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RDC President Joel Ward bids farewell… Thank You

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This article was submitted by RDC President Joel Ward

Because of You

This is my final article as President of RDC/University as I am retiring. Our new President, Dr. Peter Nunoda, starts his tenure in September. Please welcome him and his family as you did me ten years ago.

As I reflect on my ten years as President, it is clear that the future for RDC as a University is unlimited, and it is because of all of you.

Because of you, the government of Alberta finally said ‘yes’ to RDC becoming a university. It is perhaps the most significant decision ever made to ensure our region will grow and prosper.

Because of you, our campuses have grown. The Donald School of Business and the Welikoklad Event Centre ensure downtown will be vibrant. The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is an iconic landmark defining our community to all who pass on the QE2. Our new residence, clad in solar panels, and our Alternative Energy Lab are examples of RDC/U’s leadership in becoming carbon neutral and energy independent.

Because of you, 16 new programs have been launched, which ensures more learners can remain in central Alberta to complete their education. Our ten-year academic plan, led by Dr. Paulette Hanna, ensures we will launch even more programs, including new degrees, as we complete our university transition.

Our future as a comprehensive regional teaching university will be strengthened and enhanced by launching new programs including trades and apprenticeship, certificates, diplomas and degrees, and we will continue to measure success by who we let in, not who we keep out.

I have always been reluctant to share my story, but it demonstrates the power of post-secondary education, and its ability to change lives.

I got kicked out of high school at 16 for reasons I won’t go into (let’s just say I didn’t like school and school didn’t like me.) So, 16 years of age, out of school, with no prospects and no real family, I ran away from home. With all my worldly possessions in a shopping bag, $10 in my pocket, hair down to my butt with an attitude to match, I hitch-hiked west.

I stayed in hostels, hustled pool, made money where I could – and saw people at their worst, including myself. Lots happened in those years, but that really isn’t the point of the story.

Fast forward eight years and, with the help of a few people who had faith in me, just as there are many of you who helped others along the way, I went to university. I was put on probation and needed to prove I could handle the work for one semester and, if I was successful, I would be allowed to continue. Well, I graduated and the doors of possibility flew open.

It is at college that I learned the transformative power of education to change lives. I was given a second chance, and for that I am grateful. The experience taught me to never give up, keep learning, and it taught me to stand up for what I believed.

It is because of you, and what RDC does, that second chances are given, lives are changed, and society benefits.

It has been an honour and privilege to serve as the tenth President of RDC/U. Please accept my sincere thanks for your support of our college and the work we will do together to ensure RDC becomes a great University for all.

Joel Ward is President & CEO of Red Deer College. RDC

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Still a few spots left at RDC Summer Camp “experiences”

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From RDC: RDC’s Summer Camps open new doors of possibilities for youth and teens

Red Deer College is welcoming youth and teens from across Alberta as they participate in more than 40 exciting and interactive Summer Camps on campus. The camps will be offered from July 2 until August 23, and there are opportunities covering a vast range of interests for participants ranging from 6 to 19 years old.

For the artistically inclined, SummerScapes is a comprehensive visual arts workshop that gives teens a chance to work with professional artists and study the core subjects of drawing, painting, sculpting and ceramics.

RDC Film Camp

From July 8 to 13, film students, video game designers and animation students will tell their stories as they work side-by-side with some of Alberta’s finest actors, filmmakers, programmers and instructors. In Film Camp, murder mystery films will be explored, as students learn how to produce, direct, shoot, write, act and edit their own short movies.

The teen camp, Video Game Design, allows students to collaborate with programmers and artists to create their own video games through writing and design. Students will learn story and character development, production, strategy and level designs, along with scripting, animation and more.

The Amination camp encourages teens to tell stories using Maya, the industry standard for high-end 3D computer animation, effects, and modelling. Students progress through motion and rendering exercises and finish with a collection of animations of their own design.

RDC also has a variety of youth camps, including URockGirl, which uses science and engineering to create fun hands-on projects like henna and mood bracelets. Other activity-based science camps include Junior Imagineers, which gives youth the opportunity to combine science and the power of the mind to learn magic tricks and techniques from a real magician.

RDC Junior Chefs Camp

Youth inspired to get cooking will appreciate Junior Chefs, where they get to use real industrial kitchens. Campers will learn cooking and baking techniques from Red Seal chefs, developing skills that will last a lifetime.

RDC Sports Camps

Those interested in many of the Sports camps, including basketball, conditioning, squash, sport academy and volleyball, will enjoy the world-class facilities in RDC’s vibrant and inclusive Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Spots are still available in a variety of camps throughout the summer. For a complete list of camps and to register, visit rdc.ab.ca/summercamps or contact the School of Continuing Education at 403.356.4900.

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St. Joseph High School gets a head start on college degree

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools: Student receives Certificate of Achievement in dual credit from Bow Valley College

Bria Lajeunesse is the first student from St. Joseph High School to receive a Certificate of Achievement in Dual Credit from Bow Valley College in Calgary. This award will be presented to her during the graduation ceremony.

Dual credit programs allow high school students to take a post-secondary course or a series of courses and earn both high school credits, as well as college/university credentials. The Certificate of Achievement in Dual Credit is awarded to students who have completed four post-secondary courses during high school.

“Bria is an amazing young lady who has worked extremely hard to achieve this honour. We are very proud of her and wish her the best of luck as she pursues her goals at university,” said Principal, Graeme Daniel at St. Joseph High School.

Lajeunesse began dual credit courses in Grade 10 and completed four courses connected to practical nursing throughout her time in high school.  She averaged 91% in these four courses. “Bria is an outstanding student. We wish her the best of luck in her continued studies, where I know she will excel,” said Dual Credit Lead Teacher, Tracey Millar at St. Joseph High School.

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