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Vision, Mission and Values

Red Deer Polytechnic is proud to serve our students and surrounding communities. We have been part of central Alberta since the 1960s, when we were known as Red Deer College or RDC.  

We are guided in our actions by our institution's vision, mission and values. 


Our vision is to be a resourceful polytechnic, unbound by tradition.

We are bold. We are resilient. We are more than applied. We will lead the transformation of post-secondary education by becoming more innovative, entrepreneurial and sustainable with people at our core. Red Deer Polytechnic must be the best choice for our learners, our clients, our employees, and our communities, resulting in growth and readiness for the future.


Because of Red Deer Polytechnic: The intellectual, economic, cultural and social development of Central Alberta is enriched while demonstrating good stewardship.


Teaching and learning are at the heart of everything we do for our learners and communities at Red Deer Polytechnic. Five key values reflect both the reality and the aspirations of the organization.

AGILITY: Our decision-making is guided by evidence based practice, building capacity for resiliency, and preparing our organization, our communities and our learners for adaptability. Our actions are guided by the needs of our diverse communities.

BRAVERY: We are courageous to explore and embrace new ideas, new ways of thinking and encourage adaptive leadership. We create opportunities to act in the interest of equity, diversity and inclusion as well as empower individuals to share their voice, act with integrity and do the right thing.

CONNECTION: We are effective educators, communicators, brokers, and facilitators of enriched authentic and inclusive learning experiences for local and global communities. Our learners, faculty, staff and partners grow within our community and remain engaged as learners for life.

DISCOVERY: Driven by our culture of excellence, we take risks and try new things as role models of a growth mindset and creative thinking. We demonstrate diversity in action as we embrace opportunities to be researchers and problem-solvers, enabling invention, exploration, piloting and rapid change.

EMPOWERMENT: Our faculty, staff and learners are informed decision makers, critical thinkers, and advocates. We embrace our responsibility to advance learning, diversity, choice and equity for all.



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