Girls Exploring Trades and Technology Camp part of province’s efforts to bolster workforce

July 10, 2015

GETT Camp 2012

Red River College’s Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) Camp is among nine Building for Tomorrow programs helping Manitoba youth gain skilled trades experience this summer.

Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief visited RRC’s Notre Dame Campus today to highlight the importance of the GETT Camp and other Building for Tomorrow programs, which provide training and education opportunities to groups that are typically underrepresented in the skilled trades.

“This summer, many young Manitobans will be given the chance to have fun while learning about potential careers in the trades — such as construction and carpentry — or in the technology sector,” said Chief of the camps, which are part of the province’s Gateway to Apprenticeship and Certification Initiative.

“Our government is committed to helping students and their families explore the many paths to rewarding careers right here in Manitoba.”

According to the Buildforce Canada 2015 report, Manitoba needs 11,800 new skilled workers by 2025 in order to sustain economic growth. Initiatives like RRC’s GETT Camp — a one-week program in which girls 12 to 14 learn to build go-karts and gain other technical skills — provide opportunities to get young Manitobans thinking about careers in the skilled trades. Read More →

Paul Vogt named new president and CEO of Red River College

July 6, 2015

Paul Vogt_20150706_0017_smRed River College’s Board of Governors announced today that Paul Vogt has been named the College’s fifth president and CEO, effective Aug. 17, 2015.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Paul Vogt to Red River College,” says Lloyd Schreyer (above, at right), chair of RRC’s Board of Governors. “Paul’s extensive background as an administrator and public service leader, and his contributions to education policy in Manitoba, will be an asset as Red River College continues to evolve and grow as a leading post-secondary institution in Manitoba.”

Vogt (above, at left) was head of the public service in Manitoba for eight years. He joins RRC after serving as an executive in residence at the University of Manitoba and advising on the development of a multi-year post-secondary education strategy. He also helped to establish the province’s new Advisory Committee on Advanced Education.

“While Paul’s extensive background is well-suited for institutional leadership, his relationships within the community are key to driving strategic planning initiatives with various stakeholders who contribute to the mission of the College,” says Schreyer. “I look forward to working with Paul as the College continues to prepare skilled graduates to drive Manitoba’s economy.” Read More →

College picks up pair of awards for building management, environmental responsibility

June 4, 2015

BOMA Manitoba 2015Red River College was recognized twice last month for excellence in building management and environmental responsibility, picking up a pair of honours at BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) Manitoba’s 2015 Awards of Excellence.

The College’s wins both came in BOMA’s Earth Awards category, with downtown’s Roblin Centre recognized in the Mixed-Use Building division, and the Notre Dame Campus’s Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC) in the Light Industrial category.

The Roblin Centre’s award celebrates a number of sustainable milestones, including a recent retrocomissioning process that focused on documentation and training to help improve energy efficiency and identify energy-saving opportunities.

BOMA’s Awards of Excellence program is designed to align with program requirements of BOMA Canada and BOMA International.

Last year, RRC’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) was recognized in the Multi-Use Building category. The Roblin Centre, HETC and PGI are all included on BOMA’s BESt (Building Environmental Standards)-Certified Buildings list.

Shown above: Murray Hiebert, Exchange District Campus Maintenance Manager; Tom Skraba, Director, Facility Management; and Dave Wozny, Technical Officer.

New Skilled Trades and Technology Centre to prepare 1,000 students annually for careers in industry

May 14, 2015

STTC1[1]A new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre at Red River College will train up to 1,000 students each year for well-paying jobs, and provide industry with the highly-trained employees needed to expand and be competitive in a challenging international economy, it was announced today.

“Manitoba is building like never before and jobs in the skilled trades will be in greater demand as our economy expands,” said Premier Greg Selinger. “We want to provide students with the training they need to begin a great career and build their futures right here at home.”

STTC2[1]A $60-million investment in the new 100,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art facility will boost trades and technology education space at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus by more than 30 per cent, Selinger said. The centre will be an important hub for the province’s skills training strategy and will be a key factor in increasing Manitoba’s workforce by 75,000 highly-trained people by 2020, the premier added.

