Instructors Insight

February 2014




Good design is never stagnant -- and neither is Continuing Education's Residential Decorating Program!

When’s the last time your work impacted a generation of students? Josephine Pulver has been able to make a difference in just a few short years.

Pulver joined Continuing Education’s faculty in 2011 as an instructor in the Residential Decorating program. Since then, she’s implemented the Residential Decorating Practicum, partnered with Palliser Furniture to offer students the opportunity to design for an international company, and introduced two new courses: Decorating Software Applications and Eco-Friendly Decor.

"I think it might be a little bit of an ongoing joke now," Pulver says of how often she brings ideas to her department head. But Pulver’s creativity and innovation is students' gain -- especially since RRC prides itself on producing industry-ready grads.

Pulver graduated from the U of M’s Interior Design program in 1995 and has worked in the industry ever since. She felt a practicum would have been beneficial to her own career and wanted to give RRC students the opportunities she didn’t have. Enter the Residential Decorating Practicum, which is brand new this year.

"[RRC] is open to creative ideas," says Pulver. "They're open to suggestions as to how to move forward with the program. It's not a stagant situation."

The project with Palliser is also new this year, and will hopefully prove to be an invaluable opportunity. (In the final term of Residential Decorating, students will be tasked with creating a display booth for the company.) The Decorating Software Applications course gives students the computer skills to create 3D spaces, draw floor plans, arrange furniture and dcorate rooms, while Eco-Friendly Decor teaches the principles of sustainable development and design, and discusses the decorator's role in sustainability.

Click here to learn more about Pulver's contributions to the program, and here to learn more about Residential Decorating at RRC.


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

Get a head start on spring 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!


It's Tax Receipt Time!

For income tax purposes, T2202A tax receipts are now available through your WebAdvisor Account for the 2013 calendar year. T2202As are only available online and are not mailed out by the College.

If you have any questions about your T2202A form, please contact Continuing Education.


     Full-time students:

     Part-time Continuing Education students:


     Full-time students: 204.632.2327 or toll-free 1.800.903.7707

     Part-time Continuing Education students: 204.694.1789 or toll-free 1.866.242.7073


     Notre Dame Campus: Student Service Centre - D101

     Exchange District Campus: Student Service Centre - P104

Regional students: Please contact your campus.


Information Session: Administrative Assistant program

Interested in developing the administrative and technical skills required to meet the demands of the current and emerging office environment? Explore RRC's full-time Administrative Assistant program, which provides grads with skills in business/office software, administrative procedures, communication, teamwork and problem-solving.

We're hosting a free Information Session on Wednesday, March 19 from 6-7pm, in Room E-101 at the Notre Dame Campus.

Meet with instructors, learn about entrance requirements, and get the answers to any questions you might have about the program. Parking is $2. Click here to learn more about the Information Session, and here for more on the program.


Information Sessions: Railway Conductor program

Get on the fast-track to a career that offers opportunities beyond expectation. Learn the skills required by railway conductors -- including how to apply hand brakes on stationary and moving equipment, conduct brake tests on locomotives, and switch and sequence cars -- all under the supervision of industry-experienced instructors.

The program integrates theoretical knowledge in safety, business and communications with practical railyard experience. Curriculum is designed and developed with cooperation from Canadian railway companies. (This is the only college program in the country accredited by the Railway Association of Canada.)

Free information sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, and Thursday, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 7-8:30pm. The February session will be held at 9-1500 Regent Ave, while the March sessions will be held at the Notre Dame Campus.

Program intakes are January and May 2014. For additional information, call 204.694.1789 or visit


Rotary Career Symposium: March 18 & 19, 2014

Come visit us at the 2014 Rotary Career Symposium, taking place Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

Explore the hundreds of full- and part-time programs available through RRC's School of Continuing Education. Meet with instructors and speak with Academic Advisors!

The event runs 9am-3p, and 6-9pm on March 18, and 9am-3pm on March 19. Click here for more information, including exhibitor and speaker lists, and registration forms.



Fundamentals of Fundraising


Do you need help with a development campaign or fundraising effort? Get hands-on training in this five-week series of half-day workshops, designed by industry experts from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Learn how to revitalize your current fundraising plan or transform a struggling development effort. Get tips on raising money more effectively and efficiently, regardless of the size of your organization.

RRC's Fundamentals of Fundraising program includes case studies and projects, best practices, and practical ideas. The series includes five workshops (with continental breakfast), and a course workbook.

After finishing the workshops, you will receive an official Certificate of Completion.

To register, call 204.694.1789, or if your employer is covering your costs, complete the Employer/Sponsorship Form and fax to 204.633.6489.

Click here for more information.


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

Math for Technology March 4, 2014
Payroll and Taxable Benefits March 7, 2014
Cross Connect Re-Certification March 8, 2014
Advanced Pattern and Construction March 11, 2014
Jackets and Coats March 12, 2014
Customer Relationship Building March 18, 2014
Successful Meeting Strategies March 19, 2014
Risk Management and Estate Planning March 19, 2014
Communicating in Conflict March 26, 2014
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training April 5, 2014


"Having been out of school for 25 years, I was extremely nervous to go back. However, the classes that I am taking and the instructors have been amazing. I have learned so much and am actually having fun in my courses. Although I planned to stop after I obtained by certificate, I have decided to continue to the diploma!"

-- Jo-Ell Stevenson (Management Development)







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