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Associate Diploma in Agriculture

This program provides a practical, skills-oriented approach to agricultural production systems and affords its students an opportunity to improve their business and managerial skills. The Associate Diploma in Agriculture program is offered at the OAC Regional Campuses of Alfred, Kemptville and Ridgetown of the University of Guelph. Diploma in Agriculture students integrate practical experience in agricultural production with the technical and scientific information that is required to successfully operate modern food production enterprises. Business management, computer skills, and problem solving activities provide students with the abilities they require as self-employed managers of production systems, and as technical/sales employees of agri-business firms, commodity boards, and other agencies related to the agri-food system.

Alfred, Kemptville and Ridgetown Campuses offer a general program that includes the core course requirements for the Diploma supplemented with elective courses with specialization in particular areas of study available as shown in the table. Students have the option of moving to one of the other campuses for one or two semesters of study. Students at all Campuses have access to the general curriculum and students at each campus receive the same diploma at graduation. Semester 3 is normally the best semester to study at another campus, particularly if it has a specialization and additional courses in which a student is interested. Students will be encouraged to consider these intercampus transfer opportunities with their program counsellor.

Associate Diploma in Horticulture

The nursery, landscaping, turf and floriculture segments of the horticulture industry are areas of sustained growth and development in Ontario and Canada. The Diploma in Horticulture program provides a basic curriculum in ornamental horticulture and an opportunity to take specialized courses in various components of the industry. Practical experience and training complements the more formal material presented in lectures and provides an opportunity to acquire the practical skills required in greenhouse and landscaping firms.

The Diploma in Horticulture program is offered at Kemptville Campus and Ridgetown Campus and prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in landscaping, nursery and greenhouse firms, municipal parks and golf courses, garden centres and private businesses.