Instructors Insight

January 2014




Photography grad 'throws himself off a cliff', creates images that inspire

Robert Lowdon was always drawn to photography, but translating that passion into a career was another story.

"On my website it says, 'Images that inspire,'" says Lowdon. "That's something that's been [important] to me bcause going into this career has been a major life change. I've basically taken a chance, thrown myself off a cliff and just decided I wanted to live life the way I wanted to."

Before deciding to go pro, Lowdon, 30, worked in a warehouse and spent a few years in sales. During that time he also worked as an amateur photographer, shooting all kinds of local music shows at notorious venues like The Albert.

He made the leap from snapping pics in bawdy beer halls to photographing some of the biggest acts in the world (among them, pop stars Rihanna and Selena Gomez) after enrolling in Continuing Education's Professional Photography program. He graduated in 2011 and started his own business, Robert Lowdon Photography, in 2012. Since then, he's racked up an impressive client list, including Bacardi, the United States Consulate, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Credit Union Central.

Click here to learn more about Lowdon's work, and here for more on Professional Photography at RRC.


Winter Convocation: Monday, February 3, Centennial Concert Hall

On behalf of the School of Continuing Education, congratulations to everyone taking part in RRC's Winter 2014 Convocation.

Ceremonies take place Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday., Feb. 4, at the Centennial Concert Hall. Continuing Education grads will convocate on Monday, Feb. 3, with proceedings beginning at 7pm.

All graduates wishing to attend convocation ceremonies are required to wear a gown, cap and tassel. If you haven't already ordered yours, please arrive at the Concert Hall at least 90 minutes prior to the ceremony, with $45 cash for rental (no credit or debit cards accepted).

The College will subsidize gown rentals for students with financial difficulties. Funding is limited, however; please visit a Student Service Centre for assistance.

Tickets to Convocation ceremonies are not required, and there is no maximum number of guests per graduate. Designated seating is available for those with disabilities.

Family and friends who are unable to attend can view a live webcast of the ceremony. A link to the webcast will be available on the day of Convocation -- click here for the link, or for additional information.


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 on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. All sessions take place at 7pm at 9-1500 Regent Ave.

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


Be our guest! Join us at Open House 2014!

Join us next month as we welcome more than 2,500 potential students to Open House 2014, running Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Wednesday, Feb. 19 at all three Winnipeg campuses

As always, the goal of the event is to help future RRC students gather the information and knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their educational and career paths. By opening our doors and encouraging face-to-face meetings with our students and staff, we provide visitors with a sense of awareness and confidence about their choices for the future.

Open House takes place at the Notre Dame, Exchange District and Stevenson Campuses. Visitors can tour our clasrooms and facilities, learn about RRC programs, meet with instructors and academic advisors, and enter to win great prizes, including the grand prize -- a $1,000 tuition credit!

Click here for more information, or contact our student recruiters Jennifer Powell or Clint Thiessen.


Jumpstart the season with ConEd's 2014 Winter 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 Winter 2014 Course Schedule, which contains the latest course information for all Continuing Education programs -- including dates, times, course codes, fees and locations.

Also, check out the 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 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!


WindCity Winners: RRC Grads Showcase Winnipeg in New Web Series

Red River College is known for its cutting-edge curriculum, state-of-the-art equipment and industry-ready grads who drive Manitoba's economy. So it makes sense the school was an early adopter of WindCity, a newly-launched Winnipeg-based web series.

"RRC has shown itself to be really innovative and forward thinking," says the show's production manager Jean du Toit (also an RRC grad). "It's taken over buildings, it's renovated, it's made itself felt as a presence in the downtown. The fact that it was an early supporter of WindCity is just another example of that forward-thinking mentality of the College."

WindCity is the first locally produced digital sitcom to be situated in Winnipeg. It's branded content, meaning local businesses and organizations pay to have their products or services featured in the plot. (Think product placement on steroids.)

RRC is involved in a number of ways. For starters, three RRC grads play prominent roles: There's production manager du Toi (Professional Photography, 2011), who works for Frank Digital, the production company behind WindCity; as well as actors Ali Tataryn (Applied Counselling, 2006) and Karl Thordarson (Greenspace Management, 2008), both of whom have roles in front of the camera.

RRC is also involved as a sponsor, a partnership that led to one of the show's supporting characters being written as an RRC student. Click here to watch full episodes of the series.



Applied Counselling Certificate

Develop proficient counselling skills and gain the knowledge to aid others in their search for personal growth and healthy relationships.

This seven-month program focuses on general counselling, cross-cultural communication, and family and youth issues.

You can also complete this program through part-time studies. To learn how, see Applied Counselling Certificate - Part-time.

Students must submit the following documents BEFORE registering for their practicum: Adult Criminal Record/Vulnerable Sector (ACVS) Check, and Provincial Child Abuse Registry (PCAR) Check.

Both checks must be done within three months of attending the practicum.

Click here for more information, or contact the Program Facilitator at 204.632-2237.


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

Italian Cuisine January 31, 2014
Financial Planning Fundamentals February 3, 2014
Marketing 1 February 4, 2014
Calculus February 6, 2014
Income Tax Planning February 6, 2014
Gluten-free Living & Baking February 8, 2014
Starting a Small Business February 10, 2014
Microeconomics February 18, 2014
Grievance Handling February 22, 2014
Japanese Cuisine February 28, 2014


"My experience at Red River College was exactly what I was looking for ... After attending the U of M for a year I realized [it] was not for me. When I enrolled at RRC for business, the atmosphere was different -- more my style. Classes were smaller and more on a personal level. Interacting with the professors was much easier and I just felt more comfortable and more at home on the RRC campus."

-- Katherine Quiboquibo (Business Administration)







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