Will RDC become a degree granting institute? Province will answer Thursday

Red Deer College is expecting an answer to its request to become a degree granting institute Thursday.

Marlin Schmidt, minister of advanced education, will announce the decision that will impact Red Deer College’s future for decades to come, states Red Deer College’s website.

Schmidt is expected to be at RDC Arts Centre for “The Decision” at 2:45 p.m.

Last week Grande Prairie Regional College received a go-ahead from the provincial government to grant degrees.

RDC was promised to have an answer to its request to become polytechnic by the end of 2017.

At the State of the College address on Feb. 12, RDC president Joel Ward, said he won’t accept a red door.

“But I don’t imagine (the provincial government) will shut the door on us for the third time in 25 years,” he had said.

More than 100 programs are offered to 7,500 students at RDC and an additional 36,000 continuing education students.

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