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Instructor Adapts Automotive Technology Training

April 1, 2020

When Red River College implemented a Study Week in response to COVID-19, Automotive Technology instructor Elaine Klassen’s Level 3 Automotive Apprentices had just finished their fourth week of a six-week course.

She shares the class with Auto Mechanics Instructor, Stefan Engelhard, and together they moved the remaining two weeks of the course onto Learn, allowing the students to finish online.

The first week back, Klassen was teaching Vehicle Management, which included theory-based components that are usually paired with hands-on reinforcement in the shop. To replace the in-shop portion, she created exercises using schematics from the service manual and asked the students questions about specific failures at specific points.

“For example asking what they would find on a meter at different test locations,” she said. “They don’t get to handle the meter like they would in class, but they are covering the information, theory and diagnostic steps just the same.”

Klassen has also been hosting daily two-hour WebEx sessions where she can answer questions and cover topics that may be more difficult to grasp through reading alone. In those sessions she can share her screen to draw on the schematics where issues are being presented.

“My students are taking this all in stride and seem to be enjoying themselves with it,” she said. “It has been a lot of work getting this all up and running and developed, but I find through the process I have improved upon what I will end up using in class down the road.”

Adapting to WebEx has been new for Klassen, but she has been able to find a way that feels almost like being in class. Her next big challenge is teaching Transfer Cases and 4WD/AWD, which typically requires more handling of the parts.

“I managed to find two great videos online, one that shows the rebuilding process of a transfer case, and one that shows power flow,” she said. “I’ll reinforce that with some ‘stellar’ artwork I’m going to create in MS Paint.”

Learning in real time: Instructor helps students join public health efforts during COVID-19

March 31, 2020

When it comes to supporting public health efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amanda Burridge has risen to the challenge.

Burridge is the program coordinator in the College’s Health Information Management program. When a call for support came from Manitoba Health, Burridge knew her students could help.

“Health Information Management professionals are the people who ensure the health information of Canadians remains accurate, accessible and secure, which is vital during an outbreak,” says Burridge.

After many phone calls and a lot of coordinating, Burridge has been able to help employ 14 students into Manitoba Health’s department of epidemiology and surveillance. Here, the students are collecting and tracking data on COVID-19 across the province.

“Our students will be a pivotal part of the team, ensuring that the most accurate information is available when it’s needed,” says Burridge.

The work the students are doing is critical for supporting public health during times like these, and the employment opportunity will count as credit towards the practicum component of their program.

Students in the program who are continuing their studies virtually are working hard on a variety of other projects for hospitals across Winnipeg as well.

“Our goal is to give students the best possible learning experience under these challenging circumstances, and now is a really good time for us to help in any way we can.”

The students will continue to support the WRHA until the beginning of May, unless the status of the pandemic extends the need for their services.

Extended – Pot of Gold Promotion

March 25, 2020

***Update***

The Cheers Pot of Gold promotion extended – submit online Cheers cards.

All Cheer cards submitted now until April 30, 2020 will be entered to win a $75 Jane’s Restaurant gift card (both sender and receiver each win). The Cheers team may be able to dig up a few more prizes and will distribute at a later date.

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Are you interested in making someone feel lucky? Send a Cheers card to someone spreading a little extra charm to the workplace this March.

During the month of March, all Cheer cards submitted will be entered to win a $75 Jane’s Restaurant gift card (both sender and receiver each win).*

Here’s a quick recap on how the program works:
o    Write a Cheers Card
o    Put the yellow copy in one of the Cheers Boxes
o    Give the white copy to the person it’s written for
o    Enjoy the feel good feeling of gratitude and appreciation

Write a card and find a Cheers for Peers box on campus and cheer for your peer today!

Check out the Cheers for Peers Spotlight opportunity too!

Visit our  Cheers for Peers info page. Email the Cheers coordinator, Kristi at kdorian@rrc.ca if you have any questions.

POSTPONED: Cheers for Peers Spotlight Opportunity – Shine a Light on a Job Well Done

March 24, 2020

***Update***

Round One winners have been selected but due to the ever changing environment, the Cheers Committee has decided to postpone the announcement and prize distribution until further notice.

