RDC launches Justice Studies Diploma program in September

Date posted: 
Thu, 05/17/2018
Justice Studies Diploma

Red Deer College is proud to continue responding to the needs of our region by expanding opportunities for learners with the new Justice Studies Diploma, which will be offered starting in September 2018.

“We’re very excited to offer this program, which is the first of its kind in central Alberta and has been developed with strong support from stakeholder agencies from across the justice sector,” says Dr. Torben Andersen, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences. “Through this program, students will earn a credential that combines academic study and career-focused skills, preparing them for a wide range of employment opportunities or further education in the justice studies field.”

The two-year program includes courses delving into a range of topics, such as the Canadian justice system, the complex origins of crime and criminal behaviour, communication and conflict resolution, and many more. Students will also gain valuable experience through a practicum, which takes place in their second year.

The unique Diploma will benefit learners in many ways. “This program will emphasize knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples and their experiences with the justice system,” Andersen explains. “This is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action, and we’ve developed the program so that Indigenous perspectives will be threaded through all courses.”

With the diverse courses and learning opportunities in the program, the Justice Studies Diploma is an exciting addition to the breadth of programming offered at Red Deer College.

“As RDC evolves into a comprehensive regional teaching university, we will continue to pursue programs and opportunities that will benefit students, organizations and partners from across central Alberta,” says Dr. Paulette Hanna, Vice President Academic. “The growth and evolution that RDC is experiencing is the result of many years of planning and collaboration. This new program is another great example of this work, as it fills a unique niche in our region and will provide students with a starting place for a wide variety of rewarding careers in the justice sector.” 

An official launch event for the Justice Studies Diploma will take place on May 24. At this event, media members and guests will have the chance to engage with faculty, staff and local professionals who provided input into the program design.

Please join us:
Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Program begins at 6:00 p.m.
Red Deer Bottling Forum | RDC Main Campus (see map)

Registration is now open for the Justice Studies Diploma, and applications for the program will continue to be accepted until the Fall term begins or until the program is filled.

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For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate