2021

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2021

  • Olds College Launches Microcredentials Posted September 28, 2021

    Olds College launches microcredentials in horticulture production, cannabis retail, and beverage production. A microcredential is a short-term, flexible certification that recognizes a specific skill, learning outcome or competency that allows learners to quickly develop job specific skills. ...more

  • BASF Digital Farming commits $300,000 in support of HyperLayer Data Concept Posted September 22, 2021

    Dr. Alex Melnitchouck, Chief Technology Officer at Olds College Reviewing HyperLayer Data

    BASF Digital Farming has announced a $300,000 donation to Olds College, as part of its three-year commitment to support the Olds College Smart Farm.  ...more

  • Olds College updates Strategic Plan, Growing 2025 Posted September 01, 2021

    Growing 2025

    The College’s strategic plan was produced in 2018 to provide a clear direction for the College centred around growth and achieving our social purpose of “transforming agriculture for a better world.”  In 2021, the College reviewed the plan, to assess the achievements to date and in some cases to set new targets.

  • New Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer Announced Posted August 17, 2021

    Connie Young

    Olds College is pleased to announce Connie Young has been selected as the new Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). ...more

  • The Spring/Summer 2021 Edition of Horizons is Now Available! Posted August 16, 2021

    Horizons Spring/Summer 2021

    The latest edition of Horizons magazine is now available. We are always searching for new and interesting stories to feature about our alumni in Horizons. ...more

  • AgSmart 2021 Celebrates Its Second Edition Posted August 12, 2021

    Agsmart 2021

    From autonomous farm equipment and livestock digital imagery demos to expert educational sessions, food trucks and beer gardens, AgSmart 2021 had something for everyone.

  • CAAIN Announces Fourth Funded Project Posted August 03, 2021

    DOT Autonomous Seeding a field The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) has unveiled the fourth project to be funded through its 2020 Closed Competition. Evaluation and Improvement of Economic, Environmental and Logistical Benefits of Autonomous Agricultural Equipment Operation for Broad Acre Crop Production is the second Olds College submission to be approved. ...more

  • Residence & Housing Update Posted August 03, 2021

    Olds College Centennial Village Residence

    Effective August 1, 2021 Olds College has acquired full ownership and management of campus housing, which includes Centennial Village and College Courts. This transition will allow the College to streamline student support services, business services processes and marketing initiatives. ...more

  • Alberta Colleges & Polytechnics Create Agriculture and Food Research Collaborative Posted July 29, 2021

    Dr. Nick Savidov, senior research scientist (top) and Penny Takahashi, aquaculture coordinator, in Lethbridge College’s Aquaculture Centre of Excellence.

    In support of Alberta’s economic recovery, seven of Alberta’s Colleges and Polytechnics have signed a declaration to work together to advance agriculture and food research in Alberta. ...more

  • Sharing Messages of Hope and Support Posted July 15, 2021

    Messages in support in discovering of unmarked graves near residential schools

    Working with members of the Olds community, the tipi in the Constructed Wetlands at Olds College is being filled with messages of encouragement and support for indigenous communities as unmarked graves continue to be found near residential school sites. ...more

  • This is Your Shot! COVID-19 Vaccination Incentives Posted June 22, 2021

    Vaccine Incentive - This is your shot!

    To keep our campus community safe, all staff and students are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is our top priority to give you a safe and healthy in-person learning experience.  ...more

  • Olds College Signs CICan Indigenous Protocol Posted June 21, 2021

    Tipi in the Olds College WetlandsToday, on National Indigenous People’s Day, Olds College would like to announce that we have officially signed the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Indigenous Protocol that was developed by CICan with its members and partners in the Indigenous communities.  ...more

  • Olds College Launches Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network Posted June 17, 2021

    Student standing by a sensor on the Olds College Smart FarmOlds, Alberta, Canada, June 17, 2021 -  Olds College announces the launch of the Pan-Canadian Smart Farm Network—a network of Smart Farms committed to sharing data and expertise that will help farmers, industry and developers better understand, use and develop smart agricultural technologies.  ...more

  • Loyalist College, Olds College Sign Agriculture Applied Research and Programming MOU Posted June 15, 2021

    DOT Autonomous Tractor Seeding the Olds College Smart Farm

    Together Loyalist College and Olds College will establish new and enhanced work integrated learning opportunities for students between the two institutions, and explore potential areas of collaboration in smart agriculture, vertical farming and aspects of urban planning around farming and food sustainability.   ...more

  • Olds College Celebrates Pride 2021 Posted June 14, 2021

    Olds College staff raising the pride flag at Olds CollegeOlds College and Olds High School staff and students raised the pride flags on campus to celebrate inclusivity and to kick off Pride Month 2021.  ...more

  • TELUS 5G Network Comes to Olds College Smart Farm and Community Posted June 09, 2021

