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Notre Dame Campus in bloom

July 6, 2009

Red River College’s groundskeeping staff have been hard at work over the past few months to bring some colour to the Notre Dame Campus. Here’s just a few examples of their work.

Photos courtesy of RRC’s Jonathan Ferber.

RRC receives infrastructure funding to enhance trades programs

July 2, 2009

2009 funding announcement BJM & greenspace

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury
Board and Regional Minister for Manitoba, along with
the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation
Minister, today announced a significant investment under the Knowledge
Infrastructure Program for Red River College.
Red River College was awarded $2.125 million from each level of
government towards four projects at their Notre Dame Campus. The
projects include:

  • Construction of a new Energy Centre/Power Engineering Building
  • Construction of a new Green House
  • Renovations to Building M to allow for the expansion of the Automotive Program
  • Construction of a new Landscape Construction Shop

“The Government of Canada’s investment in the Red River College will
provide a significant short-term stimulus to Winnipeg and create jobs
in this region,” said Minister Toews. “Our government is investing in
innovation to create jobs, to help our economy recover quickly and to
improve the quality of life for Canadians.”
“We are very proud of all the programming that Red River College has to
offer and today’s announcement will only strengthen the college’s
education base,” said Minister Lemieux. “Every time we improve
educational opportunities, we better equip students to get into the
workforce and gain employment.”
“This investment is an important step toward development of a new
Skilled Trades Centre at our Notre Dame Campus,” explained Dr. Jeff
Zabudsky, President of Red River College. “Adding new labs and
reconfiguring existing spaces will allow us to increase capacity to
meet the strong demand for skilled workers in Manitoba.”

Minister Toews visits campus to announce apprenticeship grant

June 30, 2009

Toews apprenticeship grant  

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, was at RRC's Notre Dame Campus on Monday, June 29th to announce details of the new federal Apprenticeship Completion Grant.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 grant the Government will provide to eligible apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and receive their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade on or after January 1, 2009.

While on campus, Minister Toews and RRC President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky took time to visit with a class of carpentry apprenticeship students.

For more information on the Apprenticeship Completion Grant, see

RRC wins Manitoba Commuter Challenge

June 17, 2009

Building on our growing reputation as a leader in sustainability, Red River College achieved the highest participation rate among all Manitoba employers in our category during the recent Commuter Challenge.

122 RRC employees participated – a 135% increase from last year, giving us a 28.7% participation rate.

Thanks to all of you who bused, biked, walked, carpooled and worked from home from June 1st – June 5th, our green commute:

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2203 kg
  • Saved $663 in fuel
  • Burned 89,935 calories

Prizes for the College department with the highest participation will be announced later in the week. Congratulations to everyone who participated and helped to make Red River College a sustainability leader.

Check out The Dish

June 17, 2009

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Over the next several weeks Red River College will be running a regular feature in Wednesday's edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. "The Dish" highlights prominent instructors and alumni from RRC's Culinary Arts and Professional Baking programs, sharing their success stories and drawing attention to this award-winning program area.

A complementary online component offers up a favourite recipe from each of our featured chefs, including David Bergmann's Prosciutto Basil Wrapped Salmon and Tom Pitt's Chicken and Asparagus Gruyère.

RRC Hosts Spring 2009 Convocation

June 4, 2009

Red River
College’s 2009 Spring Convocation is taking place this week, with 749
students receiving diplomas, and 581 receiving certificates.

Several special awards are also being presented, including: the
Honourary Diploma to entrepreneur/philanthropist John Buhler; the
Teaching Award of Excellence to instructor Jason Taylor; and
Distinguished Alumni Awards to NBC News London Correspondent Dawna
Friesen (Creative Communications, 1984) and Merv Gunter (Business
Administration, 1970), owner of Frontiers North Adventures.

Read more about RRC’s newest graduates, including a full list of award winners, in the Winnipeg Free Press.

RRC, MTS Allstream Renew Strategic Alliance

June 2, 2009

Red River College proudly announced today a renewal of its strategic
alliance with MTS Allstream, a five-year relationship worth
approximately $1 million dollars.  The renewal was announced during the
unveiling of the new MTS Allstream Lecture Hall at the College’s Notre
Dame Campus. MTS Allstream has supported Red River College’s innovative
applied learning initiatives and programs since 2003.