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A new RRC staff on-line recognition opportunity is set to launch at RRC. Cheers for Peers Spotlight is a chance to celebrate a colleague or team for an amazing act, or above-and-beyond work that takes place on campus each term by showcasing these efforts to our College community.

All employees may submit on-line nominations for their RRC peers.  There is a selected winning Cheer each term, first deadline for nominations is February 29, 2020.

Selection Process

  1. The Cheers for Peers committee will meet to discuss the nominations and decide on the winner.
  2. The committee will present a gift basket to the winner in person.
  3. The committee will arrange a time to take a picture of the winner, interview, and write a blog post.

 Value

The recipient(s) selected by the Cheers for Peers Spotlight selection committee will receive: A $50 RED Card, a gift basket, and be featured in an article on the Cheers For Peers blog.

In the event a team wins, they will receive a $100 RED Card to be shared between the team.

To nominate a deserving staff member and shine a light on their hard work, visit the on-line Spotlight form and cheer for your peer today!

Visit our Cheers for Peers info page or email the Cheers coordinator, Kristi if you have any questions.

CHEERS: December 2019 Winners!

January 15, 2020

 

Congratulations to the following Cheers card writers and receivers who submitted cards during the Give the Gift of Thanks in December 2019.

First Place: Ryan McBride and Lauren Parsons (Thermea Gift Certificates)

Second Place: Lori Lobchuk and Logan Brunette (TEN Spa Gift Certificates)

Remember to keep on writing Cheers cards as an option to share your appreciation to a colleague/RRC staff member to say thank you for a specific, awesome action.

Our March 2020 – Luck of the Draw promotion coming soon! One valid Cheers for Peers card will be drawn from all cards submitted across all RRC Campuses for the month of March. Both giver and receiver win!

Here’s a quick recap on how the Cheers program works overall:

  • Write a valid, specific Cheers Card
  • Put the yellow copy in the Cheers Box
  • Give the white copy to the person it’s written for
  • Feel good spreading kindness and appreciation

Visit our Cheers for Peers info page. Email the Cheers coordinator, Kristi at kdorian@rrc.ca if you have any questions.

Give the Gift of Thanks this December

December 2, 2019

The Cheers for Peers – Give the Gift of Thanks promotion is running for the month of December. Two valid Cheers for Peers cards will be randomly drawn from all cards submitted across all RRC Campuses for the month of December. Both giver and receiver win!

First Prize: Thermea Spa gift card

Second Prize: Ten Spa Metro Manicure gift card

Here’s a quick recap on how the Cheers program works overall:

  • Write a valid, specific Cheers Card
  • Put the yellow copy in the Cheers Box
  • Give the white copy to the person it’s written for
  • Feel good spreading kindness and appreciation

The winning nominator and nominee will be announced in January.

RRC Holiday Reception Challenge:
Be a Secret Santa and submit your Cheers card nomination at any of the NDC or EDC Holiday Receptions. A “Cheers for Peers” entry box will be set up at each campus reception.

Notre Dame Campus
Date: Monday, December 9th, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Voyageur Dining Room, Building A

Paterson Global Foods Institute
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Place: Culinary Exchange/Annex, Paterson GlobalFoods Institute – 504 Main St.  Please use the entrance through the Main Street doors, as the King Street doors will be locked.

There are many ways to Give the Gift of Thanks this season, make it a holly jolly New Year for someone you think is special!

Visit our Cheers for Peers info page or email the Cheers coordinator, Kristi if you have any questions.

CHEERS: Winners from October Thriller Thursdays Promotion

November 15, 2019

Congratulations to the following Cheers card writers and receivers who submitted cards during the Thriller Thursdays in October.

John Pura, Helen Pollard and Tanis Keast

Remember to keep on writing Cheers cards as an option to share your appreciation to a colleague/RRC staff member to say thank you for a specific, awesome action.

The Cheers for Peers – Give the Gift of Thanks promotion is running for the month of December. Two valid Cheers for Peers cards will be randomly drawn from all cards submitted across all RRC Campuses for the month of December. Both giver and receiver win!

