Olds College has evolved from humble beginnings in 1913 as an Agriculture and Home Economics School to the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management. The programs that we built a century of excellence on have evolved into programs that meet the needs of today’s learner and today’s industries. Olds College continues its advancement with the addition of new learning, research, and living spaces, through transactional partnerships with key stakeholders. These partnerships are united by the common thread of vision underpinned by a governance model that guides our innovative spirit, giving our students the best possible learning environment. A vision that was internationally recognized In October of 2014 as the Gold standard for excellence in post-secondary governance from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP). Students at Olds College receive education and training that ensures they are industry ready when they graduate. Our innovative program delivery methods ensure that every student can find the best learning path possible for success. Through our Connect Your Passion initiative, every student can experience our gamified capstone course on entrepreneurship with additional programs and services offered to serve the needs of the region including adult basic education, career training, and non-credit courses, as well as cultural and recreational activities.
As the largest agricultural College in Alberta, Olds College continues to take a leadership role in advancing innovation-based rural economic development in Alberta, be it through research at the Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) or our enterprise activities in Brewery, Meat program and Greenhouse. We are committed to enhancing relationships with industry, community, stakeholders and alumni, in combination with our hands-on, practical learning in order to ensure our students acquire knowledge, skills and, perhaps most importantly, problem-solving aptitude as they move beyond our walls and into the workforce. It is in developing relationships with partners from industry, governments, individuals and alumni who have an affinity to what we do and how we do it, that we are able to develop facilities, programs and services that enrich our students, community and beyond. Through these unique relationships, Olds College can go beyond expectations working from a position of strength.
- Olds College introduced a gamified iPad app called Spirit of Entrepreneurship which was recognized for enabling entrepreneurship by Colleges and Institutes Canada with the National Entrepreneurship Award of Excellence
- Olds College Broncos athletics have hosted five ACAC Conference Championships and one CCAA National Championship, capturing two team championships and have received a total of 27 ACAC All-Conference awards
- 14 to 1 is the Student to Instructor ratio and 96% of grads find work in their field within 6 months of graduation
- The National Meat Training Centre at Olds College offers one of only two programs in the world for meat cutting and preparation
- The Pomeroy Inn and Suites at Olds College, located on our campus, hosts two of our newer programs, Hospitality and Tourism Management and Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management
Our programs include:
Our research specialization:
- Water Quality & Wetlands
- Sustainable Turfgrass Management
- Apparel Technology
- Livestock Production and Meat Processing
- Constructed Wetlands Facility
- Apparel Innovation Centre
- Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
- Centre for Innovation
- National Meat Training Centre
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Contribute to our Community
Olds College is a focal point of the Olds Community, and of the Central Alberta region. Many of our facilities, including the Botanic Gardens, fitness center in the Community Learning Campus (CLC), and our greenhouse, meat and beer retail stores, are frequented by members of the community on a regular basis. Working with the Town of Olds, Mountain View County, and scores of other partners and donors we developed the CLC, a one-of-a-kind facility serving Olds College, Olds High School, service groups and the greater community. The college serves a range of industries within the service area and supplies local businesses with skilled workers. Society as a whole in Alberta benefits from an expanded economy and improved quality of life. The benefits created extend as far as the provincial government, in the form of increased tax revenues and public sector savings. Through an economic impact study released in 2014, Olds College and its students added $143.6 million to the local economy, with Provincial taxpayers receiving an internal rate of return of 6.3% on their investment in Olds College.
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Foster Student Success
Alberta Craft Malting
During the 2014-2015 academic year, two first year Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management students, Peter Schill and Tyler Rose, entered a business idea called Alberta Craft Malting into the RED Challenge business competition. Their business focus is to create a local source of malt and hops for local craft brewers. After winning the RED Challenge, Tyler and Peter moved on to the TEC VenturePrize Student Business Plan Competition, which involved 9 teams from colleges and universities across the province. Alberta Craft Malting took home the top prize in this competition as well. Both students are currently finishing their program, and will explore growing Alberta Craft Malting upon graduation.
As Deputy Head Groundsman at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the home of Wimbledon Championships, Olds College Alumnus Grant Cantin runs the crew of 30 groundskeepers on a day to day basis, striving to ensure that the turf on all 41 courts is up to the challenge of withstanding championship quality tennis. “My Olds College experience was great, it got the ball rolling in my golf career and now has lead me to Wimbledon, the pinnacle for sports turf”, explains Grant. “Everyone knows what Wimbledon is and the rich history it holds. I never thought I would end up in tennis but Olds College and got me started. Turf Management is a science nowadays, and a lot more goes into it than people think. An education is the first stepping stone to becoming involved in a turf career.”
In the competitive industry of high fashion, Olds College alum Cheri Milaney has managed to become an award winning industry leader with a strong reputation as a world class designer known for being one of the first designers to showcase real women and not standard models in an international runway show, as well as a creator of jewellery and Italian perfumes. While Cheri’s inspiration is heavily influenced by Italian style, she gives a great deal of credit for her success to the skills she developed while a student in the Olds College Fashion Merchandising and Production program. From 1989 through 1991, Cheri’s hard work and dedication helped instill both the confidence and skill set to achieve her dream of becoming a high fashion designer. “My training at Olds College helped me to process my skills and gain the experience I needed to start my own business.” states Cheri.
Partner with Business and Community
Netook Construction, a locally based construction company, which serves a wide radius of clients within Central Alberta, has been instrumental in their support of Olds College and our programs. David Doyle, General Manager of Netook, and an Olds College Alumnus, Netook’s first large donation came back in 2005, when they approached Olds College regarding the lack of skilled workers available. They donated a packer, a grader, a dozer, an excavator and a scraper to the College to assist in the development of our Heavy Equipment Operator program. Netook continues on as a partner to this day, sponsoring student awards, sitting on industry advisory committees, and continuing to sit on committees when new projects are undertaken.
O-NET is Canada’s first community owned and operated, fibre to the premises network, and it was created by the Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development. O-NET was born out of a passion to create a connected community in Olds where residents and businesses have access to the kinds of technology services and experiences comparable, or superior, to those found in larger cities. The presence of O-NET in our infrastructure has been invaluable. We can now boast to have the most bandwidth per student at any post-secondary in North America. It has allowed us to implement an iPad student learning environment as well as move to Google for our corporate and educational needs. Simply put, O-NET has allowed the college to propel forward in both learner and corporate services in ways other Post-Secondary Institutions can only dream about.
Date modified: 2016-10-27