Olds College Campus News September 2019

The student summer term at Olds College began on May 15th, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students taking on their field schools, internships and work terms.

 2019 Students year 1-3 visiting Michelson National Golf Club, a Windmill Group PGA Facility.  Courtesy Olds College.

The summer consists of twelve learning goals for 1st and 2nd year students, required to submit assignments every two weeks.   As it has for the last 5 yrs, our program continues with full enrollment and with a healthy 19 person waitlist into year one. With modest attrition into year two, the cream rise to the challenge and ladder strongly into our degree program. Also increasing enrollments each year, our BASc class is within one seat of its cap.

We were very happy to welcome back Golf Course Superintendent Jason Clouston to the instructional fold in 2019.  Jason has taught on and off for 20 years at Olds College, being involved in the Turfgrass Management short courses, old diploma/degree programs and last year in the new program. A decorated and dedicated professional, Alberta Golf Superintendents Association past president and in our own backyard. Students have benefited greatly from his experience, despite him being a Fairview Grad, (chuckle). Jason has been at the Olds Golf Club for nearly 20 years and previously was a superintendent in Saskatchewan for 5 years. 

It has been 5 yrs since our program changed its format, and still going strong. As customary, we perform a comprehensive program review currently underway. We evaluate our courses, competencies, and outcomes in light of an ever changing and diverse industry.   

 If you are interested, get your application in!   The next offering of the 100% online Turf Science Certificate, will begin again in October.  The 3 levels of education offering a specialization in Golf, Parks and Sportsturf, with thirty four students enrolled.  If you are working full time,  this accessible training program has been designed to meet your busy schedule. 

To learn more:

LINK - Turf Science Certificate 
LINK - Turfgrass Management Diploma
LINK - Golf Course Management Applied Degree

For more information about our Turfgrass diploma, and degree programs at Olds College,  call 403-556-8243, or email jpick@oldscollege.ca