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July 26, 2012

Olds College to Offer Enhanced Educational Offerings within Aboriginal and Rural Communities

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The signing of a new agreement between Olds College and Credenda will offer educational opportunities for surrounding aboriginal and rural based northern Alberta communities.

Starting September 2012, the Business Administration Diploma will be available online to Credenda students and is an example of the College’s continued commitment to providing enhanced post-secondary learning opportunities for its rural citizens.

Vince Hill, CEO of Credenda, is looking forward to the opportunity of working with Olds College. “They [Olds College] are a forward thinking and entrepreneurial institution which we are pleased to be working with. They are showing a lot more academic innovation though addressing the needs of students as opposed to just delivering programs. If there’s a niche that needs to be developed or capitalized on, I’m getting a real sense that Olds is right on it.”

The signing of this agreement allows flexibility for learning, allowing students to stay within their communities, study from home and continue to connect with their families. “Olds College has the opportunity to service rural populations by providing students with basic business skills that they can utilize in their local communities” Morgan Ross, Chair of the School of Business at Olds College, said about the benefits of the new partnership. “There are great opportunities for Credenda learners taking our program to now progress beyond the diploma, which enhances the possibility of sustained economic growth in northern communities.”

Aboriginal students taking the certificate through Credenda can also use their credits to transfer into other institutions. This ensures a smooth transition for First Nation students to continue their studies through various institutions in their chosen discipline.

Credenda currently offers courses for high school students, adult 12, college and online training courses. They have been delivering fully accredited and recognized degrees since 2006 and are continuing to expand their course offerings. For further information please visit http://credenda.net/index.cfm

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