September 2015

Test Anxiety Workshop

September 30, 2015 • Written by


11:00 – 12:00

P319 at the Exchange District Campus

test anxiety picDo you get anxious about taking tests and exams? If you do, you are not alone. Come to this workshop and learn more about how test anxiety may impact you and learn strategies to help you manage. Facilitators will offer practical and effective tips, while focusing on prevention and self-care.

No registration required. Just come and join!

Work, classes, study…

September 30, 2015 • Written by

Go, go, go.

The life of a student at Red River College is often the busy experience of juggling many different things all at once.  Healthy Mind, Healthy Life is a six session closed group that will offer a safe and supportive space for students to talk about and explore some of the pressures that college students face. Students will have the opportunity to learn about healthy ways to live the college experience.   The group will looks at issues such as:

  • Balancing everyday life and college
  • EDC support group picCoping with stress and anxiety
  • Mind body relationship
  • Dealing effectively with emotions
  • Social and communication skills
  • Relationship issues
  • Adaptive tools and techniques

The group will run on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday October 27 to Tuesday December 1 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in Room W411 at Roblin Centre

If you are interested please pick up a registration form at RRC Counselling and Accessibility Services, Room P210 at Roblin Centre

For more information, please contact Chad Smith

Phone: (204) 949-8513   Email:

employABILITY Expo: Supporting Inclusive Employment for Manitobans with Disabilities

September 30, 2015 • Written by


Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre  |  7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Keynote Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and hear how Mark Wafer, owner of six Tim Hortons locations in Toronto, and his wife Valarie currently employ 46 people with disabilities from a workforce of 250.

Trade Show
Showcase your products, services, job & career opportunities or support programs to create successful employment outcomes.

Break-out Sessions
There will be two break-out sessions with information that will help Manitoba employers and persons with disabilities learn about inclusive employment in Manitoba.

Visit employABILITY EXPO  for more information.

Feature Friday- Free Fitness Classes for Students

September 29, 2015 • Written by

Feature Friday- Free Fitness Classes for Students

This ten session course will feature all of our great instructors! You will be able to try a wide array of fitness classes within the term, everything from yoga to spin class to boot camp! Along with this great variety, the class will be free to all students! A great way to experience a variety of fitness options here at RRC. Classes will be held at Noon.

Date Instructor Class Location
September 18th Amanda Yoga South Gym
September 25th Cameron Boot Camp North Gym
October 2nd Lesley 20/20 Stack Training North Gym
October 9th Ming Cardio Fusion North Gym
October 16th Andrea Back Care South Gym
October 23rd Lesley Spin Class North Gym
October 30th Jill Pilates South Gym
November 6th Amanda Yoga South Gym
November 13th Lesley Dynamic Core North Gym
November 20th Jordan Soccer Fitness North Gym
November 27th Cameron TRX Fusion North Gym

Employer On-Campus: STEP Services, Government of Manitoba

September 22, 2015 • Written by

EOC banner

STEP Services invites students interested in gaining work experience within the Government of Manitoba to an information session! 

STEP logoSTEP Services is the official student employment placement service for the Government of Manitoba. Eligible students can find full- and part-time jobs with government departments, agencies, and Crown corporations throughout the year in various locations across the province. 

Must be at least 16 years of age, currently attending and returning to school to be eligible.

If you are interested in working for the Government of Manitoba as a student, please attend an information session!

Notre Dame Campus

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Green Lecture Theatre
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.


Exchange District Campus

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
P107, CGA Manitoba Room
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at:


Limited space available so sign up early!

For additional information, contact Red River College’s Student Employment Services.

Manage anxiety and boost your study skills

September 18, 2015 • Written by

At the college, we know your goal is to graduate with your best academic performance possible, and with as little stress as possible. Counselling and Accessibility Services and the Academic Success Centre have teamed up to deliver various workshops designed to manage stress, bolster study habits and improve test taking skills. All students are welcome to attend any workshop. No registration required.

Workshop #1 – Test Anxiety: How does it Impact Me? And Tips and Strategies for Managing

This workshop will present information about signs and symptoms of test anxiety. Effective strategies for managing test anxiety as well as prevention and self-care will be explored.

  • Tuesday, September 29th – 11:00-12:00 – E108 Notre Dame Campus
  • Friday, October 2nd – 11:00-12:00 – P319 Exchange District Campus
  • Monday, October 19th – 12:00-1:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus
  • Monday, November 9th – 3:00-4:00 – W411 Exchange District Campus
  • Thursday, December 10th – 4:00-5:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus

Workshop #2 – Test Anxiety: Skills for Managing It

This experiential workshop will explore various strategies for managing test anxiety such as breathing and visualization exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, negative thought stopping and grounding techniques.

  • Tuesday, October 13th – 4:00-5:00 – W210 Exchange District Campus
  • Thursday, October 15th – 4:00-5:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus
  • Wednesday, November 4th – 3:00 -4:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus
  • Tuesday, November 24th – 11:00-12:00 – E108 Notre Dame Campus
  • Monday, November 30th – 12:00-1:00 – W411 Exchange District Campus

Workshop #3 – Study Skills: Practice Makes Permanent

The best way to avoid test anxiety is to fully prepare for your test, but how do you know if you’ve done all you can? This workshop will take you through study strategies and memorization techniques that will help increase your confidence on test day.

