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Shocknife wins the Manning Award

September 9, 2009

Shocknife4 The Shocknife, a Winnipeg-based invention that was partly developed at Red River College, has won the 2009 Manning Innovation Award.

Developed by veteran police officer Jeff Quail, the Shocknife is a tool
used to train law enforcement officials how to deal with edged weapon
attacks.  Similar in appearance to a real knife, the device delivers an
electric charge that simulates the pain associated with a knife wound,
but leaves no permanent damage.

The Shocknife was one of the first products to emerge from RRC’s Applied Research and Commercialization program, which links industry with the College’s research expertise to create innovative, marketable technologies.

RRC electronics instructor Alex McIlraith worked with product designers to miniaturize the Shocknife’s electronics to fit inside a typical size knife casing.  He also re-engineered the product so it could be powered by a single nine-volt battery.

Since being launched in 2006, Shocknives have been sold to customers around the world, including the FBI, the Norwegian Military Academy, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the Special protection Group that guards India’s prime Minister.  The product has also been covered extensively in publications serving the law enforcement and military industries, and was featured on the Discovery Channel.

In appreciation of the role RRC played in developing the product, Shocknife, Inc. previously donated several pieces of equipment for use in the College’s electronics programs.

Can colleges save the economy?

July 31, 2009

Interesting article in the July 20th issue of Time that focuses on the role that community colleges can play in helping rebuild the U.S. economy, and the attention they're getting from policymakers.

But there's at least one Ivy Leaguer who is trying to help Americans
get past the stereotypes and start thinking about community college not
as a dumping ground but as one of the best tools the U.S. has to dig
itself out of the current economic hole. His name: Barack Obama.

The article, penned by Laura Fitzpatrick, goes on to cite the flexibility of community colleges and their focus on the labour requirements of local industry as two reasons to justify further investment in college programs and facilities.

A tip of the hat to the Mohawk Matters blog for bringing this article to our attention.

Notre Dame Campus in bloom

July 6, 2009

Red River College’s groundskeeping staff have been hard at work over the past few months to bring some colour to the Notre Dame Campus. Here’s just a few examples of their work.

Photos courtesy of RRC’s Jonathan Ferber.

RRC receives infrastructure funding to enhance trades programs

July 2, 2009

2009 funding announcement BJM & greenspace

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury
Board and Regional Minister for Manitoba, along with
the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation
Minister, today announced a significant investment under the Knowledge
Infrastructure Program for Red River College.
 
Red River College was awarded $2.125 million from each level of
government towards four projects at their Notre Dame Campus. The
projects include:

  • Construction of a new Energy Centre/Power Engineering Building
  • Construction of a new Green House
  • Renovations to Building M to allow for the expansion of the Automotive Program
  • Construction of a new Landscape Construction Shop

“The Government of Canada’s investment in the Red River College will
provide a significant short-term stimulus to Winnipeg and create jobs
in this region,” said Minister Toews. “Our government is investing in
innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to
improve the quality of life for Canadians.”
 
“We are very proud of all the programming that Red River College has to
offer and today’s announcement will only strengthen the college’s
education base,” said Minister Lemieux. “Every time we improve
educational opportunities, we better equip students to get into the
workforce and gain employment.”
 
“This investment is an important step toward development of a new
Skilled Trades Centre at our Notre Dame Campus,” explained Dr. Jeff
Zabudsky, President of Red River College. “Adding new labs and
reconfiguring existing spaces will allow us to increase capacity to
meet the strong demand for skilled workers in Manitoba.”

Minister Toews visits campus to announce apprenticeship grant

June 30, 2009

Toews apprenticeship grant  

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, was at RRC's Notre Dame Campus on Monday, June 29th to announce details of the new federal Apprenticeship Completion Grant.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 grant the Government will provide to eligible apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and receive their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade on or after January 1, 2009.

While on campus, Minister Toews and RRC President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky took time to visit with a class of carpentry apprenticeship students.

For more information on the Apprenticeship Completion Grant, see www.servicecanada.gc.ca/apprenticeship.

RRC wins Manitoba Commuter Challenge

June 17, 2009

Building on our growing reputation as a leader in sustainability, Red River College achieved the highest participation rate among all Manitoba employers in our category during the recent Commuter Challenge.

122 RRC employees participated – a 135% increase from last year, giving us a 28.7% participation rate.

Thanks to all of you who bused, biked, walked, carpooled and worked from home from June 1st – June 5th, our green commute:

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2203 kg
  • Saved $663 in fuel
  • Burned 89,935 calories

Prizes for the College department with the highest participation will be announced later in the week. Congratulations to everyone who participated and helped to make Red River College a sustainability leader.

Check out The Dish

June 17, 2009

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Over the next several weeks Red River College will be running a regular feature in Wednesday's edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. "The Dish" highlights prominent instructors and alumni from RRC's Culinary Arts and Professional Baking programs, sharing their success stories and drawing attention to this award-winning program area.

A complementary online component offers up a favourite recipe from each of our featured chefs, including David Bergmann's Prosciutto Basil Wrapped Salmon and Tom Pitt's Chicken and Asparagus Gruyère.

RRC Hosts Spring 2009 Convocation

June 4, 2009

Red River
College’s 2009 Spring Convocation is taking place this week, with 749
students receiving diplomas, and 581 receiving certificates.

Several special awards are also being presented, including: the
Honourary Diploma to entrepreneur/philanthropist John Buhler; the
Teaching Award of Excellence to instructor Jason Taylor; and
Distinguished Alumni Awards to NBC News London Correspondent Dawna
Friesen (Creative Communications, 1984) and Merv Gunter (Business
Administration, 1970), owner of Frontiers North Adventures.

Read more about RRC’s newest graduates, including a full list of award winners, in the Winnipeg Free Press.

RRC, MTS Allstream Renew Strategic Alliance

June 2, 2009

Red River College proudly announced today a renewal of its strategic
alliance with MTS Allstream, a five-year relationship worth
approximately $1 million dollars.  The renewal was announced during the
unveiling of the new MTS Allstream Lecture Hall at the College’s Notre
Dame Campus. MTS Allstream has supported Red River College’s innovative
applied learning initiatives and programs since 2003.

“From developing new wireless technologies, to producing television
broadcasts, MTS Allstream has certainly been a valuable partner of Red
River College and a strong supporter of our students and graduates,”
said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President of Red River College. “We’re happy to
build on that partnership, and we anticipate developing many exciting
new technological innovations together.”

“We are proud of the strong relationship we’ve built with Red River
College,” said Dean Prevost, President Enterprise Solutions, MTS
Allstream. “The relationship is about more than funding, it’s about
providing the best opportunities for students to pursue their dreams in
innovation and technology. We look forward to continuing our
relationship with Red River College and, more specifically, supporting
the College’s applied research and development programs.”

Since January 2003, MTS Allstream has supported Red River College by
providing communications equipment and services, hired summer students
and graduates, awarded student scholarships, participated in career
fairs, and sponsored the Red River College Students’ Association and
the Red River Racer. MTS Allstream has also given hands-on training
opportunities to students through the production of MTS TV Manitoba
Moose hockey game broadcasts.

The MTS Allstream Lecture Hall is located in room GM42 at the Red River
College Notre Dame Campus. MTS Allstream Lecture Hall is used for video
presentations, meetings, learning seminars, and student lectures, and
hosts 113 students as part of the 65 programs taught at the Notre Dame
campus.

Recognized as one of the top corporate citizens in Canada’s
telecommunications industry, MTS Allstream supports select
environmental and educational initiatives across the country.

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