If you are like many of the people that I meet who are looking to attend post-secondary school, you are looking for guidance on what program to take. There are many of us at Red River College that can provide you with information about the programs, career opportunities, etc. but only you can begin the process of determining what will be the best fit for you. There are a number of tools here at the college that can guide that process but it is you that needs to answer questions about yourself to determine the answer. By visiting www.rrc.ca/careerexploration you can find the Career Exploration Workbook to help you start with that process. Here, you can also obtain access to Career Cruising.
Many people want to make a lot of money, many people want to contribute to their community, but it is important that the work you do is something that you will enjoy and be excited about. It is for this reason that you need to define your priorities. We spend a lot of time at work so its important to pursue a field that is right for you. There are things to consider like lifestyle, future plans, your personality, your learning style, your values that all together can determine what might be a good career fit for you as an individual.
What kind of a work environment do you picture yourself in? What kinds of hours do you see yourself working? Shift work? Monday to Friday, regular office hours…. These are all questions to consider relative to the fields that you are considering.
The Career Exploration tools that are on the web page listed above are a good starting point. Once you have been through this process and narrowed things down a little bit, you might look at meeting with an Academic Advisor, taking a campus tour or doing a little bit more research on Red River College programs. You can obtain a current copy of Red River College’s Viewbook by visiting www.rrc.ca/visitwithus.
Best of luck in your search!!
When a student asks me about the different programs RRC has to offer I always refer them to the RRC Viewbook. Trying to make a decision about what to study at Red River College can be difficult. It’s also important that potential students know the vast awray of support services we offer to help them through their studies. We have a couple of different digital versions you can check out to help you in your search.
Learn more about Program Options, Support Services, and Admission Requirmements: www.rrc.ca/viewbook
Download the Viewbook app for your ipad from the iTunes App Store: www.rrc.ca/viewbookapp
PepsiCo, Pharmaceutical companies and the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department have all hired graduates from Red River College’s Chemical & Bioscience Technology program. There is a great deal of crossover from industry to industry which means that career possibilities are broad and transferrable.
Many people think of the careers that we are most exposed to when you think about applying science to the job market. Careers like becoming a nurse, working in the medical field, are top of mind. But what if you love science but you don’t want to work hands on with people? Chemical & Biosciences Technology is a program that offers you skills that might be obscure to many of us….how does a program like this apply to the real world you ask?
Career options are broad and cover many industries – what’s even better, is the coop term is an opportunity to showcase their skills in industry allowing them to graduate with work experience! Here are a few examples very different example of what graduates of this program have done afterwards:
A graduate of the program in 2001 had worked in a couple different research and development institutes before joining Pepsi Co. as a Quality Assurance Technician. She worked as a QC (Quality Control) technician for over 6 years at Pepsi and the work included continually testing products that were manufactured to ensure they could be released for sale. This work involved performing a variety of chemistry based tests to ensure products met their specifications.She left Pepsi to return to Red River College as an educational assistant where she is now working with current students to prepare them for similar career opportunities.
A graduate of the program in 2012 had enrolled in the program because he had an interest in pursuing a more advanced career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. The student was able to work two consecutive co-op terms (part of his education at Red River College) at Apotex Fermentation Incorporated, one of the leaders in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada. He has since obtained a full time position with AFI.
A graduate of the program in 2004 has been working in variety of roles within the Analytical Services division of the City of Winnipeg’s Water and Waste department. Along with many other graduates of the program, he has have been able to secure stable long term employment with the city. This work includes collection and analysis of samples from various locations and points within Winnipeg’s water treatment processes.
For more information about this program, please visit www.rrc.ca/cbc. To register for this program, please visit www.rrc.ca/howtoapply. There will also be an information session for registered and interested students at Notre Dame Campus on Monday, June 3 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Room A337.
One of the most frequently asked questions that I get from students, parents, counsellors, etc. is “When is your application deadline at RRC?”
A key difference in applying to Red River College versus many other post-secondary institutions is that for most programs at RRC there is no such thing as an application deadline….
