Olds College’s fashion program has run out of runway — for now.
The college that focuses mainly on agricultural studies said it’s suspending student enrolment in the fashion school it operates out of Bow Valley College in downtown Calgary.
“Olds College has made a decision to suspend intake into our current Apparel Technology Diploma program for the 2020-21 year,” said college spokesman Blayne Meek.
“This was not an easy decision, but will provide Olds College time to rethink the future of apparel technology programming with the goal to continue to serve both students and industry.”
The 60 students currently enrolled in the two-year program won’t be affected by the move, he said.
Meek said the majority of its 10 full and part-time staffers in the institute will remain in their positions during the review.
A staff member who chose to remain anonymous said instructors kept on to teach the last of the remaining students “will all be terminated.”
The Old College website describes its fashion program as one producing graduates who “are becoming successful entrepreneurs and entering the workforce having been trained by industry professionals.”
The diploma program has two majors — fashion apparel and costume cutting/construction.
“This program equips students with the industry knowledge, as well as engineering and construction skills, to turn concepts into high-end apparel for the fashion or performing arts industries,” states the college’s website.
Meek didn’t say how long the review of the program would take or when a decision might be rendered.
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