RDC developing international business program

Red Deer College extended its reach to the city’s downtown core when the Donald School of Business moved to the Millennium Centre in 2010. Now it’s eying the world.

Red Deer College extended its reach to the city’s downtown core when the Donald School of Business moved to the Millennium Centre in 2010.

Now it’s eying the world.

The college announced on Wednesday that it’s developing an international business program to train students to help businesses operate globally. Classes in the new international business graduate certificate program are scheduled to begin in September.

RDC said in a release that the program is well-suited for Alberta — an exporting province within an exporting country.

“By adding this new program, the college continues to demonstrate how we respond to business demand for relevant programs in our region and our world,” said Joel Ward, the college’s president and CEO.

Open to students with an undergraduate degree, or a two-year diploma or equivalent training with two years of work experience, the program will consist of 10 courses taught over a 12-month period. It will be delivered online and through classroom executive weekends, with a final project requiring students to develop and present an international expansion plan for a Canadian business. Students can also complete a practicum.

Those enrolled in the program have an opportunity to receive a Forum for International Trade Training and a Certified International Trade Professional designation, as well as a Red Deer College certificate.

RDC is the first Alberta college to offer a credential program of this kind.

“The Donald School of Business is excited to offer learners this unique program that sets them up to be international entrepreneurs,” said Darcy Mykytyshyn, dean of the Donald School of Business.

“With real-world business examples integrated into the international business program, we will help ensure students can hit the ground running quickly to be successful in their careers.”

Information sessions about the International Business Graduate Certificate program will be conducted in Red Deer, Calgary and Edmonton.

The Red Deer sessions will take place at the Donald School of Business on Friday, June 13 from 11 a.m. to noon, and on Friday, June 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

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