Full slate of back-to-school events on tap, courtesy the RRC Students’ Association

August 28, 2014

_99A8279Welcome back, all new and returning Red River College students!

As a way to celebrate your first few weeks of classes, and to help you get a feel for your new surroundings, the Red River College Students’ Association has a full slate of back-to-school events planned.

See below for details on welcome events and DisOrientation Week activities. And don’t forget our Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations team is also hosting a Welcoming Celebration for students, this Thursday at the Notre Dame Campus!

Tuesday, Sept. 2
Maw’s Eatery and Red River College Students’ Association presents…
Back to School BBQ
Free food, drinks and Fanta floats for students
Where: Bijou Park (beside Paterson Global Foods Institute, 504 Main St.
When: 11am – 1:30pm
*Rainout backup at Maw’s Eatery and Beer Hall (291 Bannatyne Ave.)
Feat. Musicians Mark Mills & The Vikings

Back to School BBQ Afterparty
Live music; food and drink specials for students
Where: Maw’s Eatery and Beer Hall (291 Bannatyne Ave.)
When: Doors open at 1:30pm

Wednesday, Sept. 3
MTS and Red River College Students’ Association presents…
Welcome Back BBQ
Free food, drinks and Fanta floats for students
Where: Outdoor courtyard between buildings D,E,F at Notre Dame Campus
When: 1am – 1:30pm
*Rainout backup in The Cave Lounge at NDC
Feat. Musicians Mark Mills & The Vikings

DisOrientation Week 2014 (Sept. 8-12)

Monday, Sept. 8
Magic performance: Wonderist Chris Funk
Where: The Cave Lounge at Notre Dame Campus
When: 12pm – 1pm
Free show for students

Tuesday, Sept. 9
Stand-up comedy: Jordan Wellwood and Dan Glasswick
Where: The Cave Lounge at Notre Dame Campus
When: 12pm – 1pm
Free show for students

Outdoor movie
Where: The outdoor courtyard between buildings D,E,F
When: Sunset (approx. 8pm) until the movie is complete
Free for students; bring some comfy warm clothes and a blanket or chair!
Movie selection TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 10
Stand-up comedy: Jordan Wellwood and Dan Glasswick
Where: Maw’s Eatery and Beer Hall (291 Bannatyne Ave.)
When: 12pm – 1pm
Free show for students, lunch and drink specials for the event!

Thursday, Sept. 11
Minute to Win It!
Giving away $500 cash to students, competing in five different challenges
Where: The Cave Lounge at Notre Dame Campus
When: 12pm – 1pm

DisOrientation Week Kegger
Where: The outdoor courtyard between buildings D,E,F at Notre Dame Campus
When: 3pm – 7pm
Live music and DJ, prizes being handed out to students
Free for students, bring student I.D.

Friday, Sept. 12
College movie marathon
Classic college movies being played all throughout the day, with free popcorn and drinks!
Where: The Cave Lounge
When: 9am – 4pm

DisOrientation Week Wrap Up ‘I’m on a Boat’ Party Cruise!
Where: The M.S. River Rouge
When: Boat loads at 10:30pm at the Alexander Docks (corner of Alexander Ave. and Waterfront Dr.), departs at 11pm sharp and returns at 2am
Food and beverages available on the boat
Limited quantity of tickets available at The Ox (NDC) and The Mercantile (Roblin Centre) for $15

Welcoming Celebration for RRC students: Thursday, Sept. 4

August 21, 2014

Welcoming PartyRed River College’s Aboriginal Student Support & Community Relations team will host a Welcoming Celebration for students on Thursday, September 4, from noon to 1pm, at the Notre Dame Campus.

Students have a lot on their minds when going back to school — like housing, buying textbooks, and just finding their way around campus. The Welcoming Celebration offers a break from it all — complete with a free lunch and the chance to meet other students while being entertained by comedian Don Burnstick.

Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Time: Doors open at 11:15am; Don Burnstick’s comedy show starts at noon
Place: F209, Aboriginal Support Centre (Notre Dame Campus)

For more information, please call 204.632.3773.

Become a volunteer ambassador for RRC’s International Student Airport Pickup program

August 7, 2014

455054067Would you like to meet someone new, from another country and culture? Are you proud of where you study or work? If so, then please help us welcome new international students to Red River College! We’re looking for ambassadors to serve as a friendly, welcoming face when our international students first arrive in Winnipeg.

RRC first piloted an Airport Pickup Service for international students during the fall semester of study in 2013. The service is made possible by volunteers from RRC’s staff, faculty and student communities.

Since the program’s inception, we’ve been able to welcome many international students as soon as they arrived in Winnipeg, but in order to continue this service, RRC’s International Education office needs your help.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment? Do I just complete the student pickup and drop-off?

