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Red River College COVID-19 Information Update

March 13, 2020

For immediate release: March 12, 2020
Red River College (RRC) is working closely with public health authorities and is focused on providing timely information, reassurance, and support to our staff, faculty, and students as we continue to take necessary measures to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 at all of our campuses and to our broader community.

Our campuses are currently open and our classes, labs and exams have not been cancelled, however, our Senior Leadership Team is working with academic program areas to determine alternative program delivery approaches and models that could be implemented in order to further reduce the numbers of students, faculty and staff on site.

Additionally, RRC has suspended all international and domestic travel outside of Manitoba; cancelled all College events and large gatherings; and restricted the number of meetings to only those that are essential to core operations.

RRC’s Incident Management Team continues to monitor the situation closely in concert with our response plans, and in conversation with our colleagues at other post-secondary institutions across the province, and with advice and direction from our provincial and federal public health authorities.

As news and information regarding COVID-19 continues to unfold, the College will continue to ensure that staff, faculty and students are informed and that we continue to take necessary action to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

CAMPUS ADVISORY: UPDATE – Language Training Centre Re-opens Monday – January 27

January 23, 2020

Updated: January 24, 2020, 12:00PM

The Language Training Centre (LTC) will re-open Monday, January 27, 2020, with no further impact to programs currently underway. During this time, programming will only be delivered in the labs and classrooms located on the fourth floor and in the basement of the LTC.

The third floor will remain closed to all staff and students until all repair work to address issues from the flood is complete by VIA Rail and RRC.

LTC staff and faculty will remain in-contact with students regarding scheduling, class locations, and program delivery. Should you have questions related to your program or admissions for programming at the LTC, please contact Louise at eal@rrc.ca We will be able to respond to your questions when we re-open on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Updates will be provided as necessary. Please continue to monitor the College website, Staff and Student News, social media, and your academic or staff email accounts.

We are working hard to minimize the disruption created by this incident. Thank you for your cooperation and your patience.

CAMPUS ADVISORY: Language Training Centre Closed -January 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

The Language Training Centre is closed today and all classes are cancelled as the result of a flood in the Via Rail Station caused by a broken pipe.

The flooding has had a direct impact on the LTC, in addition to other areas in the building, and the College, along with VIA Rail’s facility manager, are now assessing the the impact of the flood in order to determine when the LTC can resume normal operations. Our hope is that the overall impact will be minimal, and we can resume classes as quickly and as safely as possible.

Staff, faculty, and students affected by today’s closure were advised last night, and the College will continue to provide updates through the College website, social media, and through staff and student news.

Thank you to everyone who responded quickly last night to support the LTC.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kerri Caldwell, Dean, School of Education, Arts & Sciences at kcaldwell@rrc.ca


Building a Better Manitoba; Local Construction Industry Leader to receive Distinguished Graduate Award from Red River College

November 14, 2019

For immediate release: November 14, 2019

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE– The vice-president of one of Manitoba’s leading heavy construction businesses – E.F. Moon Construction Ltd. – is the latest recipient of Red River College’s (RRC) Distinguished Graduate Award.

Jack Meseyton, who is also the chair of the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, graduated from RRC’s Civil Engineering Technology program in 2005 with a diploma in Municipal Engineering Technology. His passion for, and commitment to the heavy construction industry in Manitoba, along with his dedication to the community of Portage la Prairie set him apart and made him an outstanding candidate for RRC’s highest achievement.

“I am very humbled, excited and proud to be receiving this award,” said Meseyton. “I am a very strong believer in higher education and learning – our company has several RRC grads working with us. So, I am proud to have attended the College, proud to have RRC grads and alumni working for me, and very, very proud of this award.”

The Red River College Distinguished Graduate Award honours and recognizes RRC’s finest graduates – those who have distinguished themselves in both their chosen profession and their community through outstanding achievements in one or more of the following areas: humanitarianism, professional excellence, and community service.

Meseyton was a clear deserving candidate for this honour, as he’d demonstrated all of the above in his life, through achieving professional excellence in construction and also giving back to Portage’s community in a big way. Some examples of this include his work fundraising for the United Way, his personal involvement in The Portage Potato Festival and for Merit Contractors Association of Manitoba.

“Red River College is proud to honour Jack Meseyton with the Distinguished Graduate Award. His professional achievements exemplify the kind of commitment and leadership we strive to teach our students every day. They also represent the important contributions that RRC graduates make to Manitoba’s economy, including the heavy construction industry.” said Christine Watson, Vice President Academic at RRC.

