Get Red River Ready

August 15, 2018

As a new (or returning) student, the Red River Ready events are the perfect opportunities for you to explore your campus and get those administrative tasks (student ID card, textbooks, parking, etc.) done before for your first class.

There are two days for you to connect with College services, supports and staff at Red River Ready.

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Awards, bursaries and scholarships available for part-time students

August 9, 2018

Did you know that Continuing Education offers a range of awards for part-time students?

Throughout the academic year, Red River College assists students by administering awards, bursaries and scholarships from both corporate and private donors. These awards cover the specific requests of the donors and are intended to assist students who have shown outstanding abilities in academic or vocational areas and/or are in need of financial assistance.

We encourage you to review the complete list of awards and apply for all scholarships that you may be eligible for.


Student and machine learning merge through new courses at RRC

August 8, 2018

Learning and Red River College have always gone hand in hand. The difference in today’s environment is that students and machines are often learning at the same time.

Case in point: Red River College will launch two new courses this fall that both involve artificial intelligence — Python Essentials (Oct. 16 to Dec. 18, 2018) and Machine Learning with Python (Jan. 8 to March 19, 2019). According to Haider Al-Saidi, chair of RRC’s Applied Computer Education (ACE) department, the additions are in response to massive industry demand and a wide range of business applications.

“Machine learning has become an integral part of countless industries,” says Al-Saidi. “From game development to marketing, from air traffic control to self-driving cars and everything in between, we’re asking machines to analyze massive data and to make decisions based on that information. Understanding how those systems work is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.”

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Fall Term is open for registration

June 18, 2018

You can now register for Fall term classes. Many sections fill up fast so check on the online catalogue to ensure to your spot.

Review the Program Guide to see what courses are required in each program. Always review the online schedule as new sections may be added.

Youth Recreation Activity Worker grads are ready to give back

June 13, 2018

On May 24, 12 students have successfully completed the Youth Recreation Activity Worker (YRAW) program, and are ready to provide inner-city youth with healthy recreational activities and serve as positive role models.

Each year, Red River College (RRC) and Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg partner to train individuals — many of whom face socio-economic barriers themselves — to work with inner city youth as recreational leaders. The nine-month program is designed for individuals ages 18-29, who live in or around Winnipeg’s inner city, and face barriers to obtaining their post-secondary education.

Graduates of the program find jobs with Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, other inner city youth agencies, or as childhood educators and teachers’ aides. Other grads continue their studies in RRC’s Youth and Child Care diploma program or go on to university.

This program has been changing participants’ lives for 16 years. Two grads from the 2018 class, Paul McLean and Sappfyre McLeod, share parts of their graduation speeches on what this program has meant for them.

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Picture Perfect at the Skills Manitoba Competition

June 4, 2018

Joe Kerr (Instructor), Min Kim (silver medalist), Heather Beckstead (gold medalist) and Rodney Braun (Lead Instructor)

A picture is worth a thousand words. The story, emotions, creativity and energy that can be captured in a photograph proves this fact, and the observer can identify, appreciate and enjoy the captivating work-of-art. This passion is what fuels photographers to bring their photos to life in creative visions.

The 21st annual Skills Manitoba Competition was held on April 12 at Red River College (RRC’s) Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses. Over 475 students, from high school, post-secondary and apprenticeship programs, competed in 42 different skilled trades and technology challenges in six industry sectors. Achieving a medal at this level is no easy feat!

Two of RRC’s Professional Photography students participated in this competition and came out on top! Taking home the gold and silver medals in photography were Heather Beckstead and Min Kim, respectively. Congratulations on an impressive accomplishment!

Their challenge in this competition was to take three images that depicted document usage, oral communication and a mystery object. Participants were armed with a campus map of the various trades and technology events taking place, and were given the autonomy to choose an area, such as bricklaying, cabinet making or automotive, where their first two images could be captured. Read More →

Emerging Writers Launch: Readings from RRC creative writing students

May 31, 2018

Join us as our Creative Writing students share excerpts from their works. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from emerging writers and celebrate our talented students. This reading is led by instructor and bestselling horror and suspense writer, J.H. Moncrieff.

Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 6:00pm
Location: McNally Robinson Booksellers, 1120 Grant Avenue

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Join the next generation of Peterbilt Technicians

May 7, 2018

Red River College, along with Peterbilt Motors Company, is opening two new sections of the successful Peterbilt Technical Institute (PTI). The first class of PTI have a 100% employment rate as certified technicians for Peterbilt Motors Company.

PTI is a manufacturer-paid training program offered to graduates from RRC’s Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program and Peterbilt employees who are interested in advancing their skills and training to become a certified Peterbilt technician.

This program allows the students to gain experience in all aspects of the work done at a Peterbilt dealership. Peterbilt Motors Company supplies the curriculum, laptops for the students, three trucks, two engines and specialized tools to help ensure the students’ success in becoming confident in their skills and career-ready by the end of the 12-week session. Peterbilt also trains RRC instructors to deliver the program at the College.

To be accepted, each student must have a high GPA, outstanding attendance and a clean motor vehicle record, plus pass an entrance exam and interview. Graduates may need to relocate but pay no additional tuition to gain skills that set them apart in their field.

The next intake dates are:

  • June 2018
  • September 2018

Watch the video to learn about the program.

For more information or to register, contact:

Randy Zyzniewski, Instructor | | 204.697.5923 |

BRAVO: Roger Fitch is awarded for teaching excellence

April 25, 2018

Roger Fitch and Paul Vogt

Roger Fitch is an instructor of Red River College’s Administrative Assistant Certificate Program (AACP), and is the honoured recipient of the 2018 BRAVO award for Teaching Excellence.

As an award recipient of the highest level of recognition for RRC employees, Fitch is being recognized for his exemplary instructional qualities and for making an outstanding contribution to both the AACP and its students.

Fitch embodies a teaching style second-to-none; he thoroughly prepares prior to each term, incorporating experiences from previous course deliveries in an effort to continuously strengthen and improve future sessions. His positive attitude, upbeat disposition and clever sense of humour create a welcoming and safe environment where students enjoy the process of learning course concepts and applications.

It’s not surprising to hear that subject areas such as math and accounting may not be among students’ favourites, but if you were to ask a student in Fitch’s class, the answer may be different!  Read More →

PMI award winner values a new way of seeing the world

April 25, 2018

James Ashdown (Project Management 2017), Student of The Year award recipient

James Ashdown, a professional engineer by trade, enrolled in Red River College’s Project Management program thinking he would enhance his skills on a professional level. What he found was an altogether new way of thinking.

“Now I see projects everywhere,” said Ashdown, when asked how best to describe what he learned through the program. “I think as professionals we tend to see ourselves as people who can get things done. But when you really break things down through a project management lens you start to see the inefficiencies that exist.”

As for what Ashdown liked most about the program, he didn’t hesitate in saying it was the knowledge of the instructors and the real-life examples they brought to the table.

“I learned so much just hearing about their experiences — their successes and their failures,” he said. “Education can so often turn into nothing but note taking and exams, but I really enjoyed coming to class and participating in discussions that challenged a lot of assumptions I never realized I even had.”

The passion and skill Ashdown has developed for the discipline of project management translated to great success in the program itself — and in Ashdown being named this year’s Project Management Institute 2018 Scholarship Winner.

As excited as Ashdown is to have achieved such a high standing in the program, he’s even more excited to be able to translate what he’s learned into greater productivity for his employer, New Flyer Industries.

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