Red river college
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Brief Background

Red River College (RRC) is one of the largest centers for learning and research located in Manitoba, Canada. RRC offers more than 200 diploma, degree and certificate courses that can be pursued either full-time or part-time. RRC boasts of training 22000 students every year of which 24% are international students belonging to 60 different countries. The college is at eight different campuses across Manitoba. The main campuses in Winnipeg are Exchange District Campus, Notre Dame Campus, and Stevenson Airport. The regional campuses are Interlake and Peguis – Fisher River, Portage la Prairie, Steinbach, Stevenson Southport, and Winkler. 

Notre Dame Campus at Winnipeg is the largest campus of RRC. It houses many main buildings and amenities. The majority of RRC’s programmes related to transportation technology, health sciences, and engineering programs are provided on this campus. It has many well-equipped research laboratories. 

Exchange District Campus at Winnipeg provides courses in the field of arts, IT, culinary and hospitality. They have modern classrooms and study spaces along with equally modern and advanced research facilities. They have two student-run dinings operating inside the campus.

Stevenson campus in Winnipeg has Canada's third-largest aerospace sector. The campus provides courses in the field of Aviation and Aerospace. 

Interlake and Peguis Fisher River campus is a regional campus that provides community programs and part-time courses. The administrative office is located in Selkirk, and the main campuses are located in Selkirk, Peguis and Fisher River. 

Portage la Prairie campus is located in a historic building, and it offers various full time and part-time programs in administration, business, accounting, marketing, and early childhood. It is a regional campus and focuses on community-based learning and contract training specific to industries.  

The Steinbach campus is located in Eastman Education Centre on Steinbach’s Loewen Boulevard. RRC focuses on rural communities and offers free English Language courses along with childcare facilities for the rural community and the refugees in its Language Training Centre. 

Stevenson campus in Southport is a regional campus that offers courses in the field of aviation and aerospace. 

RRC’s Winkler campus is a regional campus that offers personal and professional development programs in the Pembina Valley. It also offers additional support courses through the Winkler community learning center.


RRC has a fully structured and functioning library at the Notre Dame Campus and the Exchange District Campus. The library has over 75000 titles in print form and 5000 titles in digital format. The library provides more than 2000 digital equipment and facilities including projectors, printers, and scanners. The Building Envelope Technology Access Centre (BETAC) provides advanced facilities for research in the fields of construction, designing, and effect of new construction materials. The university has one of the best infrastructural prospects. The Roblin Centre has all the facilities used for learning and research in the field of business, creative arts, and IT programs. It also contains a bookstore, a fully functional library, and a fitness center. Paterson GlobalFoods Institute has amenities for facilitating hospitality and culinary arts programs. ACE Project Space offers a place for IT students to work with entrepreneurs and learn new technologies and product development. The other research centers of RRC are The Technology Access Centre for Aerospace & Manufacturing (TACAM),  Vehicle Technology & Energy Centre (VTEC) and, Culinary Research & Innovation (CRI).

Residing Options

RRC provides campus living options to students. Well-furnished residences are available in Paterson GlobalFoods Institute at the Exchange District Campus situated in Winnipeg. The food and the location of the residence are well suited for all the students. Furnished single and double suite room options are available for the students to choose from. The rooms are provided with internet and Wi-Fi facilities and are subjected to IT usage policies of the college. There is a public kitchen space for the students to cook their food. A microwave oven and fridge are also provided to the students in each room. Students can also choose to rent houses off-campus or homestay at a Canadian house. New Journey Housing and The Residential Tenancies Branch provides information about off-campus housing. Temporary housing options in hostels and hotels are also provided for short stays.

Financial Aid

RRC provides interest-free repayable loans as well as non-repayable grants and bursaries. The students need to contact the Manitoba Student Aid Branch for applying for the grants and bursaries. Every financial aid has its opening dates. RRC also advises students to refer to the information given on the Government of Canada's financial assistance for students' website. The students who apply for the grants are assessed on the basis of their financial need and. RRC has an Awards and Financial Aid office that assists students on financial aid. There are entry-level awards like Bell MTS Telecommunications Award and Business Administration Relocation Bursary and general awards like Assistive Technology Award and C.P. Loewen Family Foundation Bursary. There are many other awards and bursaries available specific to the field of study. 

