Accelerate Okanagan Renews Partnership with Okanagan College

On April 20th, we celebrated the renewal of our partnership with Okanagan College.

At Accelerate Okanagan, we recognize the importance of advancing the future of technology and applied research within the Okanagan. That’s why, on April 20th, we renewed our partnership with Okanagan College to signify our joint commitment to developing the future of technology in the region.

And as of September 2017, Okanagan College will be joining us on the second floor of the Okanagan Centre for Innovation in their newly built, animation learning lab across from our offices. This lab will be home to a two-year diploma in digital animation and equipped with state of the art technology.

The program focuses on drawing, design and the principles and techniques of traditional and digital character animation. Classes are taught by industry professionals to help students develop artistic skills, technical dexterity and creativity thinking. This program provides students who qualify for admission with the industry-based skill sets and training necessary to obtain a job in the field of 2D and 3D animation production for television and feature film and the related fields of computer games, multimedia and the web.

And that’s exactly what the building is meant to foster - collaboration and innovation between technology resources within the region. With the close proximity of Okanagan College’s Digital Animation Lab to technology firms, the proximity is the perfect catalyst for collisions between the students and their future careers in the Okanagan tech industry who also call the Okanagan Center for Innovation home.

“As the College strives to nurture the next generation of technology innovators and business leaders, it’s very affirming for us to know that our students, employees and alumni can tap into the resources Accelerate Okanagan offers,” says Jim Hamilton, Okanagan College President. “Accelerate Okanagan is a bridge between education and industry and we deeply value the opportunity to work together to continue to grow the region as a hub for technology.”

Okanagan College has been a long-time partner of Accelerate Okanagan, and has continually supported our growth and development. Their ongoing support of Accelerate Okanagan and the tech community helps to create the strong economic impact in the region and ensure the future of a thriving Okanagan tech sector.