Red Deer College has suspended applications for five of its programs.
The school cited low enrolment for among the reasons for dropping the programs, which include its instrumentation engineering technology diploma and adult and higher education instructor post-diploma certificate.
“These decisions were not made lightly, as we’ve looked at a wide variety of options and scenarios for these programs,” says college president Peter Nunoda.
“Any time that a program is cut, it has an impact on people, whether students, faculty or staff, and that’s something we take very seriously.
“For these programs, all faculty and staff who are impacted have been informed, as have current students, who we will be working with to support in their educational pathways.
“These programs are not being suspended due to COVID-19 or budget implications, which may have been the expected reasoning,” he says.
“RDC regularly reviews all of our program offerings to ensure that resources are being used wisely to meet student and employer needs. When enrolments are low or declining, it is always our responsibility to make decisions that will support RDC’s long-term sustainability.”