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Red Deer Polytechnic ready for new experiences during year ahead

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Red Deer Polytechnic welcomes students to 2021/2022 academic year

Students, faculty and staff will celebrate a year filled with first experiences at Red Deer Polytechnic during the 2021/2022 academic year. This is the first full year the post-secondary institution will use its new name of Red Deer Polytechnic and unveil its new brand. This is the first year that new cohorts of students will begin their studies in a variety of new programs, including three new Red Deer Polytechnic degrees. It is also the first year that student-athletes will compete as Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens. And, when the Class of 2022 celebrates their achievements in June, they will be the first graduates of central Alberta’s new polytechnic institution.

This September, more than 150 students will begin classes in a variety of new programs: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University Arts Diploma and University Sciences Diploma. These programs were recently approved by Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education, highlighting the continued diverse range of subjects and credentials that will be offered to learners attending Red Deer Polytechnic.  

“We are excited to welcome students into our new and existing programs, as we begin a new academic year,” says Kylie Thomas, Vice President Academic and Research. “The diverse mix of programming we offer at Red Deer Polytechnic continues to be a proud testament of our institution’s responsiveness, ensuring we meet the needs of our students, industry and communities in central Alberta and beyond.” 

Enrollment remains steady, as Red Deer Polytechnic anticipates about 6,200 students to attend courses, either part-time or full-time, during 2021/2022 in its credit, collaborative and apprenticeship programs. Of note, the Bachelor of Commerce, Legal Assistant, Business Administration, and Early Learning and Child Care programs are among those which have experienced enrollment increases this fall. Additionally, the Medical Lab Assistant Certificate, Practical Nurse Diploma, and Pharmacy Technician Diploma are among programs that have added capacity to welcome more students based on current enrollment demand. International student enrollment has grown slightly, when compared with last year, and continues to be an area of focus for the institution, providing robust learning experiences for students locally and from around the world to collaborate.

Faculty and staff are looking forward to welcoming more learners to attend courses in-person at the institution’s campuses, while also providing online, blended and hy-flex course and program delivery options. Hy-flex delivery provides students with opportunities to select on-site or online learning, where possible. In some instances where valuable hands-on learning such as shops and labs are key components of the immersive educational experience, students will need to attend classes in-person. In addition, services for students will continue to be provided both in-person and online, to allow greater choice for students.

“Continuously prevalent throughout this pandemic is the commitment Red Deer Polytechnic instructors and service providers have shown in effectively adapting processes and technologies to support quality learning experiences in an online environment. This innovation serves our students well and has led us to increase choices in our course and service delivery, so students have greater accessibility and flexibility in their learning,” says Kylie Thomas.

With a continued focus on the health and safety of students, employees and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic, several protocols will continue to be in place at Red Deer Polytechnic’s main and downtown campuses. As it has done so throughout the pandemic, Red Deer Polytechnic will continue to monitor and follow Alberta Health public health measures and will adjust protocols as necessary, if there is an increase in COVID-19 cases, adapting to best serve students, employees and visitors.

“We are pleased to return to a more typical teaching and learning environment this year, while keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, President. “This is an exciting time for our institution as we begin new programming and celebrate many new initiatives as we fully realize our path forward as Red Deer Polytechnic.”

Students began classes in most apprenticeship periods on August 30, with students in the institution’s credit programs starting their courses on September 2. Red Deer Polytechnic welcomed all new students to attend orientation activities on September 1. 

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For additional information contact:
brent [dot] forster [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (Brent Forster) or shelley [dot] newman [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (Shelley Newman)                        
Communications Strategists – Corporate
Red Deer Polytechnic

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