Werklund School of Agriculture Announced

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Olds College Announces Werklund School of Agriculture Technology

Werklund School of Agriculture AnnouncedOlds College is pleased to announce the launch of the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology. Through the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology - students will have access to new ag tech programs, including the Precision Agriculture - Techgronomy Diploma and Agriculture Technology Integration Post-Diploma Certificate. 

Students will also have access to hands on, high tech learning experiences through the Olds College Smart Farm, the Smart Ag Innovation Centre, and the new ag tech learning hub that is scheduled to be opened for the start of classes in the fall of 2022.  

“This is a historic day for Olds College. The launch of the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology, is a profound statement of our commitment to building Alberta’s position as a global leader in agriculture and technology,” comments Stuart Cullum, President, Olds College. “On behalf of Olds College, I would like to sincerely thank David Werklund and Susan Norman for investing in Olds College, our students and the future of agriculture.”

Canadian entrepreneur, oilfield industry leader and dedicated philanthropist, David Werklund and his partner Susan Norman, have been supporters of Olds College for several years. Mr. Werklund has a lifelong passion for the agriculture industry that began during his upbringing on a rural Alberta farm. 

“Susan and I are delighted that the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology will lead the way to a revolutionary change in agricultural learning,” comments David Werklund. “We have a passion for innovation and new technologies and we firmly believe in investing in youth and education. Olds College was a natural choice for us because of its longstanding commitment to agriculture education and our shared vision towards engaging more of Alberta’s youth in the business of agriculture through leading technological advancement.”

The new agriculture technology programs will prepare students for careers that require a deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy, technology and data sciences. Applications open for the new ag tech diploma and post-diploma certificate Oct. 1 , 2019, with the first intake of students on campus fall 2020.