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The education level of the North Okanagan population has increased substantially over the past four years. The last Canadian census taken in 2006 indicates that there are higher-than-average skills in technical and diploma educational experiences.

In 2005 UBC Okanagan opened in the Central Okanagan, only a 30 minute drive from Vernon. UBC Okanagan offers:

  • Post-graduate programs
  • Integrated region-wide college transfer
  • independent Okanagan Academic Senate
  • and Global linkages by technology

    There are many educational opportunities in the North Okanagan or just south of the Region in the Central Okanagan.

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    Elementary/Secondary Schools

    The North Okanagan has two School Districts encompassing the elementary, middle school, secondary and alternative schools in the area. Diverse educational opportunities such as French immersion, Montessori, special needs education and learning programs like Open Door schools are available in the region. The provincial Ministry of Education publishes a complete listing of the schools in each district every year.

    School District#22
    Located at the north end of the Okanagan, the School District #22 serves approximately 9,500 students from the communities of Vernon, Lumby, Whitevale,Coldstream, Cherryville, Lavington, and surrounding areas.

    School District #22
    1401 - 15th Street
    Vernon, BC V1T 8S8
    Telephone: (250) 542-3331
    Fax: (250) 549-9200

    School District#83:
    The North Okanagan - Shuswap School District #83 is an area of 8,500km square. This includes students from Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Enderby, Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and surrounding areas.

    School District # 83 North Okanagan- Shuswap
    Box 129, 220 Shuswap St. NE
    Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
    Telephone: (250) 832-2157
    Fax: (250) 832-9428

    In addition, there are a number of Private schools available for school-age children.

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    Post Secondary

    High-quality post-secondary educational institutions in the North Okanagan region include Okanagan College and the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy. Other post secondary institutions operate in nearby regions and are accessed easily from the North Okanagan

    Okanagan College
    Okanagan College(OC), is a comprehensive, post-secondary educational institution that offers a diverse array of high quality programs for the Okanagan and surrounding regions. Okanagan College opened its doors September of 2005 with space initially for more than 4,400 students and expanded to more than 5,200 students by 2009/10. OC offers applied degree, diploma and certificate programs in trades, technologies, business, computer information systems, vocational, health, continuing education and university transfer.

    Okanagan College serves the Shuswap-Revelstoke, North, Central and South Okanagan and Similkameen regions with four campuses in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton and education centre in Revelstoke, Armstrong, Summerland and Oliver.

    For more information, contact:

    Okanagan College - Kalamalka Centre
    7000 College Way
    Vernon, BC V1B 2N5
    Telephone: (250) 545-7291
    Fax: (250) 545-3277

    OC Education Centre - Armstrong
    RR#2, C-5 Smith Drive
    Armstrong, BC V0E 1B0
    Telephone: (250) 546-3593

    University of BC - Okanagan:
    UBC – Okanagan opened in September 2005 and is dedicated to offering students a distinct, learner-centred education. UBC – Okanagan has grown from approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students in 2005 to 7,500 in 2009. 

    Program areas for UBC-O include applied sciences, arts, education, health and social development, management and  sciences.  UBC – Okanagan provides a growing base of academic programs and research opportunities for the region.

    For more information, contact:

    University of British Columbia - Okanagan
    3333 University Way
    Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

    Telephone: (250) 491-6521
    Fax: (250) 491-6522

    Thompson Rivers University:
    Not far from the North Okanagan is the Thompson Rivers University, formerly University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC .  TRU offers developmental, trades, technical, career, academic and educational programming.  Thompson Rivers University also offers Masters’ Degrees in applied and professional fields as well as doctoral programming in partnership with other universities. 

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    Specialized Education

    Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy Ltd.:
    The Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy offers programs that are specially designed to prepare students to successfully meet the requirements set by the College of Massage Therapists of BC. As well, the educational institution has a large massage and hydrotherapy clinic, which allows the students to gain practical experience as an integral part of their education.

    For more information, contact:

    Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy Ltd.
    #200, 3400 - 30th Avenue
    Vernon, BC V1T 2E2
    Telephone: (250) 558-3718
    Clinic: (250) 558-3719
    Fax: (250) 558-3748

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