Troubleshooting the Right Connection at Red River College Networking Event

October 27, 2017

For immediate release: October 27, 2017

Students in Red River College’s Business Technology Management (BTM) program will usually describe networking as the communication between computers – but tomorrow, they’ll be making a different kind of connection with Manitoba businesses who can gain new talent to stay innovative and competitive.

Manitoba’s first BTM Talent Mash, presented in partnership with RRC and the Information Technology Association of Canada Talent Division (ITAC Talent), will take place on Saturday, October 28 at RRC’s Roblin Centre in the Exchange District. The day will give students, industry representatives, and RRC staff the opportunity to talk about the BTM program and how graduates can help to bridge the gap between the business and technology functions of an organization. Speakers representing many industries will discuss the roles, skills, and career paths of business analysts and other related professionals in their organizations and also highlight the successes and impacts these they’ve made on the industries that they’re working in.

RRC’s new 28-month BTM diploma program’s first students will graduate in December and this event will be a great opportunity to showcase their skills to potential employers. RRC is the only post-secondary institution in Manitoba to offer a program like this, to support Manitoba’s business and technology sectors.

“The program focuses on hands-on learning and includes a co-op or industry project term so students can apply the business, technology and management skills they’ve learned in a relevant industry-setting,” said Kirk Johnson, Acting Dean of Business and Applied Arts, Hospitality and Culinary Arts. “Our relationship with industry professionals helps ensure that the College remains in step with ever changing industry needs. We want to be sure that we not only preparing our students to be career-ready, but future ready, and to excel upon graduation.”

Industry professionals will also be invited on tours of RRC’s ACE Project Space at the event. This interactive work space connects students, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and/or community organizations, using cutting-edge technology to bring unique ideas to life.

The BTM Talent Mash includes a keynote speaker, panel discussions, and a networking event:

10:00  Welcome and Opening Remarks – Paul Vogt, President and CEO (RRC), Kirk Johnson (RRC), Jan Hall (ITAC Talent), David Jones (RRC) 
10:15  Keynote Address – Loren Cisyk (ISC) and Chair, RRC Board of Governors
11:15  Business Analyst Alumni Panel*

  • Mitchell Heintz, Business Analyst – Unionware
  • Andrew Liebrecht – Business Analyst, BIRD Construction
  • Marta Chukh, Business Analyst, Norima Consulting and Wawanesa Insurance
  • Tia Hatch, Senior Business Analyst, National Leasing

12:00  Lunch break
1:00  Industry Panel*

  • Ashleigh Lodge, Team Lead Application Development, Neovation
  • Kevin Haines, Principal Consultant / Senior Business Systems Analyst, Online Business Systems
  • David Hodge, Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer, Great West Lifeco Canada
  • Alyosha Boldt, Product Coordinator, Skip the Dishes

1:45 – 3:30  Networking session
2:30 and 3:30  Tours of the ACE Project Space at 321 McDermot Avenue 

*All panelist bios are available here

Now in its fifth year, BTM TalentMash events have grown to include five cities across Canada, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. For more information visit:

New scholarships aim to give RRC students a financial boost

October 23, 2017

Red River College scholarships, bursaries and awards available for 2017-18 school year; Apply now!

For immediate release: October 23, 2017

Red River College is unveiling a number of new scholarships and awards aimed at supporting Indigenous learners; students involved in social justice activities; and those are pursuing studies to support the environment.

Last year, a total of 2,300 financial awards ­­– more than $1.5 million dollars – were distributed into the hands of students as part of their Red River College education.

“Many of our students benefit from access to the numerous awards, bursaries and scholarships that are made available through the support of local businesses, industry partners, community organizations, and individuals, who have made an investment in our students,” said Paul Vogt, President and CEO, Red River College.

“This type of an investment not only benefits our students, it helps continue to support Manitoba’s economy as Manitobans are able to access the skills and training they need to join the workforce. We want to make sure students are aware of these awards are available this year.”

