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Red Deer College

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Welcome to Red Deer College

It's time to get WoW'd!

We are eager to welcome you/welcome you back to Red Deer College for the 2016-2017 school year — which promises to be filled with fun, learning and adventure.WoW-Week.jpg

If you are coming to RDC for the first time, consider attending New Student Orientation September 6. If you are a new or returning student, you will definitely want to check out WOW aka Week of Welcome. Welcome Week runs from September 7 to 9 and the 8th at the Donald School of Business!

So be ready to be WOW’d!

Week of Welcome

WOW is three awesome days of fun activities, FREE FOOD (enough said) and FREE SWAG! And if that is not enough to get your WOW juice going, join us for the end of WOW first-class Bash Friday, Sept. 9 in the Far Side. This super week of fun and excitement is brought to you by your Students’ Association.

WOW will help you jump-start your college year – it’s a chance to meet fellow students, make new friends and be a part of something fantastic! Check out or like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @ SARDC and keep up with all of the exciting events coming your way.

This jam-packed week of fun wouldn’t take place without the help of Student Leaders — so if you want to get involved in something that will bring the WOW factor — send an email to one of the Students' Association Executives - Maryanne McGrath, Ben Fleury, Nonso Onwuekwe or Aiden Bridger.

There might be some volunteer experience, more free swag and FREE beverages in it. See you in September!

To learn more about your Students' Association and its activities, please download the current issue of the Students' Association News.

New Student Orientation

You’ve applied. You’ve been accepted. Now what?

Start your new experience at Red Deer College by attending New Student Orientation Tuesday, Sept. 6.

New Student Orientation will welcome you to RDC, connect you to new and continuing students, introduce you to your School, program and faculty, familiarize you with the campus (including where you can find your classes), provide you with information regarding college services and resources, encourage student experiences and student life outside of the classroom

Parking: Lots C, D, N, P and R on main campus are free to New Student Orientation participants. There will also be Free Parking signs to help identify the lots available to you.

If you’re planning on visiting the Donald School of Business, in downtown Red Deer, there are several options available to you. Due to the location of the downtown campus, student parking isn’t available. However, there will be a bus that can take you from Main Campus to the Donald School of Business after lunch and bring you back to Main Campus at the end of the day. Alternately, there is paid parking downtown as well. Visit the City of Red website for a detailed map of parking locations.

Questions: Call 403-342-3400 or email orientation(at)

Health & Dental Plan FAQs

The Students’ Association is proud to offer an affordable health and dental plan for full-time Red Deer College students. The Student Benefits Plan was implemented by student referendum making the health and dental plan a requirement of enrolment at Red Deer College. Please check your fees statement to see if you are in an eligible program and to find out if you have been assessed the Students’ Association Health and Dental Plan fees. The benefit year runs from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017.

What if I already have coverage?

If you have comparable coverage, both health and dental, you may apply to waive the fees included on your Statement. Provincial health plans are not considered comparable coverage.

Each student is given one opportunity (this is your only opportunity) a year to waive the benefits. Confirmation of comparable coverage must be included in order to process the Waiver Form. It is the students’ responsibility to confirm faxed or mailed waivers have been received by the Student Benefits Plan Office before the deadline. Please retain a copy of the waiver form for your personal file. Approval of waiver forms will result in the plan fee being credited back to your student account via the Cashier’s Office in October.

Opting out is a one-time process. Once you waive, the information carries over year to year, as long as you remain a full-time student. If you fall to part-time status for a semester, you would need to submit a new waiver form when you enrol as a full-time student.

Students are responsible for confirming their waiver status at the Student Benefits Plan Office prior to the deadline. There will be no exceptions or extensions for students who fail to submit their completed waiver form to the Student Benefits Plan Office before 4 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2016.

What benefits are included in the plan(s)?

A schedule of benefits can be obtained by visiting the Student Benefits Plan Office, or online at (choose Students’ Association of Red Deer College).

Can I opt back into the Plan(s)?: 

Should you lose your comparable coverage, you can re-enrol in the plan(s). You must submit a re-enrolment form to the Student Benefits Plan Office before the September 23 deadline. Paying the health and dental fees alone will not re-enrol you in the Student Benefit Plan.

Should you lose your alternate coverage during the benefit year, you can re-enrol in the plan. This must be done within 30 days of losing the coverage. Visit the Student Benefit Plan Office to make arrangements.

Can I add family to the plan(s)?:

If you are a full-time student you have one opportunity (this is your only opportunity) to purchase family
coverage for your spouse and/or dependents by completing an application form at the Student Benefits Plan Office, and paying the family coverage fee. These fees are in addition to those charged on the RDC statement. The family add-on must be renewed annually. All applications and applicable fees must be received by the September 23, 2016 deadline.

How do I use the plan? 

Visit the Student Benefit Plan Office or (select Students’ Association of Red Deer College) to obtain your Prescription Drug Card, and to find out how to use the plan.  New eligible students will be added to the plans during the first 45 days of each semester. Please keep your receipts for eligible expenses incurred during this time period for submission to the insurance carrier upon completion of the enrolment process. 

Remember: Waive, Re-enrol and Family Add-On Deadline for Fall 2016 is Friday, September 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Students’ Association of Red Deer College Student Benefits Plan, please visit the plan office.

The Student Benefits Office is located in Room 2010A, 100 College Blvd., Red Deer, AB.  T4N 5H5; phone 403-356-4982; fax 403-342-2834; email reddeerplan(at);

Students' Association donates $500,000
to Harris Centre

College allocates Train Station for SA use in recognition

Tuesday, April 5 was a special day for the Students’ Association of Red Deer College and the College itself.
It was a day celebrating the Students’ Association’s $500,000 donation to the Shaping our Future campaign and announcing the College’s recognition of that donation.

As was announced at the construction launch of the Gary W. Harris Centre for Health, Wellness & Sport, the Students’ Association has committed $500,000 to facility expansion project. In recognition of this donation, the College has allocated the current Train Station which will be repurposed for use as a gathering and meeting area for the Association and its clubs and societies.

For the past 15 years, students have been investing a portion of their fees in the Building Trust Fund. This trust fund was established decades ago, as a savings account for future growth and the expansion of Students' Association services. The last time the Students’ Association accessed the building trust fund was in 2000, explained McGrath, when the Association expanded the Far Side and renovated its current offices and service areas. On March 1, the student body supported a motion to access this fund again.

“Student leaders carry the duty of honoring the decisions of past students, an obligation to build on those decisions in the present, and the responsibility of anticipating the needs of future students," explains Students' Association President Maryanne McGrath. “We have the students of past years to thank for paving the way to this moment. It was the effort of past Students’ Association leaders and members that has positioned our organization as it is today; in a position to further enrich the lives of our students."

Representation, Services, FUN!

The Students’ Association of Red Deer College plays an important role in your life at RDC. The SA advocates for and represents students, provides a myriad of important (and fun!) services and is one of the largest employers of students on campus!

If you have a question, concern, need some more information or want to become more active with your SA, stop by the SA office, call 403-342-3200 or send us an email!

Our mission: The Students’ Association of Red Deer College will enrich and enhance the quality of student life at Red Deer College by providing affordable and quality services, effective political representation and exciting opportunities for its members.

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