Red River College announced today that it will deliver academic programs and services for the Fall Term through online delivery. This cautious, but agile approach will allow the College to continue to provide high-quality education for students and prepare RRC grads to help Manitoba’s economy emerge from the global pandemic.
“I remain incredibly grateful to our faculty, staff, and students as they adjusted to our new way teaching and our new way of learning during our Winter, Spring, and Summer Terms,” said Dr. Christine Watson, Interim President & CEO, Red River College. “As we prepare for the Fall Term, our approach will put the safety of our staff and students first, while striving to provide meaningful, high-quality learning experiences for students at every step of their academic journey.”
While the College’s plan is focused on online delivery for the fall, planning is also underway to quickly pivot should public health directives change, to allow the delivery of some courses on-campus. Priority will be given to hands-on learning that was delayed due to the pandemic, and to help students who are close to graduation catch up to complete their programs.
“Over the past few months, we’ve learned a great deal from our experiences transitioning to online program delivery. We’re building on that foundation to ensure Red River College continues arming our graduates with the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to help support our partners in industry and rebuild our economy,” said Aileen Najduch, Acting Vice-President, Academic
“Online learning will help prepare our graduates for a new age of disruption by providing them the tools they will need to succeed in industry and workplaces that are undergoing a digital transformation.”
The College will continue to keep staff, faculty and students informed of its ongoing plans for the fall on the College’s coronavirus webpage. Campus facilities remained closed to students and the public. Only essential workers and RRC’s research facilities remain on-site and under strict guidelines for social distancing.
“COVID-19 meant that all post-secondary institutions had to pivot quickly in order to keep supporting our students, and our economy. I can’t thank everyone at the College enough for their resilience, their creativity, and their dedication that has carried us through some tremendously challenging times. In the end, we know our College and our students will be ready to support a new way of working,” Watson said.