What an exciting spring we have on the horizon! Just a week until we host the 2019 Canada Winter Games, followed by the CCAA Men’s National Volleyball Championships, the 2019 RDC Kings & Queens Athletics Scholarship Breakfast and, our favorite event, the RDC Alumni Association’s Fine Wine and Food Tasting Festival!

We’re excited to celebrate the students, faculty and staff at Red Deer College who help us build community through events like these, innovative projects and program development, and by finding opportunities to connect our learners with industry. Read below to learn more about the people and programs that make our seven Schools thriving communities of life-long learners.

Alumni News        Alumni Stories        College Events                 

School of Arts and Sciences

The annual Red Deer College Engineering Students’ Night was held on January 30 at the College.

During this APEGA sponsored event, engineers from the central Alberta community interacted with the students from RDC’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering transfer program in an informal setting and shared their experience in engineering with the students. This is an invaluable opportunity to help the students decide on their specializations and learn about navigating their profession from experienced engineers.

The event took place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Farside Lounge, pizza and snacks were provided.

RDC’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering transfer program provides students with the opportunity to complete one year of studies at the College, followed by three years at another post-secondary institution. RDC has a specific transfer agreement in place with the University of Alberta, and students are able to transfer to many other institutions by prearranging transfer with the post-secondary of their choice.

Are you interested in opportunities to share your experience with our learners? Email us at alumni [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca and let us know what you’re up to!

To keep up with School of Arts and Sciences and all of the exciting work our faculty, students and alumni do in the community, check out the News and Events Blog.

RDC Athletics

The CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship runs from March 7-9 in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Join us for some of the best collegiate volleyball action in Canada! Adult tickets are just $11.50 for a two game session or $50.30 for a Championship Ticket Package, which includes entry to all games! Youth and Senior tickets are available for half of that.

We’d love to see you! Visit to learn how you can help make this event a success and share your RDC pride.

We’re selling off our retired jersey stock! Maybe you’d like to hang your school colours in your home sports bar, or maybe your old jersey doesn’t fit quite the same as it did when you played, but these shirts start at just $10 and limited inventory is available. Visit to get yours!

Tickets for the 16th Annual RDC Kings & Queens Athletics Scholarship Breakfast are on sale now! Join us for breakfast in the FasGas-OnTheRun Gymnasium on April 10, 2019 where we will be joined by two-time Olympic curler and Olympic silver medalist, Cheryl Bernard. Early bird pricing on table tickets is available until Feb 22.

If you just want to hear this dynamic and engaging speaker, this year we’re excited to offer bleacher tickets for the program portion of the event. For more information about the event, group discounts or to purchase your tickets visit

The RDC Kings & Queens Athletics Scholarship Breakfast supports the Athletics Leadership Fund which sustains our athletics scholarship program. The breakfast is presented by our student-athletes, and gives them the opportunity to thank you for your support.

Check out our Alumni Stories blog to read about Queens Hockey alumna, Suze Vanderlinde.


Donald School of Business

On January 23, the winner and nominees of the Red Deer Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur Award presented to a group of students at the Donald School of Business. These young leaders are running some exciting and innovative businesses and they shared some great advice, hard lessons and valuable resources with learners from a variety of programs.

The Donald School of Business also hosted Business Basics. This regular seminar is for individuals who may be contemplating starting their own business but are unsure how to start. Topics include legal structure and risk management, tax and accounting, employment, sales and marketing and small business finance. The free seminar included a panel discussion, Q&A and lunch.

Attendees included contestants of the Breakthrough Your Business competition. These contestants have begun to submit their business proposals to the selection committee who will shortlist projects on Friday, Feb 14. Are you interested in being a part of competitions like these? Have you submitted to Breakthrough Your Business this year or in the past? We’d love to share your story in an upcoming edition of Spotlight. Send us an email at alumni [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca and tell us about your experience.

School of Continuing Education

Spotlight on professional development opportunities

Red Deer College is pleased to launch a new series of annual Executive Education workshops, designed for business leaders. At these fast-paced, skill-laden workshops, learn essential skills and develop tools to improve the confidence and competence of team members. Inspire a dramatic improvement in the way your employees are groomed for success. We bring world-class instructors here to central Alberta to give you the tools you need to advance your career.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop coaching, mentoring and critical performance improvement skills
  • Learn from internationally recognized facilitators
  • Explore strategies, structures and skills to transform any team into a high-performance group
  • Learn to empower your team to achieve improvements in performance and customer satisfaction
  • Acquire new knowledge and improve leadership capacity locally in central Alberta

The first two courses include:

April 2 & 3 | Coaching and Mentoring for Peak Performance

May 28 & 29 | Performance Management

The Project Management Program is now available for Fast Tracking! You can complete all seven required courses in less than three weeks, beginning May 13, 2019. Consider a career in Project Management, or how updating your skills in this area can help you advance in your current career. This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which subsidizes the cost for employers who enroll employees in the program.