With nine campuses across the province, Red River College continues to be a popular choice – operating year over year at capacity, which amounts to about 22,000 students per year.

“Manitoba’s economy relies on the success of our students – as about 98 per cent of our alumni live and work here after graduation – and financial awards help alleviate the pressures that many students face. This is one of the ways we support student success – which is a key strategic priority at the College,” added Vogt.

Students who are still considering applying for a scholarship, bursary or financial award are encouraged to explore the full list of awards with eligibility requirements and application deadlines available here.

In addition to the support from countless supporters, Red River College thanks the Province of Manitoba for financial investments made towards matching funds available for students to pursue a post-secondary education at participating institutions in Manitoba.

New RRC scholarships and bursaries available for the 2017-18 academic year:

Richard (Asher) Webb Social Justice Activist Memorial Award
This $750 annual award is open to all full- and part-time RRC students.

This award was established by the family to commemorate Richard Asher Webb – a community activist who worked for social justice, equality and dignity for marginalized people.

After graduating from Red River College’s Computer Programmer program, Webb worked as the Information Systems Manager at the Village Clinic and coordinated Winnipeg’s first public conference on HIV/AIDS. He went on to become the Executive Director of the Osborne Village BIZ, a project coordinator for the B’nai Brith Human Rights Awards, and served many other capacities within Winnipeg’s gay community. Later in life, he returned to Red River College to study Business Administration.

He was an idealist who truly believed in a world where everyone was equal and those with privilege helped those without. Every day people take extraordinary actions to show leadership on social justice issues in and outside the classroom.

This award will be presented to a student who has demonstrated exceptional effort and ability to lead, organize and engage other students or members of the community to work for systemic change on issues of social justice, including but not limited to antiracism, public health, human rights, discrimination, antipoverty, and LGBTQ issues. Financial need may also be a consideration.

Application deadline is February 16, 2018

Frederick David Taylor IV Memorial Award
A minimum of $500 will be available annually to a Greenspace Horticulture Diploma student

This award was established by family and friends in memory of Frederick David Taylor IV, a 2014 graduate of Greenspace Management program at Red River College. Frederick – who was always passionate about the environment and outdoors – started Sustainable Organic Solutions after he graduated, which focuses on the environment and organic soil health amendments. This award was created to honour Frederick’s legacy going and to support students who share similar qualities.

Recipients will be selected by faculty based on commitment to the environment and sustainable Horticultural practices along with exemplary team work and leadership in the classroom.

Cindy Petrowski and Phillip Marsh Helping Hands Bursary
This bursary valued at a minimum of $500 and is available to a full-time First Nations or Metis student attending any program at Red River College.

This bursary was created by Cindy Petrowski, who graduated from RRC’s Stenography program in 1982.  She chose RRC because of its reputation then – and today – as a post-secondary institution that offers instruction in current and high-demand skills recognized and required by employers. Petrowski and partner, Phillip Marsh, created this bursary to support a First Nations or Metis student in their academic aspirations and help with the financial strain of obtaining a post-secondary education.

Application deadline is January 15, 2018.

An Evolution of Education at Red River College

October 20, 2017

For immediate release: October 20, 2017

Chalkboards, overhead projectors and multiplication tables are some of the things that come to mind when the average person imagines a classroom – but that image is changing.

Today, 15 educators from across Manitoba will be at Red River College (RRC) to learn how they can incorporate drones, virtual reality and games into the classroom.

“These are the early adopters,” said Dr. Eva Brown, Emerging Technology Instructor in the Teacher Education department at Red River College. “Our goal with this is twofold. That is to prepare educators for the expectations and learning styles of their students and to show how educators can prepare learners for what is in front of them.”

