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RDC and President Joel Ward mark ten years of transition


From Red Deer College Communications

State of the College Address reflects on past and looks to future

Red Deer College opened its doors to members of the community for the third annual State of the College Address on Thursday. The event had a 10-year retrospective theme, reflecting Joel Ward’s contributions to RDC, and it also provided an opportunity for RDC’s Board of Governors and President & CEO to share recent highlights from the College, while also looking to the exciting future as Red Deer University.

“When it comes to serving current students, future students and community members, Red Deer College has made tremendous advances in recent years, with the past 12 months really representing the turning point in our College’s evolution,” says Morris Flewwelling, Board Chair. “This is a direct outcome of the strategic and diverse work that the College is undertaking to benefit our learners and the citizens of central Alberta.”

During his speech, Flewwelling pointed to highlights including RDC’s approval to become a university, along with the confirmation that Red Deer University will be the institution’s name of the future. He also noted that RDC has launched eight new programs and opened three new facilities – the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the Alternative Energy Lab and new Residence – all within the last year.

Planning and partnerships have laid the foundation for RDC’s unprecedented growth, as the College works with its partners to establish pathways and opportunities to serve people from across the region. Recent examples include the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre partnering with RDC to build a Centre for Excellence on RDC’s main campus, and also RDC signing the Colleges and Institutes Canada Indigenous Education Protocol, formalizing our commitment to Indigenous education.

As the College expands, diversifies and becomes increasingly inclusive, it will be able to seamlessly transition into the university of the future. “RDC will be guided by the communities we serve, and we will continue to engage our communities as we learn and grow together,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “We will build on our strengths as a college as we transition to a university that offers comprehensive programming, which will ensure the success of our learners and have a direct impact on the economic, cultural and social growth of central Alberta.”

After the Address, guests and community members took part in a public farewell, acknowledging Joel Ward’s upcoming retirement from the College.

For further information, please see the State of the College publication.

About RDC: For 55 years, Red Deer College has proudly served its learners and communities. In 2018, RDC received approval to become a university, offering its own degrees. The College continues to grow programs across a breadth of credentials as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. Once this transition is complete, RDC will officially be known as Red Deer University. RDC offers more than 100 programs (including degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). With impressive new facilities that have opened this year, the College educates 7,500 full-and part- time credit students and more than 38,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.


High school students to unveil their sea-can house next week



The Design Studies, Building Opportunities and Landscape Design classes have been working together to design and construct a 40 foot sea-can house. On Tuesday, June 11 from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. École Secondaire Notre Dame High School will host an open house in the learning commons to showcase the Design Studies 20/30 student work of the semester.

Working with professionals in the industry, the Design Studies students have been drafting layouts and building models of the sea-can house, while learning the requirements of residential construction. The Building Opportunities students had and continue to receive hands-on training working on the construction of the sea-can house, alongside a ticketed tradesman. The Landscape Design students are working with professionals in the areas of architecture, skills and project management to create a living roof for the sea-can house.

This project is in its second year. The project will continue for another school year until completion. 
The sea-can conversion brings an innovative project-based learning opportunity. It facilitates cross-curricular and inquiry-based learning by encouraging students in the pursuit of design and trade skills. 

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WATCH: Grade 12 Hunting Hills High School Student is 2019 Young Citizen of the Year!



His name is Praveen Gladstone and he’s one outstanding young citizen! Praveen has only lived in Red Deer for four years, but in that time he has become one of the super young leaders at his high school making a positive difference every where they go.

Praveen was a shy new high schooler just a few years ago. Then he started becoming involved in leadership initiatives, and he turned into the type of student who goes out of his way to make sure everyone else is feeling welcome.

He’s also taken on several volunteer and fundraising roles at Hunting Hills where he’s a fixture at events such as the annual bike-a-thon and Veteran’s Dinner.

Congratulations to Praveen Gladstone, Red Deer’s 2019 Young Citizen of the Year!

CLICK to read about Red Deer Citizen of the Year John Donald.

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