You will learn:

  • To prepare for a career in the field of project management
  • To prepare to write the CAPM® or PMP® exams
  • To update your job skills that require project management
  • How to earn an internationally recognized credential

Summer Camps registration is open, and with it, the Adopt a Camper program. Consider the impact you can make by supporting a young learner to attend an RDC Summer Camp this year. Camp develops the essentials of good character, respect, leadership and skills needed for success, as well as provides the opportunity for our young learners to discover their own hidden talents and passions and to make lifelong connections.

School of Creative Arts

Motion Picture Arts and Animation and Visual FX programs will present the 2019 Oscar nominated short films at the Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema on Feb 8 & 9. Admission is $10 and includes both shows

Animated Shorts | February 8 at 9:00pm | February 9 at 6:30pm

Plus a selection of additional animated shorts. 

Live Action Shorts | February 8 at 6:30pm | February 9 at 9:00pm

Tickets available at the door. A variety of concession foods will be available for purchase.

Spotlight on School of Creative Arts alumnus Braden Scheck

Braden Scheck (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2012) completed his degree at Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2014, majoring in Film, Video and Integrated Media. He has since worked on a number of fascinating projects including Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed, The Darkest Minds and, most recently, Aquaman. We connected with him this winter to hear about his exciting career, and what he would share with our new class of Bachelor of Applied Arts – AVFX learners:

“Before I graduated from Emily Carr, I began applying for any film related job I could that seemed like a possibility. Eventually, I interviewed for a VFX studio called MPC (Moving Picture Company) for a runner position. I got the job before I graduated, and two days after my grad ceremony, I started at MPC.

After three months as a runner cleaning kitchens, getting people food, and running errands, I was promoted to a production assistant, and eventually a production coordinator. I was one of the first people working on Aquaman at our studio, and had been on the project for almost an entire year. It was definitely a fun, rewarding, and extremely difficult process, but I’m very proud to have my name in the credits!

For those wanting to get into VFX. I would say to take opportunities and get your foot in the door. If you want to be in production, like me, there are ways to work your way up, and bring other sorts of office experience and communication skills to a film studio. If you are a VFX artist, there is a program called the Technicolor Academy (MPC is a division of Technicolor), which provides new VFX artists who just graduated the experience to take an intensive paid training program, then sets them up with a contract for their first job as a VFX artist within one of their studios working on blockbuster films. I believe other studios outside of Technicolor also has similar programs.

I now work for Sony Pictures Imageworks, which also has an internship program called iCAD. There areplenty of opportunities to move to different studios, and even the opportunity to move to different cities or countries with a job in VFX.”

Keep up with what Braden is doing at and watch for our feature in June’s Spotlight!

Attention Theatre Studies Costume grads!
Members of the RDC Fitting Zoo Facebook Group are looking to coordinate a reunion for Costume students. Join the group here: or send us an email and we'll connect you with the organizers. We love helping our alumni reconnect with each other. 

School of Education

Our two new post-diploma certificates, the eLearning Instructor and Adult and Higher Education Instructor Certificates are just a few short months away from launching!  We are thrilled to be offering these fully-online programs to a broad range of individuals including alumni, faculty, and anyone in a training environment.

The eLearning Instructor Post-Diploma Certificate is an excellent program for anyone looking to develop their online instructing skills.  If you are a responsible for training in your workplace, or are preparing to enter the field of post-secondary education as a professional or graduate student, this Certificate is for you!

The Adult and Higher Education Instructor Post-Diploma Certificate is designed to prepare educators for instructing in an adult education, workplace, or post-secondary environment.  If you are passionate about instructing adults, if you deliver training, workshops, or lead professional development in your workplace, this Certificate is for you! 

In other news, our Bachelor of Education degree development process is on track.  Our Stage One Proposal was accepted by the School of Education School Council and Deans’ Council.  We are now working on the Stage Two Proposal and getting closer to submitting a proposal to the Alberta government for a Bachelor of Education degree in the near future so Central Alberta learners can stay closer to home to earn their Bachelor of Education

Spotlight on School of Education staff, alumni Emily Wong and Kristine Parsons

Emily Wong (Bachelor of Business Administration, 2016) is the new full-time Program Assistant for the School of Education. “Recently, in 2018, I completed the new Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate program. I am thrilled to be at Red Deer College and working with the School of Education to ‘foster leadership and collaboration, enabling learners to develop a foundation of knowledge and skills for meaningful engagement in their communities,’” says Emily.

