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Okanagan College offers tech course for high school students

High school students are taking a course on tech at Penticton's Okanagan College campus.
High school students are taking a course on tech at Penticton's Okanagan College campus. Submitted

High school students in the Okanagan have been given a chance to pick up a tech course in a college.

Okanagan College is piloting a course for teens in grades 10 to 12.

The goal is to teach students how various technologies work.

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“There are not many high-school programs out there right now that give much exposure to these technical topics,” Troy Berg, a professor at Okanagan College, said in a news release.

He hopes that giving students exposure to technical fields while they’re still in high school will inspire them to consider educational opportunities in that area.

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Penticton Secondary and Princess Margaret Secondary School students are attending two evening classes each week until mid-June.

The training combines lectures with hands-on lab learning.

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“The students enrolled in the initial program have each displayed a passion in technology or computer science as a career path,” Trevor Knowlton, School District 67’s careers and apprenticeship co-ordinator, said in a news release.

“Feedback so far has been fantastic. The students are enthusiastic about what they are learning, and I’ve also been contacted by others interested in applying for future programs.”