High school-level agriculture students from a southern Ontario school district can now bypass intro-level courses at the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC).
Bluewater District School Board, which covers Grey and Bruce counties, has entered a partnership with OAC at the University of Guelph, in which graduates of the district’s specialist high skills major in agriculture will be exempt from introductory agriculture courses during subsequent studies at OAC or Guelph’s regional campuses at Ridgetown, Kemptville or Alfred.
The partnership, announced Thursday, will also enable students enrolled in the secondary school major to explore university experiences at Guelph or its regional campuses during their Grade 11 or 12.
OAC thus hopes to “inform high school students about agriculture-related careers and to increase enrollment.”
The partnership “also aims to help smooth the path for high school students heading to degree or diploma programs in agriculture,” OAC said in a release Thursday.