Meseyton began working in the construction industry in 1985 when he joined his father’s company – Meseyton Construction. By 1992 he was made partner and helped run the business through daily operations and projects. He entered the Civil CAD program at RRC in 2003 and graduated with honours in 2005 – the same year he began working at E.F. Moon. He later went on to obtain his Civil Engineering Technologist (CET) designation and his Gold Seal Certificate (GSC) in project management.

Growing the heavy construction industry in Manitoba

One of the reasons Meseyton is proud to be recognized as this year’s distinguished graduate, is because of the strong connection RRC has with the heavy construction industry in Manitoba.

“RRC has provided skilled people with the technical knowledge and problem solving skills they need,” he said. “This has given many companies the support staff needed to work on ever increasingly complex construction projects. Knowing some of the theory behind how and why things are constructed in the way they are has allowed companies to make educated, informed decisions on how to proceed with and undertake the construction of these projects.”

RRC programs that filter into the heavy construction industry take place in the Jan den Oudsten Vehicle Technology & Research Centre and new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC), a state-of-the-art 104,000 sq-ft. facility, which opened in 2018. The STTC has allowed RRC to increase its capacity for skilled trades and technologies programs by up to 1,000 additional students each year. This upgraded facility and the equipment it houses allows students to remain ahead-of-the-curve to meet the ever-changing demands of their chosen industry.

Jack Meseyton will be presented with the 2019 Distinguished Graduate Award this evening, November 14, 2019 at the Portage & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Celebration.

CAMPUS ADVISORY: Campus Closures and Class Cancellations – October 14, 2019

October 11, 2019

UPDATED: October 14, 2019

Portage Regional Campus Closed

Due to the ongoing impacts from last week’s storm system, Red River College’s Portage la Prairie Regional Campus will remain closed and is expected to re-open on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. All exams and classes will be rescheduled and staff at the Regional Campus will connect with students directly to advise of new dates for classes and previously scheduled exams.

All remaining campuses are expected to open on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

RRC will continue to provides updates via the College website and through social media.


UPDATED: October 11, 2019 at 1:10PM

As Southern Manitoba continues to be affected by an ongoing severe weather system, all Red River College campuses will close at 2:00PM today to ensure the safety of staff and students.

All evening classes will be cancelled, and any recreation services and weekend activities taking place at RRC campuses have been postponed. Tests and exams scheduled for this evening or weekend will be rescheduled by the appropriate program area.

Red River College will continue to monitor the weather and remain in contact with staff and students should the situation change. Staff and students are encouraged to watch for updates through the College website and College social media.

Darin Brecht CPA CA CFA

Interim President & CEO and Vice-President, Finance and Administration

Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology

UPDATED: October 11, 2019 at 10:00AM

Southern Manitoba is currently being affected by a severe weather system that is having a significant impact on power and road conditions inside and outside of the City. Currently, the weather has resulted in the College closing its Winker Regional Campus, Steinbach Language Training Centre, and classes have been cancelled at our Portage la Prairie Regional Campus. All other campuses continue to remain open.

While our other campuses continue to be open, we’re aware that some classes have been impacted by the weather and some staff and students are unable to make it to the College,  or are having difficulty making it to the College on time. If staff or students don’t feel safe travelling to and from the College, or the weather has impacted your ability to make it to the College today, please connect with your program area or immediate supervisor to let them know and to make arrangements – they are ready to support you.

Red River College will continue to monitor the weather and remain in contact with staff and students should the situation change. Staff and students are encouraged to watch for updates through the College website and College social media.

Darin Brecht CPA CA CFA

Interim President & CEO and Vice-President, Finance and Administration

Red River College of Applied Arts, Science and Technology

POSTED: October 11, 2019 at 8:00AM

Due to ongoing inclement weather and poor road conditions, Red River College has today closed the following Regional Campuses:

The following Regional Campuses remain open, however classes are cancelled:

All other campuses remain open with regular scheduled classes.

Red River College will continue to monitor the weather and remain in contact with staff and students should the situation change. Staff and students are encouraged to watch for updates through the College website and College social media.

Roblin Centre Update: Evening classes network disruptions

September 24, 2019

Please be advised that due to issues related to the Manitoba Hydro power outage earlier today, ITS and Facilities are currently working to restore access to various network services, at The Roblin Centre, including but not limited to access to the Internet, Wifi, File and Print Services, Email and access to other services (HUB, Colleague).  Phone Systems on campus are functional.

It is expected that these services will not be accessible for the remainder of the day and into the evening.

Continuing Education has been working to ensure classes at The Roblin Centre can proceed tonight as scheduled. However some classes that do rely on the College network may be cancelled and instructors have been advised to contact these students directly. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to your instructor who will answer any questions you may have.

We apologize for the inconvenience and the late notice as we continue to work to resolve the issues that are currently affecting The Roblin Centre.

ITS will provide additional notification once access to these services have been restored.

