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Students in Education learning on the quad outside of the Arts Centre.Call for Alumni Award nominations!

Red Deer Polytechnic alumni are making a real impact in our communities. 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 an alumni award!  

Each year, we proudly honour the achievements of a Distinguished Alum, someone who has distinguished themselves in the following areas: personal achievement, academic achievement, or public service achievement. We are also proud to bestow posthumous recognition to an individual alum’s contribution to the community with the Alumni Legacy Award  and to honour and celebrate the lasting impact of their legacy in our region. 

Work with us!

Students, faculty and staff walking down the hallway on RDP's Main Campus.We have many positions open in both academic and services roles at Red Deer Polytechnic, and we’d love to have you on our team. You can connect with prospective students to help them find the right learning pathway through roles in the Office of the Registrar, or with Kings and Queens fans through roles in Athletics. Learn more about these and many other exciting opportunities at rdpolytech.ca/employment

  • Administrative Assistant (Office of the President)  
  • Administrative Assistant, (Teaching, Learning and Research)
  • Athletics Photographer  (Division of Student Success)
  • Athletics Games Lead Attendant   (Division of Student Success)
  • Executive Director, Campus Alberta Central (CAC)  (People and Culture)
  • Student Connect Centre Advisor (Registrar)
  • Student Connect Centre Recruiter (Registrar)
  • Program Assistant (School of Community, Wellness and Health)  
  • English Instructor - Continuous Appointment (Probationary)  (School of Arts and Culture)
  • Film Production Instructor – Advanced Cinematography  (School of Arts and Culture)
  • Biology Instructor, Part-Time  (Donald School of Business, Science and Technology)
  • Relief Child Care Educator  (Children's Programs)
  • Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor(s) – Part-Time (School of Community, Wellness and Health)  
  • Promotions Coordinator  (Division of Extended Education)
  • Non Credit Instructor- Software Development (Division of Extended Education)
Marketing imageTrauma Informed Programming Now Available at Red Deer Polytechnic 

All of us experience trauma at some point in our lives.  Trauma symptoms can show up in numerous ways and is rarely the same for each person.  RDP has created Trauma Informed Programming to equip citizens with tools to aid them in recognizing trauma, shifting to a trauma sensitive mindset with the overall goal of strengthening community resiliency.  

RDP currently offers two programs: Building Resilience Through Trauma Awareness, which is community focused and Trauma Informed Workplace which is design for front-line employees who are working with the public daily and their managers. 

Trauma Informed Workforce 

The Trauma Informed Workforce program provides competency-based learning for front-line facing employees across a variety of sectors including education, retail, social service, municipal government and more. Help equip your employees with the skills to promote positive interactions with clients and colleagues in the face of traumatic or anxiety inducing moments.  Complete all six courses to earn a micro-credential in Trauma Informed Workforce. 

Building Resilience Through Trauma Awareness 

In an effort to increase knowledge, trauma recognition, and a supportive network, Red Deer Polytechnic and The City of Red Deer have collaborated to offer the Building Resilience Through Trauma Awareness program. This free program is suitable for individuals who work with people who have been exposed to trauma, those who want to become more trauma aware, and those who have experienced trauma. The overall goal of the program is to develop knowledge, support, and resilience within the community. This valuable and informative program consists of two classes – Building Trauma Awareness and Sensitivity Level One and Enhancing Trauma Informed Response Level Two. 


Alumni Stories

Erin Boake.Visual Artist and Teacher | Erin Boake's story

"My name is Erin Boake. I'm born and raised here in Red Deer. I'm an artist, a mother, and a business owner. 

I think I'm making an impact by sharing my love of art with the younger generation coming up because there's so many kids that love it. I do have some students I've had that have gone on to RDP, and it's really exciting to see them grow and want to pursue art as a career. Hopefully I can inspire them maybe not only to be artists but to be creative in their future careers in other ways."  

Watch how Erin's love for art has grown into an impactful career through her small business, Artribute Art School, in this video feature. 

Electrician instructor and students using equipment.Driving Change in Your Industry | Trades Focus Groups

Getting involved with a professional association in your industry is one of the best ways to influence industry standards, expand your education and career, and provide leadership and mentorship to up-and-comers in your field.

Recently, Red Deer Polytechnic's Alumni Relations team worked with the Red Deer Construction Association to lead conversations with Trades students about how professional associations can better connect with students and alumni.

Read more about what we heard from Trades students in our first two focus group sessions. 

 


What's happening on campus

The Red Deer Polytechnic 21-22 Indoor Track team.RDP Athletics Update

Athletics competition resumes tonight, with Queens Hockey facing off against the Broncos at Olds College. Kings and Queens Basketball, Volleyball and Hockey teams have multiple games this weekend, at home and away. The RDP Cross Country team will compete in the Running Room Grand Prix #1 indoor track event. Learn more about games this week, or see the full schedule at rdpolytechathletics.ca 

How to watch the games:

Watch for the RDP Athletics 50-50 launching Jan 28. Follow @rdp_athletics on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Winter Term COVID update 

With the ongoing spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, Red Deer Polytechnic has determined that the best way to keep its students and employees healthy and safe is to continue primarily with online learning and service delivery until February 27.  

“By sharing this announcement now, it provides our students and employees with the opportunity to plan as best they can, given the dynamic situation we all find ourselves within,” says Kylie Thomas, Vice President Academic and Provost. “I appreciate the continued dedication shown by our faculty and staff as they support our learners each day. We will continue to provide high-quality learning experiences for our students, both online and in person, to help them achieve their educational goals.”  

