If you are one of many high school students who are thinking about post-secondary school but are undecided about what you want to do when you get there or which school to attend for that matter, consider taking a campus tour. It is a great way to actively start learning about different schools by getting a sense of the types of programs they offer, available student support services (ie. Tutoring, counseling, employment services, etc.), and last but not least campus life!
If you are a high school student, booking a tour as early as grade 10 or 11 is not too early. The sooner you start to investigate, the sooner you will know what you want to do. This will help you in making course selections in grade 11 and 12 necessary to meet the entrance requirements for your program. The programs at Red River College accept students on a first qualified, first serve basis, so applying early is important.
Check with your guidance counselor to see if there will be a campus tour planned for your class in grade 11 or 12. That being said, we are happy to book campus tours on an individual basis as well. To book a campus tour at Red River College, go to www.rrc.ca/visitwithus. Click on book a campus tour and complete the online form with information about which campus and what you would like to see and we’ll customize the tour to suit your needs and interests. Family members or friends are welcome to join you on your tour.
One of the most common questions I get asked is how do I know if my program of interest has a wait list? Not all RRC programs actually have wait lists, and one of the best ways to avoid them is to apply early. If your program of choice does have a waitlist, you can find that information on our website.
Here are 6 easy steps on how to find that information:
1: Go to www.rrc.ca
2: Click on Programs & Courses located at the top of the page.
3: Choose one of the three options, Full-time Programs, Continuing Studies, or Regional Campus Programs and click on the alphabetical listing.
5: Then click on your program of choice.
6: On the left side bar you will see a link to the Programs Dates & Fees, click here. It is here where you will find the next anticipated start date.
Should you have further questions you can always contact our Student Service Center at 632-2327 or by emailing email@example.com
RRC Recruitment Officer
Interested in a particular field or profession but not sure if it’s for you? Why not volunteer for an organization related to your field? This is a great way to learn about the industry/profession before committing to pursuing a career in that field. Even if you determine that it is not your cup of tea, your time investment will only enhance your resume!
If you decide this is a field that you want to pursue, your volunteer work could put you ahead of the game. Volunteer work often translates into networking – meeting people in your future profession. If you play your cards right, these people may act as references for you or possibly be in a position to offer you employment some day!
Volunteering can also be a great way to enhance your credentials when applying for certain scholarships and bursaries.
Not sure where to Volunteer? Volunteer Manitoba (www.volunteermanitoba.ca) is a great avenue to connect you with volunteer opportunities. You can also research organizations in your field of interest and talk to them directly about possible volunteer opportunities they might have available. Many organizations are happy to have a volunteer who can contribute to their organization.
Aside from the career benefits of being a volunteer, I personally have had some of the most amazing experiences in my life through volunteer work. These experiences have resulted in job offers, lifelong friendships, increased cultural awareness, many additional employment references and in general I’ve gained knowledge that has enhanced my life both personally and professionally. So get going and do some volunteer work! You’ll thank me later…
– Jennifer Powell, RRC Student Recruiter
If you are getting those “starting at a new school” jitters, here are a few tips to make sure that you start on the right foot:
- Visit our Student Success Web page at www.rrc.ca/success for great information on how to make the most of your time at Red River College
- Get your locker rental set up a couple of weeks before school starts (for many programs this is mid August). Locker rentals can be done at the Print and Graphic Centre (Notre Dame Campus: DM19, Roblin Centre –formerly Princess Street Campus: W104). This will also help ensure that you get a locker close to where your classes are held. You will be glad to have a place to store those heavy textbooks, trust me!
- Take care of your parking needs early. If you are going to be attending Notre Dame Campus and will be needing parking, set this up at the Student Service Centre a few weeks before school starts (mid August). Parking sells out so come and line up your parking at least two weeks prior to the start of school so you aren’t stuck on a waiting list. This can be done at our Student Services Centre, Notre Dame Campus (D101).
- Arrange for a campus tour before school starts to ensure that you know where you are going. Book a tour online by going to www.rrc.ca/visitwithus.
- Buy your textbooks and school supplies in advance. The Bookstore is located at Notre Dame Campus as well as Roblin Centre and they will have book lists for each program there.