Academic News

2024 Applied Commerce and Management Education Awards

June 5, 2024

Congratulations to the awards recipients on their achievements — we wish all our students much success in their chosen fields!

RRC Polytech wishes to thank the donors of the awards, bursaries, and scholarships for their continuing support of our programs and students.

Read more to see the agenda and list of award winners.

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Bachelor of Education: Information for Commerce Majors

April 5, 2024

RRC Polytech and University of Winnipeg Joint Applied Commerce Education Program

Who is the program for?

Do you have a passion for teaching and inspiring others? Do you want to leverage your business or commerce degree? If so, our Applied Commerce Education program is tailor-made for you!

What is the program? What is this teachable about?

At Red River College Polytechnic, our Applied Commerce Education program empowers business/commerce grads to become the next generation of influential commerce educators. Help shape young minds and cultivate a deep understanding of business technology, finance, entrepreneurship, management and marketing.

After graduation from our program, you will be certified to teach in a K-12 Manitoba School with a specialty in Applied Commerce Education. This Senior Years (9-12) stream program prepares you to teach the 14 Manitoba Education Commerce courses.

How to apply to the program?

  • Apply directly to the University of Winnipeg for admission  
  • June 1, 2024 deadline
  • Applicants for this program: must meet the U of W admission requirements of a minimum 2.5 GPA and submit your undergraduate transcript
  • All undergraduate coursework must be completed successfully by the Fall term in the year of admission and include 18 credit hours in a teachable minor subject

What are the opportunities for students holding an undergraduate degree in commerce/business?

  • Recognition of up to 30 credit hours from your degree
  • Graduate with your Bachelor of Education degree in just two years
  • Contact RRC Polytech directly for individual consultation regarding credit transfer

For example, some of the courses that would provide the opportunity for credit transfer in the Applied Commerce teachable major include:

6 credit hours of Accounting3 credit hours in Finance
3 credit hours in Introduction to Business3 credit hours of Business Management
3 credit hours of Economics3 credit hours of Entrepreneurship
3 credit hours of Marketing6 credit hours of Business software/technology

Who to contact with questions?

Daryl McRae
Chair of Teacher Education at RRC Polytechnic
P: 204.632.2300

Department of Nursing Awards 2023

December 5, 2023

Congratulations to this year’s Award Winners, and we gratefully acknowledge all the donors who made these awards possible!

Jean Burrows Scholarship Sarah Wilding

Jean Burrows was chair of the Nursing Department from 1974 to 1998. Created upon her retirement, this award recognizes outstanding academic achievement for students at the end of the first year of the BN program.

Bernice Parrott Award – Tara Garrioch, Madi Harder, Natali Domozhyro, Carl Calaje, Al Estoesta, Madison Towle, Amber D’Aoust, Rafael Marante, Tessa Martin

The Bernice Parrott Award was established to provide financial assistance to a deserving
student after term six of the BN program. This award recognizes the hard work and effort
that all students put forth as they complete the requirements of the program.

Nursing Students Endowment Scholarship – Ciara Tutkaluk and Nicole Bonenfant.

These awards were established because of the foresight of students who in 1997 established
an endowment fund. Each student, as part of their tuition fees, contributes to this
endowment fund. In 2001, a portion of this money was dedicated to the creation of these
awards. Since then, the class of 2002 made a sizeable contribution from their own
fundraising efforts.

Nursing Legacy Award – Clinical Practice Year 1 – Holly Ling

– Clinical Practice Long term care – Nicole Hammersley

– Clinical Practice Medicine – Shannon Pickell

– Clinical Practice Surgery – Tiana Wyryha

– Clinical Practice Pediatrics – Riley Dodds

– Clinical Practice Mental Health – Riley Dodds

– Clinical Practice Palliative – Karren Ballantyne

– Community Clinical Nursing Practice 1 and 2 – Emily Giesbrecht

– Skills and Techniques 3 – Hannah Szeryk

– Health Assessment 1 and 2 – Maybhelle Santos

This award was established by combining donations from a number of sources.
The Stanton family, the Duncan family, and Phyllis Aaron along with the Nursing faculty have
made substantial contributions. The award recognizes outstanding clinical performance of
students from year one to year three of the nursing program. The Nursing Techniques 3
award recognizes a year one student who excels both in the academic course work and the
performance of Nursing Skills.

Thorey Johnson Nursing Award – Jonadave Arceta and Jordan Wurtz

In honour of their mother, Mrs. Johnson’s daughters have established this scholarship to be
presented to a nursing student who has expressed a special interest in rural nursing
practice. The recipient has demonstrated an interest in front line nursing work in a hospital
environment; a high level of skill in the clinical setting, sound academic achievement, and a
caring and compassionate attitude with patients.

Nursing Leadership Award – Joshua Salisi and Tiana Wyryha

This award is for deserving students who have gone above and beyond in support
and leadership of their peers. It was established by the Awards Committee, with
nominations from faculty and peers.

Discipline of Professional Nursing Award – Navreet Chahill, Ciara Tutkaluk and Trishia Malabuyoc

This award is presented to students for their outstanding achievement in the courses of Discipline of Professional Nursing 1-5.

