December 2013

Students Connect Through RRC’s Language Training Centre

December 17, 2013 • Written by

Each year, the Language Training Centre (LTC) is further developing the connections it has with programs throughout the rest of the College. These connections help “our” students to be better prepared to become “your” students in the future. Allowing LTC students to interact with staff and students in full-time programs gives newcomers a better understanding of what college is like in Canada and how staff and students typically interact.

At the Language Training Centre, I teach a language class for newcomers to Canada who have engineering backgrounds. Typically, they have knowledge and experience in their field, but they need more English language skills to be successful in Canada. My idea was to have the students spend “a day in the life” of a student in some particular technology programs. These students were given a warm welcome by instructors and program staff and, despite being pretty nervous, had a really positive experience. They were able to observe how classes were conducted, how students interacted with instructors, and even how Canadian students acted when they thought that no one was looking. They also came back with some new subject area knowledge, as well as a preview of what lies ahead of them in the fairly-near future.

As the LTC grows year after year, more permanent residents and international students are coming to study English here, specifically because they have already decided on a particular RRC program. By building more connections between what we do here and what instructors do in other programs, we can help each other to create more successful students.

In January 2014, a new program called Bridge to Civil Technologies will get underway for the first time at RRC. This pilot program will be a collaboration between the Civil Engineering Technology program and the LTC. It is designed to provide support for language and socio-communication learning alongside content area classes. This program will be a pathway to better support newcomers who have the background and experience to make a career in engineering in our province.

Submitted by Jonathan Bailey, Instructor of English for Specific Purposes programs at LTC


RRC students and staff explore cultural experiences and living in Winnipeg

December 12, 2013 • Written by
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Mentor Partners discussing goals for their partnership at the orientation session.

With the Fall term coming to a close, the Cultural and Language Mentor Program also wrapped up its first session of the year.  192 students and staff at Red River College successfully completed the program this term by volunteering their time to make a difference in someone else’s life and, in turn, to grow personally and professionally. Over 2,000 volunteer hours were contributed to this mentorship experience! This goes to show the high level of involvement and commitment that rightfully describes our community as “Friendly Manitoba”.

Who are we? The Cultural and Language Mentor Program is a Global-Local mentor program that matches an immigrant or international student with a Canadian-raised student or staff for cultural exchange, language practice and friendship in a partnership where everyone has something to give and something to gain.

There are many reasons why students and staff choose to volunteer in this mentorship program. When students first come to Red River College, it can be an intimidating experience: academic studies that need to be approached with seriousness and tenacity, new skills that need to be developed in order to face academic demands, friends and family may be far away and it can take time to make new friends and to enjoy life outside studies, English may not even be your first language! And so, the Cultural and Language Mentor Program offers students and staff at RRC a platform to building culturally-focused relationships with other students, strengthen the College community, explore Winnipeg together and help participants develop cross-cultural skills so important in today’s multicultural workplace.

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Holiday Reading – Award Winning Books

December 11, 2013 • Written by

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It’s always nice to relax at this time of the year, and there’s no better way to relax than to dive into a good book. During the upcoming holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many award winning books that are available in RRC’s Library. To view the present and past winners, come visit the Library Window Display at the Notre Dame Campus.

This year’s winners include:

  • Indian-HorseThe Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize)
  • The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert (winner of the ScotiaBank Giller Prize)
  • Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers (Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, Illustration)
  • This is not my Hat by Jon Klassen. (Caldecott Award for Illustration)
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese.( Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature)

Also, check out our many titles by Alice Munro winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Click here to see a list of all the award winning books that are currently in the Notre Dame Campus Library window display.

Enrolment Services Office Closure Friday December 13 Afternoon

December 11, 2013 • Written by
All Enrolment Services locations will be closed the afternoon of Friday, December 13.
  • Student Service Centre – P104 Exchange District Campus will close at 11:30 a.m.
  • Student Service Centre – D101 and Phone Centre Notre Dame Campus will close at 12:00 p.m.
  • Registrar’s Office  – D105 Notre Dame Campus will close at 12:30 p.m.

All locations will re-open Monday, December 16 at 8:00 a.m.