  • Monday, September 21st – 12:00-1:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus
  • Friday, September 25th – 12:00-1:00 – P416 Exchange District Campus
  • Thursday, November 12th – 4:00-5:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus
  • Monday, November 16th – 4:00-5:00 – A205 Exchange District Campus
  • Wednesday, December 2nd – 3:00-4:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus

Workshop #4 – Test Taking Strategies: Write Your Way to Success

This workshop reviews the key behaviors and test-writing approaches that increase success on test day. Find out how to build a personal test-taking strategy and how to effectively manage multiple choice, essay and short answer questions.

  • Wednesday, October 7th – 3:00-4:00 – E109 Notre Dame Campus
  • Thursday, October 8th – 11:00-12:00 – W411 Exchange District Campus
  • Tuesday, October 27th – 11:00-12:00 – E108 Notre Dame Campus
  • Tuesday, December 8th – 3:00-4:00 – P319 Exchange District Campus
  • Monday, December 14th – 12:00-1:00 – E108 Notre Dame Campus


Forging Global LINKS at Red River College

September 16, 2015 • Written by

LINKS Seminar Fall 2015

 One of the best parts of starting a new academic year is welcoming students from around the world to our campuses.

LINKS 2015 - New Friends

Making new friends was a focus of the one-day seminar.

This year, over 450 students converged from 51 countries worldwide for the LINKS (Learning Interculturally: Networks, Knowledge and Skills) seminar, a one-day orientation to Red River College for immigrant and international students. Some students were enjoying their first days in Canada, while others have lived here for months or years before coming to RRC.

Another focus of the day was on the strategies for success in the Canadian college environment. Approaches to teaching, grading, maintaining a respectful College atmosphere, making personal connections and launching a career can be quite different in Canada than in other countries and educational systems. This year’s brand-new Diversity Ambassadors were on hand to share their experiences and advice from a student’s perspective.

Diversity Ambassador Shuai Wang

Diversity Ambassador Shuai Wang shares advice and experience about being an international student at Red River College.

“My first day was really scary as I did not know what to do first, whom to ask,” shared Gurpreet Bharj, an international student in Technology Management. “But the people are really nice here. Usually seminars are a bit boring but this was the first seminar that was really fun and I got to learn a lot of things about the College, its policies and the qualities we should adopt to become good RRC students. I made so many friends too!”

Bradley West

Bradley West shares Respectful College concepts at the LINKS Seminar.

Red River College is a learning community enriched by the knowledge, experience and contributions of students from around the world. We look forward to seeing all of our new students connecting and learning together in the new academic year!

Check out the Diversity and Intercultural Services Website for more information about our resources, programs and services.

Free Pronunciation Workshops

September 16, 2015 • Written by

Do you have trouble pronouncing some of the common words and phrases from your RRC program? 

Are you shy to speak up in class because you are worried people might not understand you? 

Do you want to get more rhythm in your spoken English?

If you answered yes, consider joining a free Pronunciation Workshop.

These workshops give you:

  • Practice pronouncing and correctly using common vocabulary from the programs at RRC
  • A chance to record your voice and receive individual feedback on your pronunciation strengths and weaknesses
  • Individualized exercises designed to help you with your pronunciation weaknesses

To register, contact Michelle Amaya-Torres or 204-631-3365. There is a limit of 12 students per series, so register today!

Notre Dame Campus

Topic Date and time Location
Pronunciation: Word level stress Wednesday, September 23 12:00 to 12:50 NDC Room E-110
Pronunciation: Sentence level stress Wednesday, September 30 12:00 to 12:50 NDC Room E-110
Pronunciation: Emphasis and intonation Wednesday, October 7 12:00 to 12:50 NDC Room E-110

Exchange District Campus

Topic Date and time Location
Pronunciation: Word level stress Monday, September 21 11:00 to 11:50 EDC Room P-313
Pronunciation: Sentence level stress Monday, September 28 11:00 to 11:50 EDC Room P-313
Pronunciation: Emphasis and intonation Monday, October 5 11:00 to 11:50 EDC Room P-313

Groups of five or more can also request program-specific pronunciation workshops. We will run a special workshop for your small group that focuses on the vocabulary and pronunciation of your specific RRC program. To arrange for a specialized pronunciation workshop, please contact: Michelle Amaya-Torres at

Other Academic Success Centre workshops

ESL students are also welcome to attend any of the other Academic Success Centre workshops, for example in accounting, math, macroeconomics or statistics. For more information on these non-ESL workshops, please follow the link to

Looking for work with the Federal Government?

September 14, 2015 • Written by




The Public Service Commission (PSC), on behalf of various departments of the Government of Canada, is once again leading the national Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) and Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

The PSR campaign, running from September 16, 2015 to October 6, 2015, is designed to hire university and college graduates into a range of jobs within the federal government.

FSWEP provides students with learning opportunities through valuable, hands-on work experience. This campaign will start in October 2015.

Visit or, or on Twitter: @jobs_gc / @emplois_gc for more information or watch the on-campus information session:

Public Service Commission on-campus information session