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GPRC - Fairview Campus

Committee Chair - Christie Martens

Members - Brendan Dickson, Jeremy Olthof

Mandate - Support quality education in beekeeping by assisting with requested information and educational supplies

 

 

Commercial Beekeeping Program at GPRC - 2016 Program

The Grande Prairie Regional College’s  Commercial Beekeeping Certificate Program is now accepting applicants for 2016. The program will run from January 5 to November 25 2016, and includes a 23 week paid practicum placement with a commercial beekeeper. For further information visit our homepage (https://www.gprc.ab.ca/departments/animal_sciences/beekeeping/), or contact us directly:

 

Eric Stromgren

Instructor

780.835.6610

estromgren@gprc.ab.ca

 

Lin Roy

Program Assistant

780.835.6630

LeRoy@gprc.ab.ca

 
 
 

Commercial Beekeeping Program:  Preparing the Next Generation of Beekeepers

 
GPRC
 
Offered by Grande Prairie Regional College at the Fairview campus, the Commercial Beekeeping program is the only accredited college certificate focused on apiculture & beekeeping agri-business in North America.   Designed with input and support from Alberta beekeepers, this full-time, 46 week, January-to-November program will prepare graduates to make a living as beekeepers.
 
Located in the heart of the Peace Country in northwestern Alberta, a region with a world reputation for quality honey and extensive beekeeping operations, this program offers comprehensive, current, and relevant training essential to successful beekeeping.
 
The program is a balanced blend of classroom study, practical work, and field trips to beekeeping operations in Western Canada.  It includes a 3 week course on queen rearing and the opportunity to participate in the annual Alberta Beekeepers Convention.  
 
Earn and learn: A unique aspect of this program is the PAID work experience.  Students are placed with commercial beekeepers for 23 weeks during the bee season (March-September) where they gain real hands-on experience with beekeeping and honey production AND earn a salary equivalent to other fieldworkers.  This paid work experience significantly off-sets program costs for students. 
 
Beekeeping suits people who are:
·        Independent and entrepreneurial
·        Interested in an rural, green, sustainable lifestyle and career
·        Practical and active;  enjoy outdoor, physical and hands-on work
·        Looking for  a first or second career
 
Beekeeping plays an important role in honey production, crop pollination, and overall environmental health and diversity.  Alberta produces 40% of Canadian honey and has many large scale beekeeping operations.  Business start-up costs for beekeeping are quite low compared to other forms of agriculture. There is room in both the landscape and the industry for more beekeepers.
 
GPRC’s Commercial Beekeeping program will prepare you to make a living in beekeeping either as a full-time operator, a serious sideliner (part-time beekeeper) or a smaller-scale hobbyist.
 
Program information: 
To talk to someone about this program,
·        Email the instructor: Eric Stromgren  estromgren@gprc.ab.ca
·        Phone Program assistant: Lin Roy at 780 835 6630
 
Check the Web:
·       GPRC:  https://www.gprc.ab.ca/programs/viewcatalog.1.43.html
·       Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/#!/CommercialBeekeeping
 
GPRC 2014 Program Overview
GPRC Commercial Beekeeping Certificate Details
 
Scholarships:  
Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba Beekeeping Associations provide scholarships annually to a student from each province.  We are currently seeking additional scholarships. 
 
For information about the Alberta Beekeepers scholarship:  
 
Gertie Adair
Gertie.Adair@albertabeekeepers.org