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Colleges working together to promote ag in Prairie provinces

Olds College and Assiniboine Community College sign new MOU
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Assiniboine Community College and Olds College have signed a new memorandum of understanding. File photo/MVP Staff

OLDS – Olds College has announced that it is teaming up with Assiniboine Community College to promote agricultural and environmental programming and labour market needs in the Prairie provinces, officials said Thursday.

The colleges have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) as part of the initiative. It will support an expanding ability for the colleges to work together in a more official capacity.

Stuart Cullum is the president of Olds College.

“Olds College is known for high-tech, hands-on agriculture education and innovative applied research that lays the foundation for solving real-world problems in farming, food and land,” Cullum said in a press release.

“We look forward to our partnership with Assiniboine Community College and working together to support the agriculture industry.”

Under the agreement the schools will be sharing curriculum assets and program information.

Both institutions will examine ways they can best use and share their resources to serve learners, industry employers and commodity organizations while partnering to support economic growth opportunities, he said.

Mark Frison is the president of Assiniboine Community College, which has campuses in Brandon, Dauphin and Winnipeg, Man.

“Assiniboine strives to provide program leadership in the agriculture field,” Frison said in the same release. “A partnership with Olds College will facilitate a dialogue amongst colleagues in both provinces, which face similar challenges with protected labour market gaps.”

Under the new partnership the parties will be able to explore opportunities to allow students to move between the two institutions and their respective programs, he said.

The MOU was signed on March 5 and will run until June 30, 2025.