Olds College

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Olds College
Olds college logo.svg
Motto Real-Life, Hands-on Education
Established 1913 Olds Agriculture College, now Olds College
Type Public college
President H. J. (Tom) Thompson (president and CEO)
Academic staff 108[1]
Admin. staff 436[1]
Students 1,350[1]
Location Olds and Calgary, Alberta, Canada
51°47′25″N 114°05′43″W / 51.79015°N 114.09538°W / 51.79015; -114.09538Coordinates: 51°47′25″N 114°05′43″W / 51.79015°N 114.09538°W / 51.79015; -114.09538
Campus urban Calgary, Alberta and rural Olds, Alberta
Colours Gold      and black     
Mascot Broncos
Affiliations UACC, ACCC, CCAA, AACTI,
Website www.oldscollege.ca

Olds College is an Alberta public post-secondary institution located in Olds, Alberta, established in 1913 as Olds Agricultural College. The college opened its first satellite campus in Calgary in 2006 in partnership with the Calgary Stampede Board.

Total student enrollment for the 2008–2009 year was 1,350.[1]

The college is a member of the Alberta Rural Development Network.


In 1911, the Alberta provincial government established three demonstration farms near Olds, Fairview, and near the Vermilion townsite. The Olds farm later became known as Olds Agricultural College. In 1963, the name was changed to Olds Agricultural and Vocational College to reflect course offerings which were expanding beyond agriculture. In 1970, the name was simplified to Olds College. In addition, provincial administration of the college was moved from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of Advanced Education at that time.

Olds College
Olds College Building


Olds College has two campuses. The main campus, located on the eastern edge of the township of Olds, accommodates the majority of enrolled students. The campus covers over 2,000 acres (810 ha) and includes a number of buildings designed to support the specialized programming offered at Olds College.

The farm is a site for many innovative and practical research projects involving industry partners and private or public researchers. Our large 2,060 acre land base allows exposure to various crops, pastures, hay crops, research projects and demonstration plots. Our farm is also home to herds of cattle, horses and sheep.

W.J. Elliot Agricultural Mechanics Building is home to our trades programs, and includes specialized facilities for the Agricultural Equipment Technician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Welder, Carpentry, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Motorcycle Mechanic programs. Attached to the W.J. Elliot building, is the John Deere Training Centre.

Animal Health Building is home to the National Meat Training Centre at Olds College, and the Animal Health Technology program, including housing facilities for small animals, and research and veterinary facilities.

Ralph Klein Centre is home to the Community Learning Campus, The CLC Fitness Centre, the Olds High School, and also has government administration offices. The facility was named after the late Ralph Klein, former premier of Alberta. The Ralph Klein Centre is also home to the Olds College Broncos, and where they host the majority of their games.

Pomeroy Inn & Suites, a fully functional hotel and conference centre privately owned, and built on our campus through a unique partnership, the Pomeroy Inn & Suites is also home to The Olds College Teaching Brewery, which will house the Brew Master and Brewery Operations Diploma program and also the commercial component for future Olds College beer.

Land Sciences Building The Land Sciences building is connected to the Greenhouses and Landscape Pavilion, and features classrooms, typically in use by Horticulture and Land & Environment Classes, as well as offices for faculty in those programs.

The highlight of the Land Sciences Building is the atrium, a glass seating area filled with gorgeous vegetation. The atrium occasionally hosts special events, as it is recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings on campus.

The Trans-Canada Theatre opened in late 2008. The facility offers a 350+ seat theatre which is used for community events, high school drama productions and more. This provides a wide range of learning opportunities for high school students as well as Olds College students, who produce fashion apparel for the productions, create stage sets, and more. This building is also home to the Pre-Employment Hair Stylist program, offered in partnership between Olds College and Chinook’s Edge School Division.

The Olds College campus is home to the Frank Grisdale Hall residence, which hosts 350 students, and a number of townhouses available to second and third year students. In 2014, ground was broken on the new, state of the art Centennial Village residence, which will be open for the Fall 2015 school term.

The Library Research Commons (LRC) is home to the Library, Alumni Centre, Students’ Association offices, and the Bell E-Learning Centre The main campus is also home to the Botanic Gardens and Treatment Wetlands and two riding arenas. The Calgary campus was opened in 2006 and is located in the Bow Valley College south campus 7th Floor.

Curriculum and degrees[edit]

Olds College offers over 30 programs. They are authorized by the Government of Alberta to grant certificates, diplomas, Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees and Apprenticeship designations.[2] Olds College is noted for its agricultural and fashion retail programs and as of 2012 Olds College also boast a significant Land Use Planning and Land Agent Program through their School of Environment and has gained accreditation from the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians.

Scholarships and bursaries[edit]

Olds College offers over 450 scholarships, bursaries and awards annually, valued at over $500,000. We are grateful to our many award donors for their generous support of our students! We have 2 types of awards at Olds College. Fall Awards, which are given out in November, and Winter Awards, that are given out in March.

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. Olds College scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: TransAlta Aboriginal Educational Awards.[3]


The School of Innovation conducts research on composting technology (including bio-gas energy), environmental microbiology, livestock genetics and nutrition, natural fibers, and new products from crops and bio-processing.


The Olds College Broncos compete in the ACAL Alberta Colleges Athletic League and the ACAC Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Broncos team sports include: basketball, volleyball, curling, cross country and futsal. Badminton will be introduced into the Olds College Broncos portfolio in 2014, and Women's Hockey will be introduced in 2015.

Community Learning Campus[edit]

The Community Learning Campus (CLC) is a partnership approach to collaboratively delivering high school, post-secondary, and community education. The CLC addresses specific rural needs by sharing resources and working jointly with a variety of community groups and agencies. The CLC is a joint venture between Olds College and Chinook’s Edge School Division (CESD) in collaboration with the Town of Olds, Mountain View County, and the University of Alberta. Integrated with the Olds College Campus, the CLC consists of five multi-use facilities complete with integrated programming.

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