CiCan Award Presentations  

Olds College Receives National Academic and Research Awards

CiCan Award Presentations May 2, 2017 - Olds College is proud to once again celebrate being recognized on a national level for our programs and applied research. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) announced Olds College as the Bronze recipient of the CICan Program of Excellence Award for the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, and as a Bronze recipient of the Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award for the contributions of the Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) at their annual Awards of Excellence luncheon, hosted on Monday, May 01, 2017 in Ottawa, ON.

“It is truly an honour to once again have our efforts recognized by CICan,” remarks Dr. Jason Dewling, Vice President of Academic and Research. “We are competing with Colleges and Polytechnics across the nation for these awards, and to be recognized among the top Colleges in the nation speaks to the excellence of the faculty and staff members who continue to strive for brilliance.”

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program was transferred from Red Deer College to Olds College in 2013. Since then, program staff has transformed the program to increase accessibility through the use of technology, and to embrace the Olds College culture of hands-on learning.

“With the aid of technology and flexible delivery, we have increased the variety of teaching styles in the way we engage with the students,” explains Bob van Someren, Instructor in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. “This includes inquiry based block delivery, a unique, accelerated 15 month diploma program, and creating a dual credit option for high school students.”

Since 1999, Olds College has played a leadership role in applied research activity with an aim toward advancing innovation-based rural economic development in Alberta agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management sectors. The College has steadily increased its capacity, with six major applied research foci and the development of its Learning Enterprises.

“Over the last three years, the College collaborated with 200 industry and not-for-profit partners, completed 47 research projects and involved 119 students and 67 faculty and staff,” explains Toby Williams, Director of OCCI. “Olds College has 78 faculty and service employees, 1365 full time learners, it is hitting well above its weight in servicing Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs), community partners and providing students with real world experiences.”

OCCI was recently named one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, and has partnerships in the areas of agriculture (crop and livestock management), turfgrass, apparel, meat processing, water quality and wetlands, and entrepreneurship.

Olds College continues to see such success because of the quality of its academic programming, the commitment of its community and partners, and the bold vision and action of our people.

Olds College is the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research community specializing in agriculture, horticulture, land and environmental management. Olds College first opened its doors in November of 1913, and now includes programming that covers Animal Sciences, Horticulture, Land & Water, Fashion, Business, Hospitality & Tourism, and Trades & Apprenticeships.