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Coronavirus Information


Fall 2020 planning update

May 25, 2020

This week, the College wraps up a series of academic consultation sessions with deans, chairs, program managers and program coordinators. The information we’re compiling from these sessions will inform our Fall 2020 program delivery and operations.

The work of compiling this information will continue throughout the week. If you continue to have any thoughts or feedback for the planning team to review, visit www.rrc.ca/coronavirus/fall-2020

If you want to learn more about our approach to Fall 2020 operations and program delivery, including our principles and priorities, visit www.rrc.ca/coronavirus/fall-2020/

The Incident Management Team has also setup a planning committee to review and develop a plan that addresses how people will move into and throughout the campus, in the event that public health directives change and we’re able to include opportunities for on-campus learning in our fall programming. This group will look at building and facility occupancy, washroom capacity, designated entrances, screening and sanitation processes, and more.

We’re also developing a new campus access Maestro process to streamline how staff and faculty can access the campus on an ongoing basis.

We’ll have more information to share soon.

Daily Roundup

May 22, 2020

“Should I wear a face mask in public?”

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, recommends Canadians wear non-medical masks or face coverings in community settings.

For more information, please read the fact sheets (English and French) at the links below:

Reminder: You don’t need a referral for COVID-19 testing

Public health officials are reminding anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, weakness or headache, to self-isolate for 14 days.

Anyone with these symptoms is eligible for COVID-19 testing. You do not need a referral.

Student Employment Services

  • Upcoming webinars – Please join us in the upcoming series of webinars, presented by Student Employment Services, covering the topics: Resume Development, Cover Letter Writing and Job Searching Using LinkedIn. For more info, visit Webinar Series: Employment Preparation.
  • Virtual Session: Sun Life Financial Career Information Seminar – Join the Manitoba Superior Financial Centers for a virtual career information event on becoming a financial advisor at Sun Life! Thursday May 28th, 4-5pm. RSVP to the presenter Lorie Willms at lorie.willms@sunlife.com or 1-306-514-3382. Details will be provided upon RSVP.
  • Internships, co-op and other work opportunities – Visit rrc.ca/ses for more info on work experience programs for students and recent graduates including RiipenASPIREVenture for Canada, and work placement programs from other Employer Delivery Partners.
  • RRC Employment Advisors are available to speak with students and alumni by phone, email and video conferencing. Book a virtual appointment by visiting rrc.ca/ses.

Tech Support

Innovation is their business, so it’s no surprise some of Red River College’s past and present partners have found innovative ways to help their communities cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.

The partners in question have all served as Entrepreneurs-in-residence (EiR), startup creators who team with RRC students, instructors and staff and work at the College’s ACE Project Space to bring business ideas to life.

Read the story ›

Flower Power

Elana Elfenbaum is a graduate of our Business Administration Program and the product lead at Callia, a Winnipeg-based floral company. In the latest Where’s Watson?, Elana tells Dr. Christine Watson, our Interim President & CEO, how Red River College introduced her to Callia, and how the business continues to bloom during the pandemic.


Daily Roundup

May 21, 2020

RRC introduces Flexible Online Delivery Model

As our College community begins the next stage of planning for Fall 2020 and beyond, one thing has already become clear to us: flexible online program delivery – including web-enhanced and blended delivery methods – will remain an integral part of our academic programs and courses, even after the pandemic ends.

The Academic area and the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence have worked together to develop a framework with goals and guiding principles, guidelines, and resources for online program delivery at Red River College. Here you’ll find the standards all programs must meet, course development tools and templates, technical guidance, faculty support, and more.

Access the new Flexible Online Delivery Model now at rrc.ca/flexible-delivery.

Good eats with #RRChomechef recipes

With our new reality of working and learning at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are tapping into the RRC spirit of innovation to bring you culinary and hospitality inspiration with our Hospitality at Home series.


Daily Roundup

May 20, 2020

RRC stays online for the Fall 2020 Term

Red River College announced today that it will deliver academic programs and services for the Fall Term through online delivery. Planning is also underway to quickly pivot should public health directives 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.

Read the announcement »

Pandemic doesn’t stop students from working with real businesses

While teaching from her home in Gimli, instructor Andrea McCann is connecting students to businesses across North America. In our latest look Behind the Scenes at RRC, learn how McCann brings industry and education together with the help of an online platform.

Read the story »

Where’s Watson? Beyond the Book

Library Services has flipped the page on remote service delivery. In the latest Where’s Watson, our Interim President & CEO Christine Watson speaks with two team members to learn more. This team has offered virtual resources for a long time, but they’re coming in extra handy now as we adjust to teaching, working and learning from home.

Red River College stays online for the Fall 2020 Term

May 20, 2020

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.

Daily Roundup

May 19, 2020

A message from our Interim President & CEO

On Friday, Dr. Christine Watson shared an update after another week of scenario planning, and sent her well wishes as spring sets in.

