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New academic year ushers in exciting changes for RDC

Date posted: 
Wed, 09/04/2019
Dr. Peter Nunoda joined RDC on September 3, 2019 as its 11th President

As Red Deer College resumes classes this fall, the College will begin the next phase in its evolution, with new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, leading the institution through its ongoing transition to become Red Deer University.

“I am very pleased to begin my new role and lead Red Deer College at this exciting time as we continue our university transition,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “When we officially become Red Deer University, students will be able to complete their degrees in central Alberta, contributing to the economy and the culture of the entire region. That is such an important goal that we’re all working towards together, and it will have far-reaching positive impacts.”

While RDC moves forward with its multi-year university transition, students continue to have access to the diverse offerings of more than 100 programs across a range of credentials. The College is adding one new program to its mix this year, with the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment welcoming its first group of students this September.

“This is the second of our new applied degree programs in the School of Creative Arts, as the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation and Visual Effects started last year,” says Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President Academic. “We’re very proud of these new programs, which were developed in collaboration with industry experts and provide students with the latest in theory and practical, applied skills to prepare them for their future careers.”

Several other programs that started last year continue to be highly sought after, including the two-year Justice Studies diploma, which has added another section for its first-year intake due to student demand. Students are also continuing in the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a collaborative degree with the University of Calgary, which allows learners to complete all four years at Red Deer College. The Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate, eLearning Instructor Post-Diploma Certificate and Adult and Higher Education Instructor Post-Diploma Certificate are all recent program options that provide students with online pathways to complete their education.

The wide range of program options across diverse disciplines continues to appeal to learners from central Alberta and beyond. This year, approximately 7,500 students are enrolled in programs at RDC. As it transitions to Red Deer University, the College is committed to offering a breadth of credentials to serve even more learners.

“There is great value in a college education to prepare learners for the workforce, and we never want to lose this, so we will continue to provide students with options across a range of credentials,” Nunoda says. “As we develop our own degrees, we will look at innovative ways to design and deliver programs that will have practical and entrepreneurial components to allow students to transition seamlessly into their careers. We want to prepare students for the wider world, while also ensuring that they have the opportunities here, as well. I believe that we’re on the right path to achieve this, and I look forward to working with our students, community members and partners as we become Red Deer University.”

For additional details about Red Deer College's 2019/20 year, please refer to the Media Tip Sheet

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About RDC: For 56 years, Red Deer College has proudly served its learners and communities. In 2018, RDC received approval to become a university, offering its own degrees. The College continues to grow programs across a breadth of credentials as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. Once this transition is complete, RDC will officially be known as Red Deer University. RDC offers more than 100 programs (including degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). With impressive new facilities that have opened recently, the College educates approximately 7,500 full-and part-time credit students and more than 34,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.

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Shelley Newman
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RDC 403.342.3299


Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate