Campuses

New Facilities Open at Notre Dame Campus

November 25, 2011

(From left): RRC President Stephanie Forsyth; Hon. Erin Selby, provincial Minister of Advanced Education & Literacy; RRC student Eric Fritzsche; Hon. Vic Toews, federal Minister of Public Safety.

Red River College (RRC) hosted a special event at its Notre Dame Campus today to highlight new facilities and renovations that have been funded by the federal and provincial governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).

New energy-efficient greenhouses, a landscape construction shop, and a power engineering centre have all been added to the campus, while the automotive technologies building has undergone significant enhancements.

“Across Manitoba, colleges and universities have benefitted from federal investments in research and training facilities through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program,” said Vic Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba. “At Red River College, these investments have not only improved and modernized the environment in which RRC students learn, they have bolstered Manitoba’s economy and created jobs during a period of economic downturn.”

“These new and enhanced facilities will expand and strengthen education opportunities for both the Power Engineering Program and the Greenspace Management Program allowing more students to qualify for apprenticeships and sophisticated applied research projects,” said Manitoba Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy Erin Selby. “Projects like this demonstrate the steps our province is taking to support economic growth by investing $1.6 billion into infrastructure to stimulate the economy through education and job creation.”

The federal and provincial governments each contributed $2.125 million to upgrades at the Notre Dame Campus. Read More →

Safety & Health Week Events Earn National, Provincial Honours

November 14, 2011

Faye Bychuk (second from right), RRC's Safety & Training Coordinator, accepts the national NAOSH Award in Whistler, B.C., in September.

Red River College has been recognized at both the provincial and national level for its activities during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week 2011.

RRC’s Joint Safety and Health Committee received a national NAOSH award, presented in September 2011 at the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers Conference in Whistler, B.C. In October 2011, the committee scored a provincial award in the “Most Innovative” category.

“Red River College’s active participation in NAOSH Week is a demonstration of leadership, knowledge, training, education and reinforcement of proper safety practices and procedures,” says Daryl Nielsen, RRC’s Manager of Environmental Health & Safety.

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RRC Celebrates Diversity at Opening of New Portage Campus

November 3, 2011

Red River College paid tribute to the academic potential of its Portage-area students, while celebrating the diversity of their cultural backgrounds, at the official opening of the College’s new Portage Campus yesterday.

The ceremony marked the campus’s move from Southport (just outside Portage la Prairie) to the old Victoria School site off the city’s main thoroughfare. It also marked the College’s continued commitment to providing increased access to education for rural residents and Aboriginal learners.

“Today is a bit of a historic event for Red River College — we have never opened a campus in the traditional way of the First Nations people,” said RRC President Stephanie Forsyth, herself a member of the Tsimshian First Nation in B.C., before kicking off a ceremony that featured greetings from provincial, civic and First Nations leaders, as well as a traditional pipe ceremony, dancing and drumming.

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New Manager Joins RRC’s Winkler Campus

September 22, 2011

Red River College is pleased to welcome Keith Doerksen as the new Manager of its Winkler Campus.

Doerksen, a longtime resident of the Morden-Winkler area, takes over for former campus manager Isabel Bright (now Chair of Life Sciences at RRC), and relieves Joanne Gonda, who’s been serving as Acting Manager since Bright’s departure over the summer. Read More →

RRC Opens New Portage la Prairie Campus

September 22, 2011

Red River College has a brand new home in Portage la Prairie.

The newly-opened Portage campus, located at 32 5th St. S.E. (the former site of Victoria School, built in 1916), doesn’t just provide far more space than the former site, it also seeks to improve accessibility issues for students from the city and surrounding area.

The College has maintained a presence in Portage for years, but for the last decade, the campus itself has been located just outside the city — approximately six kilometres away, at nearby Southport.

“There’s no bus service in Portage, so the only way that students without their own vehicles could get out (to Southport) was by cab,” says Campus Manager Lori-Ann Grenkow. Read More →

Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus

November 17, 2010

The Board of Governors of Red River College is proud to announce that In recognition of former Manitoba Premier Duff Roblin, the College’s buildings at 160 Princess Street will be renamed The Roblin Centre at the Exchange District Campus.

In bestowing this honour, the Board acknowledges the significant contribution Premier Roblin made to Manitoba’s post-secondary education system. While perhaps best known for the Winnipeg Floodway, Roblin also established Manitoba’s community colleges and regional secondary schools.

In the early 1990s Premier Roblin’s report, Post-Secondary Education in Manitoba: Doing Things Differently, laid the groundwork for an expansion of Manitoba’s college system that included enhancing the participation of Aboriginal people in post-secondary education. RRC’s significant growth over the past several years can be credited to the recommendations of the Roblin Report.

A ceremony to officially rename the building will be held in the near future, and at that time the name change will take effect.

Lighting Up History In the Exchange

November 9, 2010

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Red River College has flipped the switch on a dramatic display that lights up one of Winnipeg’s most prominent heritage structures and serves as a preview of the exciting new energy coming to the Exchange District.

To launch its “Lighting Up History” capital campaign, the College installed an LED lighting system that covers the front of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (formerly the Union Bank Tower at the corner of Main Street and William Avenue) in a captivating field of blue and green light.

College officials say the display is symbolic of RRC’s efforts to bring this historic building back to life, after nearly two decades spent in darkness.

The $27-million Paterson GlobalFoods Institute will be a new home for RRC’s culinary, hospitality and tourism programs, and site of the College’s first-ever student residence. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2011.

At the lighting ceremony — attended by dozens of business leaders, community representatives and students — Andrew Paterson, President and CEO of Paterson GlobalFoods Inc., and Vice-President of The Paterson Foundation, announced the capital campaign has already reached 64% of its goal for fundraising from private sources.

Both Paterson and RRC President Stephanie Forsyth stressed the importance of this project to enhancing the learning environment for students, expanding capacity at the College, building new economic opportunities in the food and hospitality sector, and further revitalizing the Exchange District.

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