New programs and innovative opportunities

Date posted: 
Wed, 09/06/2017
As Red Deer College resumes classes this fall, students will benefit from the College’s strong mix of over 100 programs, including two new program opportunities.
The Instrumentation Engineering Technology Diploma and the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate are both new to RDC this fall, offering students relevant, real-world learning. “These two new programs are great examples of the diverse offerings at Red Deer College,” says Dr. Steven Lane, Associate Vice President Academic. “Through rigorous planning and collaboration with our industry partners, we have developed two unique programs that provide students with theoretical and applied learnings that will be invaluable as they transition into their future careers.”
Approximately 7,500 students are enrolled in RDC for the 2017-18 academic year, with students taking courses at main campus and at the downtown campus.
In addition to the formal learning that happens at RDC, students can also take advantage of the fully renovated and expanded Makerspace, which opened on September 5 in the Library Information Common on main campus. Students and members of the community will be able to use the wide variety of equipment in the Makerspace to find creative and innovative solutions to complex and everyday problems. 
In the spring of 2018, students will also benefit from RDC’s Alternative Energy Lab – currently under construction – which will be used for teaching, demonstration and applied research. “RDC is taking important steps forward for innovation, applied research and sustainability,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “The Makerspace and the Alternative Energy Lab are going to provide a wealth of opportunities for students to get incredible hands-on experiences. This will help them with their studies and when they become the leaders and entrepreneurs of the future.”
 “This is an important time at RDC, as we’re providing our students and community members tremendous opportunities through our program offerings and our new facilities,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “As we plan for the future, we will continue to ensure everything we do enhances student opportunities and experiences, and we will also continue to take forward our community’s desire for us to become a degree-granting institution. This is the path that will allow us to best serve our students and communities, as we help individuals achieve their career goals, which will contribute to a strong and vibrant central Alberta.”      
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For additional information contact:
Erin Forbes
Communications Strategist – Corporate
Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate