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Our Story

Our post-secondary institution's story began in 1964, when our first group of students attended classes that fall. At that time, our institution was known as Red Deer College, or RDC.

In 2021, the Government of Alberta granted our institution approval to change our name and designation to now serve students and our communities as Red Deer Polytechnic. 

Red Deer Polytechnic offers diverse programs in a wide variety of subject areas, and credentials including degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs. 

Applied research and innovation provide opportunities where our students and faculty collaborate with businesses and entrepreneurs to find solutions to real-world problems. Many of our applied research projects and facilities help to advance something we all care deeply about, ensuring we contribute to a sustainable future for the College, for central Alberta and beyond. 

Our core business, teaching and learning, is at the heart of our institution's mandate, vision, mission and values. Our people – students, instructors, staff, and community members – are who make Red Deer Polytechnic such a vibrant and welcoming post-secondary institution.  

As a public post-secondary institution, we are accountable to our students and the citizens of our region. 

We’re excited about the next chapter in our institution’s future. Our story will evolve as we provide more students with valuable learning opportunities. We will continue to offer the same breadth of credentials and same variety of programs we offer now, plus our own degrees. 

We invite you to be part of our story. 


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