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Applied Commerce Education

Second Annual Applied Commerce Education High School Competition

October 17, 2023

RRC Polytech Applied Commerce Education proudly presents the second annual Commerce Competition tailored for all passionate Manitoba High School Commerce students. Join as a team of ambitious high school students ready to plunge into the world of commerce, explore innovative challenges, and showcase your brilliance in alignment with the Manitoba Applied Commerce Education (ACE) Curriculum.

Join the competition and chart your path to a promising, successful tomorrow.

Note: Teachers are required to be present for the duration of the competition. Lunch is provided for all attendees

Competition Categories

Accounting Amazing Race (Groups of 2)

Step into a dynamic race around the Notre Dame Campus, where mastering every phase of the accounting cycle propels you forward, and every space of the college holds a new opportunity. If accounting is your forte, team up for a fast-paced duel where precision and swiftness rule. Await the bonus lifelines to slice your completion time, but caution – each tick of the clock and each response is pivotal!

Retail Store Design (Groups of 3-4)

It’s not just a store – it’s a masterpiece waiting to be brought to life. A theme is unveiled on competition day, driving the students’ designs. Those well-versed in consumer trends, product and traffic flow, accessibility, and loss prevention will thrive. Students will use tools like Minecraft, Planner 3D, or Roomstyler to craft designs that balance aesthetic appeal with the functional needs of a modern retail space. Industry professionals judge students by assessing their designs and listening to explanations during the presentations. Participants are expected to dive into their reservoir of knowledge from Retailing Perspectives, Entrepreneurship, or Venture Development courses.

Social Responsibility (Groups of 3-4)

Amidst Canada’s global prestige, pressing issues lurk. Step up, aspiring change-makers! In this challenge, groups of 3-4 will confront a real Canadian issue unveiled on competition day. Your mission: devise an innovative yet realistic solution, identify key stakeholders, and strategize an actionable plan. Pitch your masterstroke in a 7-8 minute presentation, showcasing your problem-solving finesse. Grade 12 students who are taking or have taken Topics and Trends in Business and/or Business Management, but any student armed with creativity and articulate expression can strategize and offer sustainable solutions!

Business Management: Under Cover Boss (Groups of 3-4)

Assume the role of an undercover boss steering a fictional company. Teams of 3-4 dive into the roles of top executives tasked with mending the cracks in a booming, fictional company. Navigate its intricate operations, culture, and real-life challenges. Armed with insider insights, craft an innovative strategic plan to transform weaknesses into strengths. Present your master strategy to a panel, showcasing your leadership and problem-solving prowess. Equipped with insights from the ACE curriculum Entrepreneurship Strand and Business Management courses, yet open to other keen minds, students are set to navigate through real-world business trials.

Join us as a Sponsor

Fuel the aspirations of young commerce enthusiasts by becoming a sponsor. Your support not only empowers students to explore the vast landscapes of commerce but also assures the continuation of this enriching experience, a junction where academics and practical challenges meet.

Your brand will appear at our event’s virtual and physical spaces and receive an acknowledgement amidst the celebrated awards ceremony.

To extend your support, contact Justin Pasosky at before February 28, 2024.

Showcase as a Vendor

Elevate your engagement with the future of commerce and education by establishing your presence as a vendor at the 2nd Annual Commerce Competition. As a vendor, you’ll be fostering connections with RRC Polytech students, staff, and the next generation of business leaders. Leaders that could someday be making an impact with your organization.

Lend your expertise and products to enrich the atmosphere, allowing the RRC Polytech community, staff and high school students to explore, learn, and grow.

To participate, contact Justin Pasosky at by February 28, 2024.

About Applied Commerce Education Program at RRC Polytech

The Applied Commerce Education degree is a joint program offered by Red River College Polytechnic and the University of Winnipeg. Graduates will be eligible to certify as a K-12 teacher with the Province of Manitoba. Choose between the comprehensive five-year integrated program, or the focused three-year after-degree path, or the fast-track with the 1-year accelerated program, each crafted to augment teaching capabilities and align with Manitoba’s high school curriculum.

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About Applied Commerce Education

Applied Commerce Education (ACE) consists of an optional cluster of courses for high school students interested in pursuing a future career in a commerce-related field such as economics, entrepreneurship, business, marketing, technology and finance. Each of the individual courses is also an excellent option for any student wanting to understand more about their role in our global economy. The fourteen-course offerings in the Applied Commerce area allow students to develop the skills needed to be effective business leaders, innovators, citizens, consumers, and employees.

