RRC Alum Takes Top Honours at Gold Medal Plates Gala

October 28, 2011

Congratulations to Red River College alum Michael Dacquisto (Culinary Arts, 1996), who took top prize at last night's Gold Medal Plates gala at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

The annual event, held in partnerhsip with the Canadian Olympic Committee, marks the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in food, wine, athletic achievement and entertainment.

Dacquisto, head chef at the Kenaston Avenue restaurant of the same name, faced stiff competition from a number of the city's premier chefs, among them fellow RRC grads Cameron Huley (12 Resto Bar), Adam Donnelly (Segovia Tapas Bar), Terry Gereta (Mise, Haute Prairie Cuisine), and Osten Rice (Wasabi Sabi).

Huley (Commercial Cooking, 1997; Apprenticeship Cooking, 1999) won the event's silver medal, while bronze went to Sydney's at the Forks chef Michael Schafer. Having won the gold medal, Dacquisto now moves on to the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna, B.C., in February, where he'll compete against chefs from all over the country.

RRC Plumbing Expert Named Instructor of the Year

October 27, 2011

Photo courtesy Winnipeg Free Press.

Red River College is proud to congratulate plumbing instructor W. Hal Hokanson, who received one of two Instructor of the Year honours handed out at this week's 2011 Apprenticeship Awards of Distinction.

Held annually by Apprenticeship Manitoba and the Apprenticeship and Certification Board, the awards celebrate those who've shared their time and talent in training apprentices, thus contributing to the development of certified journeypersons with a special passion and pride for their trade.

"Plumbers are the protectors of the potable water system in Canada. If we don't do our jobs properly, people can die," Hokanson told the Winnipeg Free Press. "I spend a lot of time discussing ethics and the responsibilities of what we're doing with my students. There's a lot of discovery, a lot of moments of enlightenment. On the job, they learn how, but they rarely discuss why."

Hokanson, who's only been teaching at RRC for four years, has already been nominated twice for Instructor of the Year honours. Click here to read a full profile that ran in the Winnipeg Free Press.

RRC Rebels Soccer Teams Successful in MCAC Championships

October 24, 2011

MCAC President Larry Shannon (left) with RRC goalie James Rosney, the Rebels' player of the game in Sunday's match against U of W.

The Red River College Rebels Soccer teams ended their first Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) season on a high note this past weekend. The College played host to the MCAC Soccer Championships, and both our women's and men's teams played their best soccer of the season.

The women's team lost a semi-final match on Saturday to the University of Winnipeg, which put them in the bronze medal game on Sunday against Canadian Mennonite University. The women's team was well-prepared for the game and played solidly throughout, taking the game by a score of 3-1 for the bronze medal win!

The men's team entered the championships as the #3 seed, and upset #2-seeded Providence University College in the semi-final on Saturday by a score of 2-0. The win put the men in Sunday's final against the #1-ranked U of W, whose squad features players from the Canadian National Team program and pro ranks. Playing inspired ball, the Rebels took the game into injury time tied at 1-1, before the Wesmen finally scored two more goals to make the score 3-1.

It was an excellent showing for the new RRC soccer program, which earned bronze and silver medals the very first year. For more information, or to see pictures and video of the MCAC Soccer Championships, visit the MCAC website at

Online System Maintenance: October 21

October 18, 2011

Due to scheduled maintenance, the following Red River College systems will be unavailable beginning Friday, October 21st at 12:00 noon until Saturday, October 22nd at approximately 6pm: WebAdvisor, online course registration, and online applications.

Red River College Offers New Joint Program with Chinese College

October 18, 2011

Ding Tinxuan, President of Henan Business College, with RRC President Stephanie Forsyth.

Red River College has expanded its international reach with the recent signing of an agreement with Henan Business College (HBC) of Zhengzhou, China, to offer a joint program in Hotel Management.

Under the terms of the agreement, students will complete two years of study at HBC, followed by a year at RRC's soon-to-open Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. Succesful graduates will receive a diploma from both institutions. RRC will also send instructors to China to teach courses to HBC students enrolled in the joint program.

"This agreement builds on our existing relationships with colleges and universities across Asia," explained David Leis, Vice President of Business Development for RRC. "Red River College is a Canadian leader in providing hospitality management education, and joint programs like this allow us to share our expertise with the rest of the world."

HBC has already recruited 40 students for the initial intake of the program, and the first class is expected in Winnipeg in September 2013.

Founded in 1960, Henan Business College offers programming in business administration and applied arts to over 11,000 students. Henan is Manitoba's sister province in China.


RRC To Host "Ethical Water" Book Launch On Oct. 18

October 7, 2011

In the Year of Too Much and Too Little Water in Manitoba, a chance encounter at an environmental conference has led to the Manitoba launch of Ethical Water: Learning to Value What Matters Most at the Roblin Centre (Exchange District Campus) of Red River College on October 18th.

One of the authors, Bob Sandford, was a guest speaker at a conference in Calgary this past June where he met Peter Denton, who teaches ethics and sustainability at Red River College. The annual joint conference of the Canadian Colleges Environmental Network (CCEN)/Canadian Universities Environmental Science Network (CUESN) was on the theme of “water,” and Denton was attending out of interest and as a CCEN Director. Read More →

Mechanical Engineering Technology Draws Increased Number of Female Students

October 3, 2011

(From left): MET students Graciela Manaois, Eleanor Pangilinan, Tessa Feeleus, Qi Zhao and Marielaine Palileo, with the Stirling engines they built as class assignments.

For decades, mechanical engineering technology has been something of a male-dominated field. But with more and more women now entering the field, enrolment at Red River is reflective of the changing times.

"What's really unusual about this is I don't think we've had more than about five female graduates in this program — ever," says Kathy Davis, Technical Communication instructor and co-op coordinator for RRC's Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

"And now we have nine women enrolled between first and third year. And they're all doing well, despite the fact that they're in a tough program, and despite the fact one of them has a very young daughter, another is fresh out of high school, one has English as a second language issues, and another is working full time. How they're doing it, I don't know!"

While she's careful to point out that many of the program's male students face similar pressures, Davis says it's great to see more young women currently enrolled, since it suggests a reversal of a decades-old trend in which women have avoided the field in favour of civil or electrical engineering technology. Read More →

RRC Rebels Men's Volleyball Team Wins CMU Challenge Cup

September 26, 2011

After a perfect 2010/11 season that saw them go 14-0, with just four set losses, the Red River College Rebels men’s volleyball team did one better this weekend, dismantling a talented squad from Alberta in the CMU Challenge Cup final.

The CMU Challenge Cup, a non-MCAC tournament which took place on campus at Winnipeg’s Canadian Mennonite University, featured two men’s teams who will take the court in MCAC action this year: the Red River College Rebels and the CMU Blazers.

It also saw talented teams in the eventual-finalist Lakeland Rustlers from the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and the Lakehead Thunderwolves, a club team from the Thunder Bay school.

Red River College defeated Lakeland in straight sets in both the final and the round robin match between the two. Lakeland has nine Manitobans on their roster.

“Defeating Lakeland was great for our program and the conference,” said Dan Gilbert, head coach of the Red River men’s volleyball team. “With dozens of Manitobans currently playing college volleyball elsewhere, this shows that many players are still looking abroad for something that may be available in their own back yard.” Read More →

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 →

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