Questions people ask about RDC

Date posted: 
Tue, 04/09/2019
Joel Ward

With the many events that have taken place at RDC during the past months, I’ve enjoyed the chance to connect with people from across central Alberta, our province, and Canada. Everyone I’ve met is a huge supporter of the College, and excited to hear what is happening here. My conversations often include some commonly asked questions, and so here, I’ve compiled a sampling to share with you.

Now that the institution’s new name has been announced, what should I call RDC?
The Government of Alberta joined us on March 5 to announce our institution’s new future name – Red Deer University. For now, we will continue to proudly call our institution Red Deer College, or RDC. Announcing our new name is one key milestone in our journey to become a comprehensive regional teaching university. Once we have completed the remaining transition requirements, we will officially become Red Deer University. As we stated in 2018, it is expected that this transition journey will be three to five years.

What new programs will be offered at RDC in the near future?
This spring, RDC will begin a new Executive Education program, delivering four workshops annually. This program will feature internationally-renowned educators, and is designed to increase leadership capacity in our region. The College will also welcome new students to the Adult & Higher Education Instructor and eLearning Instructor Post-Diploma Certificates, which are designed for working professionals to enhance their skillset. In September, new students will begin their studies in the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment program. 

What will happen at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, now that the Canada Winter Games and the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Championship are complete?
As one of the legacies of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, we are excited to have the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on our main campus for many decades to come. This facility provides vibrant spaces for our students and instructors to engage in learning every day. We are excited to host RDC’s 55th Convocation Ceremonies in the Centre on June 7, where we’ll celebrate the achievements of the graduating class of 2019.

RDC’s Kings and Queens have just wrapped up another exciting season, with many individuals and teams earning accolades and medals. Our student-athletes will continue to call the Centre home court next season, welcoming more enthusiastic fans to cheer them on to future wins.

Community members, organizations, athletic teams and recreational enthusiasts will all benefit from opportunities in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Facilities include an ice arena, gymnasium, running track, and squash courts. We’ve proven to be well-equipped to host local, provincial and national events, and we look forward to welcoming more in the future. We welcome you to join more than 3,000 of your fellow central Alberta citizens who have already signed up for a membership in our fitness centre. 

As I wrap my thoughts up, I want to share that at RDC, we are proud of our history in the roots of central Alberta. That history will serve us well as we evolve to a university, offering the same breadth of credentials we do now, plus offering our own degrees. We value your continued support during the coming years along this university journey, as we continue to serve our learners and communities.

This column was first published in Red Deer Advocate on Saturday, March 30, 2019.