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An administrative assistant is the cornerstone of the modern office. This person is adept at using current computer software and technology and is a life-long learner. The Administrative Office Professional program allows students to develop the skills needed to move forward in this in-demand career.

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This certificate is a 12-month program designed to prepare educators for teaching in an adult education, workplace or post-secondary environment. Through courses and a capstone project, this advanced certificate allows students to develop their skills and knowledge-base to create successful and engaging learning experiences for adults.

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Upgrade your management skills and improve your financial assessment skills. Whether you are a rural business owner or an agricultural lender, this online program will assist you in promoting better business practices within conventional and non-conventional agriculture.

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This comprehensive program will give you a thorough understanding of engines, hydraulics, braking, electrical, starting, charging, fuel systems and more.

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These online, self-directed courses are interactive with innovative learning strategies. The courses are developed to help you learn the competencies required to be successful in passing the Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training Entrance Exam. These courses are able to be customized by the learner!  Each trade requires a variety of different requirements (for example some require Math similar to 20-3, some recommend higher levels), but each of these courses has no prerequisites. The learner can choose which competencies to study that pertains to the exam he or she will be taking. Challenge yourself to increase your success!

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The ASCHA Activity Coordinator Certificate is designed for those with an interest in working in recreation and planning activities in the seniors' housing sector. This program will orient you in the fields of leadership, communication, conflict resolution and client satisfaction. The training will assist you in developing your personal and professional development, understanding the principles of recreation and leisure, and program development.

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The ASCHA Site Manager Certificate is designed for individuals with an interest in gaining knowledge and understanding of the senior housing industry. It is intended for those who want to advance their careers toward supervisory and management positions.

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This exciting new beef certificate will provide online training to students interested, or already employed, in the livestock work force. Each course within this certificate can be taken as a stand- alone course to enhance your current skill set, or you can combine all five to complete your beef production certificate.

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The Business Administration program prepares you for a wide range of careers in different business and public sector organizations.  This program provides a broad background in accounting, finance, human resource management, information technology, marketing, economics, statistics, management, law, and policy.

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This program prepares graduates for employment in the growing cannabis production industry, or to support those already in the workplace. This program provides entry level job-based training paired with hands-on experience, and is committed to providing graduates the skills needed to enter into employment with a range of cannabis producers, from medicinal to adult use. Students can expect to spend four months in four intensive online courses followed by a five-week blended course which includes a one-week field study. This field study will include spending time with one of our partners and supported by an online experience.

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The Early Learning and Child Care Program trains professionals to work with children from birth to eight years, with some related preparation for working with children from eight to twelve years of age. Throughout the program, there is an emphasis on developing caring relationships with children and families.

Equivalent to Level 3 certification

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Well-trained Early Learning and Child Care  (ELCC) professionals are essential to the provision of  quality care and education for children from birth through eight years of age. Students in the ELCC program will gain knowledge and develop competencies in areas such as child development, interpersonal relations, curriculum content, family studies, exceptional children, and program management.

Equivalent to Level 2 certification

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Educational Assistant Certificate graduates assist teachers in both instructional and non-instructional tasks. Gain interpersonal and practical skills as well as the capacity to work with students with special needs.

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The eLearning Instructor, Post Diploma is designed to prepare educators for teaching in an online environment. Through the courses and Capstone Project in this advanced certificate, students will develop their skills and knowledge-base to create successful and engaging online learning environments.

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The Health Care Aide program prepares students to be a part of a health-care team in a variety of different settings, providing high level of front-line care to clients in need of assistance. Red Deer College is licensed to deliver the Heath Care Aide Government of Alberta Provincial Curriculum, designed and maintain by Alberta Health Services.

