Continuing partnership to benefit learners in central Alberta

Date posted: 
Thu, 05/18/2017
Learning Pathways in Central Alberta_May 2017

Memorandum of Understanding renewal signed at Red Deer College

Representatives from Red Deer College and seven local School Divisions gathered on May 17 to celebrate the ongoing partnership created through Learning Pathways in Central Alberta, a Memorandum of Understanding between the eight organizations.

The partnership was first formalized in 2013, when the original Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Chinook’s Edge School Division, Clearview School Division, Prairie Land School Division, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools, Red Deer College, Red Deer Public School District, Wild Rose Public School Division and Wolf Creek School Division. Today’s signing ceremony represents a renewal of the MOU and a continued commitment to the partnership by all organizations.

“This partnership focuses on supporting and providing opportunities for learners in central Alberta, and this is something we are all very passionate about,” says Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO. “By working together, we’re providing pathways to help students complete their high school education and transition to post-secondary.”

“Students throughout the region have benefitted greatly from this strong partnership,” says Chinook’s Edge Board Chair, Colleen Butler, speaking on behalf of all seven School Divisions. “Through our shared vision of student success, we are able to advance strategies, programming and services that impact the students we serve.”

Butler shares how, earlier this week, “we gathered at RDC to celebrate the graduation of our students from the School Within A College program, which allows students to complete high school while they work on their first-year apprenticeship in a trade. All of the Dual Credit programming is allowing our students to achieve higher levels of success while they’re still in high school, and it is increasing the likelihood that they will transition to post-secondary.”

Building on the success of the previous MOU, the eight partners will continue working together to find innovative programming options for students. “The renewal of this Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates how important it is for us to continue to collaborate for the benefit of our learners,” says Morris Flewwelling, Chair of RDC’s Board of Governors. “Supporting students by providing multiple pathways for them to achieve success benefits all of central Alberta.” 

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