Red River College’s enrolment figures have hit yet another record high, with 3.3% more full-time students on campus this fall compared to last year.
Growth has taken place across all student categories, including significant jumps in Advanced Diploma (+17.7%), Certificate (+9.9%) and Apprenticeship (+8.0%) enrolments.
Full-time enrolment is also up 16.8% at RRC’s five regional campuses, located in Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Gimli, Winkler and Peguis/Fisher River.
While students are increasingly seeing the value of an applied education, College officials say finding somewhere to put them all is a growing challenge.
“For several years now we’ve been operating essentially full,” explained Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President of Red River College. “Through creative scheduling and program delivery we’ve managed to make room, but the time has come to expand the College to meet student and industry demand.”
RRC is currently pursuing several projects to expand capacity for students and for applied research projects, including:
- Construction of a new Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre.
- Development of a modern skilled trades centre at the Notre Dame Campus.
- Restoration of the Union Bank Tower to become the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, a student residence and a new home for RRC’s culinary and hospitality programs.
- Relocation of the Language Training Centre to the Massey Building in the Exchange District.
The College expects to release information about continuing and distance education enrolments later this week.