Instructors Insight

November 2013




ConEd grad helping to finance and mentor next wave of entrepreneurs

Without Continuing Education grad Joelle Foster, there would be 87 fewer youth-led businesses operating locally -- and that's just in the last three years.

As the Manitoba, Nunavut and NWT director of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), Foster has financed and mentored 87 local start-ups, many of which -- like Shawarma Khan, EPH Apparel and Nest Family Centre -- are having a big impact on small business in Manitoba.

"Small business is what drives our economy, especially here in Manitoba," says Foster (Business Administration, 1993; Microcomputer Applications, 1994). "How do you think McDonald's started? It started with an idea and an entrepreneur. A small business can become a large business."

CYBF is a national organization that offers financial support and advice to entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 39. Without CYBF, many young entrepreneurs would not be able to secure the business loans or receive the expertise they need to start up.

Although CYBF has operated in Canada since 1996, the local chapter only opened three years ago. And in three short years, Foster's diligence has helped CYBF to co-fund over $1 million in loans -- helping the local chapter outpace growth in CYBF's other regions.

Click here to learn more about Foster's impact on the local economy.


Warm up with Continuing Education's new 2014 Winter Course Schedule!

Warm up the winter months 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!


RRC nabs a starring role in new web series 'WindCity'

Red River College is proud to be a part of the world's first branded web series to focus on Winnipeg as a destination -- WindCity, a scripted comedy poised to promote local tourism, businesses and community spirit!

This bold new initiative has the makings of a viral awareness campaign focused on the city and some of its greatest assets, including -- you guessed it -- Red River College. Follow the campaign as it builds to the official launch on Jan. 7, 2014.

Click here to watch the trailer and enter to win tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere.

Honour a loved one with RRC's 'Build our Future. Buy a Brick' campaign

A four-time RRC alumna (and longtime employee), Stephanie Fraser didn't have to think twice about the College's newly-launched Build our Future. Buy a Brick campaign. "It was a no-brainer," she says. "Who doesn't believe in education?"

Fraser cites several reasons for supporting the fundraising initiative. First, the money raised will support a number of RRC needs and strategic priorities. Second, it's a way to give back to the College. "Sure, I went to university," she says. "But it's my RRC training that earns me my living."

Stephanie also has a personal reason: "RRC's history is my dad's history," she says, referring to her father, Murray Fraser, who attended the Dominion Provincial Vocational School (RRC's precursor) from 1940-41, and post-war, took Machine Shop and Tool & Die courses at the Manitoba Technical Institute (later renamed Red River College) before being hired by what is now Magellan Aerospace.

Murray's vocational training served him well, allowing him to lead a long and fulfilling career, and to provide his family with a secure and comfortable standard of living. Sadly, Murray passed away in April of this year, but the brick Stephanie purchased in his name will honour his memory for decades to come.

"Dad would have loved this," she says. "He'd probably laugh and say, 'This will allow people to walk all over him.'"

Click here for more information on RRC's "Build our Future. Buy a Brick" campaign.


All aboard for information sessions: Railway Conductor program

Click here to watch a recent Global Winnipeg profile of RRC's Railway Conductor certificate program, which provides the theory and hands-on "train"-ing to put your career on the right track.

The program integrates theoretical knowledge in safety, business and communications with practical railyard experience -- including switching and marshalling cars, transporting dangerous goods, performing inspections, copying authorities, and keeping records.

Free information sessions are scheduled until Dec. 19, 2013:

Tuesdays: 7 - 8:30pm, White Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus
Thursdays: 7 - 8:30pm, 9-1500 Regent Ave.

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


Proud to be one of Manitoba's top employers!

Red River College is pleased to announce it has been named one of Manitoba's Top Employers for the fourth year in a row.

"It truly is an honour for the College to be recognized as one of Manitoba's Top Employers once again," said RRC President Stephanie Forsyth. "Our most important asset is our people, hence the development of a comprehensive People Plan created to foster a culture in which all 2,500 staff feel connected and supported by the organization. We're an employer of choice in Manitoba and I am proud to say that we have been one for 75 years.

This comprehensive human resources strategy has made RRC an employer of choice through a variety of initiatives related to recruitment, retention, professional development, succession, total rewards, labour relations and organizational effectiveness.

Click here to learn more about the award, and here to read RRC's profile in the Winnipeg Free Press.


Nominate the Next Future Leader of Manitoba

We all have someone in our lives who is constantly giving back to the community. Now is your opportunity to thank them! Since 2007, the Future Leaders of Manitoba (FLM) have been recognizing and honouring those individuals who continue to make our province a better place to live.

FLM’s mandate is simple: recognize and reward exceptional young Manitobans for their dedication to the social and economic growth of our province. On Jan. 23, 2014, the sixth annual Future Leaders of Manitoba Awards Gala will showcase the latest nominees and winners at a reception at the Fort Garry Hotel.

But first, the Future Leaders of Manitoba need your help! If you know of a deserving individual who meets the following criteria, nominate them today. Take the time to recognize their efforts, and show them the true impact they have on the community and in our lives!

To qualify for this award, nominees must:
· Be between the ages of 20 and 39 as of January 2014.
· Have lived in Manitoba for a minimum of four years as of January 2014, or have returned to Manitoba prior to January 2013.

Click here to nominate someone today! The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2014.



Volunteer Management

Take this program to expand or upgrade your knowledge and management skills, to ensure the success of your volunteer programs and their contribution to your organization's goals and objectives.

Develop the skills to recruit, select, motivate, train and manage volunteers in the multi-faceted field of volunteer management.

The program covers a wide range of relevant topics, including recruitment and marketing, risk management, program planning and evaluation, interpersonal communication, and working with volunteers.

Available by distance delivery; some courses available through classroom delivery.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education's Volunteer Management program.


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

Holiday Cookies & Squares November 30, 2013
Textiles December 3, 2013
Interviewing Skills - Employers December 3, 2013
Art Portfolio Preparation January 4, 2014
Think, Organize and Communicate January 6, 2014
Cisco Networking 1 January 6, 2014
Wills and Estates January 6, 2014
Children's Book Illustration January 6, 2014
Graphic Design 1 January 6, 2014
American Sign Language - VISTA 101 January 6, 2014
Business Analyst - Intro January 7, 2014
Digital AV Production - Intro January 7, 2014
Managerial Economics January 8, 2014
Simply Accounting (PC) January 9, 2014
Basic Business Communications January 13, 2014
Management Principles 1 January 13, 2014


"Red River College has given me the opportunity to further my education without giving up my job. The College is accomodating and understanding of my willingness to learn, despite a busy schedule. I can learn at my own pace and complete courses on my own time. Professors are accessible and willing to answer any questions I may have while completing the Distance Education courses. Signing up for courses is so easy in comparison to other universities and colleges."

-- Amber Reid (Volunteer Management)







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