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RDC honours apprenticeship students at 2nd annual Building on Excellence

Date posted: 
Wed, 10/30/2019
RDC's Building on Excellence 2019

Skills excellence was celebrated at Red Deer College today when seven apprenticeship students and two School within a College (SWAC) students were recognized for their success at Skills Canada competitions in 2019.

“This is the second year we’ve honoured student excellence through a banner-raising event. It’s such an important way for all of us to acknowledge and support the hard work of our students, instructors and all the others who are part of the teaching and apprenticeship communities,” says Joel Gingrich, Dean of RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies. “This year is special, because we’re here for seven apprentices and two high school students who are part of the SWAC program at RDC. Their successes demonstrate how students of all ages are committed to gaining knowledge and expertise in their programs.”

The apprenticeship students are from a range of RDC’s programs, including Carpentry, Electrician, Heavy Equipment Technician, Sprinkler Systems Installer and Welder. The high school students are part of the School within a College program, a unique program where students receive dual credit by completing a trades program at RDC, in addition to completing high school credits at schools in their home communities. For all of these apprentices and students, the Skills competitions provide an important opportunities to gain life skills while also honing their crafts.

“We’re very proud of what our students have achieved through Skills competitions this year. It speaks to their dedication, knowledge and expertise in their respective areas, and it’s an achievement that positions them for future growth and success,” says Dr. Peter Nunoda, RDC President. “Plus, it demonstrates the expertise and dedication of our instructors, who lead students through their regular courses and act as coaches through their Skills journeys.”

Nunoda also notes that the success of RDC’s apprentices also speaks to the positive impacts of the model, which is based on partnerships with employers that allows for applied, workplace learning opportunities. “As we transition to Red Deer University, we will continue to draw on these types of experiences to provide students from across our programs with the foundation for rewarding careers.”

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Photo: Skills winners from 2019, along with their coaches, RDC administrators and a Skills Canada Alberta representative at the 2019 Building on Excellence event. 

About RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies: At RDC’s banner raising event on October 30, the following apprenticeship students were recognized for their success at the 2019 Skills Canada Alberta Provincial Competition:

Gold medalists:

Sam Rufenacht, Heavy Equipment Service
Clay Flack, Sprinkler Systems – also earned the bronze medal at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition
Dayton Playford, Welding – also earned the gold medal at the 2019 Skills Canada National Competition

Silver medalists:
Daniel Vervloet, Carpentry
Tristan Hatto, Electrical Installation
Devon Westby, Sprinkler Systems

Bronze medalist:
Josiah Pilon, Carpentry


High school students taking the School within a College (SWAC) program at RDC were also recognized:

• Ben Rainforth, Welding, Lacombe Composite High School
Gold at Regional Skills competition
Gold at Skills Canada Alberta competition
Gold at Skills Canada National competition

• Tristen Young, Welding, Ponoka Secondary Campus
Silver at Regional Skills competition
Silver at Skills Canada Alberta competition

The School of Trades and Technologies offers students with apprenticeship programs in 14 trades, and the School also offers three two-year Diploma programs: Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Instrumentation Engineering Technology.

For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman     
Communications Strategist – Corporate, RDC       

Brent Forster

Communications Strategist – Corporate, RDC