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O.C. Gateway Project
     Connecting Central Students to Sustainable Trade Opportunities
A Partnership between Okanagan College and Central Programs & Services
Central Programs & Services is a Member of School District 23 – Central Okanagan

Administrator: Nathen Elliott (250)870-5120, ext. 0
Teacher: Rob Law  (250) 870-5120 ext. 8002

 If you are enrolled at Central and are interested in learning more or want to submit your application, please contact Nathen Elliott or Rob Law at the phone numbers above.

The Gateway program is a partnership between Okanagan College and Central Programs and Services.  The program consists of a 10 week trades exploration experience and is open to students attending Central school.  Students who gain acceptance to the program will spend 10 weeks at Okanagan College. 

While at OC, students gain both practical and theoretical experience in a wide variety of trades, including electrical, carpentry and plumbing.  After graduating from Gateway, students are expected to enter the Dual Credit program at OC focusing on a specific trade.  Dual Credit programs range from 20-40 weeks in length and provide an opportunity for students to begin college entry-level trades training while receiving credits for high school. 


* Program Application including 2 references
* An Entrance Interview  
* Consultation of Attendance Records
Preference will be given to students who successfully complete the Pre-GateWay Program

Pre-GateWay Program
Mon-Fri, 3:00-4:30pm (6 weeks) Pre-GateWay covers:
 First-Aid and FoodSafe Training/Certification
Hands-on Activities/Field Trips
     Trades-related Math Skills
 WorkSafe & WHMIS Training
Tool & Safety Equipment Orientation
 Students who successfully complete the pre-Gateway course will qualify for consideration of entry into
the OC Gateway Program.

To the Trades
Helping Students Build Confidence, Self-esteem and Realize Their True Potential
Students will be Registered Okanagan College Students
Location: Okanagan College Kelowna Campus
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm
Cohort of 12-16 Students
10 Week Program  /  300 hrs
Instruction by: Trades Qualified Instructors
 12 Credits towards High School Graduation
 An OC Student Participation Certificate
FoodSafe Level 1 Certificate
  Construction Safety Training Certificate
Forklift Operation Certificate
Level 1 First-Aid Certificate
WHMIS Certificate

 Carpentry & Joinery
Drywall / Painting
Insulating/Vapour Barrier
Collision Repair
Culinary Arts

Students gain both practical & theoretical experience and many
valuable employability skills in a wide variety of trade sectors
*Alternative Classroom Environment     *Hands-on Learning    *Opportunities    *Post-Secondary Experience      *Dual-Credit Entry
*Career Awareness     *Confidence Building     *Increased Self-Esteem     *Increased Student Motivation
    *Self-Discovery      *Skill Development