Partnering with Manitoba Association of Computer Educators (ManACE), the workshop was developed by RRC instructors Brown and Daryl McRae, along with new media technician Jonathan Ferber from the College’s eTV Learning Technologies media lab as part of a year-long project funded by the College’s Program Innovation Fund. Focusing on emerging drone technology, the trio have been researching feasibility, interest, regulations and legalities for the use of drones at the College – as well as becoming certified drone pilots – to aid in the development of drone-based curriculum.

They partnered with media technicians Murray Toews, Dylan Smitzniuk who are leading the virtual reality and games components of today’s workshop.

“Evolving education is about sharing knowledge. Today, teachers are attending different workshops across the province to learn new skills and will share that knowledge in their classrooms, at their schools and across their divisions. We’re excited to have instructors from Red River College provide a session on emerging technology in the classrooms,” said Norm Gould, President of the Manitoba Teacher’s Society. “The fact is that most students in the K-12 system have grown up with technology in their hands. It’s important for us as educators to understand technology and adapt it to our lessons to meet the needs of our students.”

Today’s workshop will also encourage educators to learn about safety requirements and restrictions for these types of emerging technology. Drones especially have strict regulations surrounding safety and privacy.

In science fiction movies like Blade Runner, The Fifth Element and Star Wars, drones and augmented reality are a part of every-day life. While we’re not there yet, technology is evolving every day. Teenagers and adults who use the app Snapchat have recently had the opportunity to welcome a dancing hot dog into their real world environments and Uber announced its plans to launch flying taxis in Dubai, UAE and Dallas, Texas.

“Today’s learners are more familiar with technology than a pen and paper,” said Brown. “Their pen and paper is a tablet or a computer. We need to embrace technology as a mechanism for engagement and 21st century learning.”

Brown said she and the project team based their research on the New Media Consortium Horizon Report (Higher Education Edition), which forecasts which emerging technologies will be integrated into learning within the next one to three years. According to the 2017 report, drones are a technology that should be on the radar of educators across the world.

Some of the uses for drones already being implemented at other institutions include aerial video projects (Swarthmore College, USA), using drones in the repair and maintenance of infrastructure (University of Leeds, Ireland) and for engineering students to measure a variety of indicators such as humidity, temperature, barometric pressure (University of Chihuahua, Mexico).

A drone has been approved to be purchased for educational use at Red River College and will be used for training before instructors can implement it into their learning.

Pathway Program lays foundation for bright future in Manitoba

October 18, 2017

RRC’s Language Training Centre students put language and technical skills to work for Habitat for Humanity.

Winnipeg, MB – Today, students in Red River College’s (RRC) Language Training Centre’s Pathway Program to Construction Skills will lend a helping – and skilled – hand for the day at Habitat for Humanity as part of an introduction to practical training.

The students are refugee newcomers to Manitoba who enrolled in the Pathway Program to enhance their English language skills and gain practical hands-on experience, with a goal to gain full-time employment working in the construction sector once they complete their training.

Many of the participants were forced to flee their homes due to war from countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Sudan, and have made Manitoba home after receiving refugee status. Though many of them have had to leave behind everything they know – their experience working in construction and the skilled trades is something they’ve brought with them and, now they are hoping to put those skills to work as they begin their new lives here in Canada.

“Most of us can’t even begin to imagine moving across the world to a new place where we speak a different language, and not be able to pursue employment in a career or industry we’ve spent our lives working towards – but this is a reality for many of these students,” said Stuart Schwartz, Program Manager at RRC’s Language Training Centre.

“Other students may not have previous experience, but have the desire to learn. This program aims to bridge the gap and remove the language barrier by providing students with the essential language training, technical skills and experience they need to gain employment working in Manitoba’s construction sector.”

One student eager to put his experience to work is Alazar Elyas. Elyas, who is originally from in Eritrea, moved to Winnipeg with his wife in June 2016 from Sudan. Prior to coming to Canada, Elyas worked as a plumber for close to 23 years.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and my career in plumbing. When I came to Manitoba, I talked to many places and offered to volunteer for experience,” said Elyas. “At the start my English language benchmark was a level four, so there were safety risks due to communication barriers. I heard about the Pathway Program from the Immigrant Centre and enrolled to participate right away.”

