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Welcome to our newest Red Deer Polytechnic alumni! We’re so glad you’re here and we’re looking forward to sharing stories, celebrating each other’s accomplishments, and finding new ways to connect. Let us know what you want to see in your alumni newsletter here

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A young couple has their photo taken at the Fine Wine and Food Tasting 2018A Favourite event, re-envisioned

We are excited to invite you to Palate: A Taste of Local on October 20, 2022, in the Cenovus Energy Learning Common on our main campus. 

This elegant tasting event builds on the well-established reputation of the Fine Wine and Food Tasting Festival, expanding opportunities to explore even more inclusive, local, hand-crafted food and beverage items. Palate: A Taste of Local combines the elevated experience you’ve enjoyed in the past with new elements we know you’re going to love. 

Palate is not your typical tasting, it’s an elegant experience. Our vendors offer more than just fine wine, they also bring small batch spirits, craft beer and soda, hand crafted cocktails and mocktails, and other non-alcoholic beverages. With a variety of food items including sweet, savoury and international dishes, guests won’t just taste food, they will experience food. Palate provides guests with an opportunity to meet the makers, owners and mixologists and experience central Alberta’s local food and beverage culture.  

Throughout the event guests can look forward to chatting with local makers and suppliers, hearing about the passion they have for creating each item. As well as networking with other guests. Gather with fellow alumni and friends of Red Deer Polytechnic to experience this event. 

Want to be among the first to know when tickets for this exciting event become available? Make sure your contact information is up to date at

A group of students sits at a table. A data visualization document is visible on one of the students' laptop screensFree Microsoft Courses

Red Deer Polytechnic, in partnership with Microsoft, is excited to bring you two skill development opportunities that will help bolster your knowledge and advance your career. We are pleased to offer these programs at no cost if you register by June 30, 2022

The Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals course and Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals course have been designed to help you easily learn and develop skills independently and online at any time. Instructors are accessible to help answer any questions you may have. 

In the Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals course, you will learn about shared responsibility, zero trust, data residency, the role of identity providers, and more. 

Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals will help you learn about core data concepts such as relational, non-relational, big data, and analytics, and build foundational knowledge of cloud data services within Microsoft Azure. 

Once you have completed either of the two courses listed above you are able to complete an exam to gain a recognized Microsoft Credential that validates your skills. Click on the course titles to register by June 30 and there is no cost to you! 

A group of women working together at a table.Building Better Businesses 

Red Deer Polytechnic has collaborated with Campus Alberta Central to offer the Building Better Businesses Certificate to rural, central Alberta women over 16 years of age who are looking to enhance their business skills and to become employed in their communities.   

The certificate is a tremendous opportunity for women in the region to upgrade their skills in seven different subject areas as they plan to enter, or re-enter, the workforce, or begin a new career.   

Sixty women will benefit from the diverse blend of courses offered over the seven-week program, increasing their employability and earning potential, while establishing supportive connections with peers and instructors. Students will also learn about becoming an entrepreneur and starting their own businesses. Participation has been fully funded by the Government of Alberta through the Women’s Economic Recovery Challenge Grant and courses are delivered online, about 20 hours per week, providing flexibility for students balancing other commitments.  

Details about the Building Better Businesses Certificate, including how to register, are available here.

Join Our Team

You know first hand the difference that Red Deer Polytechnic staff and faculty can make in the lives of students. Consider joining our team to help deliver a world class student experience, right here in central Alberta. Here are some of our newest opportunities

  • Indigenous Student Services Generalist 
  • Program Assistant (School of Community, Wellness and Health) 
  • Student Information Systems Coordinator (0.1FTE) 
  • Part-Time Biology Instructor – Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Program Instructor – Sessional Position  
  • Administrative Assistant, Placement Office (Work Integrated Learning) 
  • Chemistry Instructor - Sessional 
  • Biology Laboratory Technologist II (0.5 FTE) 

A Nursing student, instructor and patient actor work through a scenario in a clinical setting.Alumni Stories

Nursing graduates rank first in the country | Read more

Graduates of the Nursing program are being recognized for achieving a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination – the highest rate in the country. Breanne Kent (Bachelor of Science, Nursing, 2022) was one of these 31 graduates, and she reflects on the program and her instructors. 

Congratulations to our Skills Competitors | Read more

Red Deer Polytechnic’s Apprentices have once again been recognized by Skills Canada Alberta and Skills Canada for their industry-leading competencies among a deep field of provincial and national post-secondary Apprentices, earning 10 medals at this year’s competitions.  

Tristen Hatto poses with the second and third place competitors at Skills Canada.Tristen Hatto earned gold in Electrical Installations and Dayton Playford earned gold in Welding at the Skills Canada National Competition. Both Apprentices qualified for the World Skills International Competition this Fall. 

