Professional Development



ENGAGE provides common needs training and development to all RRC Polytech staff across the employee lifecycle. Driven by College strategy, in consultation with employees and leaders, ENGAGE sessions align with RRC Polytech’s Values of Learning, Respect, Inclusiveness, Integrity, Sustainability and Service to Community.

ENGAGE sessions are strongly encouraged for all employees, and some (such as the Accessibility Customer Service Training) are legislatively required.

You are encouraged to take advantage of ENGAGE – and to have ongoing conversations with your supervisor about your learning and development!


The goals of ENGAGE are to:

  • Encourage lifelong learning for employees and ensure learning occurs in a respectful and safe learning environment.
  • Foster the life-long learning philosophy into the daily practices of all College employees.
  • Ensure competency development is aligned to the needs of College goals and individual learners.
  • Provide a robust selection of learning and development opportunities for employees.



Click on the event title to learn more about the event, or to register.

Required Training

Respectful College
  • Date: Anytime
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Format: LEARN
Four Seasons of Reconciliation
  • Date: Anytime
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Format: LEARN

Four Seasons of Reconciliation follows Indigenous principles and was formed under the guidance of our Indigenous Advisory Circle and the First Nations University of Canada. This resource can assist you in providing respectful reconciliation education in the workplace. This unique two-hour 33-minute online course promotes a renewed relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians through transformative learning about truth and reconciliation.

Recommended to complete within 14 days of starting.

Note: Highly recommended to use Chrome to view this course (can be slow on other browsers).

Anti-Racism: A Journey to Allyship
  • Date: Available now
  • Length: 3 Hours
  • Format: LEARN (Self-directed)

This new course tackles urgently needed and under-acknowledged issues of racism in Canada with a particular – but not exclusive – focus on anti-black racism. Opening with a stunning short documentary from Canadian journalist Desmond Cole, this course cracks open concepts of privilege, unconscious bias and decision-making, the difference between anti-racism and systemic racism, why microagressions are called “death by a thousand cuts” and why silence makes things worse. You will leave with concrete actions you can take towards racial equity and tackling discrimination that make a difference. 

Accessible Customer Service
  • Date: Within 14 days of hire
  • Length: 35 minutes
  • Format: LEARN

RRC Polytech employees are obligated to provide accessible customer service to everyone in the workplace, including students, fellow employees, and members of the public. This course includes an introduction on barriers to accessibility, how to remove them, and a review of several case studies. The course includes three short quizzes. This course is mandatory within 14 days of hire at RRC Polytech.

Inclusive Workplace

The Blanket Exercise

In this workshop, a team of trained facilitators guide participants assuming character roles of Indigenous people and government officials through a chronological narrative where blankets represent North America’s land base. Through this facilitated simulation, you will experience your characters ‘outcome’ as you literally ‘walk’ through an experience of colonization to present day. The day also includes a de-brief sharing circle, guided by a RRC Polytechnic Elder in Residence, to discuss the learning experience, process feelings, ask questions, share insights, and deepen your understanding.

Gender and Sexual Identities: Advancing Understanding and Inclusion
  • Date: Anytime
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Format: LEARN

This training aims to enhance Red River College Polytechnic employees’ understanding of gender and sexual diversity identities, and provide strategies for advancing inclusion.

After completing this course you will receive a badge, which can be added to your signature line along with the option to save and print a course completion certificate.

Recommended to complete within 30 days of starting.

ENGAGE also includes unlimited, self-directed online learning from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) and LinkedIn Learning.

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

RRC Polytech is an Employer Partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) which provides RRC Polytech staff with a number of free training and resource options to support our individual and organizational equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) journey.

Learn more about accessing CCDI services here ›


The Science Of Happiness

With John Jackson, offered by EFAP/Homewood Health

Scientific Studies have shown that 50% of our individual differences in happiness are determined by our genes, 10% by our life circumstances, and 40% by our intentional activities. This one-hour session will introduce participants to some of the research-based “happy habits” that can be adopted to increase levels of happiness and well-being.

Date: May 26, 2022 from 2 – 3pm

safeTALK Suicide Alertness

In response to faculty and other staff-identified needs for training in relation to suicide risks for students and others, we’re pleased to offer safeTALK – a half-day alertness training that prepares anyone to become a suicide-alert helper.

This training is not intended for those in formal Counselling positions, but for faculty and any other staff who may interact with a student or any other person having thoughts of suicide.

safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

For more information, please contact Taryn Presley at

Mental Health First Aid

You know that learning the skills of traditional First Aid can be lifesaving, but have you heard of Mental Health First Aid?

RRC Polytech is offering this 2-day training session to all RRC employees to equip you to:

  • Help prevent someone’s mental health problem from developing into a more serious state
  • Provide initial help to someone in a crisis
  • Preserve a life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

The session content covers an understanding of the following mental disorders:

  • Substance related disorders
  • Mood related disorders
  • Anxiety and trauma related disorders
  • Psychotic disorders

You will also gain awareness and practical application of crisis first aid skills for the following situations:

  • Substance overdose
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Panic attack
  • Acute stress reaction
  • Psychotic episode

For more information about the course, click here.

