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Red Deer Polytechnic adds Psychology degrees and two diplomas for fall

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Red Deer Polytechnic continues to expand its breadth of programming for learners by offering a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a University Arts Diploma and a University Sciences Diploma, all set to begin in Fall 2021 Term.

“We are pleased to expand our offering of credentials at Red Deer Polytechnic to meet the demand of learners. These new programs signal another important benchmark in the evolution of our post- secondary institution,” says Kylie Thomas, Vice President Academic and Research. “As a unique polytechnic, we are committed to offering diverse academic pathways for students. Pathways including apprenticeship, micro-credentials, collaborative degrees, certificates, more of our own degrees, and diplomas.”

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Psychology provide Red Deer Polytechnic students with a strong foundational knowledge in a range of topics including behaviour, biology, environment, cognition, neuroscience, and how these areas intersect. Throughout these programs, learners will also explore themes of wellness as they expand their analytical, creative and problem-solving skills.

“Offering of these psychology degrees at Red Deer Polytechnic provides learners the access to complete all four years of their program right here in central Alberta. The value of these opportunities cannot be understated,” says Dr. Jane MacNeil, Dean of the School of Arts and Culture. “Throughout their academic journey, students will also benefit from the ability to collaborate with regional partners through participation in experiential learning such as community service and applied research opportunities.”

The new two-year diplomas – the University Arts Diploma and the University Sciences Diploma – will provide students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and experiences that will help them prepare for the workforce upon completion of the program or pursue further education in a variety of fields.

Within the University Arts Diploma, learners can focus on several areas of interest in the Humanities and Social Sciences and may choose one of three academic themes: Global Perspectives; Science and Society; or Culture, Societies, and Gender.

Students enrolled in the University Sciences Diploma will explore subject areas that include Chemistry, Calculus, and Physics, with an initial specialization in Biological Sciences. This diploma prepares graduates to work in biology-related fields, to enter a professional school after two years of undergraduate studies, and to transfer into the last two years of Red Deer Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences.

“Using a holistic interdisciplinary approach, learners will have the opportunity to advance their multi- faceted education as they engage in independent and collaborative scholarly inquiry throughout these diplomas,” says Dr. Nancy Brown, Dean of the Donald School of Business, Science, and Technology. “With a host of hands-on learning opportunities, students will also expand their competencies in solving problems and conducting research projects.”

Red Deer Polytechnic has submitted degree proposals to Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education for Bachelor Business Administration and Bachelor of Education as it looks to broaden its program offerings in the future. The process of designing Red Deer Polytechnic’s own Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies is also underway.

More information about these programs, including the application process, can be found online at rdc.ab.ca/apply.

 

About Red Deer Polytechnic: Our institution’s story began as Red Deer College, opening in 1964. The institution proudly serves its learners and communities with more than 100 programs, as well as impressive learning spaces and facilities. Now, as a polytechnic institution, the post-secondary institution will continue to offer the same breadth of programs in various subject areas and credentials it offers now, plus more of its own degrees. Programs will continue to include apprenticeship training, certificates, diplomas, micro-credentials, degrees and programs in collaboration with partner post- secondary institutions.

Red Deer Polytechnic estimates that about 6,200 full-and part-time credit and apprenticeships students will enroll for the 2020/2021 academic year. The Polytechnic also provides lifelong learning opportunities to 34,000 youth and adult learners annually in the School of Continuing Education. Red Deer Polytechnic’s main campus is located on Treaty 7, Treaty 6 and Métis ancestral lands. This is where we will strive to honour and transform our relationships with one another.

For more information, please visit: rdc.ab.ca

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Schools to offer on-site vaccination, August 16 measures extended to September 27

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Health guide, tool kit and on-site vaccination ensure safe school year ahead

New health guidance will ensure students’ safety and help school officials prepare for the new school year.

The Guidance for Respiratory Illness Prevention and Management in Schools document will help schools to reduce respiratory illness and infection in schools. A back-to-school tool kitprovides information for parents and school staff on what to expect when students head to their classrooms.

