APEGGA members will be able to take their master's degree
in business administration without heading to Edmonton or
Calgary, if a Red Deer proposal takes flight. Arun Mishra,
P.Eng., a Red Deer College instructor, wants to hear what
members think of the idea, which would have RDC brokering
an MBA program for one of the two major universities.
Says Mr. Mishra: "RDC serves the community. If there
is a need and the numbers warrant, we will arrange to mount
the program. Of course, the program will be cost recovery
and need a minimum number of students committed to start.
The numbers will depend on our own costs and those have not
been explored yet. More students means the cost to students
will be less."
APEGGA's Central Alberta Branch conducted a survey to determine
whether there's interest in master's level programs. The majority
of responders said they prefer an MBA program. Now the branch,
in collaboration with RDC, is exploring the idea further.
Mr. Mishra wants members to tell him how interested they are
in taking the Red Deer program. Members who want to comment
should mail him a response, stating how likely, on a scale
of 1 to 5 (low to high), they are to enroll. Include your
name, address and phone number, and send your response by
June 24 to Arun Mishra, P.Eng., Red Deer College, Box 5005,
Red Deer T4N 5H5.
MBAs are often of interest to engineers and geoscientists
because their career paths end up entering management. "A
young engineer may take the program because the learning is
directly applicable to the workplace. All of us work with
other people and most of us end up administering personnel
and projects sooner than later," says Mr. Mishra.
Holding classes in Red Deer could prove popular with Central
Alberta members. "Member convenience is a major factor,
and if they can take their MBA, while saving money and travel
time, that's a bonus," says Mr. Mishra.