The Pathway Program was developed by staff at RRC’s Language Training Centre and was first offered in March 2017 through the support of the Refugee Employment Development Initiative (REDI) for refugees and newcomers, and provided training to 21 students in the field of dry walling, masonry, and flat-top roofing.

The second cohort began training this fall, and today students spent the day using some of their new skills gained in the classroom to help Habitat for Humanity put the final touches, including landscaping and building a new wooden sidewalk, on a new home for a family in Winnipeg.

This introductory experience will serve as fundamental training for the students, and will not only give them an opportunity to practice their language skills, it will help assess professionalism, how well they work with a team, and their ability to comprehend instructions and work safely – all while supporting an important community charity.

“We feel very fortunate to have Red River College’s Pathway Program to Construction Skills students here today giving their time to help us build a strong community,” said Sandy Hopkins, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Manitoba. “We believe in success through collaboration and this is just another example of how we can work together to help our city grow, diversify and develop into a stronger and more vibrant place to live.”

In addition to providing important language and skills training. The Pathway Program also provides each student with a month-long paid, on-the-job experience with the goal to support long-term employment in the construction sector.

“It’s been great to join instructors in the classroom and learn and develop new skills in areas like carpentry and drywall,” said Elyas. “When I graduate I hope to gain full time employment and work alongside a skilled plumber so I can continue my learning. In the future, my goal is to return to Red River College and complete my plumbing certificate and perhaps one day, open my own business.”

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.


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

Red River College Students On Track to Compete In International Race

October 4, 2017

Red River College Students On Track to Compete In International Race

For immediate release: October 4, 2017

A rush of electricity is racing through Red River College over the next six months.

A team of students from Red River College’s (RRC) Mechanical Engineering Technology program have been meeting every Wednesday since January 2016 to design and build a battery-electric vehicle. In a few short months they’ll watch it cruise, coast and drift along the track at the Sonoma Raceway in California.

In April, the team will compete at the 2018 Shell Eco-Marathon Challenge Americas in Sonoma, California, where they will face off against more than 1,000 student-made cars from high schools, colleges and universities from across the Americas. The goal; build the car that can go the farthest distance while using the least amount of energy.

This morning they presented a sneak-peek to RRC President and CEO, Paul Vogt and officially announced the car’s name: SpaRRCky.

“This is one of the best examples of applied learning,” said Vogt. “When you combine industry-led training, with highly motivated students, and faculty expertise, you can achieve great things. I am very proud that our College is a place where we can turn vision into reality, and I can’t wait to see how our racer performs in California.”

Students can enter the competition in one of two vehicle categories – Prototype or UrbanConcept. The Prototype category challenges teams to enter futuristic-looking, streamlined vehicles focused on maximizing efficiency; and the UrbanConcept category focuses on practical road designs. For both categories teams can use any of seven official energy sources – including conventional fuels such as gasoline or diesel, as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, ethanol, gas-to-liquid (GTL), compressed natural gas (CNG) or battery electric technologies.

RRC’s team will be competing in the Prototype category with their battery-electric vehicle, and over the next few weeks the team will be testing each individual component and will begin piecing the vehicle together. By November they’ll be ready for test drives.

“The best part for me is that I can apply all the knowledge I’ve learned at school to the real world,” said Bin Yang, one of the team members. “We look forward to testing, and fixing, and testing until we’re ready to go.”

Next week the team will begin its search for a driver. For updates, follow along at

Thank you for helping the team make it to California

This project has been generously supported by CTTAM Inc., Custom Castings Limited, Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), Vehicle Technology Centre Inc., Judy Werier and Leon Fainstein.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Jakee Werbuk at 204.632.2086 or

Red River College paints positive picture for mental health on campus

October 2, 2017

Anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and healing through art; the focus for Mental Illness Awareness Week  

Winnipeg, MB – As the saying goes, “art is not what you see, but what you make others see,” and this week, Red River College (RRC) will invite artists from Artbeat Studio to exhibit their work and provide staff and students with opportunities to see and understand the realities of mental illness on campus during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW).

