Media Advisory

Red River College hits a home run with new beer flavoured pretzel seasoning

June 13, 2018

RRC Culinary Research and Innovation program steps up to the plate for the Pretzel Place.

Winnipeg, MB – Forget the peanuts and Cracker Jacks – today, Red River College and local business, The Pretzel Place, will launch a new beer flavoured pretzel seasoning before the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ game at Shaw Park.

The seasoning was created by RRC’s dynamic Culinary Research and Innovation (CR&I) program, which over the last few years has seen substantial growth in the areas of new food products and ingredient applications.

“The demand for culinary research and innovation in our province is increasing, and our CR&I program continues to ‘step up to the plate,’ to develop new and advanced uses for locally grown food while supporting Manitoba’s agricultural and food industry through applied research,” said Paul Vogt, President and CEO of Red River College.

“This partnership with The Pretzel Place is just one of many delicious examples of new product creation and culinary creativity at work in our community.”

The CR&I program is located within RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, allowing researchers to tap in to the knowledge of accomplished chef instructors, and recruit students to work on applied research projects with industry.

The program was first launched in 2014, and has been increasing its activities with help of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). To date, the program has been involved in over 40 industry projects with organizations such as the Manitoba Pulse and Soy Growers, Granny’s Poultry, Piccola Cucina, MSPrebiotic Inc., and The Pretzel Place.  The program actively works with others in the food innovation community including the University of Manitoba and Food Development Centre.

Sue Leclair is a graduate of the RRC Business Administration program and owner of The Pretzel Place’s two locations at Shaw Park and Investors Group Field. Leclair’s idea for the seasoning came from Winnipeg Goldeyes and Blue Bomber fans, who inspired her to come up with a way to marry the flavours of a refreshing game day beer, and her popular twisted snack.

“I first came up with this idea nearly three years ago, so to have it go from idea, to concept, to reality is a really exciting feeling, and it would not have been possible without the support and work of RRC’s dedicated Culinary Research team,” said Leclair.

“Through this partnership, I was able to work with industry leading chefs, and gain access to the latest information on food trends, science and innovation. I am thrilled to share this Manitoba inspired, locally developed beer flavoured seasoning with the entire community.”

RRC’s Culinary Research and Innovation team and The Pretzel Place will be offering free bite-sized samples of the new beer-flavoured pretzel seasoning at 6:00pm on the Promenade of Shaw Park before the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ game this evening. The seasoning will be available at both Pretzel Place locations and for catering events moving forward.

Media is invited to attend this event. RRC President and CEO, Paul Vogt, the Culinary Research and Innovation team, and Sue Leclair will be available for interviews.

Inaugural Celebration Dinner to Help RRC Students Experience the World

October 16, 2017

WINNIPEG, MB – You’ve heard the phrase ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ – but for one day next month, the more cooks the better.

On Tuesday November 7, Red River College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts (SHCA) is hosting an Inaugural Homecoming Dinner for alumni of its Hospitality and Tourism ManagementCulinary Arts, and Professional Baking programs.

The event will celebrate the achievements of the school’s graduates while fundraising for the Student Travel Opportunity Fund, which will help Culinary Arts and Professional Baking students travel to national and international competitions, and will give new and exciting learning opportunities to Hospitality and Tourism Management students where they can demonstrate and grow their skills.

The fund has recently allowed two Professional Baking students to attend a four week-long course in Germany and for six Culinary Arts students to participate in the Cook the Books competition in Toronto.

“Participating in competitions motivates students to strengthen their technical skills, learn new techniques, and practice at elevated skill levels,” said Karen McDonald, Academic Chair for the SHCA. “Our programs are strengthened when students can participate in high-level competition, and bring back new skills they’re eager to share in the culinary labs. Similarly, students in Hospitality and Tourism programs benefit from educational travel by experiencing local cultures.”

As is demonstrated on OLN Canada’s show Departures – visiting a new country or region allows opportunities to develop deeper inter-cultural understandings, “which is essential to global citizenship and for individuals working in hospitality and tourism to be able to provide the best possible customer service,” said Laura Wiebe, tourism instructor at the SHCA.

“Travel in general opens one’s eyes to life beyond your personal experience; it’s our intention to provide those awe-inspiring opportunities for students that are simply beyond the classroom,” said McDonald.

The homecoming dinner will include an eight course dinner prepared by students and alumni guest chefs. Tickets are available on eventbrite.

Your light-used cookbooks are needed!

