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Applying Online to RRC

June 1, 2016 • Written by

roblinAre you about to apply to a Red River College program? Consider the online application process. Here are some convincing reasons to choose the internet instead of paper:

-Faster submission and processing times
-You receive acknowledgement within moments of submitting it
-You can work on your application over several sessions
-If your program has a waitlist, the initial date of application determines your waitlist position. This is a distinct advantage over mailed-in applications
-You get an online account. This account can let you:
-Upload admission requirement documents (some programs)
-Check the status of your required admission documents
-View your submitted online application
-Update your personal information
-Request information about College services
-View and register for College events

To initiate an online application, go to the program’s Overview page. In the left-hand menu, you will see a link called “Dates and Fees”. Click on it, and you will then see the next available date(s) on which the program will be running. You will also see if it operates on more than one campus. Next to the date(s), you will see an “Apply Now” link. Clicking there will take you to the Account Set-Up page, and then to the application. Within minutes you will have an active application!

Once submitted, you can rely on quick and timely communication that will keep you updated on the status of your application.

Questions? Contact us at before you apply.

Skilled Trades at RRC

May 17, 2016 • Written by

PE CarpentryRed River College is a proud partner and supporter of apprenticeship training in Manitoba. In this blog post, we will focus on three RRC pre-employment trades programs – Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing – to explain how starting at RRC can set you on a path to earning a Red Seal, emblematic of having mastered your chosen trade.

What is a pre-employment trades program?
A pre-employment trades program is a short-term certificate program, focused on providing the student with a base of skills that will enable him or her to secure a Level 1 Apprenticeship in their chosen trade. While these programs are not mandatory for entering a trade, industry leaders have indicated they would much prefer to hire someone with a base of skill over someone with no skill at all.

What are the entrance requirements?
For Regular Admission, applicants must have completed, or be completing, a high school diploma that includes English, Math, and Science. Please consult the specific requirements in each program to determine the exact credits required.

What will I learn in a pre-employment trades program?
In all three of the programs highlighted, students will attend RRC full-time for five months. In that time the students will learn applied math, science, and communications, and they will spend significant time in training labs, learning and performing a range of hands-on activities. In Carpentry, for example, students will spend time learning how to operate a variety of hand tools related to construction.

What have I gained at the conclusion of a pre-employment trades program?
Upon completion, students will have earned a certificate from RRC. More importantly, they will have gained a base of industry-relevant skills designed to qualify them for employment as a Level 1 Apprentice in their chosen trade. Depending on how well the student performed, credit transfer into their apprenticeship might be possible. This could potentially speed up their time to completion.

What happens once I become an apprentice?
In these highlighted trades, apprentices will work through four levels toward earning a Red Seal, the top credential in their trade. Apprentices spend 1800 hours on the job in each level, with short stints in school to acquire relevant math, science, and communication knowledge as they progress.

Want to learn more? To find out more about pre-employment trades programs at RRC, contact us at To learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in this province, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba at

Financing Your Education

April 25, 2016 • Written by

BIT studentsPursuing a post-secondary education can be one of the most rewarding (and most expensive) decisions made in your lifetime. For many students, part-time and summer jobs are not enough to cover costs such as tuition, books, and possibly room and board. Fortunately, there are options out there to consider. Here are a few:

Student Loans

Manitoba Student Aid (MSA) is a government agency that provides supplemental financial aid to eligible post-secondary students. While applicants must demonstrate an ability to contribute money of their own toward their education, MSA can supplement this sum with Manitoba and Canada Student Loans.

If you plan to attend classes this year, you may apply for a loan on or after June 1. Applicants are encouraged to complete an online application, as close to the opening date as possible. Why? MSA will need up to 12 weeks to fully process your loan application and have the funds on their way. Applying online greatly reduces the possibility of delays in the processing time.

For more information, utilize these two informative links:

MSA’s Home Page:

MSA’s Countdown Calendar:

Awards and Scholarships

The College offers a wide array of awards and scholarships. Selection criteria vary, and can be based on academic achievement, financial need, and more. Unlike a student loan, awards and scholarships are not re-payable.

Go onto and invest some time reading up on awards and scholarships. Within the menu for each program, you will find an Awards and Scholarships link. Clicking on it takes you to a comprehensive list of awards and scholarships, of which some are general, and others program-specific. While it can be a time-consuming effort, you might find yourself on the receiving end of hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. What are you waiting for?

Aside from the College’s awards and scholarships, consider widening your search by going to

Other Resources

A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a type of savings account where the funds must be directed to post-secondary studies. If you have one, it was probably established by your parents at an earlier age. Many of these plans require you to provide proof you are enrolled in order to release the funds.

A student line of credit is offered by many banks and credit unions in Canada. These should be researched carefully so that the consequences of drawing from it (interest, repayment terms) are fully understood from the outset.

Eligible students might receive a sponsorship from an agency or association. For example, the Manitoba Metis Federation provides funding to eligible students attending post-secondary studies.

Any questions? Please direct them to

NEW! Meet An RRC Advisor Via FaceTime or Skype

March 24, 2016 • Written by

learning commonsA traditional face-to-face meeting is seen as the standard when people are seeking information from an academic advisor. However, we recognize that a visit to the campus is not feasible for everyone looking for academic advice. Considerations such as geography, work schedules, or responsibilities to family can have a significant impact on your ability to consult with an advisor. And while the traditional phone call is always an option, many advisees would like a more meaningful connection as they plan their post-secondary studies.

In recognition of this fact, academic advising appointments are now available via Skype and FaceTime. Booking your appointment is simple – just send an e-mail to, and provide us with the format you want and your contact information. A member of the team will schedule you into the next available appointment time.

How do I prepare for the appointment?
Shortly after the booking, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with lots of helpful information. For example, you are encouraged to create a list of questions to ask during the session. In addition, please try to compile your education history through high school and any post-secondary transcripts, so the advisor can better understand your qualifications.

What do I need for the appointment?
Aside from your questions and transcript(s), make sure you are sitting in a comfortable chair in a well-lit room. If you are using a portable device (phone or tablet), be sure it has sufficient charge for the appointment.

How do I get Skype, or how do I set up FaceTime on my Apple device?
Both tools are very user-friendly, simply go to to be guided through its installation on your PC, laptop, or other device. For FaceTime, we recommend you go to and access the Help feature. You will find easy-to-follow instructions.

We look forward to meeting with you online – be sure to contact us at

Finding Your Career At RRC

March 14, 2016 • Written by

carpentryFor many people, the idea of figuring out a career path (or changing to a new one) can be an anxiety-ridden experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some resources you can access to make the time and effort you invest in research worthwhile. There is no right or wrong way, but using the first two resources prior to seeing someone in-person may prove beneficial:

Career Exploration Workbook

This workbook is a valuable tool that can take you through exercises designed to raise your self-awareness. Knowing more about the kind of person you are (interests, strengths, values) can aid you greatly as you research the many career possibilities that exist. Click here to access your copy of the workbook.

Career Cruising is a website designed to help you learn more about a wide range of careers. The College can provide you with an ID and password that unlocks an array of resources designed to aid your research into career possibilities. Click here to access a helpful guide to the website.

Academic Advising

An in-person meeting with an advisor can help you better understand College programs. If you have used any career exploration tools, it is more likely you can articulate a desired career path, and will have an appointment where the discussion is focused on one or a handful of programs. An advisor can help you take a comprehensive view of your readiness for college. Your academic qualifications, ability to pay tuition, and your network of personal supports are all issues that deserve careful examination prior to applying.

Academic Advising Contact Information:

Phone: 204-632-2327, toll-free 1-800-903-7707


Career Counselling

A one-time meeting with a career counsellor can be scheduled, but only after you have invested the time in utilizing the Career Exploration Handbook, and spent time on the Career Cruising website. An online intake form must be completed to initiate the process.

Do keep in mind that finding your new career is not a scientific process. Even with extensive research, your final decision might come down to trusting your instincts, i.e. what does your gut tell you? After all, you are the one who knows best what is right for you. But if you invest time and effort into the resources listed here, you will find that feelings of anxiety or doubt can be greatly reduced. We wish you all the best in your search.

