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Sep 17, 2015 - Ridgetown Enrollment Reflects Passion for Agriculture Careers

September 16, 2015, Ridgetown

First-year Agriculture Diploma students from across the province arrived at Ridgetown Campus last week to begin their two-year academic program.  

Ridgetown’s seven year trend of solid agriculture diploma enrollment reflects the intense interest students have in the wide variety of careers available to them.  The Class of 2017 students have post-graduation goals of pursuing careers farming or working in agribusiness, or a combination of the two, and these opportunities will be there for them.  Many recent Class of 2015 graduates found they had one or more jobs waiting for them as they completed their studies last April.

This is the seventh consecutive year of steady, robust agriculture diploma enrollment, with over 300 total agriculture students or “aggies,” as they are commonly referred to on campus.  Total enrollment in all programs sits at around 610 full-time diploma and certificate students.  The campus is also home to an additional 15-17 Master’s and Ph.D candidates studying with leading Ridgetown researchers. 

“We’re excited about our student numbers this fall and believe that classroom lectures and labs are very important, and these students will also be encouraged to get involved in campus clubs, leadership development programs, Spring Expo, open house events, international travel opportunities and intramural sports.  With the objective of preparing these youth for the future, they will be challenged with a combination of academic learning and life-skills development, in and beyond the classroom, and this experience will change their lives,” says Ken McEwan, Director, Ridgetown Campus.

It’s great to see new and retuning students buzzing around campus; and we look forward to getting to know them better through a variety of learning opportunities throughout the school year.

L-R: Last week, junior Agriculture Diploma students Allana Beuermann (Dublin), and Luke Melady (Dublin), picked up their Business Communications course textbook as they prepared for classes to begin at OAC’s Ridgetown Campus.

L-R: Last week, junior Agriculture Diploma students Allana Beuermann (Dublin), and Luke Melady (Dublin), picked up their Business Communications course textbook as they prepared for classes to begin at OAC’s Ridgetown Campus.

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