Brandon Maclean receives the Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal | Read more   

At our 58th Convocation Ceremonies on June 3, we were proud to award Brandon Maclean the Governor General’s Academic Bronze Medal, which is awarded to a graduate with the highest grade point average. Brandon earned eight grades of A+ and graduated with a GPA of 4.0 in his final year of study, in the Justice Studies Diploma Program.  

Congratulations on all of your hard work and accomplishments, Brandon!  

What's happening on campus

Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Brand Refresh

Today, Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics will begin a new chapter of its storied legacy with a refreshed look.   

We are immensely proud of the Kings and Queens who helped to shape our Athletics program to become very successful and well-known in central Alberta, across the league, and throughout the nation. Individual student-athletes and teams have won 25 national titles and 182 ACAC gold medals, along with numerous academic and athletic awards. We are also extremely excited to enter a new era.   

This new logo speaks to that bright future while staying connected to the storied past of the RDP Kings and Queens by featuring an updated Crown. This also reflects the feedback we received through focus group and survey activities, to which many alumni and current student-athletes contributed. The Crown is significant to both past and current student-athletes, as well as our internal and external communities.   

Keeping the Crown as the logo pays homage to the history of Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics and its legacy of excellence. Looking to the future, we wanted bold and modern visuals that better align with the brand of our institution, while providing the Kings and Queens with a unique and easily recognizable look. With the refreshed logo, we feel that we have accomplished those goals.   The new Crown was shaped through a multi-step creative process.  

The updated logo uses:  

Single inside lines that show energy and excitement   
An up and outward shape which implies expansion and acceleration   
Bold, sharp edges that are fearsome and intimidating   
A new design for a new era of Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics  
Logo familiarity as a continuation of our rich history  
One colour to better align with the RDP brand   

We hope that you’ll join us on campus to see the new logo in person. The new Crown has already been installed on the floor of The Fas Gas – On The Run Gymnasium. Beginning in the 2022/2023 season, the Kings and Queens will also wear new uniforms that feature the modern logo to begin a new chapter of RDP Athletics. Visit for schedules and join us this season!  

Members of government, partner organizations, CACAC and Red Deer Polytechnic dig.Breaking ground to break barriers

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre has officially broken ground on the Centre of Excellence on Red Deer Polytechnic Main Campus. This facility will be a the first of its kind, integrating education, innovation and research with service delivery for children and youth, and their families.  

We're excited to watch the new Centre of Excellence come to life on campus. Read more here.   

Upcoming programming from Extended Education:

This year we will expand our programming to include a Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate and a Therapeutic Massage Therapy Diploma.  

Photo of a patient receiving a massage.We will be offering the Massage Therapy Diploma in Winter 2023. In our Massage Therapy Diploma, learners will gain hands-on experience working in the learner-run clinic on campus. Key learning points include teaching learners to develop treatment plans, assess the body and prescribe remedial exercises, build techniques that will assist with pain relief and symptoms of stress while developing, maintaining, rehabilitating, and increasing physical function, and building entrepreneurial business skills. 

The Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate program is a part-time program for those already working in the legal field as Legal Assistants and is the only paralegal program endorsed by the Alberta Association of Professional Paralegals. This one-year certificate includes eight theory-based courses and one consolidated practicum course. The Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate will allow graduates to take on more responsibility within the legal field under the supervision of a lawyer. This program will prepare graduates to focus on contracts law, professional ethics, legal research, legal drafting, torts, rules of evidence and legal interviewing. Our next intake for the Paralegal Post-Diploma Certificate is Fall 2022.  

Making a difference

A crowd shot from the 2019 Community Awards Dinner

Nominate a deserving alum

Red Deer Polytechnic alumni make a lasting impact in our communities, and we have been proud to acknowledge recipients of our Distinguished Alum and Alumni Legacy Awards at the Community Awards Banquet each May. 

In our new era, as Red Deer Polytechnic, we have made a few changes. The Community Awards Banquet will take place this October and, with this in mind, the Award Nominations Deadline is now July 31, 2022. This Fall, we’re excited to celebrate the recipients of our 2020 and 2021 awards along with our 2022 nominees. 

Do you know an alum worthy of recognition for personal, professional, or community service achievement? Perhaps a former classmate, a current colleague or a teacher at your child’s school? Nominate them for one of the 2022 Alumni Awards! 

Distinguished Alumni Award: The recipients of this award have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas: personal achievement, academic achievement, or public service achievement. 

Alumni Legacy Award: we are proud to bestow posthumous recognition to an individual alum’s contribution to the community and to honour and celebrate their lasting impact in our region. 

Visit our online Nomination Form or contact us for more information. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2022.   



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