While the primary aim of the event is to celebrate the achievements of graduates, the SHCA is seeking donated cookbooks to sell at the event in order to replenish the Student Travel Opportunity Fund.

“There’s something satisfying about flipping the pages of a cookbook,” says Cassandra Watson, hospitality instructor and Homecoming Dinner co-chair. “Cookbooks tell stories through their photographs, and how the recipes are organized to complement each other. Not only is the fundraiser a good cause, I’m confident our attendees will sincerely appreciate the inspiration.”

Cookbooks can be dropped off at the security desk at the Main Street entrance of Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at 504 Main St. in Winnipeg between 7am and 9pm Monday to Friday until November 3.

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This release is distributed on behalf of Red River College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

Notre Dame Campus Closed, Sept 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

For immediate release: September 11, 2017

WINNIPEG, MB – Due to a Manitoba Hydro power outage, Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus is closed and all daytime and evening classes at the Notre Dame Campus will be cancelled.

Regular operations are expected to resume on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. All other campuses remain open today.

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RED RIVER COLLEGE HOSTS 17TH ANNUAL GRADUATION POW WOW TO CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS STUDENT SUCCESS

May 4, 2017

WINNIPEG, MB – Media are invited to Red River College’s 17th annual Graduation Pow Wow to celebrate the success of our Indigenous students. This year, there are 117 students registered to be honoured at the Pow Wow that are graduating from programs across the College.

WHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, May 5, 2017

10:00 am – Pipe Ceremony

12:00 pm – Grand Entry

1:00 pm – Honouring Indigenous Graduates

WHERE:          Red River College, North Gym, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

The Graduation Pow Wow is a community event that welcomes hundreds of guests, community members, dancers, drummers, college staff, faculty and student and his hosted by the School of Indigenous Education.

“It is a time for celebration, where we come together as a community, to honour the achievements of our Indigenous graduates through our annual Graduation Pow Wow,” says Jules Lavallee, Elder-In-Residence.  “As we acknowledge their successes through this cultural event, these role models are an inspiration to all of us, but more importantly, to our next seven generations.”

In addition to celebrating student success, RRC’s Pow Wow festivities reflect the College’s continued commitment to making education more accessible for Indigenous learners. RRC aspires to deliver excellence in Indigenous achievement through partnerships and networks, incorporating Indigenous knowledge, philosophies, perspectives and content with innovative and relevant programming. It is through a respectful, student-centered and culturally safe learning environment that quality programming will be delivered to address Indigenous achievement.

CAMPUS ADVISORY: Interlake,Peguis-Fisher River, Winkler Campuses Closed Today. Classes Cancelled at Portage la Prairie, Campus Remains Open

December 7, 2016

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Interlake, Peguis – Fisher River, Winkler, Closed Today.

Portage la Prairie Regional Campus remains Open but Classes Cancelled.

For immediate release: December 7, 2016 (UPDATED AT 9:20AM)

Due to ongoing inclement weather and poor road conditions, Red River College has today closed the following campuses – Interlake, Peguis-Fisher River, Winkler. Classes are cancelled at the Portage la Prairie Regional Campus and the campus will be open for the rest of the day. All other campuses remain open with regular scheduled classes.

Red River College will continue to monitor the weather and remain in contact with staff and students through updates on the college website, social media channels and media outlets. It is anticipated that normal operations will resume on Thursday, December 8.

 

CAMPUS ADVISORY: Evening Classes Cancelled at RRC’s Regional Campuses

December 6, 2016
Evening Classes Cancelled at Steinbach and Portage la Prairie Regional Campuses

Winkler, Interlake, and Peguis-Fisher River Campuses remain closed

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2016

WINNIPEG, MB – Due to inclement weather conditions, Red River College has today cancelled evening classes at the following campuses – Steinbach and Portage la Prairie. The Winkler, Interlake, and Peguis-Fisher River Campuses will remain closed tonight.

Evening classes will continue as scheduled tonight at Red River College’s Notre Dame, and Exchange District Campuses.

Red River College will continue to monitor the weather and remain in contact with staff and students through updates on the college website, social media channels and media outlets. It is anticipated that normal operations will resume on Wednesday, December 7.

CAMPUS ADVISORY: Interlake, Peguis-Fisher River, and Winkler Campuses Closed Today – UPDATED

December 6, 2016

mailchimp-news-release-graphic-campus-advisoryFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 6, 2016, updated at 7:30AM

WINNIPEG, MB Due to inclement weather conditions, Red River College has today closed the following campuses – Interlake, Peguis-Fisher River, and Winkler. All other campuses currently remain open with regular scheduled classes.

