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RDC to open dialogue

A dialogue between Red Deer College’s board and the community will open up later this month, with the intent of learning what each side has to offer each other.

“It’s really an opportunity for the board to connect with the community as a board, as opposed to the college specifically,” said Shelley Ralston, Red Deer College board chairperson.

“It’s our event, it’s our opportunity to connect with the community and connect with the people who come and join us at the lunch.”

Every year, the board makes the presentation in the hopes of feedback and possibly direction going forward.

The board will use this opportunity to showcase parts of the college that people may not be aware of, such as the centre for innovation and manufacturing.

“It’s a fabulous facility that shows our connection to small and medium enterprise,” said Ralston.

“We have a number of prototypes that we have built using our facilities, engaging with our students and getting small business to work with us.”

Ralston said the board and college’s mandate is to represent the community and this report is a way to connect and learn about the expectations and desires of the community.

There are community members on the board as well.

“It’s our responsibility to connect with them and we view this as a great opportunity to connect and share,” said Ralston.

Ralston pointed to the Donald School of Business with its collaborative business degree.

She said the program comes from a combination of the college staff doing their work to understand the region’s needs and board members being at different functions and hearing from business people that they desperately need those types of programs.

“It’s very much a passion of every one of the community members on our board to be connected to the community in such a way we understand what those needs are, and we can represent our community constituents well,” said Ralston.

Last year’s format included a chance for the board to share some of their strategic direction ideas and then to listen to feedback from community members during the lunch.

This year’s report to the community takes place on Jan. 25 starting at 11:30 a.m., with the official report coming at 12:30 p.m. Donations to the RDC Student’s Association’s food bank will be accepted.

The college asks that people interested in attending RSVP by Thursday by calling 403-342-3233.



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