The time commitment is usually two hours. You’re simply expected to pick up the student from the airport and bring them to the location where they’re staying. If you would like to take them for a tour (or go shopping, etc.), you can do so, but it is not the expectation of this initiative.

Can I specify a time I’m available?

Your availability is a key factor when matching up our arriving students and our volunteers, so you’re more than welcome to identify times when you are not available. Since the students arrive on various dates and times, we’re not able to specify the time until the request for pickup comes in. Our pickup service will be offered from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. only.

International Education will handle the coordination and scheduling of all pickups. In addition, your parking at the airport will be reimbursed.

If you would like to volunteer, or have any questions, please email international@rrc.ca.

Peguis Pre-Electrical grads celebrate high-voltage success

August 6, 2014

PeguisAboriginal students from the Interlake marked some high-voltage achievements in the latest regional offering of Red River College’s Pre-Employment Electrical program, netting a combined average grade of 89.24% in classes delivered at the Peguis – Fisher River Campus.

The 10 students — eight young men, and two young women — celebrated their success at a special celebration on Wed., July 30 in Peguis.

The five-month Pre-Employment Electrical certificate program develops the knowledge and skills required for employment in the electrical field, including fundamentals of electricity, electrical codes, wiring practices, and trade safety awareness.

The program is made possible through funding from Apprenticeship Manitoba, and creates a terrific opportunity for students with no previous experience to become apprentice electricians.

“Red River College’s community partnerships prove to be invaluable,” says Darlene Bouvier, Manager of RRC’s Interlake Campuses. “As part of our community strategic planning, the Peguis – Fisher River Campus is providing preparatory courses prior to program delivery, that engage students in building self-esteem, while facilitating teamwork and providing participants with the essential skills and knowledge necessary for continued learning success.”

For more information on RRC programs and services in the Interlake, including at the Peguis – Fisher River Campus, call 1.204.785.5328 (toll-free 1.866.946.3241) or visit rrc.ca/interlake.

College to welcome Chinese students for Summer English Language Camps

July 18, 2014

9423696972_138ad37c33_kRed River College’s International Education office will again showcase the best Manitoba has to offer this season, while welcoming a group of visiting Chinese students taking part in its Summer English Language Camps.

Launched last year, the two-week program provides a unique way for international students to improve their language skills, while also learning more about local and national culture through field trips and tours of Winnipeg.

Delivered by RRC’s Language Training Centre, the camps balance fun and interactive classroom sessions with outings to some of the city’s most popular attractions — including parks, museums, historic sites and summer festivals — all while helping students build confidence by using English in class and in everyday situations.

“Last summer, students took a tour of the city with Winnipeg’s Trolley Tours, walked through the Exchange District, went on a tour of the Manitoba Legislature Building, and were able to attend tours of various programs that RRC has to offer,” says Kelsey Griffth-Parker, Program Coordinator of the summer camp.

“They also visited Polo Park Shopping Mall, Assiniboine and Kildonan Park, and were involved in many ‘Winnipeg’ activities — including visiting Lower Fort Garry, The Forks, and attending a Goldeyes baseball game!”

This year, 19 students from the Shenyang Institute of Engineering and 12 from the Shanghai Medical Instrumentation College will take part in the language camp program, which runs from July 27 to Aug. 8.

Camp organizers are currently seeking volunteers to assist with airport pickups, field trips and tours — activities that will take place during afternoons, evenings and weekends.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Kelsey Griffith-Parker at k.griffthparker@gmail.com.

RRC grads honoured with International Student of the Year Awards from province

July 18, 2014

Two Red River College students were honoured by the provincial government this month, picking up International Student of the Year Awards for their contributions in and out of the classroom.

Presented by the Manitoba Council for International Education and the Province’s International Education Branch, the awards recognize the contributions of international students to the Manitoba community. Each year, three students are recognized in the categories of Secondary, Post-Secondary and Language Programs.

Andy Thong Quoc PhamAndy Thong Quoc Pham, recipient of this year’s award for Post-Secondary Students, has been an RRC student since 2013, completing language studies at the Language Training Centre (LTC) before enrolling in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute downtown.

Since his arrival as a new international student from Vietnam, Andy has made a number of important leadership contributions to the RRC community, excelling in his studies, representing his class on the Student Advisory Board, and participating in RRC’s Cultural and Language Mentor Program.

Andy also completed Ally Training as part of RRC’s LGBTT* Initiative, and launched an LGBTT* and Friends Club on-campus. He is outgoing and friendly, and reaches out to support and advocate for his classmates and others. As he enters the second year of his program, Andy plans to maintain a high GPA, and run for an elected position on the RRC Students’ Association executive.

