Red River College Career Fair

January 16, 2014 • Written by


Red River College Career Fair

Come out and meet employers in an exhibition-like setting to learn more about their employment opportunities.

January 29 & 30, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

North Gym, Notre Dame Campus

Please note: A shuttle will be available from the Exchange District Campus


Employer on Campus Event – Manitoba Hydro IT Career Development Program

January 3, 2014 • Written by

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Information Technology Career Development Program

Manitoba Hydro is a world class energy services provider and Information Technology is an integral part of how we do business. There are numerous opportunities for motivated individuals who can bring their talents and drive to our organization to help us provide the highest level of service to our business customers.

Graduating students looking for challenging IT career opportunities with an organization that will help them develop and grow professionally should attend this presentation to learn more.

Registration is open to Information Technology graduating students.

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014

Red River College

Exchange District Campus, 160 Princess St.

Room: Great West Life Lecture Theatre A104

Time: 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Register online at:

If you have difficulty registering online, contact Student Employment Services at (204) 632-3966.

Space is limited, so register now. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Deadline for registration is January 9, 2013

Employer on Campus Event – Secure Energy Services

January 3, 2014 • Written by


Secure Energy Services invites all Business, Engineering and Information Technology programs to an information session to learn more about our career opportunities!

SECURE Energy Services was formed in 2007 by a team of entrepreneurial, forward thinking people. The company has grown into a billion dollar company and it is still focused on providing innovative energy services with an emphasis on exceptional customer service.

Rene Amirault, President and CEO, and Red River College Graduate, and Nick Wieler, EVP Crude Oil Marketing and Information Technology will be sharing the success story of Secure Energy Services and most importantly how you can join our dynamic team of employees.

At Secure Energy Services, we foster a culture where people truly love to work. Our company is made up of the highest caliber of people who are excited and passionate about our work and providing exceptional customer service.

If you are interested in learning more about career opportunities with Secure Energy Services and hearing how Rene Amirault, a RRC graduate became the business leader he is today, please register for one of the following information sessions:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Black Lecture Theatre

Notre Dame Campus

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Refreshments provided


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Black Lecture Theatre

Notre Dame Campus

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Refreshments provided

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

Please Note: If you have difficulty registering contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: January 9, 2014 Limited Space available so sign up early!





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.

I’m a Math Mind

November 29, 2013 • Written by

The value of a problem is not so much coming up with the answer as in the ideas and attempted ideas it forces on the would be solver.”  I.N. Herstein

I’m a Math Mind

A note from Dayna Graham, your Academic Coach at the Academic Success Centre

Have you ever heard someone say “I’m not a math mind”?  Have you said it yourself?  If we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard that phrase we’d have….well, you do the math.

Think back to a time when you felt you weren’t a math mind.  Was it in grade 11 Math when you were asked to illustrate and interpret graphs of exponential functions?  Does this take you down memory lane?  Graph the function:

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If you’re like me, you left those skills right where you learned them: in the classroom. You most likely did not need to utilize them on the weekend or while going about daily life. 

Imagine however if you did use those very math skills the next day. Do you think you’d have a better chance of remembering the steps? Wouldn’t it be great if math was taught using real-world practice applications? 

RRC programs teach career-related math

Luckily at RRC you do learn math for real-world situations. Now, suppose for example you are a first year Animal Health Tech student.  You are in your practicum and a client comes rushing into your clinic with his injured collie.  You ask detective-like questions, examine the dog, convert the animal’s weight from pounds to kilograms and calculate the dosage for treatment.

You do all this with skill, ease and efficacy.  Why?  Because the math was in your context and it was one component of your work task. You placed math within the big picture of your clinic, and it was linked to things like your interpersonal skills, asking smart questions and animal care.  The math wasn’t an isolated, abstract case; it was visual to you and part of the bigger story. 

Perhaps, during your math history, you were given thousands of textbook equations.  The real world however doesn’t present us with textbook problems.  The reason you excel in your area of study is because you know how to solve story/word problems, as in diagnosing and treating Fido.  You have learned to contemplate and comprehend the mathematical ideas needed for the stories you’ll solve in your clinic.

Next time you are inclined to say “I’m not a math mind” pause and think about it. You may actually mean something like “I may not be an exponential functions math mind, but I most certainly am an accomplished Animal Health Tech math mind.” Read More →

A warm welcome

November 29, 2013 • Written by


On Friday, November 22nd Red River College welcomed over 400 students, staff, family and community to the Notre Dame Campus at the 9th Annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International students. Each year, the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department organizes this College-wide event to welcome all immigrant and international students to the College community and celebrate Diversity.

The Voyageur Restaurant was packed as guests lined up for an evening of fun and entertainment. The atmosphere was vibrant and bright; with a diverse representation of guests wearing traditional clothing from around the world.

The evening was kick started by with the sounds of local modern Latin group, Descarga Latina. Focusing on Latin rhythms such as Cumbia, Merengue and Salsa, the band had Red River College’s President and CEO, Stephanie Forsyth out of her seat to get the dance floor started.

Along with special greetings from Forsyth, RRC Students’ Association President Jocelle Cuvos, and Elder in Residence Levinia Brown, was a message delivered by Provincial Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy, Hon. Flor Marcelino. “I found out about this event and thought I would pop in to say ‘hello’.” Minister Marcelino shared that after working for 17 years as support staff at Red River College, she was glad to be back. Read More →