Here are a few simple questions to help you decide: HCA Self-Screening Questions

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For information on Winter 2020 program offerings:

Ponoka Learning Centre, Ponoka & Rimbey Adult Learning Society | 5604 50 St | Ponoka, AB | Phone: (403) 783-3285 (Ponoka) or (403) 843-3201 (Rimbey)

 
The Health Care Management Post-Diploma Certificate is designed for working professionals to advance their skills while continuing their career.  It prepares students who have been promoted to or are seeking promotion to a management or leadership role within the complex and rapidly changing health care sector.

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The Heavy Equipment Operator Certificate program provides students with the skills needed for entry level positions operating heavy equipment in the construction; oil and gas; infrastructure; or mining industries.

Using a combination of classroom and field instruction (with hands-on experience), students learn to operate numerous  pieces of heavy equipment, including: compactors, loaders, dozers, graders, and excavators.

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Fall 2020 - Rocky Mountain House

Whether you decide to work abroad or remain close to home the skills you acquire in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program will prepare you with a solid management focused education allowing you to be employable in many businesses around the world.

This unique 15 month accelerated diploma program requires students to complete work experience components along with an applied management residency.

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The Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate is designed for degree holders, in any field, looking to fast track their career into Human Resources. A Graduate Certificate caters to working professionals who are looking to obtain a specialized skill set in a short period of time.

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This online introductory program prepares graduates for employment in the expanding brewery, microbrewery and brewpub industries. The program provides insight into brewing science and technology, recipe formulations, and packaging. Each course may be taken as a stand-alone course and when all five courses are completed successfully, the student will receive an Introduction to Brewing Certificate.

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The Management Certificate provides basic business skills leading to management positions within an organization. The certificate also provides opportunities to further advance your studies at RDC in the field of business, as courses from the Management Certificate can be applied to the two-year Business Administration Diploma.

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Management Skills for Commercial Kitchens Program provides you the opportunity to develop kitchen management skills that focus on inventory control, budgeting, menu planning, marketing and human resource management in a variety of settings – restaurant, care facility, institution, camp cook. Eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant!

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Have you recently become a manager, or aspire to do so? Do you need to build your management capacity to meet organizational goals? Being responsible for the effectiveness of others requires a delicate balance of goals, teamwork and encouragement. Learn the skills and knowledge to effectively manage others and maximize productivity. Combine professional knowledge with people skills to thrive in your management role.

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This program is delivered in a blended format in Rocky Mountain House and Stettler/Drumheller through partnership with Campus Alberta Central.

For information on program offerings in rural central Alberta communities go to:

  • Stetter Learning Centre | 5221 46 St | Stettler, AB | Phone: 403.742.6700

  • Rocky Learning Centre | 4934 50 St | Rocky Mountain House, AB | 403.845.4544

  • Drumheller Community Learning Society | 250 Centre St | Drumheller, AB | 403.823.8300


This full-time program delivered in a blended format over two years, prepares graduates to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) following graduation and successful completion of the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam. As a LPN, the graduate will provide nursing care in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, the community and other health care agencies

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This two term certificate is an opportunity to explore RDC’s different health programs while upgrading missing courses, build a strong knowledge base and receive advanced course credit. With direct pathways to enter into RDC’s extremely popular Practical Nurse Diploma; Pharmacy Technician Diploma; Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate and Occupational and Physical Therapy Assistant Diploma, the certificate provides students a chance to receive advanced credit toward these programs

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As essential members of any organization, bookkeepers perform vital tasks in financial and administrative services. They are in demand as general bookkeepers, accounts receivable/payable supervisors, payroll administrators, office managers, budget co-coordinators and administrative assistants.

The RDC Professional Bookkeeping Certificate will provide you with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills needed to enter private practice as a professional bookkeeper or elevate your career within your present company. Your commitment to professional growth will generate opportunities for yourself and your organization. Our convenient, flexible schedule will help you meet your educational and professional goals quickly without the need to take time off from your present job.

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Red Deer College University Transfer Program

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Do you enjoy working with people and share a love for animals? The Veterinary Medical Receptionist (VMR) provides client care as the “face of the practice” and hands-on animal care to farm and companion animals, both large and small.

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