Through the College’s Healthy Minds Healthy College initiative many different educational events, in addition to ArtBeat Studio exhibits, have been sketched out to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Sessions taking place this week include learning to cope with student anxiety offered by the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba, and a presentation from the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society focused on increasing knowledge about schizophrenia and psychosis.

“As a post-secondary institution focused on the health and well-being of staff and students, Mental Illness Awareness Week is an important initiative for the College to be engaged in,” said RRC’s Mental Health Coordinator, Breanna Sawatzky. “Our priority is to create opportunities for the entire college community to learn more about mental health through education, and foster a safe, responsive and supporting environment to talk about mental illness and how it impacts those who we study and work with.”

This year’s program will also expand on previous initiatives to continue to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and promote and create more awareness around the many community supports and programs that are also available to staff and students.

“We are pleased to join Red River College this year for Mental Illness Awareness Week, and offer opportunities for students to speak to our alumni about how art can save lives,” said Christine Strike, Community Projects Coordinator at Artbeat Studio. “Our vision is to talk to those experiencing mental illness and say it’s okay to take a pause in life and go through a program like Artbeat Studio, and engage in artistic expression, which we believe promotes recovery, empowerment and community.”

“It’s imperative to create a dialogue around mental illness to reduce the stigma and show people they are not alone,” said Strike. “We commend Red River College for their continued work to foster a community of understanding and support around mental health, and we look forward to sharing our stories and art with staff and students this week.”

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is a weeklong public education campaign running from October 1 – 7, and was designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness – which according to reports from the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, in any given year 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness.

Red River College’s Healthy Minds Healthy College Initiative aims to develop an environment of support and provide a sense of well-being, belonging, connectedness, and positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff to elevate their potential. Learn more at




Red River College MIAW events include:

Tuesday October 3:

  • Artbeat Exhibit — Notre Dame Campus (NDC) 12-2pm, Library Hallway

Wednesday October 4:

  • Coping with Anxiety – Notre Dame Campus 12-1pm, Orange Lecture Theatre
  • Coping with Anxiety – Exchange District Campus (EDC) 12-1pm, P107, Roblin Centre

Thursday October 5:

  • ArtBeat Exhibit — EDC 12-2pm, Roblin Centre Atrium
  • All About Schizophrenia — NDC 11am-12pm, White Lecture Theatre

New Nurse Prescriber Program now Accepting Registrations at Red River College

September 28, 2017

New Nurse Prescriber Program now Accepting Registrations at Red River College 

For immediate release: September 28, 2017

Red River College is now accepting applications for its new Nurse Prescriber Program, which will train nurses for advanced career opportunities in health care while assisting practicing registered nurses to meet the new requirements mandated by provincial legislation.

The Manitoba government announced last month that it would be bringing the registered nursing profession into the Regulated Health Profession Act (RHPA), effective May 31, 2018, and creating a new designation – the Registered Nurse Authorized Prescriber or RN (AP). The goal is to increase access to safe and effective health care in Manitoba.

RRC’s new advanced certificate program meets the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba educational requirement for the new role of RN (AP) as set out in legislation. An RN (AP) will have the competencies and authority to prescribe certain medications and order screening and diagnostic tests in a defined area of practice.

“Red River College had to move quickly to help nurses and their employers adapt to the new requirements of provincial legislation – particularly those RNs who are currently working as prescribers and will now need to meet the new requirements,” said Christine Watson, vice president Academic, RRC.

“Our nursing department worked closely with the province, Manitoba nurses, the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and health care facilities in order to have this new program in place for the current academic year – and well in advance of the changes coming into effect. I want to commend our nursing department for its responsiveness and for its leadership in ensuring Manitoba nurses have the training options they need in order to meet the new requirements.”

