Instructors Insight

April 2014




Business Analyst/Project Mgmt. grad applies skills to work and music

Scott Hinkson has the kind of schedule that might have you picturing him slipping into a phone booth before rushing off to his next stop, red cape flapping in the wind.

By day, he's a nose-to-the-grindstone Senior Project Manager at Western Canada Lottery Corporation. After hours, he instructs on-campus and distance courses, including one he wrote himself, in both of the Continuing Education certificate programs he graduated from at Red River College: Business Analyst (2010) and Project Management (2011). He also sits on RRC's Business Analyst Advisory Committee, and at home, he's a father to a busy three-year-old son.

Hectic, sure. But somehow Hinkson still finds time to fit in performing as a successful local musician and working on releasing his fifth album.

"My first love is music," says Hinkson, who since 2004 has released four solo albums and a short film soundtrack. "Nowadays, I have to book a day off for the house to be quiet enough for me to actually finish writing a song. Usually I have about a 15-minute window to come up with an idea ... like while my little guy is having a bath."

Hinkson's time is much more regimented at work, where he not only schedules his own day, but his colleagues' as well. As Senior Project Manager, he runs a handful of large projects at any one time, defining each project's needs, identifying risks, then ensuring the project team delivers within the agreed-upon scope, budget and schedule.


Click here to learn more about Hinkson's busy schedule.




Information Session: Administrative Assistant Program

Interested in developing your skills for a career in business or an office environment? Learn more about Continuing Education's full-time Administrative Assistant program.

We're hosting an Information Session at our Notre Dame Campus where you can meet instructors, ask questions, and learn about entrance requirements.

Date: Monday, May 5, 2014

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: E101 - 2055 Notre Dame Ave.


Parking is available for $2. Click here to learn more about the program.    




Ready to write your Red Seal - Cook certification exam?

We're hosting an information session to unveil our new Certification Exam Preparation (CEP) Course for Cooks, which will provide you with the technical information required to write the exam.

This is an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered by RRC instructors and representatives from Apprenticeship Manitoba.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: P107 - 160 Princess St.


For more info: Call 204.694.1789 (toll-free 1.866.242.7073), email or visit




ConEd grad honours grandmother's memory by helping seniors in care

In his grandmother's final years, Vernon Cook wasn't able to visit her as much as he wanted -- she lived in a personal care home outside of town and getting out to see her was tough. But now he's making it up to seniors everywhere.

"She passed away and I just felt awful that I couldn't do more," Cook says. "I just needed to do something for the elderly, for my grandma, because I couldn't see her very much. And I thought I could do something to give back."

Cook chose to give back by completing RRC's Therapeutic Recreation Facilitator for Older Adults program, and later, by working at Southeast Personal Care Home. He was raised to honour and respect his elders, so the program seemed like a natural fit.

Cool was the first Aboriginal man to graduate from the program, and before he even finished he was offered a position at Southeast, the first Aboriginal-focused care home in Winnipeg. Southeast aims to respect holistic Aboriginal values and cultural traditions that nurture the health and well-being of each person. For example, the facility hosts elders and holds sharing circles, and features a ceremonial room for residents.

Working in a care home where 90% of residents are First Nations presents its own challenges, however, as many are residential school survivors. But Cook says he's up to the task.


"It's a constant learning process with this career," he says. "You always get new ideas from other facilitators ... 'Let's try this, let's try that and see what works.' People, they're all at varying levels of their cognitive ability and what they can do. It all depends on their care plans."


Click here to learn more about Cook's career, and here for more on Continuing Education's Therapeutic Recreation Facilitator for Older Adults program.




Spring Convocation: Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Red River College's Spring 2014 Convocation ceremonies will be held June 3 and 4 at the Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St.

The convocation date for Continuing Education students is Wednesday, June 4, at 7:00 p.m.

Click here to stream this year's ceremonies.







Jumpstart the season with ConEd's 2014 Spring/Summer Course Schedule!

Get a head start on summer by enhancing your employability through personal and professional development courses at RRC.

To register, pick up the new 2014 Spring/Summer Course Schedule, which contains the latest course information for all Continuing Education programs -- including dates, times, course codes, fees and locations.

Also, be sure to check out Continuing Education's 2013-14 Program Guide, which provides an overview of the 100-plus certificate and diploma programs offered on a part-time and full-time basis, as well as an at-a-glance legend showing availability by delivery method for each course.

Hard copies of both the Course Schedule and Program Guide can be found at all Safeway and 7-11 locations in Winnipeg. Courses fill up fast, so register early to guarantee yourself a spot!




Educational Assistant Certificate


Prepare for a career working with students in an educational setting, where you can support the work of teachers and clinicians.

Study and explore the developmental needs of children and the instructional strategies to meet those needs.

RRC's Educational Assistant Certificate program focuses on a variety of topics, ranging from inclusive education and learner characteristics to supporting learning environments, managing behaviours and professionalism.

Oral presentations, written assignments and group projects are all part of the program, which is available at six RRC campuses (Notre Dame, Interlake, Peguis-Fisher River, Portage, Steinbach and Winkler). the program is also available by distance delivery, as well as on a full-time basis.


More Options For Personal and Professional Development

Red River College has hundreds of quality part-time workshops and courses available to deliver the knowledge and skills you'll need to succeed in the workplace or guide you along the path of personal development. Click below for direct links to info on upcoming courses and workshops.


Course Name

Start Date

Grievance Handling May 3, 2014
Introduction to Canadian Business May 5, 2014
Intermediate Accounting 1 May 5, 2014
Supervisory Service Skills May 6, 2014
Fundamentals of Fundraising May 7, 2014
FD: Psychology of Grieving May 10, 2014
Programming (Java 1) May 12, 2014
Building Workplace Loyalty May 13, 2014
Financial Accounting 1 May 15, 2014
Mental Health First Aid -- Youth May 24, 2014


"The Red River College educational experience has gone above and beyond my expectations. The instructors are people who work in the real world and bring that experience into the classroom. This allows the students to understand how we can apply what we are learning to our current jobs."

- Mike McDonald (Quality Management Systems & Applications)







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