Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence
Red Deer College is celebrating 40 years of excellence serving the educational needs of our community.
Established in 1963, Red Deer College has grown from a small community college to one of Canada's most comprehensive colleges offering certificates, diplomas, degree completion, apprenticeship and credit-free programs. This growth has occurred naturally without losing the intimate community college environment where you, the student, matter most.
Students continue to report their top reasons for attending RDC are the quality of its instructors, the support they receive from instructors and small class sizes. At Red Deer College, our focus is on you and your success.
Innovation creates opportunity
Red Deer College has found a variety of ways to provide the best quality education without large increases to student tuition. The Red Deer College Foundation provides an increasing number of scholarships and awards to help you offset the rising cost of post-secondary education. The Alumni Office continues its ambitious campaign to connect with students, both past and present.
Our new Library Information Common dedicates large amounts of space to student endeavours and serves as a meeting place on campus. It is a state-of-the-art facility offering 165 interactive computers and 20 wireless laptops with access to library resources, the Internet and productivity software. There are also 24 docking stations for students to connect to the College network using their own laptop.
A partnership with the local Health Region and Bethany Care Society to build a unique, extended-care housing facility on campus has created exciting new opportunities for students in education and nursing to community development and personal care attendant. CollegeSide is slated to open this spring.
A new partnership between Red Deer College, SAIT, David Thompson Health Region and the City of Red Deer Emergency Services Department provides a paramedic training program based in Red Deer. The College also offers several degree opportunities through its collaborations with universities. Students may complete their University of Alberta degrees in Middle School Education or Nursing. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work programs are offered in conjunction with the University of Calgary. A collaboration with Athabasca University gives students with two-year business diplomas the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Management degree on the RDC campus or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.
Due to the growing industry demand for skilled trades personnel, Red Deer College has expanded its Trades & Industrial Training programs to offer the Apprenticeship Cook and Instrument Technician programs. This brings RDC's apprenticeship offerings up to 12 trades including Automotive Service Technician, Carpenter, Electrician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Locksmith, Plumber, Sprinkler Systems Installer, Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Water Well Driller and Welder. The College also offers pre-employment training and certificates in Automotive Service Technician and Carpentry & Construction.
Distance Learning on the grow
You may access several distance learning programs either online or via satellite campus locations. Red Deer College's apprenticeship programs offer Locksmith, WHMIS, Water Well Drilling, Pump-Installer, and Transportation Safety Director programs online. Other programs offering distance-learning opportunities include Early Childhood Development, Pharmacy Technician, Virtual Assistant Certificate, Teacher Assistant, Legal Assistant and Computer Systems Technology.
eCampusAlberta is a consortium of 15 colleges and technical institutes, including Red Deer College that has been established to increase access to high quality online learning opportunities. At RDC, students may access programs in Remote Sensing for Geographic Information Systems, Arts & Cultural Management and International Community Development.
The College launched its International Education Office this past year. The Office's mandate is to foster international cooperation and provide assistance to students in accessing the diverse knowledge and learning opportunities required in today's global community.
Study tours, computers and more
With Red Deer College's focus on lifelong learning, Extension Services has expanded its part-time and credit learning opportunities. Extension Services is also responsible for a number of study tours available to both credit students and members of the community. This year's tours include Kenya, Mexico and Belize, as well as an art tour to Amsterdam and Berlin. Extension Services also offers community programming in business, computers, art, dance and fitness.
Top athletics program
Red Deer College has one of the top athletics programs in Canada. The Kings Volleyball team has been Canadian College Athletics Association champion for the past four years. RDC's Kings Volleyball Coach Keith Hansen was named CCAA Coach of the Year for both 2002 and 2003.
It's an exciting time at Red Deer College with the growth of the campus and the development of new learning opportunities for you!
Red Deer College
Box 5005, Red Deer