RDC’s Response to Coronavirus
As Red Deer College establishes processes and plans related to COVID-19, up-to-date information will be located on this page, including:
Update May 25, 2020
RDC announces changes to its downtown campus as it looks to the future
New opportunities will support students and businesses
As RDC plans for the future, we have decided that now presents an opportunity to move the Donald School of Business back to RDC’s main campus. This move will be effective January 2021.
RDC’s downtown campus in the Millennium Centre first opened in 2011. RDC has achieved great success in creating unique learning experiences for our students and valuable connections with our local business community. These same successes will continue to thrive as we move the Donald School of Business back to main campus.
More students from all RDC programs will benefit from the entrepreneurial expertise within the Donald School of Business as a result of this relocation. This move will also provide more opportunities for all our students to more meaningful engage with our local business leaders and organizations as we prepare for our future as Red Deer University.
All RDC students will continue to connect with, and learn from, business leaders and organizations, through practicum and work integrated learning opportunities, guest speakers, seminars and workshops, and other mentorship opportunities. Greater potential for all our students to engage in these meaningful learning opportunities will enhance our collective experiences and opportunities to contribute to the businesses and communities in our region. Synergy between our students, faculty and the business community will grow in our unique teaching and learning spaces such as the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing and Alternative Energy Lab, achieving practical solutions to real-world problems that will positively impact our communities.
It is through examples such as this that we will work together to build signature Red Deer University student experiences.
As we reflect on what this COVID-19 pandemic has taught us, our connections with each other, whether virtually or face-to-face, are important. We are excited for the opportunities this decision to move the Donald School of Business back to main campus will bring. We are also excited for the new opportunities at our downtown campus that this presents.
At our downtown campus, the College will leverage and grow the strong relationships we’ve already built as we continue our commitment to meet the needs of our diverse group of learners with an equally diverse range of programs and services.
Examples of serving these varied opportunities include providing customized corporate and executive training solutions and seminars, guest speakers, professional development opportunities, and more, for adult learners and businesses through RDC’s School of Continuing Education. Many of these will be the same individuals who also provide meaningful mentorship and real-world experiences for students in the College's other programs.
As another opportunity, RDC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) programs will now be centrally located close to organizations such as Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE) and Catholic Social Services, to better meet the needs of ESL learners as they access learning and essential community resources.
Housing these types of lifelong learning opportunities at a downtown campus is something that is often seen within the post-secondary sector, and so we believe this will fit well for our institution in continuing to serve all central Albertans. RDC’s School of Continuing Education will be housed in both RDC’s main and downtown campuses, to best serve our diverse learners.
Students in all RDC programs will always be welcome at our downtown campus, using this space for seminars, mentorship engagement and other possibilities yet to be imagined, continuing to create robust connections between students and with community members.
A full list of updates are available on the Previous COVID-19 Updates page.
Alberta Health Services has detailed information about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as well as what to do if you think you have the illness. Visit ahs.ca/covid to learn more.
The situation is evolving quickly, and additional information can be found at:
Alberta Health Services (AHS) Resources
Mental Health & Wellness
Working & Studying from Home
Red Deer College Resouces
As per Alberta Health Services guidelines, stay at home and call Alberta Health Link at 811 if you think you have COVID-19. Please do not go to the RDC Health, Safety and Wellness Centre on campus, physicians’ offices, or hospital emergency rooms. If you are in immediate distress, call 911.
Red Deer College students, faculty and staff are asked to contact the Health, Safety and Wellness Centre by email (Health [dot] Safety [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca) if they suspect they have COVID-19 or if they have tested positive for the illness.
Red Deer College faculty and staff should also contact their supervisor if they believe they have COVID-19.
Students should contact their instructors if they believe they have COVID-19.
Please see RDC's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for details about classes, services and events.
RDC’s Planning and Actions for COVID-19
Red Deer College has been, and continues to be, in close contact with the Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and other trusted sources to assess the situation and make appropriate decisions for the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors.
Please note the following items about RDC's planning and actions:
- The College has a COVID-19 Management Team to help guide all decisions related to the ongoing operations and delivery of day-to-day business and online courses at RDC
- As per the Government of Alberta's announcement on March 15, 2020, all in-person classes at Red Deer College have been cancelled; additional information is available in the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
- Services at Red Deer College have incorporated online delivery with students and community members, whereever possible
- RDC's campuses remain open, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols have been implemented, and high-contact areas are receiving extra diligence with cleaning. Students, employees and guests on campus are encouraged to practice increased personal hygiene through education and awareness, as we all work together to help mitigate the spread of illness
- Earlier in March, as the COVID-19 situation developed, RDC implemented work-related travel restrictions for all faculty and staff.
Red Deer College will continue to stay connected with students, employees and community members with updates as this dynamic situation evolves.