Red River College will continue to monitor the weather and remain in contact with staff and students through updates on the college website, social media channels and media outlets. It is anticipated that normal operations will resume on Wednesday, December 7.

Skills/Compétences Canada Kicks Off 12th National Skilled Trades and Technology Week in Winnipeg, Manitoba

October 31, 2016

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO, October 27, 2016 – Skills/Compétences Canada is officially launching National Skilled Trades and Technology Week on November 2, at Red River College, Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg, Manitoba

What:                      Launch of National Skilled Trades and Technology Week

This event generates awareness about the opportunities in skilled trade and technology sectors for students, educators and industry. Attendees, including students from local schools, will participate in interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities hosted by educators and industry experts.

Who:    

  • The Honourabe Ian Wishart, Minister of Education and Training
  • Sherry Holmes from HGTV’s Holmes Makes it Right
  • John Oates, President of Skills/Compétences Canada
  • Paul Vogt, President and CEO of Red River College
  • Nina Widmer, SCC alumni, SCNC 2014 Brick Masonry silver medalist
  • Geoff Frodsham, CEO of Princess Auto

When:                     Wednesday, November 2, 2016

  • 7:45 – 9:00 am: VIP networking breakfast sponsored by Princess Auto
  • 9:05 – 9:45 am: Official program with keynote speakers
  • 9:45 – 11:30 am: Students (Group 1) will participate in interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities
  • 11:30 – 1:30 pm: Red River College Pep Rally, where approximately 200 college students will have the opportunity to visit the Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities
  • 1:30 – 1:45 pm: Welcome from Skills/Compétences Canada
  • 1:45 – 3:00 pm: Students (Group 2) will participate in interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities

Where: 

Red River College, Notre Dame Campus, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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MEDIA ADVISORY – Red River College hosts Open House 2016 on February 16 and 17

February 12, 2016

With over 200 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship options, deciding which Red River College program to pursue can be a major achievement in itself.

To help future students make that important choice, the College will open its doors to the community on February 16 and 17 during Open House 2016.

The event will showcase RRC’s wide range of career-related training options and the hands-on approach to learning that has helped our students achieve a 94% employment rate after graduation.

Attendees can speak directly to current students and instructors about their programs, and get a sense of what life at RRC is like by touring our classrooms, labs and other facilities — including the new Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, home of the College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, as well as its first student residence. Admissions experts will also be on hand to answer questions about the application process, and to assist with the completion of application forms and give advice about career exploration.

For more information, visit www.rrc.ca/openhouse.

Details

Red River College Open House 2016
Tue., Feb. 16: 11am-2 p.m., 5-8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 17: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Ave.), Exchange District Campus (160 Princess St. and 504 Main St.), Stevenson Campus (2280 Saskatchewan Ave.)

Media Opportunities

  • Speak with high school students about their post-secondary education plans
  • Speak with RRC staff and instructors about emerging career opportunities
  • Speak with RRC staff and students about the differences between college and university

 

 

Indigenous Education Blueprint Signing Ceremony

December 16, 2015

Indigenous Education Blueprint InviteManitoba’s education sector to sign historic document

Taking action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations

On Friday Red River College will join every post-secondary institute in Manitoba, as well as the Manitoba School Boards Association, to sign the Indigenous Education Blueprint, a transformational framework to advance Indigenous education and reconciliation.

This unprecedented partnership between Manitoba’s public school boards and the post-secondary education sector will transform Manitoba into a leading global centre of excellence for Indigenous education, research, languages, and cultures.

What: Signing the Manitoba Indigenous Education Blueprint

When: Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Migizii Agamik – Bald Eagle Lodge, 114 Sidney Smith Street, University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus

AGENDA

Emcees: Deborah Young, Executive Lead Indigenous Achievement, U of M and Wab Kinew, Associate Vice-President Indigenous Affairs, U of W
Elder Harry Bone
Honour Song – Justina McKay
Minister of Education and Advanced Learning, Hon. James Allum
David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor, U of M — Welcoming remarks on behalf of COPUM
Paul Vogt, President and CEO, Red River College
Ken Cameron, President, Manitoba School Boards Association
Student remarks
Signing ceremony with all Blueprint partners
Photo opportunity
Event closing
Feast to follow

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