Consistent with the extended timelines for easing COVID-19 measures, students and school staff should screen daily for symptoms using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist, and must isolate if they test positive or have the core COVID-19 symptoms.  A detailed 2021-22 School Year Plan contains two contingency scenarios for continuing student learning if there is a significant change in the COVID-19 situation in the fall.

To further promote a safe school year, all eligible Albertans, including students, teaching staff, parents and guardians, are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated with both doses before the school year begins.

With these measures in place and climbing vaccination rates, students and parents can look forward to in-person classes, with no restrictions on in-person learning or extracurricular activities. However, masking will be required on school buses.

“Thanks to the power of vaccines, I’m pleased that students can return to a normal school year in September. The safety of students and staff remains our number one priority, and we have a detailed plan that includes contingency scenarios for continuing student learning if there is a significant change in the COVID-19 situation. We will continue to follow the expert advice of Alberta’s chief medical officer of health and are ready to make changes if needed.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education

“Making sure Alberta’s schools are safe is one of our government’s top priorities. I am confident that this guidance will help keep students and staff safe, and our province’s children and youth can go on to thrive in the upcoming school year.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

Vaccines in schools

To increase accessibility to COVID-19 vaccines, immunizations will be available through temporary clinics in schools for students in grades 7 to 12 as well as teachers and staff. Starting on September 7 students, teachers and staff can receive whichever dose they are eligible for in school.

Parent or guardian consent for students will be required through consent forms.

Students in grades 7 to 12 do not need to wait for an in-school clinic to be vaccinated. Bookings for first and second doses are available provincewide. Albertans can book appointmentsthrough AHS online, by calling 811 or through participating pharmacies. First-dose walk-in clinics are available at multiple locations.

“Vaccines are the most important protective measure for students, teachers, parents and guardians as we prepare for back to school. I encourage parents and guardians to arrange vaccine appointments for themselves and their children as soon as possible. This will help further strengthen protection in schools and benefit all youth, whether or not they can be immunized yet.”

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health

AHS will continue to support schools to manage outbreaks of respiratory illnesses.

Alberta’s government has contingency scenarios to continue student learning if there is a significant change in the COVID-19 situation — similar to those implemented in the previous school year.

2021-22 school year plan and health guidance highlights

  • Students, families and school staff should continue to screen daily for symptoms using the Alberta Health Daily Checklist and get tested if they are symptomatic.
  • The Guidance for Respiratory Illness Prevention and Management in Schools builds on public health practices used to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19, influenza and other infections in school settings.
  • Best practices to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses will continue, including:
    • Students and staff who have any new signs of illness should stay home and not attend school until they are feeling well.
      • If a student or staff member has any of the following core COVID-19 symptoms (new, or worsening and not related to other known causes), they are required to isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms, or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, as per provincial guidelines:
        • Fever
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • Loss of sense of smell or taste
        • Sore throat (adults only)
        • Runny nose (adults only)
    • Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces.
    • Promoting frequent hand hygiene and good respiratory etiquette.
    • Schools are encouraged to have a plan for students and staff who develop symptoms to wait in a separate area until they can go home.
  • Masking is not provincially required in school settings for any age group, except on school buses.
    • AHS, through a zone Medical Officer of Health or their designate, may recommend masking to manage an outbreak and prevent more widespread transmission of a respiratory illness.
    • Zone Medical Officers of Health and their designates may also recommend additional measures if a school experiences a respiratory illness outbreak including screening for symptoms and cohorting.
  • School authorities have the ability and the corresponding accountability to put in place local measures, such as physical distancing, cohorting, and masking requirements, that may exceed provincial guidance.