“I wish to applaud the Province of Manitoba for continuing to invest in skilled trades and the ongoing investment in Red River College. This new facility will allow us to continue to enhance and expand our offerings in skilled trades education and further allow us to build on our work in many technology sectors,” said Interim RRC President David Rew.

“Not only will the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre further expand our applied learning environment, but it fosters a collaborative approach among many of our program areas that will have a positive impact on our pre-employment training, applied research projects and overall student success.” Read More →

Singing for their supper: Hometown heroes The Watchmen stop by Jane’s for a surprise set

March 31, 2015

Red River College’s Hospitality and Culinary students served up a very special surprise to diners at their downtown restaurant this month — treating guests to an impromptu performance by former Winnipeg rockers The Watchmen.

The alt-rock quartet was in town for a reunion show at the Burton Cummings Theatre on Sat., March 21, but made a detour through our restaurant Jane’s a night early, much to the delight of diners and invited guests.

On the night in question, around 50 guests were gathered at Jane’s — enjoying meals of pan-seared duck breast, stuffed pork tenderloin and cedar-grilled salmon — when Christine Crowe, RRC’s acting vice-president Academic and Research, rose to welcome the Watchmen and invited them to play a short set.

The bandmates happily obliged, delivering acoustic versions of new track Trampoline and fan favourites All Uncovered and Any Day Now. Following the performance, they stuck around to mingle and sign autographs for fans — many of whom had received special invitations to Jane’s, but weren’t told their dinner would include a surprise show.

The event was made possible through a partnership between RRC and Tourism Winnipeg, whose reps were in attendance to help showcase the sort of one-of-a-kind cultural opportunities that occur “only in The Peg.”

(Not surprisingly, the corresponding hashtag #onlyinthepeg was trending sixth in all of Canada the night of the show, as guests shared photos and video clips through social media.)

“We’re all about doing unique things in this city, and that’s what #onlyinthepeg is all about,” says Cody Chomimak, director of marketing for Tourism Winnipeg. “Working with Red River College, Jane’s and The Watchmen made for some seriously fun times. You could tell everyone had a blast — and how could you not, when the food, service and entertainment was so brilliant?”

Jane’s will soon re-open for lunch and dinner service. Click here to explore the menu, or to make a reservation.

College named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers

March 31, 2015

15465183967_e6ead84db7_kRed River College is proud to be named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2015. This prestigious recognition highlights employers that stand out through their efforts to create diverse, inclusive workplaces.

This is the first time the College has been recognized with this distinction. The full list of employers for 2015 was announced earlier today, with 65 organizations leading the nation in creating inclusive workplace cultures.

“At Red River College, we strive to ensure that equity and diversity are embedded in the College’s practices and that it is demonstrated in the classroom, and throughout the workplace,” said David Rew, Interim RRC President. “Equity and inclusion are an integral part of our values that allow the College to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. I know I speak for the entire organization when I say how honoured we are to have [been] recognized with this distinction.”

As part of the College’s submission, many areas were highlighted as initiatives that support an inclusive and open environment, including the College’s LGBTT* Initiative and Mental Health First Aid resources, along with a number of wellness and staff awards, and recognition programming to support staff success and well-being. Read More →

Red River College unveils Manitoba’s first rapid charger for electric vehicles

March 25, 2015

_99A4408_smRed River College is giving Manitoba’s electric vehicle (EV) owners a boost, via the recently installed and operational Level 3 (30kW DC) quick charging station, the first of its kind in the province and one of only two dozen or so across Canada.

Drivers of Level 3-compliant EVs – including Nissan Leafs, Mitsubishi i-MiEVs, and Teslas – can now drop by the College’s Notre Dame Campus to charge up, while contributing to research on the charger’s performance in Manitoba’s climate.

“With the installation of this new charger, we continue to play a leading role in Manitoba’s green transportation future,” says David Rew, interim RRC president. “This rapid charging station is another key element in our Mobility from Green Energy Initiative and a logical next step in our vehicle technology research program.”

