Elevating Student Success
We’re Manitoba’s largest institute of applied learning and research, with more than 200 full- and part-time degree, diploma and certificate options. Through hands-on learning opportunities and state-of-the-art instruction, we prepare our students to become leaders in their fields — while also ensuring they can meet changing industry demands, and contribute to the province’s economic growth.
By the Numbers
- 94% of Red River College grads find work after graduation
- 96% of employers are more than satisfied with RRC hires
- 98% of RRC grads choose to stay and work in Manitoba
- 45% of full-time, first-year students come to RRC with previous post-secondary experience
- 24% of RRC students are immigrant or international learners, representing over 60 countries
- RRC operates at full capacity, welcoming close to 22,000 students each year
Source: 2016/17 Graduate Satisfaction and Employment
RRC has eight campuses across Manitoba:
- Exchange District Campus
- Notre Dame Campus
- Stevenson Airport
- Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River
- Portage la Prairie
- Stevenson Southport
Cultivating Strategic Partnerships
Western Canada’s Top Applied Research College
RRC’s applied research and innovation initiatives open doors for small and medium-sized businesses in such sectors as aerospace, advanced manufacturing, culinary, green energy and vehicle technology, allowing them to access RRC’s research facilities and technology. They also provide a way for students to connect with and receive training from industry experts in their fields.
Our Research Centres
- Business Envelope Technology Access Centre
- Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training
- Centre for Applied Research in Sustainable Infrastructure
- Culinary Research & Innovation Lab
- MotiveLab (open 2018)
- Smart Factory (open 2018)
- Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing
- Vehicle Technology Energy Centre
Recent Key Projects
- RRC’s new Smart Factory and Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training, supported through a $10-million investment by Western Economic Diversification Canada.
- ACE Project Space, where Applied Computer Education students work alongside industry leaders, entrepreneurs and community organizations to bring new products and services to life.
- New MotiveLab, a climatic chamber with an integrated chassis dynamometer facility for testing buses and other on- and off-highway vehicles.
- Culinary Research & Innovation expanding and developing new products such as hemp macaroons and a miso paste made from beer-brewing byproducts.
- Science of Early Child Development resource trains early childhood educators across Canada and around the world, in partnership with the World Bank and Aga Khan University.
Red River College is a global operation — and a growing force in the field of international education. Ten years ago, we had a few hundred international students. Today, we welcome 1,400 learners from 60 different countries, while maintaining partnerships with post-secondary institutions in Japan, India and China.
Our Language Training Centre in downtown Winnipeg, which hosts more than 1,000 newcomers each year, has expanded services to Arborg, Selkirk, Steinbach and Thompson, providing critical language skills programming to an additional 250 learners. The five-month programs are provided at no charge to students, with costs covered by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Advancing Indigenous Achievement
RRC works cooperatively with students and staff — as well as members of the larger community — to ensure Indigenous learners have access to the supports and services they need to achieve academic success.
Culturally Relevant Supports
We operate Indigenous student service centres at our primary Winnipeg campuses, while our Mobile Training Labs provide access to career-focused programming in communities throughout the province. We also have Elders in Residence on staff who provide spiritual and cultural supports across campuses.
A sweat lodge at our Notre Dame Campus allows us to host sacred ceremonies used to give thanks, to heal or seek wisdom, and to purify the mind, body and soul. Each year, we celebrate the achievements of our Indigenous graduates at a day-long pow wow and feast.
New and Planned Initiatives
- Developing new programming in Indigenous languages, Indigenous hospitality, Indigenous entrepreneurship, restorative justice and social enterprise, and upgrading current ACCESS programs that provide pathways to a broad range of careers.
- Creating a more comprehensive Indigenous student support unit to address a range of factors critical to student success — including the transition to college, and cultural supports and mentors.
Fostering Sustainable Growth
RRC has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the last eight years, thanks largely to ongoing staff and student initiatives that position us as a leader in sustainability.
- Our Paterson GlobalFoods Institute is the first historically designated building in Manitoba to attain LEED Gold certification.
- Our second LEED-certified building, the Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre, features a SolarWall spanning its south façade, which preheats outdoor air before it’s circulated indoors to ventilate classrooms.
- Our waste and recycling program keeps everything from e-waste and scrap metal to old furniture and cooking oil out of landfills. Our 40% diversion rate is significantly higher than the Winnipeg average.
- RRC provides a 60% subsidy on monthly bus passes for staff, allowing more than half of our downtown workers to commute via transit. We’re also home to the city’s largest installation of bike lockers.
- We have rooftop beehives at our primary Winnipeg campuses — the honey produced is used in our Culinary and Baking programs, and sold at the College’s annual farmers’ market.