanagan College has received its largest donation to date: $1 million to go towards its Trades Training Complex.

This was given by the family of Ron Jacobsen - a late local businessman and long-time donor towards the College's automotive programs.

“For that family to have that vision to improve in our facilities, look into new technologies, and provide that training for students on newer technologies, is an absolute win-win all around,” says Steve Moores, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship at the College.

In addition to bringing in new equipment and providing students with financial support, Moores says this donation will also help the College start a brand new program.

“We’re developing a new two-year diploma: the automotive services technician diploma, which will start a year from now,” says Moores. “Part of the donation will help in the development of the curriculum for that.”

This donation completes the Okanagan College Foundation's fundraising campaign of $33 million, which began back in 2014. The province had invested approximately $28 million into the project, while the College ended up exceeding its own fundraising goal for the project by $1.5 million.

In honor of Ron Jacobsen's contributions, a corridor and study space at the College was renamed the Ron Jacobsen Pathway to Excellence at the end of Friday's announcement.