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RRC Polytech embraces bold new identity and plan to support innovation, recovery and growth

October 5, 2021

Today, the province’s largest college unveiled a bold new strategic direction and embraced its identity as Manitoba’s polytechnic — by bringing that word into its name, as Red River College Polytechnic, or RRC Polytech.

In order to continue growing into the post-secondary institution that Manitoba needs today, and into the future, RRC Polytech is redefining itself. This evolution will enable RRC Polytech to continue to modernize apprenticeship training and expand in areas that are hallmarks of a polytechnic education, including applied research and work-integrated learning, allowing students to seamlessly transition from the classroom to their careers. 

The new identity recognizes RRC Polytech’s evolution into a unique kind of post-secondary institution — one that blends deep, theoretical learning with applied, hands-on experience, and highlights the important role its graduates will play in growing Manitoba’s economy as the province recovers from the pandemic and looks to the future.

“For more than 80 years, Red River College Polytechnic has been a driving force to keep our province moving forward — economically, socially and culturally — by working on the cusp of what Manitoba needs now, and as we look towards the future,” said the Hon. Wayne Ewasko, provincial Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Immigration.

“With this new identity and strategic direction, RRC Polytech is well-positioned to continue to meet the goals of the Skills, Talent and Knowledge Strategy, which provides an important framework for post-secondary institutions to prepare students for in-demand, good jobs, while accelerating our economic recovery and growth.”

The term polytechnic is used around the world to identify institutions that focus on strategic workforce development and applied research, and offer a variety of credentials, from micro-credentials to bachelor’s degrees. The polytechnic model enables RRC Polytech to build on its strong foundation as a post-secondary institution and grow and expand its current offerings.

For students, a polytechnic education means more choices, flexible options and opportunities to gain highly sought-after skills — at the start of their career, or anywhere along the way. 

For employers and industry partners, it means a pipeline to top Manitoba talent and a direct hand in developing a workforce that meets their current and future needs. It also means expanding partnerships and applied research collaborations to help position employers at the forefront of innovation and growth.

“Sectors across Manitoba continue to experience disruption at a faster and more frequent pace than ever before. This quickened pace demands an urgent and agile response, and RRC Polytech is perfectly positioned to meet the emerging needs of our students and of the workforce they are entering,” said Fred Meier, President and CEO, RRC Polytech.

“The polytechnic model best describes not only who we are, but where we are going. Aligning our new identity and strategic direction lays a strong foundation to be bold and continue to take important leaps, and it allows us to play the larger role we need to in Manitoba’s post-secondary ecosystem. It puts us in the right place, at the right time, to stay in front of what’s ahead.”

RRC Polytech Strategic Plan 2022-2026: In Front of What’s Ahead

This new mission, vision and direction for RRC Polytech was influenced by thousands of stakeholders and community partners who participated in the creation of the new five-year Strategic Plan: In Front of What’s Ahead.  This plan provides a roadmap for how these commitments will position Manitoba’s polytechnic to respond to what our province needs next.

RRC POLYTECH’S COMMITMENTS ARE:

  1. Transform our learning models to meet emerging needs.
  2. Commit to Truth and Reconciliation. Pursue Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in everything we do.
  3. Deepen partnerships to maximize prosperity across industry and community.

Staying in front of what’s ahead requires RRC Polytech to align efforts across all priorities. These commitments ensure RRC Polytech can continue to meet the evolving needs of industry, employers and communities, by shaping the future of learning, building the collaborations that drive shared outcomes, and deconstructing colonial and biased assumptions that have broken trust in post-secondary education, employment and administration.

This new strategic plan will cement RRC Polytech’s unique position in Manitoba’s post-secondary eco-system and will guide our work in a measurable way as we move forward. 

“Across every industry and sector, jobs are changing, technology is evolving, and responding to disruption in new and innovative ways has become the new normal,” said Bram Strain, President and CEO, Business Council of Manitoba.

“As a diverse group of leaders of companies who are committed to Manitoba’s economic growth and community development, we rely on RRC Polytech as a valued partner to provide a talented and multifaceted pool of graduates who can anticipate the needs of today, and who can look to the future of what our business community will need tomorrow – in order to stay competitive.”

For more information about RRC Polytech’s Strategic Plan 2022-26: In Front of What’s Ahead, and about its role as Manitoba’s polytechnic, visit rrc.ca/polytech.