Quick facts

  • As of August 12, 65 per cent of 12 to 14 year olds have received one dose in Alberta and 54 per cent are fully protected with two doses.
  • As of August 12, 67 per cent of 15 to 19 year olds have been partially vaccinated in Alberta with one dose and 56 per cent are fully protected with two doses.
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A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO GAIN INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS FAST

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Instagram has quickly evolved from its original perception as a friendly app for youngsters to a real content promoting, sale, device management, and community building tool for individuals and brands. It’s one of the most popular long-distance social networking places in the world, with more than 200 million active monthly users exchanging 60 million pictures and 1.6 billion interests every day. If your Instagram influence isn’t as strong as you believe, now could be a good time to work out how to improve your strategies for having real engagement and buy Instagram followers. The larger your crowd grows, the more opportunities you’ll have to attract customers and provide them with exclusive experiences. Begin developing your identity in the right direction with these Instagram tips for increasing followers. 

  • Make a unique hashtag. 

A dedicated, heritage, or marked hashtag allows you to essentially create an array of your best content. When a prospective follower finds you from another extremely concentrated on tag, they will undoubtedly follow you and see your top posts. You should also try having an unique tag for all of your Instagram marketing activities. This is sometimes a superior option because it often feels less constrained than using anything more explicit to your company, for example, your organization name. As a result, campaign hashtags are often used by Instagram followers, which attracts the attention of their groups. If they share your interests, they will start following you as well. 

  • Cross-promote your special hashtag. 

It’s great that you created a hashtag for your organization, but who knows who would use it to spread content about you? Make sure it’s in your profile but take the game off and have it imprinted on your records, ads, shop signs, and other relevant times. If you’re on the radio or TV, tell people to use your hashtag. Incorporate online and offline missions by ensuring it’s reported on the other media accounts, website, and email impacts. Don’t just assume that people would find it.

  • Use hashtags that are exclusive to the field. 

You need followers who are enthusiastic about what you do and hold. Using words that are not exclusive to the field can result in a small number of followers. As a result, you can use hashtags in your posts that your target audience can specifically search for. The more explicit you are, the more interested people you will get, and the more often they will become devout followers. Furthermore, using more specific brands reduces the number of competitors vying for the followers of related individuals you’re interested in. As a result, the data would be easier to find and, as a result, easier to track.

  • Try not to be too monotonous. 

When it comes to Instagram caption ideas, you can look beyond the single term, straightforward hashtags. Of course, you can use those as well, but mix it up and use hashtags to share a portion of your post. Be funny, surprising, or silly – just don’t be BORING. WeWork, a community-oriented workspace organization, excels at this, and they add a fantastic mix of Instagram material as well.

  • Get to know the surroundings. 

By going to the hunt page and selecting the Places tab, you can see what’s going on in a specific territory (say, your area, a city you’re working on promotions, or even an event in a specific area). Then, type for the sake of the location to see all geotagged posts for that location.

  • Begin the discussion 

Individuals are continuing to use social media platforms as a point of touch with brands, regardless of whether it is for spontaneous queries and discussion, real customer service inquiries, or acclaim for their top brands and products. Furthermore, you should be powerful and accessible on Instagram for your followers. Attempt to respond to as many questions or comments as possible, as it could be the difference between gaining another consumer, follower, or strengthening your interaction with your viewer. It is critical to obtain the care and consistency required to convert a visitor to your profile into an adherent.

  • Thank your Instagram followers. 

To summaries, when you please your Instagram followers, you see the outcome in community growth. We’ve given you a lot of ideas for conceptualizing and planning content, so make them a habit that feels authentic to your picture personality. As a result, avoid being needy, deal-driven, or standardized.

  • Create your own Instagram appearance. 

It’s human nature to want to blend in, but on Instagram, you need to stand out. Frooti, an Indian refreshment company, has developed an especially remarkable visual substance theme, which is immediately noticeable if a customer sees a Frooti message in their newsfeed.

CONCLUSION

For certain information, this entails sprinkling in messages that are genuinely meant to bring a smile to followers’ faces and build professional relationships. Remember to provide content to your followers as if they had been friends on your own feed: this may include uploading videos, rousing content, or simply re-sharing interesting photos or fine art (all properly attributed, of course) that will provide your followers a mental break during the day.

 

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