Educators discuss common issues during Red Deer summit

Issues common to educators within the Red Deer region were tackled during a one-day summit at Red Deer College on Monday.

Issues common to educators within the Red Deer region were tackled during a one-day summit at Red Deer College on Monday.

Leaders from Red Deer College and from local public and Catholic School boards, along with key people from the provincial governments, have agreed to establish two committees that look into common concerns in four areas:

• Seamless transition from high-school to post-secondary;

• Administrative efficiencies;

• Expansion of the Reading College to all districts in Central Alberta;

• Creation of dual credits that would students to graduate with both a high school diploma and post-secondary credentials.

Brian Celli, superintendent of the Wild Rose School Division, said the meeting was positive in developing a partnership that would benefit learners and communities.

“The people sitting around that table were very engaged and committed to moving this initiative forward,” said Celli.

Shelley Ralston, chair of the Red Deer College board of governors, said the college hosted the summit in recognition of the need for local educators to share visions and work together.

“We want learners at every level to recognize that RDC is their home, a place for them to learn and where they can prepare both now and in the future for successful lives and careers,” said Ralston.