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College Transition

Learn about Indigenous culture, connect with communities and prepare for professional success.

Build the versatile skills, knowledge and competencies you need to succeed in RRC Polytech programs and throughout the workforce.

Through the College Transition program, Indigenous learners will build essential skills, investigate potential employment paths and learn more about RRC Polytech’s career-focused opportunities.

In this preparatory program, you’ll focus on strengthening your cultural understanding and developing your personal and career potential. You’ll meet one-on-one with mentors and use a holistic approach and diverse learning strategies to build critical reading, writing, math, science and technical skills. You’ll also develop practical, employer-sought work skills, earn certifications and explore work and volunteer opportunities.

  • Program Type
  • Credential
  • Program Delivery
  • In-person Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • Intake
  • Program Length
    10 months
  • Total Tuition / Fees for Courses
    $5,900 – $6,600
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll build your own sense of Indigeneity and strengthen your personal potential through culturally focused programming. You’ll also build academic skills in areas such as math, science and communication while earning industry-relevant certifications.


Create community connections, develop your goals and explore your path into the future while strengthening your academic skills in interactive classes and mentoring sessions.


Put your plans in motion, explore Indigenous identity and build strong employability skills in preparation for further learning or a career.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Post-secondary education student
  • Social worker
  • Nurse
  • Welder
  • Dental hygienist
  • Nurse’s aid 
  • Teacher assistant
  • Teacher
  • Cultural advisor
  • Community development worker
  • Hospitality worker
  • Canadian Armed Forces member

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Set yourself up for a successful polytechnic experience and explore the exciting, career-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech.
Honour your Indigeneity through activities such as buffalo tanning. This buffalo robe is now part of the School of Indigenous Education.
Plot your professional path. Develop skills and competencies to confidently enter the technical fields and academic programs that spark your passion.
Develop your sense of Indigeneity and pave the way for future growth with a strong sense of community and belonging.
Through the College Transition program, learners partake in traditional beading practices and take their work home for further inspiration.
Enjoy full support from a dedicated community of instructors, mentors and staff – all committed to your personal, academic and professional success.
Build versatile learning, work and communication skills and prepare to transition into another RRC Polytech program or start your career journey.

Graduate Success

Graduates of the College Transition program successfully enhance their post-secondary education with additional academic programs or enter the workforce immediately to start a rewarding career.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2018-2019 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.


At RRC Polytech, you’ll plan, start and enhance your education with help from a welcoming and supportive community. As a graduate, you’ll be equipped with the confidence, training and practical skills you need to succeed in a wide range of academic and work environments.


Whether you’ve just started a program, made it halfway through or recently graduated, you’ll have access to dedicated support and learn to confidently carve out your path toward personal and professional growth.


RRC Polytech’s College Transition instructors and Indigenous support staff are always ready to provide guidance, mentorship and help. Our staff also maintain strong ties with employers and community leaders to ensure your education is up to date, engaging and serving real needs.

“My experience in the College Transition program was amazing. I gained a lot of experience in the program, and it helped to further my career. It was also nice to get to know more about my culture.”

Briana Knott – Dental Hygienist

“The program helped me transition from high school into the Nursing program. As someone who suffered from intergenerational trauma, I needed the extra mentorship to be able to successfully complete my program.”

Brikina Stevenson – Nurse
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

“As a student who was out of school for a long time, this program was an amazing opportunity. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of such an incredible program and will carry all that I learned with me on my journey.”

Pamela Laquette – RRC Polytech Student

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a student in the College Transition program, you want to upgrade your academic skills or further explore career and education plans before advancing your post-secondary education.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.


  • Adaptable
  • Challenge-driven
  • Level-headed
  • Observer
  • Patient


  • Adaptability
  • Dependability
  • Lifelong learning
  • Motivation
  • Positive attitude


  • Post-secondary education
  • Cultural knowledge
  • Career
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Indigenous heritage

All the Information You Need



Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


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Celebrate and motivate your learning. Whether you’ve sprinted through the first term or just received your acceptance letter, find a variety of bursaries, scholarships and awards.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.


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Plan out your preferred learning journey. Review a summary of this program’s courses to discover what you’ll learn and how an RRC Polytech education will help your career.


Ensure signup goes smoothly and understand program requirements before registering. Review required documents and procedures to make sure you’re prepared to enter this program.


Explore our Catalogue for more detailed information, including a program outline, course descriptions and everything you’ll need to plan and prepare for your future success.

Begin Your Journey

Get Started with RRC Polytech

Start Your Application

Your future is within reach, and we’re here to help you achieve it. Experience industry-focused opportunities available at RRC Polytech and develop the knowledge and skills to grow, lead and excel in your future career.

Funding Your Education

Support yourself while pursuing your RRC Polytech education. You may be eligible for loans, grants and scholarships to help tackle your financial needs.

Future Student Events

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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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