Aerospace Training Programs at RRC Benefit from Newly-Donated Engine

November 7, 2012

(From left): Peter Bjornson, Provincial Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade; Stephanie Forsyth, President of RRC; and Kim Olson, Senior Vice-President, Helicopters, Energy & Engineering for StandardAero.

Red River College will continue to serve as an engine of economic growth in Canada, thanks to a recent donation worth $1.2 million from industry partner StandardAero.

Earlier this month, the company transferred ownership of a GE CF-34 turbine aircraft engine to RRC. The engine will be used as part of the College's apprenticeship and training programs, in particular the Gas Turbine Repair and Overhaul program, which promotes engine maintenance, repair and overhaul skills.

"Here at Red River College, we pride ourselves on giving students the opportunity to train using state-of-the-art technology and industry-approved equipment," says RRC President Stephanie Forsyth. "This donation, and our partnership with StandardAero, will allow us to continue to serve as a leader in aerospace training, and to continue supplying highly-trained employees to the workforce."

The College's partnership with StandardAero has been ongoing for several years, and has also resulted in the development of the Centre for Aerospace Technology & Training (CATT), a unique industrial campus model that serves as a technology validation site for RRC's Applied Research and Commercialization department. StandardAero is also an active participant in RRC's co-op and internship programs.

"Our (latest) donation serves as a key workforce skills strategy, not only for StandardAero, but also for Manitoba's continued economic sustainment and growth," says Kim Olson, Senior Vice-President, Helicopters, Energy & Engineering at StandardAero.

"Training on real-world products without incurring capital costs is paramount to the learning and development of a highly skilled workforce in Manitoba. Our partnership with Apprenticeship Manitoba and RRC is nationally recognized as a leading contributor to the growth of the aerospace sector in Manitoba."

Apply Now for RRC's New Student Residences

November 1, 2012

Applications are now being accepted for single and double dorm rooms in Red River College’s new student residence at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute.

Located at the corner of Main Street and William Avenue (just blocks from the Roblin Centre), the new Exchange District Campus Residence offers convenient meal plans and rental contracts that align with academic schedules. The residences will open in January 2013, but applications are being accepted as of Nov. 1, 2012.

Dorm rates for the Winter 2013 term (Jan. 2, 2013 – Apr. 26, 2013) are $3,660.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit

RRC Student Receives QEII Medal for Contributions to Canada's Navy

October 31, 2012

Congratulations to Red River College student and Navy reservist Diego Mendoza, the latest member of the RRC family to receive a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Mendoza (shown at left), a student in RRC's Chemical and Biosciences Technology Co-op program, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to Canada while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. He received his award at a ceremony at HMCS Chippawa on Oct. 9, 2012.

Earlier this year, QEII Diamond Jubilee Medals were also awarded to former RRC Dean Dave Williamson, and current program coordinator Dwayne Forsman.

"There is no doubt that Red River College continues to be a place where great people gather and contribute to the community," says Mendoza.

Click here for more information on RRC's Chemical and Biosciences Technology Co-op program.

CreComm Student Seeking Stories About Wolseley

October 18, 2012

Photo: Canstar Community News

It's got a longstanding reputation as a haven for hippies. But there's a lot more to Wolseley than Birkenstocks and love beads.

That's what Red River College student Laina Hughes has learned while researching a book about the storied neighbourhood — which she's writing as part of her Creative Communications course work. She hopes to paint a picture of the neighbourhood that goes beyond the usual stereotypes (granola, cyclists, mosquito buffer zones, etc.), while positioning it within the larger context of Winnipeg's cultural mosaic.

A longtime Wolseley resident herself, Hughes has always wanted to write a book, so when the opportunity to research her favourite neighbourhood arose, she knew the subject matter would prove a perfect fit.

"I thought this would be a great way to learn more about Wolseley's history while celebrating the beauty and unique culture of the neighbourhood," says Hughes.

"I think Wolseley residents are passionate about their neighbourhood, and I've gotten a lot of interest and support from the community so far."

If you've got a story about Wolseley to share, Hughes would love to hear from you. She can be reached via her Twitter account, @WolseleyStories, or by email,

Immigrant and International Students Celebrated at Annual Welcome Party

October 16, 2012

Staff, students and their family members are invited to attend Red River College's annual Welcome Party for Immigrant and International Students.

This year's celebration takes place Friday, Nov. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., in the Voyageur Dining Room at the Notre Dame Campus. As always, the Welcome event is hosted by RRC's Diversity and Immigrant Student Support Department, with support from International Education and the RRC Students' Association.

The College-wide event will feature live music and entertainment, including performances by Punjab Dancers, Paradize Band, Evan Coffie and Yoslai. There will also be fun activities for kids, lots of dancing, and sample foods from around the world.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Nov. 16, 2012. To register online, visit this link. To sign up in person, visit the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support offices: Room D206 on the Notre Dame Campus, or Room 103 at the Exchange District Campus.

For more information, contact Lauren Konrad, Student Integration Coordinator, at 204-631-3345 or

Men's Volleyball Team Raising Funds for Cuban Training Session

October 12, 2012

Oye como va! Members of the Red River College Rebels Men's Volleyball team will take their training sessions south of the border this holiday season — when they head to Cuba for an eight-day winter escape.

The team will spend Dec. 26 - Jan. 2, at the sunny Hotel Tropicoco near Havana, where they'll train and compete against local athletes while learning about Cuban culture. The trip is being organized with help from the Cuban Ministry of Sport, meaning RRC's Rebels will likely be squaring off against athletes from the Cuban National Team.