We anticipate that solutions will be in place by tomorrow morning to minimize any further disruptions, so that all classes at EDC can proceed as scheduled. Please continue to monitor College email and Social Media for updates regarding whether or not this outage will continue to impact the delivery of classes tomorrow.

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work to resolve these issues.

NOTE: This network outage only impacts The Roblin Centre and no other campus is currently affected.


Red River College’s new Pollinator Garden is the ‘bee’s knees’ for even sweeter honey yields this summer

July 24, 2019

Winnipeg, MB – The bees are back in town and Red River College (RRC) is sweetening the deal for our busy little buddies this year with the addition of a new Pollinator Garden located on the grounds of the Notre Dame Campus. Today, staff, students and members of the media are invited to come and tour the new Pollinator Garden, check out the rooftop hives, and ‘meet the bees’ over the noon hour.

For four years, the College has partnered with Beeproject Apiaries to bring the fascinating world of honeybees, not to mention delicious honey, back to Red River College for students and staff. Urban beekeeping is one of the many innovative and green initiatives offered by the College as a way to engage staff and students in sustainability efforts on campus and at home, and has contributed to the College being named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the ninth straight year.

Because pollination is so important to the sustainability of our sweet friends, this year, under the leadership of our Grounds Department, the College has completed a new Pollinator Garden project.

“Staff and student engagement is critical for the success of any of the sustainability projects that Red River College initiates, and we have seen that many areas of the College eager to get involved and make sustainability a priority within their departments,” said Sara MacArthur, Director of Sustainability at RRC.

“We were fortunate to partner with the Grounds Department, who went over and above to create this beautiful Pollinator Garden at the Notre Dame Campus for everyone – not only our pollinator friends, but also students and staff – to engage with and enjoy.”

The Pollinator Garden is located along the walking path on the South-East grounds of the Notre Dame Campus, and features many diverse species of flowers and plants in order to support as many different pollinators as possible. These include:

  • Harebell Flower | Campanula Rotundifolia: Producing bell-shaped flowers that bloom singly or in small clusters, this bluebell can be found in meadows, grasslands, rocky slopes, crevices, alpine areas and sandy shores.
  • Black-Eyed Susan | Rudbeckia Hirta: ‘Hirta’ means hairy, referencing the short bristles that cover the leaves and stems. Growing up to 3’ tall on stiff, upright, leafy stems, this flower attracts butterflies and birds the whole way up.
  • Giant Hyssop | Agastache Foeniculum: Not only is this flower a favourite with bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, its seeds attract goldfinches! You’ll want to put your nose up to this one to see if you can smell the faint fragrance of anise.

This summer, RRC has three hives installed on the rooftop of the Notre Dame Campus and estimates suggest they could yield up to 100kgs of honey, that will later be sold at the campus stores and College-run farmers’ markets held throughout the year.

Due to logistics around hive access, this session will be open to members of the media who indicate their intention to attend in advance. Please contact Emily Doer edoer@rrc.ca or 204-990-1885 to confirm your attendance.

Girls just wanna have fun-damental skilled-trades training

July 8, 2019

Winnipeg, MB – Can they build it? Yes, they can – or will soon learn how to, with the help of Red River College’s Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) camp. This week, sixteen girls between the ages of 12-14 will be on campus to try their hand at a variety of different skilled-trades fields, under the guidance of RRC’s industry leading instructors.

Over the next few days, these little learners will be building their very own pipe desk lamp with charging device, and tomorrow, the girls will learning in the College’s new state-of-the-art Skilled Trades and Technology Centre, working in the sheet metal shop and fashioning their copper lampshades. This main project combines a variety of different trade components including carpentry, plumbing / pipe fitting, electrical work, sheet metal and painting. The girls will also be exposed to the welding and outdoor power equipment trades, as well as robotics.

For 13 summers, Red River College has offered the Girls Exploring Trades and Technology (GETT) camp as a fun way to introduce young girls to applied skills and technology careers, and encourage them to consider a variety of career choices. The GETT summer camp reinforces the importance of taking science, advanced math subjects and industrial arts in high school by stressing the impact those subjects have on career decisions.

Members of the media are invited to Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9 at 10:00am while the campers work on their pipe desk lamp project in the sheet metal shop. Please contact Emily Doer: edoer@rrc.ca | 204-990-1885 for more information.

For more information on all of the camps being offered at Red River College this summer, visit www.rrc.ca/kidscamps


Red River College’s skilled trades students build new multi-purpose shed for Oak Hammock Marsh

June 27, 2019

Stonewall, MB – If you’re planning a nature walk along the trails at Oak Hammock Marsh this Canada Day long weekend, you may spot a new cabin-like structure along the path. Today, Red River College’s students and staff from the skilled trades programs will officially donate a new multi-purpose shed that they designed and built for the interpretive centre.

