X. Associate Diploma Programs
As a result of an enhanced contract agreement between the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) effective April 1, 1997, the Agricultural Colleges at Alfred (French Language), Kemptville and Ridgetown now operate as Colleges of the University of Guelph. Two-year diploma programs are offered at the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph and at the three regional Colleges with financial support from OMAFRA.
The diploma programs will continue to offer a blend of the theoretical and practical courses designed to prepare graduates to assume a broad range of positions in the agricultural and food industries. All programs offer courses in applied science, business management, production and marketing. Specific diploma programs offered at more than one College have standardized core curricula to ensure common standards are maintained. Common core courses are supplemented with electives at all Colleges with specific regional specializations. Students may elect to spend a semester (or more) at a different location to access special electives, or to access degree courses at the University
All programs are offered on a standardized schedule at all four locations. The programs run for two semesters beginning in September until late April followed by a one semester summer break. Second year classes resume in the following semester and students graduate in the Spring with an Associate Diploma.