Mary Langhan Nursing Award – Yonathan Mohamed

This award is presented to a 3rd year student who has demonstrated a high level
of skill in the clinical setting and has expressed a special interest in obstetrics and

Karla Ferens Memorial Entrance Award for Health Care AideCandace Mercredi, Jathniele Manucduc and Gursimran Kaur

The Karla Ferens Memorial Entrance Award for Health Care Aide was established
by family and friends in memory of Karla Ferens, a 2011 Red River College
graduate of the Health Care Aide program. The award recipient has displayed the
same accomplishments exhibited by Karla Ferens: Involvement in sports and
leadership qualities.

Community Service Award – Clarence San Jose and Gabrielle Verspeek

This award is presented to a second and a third year student who has volunteered
for a community agency while maintaining sound academic achievement.

Karen Wall Indigenous Nursing Student Award – Rachelle Fehr

This award is presented to a 3rd year student of Canadian Indigenous heritage
who has achieved academic success in the BN program, and has demonstrated
leadership and community service.

Elizabeth Scaife Memorial Award – Ana Beltran

This award is presented to a BPIEN (Bridging Program for Internationally
Educated Nurses) student who has demonstrated outstanding academic
achievement and demonstrated exceptional clinical performance.

Christiane Gabrielle Bonin Memorial Award – Yvonne Datzkiw

Jaime Manness: Hike Manitoba Nursing Award Jade Friesen

This award is present to a second year student who exemplifies a love for hiking
and the outdoors with good academic standing. The award was established to
honor a RRC alumna and instructor who wanted to share her passion for
Manitoba’s wilderness.

Shannon Gray Memorial Award – Kaye Jeremie Aguilar

Kim Kotelo Memorial Award – Katie Laberge

Portage Mutal Insurance Award for Indigenous Nursing Student – Sophie Walker

Shirley (Perret) Loewen Indigenous Nursing Student Award – Rhonda Paoletti, Rachelle Fehr, Kiara Carpenter, Chelsea Wotton, Lexi Green-Monkman, Desiree Turner and Cassidy Webb

Shirley (Perret) Loewen Indigenous Graduation Bursary – Shania Dunn, Taylor Parker and Jessica White

RRC Polytech Students’ Association Be the Change you want to see Award – Karren Ballantyne

Eliza Cummings Machan and Helen Machan Memorial Nursing Award – Ryan Delaine

Written by Jennifer Johnson – Nursing Lab Manager
with descriptions of awards courtesy of the Nursing Awards Committee

2023 Bachelor of Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony

November 6, 2023

A huge congratulations goes out to all of our 125 graduates this year!

It has been a rough road, but you did it! We as faculty couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of you for all the hard work and effort you invested in your future in the career of nursing.

The faculty would also like to congratulate the 2023 Gold Medal winner Nicole Bonenfant!!

Written by: Jennifer Johnson Nursing Lab Manager

Explore IT Employment at Red River College Polytechnic

October 25, 2023

Instructor Recruitment Event

Would you like to work at a place where you can make a positive, direct impact on the next generation of professionals in your field?

Learn about exciting employment opportunities for instruction and curriculum development in Information Technology at Red River College Polytechnic. Join senior academic leaders and faculty:

Date: Thursday, November 2
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, Roundhouse, at 319 Elgin Avenue (view on Google Maps)

This event is free to attend. Resume is not required.

We have full-time, part-time, or contract employment opportunities.

Learn about the many benefits of being an RRC Polytech employee. We are looking for people with experience in information technology, application development, data science, machine learning, and security experience for the following programs:

  • Application Development and Delivery (NEW Program)
  • IT Operations
  • Information Security
  • Data Science and Machine Learning
  • Game Development
  • Digital Media Design


4:00 pmTour of Manitou a bi Bii daziigae
4:30 pmPresentation on RRC Polytech employment
5:00 pmBreakout sessions for specific types of employment
(full-time, part-time, contract)
5:30 pmRefreshments and networking

Benefits of Employment at RRC Polytech

We offer competitive salaries, extensive benefits, and the opportunity for personal and professional growth in a rewarding career. We’re also one of Manitoba’s Top Employers, one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.

Please share information about this event with people in your network who may be interested in attending. Register to let us know you are attending this in-person event.

Inspire Conference – Networking Opportunity

October 20, 2023

RRC Polytech Invites You!

Attention RRC Polytech Information Technology and Creative Arts Alumni and Industry Friends! Our current students would love your help. The Inspire Conference is November 7th, and our Networking Lounge needs industry friends and alums from BIT, CA/P, IST, BTM, DSML, InfoSec, Game Dev, Digital Media, Graphic Design and Film Production to answer questions from our current students. You likely remember the value of these interactions when you were a student, and recall how beneficial they were to you.

If you have an hour or two to spare, please let Alan Simpson ( or Connor Gilhuly ( know by email as soon as you’re able to. Let us know if you prefer the morning or the afternoon. We will have tables open from 9am to 3pm.

 We hope to see you there!

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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