(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 →
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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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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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 →
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 →