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Co-op Education

A co-operative education program integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience in co-operative education employer organizations. The plan is for the student to alternate periods of experience in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services and the professions in accordance with the following criteria:

  • each work placement is developed and/or approved by the College as a suitable learning situation;
  • the co-operative education student is engaged in productive work rather than merely observing;
  • the co-operative education student receives remuneration for the work performed;
  • the co-operative education student’s progress on the job is monitored by the College;
  • the co-operative education student’s performance on the job is supervised and evaluated by the student’s co-operative education employer;
  • the total co-operative education work experience is usually not less than twenty-five percent of the time spent in academic study.

Co-operative education plays an integral role in Red River College Polytechnic’s mission of providing high-quality educational and training opportunities. Co-operative education at Red River College Polytechnic is delivered through a decentralized system in order to reflect the unique situation of each department and ensure relevance to the industry served by the program.

All certificate and diploma programs at Red River College Polytechnic which are designated as co-operative education programs comply with the definition based upon the by-laws of Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL).

Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning Coordinators are ready to assist your organization in hosting student work experiences as an employer partner. 

WIL placements, such as co-op and field placements, provide students with an opportunity to further develop their skills related to their academic discipline under the supervision and mentorship of employers with the support of a WIL Coordinator.

Benefits of WIL Partnerships

  • Accessing diversely talented and highly motivated students
  • Offering additional resources for special projects and general support
  • Giving you regular input into industry-responsive College curricula
  • Developing internal leadership through supervision, mentorship and coaching
  • Helping to train your workforce

Students in WIL

  • Bring enthusiasm and new ideas and approaches
  • Are an ideal resource to fill temporary human resource needs during staff leaves and for short-term projects
  • Are often at the end of their program and can be developed to support permanent positions

Become a WIL Partner

If you are interested in becoming a WIL partner and would like to learn more about potential wage subsidies available to you via Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) Partners, visit our employers page or contact us at WIL@rrc.ca.

Career Bridge Career Portal

Career Bridge is a complimentary online resource for posting WIL and career opportunities targeted at RRC Polytech students and alumni. 

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Program Timelines

For more information about specific programs, please contact the WIL Coordinator dedicated to that offering.


ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Business AdministrationDiploma4 months
Business AccountancyPost-Graduate Diploma16 weeks  
Business ManagementPost-Graduate Diploma16 weeks 

Information Technology

ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Application Development and DeliveryDiploma4 months
Business Technology Management Diploma4 months
Data Science and Machine LearningDiploma4 months
Full Stack Web DevelopmentCertificate and Diploma16 weeks
Information SecurityDiploma4 months
IT OperationsDiploma4 months  


ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Architectural TechnologyDiploma4 months
Civil Engineering TechnologyDiploma6 months
May – Oct.
Construction ManagementDegree6 months
May – Oct.
Electrical Engineering TechnologyDiploma4 months
Electronic Engineering TechnologyDiploma4 months
Instrumentation and Control Engineering TechnologyDiploma4 months 
Mechanical Engineering TechnologyDiploma4 months

Community Services

ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Child and Youth CareDiploma4 months
Disability and Community SupportCertificate and Diploma4 months
Early Childhood EducationDiploma4 months
Social Innovation and Community DevelopmentDiploma5-6 weeks

Health Sciences

ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Science Laboratory TechnologyDiploma4 months


ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Hospitality and Tourism ManagementDiploma4 months


ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Culinary ArtsDiploma4 months
Professional Baking and PastryDiploma4 months

Automotive Technologies

ProgramCredentialDurationMay – Aug.Sept. – Dec.Jan. – Apr.
Automotive TechnicianCertificate and Diploma3 weeks
Automotive TechnologyDiploma4 weeks
Collision Repair and RefinishingCertificate3 weeks
Heavy Duty Equipment MechanicCertificate3 weeks
Marine and Powersports TechnicianCertificate3 weeks
Truck Transport TechnologyDiploma4 weeks

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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