We accept students on a first qualified, first serve basis. This means that students need to apply early for many programs in order to get into the program they are interested in. How early can you apply you ask? For most programs, you can apply as early as the end of Grade 11. Once you have your final transcripts and have registered for all of the required Grade 12 courses (as listed under the admission requirements for the program you are applying for) you are eligible to apply. The benefit to doing this is that if you are applying to a program that has a waiting list, you will be placed on that list earlier and have less time, if any, to wait to start your program after high school.
Some exceptions to this rule are Creative Arts programs that have application deadlines due to the portfolio requirements, programs that are joint programs with one of the Universities that require you to apply directly to a university. Another exception would be programs like Medical Laboratory Sciences and Medical Radiologic Technology that require one to two years of post-secondary education as their pre-requisites which in that case will require that you follow the application process/meet the application deadlines of the institution you are starting with before applying to Red River College. In the case of those two programs, you do not apply to Red River College until the year that you are scheduled to complete those required courses (they must be completed before July 15 of the year that you are applying).
It is important to note that not all programs at Red River College have waiting lists but it is worth investigating areas of interest earlier than later to determine if your program of interest does have a waiting list.
To apply, visit www.rrc.ca/howtoapply and go through the comprehensive step by step instructions and you are on your way!
Did you ever admire those teachers in high school that got to teach the fun subjects that students look forward to? Did you ever think how cool would it be to teach woodworking, graphic design, multimedia, photography, drafting…? Do you have an interest in a particular trade but want to know about other ways to apply that learning by becoming a teacher? If you answered yes or even maybe to any of these questions, keep reading…
Learn more about Red River College’s Teacher Education programs by attending an Information Session on Thursday, February 7 at Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Campus) from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in Room A137. For more information, please contact (204) 632-2300.
***A bonus when considering these programs is that there are two $600 awards are available annually to students entering the Teacher Education program at Red River College (General RRC application required); preference will be given to those entering the five-year programs. Applications should be accompanied by a current high school transcript including first-term grades. Selection criteria will include academic achievement with secondary consideration to leadership qualities or peer support activities. A reference letter from an educator supporting these traits should also be included. Application deadline is June 15. See www.rrc.ca/awards Teacher Education Entrance Award.
The Business Information Technology program is a program that trains students in the areas of Application Development, Database Management, Network Management and Web Development.
Students are employable in all four of these areas by the time they are finished their program. The program also includes a coop term which is a paid opportunity to work in industry which is very valuable when it comes to transitioning into the workplace after you graduate from your program.
The good news is that the job market is looking good for people who pursue this career path…even better news…there are still seats available for the January intake of this program. See www.rrc.ca/bit or apply now by visiting www.rrc.ca/howtoapply.
Jennifer Powell, Student Recruitment Officer
Many people have a hard time trying to figure out what they want to do after high school, or as their next career. Red River College’s free Career Exploration Workshop might be what you were looking for. Don’t miss the next 1 hour workshop on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00pm at Notre Dame Campus, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue.
What are these workshops all about?
Red River College Counselling and Accessibility Services offers a Career Exploration Workshops to students who may be considering changing programs or wishing to explore other interests. This workshop is also available to prospective students who may need guidance in choosing a career path.
Emphasis is placed on enhancing self-awareness, determining interests, understanding values and considering skills/abilities. An overview of available career resources and career planning strategies is also given.
Information will be provided on the Career Cruising website. This website will assist individuals as they continue to explore career possibilities and potential academic opportunities following the workshop. With Red River College’s username and password, participants will have access to comprehensive Career Matchmaking assessments, information on hundreds of potential careers as well as the education and training required for these careers.
In part two of the workshop, Red River College Recruitment Officers will provide program information and explore other college resources that may be helpful in making career decisions. Participants will also be provided a tour of the campus.
This Career Exploration Workshop is free of charge for both students and members of the public. They are delivered by the college’s qualified and professional counselling staff. All workshops take place at the Notre Dame Campus in D102 which is located across the hall from the Student Service Centre.
How do I register?
To register your attendance at one of these workshops, please call: (204) 632-3966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register in person in D102 at the Notre Dame Campus.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Clint Thiessen, Student Recruitment Officer