ConEd instructors celebrated at annual appreciation reception

May 25, 2017

Between them, they have a combined 32 years of experience as instructors for Red River College’s School of Continuing Education.

And this year, they find themselves the very worthy recipients of ConEd’s Teaching Excellence Awards, presented annually to those who demonstrate innovative and effective teaching practices, a willingness to assist and mentor students, and an appreciation for (and response to) diversity among students.

Debbie Phythian, 2017 Teaching Excellence Award winner

The first of this year’s winners, Debbie Phythian, has taught ConEd’s Abroginal Child Care post-diploma certificate for more than two decades.

A dedicated mentor who is student-centric in her approach, Debbie is known for going above and beyond to ensure her students get the most from their learning experiences.

For their part, students tend to appreciate how quickly Debbie responds to their questions and concerns, and how committed she is to providing helpful and informed feedback on their assignments and their progress.

“She is passionate about the program, the content and her students — and it shows,” according to her nominators.

Amand Simpson, Program Manager of IT and Professional Studies, and Steve Thompson, 2017 Teaching Excellence Award winner

Fellow recipient Steve Thompson has been a Project Management instructor (in IT and Professional Studies) for the last 12 years, and has been instrumental in the development of the Project Management Fundamentals course content.

He’s also developed a reputation for always putting his students first — finding ways to adapt his teaching methods to best reach them, and regularly updating content to ensure it’s relevant and easy to follow.

“Steve further enriches the learning for students by drawing on his vast experience leading and working in project teams,” according to his nominators.

Thompson holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute, and has served on the board for PMI’s Manitoba chapter of which he is still a member. He graduated from ConEd’s Digital A/V Production program in 2010.

Excel tips by Janet Epps, Microsoft Master Instructor

May 8, 2017

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, Microsoft Master Instructor Janet Epps shares three tips to help you excel:

  1. Today’s date
    Want a date that updates to the current date automatically every time you open the workbook? Type this formula =TODAY() and then press the Enter key. Format in the way you want under the Number group on the Home tab as usual.
  2. Mysterious cell behaviour
    The cause could be many things but frequently it is simply unwanted formatting left behind (feels like a haunting sometimes). On the Home tab go to the Editing group and select Clear Format from the Clear drop down arrow. Format is removed but your content is retained.
  3. Increase worksheet readability
    By printing with gridlines, heading and rows, it makes it easier to match up the cells when editing from a printout. Go the Page Layout tab and Sheet Options group, select Print.




Learn more about Excel with Janet: Excel 2016

This spring and summer she will be teaching Access 2013, Outlook & OneNote 2016, and Word 2013. Register today to make your Microsoft Office skills sharper this summer.


About Janet:
Janet is a professional trainer in the computer field. She holds internationally recognized Microsoft Master Instructor and Expert level certifications and provides training for corporations, colleges, and government. She also has extensive experience in business and has written several computer training manuals. Learners at all levels enjoy her down-to-earth teaching style. Janet is the winner of the 2016 Red River College Continuing Education Excellence in Teaching award.

Top-ranked ConEd student earns Transportation Systems scholarship

May 5, 2017

Dimitrios Athanasiou, 2017 Walter Kenneth Morris Memorial Scholarship winner

Congratulations to Red River College Continuing Education student Dimitrios Athanasiou, winner of this year’s Walter Kenneth Morris Memorial Scholarship Fund, which recognizes the province’s top Transportation Systems student.

Awarded annually by the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT), the $500 scholarship recognizes a Manitoba student who excels in the organization’s Transportation Systems course (online or in class) and who goes on to excel in Transportation Processes.

A Winnipeg resident for the last three years, Athanasiou worked until recently as an inventory clerk at Piston Ring Service. He has completed six out of 11 courses required for his CCLP (CITT-Certified Logistics Professional) designation, all of them with honours.

He also has a BA (Hons) in Marketing from the University of Wolverhampton in the U.K., and seven years experience in the fields of international trade, customer service and logistics from prior employment in retail, transportation and manufacturing/trading in Greece.

“I wish the CCLP designation to update my knowledge of the Canadian logistics industry, and to upgrade my professional credentials as a permanent resident of Canada,” he says. “The Walter Kenneth Morris Memorial Award and Scholarship is very welcome — a nice feeling, for which I am very thankful.”

CITT is Canada’s leading professional development organization in the supply chain and transportation logistics sector, and serves as a collective body of knowledge in the field.

Through joint efforts with post-secondary institutions such as RRC and the University of Manitoba, students are able to earn professional designations in Logistics. The College is considered to be an integral part of CITT’s Level 1 and 2 programming.

The Walter Kenneth Morris Scholarship fund was established in 2006 to honour Morris, who taught both Transportation Systems and Transportation Processes in Manitoba, and who held CITT council positions at both the provincial and national levels.

Learn more about the Transportation and Logistics Management Certificate offered at RRC.

