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RDC begins construction on Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport

Date posted: 
Fri, 03/11/2016

Premier Notley and Minister of Advanced Education Schmidt attend celebration for major expansion project

Dignitaries and special guests from across Alberta were at the Red Deer College Arts Centre today, as Premier Rachel Notley and Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt joined in celebrating the construction launch of the new Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport.

“The new Harris Centre is a critical piece in RDC’s evolution and growth, and we’re pleased to have Premier Notley and Minister of Advanced Education Schmidt with us today as we officially launch construction of the Centre,” says Joel Ward, President and CEO. “This facility is essential for RDC to continue to meet the needs of our learners and the communities we serve, which is why we are so thrilled to receive a $500,000 contribution from our Students’ Association.”

The Harris Centre will allow RDC to expand and enhance its programming, all in state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces that have been designed to promote healthy lifestyles, wellness and community connections. The building is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018, with RDC programs being offered in the facility that fall. RDC is an integral partner in the 2019 Canada Winter Game with the Harris Centre serving as a games venue.

“We are so excited about the opportunities this Centre will create, from both a College and a community perspective,” says Shelley Ralston, Chair of the RDC Board of Governors. “The Harris Centre will allow us to make our future vision for RDC a reality, including helping us to achieve our community’s long-term vision of becoming a Polytechnic University. This would not have been possible without our many partnerships and the Province’s $20 million contribution, which was critical in the College’s ability to launch this project.”

“The Gary W. Harris Centre will be a crucial athletic and performance training venue, both during the 2019 Canada Winter Games and long after,” says Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta. “Our government is proud to be contributing $20 million towards this project because of the many benefits it will provide Albertans. It represents an amazing opportunity to follow through on our plan to invest in vital infrastructure that will serve this community for generations.”

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About RDC: For over 50 years RDC has been proudly serving our learners and our communities. RDC offers more than 100 different programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs) to 7,500 full- and part-time credit students and more than 30,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.  Named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta’s most innovative organizations for the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, RDC is a key location for applied and industry-led research. Our main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. We have also expanded our learning and performing arts space into the heart of downtown Red Deer through our Welikoklad Event Centre and the Donald School of Business.

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For additional information contact:
Joel Ward
President and CEO

Shelley Newman
Communications Consultant, Corporate