Students and staff from Red River College marched in the 2012 Pride Winnipeg Parade over the weekend, as a means of showing support for the local LGBTT* community and of celebrating diversity in all walks of life.
A contingent of more than 60 RRC representatives joined the throngs of supporters at the Legislature for an opening rally attended by Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan and parade co-marshals (and longtime local activists) Chris Vogel and Richard North.
From there, they joined the thousands of parade participants — many of them sporting eye-popping costumes and rainbow flags of all sizes — as they made their way through the streets surrounding Memorial Park.
The College's presence in the parade marked the first time RRC has taken part in Pride Winnipeg festivities. This year's entry was an extension of RRC's LGBTT* Initiative, which provides educational opportunities and resources to build communication, understanding and respect for diversity throughout the College.
"Red River College is committed to building a strong relationship with our community, and supports efforts that contribute to a more inclusive and respectful society," says Nora Sobel, Diversity Initiatives Coordinator at RRC. "We were proud to be participating for the first time in the Pride Winnipeg Parade, where students, instructors, staff, family and friends showed our College's support for the LGBTT* community!"
Red River College's Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management degree program has received its first national accreditation from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), a self-regulatory body that sets the highest standard for construction economics on Canada.
The Institute represents an estimated 3,000 cost consultants, project managers and construction estimators across the country, and offers two professional designations: Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) and Construction Estimator Certified (CEC).
Representatives from CIQS — from Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Halifax — joined RRC staff and students Wednesday for a short ceremony marking the new accreditation.
"This program came out of industry consultations that told us industry needs construction managers with technical knowledge and managerial expertise, and that graduates from a program such as this would find jobs," said Nancy Wheatley, Interim Dean of RRC's School of Construction & Engineering Technologies. "But they also told us the program must have solid credentials for our graduates." Read More →
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(Originally published on our Going Places blog)
Congratulations go out to Continuing Education student Armando Galinda, who was recently named Outstanding Student of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg.
A student in RRC’s Youth Recreation Activity Worker program, Galinda served as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club before enrolling at the College. He’s continued to work for the organization while pursuing his studies — completing his practicum there (at two different locations) and serving as a special events planner in his off-time.
The Outstanding Student of the Year Award recognizes commitment to the Boys and Girls Club’s vision, community involvement, and dedication to children. Galinda received his award at the Club’s volunteer reception on Thursday, May 10, 2012, where he also picked up the Jacques Nollette Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership. Click here for more information.
A pair of Red River College students are among the trio of competitors who’ll advance to the 42nd World Skills Competition in Leipzig, Germany in 2013.
Jacob Bell (Bricklaying) and Dylan Pereira (Aircraft Maintenance) were named World Skills Competitors at the 18th Canadian Skills Competition in Edmonton last weekend, along with Steinbach Regional/University of Manitoba student Ingrid Wieler (I.T. Software Solutions for Business).
In total, Team Manitoba brought home 22 medals: eight gold, six silver, and eight bronze. Of those medalists, the following were from Red River College:
The 62 members of the Manitoba team earned the right to represent the province by winning gold medals in their respect trade or technology area at the Provincial Skills Competition. Click here for a full list of last weekend’s medalists.
Red River College's School of Indigenous Education hosted the 12th Annual Graduation Pow Wow last week, honouring the achievements of our Aboriginal graduates and paying tribute to their personal triumphs.
Held Friday, May 4, at RRC's Notre Dame Campus, the event celebrated the accomplishments of 93 Aboriginal graduates, and attracted more than 850 friends, family members and dignitaries to a day-long event that included a pipe ceremony, traditional dancing, and a feast.
Another highlight of the event was the presentation of the Jules Lavallee Award, named after a former RRC Elder-in-Residence. This year's award went to Corey Bear, a student from RRC's Biindigen College Studies program.
Congratulations go out to Red River College grad Sean Trembley, who represented the College at this year's Barry Callebaut Canadian Intercollegiate Chocolate Competition in Toronto.
Trembley, a recent graduate of RRC's Professional Baking and Patisserie program, placed first in the molded bonbon category at the third annual chocolate-makers' contest — a junior version of the World Chocolate Masters competition, launched by Callebaut to help young chocolatiers develop their skills.
This year's event, held at Humber College in Toronto, also featured mouthwatering entries from students at Humber, Cambrian, Canadore, Fenshawe, George Brown, Georgian, and Vancouver Community Colleges.
Click here for more info on RRC's Baking and Patisserie program.
Students and staff at Red River College pledged to continue serving as sustainability leaders this week, during activities timed to coincide with Earth Day celebrations taking place the world over.
On Monday, April 23 (one day after the actual Earth Day), RRC held a "State of Sustainability" forum to inform the College community of the results of a recent environmental assessment.
Over the past year, RRC became the first Manitoba institution to take part in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive process to measure post-secondary sustainability performance — including operations, academics, social outreach and long term planning — and to benchmark those results against other post-secondary institutions.
College officials also launched Sustainability 365, a one-year work plan that outlines 42 specific and measurable targets to advance sustainability, including developing a Green Catering program, enhancing sustainability awareness through faculty development, and forming a Paper Reduction Task Force. Staff and students were invited to make their own sustainability pledges, by setting eco-friendly targets they plan to achieve within the coming year. Read More →
Red River College alum Scott Hinkson has been honoured by RRC and PMI Manitoba, having received a $1,000 student achievement award at the organization's annual conference last week.
Hinkson, who earned his Project Management certificate through RRC's School of Continuing and Distance Education in November 2011, works as a project manager for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation. But he's also well-known in certain local circles as an acclaimed singer and songwriter.
"Every year, we ask all of the Project Management instructors to nominate a student for this award based on a combination of academics and attitude," says Kirk Johnson, RRC's Program Manager, I.T. and Professional Studies. "This year, the clear winner was more than just a good student — he's actually an all-out rock star!" Read More →