Graduate Stories

Learn more about some of our international graduates.

Erika Falcao, Red River College Polytechnic

Conference leads to career launch for Applied Accounting grad

Erika Falcao credits Red River College for pointing her in the right direction. Falcao, who is from Recife, Brazil, graduated from RRC’s Applied Accounting program in 2017. She works at Bokhaut Chartered Professional Accountants Inc., an accounting firm that specializes in working with physicians. She was first made aware of Bokhaut through RRC’s annual Directions Conference, which connects business and…

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Aayush Manchanda, Red River College Polytechnic

Range of programming preps Business Technology grad for role in project management

A graduate of Red River College’s Business Technology Management (BTM) program, Manchanda is currently working as a Technical Project Manager at Web Wizards Inc., a Winnipeg-based company that specializes in web design and development, with focuses on online marketing, search engine optimization and software development. In his role, Manchanda is responsible for making sure that everyone is working within scope…

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Sophie Shi, Red River College Polytechnic

Partnership with Shenyang Institute provides head start for Electrical Engineering grad

Sophie Shi knows that knowledge is power. A 2018 graduate of Red River College’s Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program, Shi works as a junior electrical designer at Hatch. A global engineering firm, Hatch supplies project and construction management services, as well as consulting and operational services to the mining and metals, energy and infrastructure industries. Shi, who is from Liaoning province…

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Kanupriya Sidhu, Red River College Polytechnic

Community connections: Business grad expands network via volunteer and mentorship roles

Kanupriya Sidhu knows that when you help others, you help yourself. Sidhu came to Canada from Punjab, India in early 2016 to study Business Administration at Red River College. While here, she sought out volunteering opportunities as a way of adjusting to a new country and culture. “The first year I was pretty much trying to adjust to what was…

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Jesus Bojorquez, Red River College Polytechnic

Package deal: Machining grad’s skill set prepares him for range of roles in manufacturing

A graduate of Red River College’s Precision Metal Machining program, Bojorquez works as an assistant operator at Winpak Ltd., a company that manufactures and distributes packaging materials. Bojorquez, who is from Cancun, Mexico, credits RRC with helping him to develop a comprehensive skill-set that has enabled him to be a go-to guy at his workplace. “What I learned from my…

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Saba Tesfamariam, Red River College Polytechnic

Empathy in action: Culture shock gives way to community support for Health Care Aide alum

A graduate of Red River College’s Health Care Aide program, Tesfamariam works as a health care aide at Extendicare in Winnipeg, helping senior citizens live comfortable lives. “As a health care aide, I help the residents with their daily living and activities, like cleaning them, bathing them and dressing them,” she says. “I love it. Helping people, I love to do…

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Andy Pham, Red River College Polytechnic

Hospitality grad finds new confidence through volunteer work, extracurriculars

Pham, who is from Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, is a graduate of Red River College’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program. In addition to his studies, Pham represented his classmates on the College’s Student Advisory Board, participated in RRC’s cultural and language mentorship program and ran for a vice-president position on the RRC Students’ Association executive. Being an active student “helps…

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Anika Maria, Red River College Polytechnic

Strictly business: Move from South Asia to Manitoba leads to accelerated career in accounting

Bangladesh to Canada is quite the trek, but for Anika Maria, the long road was the shortest route. Maria is an accountant at MLT Aikins LLP in Winnipeg, a law firm with offices throughout Western Canada. Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city, Maria chose Red River College’s Business Administration program to accelerate her career in accounting. “I chose Canada because…

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Charles Lu, Red River College Polytechnic

Instructors’ experience proves invaluable for Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic grad

A native of Shenyang, China, Lu works as a truck and transport mechanic at Custom Truck Sales in Winnipeg, where he diagnoses, maintains and repairs big rigs and medium duty trucks.  Lu started at Custom Truck Sales shortly after graduating from Red River College’s Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic program in 2013. He says the hands-on style of learning he received…

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Sharmaine San Juan, Red River College Polytechnic

Strong medicine: Health Care grad bolsters career training with double dose of certifications

Sharmaine San Juan has her finger on the pulse of the Canadian health-care system. San Juan, who is from Bacoor, Cavite in the Philippines, graduated from Red River College’s Health Care Aide and Health Unit Clerk programs in February 2018. Upon finishing school, San Juan, 24, immediately obtained employment as nursing assistant at Health Sciences Centre. She currently works as…

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