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Backpacks to Briefcases conference enhances RDC students’ transition to the workforce

Date posted: 
Wed, 09/25/2019
Red Deer College

Backpacks to Briefcases, RDC’s annual professional development conference, is once again being offered on Thursday, September 26 to help learners successfully move from the classroom to the workplace.

Through a day of engaging and inspiring breakout sessions, students will have the opportunity to connect with, and learn from, community leaders, business experts and RDC alumni.

Backpacks to Briefcases offers Red Deer College students a variety of learning opportunities in a conference setting. The annual professional development opportunity is available for all RDC students to attend.

Students participate in this conference by selecting breakout sessions that resonate with their career goals. In addition to discussing the power of resiliency and goal setting, topics include: branding and marketing, finding meaningful work, using passion to achieve victory, and transitioning from post-secondary to entrepreneurship.

RDC is pleased to welcome Phil Bota, a Red Deer climber who conquered Mount Everest in 2011, as this year’s keynote speaker. He will share with RDC students motivating stories and lessons about his phenomenal adventure. During his presentation, Bota will identify the power of the human spirit and the ability to overcome obstacles.

At the age of 22, Bota climbed the world’s largest mountain after two years of training. Adversity struck when two of Bota’s Canadian climbing companions had to abandon the ascent, but he persisted to the top with two Sherpa guides, despite many challenges. His incredible story of goal setting and undeniable perseverance will motivate RDC students to remain vigilant in attaining their personal and professional dreams.

From 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., students will have the opportunity to talk with the presenters and network with each other, while enjoying free pizza.

Details about RDC’s Backpacks to Briefcases conference, including a full list of presenters, session information and online registration, are available on RDC’s website.

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For additional information contact:

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate