Advice For Students

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 advisor@rrc.ca before you apply.

Upcoming Information Sessions: Business Information Technology, and Business Technology Management

May 26, 2016 • Written by

BITJoin us at one of our upcoming information session exploring RRC’s Business Information Technology, Introduction to Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management programs.

  • Tuesday, June 7, 1:30-3:30pm, Room A104.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 1:30-3:30pm, Room P107.

Both information sessions will be taking place at Red River College’s Roblin Centre located at 160 Princess Street.

RSVP: Steve Lawrence at 204.949.8395 or slawrence@rrc.ca

 

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 advisor@rrc.ca. To learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in this province, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba at apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca.

Commerce Industry Sales & Marketing Information Session May 18, 2016

April 25, 2016 • Written by

CIS ImageIf you’ve ever thought about working in sales and marketing — Red River College’s Commerce Industry Sales and Marketing program offers the resources you need for a successful career.

At Red River College, we have unmatched connections to industry — and that’s just one of the many reasons why our grads get hired.

Join us at a free Commerce Industry Sales and Marketing info session.

  • Wednesday, May 18, 12-1pm
  • P107- 160 Princess Street
  • For more information please contact Lisa Jamieson at ljamieson@rrc.ca

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: www.manitobastudentaid.ca

MSA’s Countdown Calendar:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/educate/sfa/pdf/countdown_calendar.pdf

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 www.rrc.ca 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 www.scholarshipscanada.ca.

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 advisor@rrc.ca.

Business Administration Information Session May 11, 2016

April 25, 2016 • Written by

BusinessIf you’ve ever thought about working in marketing, human resources, financial services or accounting — or you aspire to be Manitoba’s next top entrepreneur — Red River College’s Business Administration program offers the resources you need for a successful career.

Apply your skills after just two years, or transfer your credits to complete a degree. At Red River College, we have unmatched connections to industry — and that’s just one of the many reasons why our grads get hired.

Join us at a free Business Administration program info session.

  • Wednesday, May 11, 12-1pm
  • P107- 160 Princess Street
  • For more information please contact Lisa Jamieson at ljamieson@rrc.ca

Joint Info Session: Business Information Technology, Introduction to BIT, and Business Technology Management

April 13, 2016 • Written by

BITJoin us at a joint information session exploring RRC’s Business Information Technology, Introduction to Business Information Technology and Business Technology Management programs.

  • Friday, April 22, 1–3pm, Room A104, Roblin Centre (160 Princess St.)

RSVP: Steve Lawrence at 204.949.8395 or slawrence@rrc.ca

For more information on these programs please visit rrc.ca/bit or rrc.ca/btm

Health Information Management Information Session April 14, 2016

March 31, 2016 • Written by

Looking to develop the skills and knowledge you need to effectively manage the health information required for patient care, administration, research, and education? Red River College’s Health Information Management program trains you in the specialized techniques required to work in health information management. It offers a unique combination of medical, computer, and business courses to ensure your success.

Join us on April 14, from 1-3pm in the White Lecture Theatre on the Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Ave) to learn more about our Health Information Management program.  www.rrc.ca/him

For more information contact David Thomas at  dthomas@rrc.ca

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 advisor@rrc.ca, 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 www.skype.com to be guided through its installation on your PC, laptop, or other device. For FaceTime, we recommend you go to www.apple.com 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 advisor@rrc.ca.

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