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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: If you are looking for a career that will help you to feed, clothe, house or even fuel the world you have found the right place. The Agricultural Management program will give students a comprehensive education that will allow them to work in production agriculture, agribusinesses, or businesses that process, market and distribute products from agriculture. Students will gain skills in crops and livestock, finance, agri-business management, marketing and the latest technology so you can be successful in driving any area of agriculture forward.

The Agricultural Management diploma brings students into the forefront of all aspects of farming. From a business side students will be grounded in communication, accounting and marketing strategy informed by surveying global and local policy facing the agricultural industry. Students will be exposed to the agricultural technology advancement from accounting software to farm machinery. Students will also be provided an environmental understanding in the production of food, feed, fuel and fiber as well as livestock physiology and health with global issues. In the second year, students will choose a major to specialize in.

2017/2018 Program Majors:

  • Agricultural Production Major: The Agricultural Production major is designed for students who plan to work in a production enterprise or its service providers. Students develop an understanding of how consumer preferences and markets influence agricultural production. The curriculum also involves agricultural environment management and sustainability with the study of plant systems and their dependent ecosystems to the mechanics of soil and water management. This course also examines soil conservation strategies and carbon sequestration. Students are better able to work in the new regulatory environments, in some cases as auditors/inspectors.
  • Agricultural Finance Major: The Agricultural Finance major prepares you for a career in agricultural lending and finance. There’s a high demand for employees in chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, treasury branches and federal or provincial lending agencies. This major will open up careers in agricultural equipment leasing or account managers for agricultural supply companies. The curriculum covers law and legislation, financial assessment and asset valuation, farmstead planning and logistics, risk assessment and budgeting for informed decision making.
  • Agricultural Marketing Major: The Agricultural Marketing major is designed to prepare you for positions in the marketing and sales of service products to the agriculture industry or the agricultural products destined for the consumers plate. Students will develop the customer service skills required for success right away. With experience, students can be promoted into sales or agribusiness management. The curriculum will inform students of applied sales and customer relation-ship management, commodity pricing planning and production of promotional materials including e-marketing, analytics, search engine optimization, and social media practice.

2018/2019 Program Majors:

  • Agricultural Production Major: The Agricultural Production major is designed for students who plan to work in a production enterprise or its service providers. Students develop an understanding of how consumer preferences and markets influence agricultural production. The curriculum also involves agricultural environment management and sustainability with the study of plant systems and their dependent ecosystems to the mechanics of soil and water management. This course also examines soil conservation strategies and carbon sequestration. Students are better able to work in the new regulatory environments, in some cases as auditors/inspectors.
  • Agricommerce Major: The Agricommerce major prepares you for a career in agricultural lending, finance, marketing and sales of service products to the agriculture industry or the agricultural products destined for the consumers plate. This major is essentially a combination of the former Finance and Marketing majors, to position students to be as successful as possible in all business aspects of the agriculture industry.
    • Agricommerce Program Outline COMING SOON!

“Agriculture provides unlimited value, it means everything! Milk doesn’t come from the back of the store, it comes from a cow. There are lots of processes involved to take a product from producer to consumer, and there wouldn't be much food if we didn’t have people employed in agriculture! The hands-on learning at Olds College is awesome! I found the agronomy classes very helpful, especially the focus on crop production.” -- Ryan Cameron, Agricultural Management Graduate

 

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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CREDENTIAL: Diploma

 

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: Two (2) Years

 

METHOD OF DELIVERY: On Campus Delivery

 

PROGRAM INTAKES:

  • Fall Intake – September program start

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN:

  • October 1 for the Fall Intake

 

SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Accepted

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)
  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 55% or better in Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 (pure or applied Math 20)
  • 50% or better in Two of Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Science 20, OR One of Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Science 30

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at oldscollege.ca/apply
  • A High School and/or academic upgrading transcript of completed courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor)

 

ACADEMIC UPGRADING AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

 

ALTERNATE ADMISSION OPTION: Applicable

Alternate Admission status may apply to students who have not or will not complete one or more of the academic admission requirements. To apply under Alternate Admission Status, please provide the following:

  1. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
  • Introduce yourself
  • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
  • Elaborate on your career goals
  • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  1. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  2. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  3. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

 

OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICANTS: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

 

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

 

DIRECTED FIELD STUDY REQUIRED: Not Applicable

 

TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Applied research technician
  • Agricultural lender
  • Processing plant technician
  • Marketer of agricultural commodities or processed products
  • Farm, feedlot or ranch manager

Visit Career Coach to help you find the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

 

STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!

 

COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator Marvin Deitzer, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.

 

Meghan Hayre
Admissions Officer

Phone: (403) 556-8247
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Email: agriculture@oldscollege.ca 
Location: Bell e-Learning Centre

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