Thursday, 04 June 2015 11:26

Brooks campus a major part of MHC’s plans

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When it was announced in September 2014 Reg Radke took over the newly-created position of manager of regional stewardship for the Medicine Hat College, College President Dr. Denise Henning and the board of directors wanted to improve relationships with all of southeast Alberta.

Radke had to make the connect between the college and the outlining rural area and find out how the institution could better serve the rural area and in Brooks.
That specialized fostering of relationships is turning into action.
Some of the new Brooks university-level courses which are fully transferable to universities and colleges include an accounting course, astronomy, economics, english, anthropology (Contemporary Aboriginal Issues in Canada), history and philosophy.
Radke says a key to all of this is the options for schedules and variety of classes.
“It was a demand from the community,” says Radke who is based in Brooks. “In the rural area, it’s all about accessibility and we serve a variety of students and we try to cater to them like any other who want to start a new career. We wanted to find, not just the most popular courses, but the most widely transferable with other institutions.”
Administrative Office Professional Certificate is another new course offered in Brooks. Students can graduate within an 18-24-month timeframe with face-to-face classroom discussion. It’s an evening class from Monday to Wednesday with three courses over three semesters.
Radke notes they tried to not leave any stone unturned. Medicine Hat College academics talked to academic advisors including their own people, checked with other post-secondary schools, as well as looked at the historical interaction MHC has had with the community and noted what some of the trends were there.
The added courses are part and parcel of a three- to five-year plan — a longer-term commitment with the Brooks campus.
Radke says there is an ever-changing hybrid learning environment which is happening and includes new courses and long-distance learning opportunities as part of a changing delivery model of teaching which includes tutor support.
However, that’s not to say there is a complete upheaval in Brooks.
Radke says programs such as the nursing program, all the trades and apprenticeship programs are all solid contributors to the success in Brooks. That won’t change other than additions such as rig technician program, crane operation program and a general introduction to the trades where there is a look at different trades such as electrical, welding, plumbing, etc.

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