“Smart” ag school now accepting applications

A new school dedicated to agricultural tech is now open for business and accepting applications from students wanting to specialize in precision ag and other leading-edge technologies.

“This is a historic day for Olds College,” said college president Stuart Cullum. “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.”

The school is offering a Precision Agriculture-Techgronomy Diploma and an Agriculture Technology Integration Post-Diploma Certificate. The first classes begin in the fall of next year.

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 opening in the fall of 2022, the college said in a news release.

The school was launched following a $16-million donation from David Werklund, an entrepreneur best known for his success in oilfield services, and his partner, Susan Norman. It was the largest-ever personal donation to an Alberta college or technical institution.

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