Rae Ting Ting ShiRae Ting Ting Shi, recipient of this year’s Language Program Award, graduated from the LTC in April 2014, and is now pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education. During her time at RRC, she was proactive, organized and resourceful as she worked to improve her English skills.

Rae also contributed to the LTC community through her positive attitude, creativity and flexibility, participating in both classroom and College events, and organizing potlucks and other activities for her fellow students.

Both Andy and Rae picked up their awards — which include a monetary prize of $200 and a certificate signed by the Minister of Advanced Learning and Education — on July 14. They will also be recognized this fall at RRC’s annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students.

Portage Campus to host new skilled trades camp for Aboriginal youth

July 17, 2014

10727138914_e8b5e794d3_bCareer-camp season is already in full swing at Red River College’s Winnipeg campuses, where middle-schoolers are broadening their horizons through summer sessions on trades, technology and the culinary arts.

Now RRC’s Portage Campus has unveiled plans to extend the season a little longer, announcing the launch of a new trades camp for Aboriginal youth that makes its debut next month.

This August, Portage Campus hosts its inaugural Trades Exploration (Tr.Ex.) camps for kids in Grades 6-8, offering a fun and informative five-day mix of trades-based learning, culture and recreation.

“The Portage Campus is very excited to be delivering their first-ever Tr.Ex. camp in partnership with Apprenticeship Manitoba,” says Lori-Ann Grenkow, RRC’s Interim Director, Regional Services. “Camp participants will have fun exploring three skilled trades areas: Carpentry, Chef/Cook and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. In addition, they’ll have a great time participating in a variety of recreational activities and crafts, and learning about traditional Aboriginal teachings.”

Participants can take their pick of two sessions this summer — the first runs Aug. 18-22, the second from Aug. 25-29. Both are open to status, non-status and Métis youth, and both are free of charge (though a refundable $50 deposit is required to register).

Each camp can accommodate up to 16 participants. Programming will be coordinated by Portage Campus staff, with the help of two newly-hired camp assistants who’ll complement their efforts. Read More →

Rebels welcome new addition to coaching staff

June 26, 2014

cc-coach-june25Red River College’s Athletics department is pleased to announce the hiring of Dan McGregor, new head coach of the Rebels Women’s Volleyball team.

Born in Winnipeg, McGregor graduated from Oak Park High School, and has been coaching since 1997, including stints coaching junior varsity and varsity teams at Oak Park from 1997 to 2008, and at Dakota Collegiate in 2013. He helped rack up a number of tournament championships and Top 10-ranked teams during his time at both schools.

More recently, McGregor spent two seasons as assistant coach of the University of Manitoba Bisons Women’s Volleyball team, and also served as head coach of the Manitoba 16-and-under provincial teams in 2013 and 2014.

“We’re excited to welcome Dan to the Rebels Athletics program,” says Shane Ray, manager of athletics and recreation services at RRC. “His proven success at the club, provincial and post-secondary level will be an asset to the program here at Red River College.”

Click here for more information about RRC’s Rebels varsity teams.

Corporate Solutions team seeks instructors, subject matter experts

June 18, 2014

Corporate Solutions 2014Do you have a knack for problem solving?

Are you an expert on management and business processes — or specialized trades such as hospitality, health sciences and construction — willing to mentor and instruct others on how to best improve their own practices?

Red River College’s Corporate Solutions department is seeking instructors and subject matter experts in a variety of fields — everything from leadership, analysis and conflict resolution to software, life sciences and sales management techniques.

Suitable candidates will be called upon to impart their expertise through classroom instruction, workshops and seminars, allowing Corporate Solutions to continue its tradition of responding to industry needs by providing made-to-measure solutions for corporate, government and non-profit clients.

“We are constantly looking for subject matter experts to work on contract, develop specialized curriculum and deliver customized solutions,” says Bill Rutherford, Corporate Solutions Manager at RRC. “Our contracts vary in length from a few days to several weeks. If you have specialized skills, love variety in the work you do and enjoy a fast-paced environment, we would love to hear from you.” Read More →

RRC students score medals at Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto

June 11, 2014

Skills Team MB Jn2014_6Red River College students brought home four medals from this year’s Skills Canada National Competition in Toronto.

Held June 4-7, the Olympic-style competition drew more than 500 participants from across Canada — all of them gold winners in their respective provincial contests.

A total of 15 RRC students represented Team Manitoba in a number of trades and technology-related fields. Congratulations to the following medalists:

  • Dexter Bracken and Andrew Tutte (shown above): Silver, Landscaping Gardening
  • Kyle Duguid: Silver, Aircraft Maintenance
  • Clark Holmes: Gold, Auto Service
  • Nina Widmer: Silver, Brick Masonry

Click here for a full list of winners.