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College to launch first post-secondary course on cannabis in Manitoba

October 15, 2018

Red River College is rolling out a new Cannabis 101 course — the first of its kind to be offered by a post-secondary institution in Manitoba, and one of few available across the prairies.

The new course will be officially announced at this week’s Cannabis Legalization conference, taking place Fri., Oct. 19, at the Roblin Centre, where industry experts, medical professionals, regulators, educators and investors will gather for a series of keynote sessions and discussion panels.

The conference will focus on the province’s budding cannabis industry, growing partnership opportunities with First Nations and the Métis Nation, and ways Red River College can assist with formal education and applied research.

“The federal and provincial governments have encouraged Indigenous partnerships and participation within this industry,” says Rebecca Chartrand, RRC’s Executive Director, Indigenous Strategy. “We were approached by our community leaders to establish safe and regulated educational programming that supports entrepreneurship and growth in the cannabis and hemp industries.”

The conference will take place just days after the legalization of recreational cannabis in Manitoba, while the new course is slated to launch on Nov. 6. Both have been in development for months through a working group established between RRC’s School of Indigenous Education, Indigenous community leaders, and the province’s Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority.

The introductory course will explore the business behind cannabis — looking at everything from safety and regulations, to public policy and education, to the training and skills required to pursue a career in the industry.

It’ll focus on five key modules: legislation, regulations, licensing and bylaws; the anatomy and physiology of cannabis plants; cannabis production; the distribution and sale of cannabis; and responsible use of cannabis.

College honoured with global award for applied research

October 12, 2018

Red River College has again been recognized as a global leader in applied research and innovation by the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).

At the organization’s Awards of Excellence in Melbourne, Australia on Oct. 9, the College was awarded silver in the Applied Research category for contributions led by its Research Partnerships & Innovation (RPI) department, which was formally established in 2004.

“We’re honoured to receive this award from WFCP. It’s a wonderful celebration of the outstanding work our staff and students do every day,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “As RPI enters its fifteenth year of operation, this award is a great way to both recognize the achievements we’ve made and to motivate us to continue reaching for greatness.”

The WFCP Awards honour excellence in addressing real-world challenges through applied research initiatives. WFCP last honoured RRC in 2014 with a bronze award at a ceremony in Beijing, China.

“This award is another significant achievement for applied research at Red River College,” says Ray Hoemsen, director of Research Partnerships & Innovation at RRC.

“For nearly 15 years we’ve been dedicated to working with partners to meet the needs of our community and to support community-based economic development. Receiving global recognition for these partnerships speaks to the outstanding quality of the research initiatives that happen at the College.” Read More →

A family affair: RRC confirms ‘IT’ couple as Distinguished Graduate Award recipients

October 5, 2018

Red River College is proud to announce the latest recipients of its Distinguished Graduate Award: husband and wife Stu and Heather Charles, both graduates of RRC’s Computer Analyst/Programmer program, now known as Business Information Technology (BIT). 

The pair will be honoured by the College and their peers at the upcoming BIT 50thAnniversary Gala, a celebration of a half-century of information technology training at RRC taking place Sat., Nov. 3, at the Club Regent Event Centre.

“We are very proud to honour Stu and Heather, two successful and very deserving recipients who now join the ranks of such notable graduates as national news anchor Dawna Friesen, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Tallman, and WWE superstar Chris Jericho,” says RRC President Paul Vogt.

“Throughout the College’s 80-year history, fewer than 40 graduates have been nominated for this prestigious award. After walking through these doors, each has gone on to do great things — giving back to their communities, and celebrating the education that helped them get to where they are today. Stu and Heather are no exception.”

Stu and Heather met at RRC back in 1977, when both were enrolled in the CAP program. They shared an immediate interest in the then-burgeoning field of computer programming and communicating with computers.

“Red River College is where it all started for us,” says Heather. “It was a place that gave us our first opportunity to enter into a new and emerging field and meet 75 like-minded people who were interested in learning more about computers.

“From meeting each other in school, to supporting each other’s careers and aspirations, to receiving this award, we’ve lived and breathed this experience together and it’s really shaped us into who we are today. I believe it’s one of many reasons that we both continue to support the College.” Read More →

Ramping up momentum for College’s new Innovation Centre

September 27, 2018

You’re about to start hearing a lot more about Red River College’s new Innovation Centre, construction of which is already underway in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.

