Classes will not resume as normal in January at Red Deer College, but through a blend of online and in-person formats. (Advocate file photo).

Classes will not resume as normal in January at Red Deer College, but through a blend of online and in-person formats. (Advocate file photo).

More RDC students will return to campus in January

In-person learning will be upped to 40 per cent

Classes will not resume as normal at Red Deer College in January.

But RDC’s capacity for in-person learning will be increased in the winter term.

With the ongoing pandemic, the college said Tuesday its winter term programs and courses will be delivered through a mixture of formats, including online, blended and an increased number of in-person academic experiences.

“We have evaluated the college’s operations and course delivery options throughout fall term and made the decision to increase the capacity for in-person learning activities to about 40 per cent for winter term. This means that 2,000 to 3,000 students will be on campus each day, along with faculty and staff,” said RDC president Peter Nunoda.

“Our remaining students will continue to learn in an online environment. We will use what we’ve learned during the past months to continue to ensure that all RDC students receive the quality education they’ve come to expect.”

Several programs will offer in-person instruction in January to support and enhance student learning success. These programs include occupational and physical therapist assistant, medical lab assistant, engineering technology programs, pharmacy technician, the early learning and child care certificate program (also offered online) and the transitional vocational program.

Several programs will be offered through a blended-learning model, with either shops/labs or in-person lectures held on campus.

These include apprenticeship programs, legal assistant, bachelor of business administration, kinesiology and sport studies, practical nurse, bachelor of science, nursing, science programs, health care aide, visual art and bachelor of fine art.

“The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests remain paramount in our planning and decision making, and all on-campus visitors are expected to follow AHS and RDC COVID-19 guidelines,” said Nunoda.

“We all have an important role to help keep ourselves and those around us safe, by being vigilant in our daily routines.”

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