Student Success

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.

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 advisor@rrc.ca.

Red River College General Information Session-December 2, 2015

November 23, 2015 • Written by

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If you are considering post-secondary, you do not want to miss this information session. Learn about full-time programs, the admissions process and the various support services that are available. There is something for everyone at Red River College.

*This is the same presentation that is delivered to high schools and adult learning centres but this is an opportunity for students who have missed these opportunities to attend. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register at rrc.ca/rrcinfo

 

Red River College General Information Session-November 16, 2015

November 4, 2015 • Written by

Gen Info Nov 2015

If you are considering post-secondary, you do not want to miss this information session. Learn about full-time programs, the admissions process and the various support services that are available. There is something for everyone at Red River College.

*This is the same presentation that is delivered to high schools and adult learning centres but this is an opportunity for students who have missed these opportunities to attend. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register at rrc.ca/rrcinfo

 

Red River College Information Session-October 22, 2015

October 5, 2015 • Written by

Gen Info October 2015

If you are considering post-secondary, you do not want to miss this information session. Learn about full-time programs, the admissions process and the various support services that are available. There is something for everyone at Red River College.

*This is the same presentation that is delivered to high schools and adult learning centres but this is an opportunity for students who have missed these opportunities to attend. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register at rrc.ca/rrcinfo

 

PRE-EMPLOYMENT TRADES PROGRAMS AT RRC

September 21, 2015 • 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.

English Language Training At RRC

July 13, 2015 • Written by

 

 

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RRC’s Language Training Centre enrols approximately 1000 students in English language programs every year. Permanent residents and visa students can access a variety of English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs designed to assist them towards life, education, and career goals.

Centrally located at 123 Main Street (also known as Union Station), the Centre is easily accessible from all corners of Winnipeg. A dedicated staff provides language proficiency assessments, classroom instruction, student support services, and more.

There are many advantages to studying English at the Language Training Centre:
•Comprehensive levels of language programming
•Assessment-based placement so students are in the right level
•One-on-one opportunities with instructors
•State-of-the-art online learning opportunities
•Completion certificate and official language competency report
•International student supports and social activities
•A Workplace Language Exposure component

Online learning is especially valuable, as it allows students to build on their in-class learning any time they want. The online language learning tool is designed for specific occupational or educational goals. It is state-of-the-art software that uses vocabulary-building exercises and skill-building activities, advanced speech recognition technology, interactive dialogues, and videos on the topics of your choice.

If you would like to inquire about being assessed, or have questions about programming at the LTC, please click here to see a list of contacts at the Centre.

If you have questions about post-secondary options at Red River College, speak to an Academic Advisor. Contact us at advisor@rrc.ca, or 204-632-2327.

Submitting International Credentials

June 10, 2015 • Written by

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Students who were born and educated in other countries make up an ever-growing segment of Red River College’s student population. The College recently revamped its processes for receiving international documents as part of an application to the College. Here is some information to help you better understand this process.

International Credential Assessment for Admission:

If you are applying to a Red River College (RRC) program and have been educated outside of Canada, you will require an International Credential Assessment. This assessment will analyze and compare education that you have completed outside of Canada with the academic requirements of the RRC program for which you have submitted an application. Please ensure you submit your application well in advance of your program’s start date.

For more information, please follow this helpful lnk www.rrc.ca/credentials and don’t hesitate to contact an academic advisor if you have any questions. Call 204-632-2327, or e-mail advisor@rrc.ca.

Your international credential assessment will be completed as soon as possible; however it may take up to three months to complete. It is important to note the assessment is for Red River College use only.

In Conclusion…

Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow the steps as indicated, in order to ensure a smooth application process.

If you have any questions prior to starting an application, please get in touch with an Academic Advisor. Call 204-632-2327, or e-mail advisor@rrc.ca.

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