Well-being for the Week

Remember to take time for your well-being this week. Here a few things you can do, brought to you by RRC Recreation Services:

  • Tuesday: Submit the title of a book you love to rebels@rrc.ca for the Rec Services Summer Reading list. All submissions will be entered to win a gift card from Indigo.
  • Wednesday: Send us a picture of your favourite yoga pose by next Tuesday via rebels@rrc.ca, InstagramTwitter or Facebook and you could win a great prize.
  • Thursday: Send us a short video of you sending a virtual high-five to someone who deserves recognition, and we’ll post it to our social media
  • Friday: Puzzle challenge with Jigsaw Explorer. Try to solve Friday’s mystery puzzle. Send us a pic of your completed puzzle. First one to submit wins a coveted Rebels Champion T, and everyone else will be entered in our prize draw.

Weeknight comfort food: chicken and dumplings

Just like Grandma used to make – this homestyle Chicken & Dumplings recipe is sure to satisfy your weeknight comfort food cravings. This is a fun one to try with kids – ask them to help you pinch the dumplings while the chicken and vegetables simmer in the broth. Bon appetit, courtesy our RRC chefs.

Daily Roundup

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 News

Ahead of the long weekend, Manitoba Public Health is advising people to remain within or close to their home communities. This includes limiting travel, even within Manitoba and neighbouring jurisdictions, to essential trips only. Travel is not permitted from southern Manitoba to areas, including campgrounds, north of the 53rd parallel.

Manitobans experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms no longer require a referral from Health Links-Info Santé or their family physician before heading to a community site for COVID-19 testing. Anyone with symptoms should use the online screening tool to determine whether they meet the necessary criteria to be tested.

CESB application portal now open

The Canadian Emergency Student Benefit provides eligible students and recent graduates who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 with $1,250 a month, or $2,000 a month to those with a disability or acting as a caretaker, for the next four months.

Apply now »

Register for RRC’s Virtual Indigenous Celebration

Our annual Pow Wow has been a point of pride for the College for nearly 20 years, and a tremendous way to honour, celebrate and share Indigenous culture. We are excited to create a place online that honours the achievements of our Indigenous students and holds space for Indigenous culture and teachings.

RRC Virtual Indigenous Celebration
Friday, June 5, 2020 | 12:00 pm
Red River College – Indigenous Education Facebook Page (via Facebook Livestream)

We’ll be adding more ways for you to celebrate online and at home, so stay tuned.

Students who want to be included in the Virtual Indigenous Celebration and receive a mailed gift can visit rrc.ca/indigenous/virtual-celebration to register and submit photos by end of day Monday, May 25, 2020.


The COVID-19 Emergency Student Support Fund needs your help to support hundreds of Red River College financially impacted by the pandemic. Donate now at rrc.ca/donate

Counselling Services continues to operate via telephone and video conferencing. We offer a range of services to students depending on their need and comfort level. For more information, visit rrc.ca/counselling

Daily Roundup

May 14, 2020

Students can apply for the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit starting tomorrow

Students and recent graduates who face financial hardship due to COVID-19 will be able to apply for the CESB beginning Friday, May 15.

The CESB provides individuals with $1,250 a month, or $2,000 a month to those with a disability or acting as a caretaker, for the next four months.

The Government of Canada is encouraging students to create a Canada Revenue Agency online account and review benefit details — including eligibility requirements and procedures — immediately.

Visit the CESB website »

Indigenous Student Supports for the CESB

Indigenous Student Supports Staff are on hand to help students apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. Please contact Frank Parkes at fparkes@rrc.ca or Charmaine Mousseau at cmousseau2@rrc.ca for information about the CESB, eligibility, and application process.

Daily Roundup

May 13, 2020

Where’s Watson

Creative Communications grad Doug Darling is the CEO of Tripwire Media Group, a Winnipeg-based agency that helps businesses tell their stories through video. Doug walks Dr. Christine Watson, our Interim President & CEO, through how Red River College helped him find his passion, and shares how he’s leading his company through this pandemic.

Ice, ice, baby

It’s Wednesday, which means 1) congrats, you’ve made it half-way through the week, and 2) hang in there, another half-week to go. Either way, cheers to you! We thought we’d toast the occasion by sharing some tips from RRC instructor Blair Mineault on how to make perfect, clear ice for two classic cocktails: an Old Fashioned and a Mojito.

Why is clear ice important? Read on to find out or check out Blair’s video below:


Daily Roundup

May 12, 2020

Behind the scenes at RRC: Consensus-building paramount in pandemic

It was one common goal that united 10 people across multiple campuses in the immediate days after the COVID-19 crisis first hit Manitoba: providing exceptional education for RRC students. Learn how the Business Administration Marketing Team worked to support each other and their students in a way that ensured everyone’s voice was heard.

Read the story »

Blog series: Online learning during COVID-19

The Academic Success Centre has transformed its student blog series into a toolkit of skills and ideas that reflect the challenges student face in the time of COVID-19.

Visit the blog »

Join the sourdough trend and become an #RRChomechef baking boss!

Are you even a home chef right now if you haven’t jumped on the sourdough train? By popular demand, RRC Professional Baking instructor Richard Warren walks us through how to make sourdough from start(er) to finish. This days-long process will pay off – trust us!

Try the recipe »