Bachelor of Education Programs – Virtual Information Session Jan. 20th

January 7, 2021

Join us for a virtual information session on Red River College’s Bachelor of Education programs. Learn about a future career teaching:

  • Business/Technology Education
  • Industrial Arts Education
  • Technical Vocational Education

The event will be hosted on January 20, 2021 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM virtually via WebEx. Use this link to join the session which will open just before 5:30. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Call Teacher Education at 204-632-2300

Bachelor of Education Information Session

May 19, 2020

Teacher helping students

Red River College Bachelor of Education program is hosting an information session for individuals interested in pursuing a teaching career. At this session you will learn about why our graduates have such a high success rate for employment, what makes our program different and what we have planned for our classes this fall.

During this session you will hear from program instructors and we will be speaking about specifics of the program. Only a handful of spots remain!

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Location: Online Session

Registration: Please email Justin Pasosky at by June 2nd

For more information please contact Daryl McRae, Academic Coordinator –

B.Ed Info Session November 20th, 2019

August 27, 2019

The Teacher Education Department at Red River College is hosting Bachelor of Education Information Sessions for prospective students interested in the Business Technology, Industrial Arts and Technical Vocational Teacher Education programs.

Learn about the five-year Integrated, three-year After Degree and one-year Accelerated degree programs that are delivered jointly with The University of Winnipeg.

Information Session Details

Date: November 20, 2019
Time: 6pm
Location: Room A137, RRC Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Ave.)

For more information, call Monique at 204-632-2300.

2019 Student Awards and Co-op Appreciation Dinner

May 27, 2019

Red River College Teacher Education Department hosted the annual Co-op Appreciation Dinner on April 30, 2019 in the Voyager Dinning Room on the Notre Dame Campus. We welcomed teachers and administrators from 52 schools along with the student teachers from Industrial Arts, Technical Vocational and Business Technology programs.

2019 Award Recipients :

Manitoba Teachers’ Society Award – Jule Woitowicz
Business Technology Program Award – Brendan Cwik
Industrial Arts Technology Program Award – Dan Ranson

Arnold Boldt, Bernie Taronno, Kerri Korabelnikov, Dan Ranson, Jule Woitowicz, Justin Pasosky, Brendan Cwik, Kurt Proctor, Daryl McRae

Red River College Teacher Education, Appreciation Dinner

B.Ed Info Session Wed. January 30, 2019, 6-8 pm, F201, NDC

January 24, 2019

The Teacher Education Department at Red River College is hosting a  Bachelor of Education Information Session for prospective students interested in the Business Technology, Industrial Arts and Technical Vocational Teacher Education programs.

Learn about the five-year Integrated, three-year After Degree and one-year Accelerated degree programs that are delivered jointly with The University of Winnipeg.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, meet in room F-201, tour Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus, meet current faculty and learn about how the program prepares students for certified career paths in Manitoba’s middle and secondary schools. We will provide program information and details on how to apply.

Everyone is welcome.


Co-op Appreciation Dinner 2018

May 7, 2018

The Teacher Education Department hosted the annual Co-op Appreciation Dinner on May 1st, 2018 in the Voyager Dinning Room on the Notre Dame Campus. It was a representation of cooperating teachers from 32 school divisions around the province along with their student teachers. This year we also welcomed Roland Stankevicius from Manitoba Teacher Society, Kerri Caldwell, Dean, School of Education, Arts and Sciences, and Arnold Bolt, Executive Director Academic at Red River College.

We presented awards to the following students:

Manitoba Teachers’ Society Awards – Bridgete Bouvier, Charles Veters and Brandon Kipe
Business Technology Program Award – Amelia Kwok
Industrial Arts Technology Program Award – Jordan Kelly
Technical Vocational Program Award – Carissa Swerid

Hour of Code – Teacher Education

January 26, 2018

Students from Red River College’s Business and Technology – Teacher Education Program were pleased to welcome students from the 7 oaks MET school.  Check it out!

Computational Thinking In Teacher Ed

January 24, 2018

Computational thinking in teacher Ed

RRC Pre-service Teachers infusing computational thinking into their lesson designs.

Dr. Eva Brown and her students in the Business and Technology – Teacher Education Program welcomed Cheryl Prokopanko from the Learning Support and Technology unit of Manitoba Education and Training into their classroom today.  Dr. Brown and Ms. Prokopanko are part of the development team for the Committee for Infusing Computational Thinking Through Coding into Literacy with Information and Communications Technology Across the curriculum.

Exciting things are happening in Education here in Manitoba! Red River College is proud that our grads will be at the forefront of this emerging trend in K-12 classrooms.

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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