Red Deer College suspends 6 programs, cuts 32 jobs

Six programs offered at Red Deer College will be suspended and 32 jobs will be lost as the result of the funding cuts from the Alberta government in the March budget.

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Six programs offered at Red Deer College will be suspended and 32 jobs will be lost as the result of the funding cuts from the Alberta government in the March budget.

The college had to find $6 million in its budget after the decrease in funding by 7.3 per cent.

Suspended programs announced on Thursday include the Automotive Service certificate, Health Care Aide certificate (on-campus delivery), Hospitality Management and Tourism certificate and diploma, Pharmacy Technician certificate (distance delivery) and the Virtual Assistant Certificate.

The programs will all be suspended from the September 2013 intake.

Additionally, the Early Learning and Child Care diploma will be suspended for the September 2014 intake. Students now in the certificate program will be able to continue their diploma studies in September 2013.

About 180 full- and part-time students will be affected by these program suspensions. Each of these students will be contacted by the registrar’s office to advise them of the impact and other options for continuing their learning.

More to come.

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