The conversation started this week with a keynote speech from RRC President Paul Vogt to the members of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, and with a feature article in the Winnipeg Free Press by Business writer Martin Cash.

Slated for completion in the fall of 2020, the $95-million, 100,000-sq. ft. facility will be a hub for innovation and collaboration — one that will continue to grow Winnipeg’s technology and business sectors, with a focus on applied research, entrepreneurship and social innovation.

It will feature adaptable classrooms, collaboration spaces, an array of student services and supports, and — at its heart — a roundhouse auditorium with seating for 210 people.

With more than 21,000 students enrolled annually, the College is currently operating at capacity, and needs to expand to continue meeting the ever-changing industry requirements of the businesses and organizations where graduates find employment.

This new facility will help RRC students remain ahead of the curve, armed with the knowledge and skills required to start their new careers as leaders.

Learn more about how you can get involved with the Innovation Centre project.


(Video and rendering courtesy of Diamond Schmitt Architects and Number TEN Architectural Group)

Robot army: 3D Computer Graphics grads contribute to new animated Netflix feature

September 27, 2018

A flashy new Netflix feature released by partners in North America and China has a rather prominent link to Red River College — namely, the small army of grads working for the local animation company that carried out the bulk of the production work.

The recently released Next Gen — a frenetic blend of kids-flick, buddy movie and sci-fi satire — features almost two and a half years’ worth of work by Tangent Animation, a firm with studios in both Winnipeg and Toronto.

While Tangent’s Toronto team handled most of the actual animation for Next Gen — and the concept, script and directors came from L.A. — the Winnipeg crew collaborated on many of the other elements, from asset builds to surfacing, visual effects and lighting.

They also doubled and even tripled up on some of their efforts, creating 2D and 3D versions in both English and Mandarin.

“They wanted to make a movie that was going to work in China and in North America,” says Tangent CEO Ken Zorniak of the project’s backers.

“So not only was it a neat project to work on aesthetically and content-wise, it was also a real sociological experiment in how to create a property that’s going to work in China and the rest of the world — when you have very different cultures and values that you’re trying to bridge.” Read More →

RRC grad Sheila North to lead UCN’s new Centre for Indigenous Community Development

September 19, 2018

A Red River College grad with a distinguished career in media and governance has been tasked with leading University College of the North’s new Centre for Indigenous Community Development.

Sheila North, former Grand Chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), has been engaged to oversee the establishment of the new Centre, which will help Indigenous and northern communities with economic, social and cultural development.

A 2006 graduate of RRC’s Creative Communications program, North will spend the next six months consulting with northern residents and agencies to create a vision for the new Centre.

Once established, the Centre will be a cornerstone of UCN’s mandate to provide relevant, responsive education and training, by nurturing new ideas and conversations relating to Northern communities’ development, and fostering activity and programming relating to governance, treaties, health and reconciliation.

“I am excited to be leading this great initiative,” North says. “As a Grand Chief, I led the development of MKO’s economic action plan, as well as the organization’s Health Transformation framework, along with many other initiatives to assist communities in growing and prospering.”

A member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation, North served as MKO’s Grand Chief from 2015 to 2018. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist for CBC and CTV News, as well as an entrepreneur, an economic development officer, and the chief communication officer for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

She’s currently completing a degree in Political Science at the University of Winnipeg.

Rising through the ranks: New Dean’s background brought to bear on design, construction of STTC

September 17, 2018

In both his early career and its latest evolution, Derek Kochenash learned a lot about climbing ladders.

A Red Seal-endorsed Sheet Metal Worker, Kochenash has spent the last decade rising through the ranks at Red River College.

A 2001 Apprenticeship grad, he began working at the College in 2006 as a Related Math and Sciences instructor, and in 2010 became academic coordinator of the Related Math and Sciences Department.

Two years later, Kochenash was named Chair of the Electrical, Math and Sciences Department, and in 2017 took on the role of acting Dean of the School of Transportation, Aviation and Manufacturing.

