Early numbers from the first week of classes at Red River College are a sure sign that it will be another busy academic year for staff and students.
Fall 2015 numbers compared to the same time last year remain consistent and indicate Red River College continues the trend of experiencing high enrolments.
Over the past 15 years, Red River College has seen an overall increase of 66 per cent in its program enrolments.
“Human capital drives our economy – there is an increasing demand for a workforce with specialized skills and Red River College delivers education and training that keeps pace with industry trends and needs in our Province,” said Paul Vogt, president & CEO, Red River College.
Of particular note, this year’s enrolment saw increases in Business Information Technology (up 24%), Mechanical Engineering Technology (up 11%), Automotive Technician – Diploma (up 50%), and Manufacturing Technician (up 30%).
In addition to some key program areas, Red River College is also seeing continued growth in its Post-Graduate Diploma programs (up 48%) and a continued increase in the recruitment of international students (up 32 %).
The steady growth at Red River College means the College operates at capacity. This spring Red River College and the Province of Manitoba broke ground on a new 100,000 sq.- ft., state-of-the-art Skilled Trades Technology Centre at its Notre Dame Campus, which is set to be completed in 2017.
“Red River College has a central role in the creation of careers in Manitoba and the new Skilled Trades Technology Centre will train up to 1,000 students each year to provide industry with highly-trained employees,” said Vogt. “This new facility will be a key factor to increasing Manitoba’s skilled workforce to 75,000 by 2020.”
Over the next few weeks’ enrolment will fluctuate as numbers from Continuing Education programs, Regional Campuses and Apprenticeship programs are tabulated.
Annually, Red River College offers more than 200 full-and part-time degree, diploma, post-graduate diploma and certificate programs. Through award-winning instruction and training on state-of-the-art equipment, RRC prepares its students to become leaders in their fields, while collaborating with industry to conduct research and ensure curriculum remains up-to-date.
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