First Prize: Thermea Spa gift card

Second Prize: Ten Spa Metro Manicure gift card

Here’s a quick recap on how the Cheers program works overall:

  • Write a valid, specific Cheers Card
  • Put the yellow copy in the Cheers Box
  • Give the white copy to the person it’s written for
  • Feel good spreading kindness and appreciation

Visit our Cheers for Peers info page or email the Cheers coordinator, Kristi if you have any questions.

Mark Nelson’s Favourite Soup

October 28, 2019

CHEERS FOR PEERS! Warm Your Heart with Cheer
Celebrating who we are and what we do!

Special Soup of the Day:
On Friday, November 1, 2019 – try a tasty treat “Mark Nelson’s Favourite” Soup!
Cream of Mushroom and Wild Rice, available in the Buffalo and Voyageur cafeterias at NDC.

Mark Nelson redeemed his Cheers points for the Name NDC’s Soup of the Day reward and a free bowl of soup.
You can too! Visit our Cheers info page for more information on collecting and redeeming your Cheers for Peers points.

Remember to keep on writing Cheers cards as an option to share your appreciation to a colleague/RRC staff member to say thank you for a specific, awesome action.

Here’s a quick recap on how the Cheers program works overall:
• Write a valid, specific Cheers Card
• Put the yellow copy in the Cheers Box
• Give the white copy to the person it’s written for
• Feel good spreading kindness and appreciation

Visit our Cheers for Peers info page or email the Cheers coordinator, Kristi if you have any questions.

Thriller Thursdays in October

October 7, 2019

Thriller Thursdays – Find the Roaming Jack o’ Lantern Cheers Box

During this spooky fun Halloween month, look for the roaming Jack o’ Lantern (aka a decorated Cheers Box and Cheers volunteers) on Thriller Thursdays at the RRC Notre Dame Campus and Exchange District Campus.

For the month of October, on Thriller Thursdays only, place your Cheers for Peers cards in a specially decorated Cheers box (see roaming locations below). The Cheers team will make a special draw with those cards at the end of the month.

For other RRC campuses, all Cheers cards submitted on October’s Thriller Thursdays will also be included in a special month-end prize draw.

Find the roaming Jack o’ Lantern:

NDC:

Oct 10 in FM71, 9-3pm

Oct 17 in the Selkirk Lounge 10 to 12pm

Oct 24 in the Library 9-3pm

Oct 31 in the Selkirk Lounge 10 to 12pm

 

EDC:

Oct 10 in the Atrium from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Oct 17, 24 and 31 in the Atrium from 11:30am to 1:30 pm

 

Here’s a quick recap on how the program works:

  • Write a valid, specific Cheers Card
  • Put the yellow copy in the Cheers Box
  • Give the white copy to the person it’s written for
  • Feel good spreading kindness

Visit our Cheers for Peers info page or email Kristi at kdorian@rrc.ca with comments and questions.

September RRC Welcome Back Celebrations – Winners

September 23, 2019

Congratulations to the following Cheers card writers and receivers who submitted cards on September 12, 2019 for the Staff Welcome Back celebrations across RRC campuses.

First Prize: Kylie Clark and Shelly-Rose Tomchuk ($25 Jane’s Gift Card/each)

Second Prize: Maria Morrison and Morgan Paul ($10 RRC Red Card/each)

Third Prize: Philip Cheng and Harmanpreet Kaur ($5 RRC Red Card/each)

Remember to keep on writing Cheers cards as an option to share your appreciation to a colleague/RRC staff member to say thank you for a specific, awesome action.

The Cheers for Peers October Thriller Thursdays promotion is running for two more Thursdays. Put your yellow copy in – NDC and EDC find the roaming Cheers box; other RRC campuses your October Thursdays cards will be entered in the draw as well.

Here’s a quick recap on how the Cheers program works overall:

  • Write a valid, specific Cheers Card
  • Put the yellow copy in the Cheers Box
  • Give the white copy to the person it’s written for
  • Feel good spreading kindness and appreciation

Visit our Cheers for Peers info page or email the Cheers coordinator, Kristi  if you have any questions.