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We’re glad you’re here.  

 

You’re what Red Deer Polytechnic’s future is all about – continuing on a legacy built by more than 80,000 alumni and doing more. In this video, President Stuart Cullum shares what he’s looking forward to for our Polytechnic and why he’s excited to meet you. 


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A graphic depiction of the games this weekGames This Week - Presented by the RDPAA

Help us pack the stands with alumni! The Red Deer Polytechnic Alumni Association is proud to present a weekend of exhibition and conference games for Kings and Queens Soccer, Basketball and Hockey, October 6-8.  

Want to win your tickets? We’re giving away one ticket pack to a Spotlight subscriber and one ticket pack to an alum who updates their contact information before October 3. Not sure if your information is current? If you’re receiving our Spotlight emails, you’re already entered. If you’re not receiving those emails, update your info to make sure you’re entered to win.  Find all of the contest details here, or purchase your tickets online.

Thursday, October 6 | Thanksgiving Basketball Classic Tournament Day 1 
Fas Gas On the Run Gymnasium | Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre 
Red Deer Polytechnic Queens vs. Lethbridge College | 6 PM 
Red Deer Polytechnic Kings vs. Lethbridge College | 8 PM 
Please note, your ticket includes access to all Basketball games this day. Tickets are $16.50 for adults. Discounts are available for youth and seniors.   

Friday, October 7 | Thanksgiving Basketball Classic Tournament Day 2 
Fas Gas On the Run Gymnasium | Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre 
Red Deer Polytechnic Kings vs. NAIT | 6 PM 
Red Deer Polytechnic Queens vs. Keyano College | 8 PM 
Please note, the tournament begins at 2 PM, and your ticket includes access to all Basketball games this day. Tickets are $16.50 for adults. Discounts are available for youth and seniors.  

Friday, October 7  
Ice Arena | Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre 
Red Deer Polytechnic Kings vs. NAIT | 7 PM   

Saturday, October 8 | Thanksgiving Basketball Classic Tournament Day 3 
Fas Gas On the Run Gymnasium | Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre 
Red Deer Polytechnic Kings vs. Northwestern Polytechnic | 6 PM 
Red Deer Polytechnic Queens vs. NAIT | 8 PM 
Please note, the tournament begins at 2 PM, and your ticket includes access to all Basketball games this day. Tickets are $16.50 for adults. Discounts are available for youth and seniors.  

Saturday, October 8 
Ice Arena | Gary W Harris Canada Games Centre 
Red Deer Polytechnic Queens vs. Southern Alberta Hockey Academy | 7 PM 

Saturday, October 8  
RDP Soccer Fields | RDP Main Campus 
Red Deer Polytechnic Queens vs. UAlberta - Augustana | 1:30 PM 
There is no charge to attend this match. 

The Thanksgiving Basketball Classic Tournament continues on Sunday, October 9, with matchups between visiting teams.   

Palate: A Taste of Local is written overtop of a photo. The photos shows a variety of chocolate desserts decorated with strawberries and raspberries, laid out in tidy rows. You could win tickets to Palate: A Taste of Local! 

We’re excited to announce our vendors for Palate: A Taste of Local. Help us share the #locallove on social media and you could win two tickets to this exclusive event.  

This year, we can’t wait to welcome back some of your favourites and introduce you to new local makers and business owners. Learn more about all of our confirmed vendors here, and watch our social media as more of your favourite brewers, restaurants, cafes and bakeries are added.  

Want to win two tickets to this elegant celebration of connection and culinary delights? Check out our social media contest on Facebook and Instagram. Follow @rdpalumni, comment on the contest post with the vendor you’d most like to see at Palate (hint – it’s pinned to the top of our profile), tag the person you’d like to bring with you and that’s it, you’re entered. Share the post to your stories and receive an additional entry. Contest closes Thursday, September 29. 

Find all of the contest details here.

Skip the contest and purchase your tickets here.