Delivery: 2 full days. Please note it is essential for participants to attend both days of the training as a certificate is generated for this course.

Dates: May 30 and 31, 2022 at EDC

Trainer: Breanna Sawatzky, A/Manager, Campus Well-Being, Red River College Polytechnic

The Working Mind: Virtual Training For Employees
  • Date: See dates below
  • Length: 2 hours for employees, 3 hours for managers
  • Format: Browser

Note: When you enrol in this course, you will see that an approval step is required by Staff Learning and Development who will confirm that your manager has taken (or is enrolled to take) the Manager Version of this course. You will receive a confirmation e-mail as soon as your enrolment request has been approved.

The Working Mind is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a workplace setting. Developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, it provides training for employees and managers alike to support mental health conversations, self-awareness and increased resilience.

This half-day workshop aims to increase awareness of mental health, reduce the stigma of mental illnesses, and offer resources to maintain positive mental health and increase resiliency. All employees are encouraged to take this training.

This course will provide:

  • A focus on dispelling the myths of mental health problems and mental illnesses, aiming to reduce associated stigma
  • An overview of the Mental Health Continuum Model
  • Self-assessment of one’s own mental health along the continuum
  • Strategies one can apply at each point along the continuum
30 Day Mindfulness Challenge
  • Date: Mondays
  • Length: 30 days x 15 minutes (7.5 hours)
  • Format: Browser

This course provides daily bite-sized activities to help foster a mindfulness habit in just 30 days. The techniques you learn are simple but proven to lead to increases in emotional regulation, well-being, self-compassion and resilience – all important during our COVID-impact times.

All participants also receive one free space for a friend or family member to participate at no cost.

The Working Mind Booster Sessions
  • Date: Anytime
  • Length: Varies – see below
  • Format: Browser

Boosters are available to participants who have previously completed The Working Mind course, with the intention of reviewing and refreshing participants’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes around key components of The Mental Health Commission of Canada courses. For more information on how to access the boosters, click the links below.

The Mental Health Continuum Booster Session

Length: Approx. 60 minutes

This module has been designed as a review for people who have completed The Working Mind in-class training.
In this Booster you will:

  • Review key concepts learned in the course.
  • Review and use the Mental Health Continuum Model to respond to realistic scenarios.
  • Use the Mental Health Continuum Model to build self-awareness around your mental health.
  • Determine possible actions or steps to take depending on your current place along the Continuum.

This evidence-based material aims to:

  • Increase awareness of mental health in self and others
  • Encourage mental health conversations in the workplace
  • Reduce stigma and other barriers to care in the workplace
  • Support individuals’ mental health and well-being
Stigma and Discrimination in the Workplace Booster

Length: 20-60 minutes

This material has been designed as a review for people who have completed The Working Mind in-class training.
In this course, you will:

  • Review the impact of stigma & discrimination in the workplace
  • Revisit the barriers that keep people from seeking treatment
  • Recap how to challenge prejudice against those with mental illness
  • Have access to resources to support your journey
The Big 4 Booster

Length: 15-30 minutes

Everyone has certain things in their life that really matter to them. For most of us, fulfillment comes from a combination of work and accomplishment, and our close relationships. Some of the greatest threats to mental wellness will stem from the complications and challenges we all face at home and work.

Each person has their own experience with stress and can find relief in different ways. Managing your stress is important for your mental health, wellness, relationships, and also your physical health.

This material has been designed as a review for people who have completed The Working Mind in-class training.
This online module contains three parts:

  • Review the link between stress and performance
  • Identify triggers of stress
  • Revisit strategies for building resilience

Employee Lifecycle

New Employee Orientation
  • Dates: May 24 and 25, 2022
  • Length: Two half days
  • Format: Blended

Designed for new employees to welcome them to the college, provide important information, learn about College programs and services, hear from key stakeholders in the College and learn about RRC Polytech’s culture.

Pre-Retirement Info Session
  • Date: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Format: Webex

Join us for a virtual Pre-Retirement Information session to become familiar with the planning and decisions you will need to make prior to retirement. Presenters include RRC Polytech Pay and Benefits as well as the CSSB.

Note: Please only register here if you can attend the live Webex session. If you can not attend in real time, please watch the pre-recorded session.

This session is for employees planning to retire in the next several years, please feel free to have your spouse and/or financial advisor attend the session with you.

Presenters from Human Resources Pay & Benefits and the Civil Service Superannuation Board (CSSB) will be present to provide information and answer questions. At any time, before and after the session, please visit Human Resources for additional information for retiring employees of RRC Polytech, Canada Pension Plan/Old Age Security (CPP/OAS), and other general interest articles on retirement.

Pre-Retirement Info Session (Pre-Recorded)
  • Date: Anytime
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Format: Browser

Watch this pre-recorded session from May 27, 2021 to become familiar with the planning and decisions you will need to make prior to retirement. Presenters include RRC Polytech Pay and Benefits as well as the CSSB.

Professional Skills

Working Successfully from Home
  • Date: Anytime
  • Length: Varies
  • Format: Browser

Choose from our handpicked LinkedIn Learning videos to improve your remote working experience. Each video is no more than five minutes long.

