Programs

Agroecology Technician

DIPLOMA

About the Program

Application for this program will open November 1, 2020 for Fall 2021.

MHC's new agroecology program provides you with the competencies required for producing food, forage, fiber, and fuel using sustainable methods. Courses within the program will prepare you with a range of knowledge in the three E’s: environment, economics, and energy using systems theory. You will gain real-world experience in designing, monitoring and assessing sustainable agroecological systems. In addition to developing technical skills of the trade, you will learn effective communication and research skills. This program meets the knowledge, technical skills, and performance competencies required for certification with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists as a registered Technologist in Agrology (RTAg). This program also maximizes transfer opportunities to universities offering sustainable agriculture programs.

High school route

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chem 30
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 (min 65%)

Mature Student Route

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Chem 30
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 (min 65%)

Graduation Requirements

To successfully complete this program students must:

  • Complete all 20 courses with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
  • Achieve no grade lower than C-
Please see the academic calendar for a complete course listing.
There are many possible career opportunities with completion of the Agroecology diploma. You could start a business in sustainable agriculture or greenhouse horticulture. You can take over your family agriculture business as a crop or livestock producer.You can become an agricultural research technician, an urban agriculture designer or landscaper. You can also become a range management consultant or professional. You can also become an environmental consultant. The program would provide the background to become a registered Technologist in Agrology (RTAg).

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Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

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Students must also complete a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and Rainwater Harvesting course prior to taking AGEC 280 (Agroecology II: Capstone). Both courses will be offered through Medicine Hats College Continuing Studies. However, students have a range of options to complete both courses: PDC are offered for free online, and Rainwater Harvesting courses are also available online. In order to complete the prerequisites, students must complete a 72 hour PDC from instructors recognized by the Permaculture Institute of North America. Students must also complete a rainwater harvesting course (Designer Certification) recognized by the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management (CANARM).