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RDC Signs International Apprenticeship Training Partnership Agreement



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    RDC celebrates partnership with Trinidad & Tobago

    International collaboration supports apprenticeship training

    Red Deer College was pleased to welcome guests from Trinidad & Tobago’s National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) for a contract signing event.


    Attached photo information: Front row (l-r): Kern Dass, President, National Energy Skills Centre, and Joel Ward, President & CEO of Red Deer College. Back row (l-r): Michael Donlevy, Vice President, Enterprise & Community Relations with Red Deer College, and Rafael Mohammed, Vice President, Business Training & Development with National Energy Skills Centre.

    The contract signing further enhances the partnership that RDC and NESC have had since 2008, and it will provide greater stability and an improved academic framework to the Trinidad & Tobago-based organization.

    “We are incredibly pleased to welcome our guests today and to extend our partnership with the NESC in these new and exciting ways,” says Joel Ward, RDC’s President & CEO. “This contract will provide a framework for RDC to offer guidance and technical support that will further enhance the local apprenticeship programs in Trinidad & Tobago, allowing for a consistent approach in the delivery of training across key occupational areas.”

    Today’s contract is the next evolution in the partnership, and it builds on the five-year Memorandum of Understanding that RDC and NESC signed last year. Among other items, last year’s MoU provides NESC with access to RDC’s world-class curriculum for use in apprenticeship programs. “The pieces of our partnership are building on each other for the benefit of apprenticeship students in Trinidad & Tobago,” says Ward. “And now, for the first time, graduates of the NESC will be able to earn a Red Deer College certificate once they have satisfied the academic, competency and experiential standards required.”

    The level of training and the certifications that students can earn provide a solid foundation for their futures and for industry in the nation. “Industry in Trinidad & Tobago is comprised primarily of multinational companies operating and competing in the international energy market,” says Kern Dass, President of NESC. “The NESC is entrusted with the responsibility to educate and train this cadre of Journeymen, and we are proud to partner with RDC to access and bring to our region the occupational standards set by Alberta.”

    In addition to the framework set out by this new contract, Dass is also looking forward to applying other learnings from his time in Alberta. “Success within training institutions, as demonstrated by RDC, is the result of consistency in standards and a burning desire at all levels of an organization to improve performance within a set academic framework,” he says. “Having experienced RDC, it has given me a clear platform from which to operate and a vision of where NESC should be in the future.”

    Both RDC and NESC see great benefits to their partnership and look forward to its continuing evolution. “This partnership is of great significance to our nation’s future,” says Dass. “It provides our citizens with world-class curricula, courseware, teaching methodologies and internationally- recognized certification.”

    About NESC: National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) was established in 1997 to meet the projected demands for certified craftsmen. The organization owns and manages 11 campuses throughout Trinidad & Tobago. RDC has been partnering with the National Energy Skills Center since 2008, providing support in apprenticeship theory testing and instructor development, among other areas.

    For additional information contact:

    Brenda Munro Dean, School of Continuing Education RDC 403.357.3619


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    Hunting Hills High School needs 7 million for a new roof, and an addition for 200 more students



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  • From Red Deer Public Schools

    The three year capital plan was one of the topics tackled at Tuesday’s regular board meeting of the Red Deer Public School District.

    The Red Deer Public School District is preparing to submit its three year Capital Plan for 2020-2023 to Alberta Education.  The plan identifies the top priorities for the Public School Board.  On top is a 7 million dollar ask for Hunting Hills High School.  This includes the replacement of the roof.

    Meanwhile, a modernization of Eastview has moved to third from fifth on the list of requests for modernizations.

    Here’s the top seven priorities for the three year Capital Plan.

    1. The modernization of Hunting Hills (new roof, mechanical, electrical, and functional)
    2. New Grade 6-8 Middle School in North East Red Deer, 600 spaces
    3. The modernization of Gateway Christian School (architectural, mechanical, and functional)
    4. The modernization of Eastview Middle School (architectural, mechanical, electrical, and functional)
    5. The modernization of Fairview Elementary School (full mechanical and electrical)
    6. New Grade 9-12 High School, North Red Deer, 1000 spaces
    7. The modernization of Glendale School (CTS upgrade, mechanical and functional)

    The Hunting Hills modernization also includes an addition to the building to accommodate an additional 200 students. Currently, there are 1478 grade 9 to 12 students in attendance at Hunting Hills High School, creating a utilization rate of 98%. Baragar projects an increase of 30 students for the 2019/2020 school year. By 2033 there will be an additional 173 students in the building, creating even more enrollment pressure. By increasing the capacity of the school by 200 students, enrollment pressure should no longer be an issue.

    Click here to read the Red Deer Public School District Three Year Capital Plan

    Westpark Middle School construction update

    Significant progress has been made on the $18 million school, which will open this fall.  Concrete block is completed on the main floor, all mechanical rooms are completed, as well as electrical and mechanical rough in of the main floor, exterior cladding is almost completed, and dry walling is in progress on the main floor.  Turnover of the new school is on schedule to occur in the middle of June according to the latest construction schedule. Meetings to coordinate scheduling for the installation of new technology, audio systems, furniture delivery, the building flush, etc. will be taking place in March.

    Two new modular classrooms were delivered and have been placed on footings at the new school. Two modulars that are currently on the existing school, will be moved to the new school in the spring. Turnover of the new school is on schedule to occur in the middle of June. UPDATE

    In the spring, a request for proposals will be sent out to invite bids for the demolition of the old school. The hope is to recycle as much material from the old school as possible. Facility Services will be attempting to salvage and reuse some of the mill work and electrical and mechanical components that are in good condition. Where possible, materials from the old school will be recycled.

    Students continue to meet with Berry Architecture and Skyfire Energy to tour the school and to discuss and provide input for the solar panels and arrays that will be installed once the Development Permit from the City of Red Deer has been approved and Alberta Education has given their approval on the design and scope of the project. Installation of the solar chimney is now complete.

    Bi-weekly meetings continue to occur on site with our consultant, contractor, and sub trades.

    It is anticipated that the project will qualify for for Leed Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).


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    Ponoka youth tries to fight off RCMP officers during arrest



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  • From Ponoka RCMP

    Ponoka RCMP lay charges against two youth committing mischief

    The Ponoka RCMP arrested two youth and laid charges following an incident of vandalism at Centennial Park on January 22.

    At 2:02 p.m., a 911 call was received that three youths were throwing objects and spray painting other people’s personal, as well as public, property.  The RCMP responded and took two males into custody.  While lodging one of the males into the police detachment, the suspect was resisting and engaged in a fight with the arresting officers.

    Neither the police officer nor the suspect were injured during the altercation.

    Charges have been laid against two youth who cannot be named.  A 17-year-old is facing the following criminal charges:

    –          Mischief under $5,000 (x2)

    –          Fail to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance (x5)

    –          Assault on police officer

    Following a judicial interim release hearing, he was released to attend court on February 13, 2019.

    A 15-year-old is charged with Mischief under $5,000 (x2). He is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on March 13, 2019.

    “A call from the public was instrumental in us locating these youth and affecting arrests” says Sergeant Chris Smiley of the Ponoka RCMP Detachment.  “Engagement like this from the citizens of Ponoka helps the RCMP work towards crime prevention in our community.”

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