"It's a great opportunity to go and train and compete against some very high-level players," says Men's Volleyball Coach Dan Gilbert. "It will also give us an opportunity to learn more about Cuban history ... knowing they have a very strong culture in men's volleyball, it's a great way for us to combine our training with those lessons."

Gilbert says the trip comes at a great time for the team — which currently boasts a number of players with previous Canadian Interuniversity Sport-level experience. To help raise funds, team members are raffling off a chance to accompany the team on their trip.

The lucky winner will receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the same resort — including all travel, meals, beverages, and many daily activities — and will have the option of following the team during their training, or simply soaking up the sights and sounds of Cuba.

Tickets are $20 each, or $50 for a three-pack. The latter option also includes a Rebels Athletics Season Pass, good for admission to all Rebels volleyball, basketball and soccer home matches, as well as the 2013 MCAC Volleyball Championships.

Raffle tickets are available at the front counter of RRC's North Gym, or by contacting Gilbert at (204) 632-2397 or

Rebels to Host MCAC Soccer Championships this Weekend

October 8, 2012

Red River College will play host to the 2012 Manitoba Colleges Athletics Conference (MCAC) Soccer Championships, running Oct. 20 and 21 at the Notre Dame Campus.

The RRC Rebels Men's team will kick off the tournament at their semi-final match against Providence University College at noon on Saturday. The Rebels Women's team will follow with their own semi-final game against Canadian Mennonite University at 2 p.m.

Ryan Ratushniak, Manager of Athletics and Recreation at RRC, says athletes on both teams are looking forward to the weekend, noting the College has made great strides with its soccer program since fielding teams for the first time in 2011. During last year's MCAC Championships, RRC's men's team finished second, while the women's team finished third.

"This is only our second year with soccer teams in the MCAC, so it is more challenging for us to compete with fully established programs," says Ratushniak.

"That said, our athletes are very skilled, and with the training they have undergone since the beginning of September, they're in a great position to compete for the MCAC Championship."

Click here for a full schedule of this weekend's matches, and here for more information about RRC's soccer program.

Nursing Students Honoured at Awards Lunch

September 27, 2012

Students from RRC's Nursing program were recognized for their academic and clinical accomplishments last week.

The following students picked up awards at the Nursing program's Celebrating Excellence luncheon, held Fri., Sept. 21 at the Prairie Lights restaurant:

Bachelor of Nursing

  • Amber Anderson
  • Jocelyn Beaumont
  • Rae-Ann Buydens
  • Andrea Chapman
  • Heather Day
  • Diane De Groot
  • Jennifer Romanoff
  • Chantal Roziere
  • Melissa Walker

Diploma Nursing (Accelerated)

  • Kari Gagne
  • Lillibeth Garachico
  • Navdeep Thind

Joint Baccalaureate Nursing

  • Sherry Haderer
  • Caroline Kuzminski

Click here for more information about RRC's Nursing program.

RRC Earns Best Overall Honours for NAOSH Week Activities

September 25, 2012

Red River College's winning streak continued at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Awards this month, where its safety and prevention efforts won Best Overall honours at both the national and provincial level.

The national award was handed out on Sept. 11, 2012, at the annual Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) Conference in Niagara Falls, Ont. The provincial award was received on Sept. 17, at the Workers Compensation Board in Winnipeg.

"NAOSH Week provides us with a valuable opportunity to celebrate our ongoing commitment to maintaining and improving a safe and healthy workplace," said Daryl Nielsen (above, right), Manager, Environmental Health and Safety Services at RRC. "Our safety culture is promoted through senior management commitment, strong safety leadership and effective engagement with our employees, with a goal to instill the same commitment in our students to carry high standards and values into other workplaces."

This marks the second year in a row RRC has won a double-dose of honours, having picked up a national award in 2011 for "Best Representation of a Theme," and a provincial nod in the "Most Innovative" category.

Plans are already underway for next year's NAOSH Week, which will be celebrated across Canada May 5-11, 2013. Next year's theme is "Safety & Health: A Commitment for Life! Are You As Safe As You Think?"

RRC's Joint Workplace Safety and Health Committee, NAOSH Planning Committee and Environmental Health and Safety Services department wish to thank everyone who participated in NAOSH Week events, and who continue to demonstrate their commitment to safety in the workplace and at home.

Click here for more information about this year's awards, and here for more information about NAOSH Week.

RRC Grads Raising Money for Dog-Saving Mission in Nepal

September 24, 2012

Animal Health Technology grads Mary Robinson (left) and Tannis Rentz, with furry friends Aspen, Willow and Capone.

Red River College grad Tannis Rentz (Animal Health Technology, 2002) has been providing aid to people's pets for more than 10 years now — ever since she began volunteering at the Transcona Veterinary Hospital as a teen.

But in April 2013, Rentz and fellow AHT grad Mary Robinson (2011) will travel a little further afield to help the tens of thousands of sick or malnourished dogs crowding the streets of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Rentz and Robinson are headed to Nepal's KAT Centre, a not-for-profit treatment centre for sick and injured street dogs. As Rentz explains, there are currently more than 20,000 dogs living on the streets of Kathmandu — many of them infected with rabies and other communicable diseases that pose a threat to their human counterparts.

"And of course they're constantly reproducing, because none of them are spayed or neutered," says Rentz, who over the last 10 years has worked her way from a clinical position at the Winnipeg Animal Emergency Clinic to an administrative role with the Petsecure arm of the Western Financial Insurance Company.

"Initially, the government there thought it would be a good idea to terminate these dogs by throwing poisoned meat into the streets. But then they'd dispose of the poisoned bodies by throwing them into their water supply, which just made things even worse." Read More →

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