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RRC Marks National Trucking Week in Manitoba

September 6, 2013


Red River College’s Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC).

Red River College wishes to recognize the Manitoba Trucking Association and its members during National Trucking Week in Canada.

“Red River College works closely with the trucking industry in Manitoba to ensure we provide training opportunities to drive the economy and provide a qualified workforce,” said Stephanie Forsyth, president of RRC. “We want to recognize National Trucking Week and applaud the Manitoba Trucking Association and its members during this celebratory week.”

In 2009, RRC opened its innovative Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC), which offers training in the areas of Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanics, Truck and Transport Mechanics, and Transport Trailer Technician. The facility has provided the College with increased enrolment opportunities in the heavy duty and transport trade programs.

HETC also supports Manitoba’s growing green-energy economy by affording opportunities for conducting applied research and advanced training in leading-edge technologies such as biodiesel, ethanol, hydrogen and electric hybrids, hydrogen fuel cells, and emissions and cold-weather testing.

“Training, research and education have played a key role in improving the way we move freight around the county,” said Norm Blagden, president of the Manitoba Trucking Association. “Through many of the College’s training and apprenticeship programs our members have employed countless graduates and we value the partnership with Red River College.”

National Trucking Week recognizes the important contributions made by the 400,000 Canadian men and women who keep the country’s freight moving. Carriers and industry suppliers host BBQs, breakfasts, truck washes and special giveaways, as well as a wide variety of activities, including a truck pull.

For more information visit the Manitoba Trucking Association.