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Bachelor of Education Information Session

January 22, 2019

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When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Location: Red River College Notre Dame Campus, 2055 Notre Dame Ave. (Room F201)

The Red River College (RRC) Bachelor of Education program is hosting an information session. Students interested in learning about the program before they apply or have already applied and want to know more about what to expect when the program starts are welcome to attend. At this information session you will meet instructors, learn about the programs admissions process, course curriculum, schedules, etc.

For more information please contact Daryl McRae, Academic Coordinator – 204.632.3765 – dmcrae@rrc.ca

Creative Communications Information Night 2019

January 9, 2019

You’re invited to the Creative Communications Information Night at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Red River College’s Roblin Centre (160 Princess Street).

This two-year, full-time program prepares students to work in professional communications through hands-on training and real-world client work. Our graduate surveys consistently show upward of 80% of graduates quickly find work in business communications, media production and journalism. Learn more online at www.rrc.ca/cre.

At the Information Night, you can tour the campus, review student work samples, and chat with staff and students about the program, the application process, and any questions you might have.

Everyone is welcome – no RSVP is required.

Parking maps for the Exchange District can be found here.

Digital Media Design Information Night 2019

January 3, 2019

When: Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm

 Location: P107-160 Princess Street (Red River College’s Roblin Centre)

The Digital Media Design program provides up-to-date training in web and mobile design and development, digital video, 3D animation, motion graphics and graphic design. It teaches both design fundamentals and technical skills, and encourages creativity, imagination, professionalism and a strong work ethic.

The Digital Media Design Information Night provides a general overview of the program as well as many helpful tips regarding the entrance portfolio. We recommend taking notes and asking questions during the portfolio information part of the evening.

For more information about the Digital Media Design Program, contact: Chris Brower cbrower@rrc.ca or 204-949-8336

Applying Online to RRC

June 1, 2016

roblinAre you about to apply to a Red River College program? Consider the online application process. Here are some convincing reasons to choose the internet instead of paper:

-Faster submission and processing times
-You receive acknowledgement within moments of submitting it
-You can work on your application over several sessions
-If your program has a waitlist, the initial date of application determines your waitlist position. This is a distinct advantage over mailed-in applications
-You get an online account. This account can let you:
-Upload admission requirement documents (some programs)
-Check the status of your required admission documents
-View your submitted online application
-Update your personal information
-Request information about College services
-View and register for College events

To initiate an online application, go to the program’s Overview page. In the left-hand menu, you will see a link called “Dates and Fees”. Click on it, and you will then see the next available date(s) on which the program will be running. You will also see if it operates on more than one campus. Next to the date(s), you will see an “Apply Now” link. Clicking there will take you to the Account Set-Up page, and then to the application. Within minutes you will have an active application!

Once submitted, you can rely on quick and timely communication that will keep you updated on the status of your application.

Questions? Contact us at advisor@rrc.ca before you apply.

Skilled Trades at RRC

May 17, 2016

PE CarpentryRed River College is a proud partner and supporter of apprenticeship training in Manitoba. In this blog post, we will focus on three RRC pre-employment trades programs – Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing – to explain how starting at RRC can set you on a path to earning a Red Seal, emblematic of having mastered your chosen trade.

What is a pre-employment trades program?
A pre-employment trades program is a short-term certificate program, focused on providing the student with a base of skills that will enable him or her to secure a Level 1 Apprenticeship in their chosen trade. While these programs are not mandatory for entering a trade, industry leaders have indicated they would much prefer to hire someone with a base of skill over someone with no skill at all.

What are the entrance requirements?
For Regular Admission, applicants must have completed, or be completing, a high school diploma that includes English, Math, and Science. Please consult the specific requirements in each program to determine the exact credits required.

What will I learn in a pre-employment trades program?
In all three of the programs highlighted, students will attend RRC full-time for five months. In that time the students will learn applied math, science, and communications, and they will spend significant time in training labs, learning and performing a range of hands-on activities. In Carpentry, for example, students will spend time learning how to operate a variety of hand tools related to construction.

What have I gained at the conclusion of a pre-employment trades program?
Upon completion, students will have earned a certificate from RRC. More importantly, they will have gained a base of industry-relevant skills designed to qualify them for employment as a Level 1 Apprentice in their chosen trade. Depending on how well the student performed, credit transfer into their apprenticeship might be possible. This could potentially speed up their time to completion.

What happens once I become an apprentice?
In these highlighted trades, apprentices will work through four levels toward earning a Red Seal, the top credential in their trade. Apprentices spend 1800 hours on the job in each level, with short stints in school to acquire relevant math, science, and communication knowledge as they progress.

Want to learn more? To find out more about pre-employment trades programs at RRC, contact us at advisor@rrc.ca. To learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in this province, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba at apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca.

Financing Your Education

April 25, 2016

BIT studentsPursuing a post-secondary education can be one of the most rewarding (and most expensive) decisions made in your lifetime. For many students, part-time and summer jobs are not enough to cover costs such as tuition, books, and possibly room and board. Fortunately, there are options out there to consider. Here are a few:

Student Loans

Manitoba Student Aid (MSA) is a government agency that provides supplemental financial aid to eligible post-secondary students. While applicants must demonstrate an ability to contribute money of their own toward their education, MSA can supplement this sum with Manitoba and Canada Student Loans.

If you plan to attend classes this year, you may apply for a loan on or after June 1. Applicants are encouraged to complete an online application, as close to the opening date as possible. Why? MSA will need up to 12 weeks to fully process your loan application and have the funds on their way. Applying online greatly reduces the possibility of delays in the processing time.

For more information, utilize these two informative links:

MSA’s Home Page: www.manitobastudentaid.ca

MSA’s Countdown Calendar:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/educate/sfa/pdf/countdown_calendar.pdf

Awards and Scholarships

The College offers a wide array of awards and scholarships. Selection criteria vary, and can be based on academic achievement, financial need, and more. Unlike a student loan, awards and scholarships are not re-payable.

Go onto www.rrc.ca and invest some time reading up on awards and scholarships. Within the menu for each program, you will find an Awards and Scholarships link. Clicking on it takes you to a comprehensive list of awards and scholarships, of which some are general, and others program-specific. While it can be a time-consuming effort, you might find yourself on the receiving end of hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. What are you waiting for?

Aside from the College’s awards and scholarships, consider widening your search by going to www.scholarshipscanada.ca.

Other Resources

A Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) is a type of savings account where the funds must be directed to post-secondary studies. If you have one, it was probably established by your parents at an earlier age. Many of these plans require you to provide proof you are enrolled in order to release the funds.

A student line of credit is offered by many banks and credit unions in Canada. These should be researched carefully so that the consequences of drawing from it (interest, repayment terms) are fully understood from the outset.

Eligible students might receive a sponsorship from an agency or association. For example, the Manitoba Metis Federation provides funding to eligible students attending post-secondary studies.

Any questions? Please direct them to advisor@rrc.ca.

NEW! Meet An RRC Advisor Via FaceTime or Skype

March 24, 2016

learning commonsA traditional face-to-face meeting is seen as the standard when people are seeking information from an academic advisor. However, we recognize that a visit to the campus is not feasible for everyone looking for academic advice. Considerations such as geography, work schedules, or responsibilities to family can have a significant impact on your ability to consult with an advisor. And while the traditional phone call is always an option, many advisees would like a more meaningful connection as they plan their post-secondary studies.

In recognition of this fact, academic advising appointments are now available via Skype and FaceTime. Booking your appointment is simple – just send an e-mail to advisor@rrc.ca, and provide us with the format you want and your contact information. A member of the team will schedule you into the next available appointment time.

How do I prepare for the appointment?
Shortly after the booking, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with lots of helpful information. For example, you are encouraged to create a list of questions to ask during the session. In addition, please try to compile your education history through high school and any post-secondary transcripts, so the advisor can better understand your qualifications.

What do I need for the appointment?
Aside from your questions and transcript(s), make sure you are sitting in a comfortable chair in a well-lit room. If you are using a portable device (phone or tablet), be sure it has sufficient charge for the appointment.