A photo of a professional development class in session.Employment Opportunities

RDP alumni have got what it takes! Join our dynamic team in one of these exciting roles and help us grow opportunities for students and the community. Visit our employment site to learn more about these and many other current opportunities. 

  • Relief Child Care Educator
  • Project Manager, Centres for Manufacturing & Energy Innovation
  • Computer Science Instructor - Continuous Appointment (Probationary)
  • Program Assistant - Operations
  • Director of Campus Management
  • Head Athletic Therapist
A photo of two young professionals in an office environment.Customized Corporate Training Solutions

Did you know that Red Deer Polytechnic can provide your organization with training and professional development solutions to help you develop your employees? Our client-centered approach means that we learn about your organization and its unique objectives to create solutions that are specific to your business needs. With that understanding, we design and deliver group and customized training solutions that support your employees’ professional development. Our Business Development Consultant will evaluate your needs and help you create a comprehensive custom training plan to meet your organization’s specific objectives. 

This training could also be eligible for funding through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. When you invest in your employees, two-thirds of their training costs could be covered through the Grant. Your organization could be eligible for up to $10,000 in funding per trainee, per fiscal year. If you’re hiring an unemployed Albertan, that rate could go up to $15,000 and 100% coverage.  

Red Deer Polytechnic alumni are job creators, and we can help you build your team and equip them to succeed and do great work for your customers. If you are looking for growth in your organization and you want to help your employees learn essential new skills that will help them bring more value to your organization, we can help. Contact our corporate [dot] training [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (subject: Spotlight%20-%20Customized%20Corporate%20Training%20Solutions) (Business Development team) at 587.447.2973 to learn more about our business courses, training programs and current trends. 


A photo of Kat Simmers on a lift in front of the mural they are painting. Alumni Stories

Take joy in your craft | Meet Kat Simmers

A new mural at Red Deer Polytechnic’s downtown campus celebrates the diversity of interests and expertise of RDP students across our history. With Flying Colours was created by RDP alum, Kat Simmers (Visual Art, 2012), to span the east wall of the Welikoklad Event Centre. “It was the creativity and passion for learning I developed at RDP that led to success in those environments as well. I wanted to capture the spark of innovation and joyful work environment that I experienced at the Polytechnic,” says Kat.  

 

A photo of Jessica Nelson playing with a dog as a volunteer with the Central Alberta Humane Society.The 2022 Board of Governors Scholarship for Citizenship recipient | Meet Jessica Nelson

The Red Deer Polytechnic Board of Governors is proud to acknowledge Jessica Nelson for her compassionate community service, committed volunteerism and her contributions to improving the quality of life for central Albertans. Jessica’s outstanding volunteer contributions and her commitment to her studies exemplify the powerful impact Red Deer Polytechnic students can make on our province and abroad. Join us in congratulating Jessica on receiving this award! 


What's happening on campus

Join us for Homecoming

A graphic that reads, "Red Deer Polytechnic Homecoming October 20-22, 2022"At Red Deer Polytechnic, we’re extremely proud of our rich history, including our more than 80,000 alumni who are leaders in their communities and professions. Our connections with alumni and community members contributes to our Polytechnic in many ways, which include advocacy, volunteerism and providing learning opportunities and support to current students.  

The past few years have been challenging for us all to fully engage as a Polytechnic community. As a way to reconnect with one another and grow our relationships, Red Deer Polytechnic is proud to host Homecoming from October 20-22, 2022 on main campus.  