RRC is currently offering two pre-requisites to this program – Pharmacology for Nurses and Health Assessment/Prescriber, and these two courses will be offered three times per year going forward in order to provide Manitoba nurses and students with flexible training options.

The Nurse Prescriber Program is available to any current registered nurse practicing across the province and its theory sections are completed primarily through distance training. Theory components are complemented by 160 hours of supervised clinical practicum.

Additionally, nurses have the option to specialize in one of two streams:

Travel Health: Nurses who specialize in this stream will gain knowledge specific to how diseases are developed, the concepts of immunology and medications used to prevent and treat travel health diseases and conditions. Students will also learn how their foundational knowledge can be applied to the components of the nursing process including assessment of travel health.

Reproductive Health/Sexually Transmitted or Blood-Born Infections: Nurses who specialize in this stream will gain knowledge specific to how diseases are developed, concepts of immunology and the safe assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of specific reproductive and STBBI conditions. In addition, students will learn preventative practice measures and best practices in ongoing monitoring of clients.

For more information about the program click here.

Canada’s oldest skyscraper keeps baking up new opportunities in Winnipeg’s Exchange District

September 22, 2017

RRC’s Culinary Institute Now LEED Gold Certified

WINNIPEG, MB – Mayor Brian Bowman and Red River College (RRC) President and CEO Paul Vogt traded their suits and ties for aprons and baker’s hats – joining RRC’s Professional Baking and Patisserie students in the kitchen to twist, shape and celebrate the five-year anniversary of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute with a friendly pretzel-making bake-off.

The duo were joined by Suzanne Gessler, a proud alumni and owner of The Pennyloaf Bakery, a small-batch artisan bakery on Corydon. Gessler coached Bowman and Vogt as they artfully created their own take on a pretzel, while sharing her experiences as a baker and business owner after changing course in her career as a social worker and attending Red River College’s successful culinary institute.

Gessler, who graduated from the Professional Baking and Patisserie program in 2014, is one of 618 graduates who have walked through the doors of PGI since it became the new home to RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Winnipeg’s Exchange District during the 2012/13 academic year.

“Today we celebrate not only the tremendous impact the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute has had on education in our city, but also the positive impact of the College’s expansion into the Exchange District,” said Paul Vogt, RRC’s president and CEO. “Restoring heritage buildings and bringing thousands of students and staff to the area has sparked new economic activity and helped revitalize this iconic community.”

Before it was restored by Red River College, PGI was home to the Union Bank Tower, Winnipeg’s first and oldest skyscraper – and at one time, the tallest building in the Dominion of Canada. Today, this newly-certified LEED Gold building houses RRC’s culinary, hospitality and baking programs and serves as a home away from home to many students. PGI contains the the College’s first-ever student residence, which is operating at full capacity this year.

PGI is a key part of RRC’s Exchange District Campus (EDC), which also includes the Roblin Centre on Princess Street. This campus will undergo a massive expansion in the coming years with the construction of a new 100,000-square foot Innovation Centre. Fundraising efforts to build the new state-of-the-art facility are now underway.

“Red River College continues to be a strong anchor and foundation supporting growth and revitalization of our downtown and the Exchange District,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It’s great to celebrate the five year anniversary of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, a building that continues to help to foster round-the-clock activity, and it’s great to see people increasingly recognizing the Exchange as a place to visit, live, and spend money.”

Since moving to the Exchange District, the number of graduates from RRC’s culinary and hospitality programs has increased by almost 30 per cent, and 92-100 per cent of students who pursue careers in these industries find employment in the first six-months after graduation. The Exchange District area continues to be home to new restaurants – many opened by RRC grads.

PGI is also home to RRC’s growing Culinary Research & Innovation (CRI) program, which offers product development services to industry and researchers, along with testing and demonstration platforms. One important goal is to help develop new innovative uses for locally grown food and support Manitoba’s agricultural and food industry.