Kristine Parsons (Bachelor of Science, Pre-Professional Medicine, 2005) is the new part-time Program Assistant for the School of Education.  “After RDC, I transferred to the University of Alberta to complete my Bachelor of Education degree.  I have previously taught in the Red Deer Public School system.   You may also recognize me, as I was the Advising and Recruiting Associate for the School of Health Sciences at RDC from 2016-2017.  I am so excited to be back at RDC as a part of the School of Education.  I will be assisting with the development of the B.Ed Degree program.”

Follow the School of Education on Facebook and Twitter  to receive the latest updates on student accomplishments, instructor Professional Development summaries, important dates and events, and much more!

School of Health Sciences

School of Health Sciences Nursing Labs

In the School of Health Sciences, we currently have 4 classroom labs, each having 7 beds.  We also have two state-of-the-art simulation labs, one of which has the ability to have two sessions going at once.  We have adult, child, and infant manikins. The simulation lab is where the students can put all their learning together in a scenario prior to going out to their clinical rotations.

We have four staff in the lab – Lab Coordinator, Simulation Lab Coordinator, one full time Lab Technician and one part time Lab Technician. Feel free to come by for a tour!

Congratulations to Gaylene Potter, an instructor in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program who had a successful completion of her probationary period and has been offered a Continuous Appointment position within the School of Health Sciences!

Spotlight on research activity with School of Health Sciences staff and faculty

Andrea Marjerrison & Clayton Pottinger are both instructors in our Kinesiology & Sport Studies program, and have recently received approval from the research ethics board for a new project. The project they have received approval for will assess the impact of a large-scale sporting event (Canada Winter Games) and the resulting displacement of athletes from their practice/home game facilities on their performance in both men's and women's team sports. They will be looking at the Kings and Queens Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey teams and using box scores collected prior to the displacement, during and following the displacement (in the case of Kings Volleyball as their National Championships follow the regular season) and comparing the pre- and post-displacement box scores. Andrea & Clayton are hoping to determine for future hosts, the impact large-scale events have on athletic performance.

Dr. Bev Temple, and Karina Cross are just two of the members from the School of Health Sciences who are a part of the RDC-wide study that is examining the impact of the Canada Winter Games on the Red Deer College community related both to work/study life and to the teaching and learning experience during the Winter 2019 term. There is currently very little research looking at the impact of either mega sporting events or extended breaks on post-secondary campuses. So this study is focusing on the impact of the Canada Winter Games and the extended Winter Reading Break on work/life and teaching/learning at Red Deer College. The study title is: “Impact of the Canada Winter Games on the Red Deer College Community”, and is headed by Alison Jeppesen, Michelle Edwards Thomson, and Jamie Prowse-Turner from Red Deer College.

School of Trades and Technologies

On Feb 7, we proudly welcomed 103 of our newest alumni, celebrating learners in the School of Trades and Technology who have completed their apprenticeship programs. Learners from the Steamfitter – Pipefitter, Water Well Driller, Welder, Automotive Service Technician, Plumber, Electrician and Carpenter programs joined instructors, staff and faculty for a Students' Association sponsored breakfast in the FarSide Bar & Grill.

As the School of Trades and Technologies calendar differs so much from the traditional academic calendar, we get the opportunity to welcome Trades Apprenticeship learners into the RDC Alumni Association throughout the year. This Trades Completion Breakfast was the third of five planned for the 2018/19 academic year. Congratulations on completing your apprenticeships!

Also on Feb 7, we celebrated the official Grand Opening of the Alternative Energy Lab. The Lab is a flexible research and learning space, designed to support learning in alternative energy innovation and adapt quickly to this dynamic field. The Alternative Energy Lab will support existing programming in our School of Trades and Technologies as well as create opportunities to expand programming. The lab will also be used by community members for industry research and development and community programming through the School of Continuing Education.

The Alternative Energy Lab is an important component of RDC’s larger Alternative Energy Initiative, which promotes environmental stewardship through the application of sustainable and energy efficient technologies. The Alternative Energy Initiative is a critical support for RDC’s goal to become a net zero institution, producing all the energy RDC’s main campus will require to power its buildings and infrastructure from sustainable sources.