This Canadian College Offers Programs You’ll Actually Enjoy Studying

Don’t let the name fool you. While it may have been around for over a century, Olds College offers some of the most unique and innovative programs in the country.

With its special combination of hands-on training and industry-leading technology, Olds College provides an educational experience like no other. Plus, with an average class size of 25 and access to cutting-edge learning facilities (two words: smart farm), Olds College is the perfect choice for students who want the individualized attention of a smaller college, with all the resources of a larger institution.

So what are some of the most out-of-the-box programs you can enroll in at Olds College? From jockey training to golf course management, equine science, and even cannabis production, we’re breaking down some of Olds College’s most interesting offerings.

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1. Exercise Rider & Jockey Training

Always had a passion for horses? Ready to take things up a notch? Consider becoming an exercise rider or a jockey. And if you think becoming jockey is kind of career you only see on TV, think again because it’s one of Olds College’s most popular programs.

The Exercise Rider & Jockey Training program offers all the riding skills and knowledge required to become a certified exercise rider in just 15 weeks. Plus, not only do you get on-campus training and a month of riding instruction on an outdoor training track; you also get to train for a month on a real “A” racetrack.

Lastly, once you graduate, one of the benefits of the racing industry is that you can work pretty much anywhere in the world. For example, a recent graduate got the change to complete a four-week mentorship program in Dublin, Ireland. Getting to travel while doing what you love? It doesn’t get much better than that.


2. Golf Course Management

If the first things that come to mind when you hear the word ‘course’ are shiny clubs and green fields, then this Olds College program is the right choice for you. The Alberta school’s Golf Course Management degree is the highest level of education you can achieve in the turfgrass management profession.

As a student, you will learn the skills and techniques needed for managing a golf course’s complex ecosystem. The program offers a mix of business, applied science and advanced technical training to give you the kind of well-rounded education golf employers are looking for.

Also, with this program, you never have to worry about the typical education vs. practical experience catch-22. Every student must complete an eight-month Directed Field Study at the end of the program, so you can hit the ground (or greens) running once you graduate.


3. Equine Science

Don’t have the need for speed required to be a jockey but still want to work with horses? Don’t worry, Olds College’s Equine Science program has you covered. This nationally renowned degree is offered at Canada’s premier equine educational centre and is one of the most elite in North America.

This intensive program offers a comprehensive equine education that includes both hands-on learning and in-classroom theoretical components. Topics covered include business and management procedures, coaching beginner riders, equine facility management, genetics and breeding, health care, horse husbandry and more. After two years, you will be ready to strut your stuff at any stable or riding school – or maybe even start your own!


4. Apparel Technology

While Olds College is well-known for its agriculture, horticulture and environmental education, its best-kept secret is its Fashion Apparel Technology program. The two-year program is great for students who have a passion for fashion but need the practical skills to keep up with the demands of a fast-paced industry.

The first year of the program teaches basic apparel construction, clothing history, pattern design, textiles, and workplace communication and professionalism. The second year gives students the chance to specialize and major in either Costume Cutting and Construction or Fashion Apparel. Whether you want to design elaborate costumes or create jaw-dropping runway collections, this program will equip you with everything you need to make your fashion dreams a reality.


5. Horticulture (Cannabis)

With Canada recently becoming the first country in the world to legalize marijuana nationwide, it’s no surprise that everybody has their eyes on the cannabis industry. It also isn’t surprising that Olds College, and its well-established reputation for cutting-edge agriculture education, is leading the way by offering a program dedicated to cannabis production.

Their 16-week program offers four intensive online courses, coupled with a one-week hands-on field study within the local industry. You’ll get instruction on topics like horticulture science and production, greenhouse and other enclosed structures, cannabis legislation and documentation, and cannabis science and production.

The accelerated program is designed to help you quickly land a job in this burgeoning field and equip you with the skills to work with a wide range of cannabis producers, from medicinal to adult use. In short, if you’re serious about landing a career in cannabis, this course will get you there.

If you want a cookie-cutter education, Olds College is not the place for you. However, if you want to get your hands dirty and learn advanced techniques in industry-leading facilities, there’s no better place to be than Olds College.

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