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Questions people ask about RDC

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  • by Joel Ward, President, RDC

    In my role at Red Deer College, I have the opportunity to connect with people from across central Alberta. Whether this is at events hosted by RDC or at other activities in the community, I always enjoy speaking with students, alumni, parents, partners and interested citizens. A great many people are connected with RDC, and what I’ve found through my conversations is that they truly care about what’s happening here.

    Over the years, people have asked me a variety of questions about our College, and today I’m happy to provide you with a sample of the commonly asked questions and my thoughts on each.

    How many students attend RDC, and where are they from?

    On any given day, we have about 7,500 students on our campuses. When I look back at our information from 2016-17, I see that 65% of our students came from central Alberta, with 15% from northern Alberta, 13% from the southern part and 7% coming from outside of our province. These students come from across Canada and from 16 countries around the world.

    What is all the construction about?

    We are fortunate to be in a time of growth and development at Red Deer College, and each new facility taking shape across main campus is the result of many years of careful and strategic planning. It’s hard to believe the preliminary site work for the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris began back in the fall of 2015. Each day, we are moving closer to its completion and, in September 2018, we will welcome our first group of students to this teaching and learning centre. Not long after, the building will be a huge part of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Our second construction project, the Alternative Energy Lab, demonstrates our commitment to the exploration and demonstration of new environmental technologies. The lab will provide learning and research opportunities for students and businesses to explore alternative energy solutions. Our third project, a new Residence, is under construction and is visible from 32nd Street. This unique facility incorporates solar panels on three sides and includes apartment-style studio suites, access for those with mobility challenges and short-term accommodation for our Apprenticeship students. All three new buildings support RDC’s goal of reducing our carbon footprint through energy efficient technologies.

    What can I take at RDC?

    We offer more than 100 programs, and these include everything from collaborative degrees, where students can take all of their courses at RDC, to university transfer programs, where they take their first year or two at RDC and complete at another institution. We also offer skilled trades, diplomas and certificates. This fall, we launched two new programs – the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate and the Instrumentation Engineering Technology Diploma.

    What new programs are on the horizon?

    Looking ahead, our senior administrators and faculty are always looking for ways to develop new programs that will offer students the real-world information they need for today’s jobs. One example of this is happening right now in the School of Creative Arts, with two proposed cutting-edge programs – the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment, and the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation and Visual Effects. Once we have approval from the government, we intend to launch these programs in the fall of 2018, offering students one-of-a-kind opportunities in the ever-growing film and special effects industries.

    When will we be able to complete our degrees at RDC?

    We continue to work with our government partners to achieve our goal of RDC becoming a degree- granting institution. If people didn’t have to leave to complete their degrees, as I described above,

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    then it would have a huge, positive impact on students, families and even the economy of central Alberta. We will continue to strive to make this goal a reality for our future students.

    These questions provide a snapshot of what’s happening here at RDC, and they show how we are always growing and evolving to better serve you, our students and partners and communities. As we continue to grow, I look forward to sharing this information with you – in this column and when we meet in the community.

    Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College

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    School of Creative Arts has some great things in store for June

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  • Here’s a look at some of the upcoming June Events at RDC’s School of Creative Arts

    Red Deer College invites central Albertans to join us as the School of Creative Arts brings creativity to life throughout an exciting season of diverse performances, concerts, screenings and exhibitions. RDC’s talented students, instructors, staff and special guests will present the following events in June:

    Film Works

    June 1 & 2 | Welikoklad Event Centre | 7:00 p.m. | Admission by donation at the door | Not rated – Violence and Language Warning
    Join us as we celebrate the best films of the year by our recent graduating RDC student actors, directors, cinematographers and filmmakers.

    Movies Worth Watching Series
    Top Gun (1986)
    June 14 & 15 | Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema | 7:00 p.m. | $5 | PG, Coarse Language | 110 min

    Movies Worth Watching brings a variety of classic films that are best viewed on the BIG screen. Join us to see the best that Hollywood has to offer. Every screening is preceded by a Motion Picture Arts (MPA) student film that we know you will love.

    For complete details on RDC’s 2017-18 School of Creative Arts season, please visit: School of Creative Arts Showtime.

    About RDC: For 54 years, RDC has been proudly serving our learners and our communities. RDC offers more than 100 different programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs) to 7,500 full- and part-time credit students and more than 36,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year. Named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta’s most innovative organizations for the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, RDC is a key location for applied and industry-led research. Our main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. We have also expanded our learning and performing arts space into the heart of downtown Red Deer through our Welikoklad Event Centre and the Donald School of Business.


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    Canada to see large shifts in fish habitat from climate change: study

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  • Research says climate change is driving hundreds of fish species north from their usual seas and some of the biggest effects will be along Canada’s Pacific coast.

    That is likely to create new challenges for governments seeking to regulate and share catches between competing jurisdictions, said James Morley of Rutgers University in New Jersey.

    Morley found that even if climate change is kept under two degrees, species off Canada’s west coast will move by an average of more than 200 kilometres.

    “Even in the best-case scenario, on the west coast we still expect to see some pretty substantial shifts of species northward.”

    Morley looked at the impact of warming seas on 636 species of marine life on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. About one-quarter of those species have some commercial value, he said.

    He used extensive data about where those species hang out and collected oceanographic information on currents, water temperature and the shape of sea floors. He ran all that through 16 different climate models, once to estimate the impact of two degrees of warming and once to estimate for four degrees.

    Previous studies have already suggested that climate change will drive fish stocks northward. The size of Morley’s dataset makes his conclusions, published in a paper this week in the online journal publication PLOS-One, more detailed and specific.

    He concludes that with no more than two degrees warming — the goal agreed to in the Paris agreement — fish stocks on the Pacific coast will migrate north by an average of 236 kilometres. The Atlantic side will see average movement of about 100 kilometres.

    If the climate warms by four degrees — the so-called business-as-usual case — many Pacific stocks are likely to school as far as 1,500 kilometres north of the current centre of their habitat. The east coast shift would be about 600 kilometres.

    “They were pretty large changes throughout the west coast.”

    The effect of climate change is more pronounced on the west coast because the difference in temperature between northern and southern water is less than in the east. That means western fish must travel further to find cooler water. 

    In terms of abundance, it’s hard to pick winners and losers, said Morley. That depends on factors such as food availability as much as on temperature.

    “For some regions, the outlook for existing fisheries is generally negative but for other regions, fisheries could become more lucrative. It really depends on the species.”

    Pollock, one of the most commonly caught species in the world, are expected to diminish.

    “For walleye pollock, which is a huge fishery globally, we’re definitely anticipative of a reduction in habitat suitability overall.”

    Fisheries on both coasts are managed through a delicate network overseen by two countries and a number of states and provinces. The change in where those fisheries occur is going to make that more challenging, said Morley.

    “Fisheries management is based on the assumption on stock not really exhibiting any long-term change, just a lot of variability. Regional management entities really need to change their view on how these stocks are managed.

    “We need to start anticipating what these changes are going to be.”

    Those changes are already under way, said Morley.

    “They’re definitely happening and pronounced in some regions.”

    The federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans did not provide a response to a request for comment.

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    Bob Weber, The Canadian Press


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