GPRC, Lakeland College Partner to Benefit Agricultural Programming
Thursday, December 10th, 2020
GPRC, Lakeland College Partner to Benefit Agricultural Programming.
GRANDE PRAIRIE - Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) and Lakeland College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue collaborative ventures in Alberta’s strong agricultural region. This student-focused partnership will see both colleges working together to create agricultural educational opportunities that are innovative and inclusive for students.
Engaging students, community and industry through agricultural advancements will achieve economic growth, enhance workforce skills and continue commitment to the diversification and innovation of the sector. This partnership supports GPRC’s recent commitment in its five-year administrative strategy, 5GPRC, in prioritizing economic and community development, student experience and innovation and partnership. Working together, GPRC and Lakeland College, will maximize creating educational opportunities in agriculture, collaborative research programs, student-life activities, and the potential for infrastructure and equipment sharing.
“Collaboration is a key aspect of what we do at Lakeland College,” says Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, President and CEO of Lakeland College. “It’s essential that we work with our post-secondary partners to ensure that we are giving our students the best opportunities we can while being responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. We are incredibly proud of our agricultural programming and the innovative student-led learning opportunities we provide through our Student-Managed Farm - Powered by New Holland. I’m excited to see how this partnership evolves in the coming years to best serve our regions and students.”
The partnership, formalized by the signing of an MOU between the two colleges, takes effect on December 10, 2020 and runs until November 20, 2025.
“GPRC is on the path of becoming the northern centre for post-secondary excellence in Alberta,” said Dr. Robert Murray, President and CEO of GPRC. “To achieve our goals, our College is guided by the priorities in 5GPRC, our five-year administrative strategy. One of those priorities is innovation and partnership. Collaborating with Lakeland College allows us to bring modern and diverse opportunities to our region and better the educational experience of our students. Our region is known for its agriculture industry and innovative-solutions, a partnership like this will add to what is already planted in our rich soil.”
GPRC and Lakeland College have collaborated before, signing an MOU in 2015 to collaborate and expand access to emergency services training in northwestern Alberta. The colleges also share similar roots in prioritizing the importance of agricultural education and research in our regions. Lakeland College began in 1913 as the Vermilion School of Agriculture, Alberta’s first agriculture school, while GPRC Fairview Campus started as a school of agriculture and home economics known as Fairview College in 1951.
Under this partnership, GPRC and Lakeland College will commit to further conversation in how the institutions will complement one another in collaboration by sharing their respective established space and programming. This MOU will establish the potential for enhanced career opportunities, innovative skills education and experiential learning and growth for students, faculty and agricultural industry leaders.