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Gov't offers old news in budget

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A previously announced expansion to Okanagan College was touted again by the provincial government in Tuesday's budget speech.
The only Okanagan-specific reference in the budget was to a planned upgrade of the trades division at the institution's KLO Road campus.
"New facilities at Okanagan College in Kelowna will more than double the size of the current trades-training complex by 2016," a government news release highlighting the budget said.
But the $35-million project was first announced on Sept. 21, 2012. Plans call for an ultra-modern, two-storey addition with extra classrooms, shop areas, and new equipment.
Welders, mechanics, electricians and plumbers get their education at the centre, parts of which date back to the 1960s.
The government is contributing $28 million, but Okanagan College has to generate a further $7 million through its own fundraising programs. The project is supposed to be complete just over two years from now. Finance Minister Mike de Jong projected a $184 million surplus in his budget.

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