Enrolment drop in RDC apprenticeship program results in layoffs

May 29, 2009

Due to declining enrolment in its welding and steamfitter/pipefitter programs, Red Deer College has had to lay off 11 instructors. The 2 programs have seen a drop in funding from the Alberta government because the province bases its funding for the college's trades programs on the number of apprentices enrolled. RDC's dean of trades and manufacturing hopes the welding and steamfitter/pipefitting programs will expand again within 2 years, depending on the economic situation in central Alberta. Red Deer Advocate