How do I get Skype, or how do I set up FaceTime on my Apple device?
Both tools are very user-friendly, simply go to www.skype.com to be guided through its installation on your PC, laptop, or other device. For FaceTime, we recommend you go to www.apple.com and access the Help feature. You will find easy-to-follow instructions.

We look forward to meeting with you online – be sure to contact us at advisor@rrc.ca.

Making The Most Of Your Open House Visit

January 18, 2016

open house s_gymRRC Open House
February 16: 11am – 2pm and 5pm-8pm
February 17: 9am – 2pm

RRC’s annual Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to experience the college environment. Here are some suggestions that can make your visit informative and valuable:

Take a tour
Campus tours will be offered throughout both days, at both the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses. This is a great chance to see the campus, and to focus on labs and classrooms specific to your interests. Even better, tours are led by current RRC students, so you have an opportunity to get an insider’s perspective on life as a college student.

Go to an information session
Several RRC programs will be offering information sessions. This is your chance to hear it from the experts, and find out what the day-to-day realities are for students in program x, y, or z. Consider these sessions a great way to dial into a specific area of interest.

Visit the information booths
For your convenience, all RCC programs, regardless of campus location, will be set up with information booths at the Notre Dame Campus. For anyone who is still in an exploratory stage of their decision-making, this allows you to gather as much information as you want in one convenient location.

Use the shuttle service
While info booths will be located in one place, there is still an easy way to get to the Exchange District Campus. A free shuttle service will take you back and forth on both days. Student-led tours will be offered, and a team of ambassadors will be on hand to provide directions and answer questions.

Plan ahead
Visit our Facebook event page to get the latest updates about the Open House! Planning in advance will enable you to make the most of your visit.

We look forward to seeing you!

*On all the days around Open House, if you have questions about any RRC programs, contact an Academic Advisor. Advisors can help you better understand what is required of you at the application stage, and beyond.

Your Future Starts Here! RRC Information Session January 13th, 2016

December 17, 2015

General Info Session January 2016

If you are considering post-secondary, you do not want to miss this information session. Learn about full-time programs, the admissions process and the various support services that are available. There is something for everyone at Red River College.

Wednesday January 13, 2016, 6-7pm, Green Lecture Theatre (GM43) Notre Dame Campus

*This is the same presentation that is delivered to high schools and adult learning centres but this is an opportunity for students who have missed these opportunities to attend. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register at rrc.ca/rrcinfo

Assessment Tools At RRC

December 11, 2015

ece studentsIn several instances, the College uses one or more assessment tools to measure an applicant’s preparedness for post-secondary study. In this blog post, we will focus on three assessment tools, looking at how they work and what they are used for.

Reading Test
Several programs at RRC (for example, Nursing) use a tool called Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) to measure an applicant’s reading comprehension. The rationale for using this tool is tied to the amount and complexity of reading in these College programs. The more complex the reading content, the higher an applicant’s DRP score must be. The DRP is a multiple-choice test where a person must choose the correct word to be inserted into a sentence. There are a total of 70 questions, progressively increasing in difficulty. It is an untimed test.

Academic Readiness Assessment
This assessment tool is used to measure a person’s entry point to RRC’s Adult Learning Centre (high school upgrading), and for entry to some RRC programs. It consists of two components: reading and math. This assessment requires approximately three hours to write. The Academic Readiness Assessment is not suitable for everyone – anyone who speaks English as an additional language, or anyone with a learning disability is asked to first speak with staff at the Assessment Centre to see if this is right for you.

Special Entry Testing
An applicant might be tested in required subject areas if the Admissions office is uncertain about the applicant’s qualifications. The areas most likely to be tested are English, Math, and Science. Only the subjects listed in the program’s entrance requirements would be included for testing purposes. If Science is tested, it will be the specific science course at the grade level required for admission. This would include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or General Science. The Assessment Centre provides tips to prepare for testing. Click here for more information.

These are just a few of the tools used to assess applicants to RRC. If you are applying for a program that involves an assessment tool, please feel free to contact an Academic Advisor if you have any questions. Contact us at 204-632-2327, or advisor@rrc.ca.