    Workers preparing to install the TELUS 5G Network on the Olds College Smart Farm

    TELUS has expanded its next-generation 5G network to Olds as part of a three year, $14.5 billion investment in Alberta to further support the province through the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic recovery. Local residents, businesses, and the Olds College Smart Farm now have access to TELUS’ blazing fast 5G network. ...more

  • Celebrating the 105th and 106th Graduating Classes! Posted June 07, 2021

    Convocation 2020 / 2021 Ceremony Recap

    Olds College celebrated the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 on Saturday, June 5, 2021, via two virtual ceremonies, which marked the College’s 105th and 106th Convocation. ...more

  • Flags Lowered On Campus Posted May 31, 2021

    Flags in Front of the Ralph Klein Centre Lowered On CampusIn solemn recognition of the lives and spirits of the 215 children whose remains were discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School, we are lowering the flags on the Olds College campus.  ...more

  • COVID-19 Update: Fall Term Delivery Posted May 14, 2021

    Land Science Centre in background with pond in frontOn March 18, 2021 the Government of Alberta issued a statement encouraging Alberta’s post-secondary institutions to prepare for a full return to campus for fall 2021. Under the guidance of the Government of Alberta, Olds College is planning for a fall 2021 return that will see classes predominantly on campus. ...more

  • Olds College and TELUS Agriculture Partner to Offer Free Webinar Posted May 11, 2021

    Olds College staff stands in field examining crop.Olds College and TELUS Agriculture are partnering to offer a complimentary webinar on crop disease control and management, disease cycles and how technology can support more accurate and timely disease-related decisions. 

  • Leona Staples Wins 2021 Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture Award Posted May 10, 2021

    Leona Staples smiling in purple glasses.

    Leona Staples, Chair of the Board of Governors at Olds College, was one of the seven women to receive the 2021 Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture award. Staples, along with her husband and sons, also own and operate The Jungle Farm in Red Deer, AB and are proud to continue fostering farming traditions that generations before have established.

  • Alberta's Colleges Ready to Act on Alberta 2030 Strategy Posted May 03, 2021

    Matilda Schmohl, Research Technician installs soil sensors on the Olds College Smart Farm.

    Alberta’s colleges are ready to respond to the Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy by continuing to provide adaptable, relevant, hands-on training that prepares students to support Alberta’s employers and economy. The strategy, released by the Ministry of Advanced Education on Thursday, supports the work already being done by the province’s 11 Comprehensive Community Colleges. ...more

  • Lethbridge College, Olds College sign agriculture research MOU Posted April 28, 2021

    Sensor in the Olds College Smart Farm

    Two of Alberta’s premier agriculture applied research institutions are coming together to ensure the province’s agriculture industry has access to world-class researchers, resources and data. 

  • Olds College Receives Silver Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award Posted April 27, 2021

    A collage showing the different aspects of the Olds College Smart Farm

    Olds College was recognized with a Silver Applied Research and Innovation Excellence award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) for their innovative creation of the Olds College Smart Farm and smart agriculture ecosystem.  ...more

  • Olds College Brewery Will Capture CO2 to Reduce Emissions Posted April 22, 2021

    Olds College Brewery Bottle in Garden

    This project aims to reduce GHG emissions by capturing and reusing CO2  that would otherwise be wasted into the atmosphere. By adding this technology to the brewing process, the goal is to reduce emissions and create a valuable product. This affordable solution will be revenue saving and generating for the small to medium sized craft brewer. ...more

  • It’s a wrap for Olds College’s ‘A Celebration of Alberta Ag’ Posted April 16, 2021

    Corb Lund sits on a stool playing acoustic guitar in front of a red barn backdrop.The live-streamed production of A Celebration of Alberta Ag, successfully wrapped up on Friday, April 9, 2021 with over 1200 viewers from all over Alberta, Canada and around the world, including England, Nigeria, the Philippines and New Zealand.

    The free two-hour event was live streamed from the Alumni Centre on the Olds College campus, in celebration of Alberta’s agriculture industry and the important role that it plays in our world. ...more

  • Olds College Receives Grant from Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund Posted April 15, 2021

    Olds College Student on Campus

    Olds College is one of 123 post-secondary institutions across Canada to receive a $25,000 Kickoff Grant from the Bell Let’s Talk Post-Secondary Fund. This grant will enhance the current online campus health and wellness resources for Olds College students, staff, alumni and the community.