Read the announcement here, and learn more about protocols in place at Red Deer Polytechnic to protect staff and students at rdpolytech.ca/covid

The sun breaking through the treesJoin us for a Counselling Centre Workshop 

The Inquiring Mind | Online Workshop

Saturday, February 5, 2022 | 9:00am - 1:00pm 

This course is designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in an educational setting. The workshop covers three main components: stigma reduction, resiliency skills, and the Mental Health Continuum Model. The Mental Health Continuum Model reconceptualizes how one thinks and talks about mental health by categorizing signs and indicators of good to poor mental health. TIM also teaches strategies for creating a supportive campus and how to support others who may be experiencing poor mental health. 

Alberta Health Services Community Helpers Program | Online Workshop

Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 9:00am - 1:30pm 

The Alberta Health Services Community Helpers Certificate Program provides practical skills that you can use in your day-to-day life. The goal is to build on your natural helping ability by providing you with the skills and knowledge necessary to support your peers’ mental health and well-being. 

The Program: 

  • bridges “formal” and “informal” support for young people, 
  • reduces stigma and labelling of mental health issues,  
  • focuses on prevention and early identification for individuals who may be at risk, 
  • provides extensive training in handling crisis situations effectively and ethically, 
  • reduces stigma by increasing campus and community awareness, 
  • expands knowledge on mental health issues, and 
  • improves interventions for those who may be at risk of suicide.

Wellness Wednesday Workshop: Burnout, Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma | Online Workshop

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm 

This workshop explores burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma.  Participants will learn to recognize where they are at in terms of managing the ebb and flow of COVID-19 and if you find yourself interacting with people in a helper type of role, personally, or professionally. 

Red Deer Polytechnic leaders and CIM-TAC staff cutting a red ribbon in the CIM-TACRDP’s Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC) celebrates official ribbon cutting  

The Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing (CIM-TAC) is hosting an online official ribbon cutting on January 20th to celebrate their designation as one of only 60 Technology Access Centres (TACs) found in post-secondary institutions across Canada. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awarded the multi-year funding TAC grant in 2020 to expand research and innovation at Red Deer Polytechnic.  

Since 2009, the CIM-TAC has been a unique and affordable resource at Red Deer Polytechnic, and a key facility of our Four Centres. Through the years, hundreds of projects have been successfully conducted to grow Alberta businesses.  The $1.75M NSERC TAC grant, together with key equipment purchases funded by a $1.8M grant from Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), has enabled the CIM-TAC to work with industry at a higher level and expand service offerings to include design for manufacturing, validation, and manufacturing optimization.   

“RDP is the only post-secondary facility in Alberta with this breadth of manufacturing equipment and expertise that is both centralized and dedicated to serving industry,” said CIM-TAC Manager, Dr. Tonya Wolfe. “We are grateful to NSERC and PrairiesCan for their generous funding that made it possible for the CIM-TAC to truly become a full-service applied research facility.”   

This support also created more applied research and learning opportunities that benefit RDP’s students, faculty, and staff as they collaborate with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring to life the innovative ideas that help all Albertans.     

Richard Longtin headshotYou can watch the ribbon-cutting video on Red Deer Polytechnic’s YouTube channel. Questions? Our CIM-TAC team would be happy to innovation [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (connect )with you.   

Welcome Richard Longtin 

We're excited to welcome Richard Longtin, our new Vice President External Relations, to Red Deer Polytechnic. A part of his work will be leading the Alumni Relations team, and we're excited to learn from his extensive experience in alumni engagement. 
 
"Red Deer Polytechnic is much more than a post-secondary institution; it is an economic development agency and a community pillar. I look forward to the opportunity to work with, and build on, the incredible work that has already been done by staff, alumni, donors, students, faculty, the community and government partners to expand educational access and opportunities." 
 
Read more about Richard's extensive experience and knowledge in post-secondary education here.   


Making a difference

SARDP Executive holding an oversized cheque from Cilantro and ChiveThe Students’ Association of Red Deer Polytechnic gives back 

Thank you for supporting Red Deer Polytechnic students in December, though your support for SARDP initiatives! 

On Friday, December 10, members of the Students’ Association launched a community callout campaign that raised $7,110 for the RDP Student Bursary. They also presented a $15,000 donation of their own. This unique bursary fund was established by a donor in April 2021 as a matching campaign, and all gifts are matched 100% by the establishment gift. The SARDP gift, community donations in response to the callout, and the matching establishment gift will create a combined $44,220 in bursaries available to students who are experiencing financial challenges.  

Also in the month of December, SARDP President, Savannah Snow, worked with local alumni business, Cilantro and Chive, to create a Burger of the Month. Cilantro and Chive donated $2 for every one of your purchases of Savannah’s Lone Star Burger. With your help, we raised $1,102 for the Student Food Bank

Are you on TikTok? 

Red Deer Polytechnic students are, and they want to hear from you. If you’re active on TikTok and you’d be interested in sharing your educational and career journey with current and prospective students, alumni [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (reach out) . We’d love to work with you to show students all of the unique possibilities that await them after graduation.  

Recap: 2021 RDPAA Annual General Meeting

Did you miss the 2021 AGM? Read all about it in this recap from your Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Sonia Munksgaard. Curious about how you can get more involved in shaping alumni engagement at Red Deer Polytechnic? alumni [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (subject: Getting%20involved) (Connect with us)!

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Main Phone: 403.342.3400
Toll-free: 1.888.732.4630 (in Canada only)
Email: inquire [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca


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