RRC’s Professional Photography student brings home gold in Skills Manitoba Competition

April 18, 2017

Rodney Braun (Professional Photography Lead Instructor), Nichole Valgardson, Joe Kerr (Professional Photography Instructor)

After an intense day of shooting, editing and judging, a Red River College Professional Photography student brought home a gold medal from last week’s Skills Manitoba Competition.

Congratulations to Nichole Valgardson on her Gold medal finish. This is the second year that a RRC Professional Photography student won gold in this category.

More that 500 students show off their trades- and technology-related talents, as they compete in hands-on, Olympic-style contests. Many of the individual competition winners will advance to Skills Canada National Competition, being hosting this year in Winnipeg from May 31 to June 3.

Read more about Skills Manitoba and 2016 photography medal winners.

2017 Spring Convocation

April 10, 2017

Convocation ceremonies will be held at the Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
• School of Continuing Education

Live Stream of Ceremony:
Family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony can view the live webcast of the ceremony. A link to the live webcast will be made available at on the day of convocation.

For more information, visit:

Congratulations Grads!

Railway Conductor Program – Information Sessions

April 10, 2017


Learn more about the only Canadian accredited Railway Conductor program and career in the rail industry. RRC is hosting an Information Session taking place at our Railway Training Centre.

Meet instructors, get your questions answered, and learn about entrance requirements.

The railways are growing again and are hiring conductors. With the pending retirement of baby boomers, the time is now to get into this fast-paced career. The average railway conductor in 2012 at CN earned $85,000 (


  • April 19 and 26
  • May 3, 10 and 17


  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


  • 9 – 1500 Regent Ave. W.

Next Intakes: May 29, 2017 and September.

Read more about the Railway Conductor program.

Watch the Global’s Manitoba Focus’s feature on our Railway Conductor Program.

All sewn up: Apparel instructor takes fashion-forward approach

April 3, 2017

Talk about a stitch in time. Jan Bones has been teaching clothing design for nearly 40 years.

An instructor teaching Apparel Design courses at Red River College, Bones began her teaching career in 1978 at the University of Manitoba.

In 2008, after courses at the U of M were discontinued, Bones seamlessly transitioned to RRC, albeit with the help of a human ecology lab at the university for the first two years. Now, the Apparel Design courses are housed in the Heritage Room at RRC’s Princess Street Campus.

Bones says teaching students about pattern design and garment construction is still spools of fun, even four decades in.

“For me, it’s the giving of information and watching people take that information in a way they can fit it into their choice of design work,” Bones says. “It’s watching the lightbulbs go on in class.”

“I enjoy the students immensely. I enjoy the classroom setting, I enjoy their questions, and watching them shine, watching them learn something new and shine.”

“Everybody has a creative spirt. They might be a fabulous bread maker or great mechanic or a great house painter — everyone has something in them that is creative. I have the joy of helping students figure out if designing patterns is their creative spirit.” Read More →

The Spring/Summer Term is open for registration

March 26, 2017

Ready to start or advance your career? Maybe finish your certificate or diploma a little faster? Or learn something new for fun?

Our Spring/Summer course schedule is now online. With several new courses and programs available, you can make difference in your career and community.

Review the 2017 Spring/Summer Program Guide to see what courses are required in each program and the fall course schedule. Always review the online schedule as the print schedule is subject change.

The difference is here:

Recipe for success: After-school culinary training gives teens a head start in the kitchen

March 1, 2017

When Jevon Thompson first moved to Winnipeg from Jamaica in the middle of winter, there were some big adjustments for him to make. One of those was the cuisine.

Thompson didn’t have much of an appetite for Canadian dishes and even the Caribbean ingredients available at local markets didn’t taste quite the same.

Already self-reliant in the kitchen, he began experimenting with creative takes on that staple of the Canadian teenage diet – mac and cheese.

So it was a natural fit when – while exploring various extra-curricular options presented to him by his English teacher – he decided to apply for Red River College’s After School Leaders Culinary Training Program.

“It was something I enjoyed, something I wanted to reach further into,” says Thompson, 18. “I met this chef once on a plane and he was talking to me about it and it sounded really exciting. So learning to further my skills caught my attention.” Read More →

Summer Camps for Kids

February 24, 2017

Tired of the same old summer camps?

This year, you can give your child a unique summer camp experience at the Exchange District Campus.

Kids Cook@RRC

Register them into one of the highly sought after spots in the Kids Cook @ RRC camps this summer. Your child will learn how to prepare simple meals and tasty treats under the direction of RRC’s Chefs.

Learn more →



Design Camp

Your child will have the opportunity to design their own product or living space under the guidance of two professional designers.

Learn more →


Both camps are for children 10 to 14 years old.

Camps run from 9:00am to 4:00pm, with drop-offs at 8:30am and pick-ups by 4:30pm.