COVID-19 UPDATES: Up-to-date information about RDC's response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. Learn more

Novel Coronavirus

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:

2020/2021 Planning
Current Update
Frequently Asked Questions
Previous Updates
Service Updates
Updates for International Students
Video for Students

Current Update

Update July 7, 2020

RDC Summer Camps Begin This Week

We welcome the first participants in RDC’s youth and adult summer camps to RDC. While most of our summer camps are online this year, we also welcome a limited number of youth and adults on main campus. 

We are committed to creating a healthy, safe and fun environment for everyone to enjoy RDC’s summer programming, following current Alberta Health Services guidelines

Apprenticeship Student Registration Begins in July

Apprenticeship students can soon begin to register for program intakes during fall 2020 (from September to December).  

Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) has recently contacted students who were registered but had their courses cancelled between March to June 2020 to identify priority registration dates. Other apprentices may view registration dates for each program by visiting this AIT website.  

With the health and safety of our students continuing to be at the forefront of decision-making, along with ensuring quality learning experiences, RDC’s apprenticeship programs will proceed with the following parameters:

  • Programs will be offered in a blended delivery format, with theory online and practical/shop portions offered in-person on main campus.

  • Training schedules have been extended to provide students with the flexibility to complete theoretical portions of courses online. This means course schedules cover more weeks than in past when all course learning was offered face-to-face. By working at their own pace, students may still wish to complete apprenticeship training by the last date of the scheduled practical/shop portion of the course.

  • Students will be permitted on campus only when they are scheduled to complete the practical/shop portions of courses. Conducting only the practical/shop portions of courses on campus reduces the total number of people attending campus and reduces the health risk for all students and employees. 

  • In-person learning will follow Alberta Health Services protocols for small group gatherings, and with physical distancing and other hygiene protocols in place. Apprentices should be prepared to supply and wear non-medical masks while at RDC. Apprentices may be required to complete COVID-19 self-assessment before entering campus and will be sent home if they display any symptoms of illness.

  • Specific details relevant to each program will be provided to students by instructors for that program.  

  • AIT has received confirmation from Service Canada about Employment Insurance eligibility for apprenticeship training that extends beyond the normal in-person period. Please visit Service Canada or call 1.800.206.7218 (Alberta) for more information. Please also review other funding options for Apprentices.

  • Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, AIT is only opening registration for fall. Registration opening dates and class schedules for technical training starting in January 2021 will be announced later this year.

To create consistent learning experiences for all Alberta apprenticeship students, the information outlined above was developed by RDC’s School of Trades and Technologies in partnership with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) and other Alberta post-secondary institutions that offer apprenticeship training. 

If you have any questions, you may email tradesandtechnologies [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca.


A full list of updates are available on the Previous COVID-19 Updates page. 

COVID-19 General Information

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 to learn more. 

The situation is evolving quickly, and additional information can be found at:

Government Resources

Government of Canada
Government of Alberta

Alberta Health Services (AHS) Resources

COVID-19 Self-assessement
Ways to Wellness

Mental Health & Wellness

Text4Hope: Supporting Mental Health and Wellness
Staying Connected With Others From a Safe Distance


Hygiene Practices
Hygiene & Cross Contamination

Working & Studying from Home

Mental Health Tips for Working from Home
Ergonomic Tips & Other Recommendations

Red Deer College Resouces

RDC Counselling Services Mental Health Resources
RDC Pandemic Plan
For Employees - Check-In Procedure for Office Work on Campus

Red Deer College Students, Faculty and Staff

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.