Over these three days, there will be a variety of academic, athletic and social events for you, your families and your former classmates to attend. Alumni are at the centre of this weekend, which is a celebration of the collective impact we have on the community because we are connected to each other. Fittingly, the weekend’s events kick off with the RDP Alumni Association’s annual signature event, Palate: A Taste of Local

Here is a brief overview of the events:   

  • Palate: A Taste of Local | Cenovus Energy Learning Common | Thursday, October 20 | 7 pm  
  • Philosopher’s Café | Library Information Common | Thursday, October 20 | 7 pm  
  • Free Fitness Sessions | Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone | Friday, October 21 | Cycle at 6 pm | Fitness Step at 6:45 pm  
  • Queens and Kings Basketball Home Opener | Fas Gas On The Run Gymnasium | Friday, October 21 | Queens at 6 pm | Kings at 8 pm  
  • Library 20th Anniversary Celebration | Library Information Common | Friday, October 21 | 7 pm  
  • Free Fitness Sessions | Collicutt Performance Fitness Zone | Saturday, October 22 | Fitness Step at 2 pm | Cycle at 2:45 pm  
  • Kings Hockey | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre Arena | Friday, October 21 | 7 pm  
  • Open House | Main Campus | Saturday, October 22 | 9 am - Noon  
  • Queens and Kings Soccer | RDP Main Field | Saturday, October 22 | Queens at 12 pm | Kings at 2 pm 

Tickets to watch the Queens and Kings Basketball games, along with Kings Hockey, can be purchased online. There is no charge to watch Queens and Kings Soccer.   
Accommodations are available in our Residence Suites. Learn more and check availability here.  
Bookmark the RDP Events Calendar to stay up to date on the activities happening all weekend long.  

Remembering the children is written over an orange background. Silhouette style illustrations of birds fly across the right side of the graphic.Committed to Truth and Reconciliation

Red Deer Polytechnic is committed to reconciliation and creating an inclusive, culturally diverse campus for everyone. 

In the spirit of truth, reconciliation, and our commitment toward indigenization, we can learn from and commemorate with Indigenous peoples. 

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, falls on the last day of a week-long initiative meant to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors and their families and communities. We invite you to join us on campus to view the Feather and Timeline Display, beginning Monday, September 26, or to create a feather to add to this display. On Thursday, September 29, you are invited to attend an Indigenous Flag Raising Ceremony at 12 pm, at Red Deer Polytechnic’s Main Campus Front Entrance. Throughout the week, educational and cultural initiatives will provide opportunities for students, staff and faculty to connect with Indigenous partners, hold space for Indigenous students, and create learning and engagement opportunities for faculty, staff, students and community members. 

New sculpture celebrates Red Deer Polytechnic’s new brand

Have you seen our newest installation? A 3D metal sculpture of the new Red Deer Polytechnic logo was recently installed at the front entrance on main campus. 

 

The sculpture is a unique way to celebrate both the new brand and the expertise in our Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC). It was built in CIM-TAC from 11 gauge, four by six-inch tubular carbon steel. CIM-TAC staff designed and performed the engineering work on the sculpture and collaborated with the Campus Management to determine the most effective manner of installation. 

It will create a fun backdrop for photo opportunities for students and visitors, as well as help engage the community in our new identity as a Polytechnic. As central Albertans continue to learn about the diverse benefits of our new designation, the sculpture will help to generate awareness and excitement around what it means to be Red Deer Polytechnic.  

A photo of a student working on a sprinkler system.Fire Sprinkler Systems Installer demonstration 

In conjunction with the Red Deer Fire Department, Red Deer Polytechnic will host a controlled side-by-side burn of two mock dorm rooms on main campus. The demonstration will showcase the importance of fire safety and the competencies of RDP Fire Sprinkler Systems Installer Apprentices.  

One dorm room will be equipped with a sprinkler system, which will be installed by RDP’s second and third-year Apprentices, exemplifying the importance of fire safety measures. The other room will not have a sprinkler system, showcasing the incredible speed that fire can spread.  

Friday, October 7, 2022 | 12 pm  
Parking Lot B – South corner lot next to the soccer field
Red Deer Polytechnic’s Main Campus  

This demonstration precedes National Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) which raises fire safety awareness through educational initiatives.  A variety of safety precautions will be in place for the demonstration, including the presence of the Red Deer Fire Department. Join us on campus for this informative demonstration of fire safety systems.  

