Red Deer Polytechnic
For over 50 years, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) has been proudly serving Central Alberta learners and 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 the Queen Elizabeth II Highway between Calgary and Edmonton. We have also expanded our learning and performing arts space into the heart of downtown Red Deer. The opening of the Welikoklad Event Centre and the Donald School of Business, recognized by CICan in 2015 with a national Entrepreneurship Award, leveraged an opportunity to support our students while also supporting growth and development for our community as a whole.
RDC is always focused on ensuring relevant, practical programs that meet the needs of business and students. Fall 2016 will see the addition of the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program which will complement the already strong demand RDC sees for Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology.
- Each year, RDP contributes over $327 million to the central Alberta economy and over $601 million to the provincial economy.
- Our students love our small class sizes, with most classes having 40 students or less.
- 97% of our graduates, as well as university transfer and academic preparation students, are satisfied with the quality of their education experience.
- RDP’s 15 Athletics teams made national ACAC and CCAA history for both academic and athletic excellence in 2013-2014 with the best season of any College in Canada.
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Contribute to our Community
For more than 50 years, Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) has been an integral part of the community and the economy of central Alberta. We are the region’s community learning centre – the post-secondary institution of choice for central Albertans. We prepare learners for successful careers and lives by offering more than 100 relevant, real-world programs right here in the central Alberta corridor. With an annual budget of nearly $100 million, and a workforce of over 1,600 faculty and staff combined, RDP serves a community of more than 7,000 full and part-time students and welcomes 18,000 learners in the School of Continuing Education annually. Another 16,000 attend Summer Series workshops. In fact, each year more than 100,000 of our community neighbours participate in an educational, cultural or other activity through RDP. A 2011-2012 report stated that RDP and its students added more than $325 million in income to the Central Alberta Region’s economy. RDP plays a pivotal role in the community by providing facilities, expertise, leadership and innovation that assist in the economic, social, cultural, recreational, athletic, and educational development of Red Deer and its surrounding communities.
Foster Student Success
In 2015, RDP recognized Sheila Musgrove as its Distinguished Alumna. A graduate of the Legal Assistant Diploma program, she served as Vice President, and then President on the RDP Students’ Association, and provided support to ASEC, the Alberta student leadership organization. Along with her diploma from RDP, Sheila also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Liberal Arts from the University of Calgary. She generously shares her time and expertise with boards, associations and organizations, including the Red Deer College Foundation Board, and participated on the Advisory Board for the Donald School of Business. Sheila has built and grown TAG Recruitment Group, a highly successful Calgary staffing agency that continues to receive a wide array of accolades. One of the top 100 women entrepreneurs in Canada, Sheila welcomed 2016 by publishing her first book, HIRED!! How To Get The Zippy Gig – Insider Secrets from a Top Recruiter.
Prior to politics, Doug Griffiths began his career in the RDP Arts program. “My first year in the Arts program allowed me to take economics, philosophy, history, political science and a wide range of other classes in small class settings that allowed time for a lot of debate and discussion, under some amazing teachers,” says Griffiths. “This led me to acquire my Honours BA in Philosophy with outside focuses on political science and Eastern religion. From then on, I was focused on politics and the development of society and teaching, which lead me back to RDP.” An award winning teacher, Doug followed his passion in politics, serving four terms as an MLA, and two ministerial appointments, Municipal Affairs and Service Alberta. In 2010, Doug authored 13 Ways to Kill Your Community, following up with a second edition in 2016. He continues work on writing and his enterprise, 13 Ways, Inc.
Brad Hollman says he attended RDP because he wanted to better himself. “I worked hard at educating myself and the experience was terrific with my instructors teaching me a lot”. Earning top marks in the region when he graduated, Hollman won the Skills Canada national competition as the top welder in the country. He now owns and operates a structural steel welding company, Falcon Welding 2009 in Penhold, Alberta. Brad also operates a family farm, raising Gelbvieh purebred feedstock. Outside of his daily entrepreneurial responsibilities, he continues to work with and support Skills Canada. “I am a current member of the Provincial Technical committee that designs projects for competitors of Skills Canada. Part of that is to go into high schools and do some judging at the College. I’m always doing something with Skills Canada.” Recognizing his contribution, in 2012, Skills Canada named Brad their Alumnus of the Year.
Partner with Business and Community
Red Deer Polytechnic is committed to contributing to the economic, social and cultural well-being of central Alberta. As a responsive institution, we constantly seek input from our communities. Through partnerships, RDC is able to provide access to facilities, expertise, leadership and innovation and to have meaningful contributions to the development of Red Deer and surrounding communities. Learn more.
Support Indigenous Students
A new Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator position has been created that will provide leadership to RDP’s institutional response and commitment to reconciliation, anti-oppressive education, and the development of services and initiatives that support excellence in post-secondary Aboriginal education and the success of Aboriginal students at RDP. The Coordinator will be responsible for the development and implementation of an Aboriginal Strategic Plan for Red Deer College that focuses on: developing mutually supportive relationships with all stakeholders concerned with the success of Aboriginal students in post-secondary education; developing initiatives and programs focused on the recruitment, retention and success of Aboriginal students; the development and provision of services and supports for Aboriginal students; developing guiding principles and implementing initiatives that respond to the Call to Action and other recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the development of culturally appropriate curriculum and instructional practices; cultivating respectful and inclusive environments and physical spaces on campus.
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Date modified: 2022-05-19