Making The Most Of Your Open House Visit

January 18, 2016 • Written by

open house s_gymRRC Open House
February 16: 11am – 2pm and 5pm-8pm
February 17: 9am – 2pm

RRC’s annual Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to experience the college environment. Here are some suggestions that can make your visit informative and valuable:

Take a tour
Campus tours will be offered throughout both days, at both the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses. This is a great chance to see the campus, and to focus on labs and classrooms specific to your interests. Even better, tours are led by current RRC students, so you have an opportunity to get an insider’s perspective on life as a college student.

Go to an information session
Several RRC programs will be offering information sessions. This is your chance to hear it from the experts, and find out what the day-to-day realities are for students in program x, y, or z. Consider these sessions a great way to dial into a specific area of interest.

Visit the information booths
For your convenience, all RCC programs, regardless of campus location, will be set up with information booths at the Notre Dame Campus. For anyone who is still in an exploratory stage of their decision-making, this allows you to gather as much information as you want in one convenient location.

Use the shuttle service
While info booths will be located in one place, there is still an easy way to get to the Exchange District Campus. A free shuttle service will take you back and forth on both days. Student-led tours will be offered, and a team of ambassadors will be on hand to provide directions and answer questions.

Plan ahead
Visit our Facebook event page to get the latest updates about the Open House! Planning in advance will enable you to make the most of your visit.

We look forward to seeing you!

*On all the days around Open House, if you have questions about any RRC programs, contact an Academic Advisor. Advisors can help you better understand what is required of you at the application stage, and beyond.

Assessment Tools At RRC

December 11, 2015 • Written by

ece studentsIn several instances, the College uses one or more assessment tools to measure an applicant’s preparedness for post-secondary study. In this blog post, we will focus on three assessment tools, looking at how they work and what they are used for.

Reading Test
Several programs at RRC (for example, Nursing) use a tool called Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) to measure an applicant’s reading comprehension. The rationale for using this tool is tied to the amount and complexity of reading in these College programs. The more complex the reading content, the higher an applicant’s DRP score must be. The DRP is a multiple-choice test where a person must choose the correct word to be inserted into a sentence. There are a total of 70 questions, progressively increasing in difficulty. It is an untimed test.

Academic Readiness Assessment
This assessment tool is used to measure a person’s entry point to RRC’s Adult Learning Centre (high school upgrading), and for entry to some RRC programs. It consists of two components: reading and math. This assessment requires approximately three hours to write. The Academic Readiness Assessment is not suitable for everyone – anyone who speaks English as an additional language, or anyone with a learning disability is asked to first speak with staff at the Assessment Centre to see if this is right for you.

Special Entry Testing
An applicant might be tested in required subject areas if the Admissions office is uncertain about the applicant’s qualifications. The areas most likely to be tested are English, Math, and Science. Only the subjects listed in the program’s entrance requirements would be included for testing purposes. If Science is tested, it will be the specific science course at the grade level required for admission. This would include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science. The Assessment Centre provides tips to prepare for testing. Click here for more information.

These are just a few of the tools used to assess applicants to RRC. If you are applying for a program that involves an assessment tool, please feel free to contact an Academic Advisor if you have any questions. Contact us at 204-632-2327, or

Navigating the RRC Website (Part 2)

November 23, 2015 • Written by

Red River College’s website is a wealth of information. In this blogpost, we will look at ways to navigate the website effectively and efficiently. Today we will learn how to locate a part-time program and courses, and for this post we will use the Graphic Communications certificate program as the example.

From the main page (, look at the menu bar just beneath the college logo, and select Programs & Courses.

rrc front page

This takes you to the Program and Course Catalog. This is a very helpful page, in that it can help you narrow a search by using the pull-down menus. We can select Creative Arts from the first pull-down menu. From the second pull-down menu, we can select Graphic Communications.

GC program selectAlternatively, you can click on Alphabetical Listing if you already know what you are looking for.

Now we are at the Graphic Communications overview page. You will see a description of this certificate program. On the left, you will find a menu that will help you enrol in courses from this program.


