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New Agriculture Technology Building Named after Philanthropists David Werklund and Susan Norman-Werklund

September 22, 2022

Olds College of Agriculture & Technology is pleased to announce its newest learning facility will be named after Dave Werklund and Susan Norman-Werklund in recognition of their leadership investment and unrelenting support that has transformed the College into one of Canada’s premiere agriculture and agri-food learning and research institutions. The new Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre officially opened to students on September 6, 2022, for the first day of fall term classes.

Dave and Sue are community leaders and dedicated philanthropists. Their commitment and enthusiasm for agriculture and student learning has shaped Olds College for generations of learners, producers, and industry partners. The Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre is an innovative new learning centre that stands as a testament to their ardent belief in the ag leaders of tomorrow who are developing the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to evolve and transform Canada's ag sector.

The new $14.0 million dollar facility features 3,000 s.m. of technology focused learning space, including a lecture theatre, three large hands-on ag-tech labs, collaboration and group areas for students, as well as a student commons space located in the heart of the building. The new facility was made possible, in part, thanks to the generous support and commitment from Dave Werklund and his spouse Sue Norman-Werklund.

“We are honoured to have this incredible learning space named after us. The programs offered through the Werklund School of Agriculture Technology will lead the way to a revolutionary change in agricultural learning,” commented Dave and Sue. ‘We believe in Olds College’s vision - they want to become recognized as a world-leading educator in innovation technology in the agricultural industry. We firmly believe in investing in youth and education. Olds College of Agriculture & Technology was a natural choice for us because of its longstanding commitment to agriculture education.”

The new Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre will house the College’s Werklund School of Agriculture & Technology programs, including the College’s new Bachelor of Digital Agriculture Degree; the first baccalaureate degree to be offered by Olds College of Agriculture & Technology.

“The Werklund Agriculture and Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art learning facility that creates a high-tech learning environment for our students,” comments Patrick Machacek, Vice-President, Development & Strategy. “On behalf of Olds College of Agriculture & Technology, I would like to thank David and Susan for their continued support of our students and for investing their time, wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit in support of our continued growth as Canada's premiere agriculture college.”

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