College hosts open house

Residents can explore Okanagan College's Penticton campus on Saturday

Okanagan College is throwing its doors open wide on Saturday and inviting the community in to have a look at the revitalized Penticton campus.

While the new Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation is bound to be a major draw, organizers want to show off the whole campus.

“We want to showcase what we offer here, not just in terms of all the programs that students can take, but the services that are available to them and the positive learning environment,” said, regional dean Donna Lomas.

There will be lots going on in the new building, however. Lomas said all the shops will be active, with students and instructors working and demonstrating the facilities. Even the new gym, part of the Centre of Excellence, is going to be active, as the college helps host Penticton Secondary’s Halloween Bash Volleyball tournament.

But the older buildings will be active as well, like the SunOka building, where the nursing lab will be open and conducting a blood pressure clinic. Science labs will also be open, with demonstrations going on, and Lomas said there will also be a kids zone, with activities to keep the younger set occupied while parents explore the building.

“We are trying to serve everybody’s needs and give people a real sense of the activities we have on campus,” said Lomas.

Guided tours of the whole campus will be available or you can explore on your own and participate in a variety of activities in the college’s shops, classrooms and recreational facilities.

The open house, at 583 Duncan Ave. West, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking is free for the day.