Instructors Insight


May 2013



Youth Recreation Activity Workers Gain Knowledge in Range of Roles

After spending more than five years as an elementary school teacher in the Philippines, Arianne Lumbera's passion for working with kids remains as strong as ever.

After moving to Canada in 2011, she began looking for similar work, eventually discovering the Youth Recreation Activity Worker program at Red River College.

"I needed to gain more knowledge in how to handle children in a different cultural setting," says Lumbera (shown at left), one of several students who'll graduate from the program next month. "Right now my goal is to work in community services before pursuing my education further."

The program provides opportunities for young people (many of whom have experienced employment barriers) to gain the knowledge and skills required to provide healthy recreational activities as they work with inner city youth. It's delivered by RRC's School of Continuing Education, in partnership with the Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club.

"The partnership ... means students are engaged with the employer right from the point when they apply to enter," says Gail Mireau, Program Manager, Community Service and Education. "The program is designed to provide support to students who may otherwise struggle with the transition to college."

The program's life skills component teaches students essential job skills, while the practicum provides more than 400 hours of on-the-job experience. Grads who wish to continue are eligible to ladder into the second year of RRC's Child and Youth Care diploma program.

This year's graduates will be honoured at a special celebration taking place June 7 at the Roblin Centre.

Click here to learn more about the Youth Recreation Activity Worker program.


Spring Convocation: June 10 & 11, 2013

Red River College's Spring Convocation ceremonies will be held June 10 and 11 at the Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St.

The convocation date for Continuing Education students is Tuesday, June 11, at 1pm (Those taking Business Administration through Continuing Education will convocate on Monday, June 10, at 7pm.).

To confirm your attendance at Convocation you must order and pay for a cap and gown. All students are required to wear caps and gowns if they wish to participate in the ceremony. Click here for additional Convocation info.


New Information Session: Power Engineering - 5th Class

Learn to operate and maintain boilers and related mechanical equipment (including air compressors, generators, motors, turbines, air conditioning units, refrigeration equipment, and steam or hot water boilers) to provide utilities such as light, heat, climate control or power for buildings and industrial processes.

Rating requirements and licensing of engineers is regulated by the Manitoba Office of the Fire Commissioner, under the Power Engineers Act and Regulation. In Manitoba, Fifth Class Power Engineers operate mainly in heating and air conditioning equipment, and in some facilities, in refrigeration.

Join us for a free information session to learn more about this program:

     June 5: 7pm, White Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus

Click here for more information.


Kids Cook@RRC Summer Camps: July 15 - 19, 2013

Interested in teaching your kids how to cook? Let your budding chefs sharpen their kitchen skills this summer with RRC's culinary experts!

Continuing Education's new Kids Cook@RRC Summer Camp runs July 15 to 19, and is open to kids aged eight to 12. (A second camp for kids 11 to 13 is already full for the summer.)

In the morning, kids will prepare five lunch meals from scratch, and in the afternoon, they'll bake such items as cinnamon buns, cheesecake, breads and other take-home treats!

The camps run from 9am to 4pm at the new Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, with drop-offs at 8:30am and pick-ups by 4:30pm. Click here for more information or to register.


Continuing Education Spring/Summer Schedule Now Online!

The 2013 Continuing Education Spring/Summer Course Schedule is now available!

The new schedule contains up-to-date course information -- including dates, times, course codes, fees, and locations -- for all of Continuing Education's 2013 Spring and Summer Term Courses.

This document should be used in conjunction with RRC's Continuing Education 2012-13 Program Guide.

Click here to download a printable PDF copy of the 2013 Spring/Summer Course Schedule. Hard copies are also available at all Safeway and 7-11 locations in Winnipeg.


Information Session: Railway Conductor

All aboard for a career in the railway industry! RRC's 15-week Railway Conductor Certificate program gives you the knowledge and skills required to work as a member of a train crew, in either road or yard service.

The program integrates knowledge in safety, business, communications and wellness with hands-on training in the management of trains -- including switching and marshalling cars, transporting dangerous goods, performing inspections, copying authorities, and keeping records.

Join us for a free information session to learn more about the program.

     June 4, 11 & 18 (7pm, White Lecture Theatre, Notre Dame Campus.)

Program intakes are September 2013 and January and May 2014. For additional information, call 204-694-1789 or see


Launch Your Career or Fill a Position with

Are you an RRC alum (or current student) who'd like help securing meaningful employment after graduation? Or an employer looking to fill a position by hiring one of RRC's job-ready graduates?, RRC's new Student Employment Services website, features a wide range of full-time, part-time, summer and entry-level jobs. Click here to access the page (sign in with your RRC student user name and password). Contact RRC Student Employment Services for more information:

Notre Dame Campus: 204-632-3966

Exchange District Campus: 204-949-8368

To access job postings:


On the web:



Professional Photography (Full-time)

You'll be ready for your close-up after taking RRC's Professional Photography course, which provides the knowledge and skills required to work in the technical and creative areas of digital imaging and processing.

This eight-month, full-time certificate program provides hands-on training in the following areas: digital image manipulation, lighting, single-lens reflex camera operation, exposure, composition, printing, editing, retouching and processing.

Students will also learn the basic marketing, project management and entrepreneurial skills required to own and operate a successful photography business.

Students can also complete the Professional Photography program through part-time study in the evening. Click here for more information on the full-time program, and here for more on the part-time option.


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

Human Resource Management (40 hours) June 12, 2013
Electronic and Sensing Devices June 12, 2013
Basic Business Communications June 13, 2013
Marketing 1 June 17, 2013
Math for Technology June 17, 2013
Interview Skills - Employee June 18, 2013
Non-violent Crisis Intervention June 22, 2013
Administrative Procedures June 25, 2013
Payroll and Taxable Benefits July 2, 2013
PhotoShop (Mac) 1 July 2, 2013
Human Behaviour in Organizations July 2, 2013


"My experience with Red River College was great. It helped give me the skills required to manage people. I was able to complete in a timely fashion because of all the different options for distance education. It was a very flexible schedule for someone who works full-time hours."

-- Janet Miller (Management Development, 2010)







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