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RDC and President Joel Ward mark ten years of transition

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  • From Red Deer College Communications

    State of the College Address reflects on past and looks to future

    Red Deer College opened its doors to members of the community for the third annual State of the College Address on Thursday. The event had a 10-year retrospective theme, reflecting Joel Ward’s contributions to RDC, and it also provided an opportunity for RDC’s Board of Governors and President & CEO to share recent highlights from the College, while also looking to the exciting future as Red Deer University.

    “When it comes to serving current students, future students and community members, Red Deer College has made tremendous advances in recent years, with the past 12 months really representing the turning point in our College’s evolution,” says Morris Flewwelling, Board Chair. “This is a direct outcome of the strategic and diverse work that the College is undertaking to benefit our learners and the citizens of central Alberta.”

    During his speech, Flewwelling pointed to highlights including RDC’s approval to become a university, along with the confirmation that Red Deer University will be the institution’s name of the future. He also noted that RDC has launched eight new programs and opened three new facilities – the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the Alternative Energy Lab and new Residence – all within the last year.

    Planning and partnerships have laid the foundation for RDC’s unprecedented growth, as the College works with its partners to establish pathways and opportunities to serve people from across the region. Recent examples include the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre partnering with RDC to build a Centre for Excellence on RDC’s main campus, and also RDC signing the Colleges and Institutes Canada Indigenous Education Protocol, formalizing our commitment to Indigenous education.

    As the College expands, diversifies and becomes increasingly inclusive, it will be able to seamlessly transition into the university of the future. “RDC will be guided by the communities we serve, and we will continue to engage our communities as we learn and grow together,” says Joel Ward, President & CEO. “We will build on our strengths as a college as we transition to a university that offers comprehensive programming, which will ensure the success of our learners and have a direct impact on the economic, cultural and social growth of central Alberta.”

    After the Address, guests and community members took part in a public farewell, acknowledging Joel Ward’s upcoming retirement from the College.

    For further information, please see the State of the College publication.

    About RDC: For 55 years, Red Deer College has proudly served its learners and communities. In 2018, RDC received approval to become a university, offering its own degrees. The College continues to grow programs across a breadth of credentials as it transitions to become a comprehensive regional teaching university during the next three to five years. Once this transition is complete, RDC will officially be known as Red Deer University. RDC offers more than 100 programs (including degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs). With impressive new facilities that have opened this year, the College educates 7,500 full-and part- time credit students and more than 38,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year.

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    Lacombe Teacher Receives Prime Minister’s Award

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  • Government of Canada News Release

    Steven Schultz, a Grades 10 – 12 Mechatronics-Robotics teacher at École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Award, Certificate of Excellence.

    Mr. Schultz will be celebrated at an awards ceremony with the Prime Minister on May 28 in Ottawa.

    The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines. Recipients are recognized for their leadership and exemplary teaching practices as well as for their commitment to help the next generation of Canadians gain the knowledge and skills they need for future success in a world inspired by ideas and driven by innovation.

    From robotics to beekeeping, Mr. Schultz shares his wide-ranging passions with students and engages them through hands-on projects and activities that have inspired a surge of interest in STEM fields in central Alberta.

    The Prime Minister’s Awards, offered at the Certificate of Excellence (national) and Certificate of Achievement (regional) levels, carry cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000 respectively. Each recipient receives a letter and a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

    Steven David Schultz

    Certificate of Excellence Recipient

    General Science, Chemistry, Electro-Technology, Agriculture, Green Certificate
    Beekeeping, Mechatronics-Robotics, grades 10–12
    École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School, Lacombe, Alberta

    “Steve is helping to shape Lacombe one child at a time. His energy and drive are matched only by his sincere commitment to helping his students.”
    — President, community environmental association

    Steven Schultz started a robotics program 15 years ago, that has since involved hundreds of students at 10 schools. He shares his project-based approach, and STEM and robotics activities, with teachers and students in schools and orphanages around the world.

    Teaching approach

    A great listener, Steven finds the positive in any situation, encouraging students, regardless of ability, race or gender, to pursue their passions and strengths. Inspired by multiple intelligences theory, he uses project-based learning strategies to help students gain confidence and improve performance.

    In the classroom

    • Goes beyond the curriculum with EcoVision environmental projects—building a tropical greenhouse, establishing a two-acre garden and launching a composting program—that allow students to develop leadership, communication and innovation skills not possible in the classroom.
    • Pioneered a robotics team for young people to learn programming, design, mechanics and electronics skills; has led to considerable interest in STEM subjects in central Alberta.
    • Integrates technology to enhance teaching and learning: computer-assisted instruction supplements classroom time in electro-technology and robotics course; Netflix and YouTube videos sustain beekeeping course over the winter, when students can’t access the hives.
    • Leads international trips to extend learning: students learned about recycling, biodiversity and Indigenous culture in Costa Rica, and developed lesson plans in Kenya.

    Outstanding achievements

    • Secured partnerships with a college leading to mechatronics and robotics program for high school students, and another college to develop the first-of-its-kind high school Green Certificate beekeeping program; students then launched the urban beekeeping program with municipality.
    • Has been part of Science 30 curriculum development team for Alberta Education for 25 years, developing and testing innovative diploma exam questions, and reviewing and marking exams.
    • Classes are continually above provincial averages; less than one percent of students have failed his courses over 25 years, including diploma-level courses in chemistry and science.
    • School named Canada’s Greenest School in 2018 (tied for first); robotics team regularly earns spot in world championships; Steven named 2018 Citizen of the Year by local chamber of commerce.
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    Remarkable RDC Student Receives National Honour

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  • From RDC Communications

    RDC Student Receives National Leadership Award

    Red Deer College student, Robin Chiles, was recognized on a national level at the College and Institutes Canada (CICan) Conference in Niagara Falls recently.

    The award for Leadership Excellence in the Student category is given to a student who has made a remarkable contribution within their institution, as well as in their community.

    Robin Chiles is a dedicated wife, mother of two, community volunteer, full-time nursing student, and recognized student leader at Red Deer College and leader in the central Alberta community.

    Robin is in her final year of the Bachelor of Science Nursing program and is a student leader on the RDC Board of Governors, the Students’ Association, and a member on the Nursing Society on campus. She has achieved both the Dean’s Honour Roll and the President’s Honour Role for academic excellence while showing passion and commitment for her community.

    While excelling on campus, Robin finds time to support her local community through supporting young women in her congregation, participating in the Red Deer River Clean-up and Red Deer’s Point in Time Homeless Count. As a two-time cancer survivor, she is very active in supporting programs that help those affected by cancer such as the fundraiser Relay for Life.

    “I am so very honored and to be nominated and receive the CICan Student Leadership award. When I first began my educational journey at Red Deer College being a student leader was not something, I set out to achieve. However, I soon recognized my passion for helping others succeed. My success would not have been possible without the support of many at Red Deer College, my husband and family. The opportunity to develop my leadership skills and be supported to do such has been one of the many highlights during my time at RDC,” says Robin Chiles, Student Member on RDC’s Board of Governors and CICan Award Recipient.

    Robin is set to graduate from the Bachelor of Science Nursing program in December 2019. This award is an excellent nod to her leadership at Red Deer College and the involvement that she will carry forward in the community.

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