Topics include “keep work hours in balance”, “expectations with your remote boss”, “the power of having fun with loved ones”, “managing interruptions” and “set clearly defined goals”.

Pick the videos that you need, when you need them.

Verbal De-Escalation Skills
  • Date: See dates below – all sessions are 8:30am – 12:30pm
  • Length: 3 hours pre-work and 4 hours in class
  • Format: Browser

Many people wish they could better manage situations involving escalation with others. In this course, you will learn an effective model to identify what’s actually happening during an escalation, and how to “turn down the dial” for both you and the other person – a practical tool that can be helpful both at work and home.

Recommended to complete within 14 days of starting.

Note: This online session is part of our new blended format of Verbal De-Escalation Skills. After completing the online portion, you will be invited to complete the classroom portion at a later date.

Here’s how it works:

All employees are welcome to register, both those who are new and those who have completed it in the past.

  • A total of 18 seats are available per delivery. You will be booked first come, first serve.
  • Once you are registered, the College purchases a “seat” for you. You will receive a link to access the online training.
  • You complete the online training at your own pace over a 10-day period. It will take approximately three hours to complete. The online training is dynamic, with videos, audio, and short self-assessments to check your knowledge. Captioning is provided for the entire course.
  • When you register for the online training, you are also automatically registered to attend a half-day virtual training for the date in your registration page. Participants will not be able to switch classroom dates once they have booked, as it is anticipated that all these sessions will fill up.
  • You will receive your link for the online training portion at least one week before the virtual in-person session.
  • During the virtual in-person training, you will apply the skills you have learned with your fellow classmates and facilitators in an active learning environment.
  • Following the training, you will receive a certificate from the Crisis Prevention Institute which is active for three years.

LinkedIn Learning

Below are some self-directed LinkedIn Learning Collections of videos (most under four minutes) and courses to help you move along learning paths that may be important to you. Explore these Collections further ›

LinkedIn Learning Collections
  • Working in a Hybrid Workplace – This collection of courses and videos provides tools and resources to support the remote and hybrid worker.
  • Tips and Strategies as You Prepare to Return to the Workplace – This collection of courses and videos provides tips and strategies to support the remote and hybrid worker.
  • The Evolving Work Environment – Preparing Ourselves for What’s Next – includes courses and videos on: What’s Next: Reinventing Work in the New Normal, Enhance Productivity in a Hybrid Work Environment, Negotiating Work Flexibility, How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed, Managing Stress for Positive Change, Recharge Your Energy for Peak Performance, Managing Projects as Offices Reopen, Recognizing stress sensitivity, Set your intention, Balance your energy budget, and Level Up Your Remote Team Experience.
  • Unconscious Bias Collection – includes courses on: Unconscious Bias, Cultivating Cultural Competence and Inclusion, Developing Cross-Cultural Competence, Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences, Communicating Across Cultures, and Developing Self-Awareness.
  • Self-Care Collection – includes courses and videos on: Mindfulness, Well-being, Resilience, and Stress Management.
  • Self-Development Collection – This Self-Development Collection has been created to provide a curated selection of courses focused on select key skill development to assist in enhancing individual performance.
  • Strategic Planning Collection – A strategic plan charts a course for an organizations future, uncover ways to improve performance and spark insights, so that an organization can reach its full potential.
  • Sustainability LinkedIn Learning Collection – At RRC Polytech our lens derives from the 1987 report of the Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future. We are committed to carrying out our institutional mandate in a manner that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” We recognize the interconnectedness and interdependence of the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability and work to strike that balance in everything we do.
  • Understanding Self and Others Collection – includes courses and videos on: Developing Self-Awareness, Developing Your Emotional Intelligence, Developing Empathy, Igniting Emotional Engagement, Being an Effective Team Member, Anger Management, and Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence.
  • Effective Communication Skills Collection – includes courses and videos on: Conflict Resolution Foundations, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Improving Your Listening Skills, Public Speaking Foundations, Advanced Grammar, Negotiation Foundations, Organizational Communication, Presenting as a Team, Interpersonal Communication, Leading with Stories, and Establishing Credibility as a Speaker.
  • Enhancing Professionalism Collection – includes courses and videos on: Time Management Fundamentals, Improving Your Focus, Ethics and Responsibility, Customer Service Foundations, Managing Your Manager, Dealing with a Difficult Boss, Building Business Relationships, Success Habits, Managing Customer Feedback, Leading Productive Meetings and Developing a Service Mindset, and Leading without Formal Authority.
  • Career Development Collection – includes courses and videos on: What to do in the first 90 Days of your Job, Cultivating A Growth Mindset, Figuring Out Your Next Move, Having an Honest Career Conversation with Your Boss, Managing Your Career: Mid-Career/Early Career, Successful Goal Setting, Leading Yourself.
  • Adaptability and Flexibility Collection – includes courses on: Enhancing Resilience, The Neuroscience of Learning, Creative Thinking, and Psychological Flexibility and Failing.
  • Working from Home – A curated selection of videos and courses to help you be productive and maintain work-life balance when working from home.

Contact Taryn Presley in Organizational Development for more info.