Red Deer College has recruited retired Lt. Col. Tony Appels to become its new dean of trades and manufacturing technologies.
He takes over for Patricia Rokosh, who had been in the role since 2011. Rokosh has left to pursue an opportunity with North Island College in British Columbia.
Appels will lead the 15 trade apprenticeships and two diploma programs as the college attempts to work with government partners to address the need for skilled trades training in Alberta.
“I’m excited to join one of Alberta’s top innovators and its team of dynamic educators,” said Appels in a release.
“I take great pride and professional satisfaction in ensuring students receive instruction of the very highest standard and I’m pleased to do that with the faculty and staff at RDC, who are changing the landscape of post-secondary education in Canada.”
Appels comes to RDC from Canadian Forces Base Comox. During his military career, he had a strong focus on the education and development of people, providing training and education.
He has a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering and a master of science degree in aerospace vehicle design.