From a news release
New graduates from Ridgetown Campus will be entering a workforce driven by new technology, digital communications, big data, and many will be working in skills-based jobs offered by leading employers. These graduates will be taking their academic knowledge and student life-lessons into a diversified and welcoming job market.
Many Ridgetown graduates are pursuing careers in Ontario’s rural economy and the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), University of Guelph reports Ontario’s agriculture and food industry is aggressively searching for new talent. “We’re excited to see so many opportunities for youth and proud to serve the industry with graduates from across the province,” says OAC Dean, Dr. Rene Van Acker.
“As these young women and men begin new careers, job prospects are strong as many employers note plans to hire new talent in current or newly created positions. We’re very fortunate that a significant percentage of all Ridgetown grads are employed by the time they leave campus in mid-April or shortly after,” says Ken McEwan, Director, Ridgetown Campus.
On Friday (June 1), students graduated from Associate Diploma programs in Agriculture, Environmental Management, Horticulture, and Veterinary Technology, as well as Certificate programs in Performance Horse Handler, and Veterinary Office Administration.
Class of 1992 alumnus and General Manager, Sylvite Agri Services Limited, Putnam, Mr. Brian Coutts addressed the 261 graduands.
Ms. Kelsey Owen of Port Perry, an Associate Diploma in agriculture student, was chosen by her classmates to deliver the valedictorian address.
Thanks to a very generous campus donor community, a number of graduates were recognized for academic and leadership excellence.
Fifty-two student awards valued at over $32,800.00 were distributed to deserving students by donors at the ceremony.