“As Manitoba’s largest institute of applied learning and research, we take a hands-on, learn-by-doing approach to education, and this shed is a true example of this at work,” said Paul Vogt, President and CEO, Red River College.

“We are proud to donate this structure to the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, and to share the talent and craftsmanship of our students and staff with the community to use and enjoy for years to come.”

The shed project was an assignment for students in the Level 3 Carpentry, Level 2 Roofing, and Pre-Employment Electrical programs as part of their academic learning goals. Twenty-four students led by four instructors worked on the structure over five weeks between classroom theory lessons and time in the lab. The windows and doors were supplied by Jeld-Wen and the delivery of the structure was donated by Greg’s Tilt Deck Service.

“This assignment is such an important learning opportunity for the students because it’s often the first time many of them will work together, across multiple trades disciplines to apply their knowledge in a collaborative way – much like they will once they graduate and go on to work in industry,” said Rob Masi, Carpentry Instructor.

“We thought it was a great opportunity to share the student’s completed work by donating the structure to a non-profit organization that could utilize it in a meaningful way, and we are thrilled that the shed has found a permanent home at Oak Hammock Marsh. We hope to work with more community partners who could benefit from a project like this in the future.”

Oak Hammock Marsh recently received funding to launch a new self-guided canoe tour program through the wetland trails, and with the donation of the shed from Red River College, they will also be expanding their courtyard – creating even more space for visitors to enjoy and explore.

Moving forward, the shed will be used by the staff, volunteers and visitors for interpretive programming and events.

“Our goal at Oak Hammock Marsh is to create new and innovative opportunities to connect people with our wetlands, and this multi-purpose structure is yet another way that we can expand our facilities and programs in order to provide these meaningful interactions,” said Nathalie Bays, Manager of Interpretive Centre Operations, Oak Hammock Marsh.

“We want to thank the students and instructors at the College for donating this beautiful shed, and we look forward to using it and sharing it with the many school groups, tourists and visitors that we welcome to Oak Hammock Marsh each year.”


Crunching numbers and crushing the competition; RRC financial planning students best in the west as they set their sights on nationals

May 28, 2019

Winnipeg, MB – For the second year in a row, Red River College (RRC) students in the Financial Services Specialization course have banked a first place victory at the 2019 Western Canadian Institute of Financial Planners (CIFP) Case Challenge Competition, and will now square off against the best in the East next week in Vancouver.

The Business Administration students: Scott Lobban, Suzie Nguyen, Desiree Huang and Ron Eric Venezuela, led by their instructor Maria Vincenten, have invested countless hours practicing and preparing in the hopes that this year they will come home the national champions – leaving a statement in more ways than one.

“Students come to Red River College to gain the skills and knowledge that will make them employable. Competitions like the CIFP Case Challenge, provides our students with opportunities to practice problem solving, hone their innovation skills, strengthen their ability to communicate and work within teams, and acquire real-life experience that will ultimately lead them to a successful career,” said Paul Vogt, President and CEO.

“We are so proud of these students and their instructor, who are representing Red River College on the national stage and are truly demonstrating the value of hands-on, applicable learning.”

The CIFP Case Challenge provides students with an opportunity to take what they have learned in their financial services programs and demonstrate their financial planning skills.

In the challenge, teams of three are sequestered in a room and receive a copy of a multi-page financial case study. Teams then have just two hours to develop a case analysis, recommendations, and an implementation plan.

Once completed, students then have up to twenty minutes to present their findings to a panel of judges (financial services professionals). During this time students must convince the judges that their solutions are viable and are the best solutions for the case. The team that makes the best and most persuasive case presentation wins.

“What’s really amazing about winning the western challenge and making it to nationals is that RRC’s Business Administration program is only two years, so our students only take the financial services courses over one semester in their final year. We are going up against students in four-year programs who have been learning this material for two plus years, and in some cases, post-graduate students,” said RRC Instructor, Maria Vincenten.

“There was some material in the case that we hadn’t even covered yet in class, so this is a really big deal for our students, the program and for the College.”

Vincenten said that this year, three of the students on the team are international students from the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, so they came into the program with a blank slate and had to learn the Canadian business and financial system from scratch.

“Whether we win or lose at nationals next week, in our minds we’re already winners,” said the students. “Red River has given us a very meaningful college experience – this program and the competition have already opened so many doors for each of us, and instead of us applying for jobs, we now have the big financial services players pursuing us. It’s a great feeling to graduate from this program with a career that we are excited and passionate about.”

The team will head to Vancouver June 2-5 for the 2019 Canadian Institute of Financial Planners (CIFP) Case Challenge Competition.