Level 3 stations can charge an EV to at least an 80 per cent charge in 15-30 minutes; this is compared to a 220/240V Level 2 charger, which can take four to six hours to get to full charge, or an 110/120V Level 1 charger (like those found around your house), which can take about 24 hours.

“There are currently no other rapid charging stations of this level in a climate as diverse as Winnipeg’s,” says Ray Hoemsen, director of Applied Research and Commercialization at Red River College. “The effect on both the lithium ion battery and vehicle performance when utilizing rapid charging in extreme winter weather is still unknown.”

The new charging station will be handy for compliant EV owners – especially those traveling from out of town – who need a quick boost to make it to their next destination. Read More →

March Madness: RRC Students’ Association has pub nights, karaoke jams and global get-togethers on tap

March 12, 2015

499A2669You know what they say about March: In like a lamb, out like a linebacker. (Out like a line dancer? Lion tamer? Something like that.)

Anyway, March is well underway, the snow is starting to melt, and as always, the Red River College Students’ Association has a full slate of activities on tap to help students and staff celebrate spring.

From pub nights and karaoke jams to cultural showcases from around the world, there’s no shortage of seasonal events in store. See below for details, or visit for more.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Night

Tuesday, March 17
Kings Head Pub
Cover: $5

Sample from the Kings Head’s extensive selection of draft beer, while enjoying sets by local Celt-rockers Dust Rhinos and Celtic Way. Read More →

RRC partners with local food processor startup to win Best New Product award at industry gala

March 11, 2015

15616372574_077c3d51e9_zA series of innovative dishes created by Red River College’s lead research chef have been named Best New Product by the Manitoba Food Processor’s Association (MFPA).

The dishes — created by RRC Chef Brad Gray (above right), using ingredients from Canadian Prairie Garden Puree (CPGP) — won over the judges’ hearts, minds and taste buds at the MFPA’s annual awards gala on Feb. 25.

“I think the judges were most impressed with the versatility of vegetable purees,” said Chef Gray of the dishes, made possible through CPGP technology that transforms non-GMO, Manitoba-sourced crops into additive- and preservative-free purees.

“When you think vegetable puree, tasty mac n’ cheese and chocolate cake aren’t typically the first things to come to mind.”

But those are exactly the dishes Chef Gray created to showcase the versatility, quality and flavours of CPGP’s purees: a gingered carrot mac n’ cheese and a beet chocolate cake parfait with carrot sabayon, Saskatoon sauce and milk chocolate ganache.

“This is an excellent demonstration of the role the College plays in Manitoba’s food research and development ecosystem,” said Ray Hoemsen, Director of Applied Research and Commercialization (AR&C) at RRC.

“We challenge our research chefs and students to showcase the commercial potential of food products created by innovative local producers.” Read More →

Sign up now: technology, sports and culinary camps for kids

March 10, 2015

IMG_1055It could be a while before it’s warm enough for tents and trailers, but here at Red River College, camp season is already in full swing.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll host a number of specialized camps and workshops designed specifically for younger students interested in exploring the following areas:

Electronic/Electrical Engineering Technology

First up are the Saturday Kids Kamps offered by RRC’s Electronic and Electrical Engineering Technology programs. From now until April 4, students in Grades 7 and 8 can take part in day-long sessions that introduce them to basic concepts and theory, while also giving them the chance to put their new knowledge into practice through fun activities and assignments.

In the Electronic Technology camps (9 a.m.-noon at the Roblin Centre), kids learn about basic electrical concepts such as voltage, current and resistance; work with lab instruments like digital multimeters and oscilloscopes; and study pitch, volume and timbre by observing sounds created by guitars and amplifiers.

In the Electrical Engineering Technology camps (1-4 p.m. at Notre Dame Campus), kids are introduced to robotics and robotic programming via the Lego NXT-G system. After learning about sensors and actuator functions, they’ll work in groups to program solutions to increasingly difficult problems, before building their own robots using a selection of available materials.

Both camps are free of charge; click here for more information or to register. Read More →

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