Guy Pelletier, Red Deer Polytechnic board chair, speaks during an event where the institution announced new programs Friday morning. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Guy Pelletier, Red Deer Polytechnic board chair, speaks during an event where the institution announced new programs Friday morning. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Polytechnic announces new programs

Red Deer Polytechnic will soon offer new programs to students.

On Friday, the institution announced the addition of two new degrees, one certificate and a diploma and two micro-credentials.

Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education, announced approval for the polytechnic to offer its own Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.

“These new programs help empower local students to achieve success close to home, but they’re also a win for Red Deer and central Alberta. This is an exciting opportunity both to connect Alberta’s students to jobs, and to attract learners to our growing province,” said Nicolaides.

Prospective Bachelor of Education Degree students can apply now to begin their first year of study in the Bachelor of Education Degree at the Polytechnic in Fall 2022 term.

The Bachelor of Business Administration Degree will welcome its first group of learners the following year. In the meantime, the institution’s current business administration programming will remain in place, offering students a pathway into the new degree in Fall 2023.

Jim Brinkhurst, RDP interim president, said since the institution became a polytechnic eight months ago, “we have worked collaboratively to help shape our unique path forward.”

“The variety of academic pathways will help our learners achieve their career goals and meet the evolving needs of industry and our region. We are on a positive trajectory moving forward with increased opportunities for students to complete their programs in central Alberta.”

Along with the expansion of degree offerings, a Therapeutic Massage Therapy Diploma and Paralegal Certificate will also be offered in the 2022-23 academic year through the polytechnic’s Division of Extended Education. The Paralegal Certificate is currently the only one of its kind offered in Alberta.

New micro-credentials in Elder Care Aide and Transitional-Vocational Programming will also begin in Fall 2022. These micro-credentials assist students in meeting their immediate academic, career and personal goals while providing opportunities to build upon their future educational priorities.

Kylie Thomas, Red Deer Polytechnic’s vice-president of academic and provost, said this is an exciting time in the community.

“We continue to expand programming choices designed to meet the diverse needs of students, industry, and communities,” said Thomas.

“Through consultation with a variety of stakeholders, we developed quality and relevant curriculum with engaging work-integrated learning and applied research opportunities designed to position our students for success in their future careers.”



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

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Several dignitaries were on hand as Red Deer Polytechnic announced new programs Friday morning. (Contributed photo)

Several dignitaries were on hand as Red Deer Polytechnic announced new programs Friday morning. (Contributed photo)