When we select Program Outline, we are taken to a list of required and elective courses offered for this program:

Graphic Communications 1 is the first course on the list. Let’s learn more about it by changing menu items to Courses and Descriptions, and then clicking on the course:


A course description comes, along with a link to more information, click that link:


When Graphic Communications 1 comes up, you will again see the course description, and all the information you need to register for the course in one of two formats, Classroom or Distance*:

*Online registration is quick and easy. With a credit card, you can get your seat in any class within minutes. Or, in many cases, you can opt for the Distance Education model, where all the materials are sent to you for independent study.

Thousands of students enroll in Continuing and Distance Education courses every year. Some students simply want the knowledge gained from individual courses, while others are setting out to complete a certificate entirely by part-time study. Academic Advisors can help you navigate the options. Contact us at 632-2327, or

Navigating the RRC Website (Part 1)

November 9, 2015 • Written by

Red River College’s website is a wealth of information for prospective students. In this blogpost, we will look at ways to navigate the website effectively and efficiently. Today we will learn how to locate a full-time program, and for this post we will use Nursing as the example.

From the main page (, look at the menu bar just beneath the college logo, and select Programs & Courses.

rrc front page

This takes you to the Program and Course Catalog. This is a very helpful page, in that it can help you narrow a search by using the pull-down menus. Alternatively, you can click on Alphabetical Listing if you already know what you are looking for. Clicking on it takes us to the next page.

catalog page

In this alphabetical listing of full-time programs, click on the letter ‘N’, or simply scroll down to Nursing. Clicking on it takes you to the Nursing Overview page.

programs page


You’ve made it! From here you can access an array of valuable information specific to the Nursing program. Please note the left-hand menu, a series of links that will tell you everything you need to know about the program.

nursing overview page

Be sure to note two especially important links:

Admission Requirements – this link shows you exactly what an applicant needs to do in order to be admitted into the program. Read carefully to avoid making any errors during the application process.

Dates and Fees – this link will show you the next available intake for this program, as well as the campus location. All applicable fees are listed. Most importantly, it is here you can begin the online application process.

In our next blogpost, we will learn how to navigate the website for the purpose of locating a course in Continuing and Distance Education.

If you any questions about applying to these or any other RRC programs, please contact us at 204-632-2327, or

Writing the Computer Programmer Aptitude Battery Test (CPAB)

October 26, 2015 • Written by

BIT studentsAfter submitting an application to the Business Information Technology program (BIT), applicants are contacted to write an assessment called the Computer Programmer Aptitude Battery Test (CPAB). This is a well-established and valuable tool that helps both the College and the BIT applicant to assess the applicant’s aptitude for the BIT program.

Let’s take a look at how the CPAB works:

What does it measure?
The CPAB measures an applicant’s problem-solving abilities. Please note it is not a test about computers or IT concepts. Instead, an applicant is presented with five different sub-tests:

*Verbal Meaning (you will be given a vocabulary word and then choose which of 5 other words means the same as the first word)

*Reasoning (a test of ability to reason and express problems in a simple form using conventional mathematical symbols).

*Letter Series (each problem represents a series of letters according to a pattern. You will find the pattern in the series and decide which letter comes next in the sequence).

*Number Ability (you will quickly estimate reasonable answer to computations)

*Diagramming (also known as ’flow charting’- this test looks at your ability to analyze problems and determine solutions in a logical sequence).

Is it possible to study for the CPAB?
Not really, as this is a measurement of aptitude, so it is designed to assess the problem-solving skills you have developed over your lifetime.

What does the test score mean?
The College has been using the CPAB for several decades now. Over that time, it has built up a sample size of thousands of test writers. When you take the CPAB, your final score is measured against all the others, and if it falls into the 59th percentile or better, you are offered admission directly into BIT.

What if my score is too low?
If your test falls below the 59th percentile, you can contact the Assessment Centre to get feedback. Test writers who fell just a little short (a few percentage points) off the standard might consider enrolling in Introduction to BIT, a one-semester alternative entry to BIT. Intro to BIT can help students sharpen their problem-solving skills while getting started on courses in the BIT diploma.

If an applicant’s score fell several points below the standard, this may require some careful thought and consideration. It does not mean the program is out of the question, but it may mean the BIT program is not the right choice for the applicant. Academic Advisors are available to discuss other options if necessary.

If you have any questions about applying to these or any other RRC programs, please contact us at 204-632-2327, or

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