RDC, GPRC aim for polytechnic university status to stem urban drift

June 13, 2017

Red Deer College and Grande Prairie Regional College are both reportedly interested in becoming polytechnic universities in order to stem the tide of students moving to the province’s metropolitan centres, reports the Edmonton Journal. The article explains that the colleges have proposed that they would combine four of the province’s six-sector models into one new category, effectively becoming able to offer everything from technical and trade diplomas and certificates to undergraduate degrees. “The reality is, we are the third largest city in Alberta. We are not asking the government to build a university, we are simply saying, let this institution evolve to be both that college and university for central Alberta,” says RDC President Joel Ward. Edmonton Journal