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Distance Learning

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Programs available through Distance Learning @ RDC

The Early Learning and Child Care Certificate program prepares you to work with children from birth to 12 years of age. You are a key to their achievement and we want to give you the tools you need to be successful! This program is mostly online including two on campus Saturday seminars per ELCC course, as well as instructor led audio classes twice per ELCC course using Blackboard Collaborate, an online web conferencing collaboration platform. Check out this blended delivery program (, and start your career today.

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. This program is completely online with instructor led classes during varying evenings every other weekusing Blackboard Collaborate, an online web conferencing collaboration platform. All from the comfort of your own home! Check out what current students think, and get more details ( on this online program. 

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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. This program is completely online with instructor led classes once or twice a week using Blackboard Collaborate, an online web conferencing collaboration platform. If you are outside of the Red Deer area, any exams will be written within your own community using a pre-approved invigilator. Check out the program spotlight, and get more details ( on this online program.

The Administrative Professional Certificate provides students with the software training to be competitive in a continously changing field. In addition to well-defined keyboarding skills, you will gain basic bookkeeping knowledge, oral and written communication knowledge, training in office procedures, and you will have an opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a personal leadership course. 

As a Parts Technician, you'll manage and dispense parts inventories, which may include automotive, heavy duty, farm implement, industrial and more. Why attend traditional training on campus? The 2nd period online program ( provides flexiblity with work, life, and quicker completion, if that's what you want! You can complete your 1st period online at Lakeland College, and then join us for your 2nd year.

Take your job to the next level! As a Locksmith, you'll install, adjust, and repair locks, as well as make keys and change lock combinations for various security systems. Locksmiths are employed by locksmithing companies, security firms, and institutions. The increasing awareness for preventative measures by the public to protect against theft is creating a need for more security measures. Experienced Locksmiths can advance to supervisory positions, or set up their own business. All four years are offered through distance learning! 

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Upcoming Events

Can't attend New Student Orientation on campus? Join us for orientation online!

We use Blackboard Collaborate (RDC's virtual classroom) to help you learn more about RDC and how to prepare for your time with us.

Upcoming Winter sessions:

Thursday, April 30th 2015, 7-8 pm

Monday, May 4th 2015 10-11 am

Sign up using this form

Deadline for sign up: 24 hours prior to session


Reminder, if you want to add or drop a class, do so my Jan 13th!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015: Deadline to Add &/or Drop Courses!

​​If you do add a course, reminder that tuition will be due in full within 24 hours.


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M - F : 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Welcome to Distance Learning

Welcome to Distance Learning @ Red Deer College!

Distance Learning encompasses courses offered through non-traditional means. DL includes online learning, blended learning environments and courses offered at off-campus locations.

Learning can take place synchronously - with students and teachers interacting in real time from their various locations through an online virtual classroom - or asynchronously, with students and teachers communicating at different times using online message boards, forums, and email.

Need To Know

Before Classes Begin

What Else?

You may want to join an online orientation session. Check out the right side of the page.

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