  • UFA and Olds College Announce the 2021 Student Pitch Competition Winner Posted April 14, 2021

    Group of finalist and judges at the UFA Innovation Day Pitch Competition

    United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. (“UFA”) together with Olds College are pleased to announce Daniel Stefner, with his pitch for Hopper Bottom Grain Flow Gauge, as the winner of 2021 UFA Student Pitch Competition. A second time participant in the UFA Student Pitch Competition, Stefner is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in AgriBusiness at Olds College and is from St. Albert, Alberta.  ...more

  • TELUS Agriculture Named Olds College 2021 Partner of the Year Posted March 31, 2021

    Partner of the Year 2021 - TELUS Agirculture

    On the Olds College Smart Farm, TELUS Agriculture has been testing innovations like security solutions, weather stations, field sensors, and rural connectivity solutions. In the near future, the Smart Farm will provide live testing for TELUS’ 5G network, which has the potential to enable faster, more reliable connections.  ...more

  • Alberta’s Colleges Adapt to Meet the Needs of Students, Industry Posted March 30, 2021
    Matilda Schmohl, Research Technician installs soil sensors on the Olds College Smart Farm.

    As Alberta’s economy recovers and moves forward, Alberta’s colleges are ready to lead the way, providing real world experience and cutting-edge research to support Albertans and the communities where they live.  ...more

  • Compost Centre Transition Plan Community Town Hall Posted March 16, 2021

    Land Science Centre

    Residents of Mountain View County and the Town of Olds are invited to attend a virtual community town hall meeting on March 16, 2020 at 7 p.m. to learn more about the transition and longer-term operational plan for the compost centre. To register for the Virtual Town Hall, please fill out this form...more

  • Cervus Equipment Partners with Olds College Posted March 16, 2021

    Cervus Equipment Partners with Olds College

    Olds College and Cervus Equipment have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the operation of the Smart Farm. The five-year agreement will see Cervus  provide John Deere farm equipment and the labour needed to manage the crop and in-field operation for 380 acres of farmland on the Olds College Smart Farm. ...more

  • Meet the Semi-Finalists for the 2021 UFA Student Pitch Competition Posted March 12, 2021

    UFA 2021 Pitch Competition Semi Finalists

    The semi-finalists for the 2021 UFA Student Pitch Competitio have been selected to virtually pitch their innovative ag idea to a panel of judges from UFA on April 13, 2021. Each student will be given 30 minutes to present their idea to the panel with the winning presentation having the opportunity to receive financial support from UFA to commercialize their idea or product.  ...more

  • TD Bank Group Supports Olds College with $250,000 investment in Autonomous Agriculture Posted March 11, 2021

    TD Bank Group investment in Autonomous Agriculture

    TD Bank Group has committed $250,000 to Olds College in support of autonomous agriculture education and applied research on the Olds College Smart Farm. The funding will support the continuing operation of the DOT Autonomous Platform  and the development of the Autonomous Agriculture Education Series.  ...more

  • Semi-finalists announced for the 2021 UFA Student Pitch Competition Posted March 08, 2021

    2021 Student Pitch Competition

    United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. (“UFA”) is pleased to announce that Olds College students Daniel Stefner, Kenneth Deocampo, Lauren McKamey, Styn Nieuwenhuis and Tristen Norman have been named semi-finalists in the second annual UFA Student Pitch Competition.  ...more

  • The Sixth Annual Olds College International Women’s Day Brew Has Arrived! Posted March 08, 2021

    International Women's Day Student Brew

    This Sundress Has Pockets is a Session New England Pale Ale (NEPA) style brewed by first and second year female students from our Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management Diploma program.  ...more

  • Olds College to host livestreamed event — A Celebration of Alberta Ag Posted March 02, 2021

    Celebration of Alberta Ag

    Streamed live from the Olds College campus, the evening’s program will include an appearance by Alberta born country music star — Corb Lund, as well as showcasing the College’s hands-on program offering and student experience, celebrate industry partners, and as always, help to bring awareness and raise funds for student bursaries. ...more

  • Dr. Joy Agnew in Top 50 most influential people in Canadian Ag Posted February 23, 2021

    Joy Agnew

    Dr. Joy Agnew, Associate Vice-President, Applied Research, Olds College was named in the Top 50 most influential people in Canadian Agriculture by Canadian Western Agribition (CWA).  Dr. Agnew joins several Olds college alumni on the esteemed list of agriculture leaders.  ...more

  • Celebrating #CdnAgDay Posted February 23, 2021

    A robot the can plant seeds, water plants and remove weeds

    At Olds College everything we do supports the innovative evolution of the agricultural industry. From offering full-time programming in agriculture, agriculture technology, horticulture, animal science, land and environment management, food production and trades, Olds College offers high-tech, hands-on education.  ...more

  • Celebrate Black History Month Posted February 01, 2021

    Celebrate Black History

    At Olds College, our goal is to foster an environment of mutual respect and trust among all learners. Together, with our students and staff, we will continue to learn how we can do better and make meaningful changes to ensure Olds College is a safe and welcoming place for all.  ...more

  • Olds College Receives Funding for Gender Equality Training Posted January 25, 2021

    One Size Fits All

    Olds College has developed a customized gender equity initiative to address inequity in leadership development, sport, and physical activity for women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender- diverse individuals at Olds College and the surrounding community.  ...more