Jessica Cable, a student at RRC's Exchange District Campus, penned the "letter of the day" in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct. 21st. Cable wrote about her enthusiasm for the College's plan to transform the union Bank Tower into the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, saying:
"It's great to see Red River is continuing to occupy these historic and vacant buildings, maintaining the heritage while converting them into incredible college campuses. Hopefully this conversion will be a catalyst to bring more people, more life, to the neighbourhood."
Red River College President Jeff Zabudsky used his most recent column in the Winnipeg Sun to talk about the other job that's keeping him busy these days: serving as Chair of the 2009 United Way of Winnipeg Campaign.
Zabudsky discusses the widespread impact of United Way in our community, and urges readers to participate in this year's campaign:
"There's never been a more important time to support United Way of Winnipeg. Without you, there would be no way."
The Winnipeg Free Press recently profiled Staci Dovbniak, a graduate of the Youth Recreation Activity Worker program that's delivered by Red River College and funded by the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg and the United Way.
A regular at the Knox United Boys and Girls Club when she was a child, Dovbniak has returned to the organization to work as a program facilitator at the Victor Mager Club in St. Vital.
The next phase of development at Red River College's Exchange District Campus kicked off today with the start of exterior renovation work at the Union Bank Tower.
Locked away from the public for nearly two decades, this National Historic Site will be transformed over the next two years into the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, a new home for RRC's culinary and hospitality programs and the College's first student residence.
"This facility will build on the momentum that Red River College started in this neighbourhood with the construction of our original Exchange District Campus buildings, and will help solidify Winnipeg's reputation as a regional centre for culinary excellence and food production," said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President of Red River College.
49,500 square feet of new instructional space.
State-of-the-art culinary and baking labs.
Dedicated space for RRC to partner on applied research projects with Manitoba-based growers, and food and beverage producers.
Jane’s restaurant (a 110 seat fine dining restaurant/lounge), Hard Drive Café ( a 100 seat casual diner), and Grab-and-Go (quick service) food outlets.
A retail showcase to promote Manitoba food products.
A green roof with herb garden.
LEED standards for sustainability and energy efficiency.
Red River College’s first student residence (100 beds).
The College also announced today that it has received a $500,000 grant toward the project from The Winnipeg Foundation, one of Canada's leading philanthropic organizations.
The total construction cost of $27 million is also being supported by the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg/Centreventure and Paterson GlobalFoods/The Paterson Foundation. The College will continue to work with community and corporate partners to raise additional capital funds.
At top: Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Mr. Andrew Paterson, The Honourable Vic Toews,
The Honourable Ron Lemieux and Mayor Sam Katz participate in the chain
cutting ceremony for the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute.
Manitoba's new Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Philip S. Lee, visited Red River College on October 9th. Mr. Lee met with senior executives to learn more about the College's academic and research activities, and toured the facilities at the Notre Dame Campus. Here he is pictured with RRC President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky.
More students than ever before are pursuing their education at Red River College without ever having to set foot on campus.
Participation in the College's distance education courses hit an all-time high of more than 4,600 registrations in 2008/09. This marked a 15.3% increase over 2007/08, and follows several years of consistent growth.
College officials say increased awareness of distance education options, enhanced use of online learning technologies, and an expanded line-up of courses have driven the enrolment growth.
"The majority of our distance education students are employed full-time. Their primary reason for pursuing additional training is to obtain a certificate or diploma, and distance education gives them the flexibility to do that on their own schedule," explained Rae-Ann Thibeault, Dean of RRC's School of Continuing & Distance Education.
RRC currently offers 13 certificates, two post-graduate certificates and two diplomas entirely by distance education. Students can also combine distance and in-class learning to pursue several dozen more certificate options.
Several hundred former Red River College students visited the Exchange District Campus -- some for the first time -- to celebrate at a special Alumni Wine & Cheese on September 29th.
The event was a good opportunity for former classmates to reconnect, and for our alumni community to learn more about some of the exciting work being done at the College, and our plans for expansion at both the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses.
"I guess good advice for any young person that's thinking about becoming a chef is definitely to consider cooking school, and you've got a great one right here in town, Red River College," he says. "That's certainly a good career move."
Red River College's enrolment figures have hit yet another record high, with 3.3% more full-time students on campus this fall compared to last year.
Growth has taken place across all student categories, including significant jumps in Advanced Diploma (+17.7%), Certificate (+9.9%) and Apprenticeship (+8.0%) enrolments.
Full-time enrolment is also up 16.8% at RRC's five regional campuses, located in Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Gimli, Winkler and Peguis/Fisher River.
While students are increasingly seeing the value of an applied education, College officials say finding somewhere to put them all is a growing challenge.
"For several years now we've been operating essentially full," explained Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President of Red River College. "Through creative scheduling and program delivery we've managed to make room, but the time has come to expand the College to meet student and industry demand."
RRC is currently pursuing several projects to expand capacity for students and for applied research projects, including:
Construction of a new Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre.
Development of a modern skilled trades centre at the Notre Dame Campus.
Restoration of the Union Bank Tower to become the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, a student residence and a new home for RRC's culinary and hospitality programs.
Relocation of the Language Training Centre to the Massey Building in the Exchange District.
The College expects to release information about continuing and distance education enrolments later this week.
This event -- which has teams competing against each other to see who can move a commercial aircraft the fastest using just people power -- is the kickoff for the United Way's 2009 Campaign.
This year's Campaign Chair is RRC President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, who can be seen in this photo leading the Campaign Cabinet team in their plane pull attempt.
The fundraising goal for this year's United Way Campaign is $18,218,778. Zabudsky announced on Friday that the organization is already well on its way toward that target, as over $7 million has already been raised.