A photo of Kylie Thomas (VP Academic and Provost), Savannah Snow (SARDP President) and Stuart Cullum (RDP President) in front of the new logo sculpture at the front entrance of main campus.New programs and new spaces for Fall 2022 

This September, we welcomed students into several new programs and expanded available seats in some existing programs due, in part, to additional funding provided by the provincial government. In Winter 2023 Term, enrolment is expected to grow, and an additional three new programs will begin. 

This academic year is marked by increased choice for learners as more classes are available in-person, online or in a blended format. Laddering credentials, like the Paralegal Certificate, which begins in Winter 2023 Term, provide new opportunities for continued learning and professional development. 

In a new partnership with Prairie College, students can now earn RDP’s Practical Nurse Diploma at the Prairie College campus in Three Hills. With this partnership, Prairie College nursing students will have more access to clinical placements than previously possible, helping to meet the needs of learners and the demands from the public health care system in Alberta. Learn more about the exciting year ahead, here


A photo of four students studying together at a table. Making a difference

Student’s Association Student Food Bank 

The Students’ Association Student Food Bank was established in 1995, and provides hampers once per term to students in need, as well as a seasonal hamper in December. In 2020/21, the Student Food Bank provided 74 students and their families with 47 hampers. Through the “pay-what-you-can” soup program, and cash and online donations, the Student Food Bank raised $6,475.90. In 2021/2022, SARDP President, Savannah Snow, created the Lone Star Burger with Cilantro & Chive, which raised more than $1,100 for the Student Food Bank. A Winter Food Drive, organized by staff in the Ancillary and Sport Services department, annually garners generous donations of non-perishable food items. These student, staff, community and alumni initiatives go a long way to supporting this valuable emergency service for students.  

You can help support the Student Food Bank by donating unopened, non-perishable food items on Red Deer Polytechnic Main Campus, in the drop box near the Main Gym, or making an online gift here. Financial support helps the Student Food Bank purchase items to accommodate different health and religious diets, and gift cards that can be used for perishable items. Your gift goes a long way to alleviate the stress that some students experience when balancing multiple commitments, and directly contributes to their ability to be successful in their programs.  

A photo of the 2022 Awards of Excellence recipients with President Stuart Cullum and Vice President Jim Brinkhurst2022 Awards of Excellence 

Red Deer Polytechnic staff and faculty make a difference for students every day. Congratulations to the 2022 recipients of the Awards of Excellence, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions of employees in serving students, the institution and the community over the past year.  

The awards acknowledge work in four key areas, and we’re proud to celebrate the recipients and nominees here, especially the alumni on this list who demonstrate the unique impact that alumni can have when returning to RDP as staff and faculty, as well as the value of a commitment to lifelong learning.  

Excellence in Innovation 

  • Doug MacDormand and Kevin Willoughby (Bachelor of Commerce, 1981) (recipients from a joint submission) - instructors in the Donald School of Business, Science and Technology   

Excellence in Teaching    

  • Marilyn Lange (Legal Assistant, 1985; Bachelor of Education, 1989) (recipient) - instructor in the Donald School of Business, Science and Technology  

Excellence in Service    

  • Sheri McKenzie (recipient) - Manager, Health Safety and Wellness   
  • Erin Steinlein (Business Administration, 2000) (nominee) - Development Systems Coordinator in Philanthropy and Alumni Relations   

Excellence in Leadership   

  • Dr. Alison Jeppesen (recipient) - Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning and Research  
  • J’Anna Aitchison (Bachelor of Arts, 1999) (recipient) - Director, Strategic Projects, and Integrated Planning   
  • Dr. Robbie Halonen (eLearning Instructor, 2020) (recipient) - Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Culture and the Donald School of Business, Science and Technology  
  • Rayna Becker (Bachelor of Arts, 2011) (nominee) - Director, Institutional Research   
  • Georgina Nickoriuk (nominee) - Marketing Manager, Strategic Communications and Marketing  
  • Dr. Dustin Quirk (Human Resources Management, 2019) (nominee) - instructor in the Donald School of Business, Science and Technology  

Read more about the recipients here

 

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