A Bright Future for Red Deer College



When Red Deer College first began serving central Alberta over 50 years ago, our founders were visionaries who wanted to ensure our College would always continue growing to serve the needs of central Albertans. Today, we’re proud to keep their vision alive, as RDC is expanding – with new programs and a new centre – to best serve our students and our communities.

At RDC, we offer small class sizes and practical learning that prepares graduates for successful lives and careers. Learners can choose from over 100 programs, and our expert instructors are committed to helping students succeed. Students are provided with hands-on classroom learning and real-world opportunities, including practicums and applied research projects.

This fall, we launched the new Media Studies and Professional Communication diploma program, where students study how mass media such as television, advertising and even video games influence and are influenced by society. Students will also gain valuable knowledge to help them succeed in a variety of careers that require top-notch strategic communication skills.

In the fall of 2017, we will offer two more programs: Instrumentation Engineering Technology and, pending Government approval, the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate. These cutting-edge programs will provide the perfect complement to the existing selection of programs, courses and delivery methods we offer. With everything from Trades to certificates, diplomas to applied and collaborative degrees, we’re here to help students pursue their chosen career paths.

At RDC we want our students to thrive, not just in their studies, but in their personal lives, too! Our popular hangout spots, restaurants, coffee kiosks and full-service lounge, are just some of the amenities at the College. RDC has safe, inclusive campuses where everyone fits right in.

Students can cheer for our championship-winning Kings and Queens student-athletes, and other extra-curricular activities are plentiful. This includes enjoying a night away from books watching fellow students showcase their talent in a variety of theatre or music performances, relaxing with friends in our comfortable Residences or participating in a variety of activities organized throughout the year by our Student Life team.

To create the best learning experiences for our students, we are always enhancing our facilities. Construction is underway on the new Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport, a dynamic and innovative venue for our learners. When the new Centre opens in September 2018, it will be a learning and recreational hub for RDC students and for our communities.

The new Centre will also be an important facility during the 2019 Canada Winter Games, when the city of Red Deer will host elite young athletes from across Canada. Our new facility will be a competition venture for five sports, and the entire College will be teeming with athletes, coaches, guests and personnel as the community hosts this exciting national event.

RDC’s future is bright, and we have one more major goal: taking forward the community’s desire for RDC to become a Polytechnic University. This status change would allow us to continue doing everything we do now, with the addition of granting our own degrees. Polytechnic University status is the next step in our evolution, and it’s the path that will continue to allow us to best serve our learners and communities.

To find out more about Red Deer College, visit our website at rdc.ab.ca or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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