Lakeland College says is launching three new programs under their Agriculture and Environmental Sciences banner.
The three courses are the Agricultural Stability Program, the Post-Bachelor Certificate in Commercial Agriculture production and the Applied Environmental Sciences Certificate. They’ll all be offered at the Vermilion Campus this fall.
Each program, the school says, has been designed to both give students the hands-on training they need in their chosen field and support agricultural and environmental industry needs.
Agricultural sustainability program for students passionate about global food production, stewardship
The agricultural sustainability program is a two-year program, focusing on common agriculture production practices, foundational crop and livestock technologies and ecology management. Lakeland says students who take this program will be able to meet the challenge of global food production along with balancing economic social and environmental pillars.
Keeping these chains sustainable is something that is increasing in priority constantly, and this program will help students meet the needs of that growing job market, says the dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Studies Geoff Brown.
This program also features a practicum where students will work with environmental, agricultural government and regulatory partners.
Post bachelor program to help students complete studies in commercial agriculture
The Post-Bachelor Certificate in Commercial Agriculture production will finish hands-on learning in the commercial agriculture program.
Its created for students with a minimum of a bachelor of science in ag or a related field. Students will choose a livestock or crop learning stream, and operate out of Lakeland’s student-managed farm completely labs and experiments for common agriculture production activities in Western Canada.
Brown adds about this program that it goes beyond the classroom, allowing students to foster critical thinking from a producer’s perspective.
Applied environmental sciences certificate opens students up for several entry environment jobs, Lakeland’s four other environmental diplomas
The third program is a one year applied environmental sciences certificate, with students putting their learning into theory via outdoor labs within the first month.
After finishing it, the school says, students will be ready for entry-level environmental jobs across Canada with skills in aquatic habitat assessments, plant identification, water monitoring and sampling, wetlands and soil classification, and environmental assessment.
The certificate allows seamless entry into any of the four environmental sciences diploma program majors if a student so chooses.
Applications now open, open houses coming in April
The school says students can apply for the programs now. They can also learn about the applied environmental science certificate, as well as other environmental programs, at the Live with Lakeland: Environmental Sciences webinar on April 21.
Anyone interested in the two new agricultural sciences programs can learn more on April 28 at the Live with Lakeland: Agricultural Sciences webinar, Lakeland says.