“From developing new wireless technologies, to producing television
broadcasts, MTS Allstream has certainly been a valuable partner of Red
River College and a strong supporter of our students and graduates,”
said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President of Red River College. “We’re happy to
build on that partnership, and we anticipate developing many exciting
new technological innovations together.”

“We are proud of the strong relationship we’ve built with Red River
College,” said Dean Prevost, President Enterprise Solutions, MTS
Allstream. “The relationship is about more than funding, it’s about
providing the best opportunities for students to pursue their dreams in
innovation and technology. We look forward to continuing our
relationship with Red River College and, more specifically, supporting
the College’s applied research and development programs.”

Since January 2003, MTS Allstream has supported Red River College by
providing communications equipment and services, hired summer students
and graduates, awarded student scholarships, participated in career
fairs, and sponsored the Red River College Students’ Association and
the Red River Racer. MTS Allstream has also given hands-on training
opportunities to students through the production of MTS TV Manitoba
Moose hockey game broadcasts.

The MTS Allstream Lecture Hall is located in room GM42 at the Red River
College Notre Dame Campus. MTS Allstream Lecture Hall is used for video
presentations, meetings, learning seminars, and student lectures, and
hosts 113 students as part of the 65 programs taught at the Notre Dame

Recognized as one of the top corporate citizens in Canada’s
telecommunications industry, MTS Allstream supports select
environmental and educational initiatives across the country.

Union Bank Tower receives government funding

May 20, 2009

Red River College is proud to announce it has
secured $19.5 million in funding to go forward with the renewal of the
historic Union Bank Tower in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. The building
will become the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, a new home for RRC’s
hospitality programs and the College’s first student residence.

$9.5 million in funding will come from the federal government’s new
Knowledge Infrastructure Program, $5 million from the Province of
Manitoba, and $5 million from private donors and other partners
(including $2 million from Paterson GlobalFoods and the Paterson
Foundation, and $2 million from CentreVenture and the City of Winnipeg).

The College will continue to work with community and corporate partners
to raise additional capital contributions in support of this project.

"We appreciate that the federal and provincial governments share our
vision for a thriving, expanded campus in the Exchange District, and
we’re excited to be moving ahead with this important project," said Dr.
Jeff Zabudsky, President of RRC.

Construction on the new Paterson GlobalFoods Institute will begin in Summer 2009.


RRC proposes nursing degree program

May 13, 2009

It was announced today that Red River College will be submitting a
proposal to the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) to combine
its current RN diploma program and joint RRC-University of Manitoba RN
baccalaureate program into a new baccalaureate RN program.

In addition to providing 15 additional RN education seats, the new RRC
degree program will provide nurses with a four-year baccalaureate
degree delivered on an accelerated 32-month schedule. The proposed
program would be launched in September 2010.

“Red River College is proud of the role we’ve played in helping build
capacity across Manitoba’s health-care system and we’re happy the
province is moving to expand our degree granting authority by
supporting a new, larger accelerated nursing program,” said Dr. Jeff
Zabudsky, president of Red River College.

New joint program with Chinese institute

May 6, 2009

Red River College (RRC) and Shenyang Institute of Engineering (SIE) of
China have reached an agreement to create a new joint program in
Electrical Engineering Technology. The partnership is the first of its
kind for a Chinese educational institution.

The agreement was signed at RRC’s Princess Street Campus today by SIE
President Dr. Zhang Tieyan, RRC President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, and RRC
Vice-President of Business Development David Leis.

Under the new program, students will train for two years at SIE, and
then have the option to transfer to RRC for one and a half years of
study in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. Graduates will
receive diplomas from both SIE and RRC. The first intake of students
from China is expected in September 2010.

The joint diploma program is the latest development in RRC’s lengthy
relationship with SIE. For over 20 years the two institutions have
participated in faculty and student exchanges and joint program
development and delivery. One of the first students to participate in a
joint program was Dr. Zhang Tieyan, who studied English under the
guidance of an RRC instructor during the early-nineties when he was a
teacher at SIE.