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There is a lot “growing on” at Olds College!
Our programming is hands-on, versatile and sets graduates up for success in industry. You will learn from expert faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, surrounded by staff who truly want to see you succeed.
We offer many one-of-a-kind programs in the areas of Agriculture Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Brewmaster & Brewery Operations Management, Horticulture, Turfgrass Management, Equine Science, Farrier Science, Animal Health, Business Management, Land & Environment, Trades & Apprenticeship and so much more!
At Olds College, we are “transforming agriculture for a better world.”
In the summer of 2018, Olds College launched the Olds College Smart Farm, an exciting initiative that is transforming the College’s existing farm into a farm of the future. By incorporating the latest technologies aimed at improving productivity, while efficiently and sustainably using resources, the Smart Farm is creating a cutting-edge learning environment for students and life-long learners.
A living lab for hands-on learning, it is a place for innovation, validation, demonstration and scaling of smart connected agriculture technology through industry partnerships.
The Smart Farm creates a place for producers, industry partners, students and faculty to look at the opportunities and challenges facing the agriculture industry and investigate solutions to evolve agriculture practices.
Features of the Smart Farm encompass installing new technologies, including stationary soil monitors, digital weather stations, wireless grain bin sensors, a wireless mesh network that provides Wi-Fi to the entire farm, and rural narrowband connectivity to ensure high-quality internet.
The Smart Farm is incorporating farm management software platforms that gather, store, and visualize production and management data, while utilizing data analytics and machine learning to turn data into information and information into knowledge. Techgronomists on the Smart Farm team, use the technologies to analyze data gathered to make evidence-based decisions to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability.
Olds College also have two new programs starting in Fall 2020.
After working with industry partners and producers over the last two years, Olds College identified that a significant skills gap exists within the agriculture industry when it comes to supporting producers adopting new technology. In response to this skill gap, Olds College is launching new programs in agriculture technology, including the Agriculture Technology Integration Post Diploma Certificate and the Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy Diploma.
The dynamic NEW post-diploma certificate in Agriculture Technology Integration is designed to provide students with an understanding of how related technologies and components interact to provide accurate information and real-time monitoring and controls to the agriculture producer. You will be provided with opportunities to recognize the connectedness of, and interactions between hardware and software to enable producers maximum uptime in the field. You will learn to link emerging technologies with existing farm infrastructure including the installation, calibration, troubleshooting and repair of precision agriculture hardware and equipment, including mechanical, hydraulic and software systems.
The Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy program is an exciting NEW diploma focused on agronomy and technology. Graduates from the Diploma in Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy will be prepared for careers that require a deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy, agriculture machinery/purpose built network management, and data sciences. Graduates from the Diploma in Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy will be prepared for careers that necessitate a deep understanding of the connectedness of agronomy, agriculture machinery/purpose built network management, and data sciences. Students will engage in hands-on training on our Olds College Smart Farm ecosystem, focusing on integrating precision technology and agronomy and enhancing decision support systems through actionable and effective on-farm decision making.
Visit our website (www.oldscollege.ca/programs) for more details on the amazing programs that we offer and the admission requirements needed to be accepted.
Applications open on October 1, 2019 for the Fall 2020 term, including our two new programs, so apply early!
We also encourage you to come and visit us! Coming on campus is a great way to get more information about the program you are interested in, find out what it’s like to be a college student and to discover the benefits of joining the Olds College community!
Olds College Open House: Friday, October 18
Fashion Institute Open House: Saturday, October 19
Have questions? Want to come for a visit? We’d love to help you!
Contact the Office of the Registrar by emailing [email protected] or by calling 403-556-8218 and we would be happy to help you get started on your journey with Olds College.