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Lakeland College (Alberta)

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Lakeland College is a post-secondary college in Alberta. It is publicly funded, and maintains two campuses in Vermilion and Lloydminster. Lakeland serves over 7000 students through the academic year with 2,223 studying full- and part-time.

Lakeland College is Canada’s only inter-provincial college, as it serves both Alberta and Saskatchewan residents, following a partnership agreement between the governments of the two provinces in 1975 . The city of Lloydminster stretches on both sides of the Alberta-Saskatchewan provincial border. Lakeland College is also a member of the Alberta Rural Development Network.

Student-managed farm

Lakeland College hosts one of only a half dozen student managed working farms in Canada, and is one of the largest in North America. There are two components—crops and livestock. Note: There are several farming for credit operations at institutions throughout North America, however most are in the one to 15 ac range.

Lakeland College's Student Managed Farm powered by New Holland [8] includes both crops and livestock.

Students in the Crop Technology program use the student managed farm (SMF) to hone modern grain farming skills such as machinery operation, grain, oilseed and specialty crop marketing, management of farm finance and operation and utilization of GPS and GIS technology. Students enrolled in Crop Technology actively participate in harvesting the crop on the 800-acre (324 ha) farm. During the fall and winter students market the harvest and plan the crops to be seeded in spring.

The Animal Science SMF started in the 2008-09 academic year. Students choose from beef (purebred and commercial), dairy and sheep units.

History

In 1908 the Vermilion Board of Trade lobbied the provincial government for a demonstration farm and/or agricultural college. In 1911, the provincial government purchased land near seven Alberta communities including just west of the Vermilion townsite. The Vermilion farm became the Vermilion School of Agriculture (VSA) in 1913. On November 17, 1913 VSA was the first of three agricultural colleges to be opened that year. The other schools were in Olds and Claresholm.

The first class had 34 students, all male. By March home economics courses had been added and female students also came to VSA.

In the 1960s with the rise in vocational training, the college's name was changed to Vermilion Agricultural and Vocational College. It changed again to simply Vermilion College. When both the Alberta and Saskatchewan governments begin promoting regional facilities, Vermilion College became Lakeland College in 1975. It was established as Canada's first, and to date only, interprovincial college with regional campuses in eastern Alberta and western Saskatchewan. Today only the Vermilion and Lloydminster campuses remain.

Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre (formerly the Alberta Fire Training School and then fire etc.) is located adjacent to the Vermilion campus. The facility originally opened in 1959 as the Fire Officers Training School.