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Red Deer, January 31, 2014 – Red Deer College and Canadian University College (CUC) have completed a unique agreement that will afford nursing students the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of both campuses. 

The unprecedented four-year agreement, signed earlier today, will provide up to eight seats for CUC students to join RDC students in the University of Alberta Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Red Deer College. While students will continue to live at the university campus of CUC, they will take their courses at RDC where they will work to attain the degree. 

The agreement targets students who would typically opt for a faith-based education, but are also interested in RDC’s renowned BScN program. 

Mark Haynal, CUC President, is excited about the opportunity this collaboration with Red Deer College provides for CUC students. “Canadian University College students want to serve their communities with confidence, competence, and compassion. Many of our students and their families regard professions in the health care field as an important way to meet their communities’ needs. The opportunity to earn a nursing degree at Red Deer College while living on the Canadian University College campus allows our students to realize their dreams of compassionate service.” 

Students first apply to CUC, and, once accepted, are eligible to go through the competitive entry process for entry into the BScN program at RDC. They must meet the program requirements outlined by RDC. 

With the current shortage of registered nurses in Alberta, post-secondary institutions like RDC are working to find innovative ways to increase seats in already over-subscribed programs in the province. 

The agreement is inspired by Campus Alberta, a provincial government concept introduced in 2002. The concept encourages Alberta’s post-secondary institutions to work together to make Alberta’s post-secondary system a leader. RDC President Joel Ward says the agreement is at the core of Campus Alberta values. 

“This agreement is an excellent example of the collaboration that’s possible between post-secondary institutions in the province,” he says. “We’re always striving to create the learning experience that fits each student’s needs, and CUC came to us with an excellent opportunity to do just that.” 

Red Deer College has offered the BScN through an agreement with the University of Alberta since 1990. Though the degree is conferred by the University of Alberta, students are able to complete all of their coursework at RDC. Along with the eight seats opened through the agreement, RDC currently offers 96 seats in the program. 

The agreement officially commences on March 1 of this year.

About RDC: Named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta’s most innovative organizations for the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, Red Deer College is a key location for applied and industry-led research. Our main campus is strategically situated on 290 acres of Alberta’s natural landscape along Queen Elizabeth II Highway. We have expanded our learning and performing arts space into the heart of downtown Red Deer through our City Centre Stage and the Donald School of Business. RDC offers more than 75 different programs, including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs. With more than 7,500 students – 2,300 of whom are enrolled in University programs – we will also welcome 13,000 Continuing Education learners and host 20,000 community learners for workshops, seminars and other educational opportunities this year. RDC – Celebrating 50 Years of Community 

About CUC: Founded in 1907, Canadian University College (CUC) is a Christian university offering over 35 major or track choices in Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) approved bachelor degree programs in Arts, Music, Science and Education. CUC is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church and holds CAQC approval for its degree programs. With over 500 students coming from all over North America and various international locales, the warm family-like atmosphere on campus has a distinct cultural flavor. At CUC we believe in the complete university college experience. We provide an environment where academic, physical, and spiritual growth is encouraged.. 

For additional information, contact: 

Jeff Maser, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Jr Ferrer, Communications Director 

Red Deer College Canadian University College 

403.342.3558 403.396.0767 

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