Now, Kochenash is Dean of the School of Skilled Trades and Technologies, the newly amalgamated entity comprised of the School of Engineering and Construction Technology and the aforementioned School of Transportation, Aviation and Manufacturing.

“I never did have this as a goal. Each time that I’ve taken on new roles and moved up into larger responsibility positions, I’ve never ever predicted the future throughout the process,” says Kochenash, who also holds a M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba

“I’m very humbled and excited about the opportunity to be the Dean of this school, considering I started my career as a sheet metal worker and took my training here at RRC.”

“I’ve always taken on leadership roles. I love working with people to solve problems. I love trying to resolve conflicts. I’m passionate about that kind of work and that’s what drives me to take on these roles. Many people think I’m crazy, my wife included. ‘Why do you like that?’ I don’t know, but I do.” Read More →

Summer internship opens doors for RRC grad

September 13, 2018

School may have been out for summer, but the learning certainly didn’t stop for Theressa Genaille.

After graduating with honours last spring from Red River College’s Aboriginal Program for College Enrichment and Transition — a program recently relaunched as the College Transition program — Genaille was selected for an eight-week paid internship at the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce (ACC).

In that time, she was able to take the knowledge and skills she gained in the classroom and put them to work supporting the daily operations of the ACC.

“As the first person in my family to pursue post-secondary education, it was really important for me to enter into a learning environment like Red River College,” says Genaille, “where instructors and advisors took the time to understand my individual needs and provide the supports I needed to achieve my academic goals and thrive in my studies.”

In addition to her achievements in the Transition program — created to help students enhance their core competency skills in areas such as reading, writing, math, science and technology — Genaille’s education and volunteer experience made her the ideal candidate for the ACC Internship, funded by the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development.

“Theressa’s name was put forward with glowing recommendations from her instructors due to her volunteer experience, positive attitude and great work ethic — and from the moment she joined our team, we could certainly see why,” says Darrell Brown, Chair of ACC’s Board of Directors, and a proud RRC grad himself.

“We were so fortunate to work with Theressa and have her support to move important initiatives forward. In turn, we were able to provide a supportive learning environment for her to experience the daily operations of the ACC, gain a deeper understanding of the business community as a whole, and apply the valuable skills she learned as a student.” Read More →

RRC President Paul Vogt to speak at Manitoba Chambers of Commerce breakfast

September 6, 2018

The nature of work is changing across all sectors, driven by innovation and disruptive technologies.

Career paths now have a zig-zag shape, and “continuous learning” is a reality for workers who wish to stay viable in their fields. Employers are not only looking for technical skills, but for adaptability, resilience and the ability to problem-solve.

Red River College President Paul Vogt will return to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce as the keynote speaker of its latest MBiz Breakfast Series event on Thu., Sept. 27, at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. Join him to learn how the College’s priorities and direction will help ensure that Manitoba’s workforce remains ahead of the curve.

Through ongoing investments in new state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and through new and updated programs that encourage cooperative work placements and collision by design, Red River College is continuing to adapt to the needs of today’s learners — and their future employers.

Tickets to the breakfast are available here.

 

Financial supports available for new and returning RRC students

August 30, 2018

Whether you’re pursuing an education in Culinary Arts, Construction Management or Electrical Engineering Technology (shown above) — or any of the other 200-plus full- and part-time programs at Red River College — there are financial supports available to help you along the way.

The College encourages all eligible students to apply for awards and bursaries that will help them achieve their academic goals. Last year, RRC handed out 3,881 awards (an increase of almost 70 per cent from previous years) that supported 1,840 students across the College. This year, close to $3 million will be available for eligible students who choose to apply.

Made possible through generous support from the College’s donors and the provincial government, these awards help students who are experiencing financial barriers stay focused on their educational goals.

“Our top priority as a College is for our students to succeed,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “These awards are a way to alleviate financial pressure and ensure that students have a positive experience at the College, which helps them transition into the workforce as confident leaders in their chosen fields.”

“We pride ourselves on having students who graduate ahead of the curve, who enter the workforce with hands-on experience and expertise and with strong industry relationships. That can’t happen without the financial support being provided.”

Students who are considering applying for a scholarship, bursary or financial award are encouraged to explore the full list of awards available here.

New awards available for the 2018/2019 academic year include: Read More →