Today, the CRI team talked to students about working with local business The Pretzel Place, and showcased the research they have done to find innovative ways to improve the browning of pretzels and develop new seasoning blends. This creates a link for students to see firsthand how the skills and knowledge they are learning in the lab today can be applied later on when working within the food research industry, and helping local food service companies.

Demand for culinary research and innovation is increasing – the program has been involved in about 40 industry projects over the last few years with organizations such as the Manitoba Pulse and Soy Growers, Granny’s Poultry, Food Development Centre, and MSPrebiotic Inc.

Recently, Culinary Research & Innovation worked with Piccola Cucina on the development of a Hemp Macaroon, which won the silver medal for best new food product earlier this week at the Great Manitoba Food Fight 2017.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the culinary community in Winnipeg – thanks in large part to the role RRC’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute has played in training and inspiring many of our city’s finest culinary minds,” said Vogt. “I am honoured to be here today, celebrating with our distinguished guests, instructors, faculty members, and Manitoba’s up-and-coming chefs and bakers in this building who will continue to innovate, create, and change the world of food for generations to come.”

30-Year Partnership with China’s Shenyang Institute Boasts 1,000 Students Attending Red River College

September 19, 2017

30-Year Partnership with China’s Shenyang Institute Boasts 1,000 Students Attending Red River College

For immediate release: September 19, 2017

What started as an English language training partnership 30 years ago has grown into an opportunity for students in Northern China’s largest city to harness advanced skills in three top industries.

This week six delegates from the Shenyang Institute of Engineering (SIE) are visiting Red River College (RRC) to continue growing that relationship and receive a tour of RRC’s Exchange District Campus and Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. The delegates were greeted by RRC President and CEO Paul Vogt at the college’s Notre Dame Campus Monday morning.

The relationship began in 1987 when RRC and SIE exchanged staff and faculty to offer English language training at the SIE campus in Northern China.

Since 2010, students in Shenyang have been able to enroll in a joint degree program for Electrical Engineering Technology, Power Engineering Technology or Hospitality and Tourism Management. These students have the option of completing the entire program in Shenyang, over a period of three years, with curriculum provided by RRC. Another option is to complete their first two-years of study in China and travel to Winnipeg for the final year of their program.

The partnership has grown steadily and now more than 1,000 Chinese students are enrolled in the joint program between RRC and SIE for the 2017/2018 academic year.

“It’s connections like this that really put Red River College, and Winnipeg, on the map as a hub for the engineering and hospitality industries,” said Paul Vogt, president and CEO of Red River College. “The hands-on learning students receive on campus is crucial to their success and we’re happy to be able share that with our partners in Shenyang.”

One of China’s primary industrial centers, Shenyang (population: 8.1 million) is home to some of the country’s leading firms in the aerospace, heavy machinery, defense, automotive, electronics, and software sectors. It is an industrial center and transportation hub for Northeast China, and also the largest political, economic, and cultural center of the region.

“This 30-year joint partnership records the generational dedication to international education,” said Professor Song Huanbin, Chancellor of the Shenyang Institute of Engineering. “Two years ago we made the decision to extend this partnership for another 10 years, and last year our application received the approval from the Ministry of Education (in China). We are confident in expanding and upgrading the cooperation to a new level, which creates a strong model for China-Canada joint partnerships.”

While in Winnipeg the delegates will also visit Assiniboine Park and Zoo and receive a tour of the city’s cultural landmarks. The visit will culminate with a 30th Anniversary Celebration dinner at Jane’s Restaurant, featuring a menu prepared by RRC students.

Red River College currently has international partnerships with institutions in China, Japan and India. These partnerships allow highly qualified international students to fill available seats in full-time, ESL and continuing education programs and brings opportunities to academic departments for faculty exchanges, sharing of academic expertise and practices.