Indigenous learners interested in pursuing a career in Manitoba’s information technology (IT) sector will have access to a new Pathway program offered at RRC Polytech, thanks to a major gift from RBC Foundation. This gift was announced in tandem with the latest Reaction by Collision event – a series hosted at the College made possible by RBC Future Launch – for National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Support for the new Pathway to Information Technology (IT) program was made alongside funding totalling over $1M for other programs and platforms that connect diverse students to their ideas, potential, and one another.

The Pathway to IT program will support Indigenous Manitobans who are looking to enroll in the College’s Business Information Technology, Information Security and IT Operations. Pathway programs are preparatory and exploratory, providing Indigenous learners with the skills and supports to transition into selected RRC Polytech programs by increasing their academic, personal, social and financial readiness.

Alongside providing the skillset to transition into selected programs, Pathway programs also offer learners wrap-around resources, including Elders-in-Residence, Navigation Coaches, an Academic Liaison and Resource Coaches, as well as financial and counselling supports.

The Pathway to IT program starts this Fall Term, on Monday, August 29, 2022. Thanks to the generosity of RBC Foundation, the majority of the course cost is covered through their fund. Students will only have to pay $500.00 for the eight-month course and no books are required.

Read the full release about RBC’s gift in support of Pathway to IT Programs.

Read the Winnipeg Free Press Story, featuring future Pathway to IT Programs student, Connor Taylor.