Jobs and Placements 

RRC’s student employment services help and support students and recent graduates on their journey to employment. A portal namely Job Central is managed by the services and updated regularly on the opportunities available. They frequently conduct job fairs, networking events and career summit. As per the 2016/2017 Graduate Satisfaction and Employment reports, 94% of college graduates find work after graduation. Also, 96% of employers are more than satisfied with RRC hires. 


RRC is located primarily in Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba. It has everything on campus for the students right from food to fun. There are sports facilities, campus stores, cafeteria with various food options, extensive parking spaces, childcare facilities, recreation and fitness centers, sports facilities and medical health centers. Winnipeg has people from over 100 nationalities speaking different languages. Winnipeg has a very big shopping mall with all the retail stores. The parking spaces at the campus are regulated and managed by Transportation planning, services, and initiatives. For students who cycle, RRC provides indoor bike parking, bike lockers, and security and also a program called Borrow a Bike. Students can also use Winnipeg transit bus services to get to and around the campus. Shuttle services are also operated between the Notre Dame Campus and the Exchange District Campus. Students are also offered with U-pass and a reduced fare monthly pass. 


Business studies offer programs that educate students in the fields of administration, accounting, insurance, marketing, international business, Mathematics, Business management, Records management, and Business software. The students are trained in various skill sets including business office software, administrative procedures, communication, event planning, teamwork, bookkeeping, accounting, payroll, computer skills, general business practices, supervision, management, and leadership. The courses are offered full-time, part-time and online too. The graduates are prepared to start their careers in positions like Administrative Assistant, Administrative Professional, Executive Assistant, Office Assistant, Receptionist, Data Entry Clerk, and entry-level accountant. RRC also provides applied research initiative in the field of business that focuses on applying the business knowledge on the local community and regional businesses. Directions conference is held every year to connect students with industry experts. There are diploma and certificate courses available in the areas mentioned. 

Community Services

Community Services offers programs that train the students for a rewarding career through which they can help and change the lives of people, including adults, seniors, and children. The University has one of the best community services across all the parallel universities. The programs are offered in the fields of American Sign Language, Child and Youth Care, Disability Support, Early Childhood Education, and Therapeutic Recreation. The program offers extensive practical sessions and fieldwork in various community settings. Students are also trained in relationship development, family dynamics, and support and intervention courses. The graduates are trained to be job-ready. Courses are also offered in the field of library and technology management to impart to the students the necessary skills to become an employee of a library. The positions that graduates can opt for are interpreters, early childhood educators, and a library technician. 

Computer and Information Systems Technology

Computer and Information Systems Technology offers programs that cover and include software, hardware and all the basic disciplines of Information Technology and Computer Science. Students are offered work experience in their chosen field of study. The work experience can either be a co-op placement or an industry project. Along with industry-relevant technical training, students are also trained in business understanding and management. This department has affiliations with the many professional groups, namely Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Information and Communications Technology Association of Manitoba (ICTAM) and Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL). The laboratories are well equipped with all the advanced technologies and actual production access level switches, routers and firewalls along with a virtualized server network. Modern Networking labs and project space are also provided by RRC. The programs are accredited by the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).  

Creative Art

Creative Arts offers programs in the fields of creative writing, designing, advertising, animation, and graphic design. It also offers advanced post-graduate certificate courses of an eighth-month duration.  Graduates can get job placements in industries like visual effects, 3D imaging, printing, animation and graphics, advertising, marketing, journalism, broadcasting, social media, data analytics, and photography. An entrance portfolio has to be submitted for review by the students applying for the  postgraduate certificate courses. The programs are associated with industries like the Graphic Designers Canada (GDC) and the Association of Graphic Designers Canada (RGD). There are digital lab and photography studio for the students enrolled in photography. The photography skills that are focused on are digital image manipulation, DSLR camera operation, lighting, composition, printing, exposure,  processing, retouching, and editing. RRC also partners with Professional Photographers of Canada, Professional Photographers of Canada – Manitoba Chapter and Manitoba Camera Club.    


Education offers programs that train students in the essentials of teaching, supporting and guiding the next generation. The focussed fields of study include business, technology, and vocational trades. Diploma, integrated 5-year courses, and Bachelor of Education courses are offered by RRC. The education imparted includes knowledge of a wide range of disciplines like management, marketing, information technology, accounting,  digital photography, animation, film, and multimedia. Students gain work experience by working alongside other trained professionals in various children centers and teaching facilities. The graduates will be trained to plan, organize, communicate effectively, manage the learning environment, follow learning styles and teaching strategies and conduct assessments and evaluation of student’s performance.   

Engineering and Construction Technology

Engineering and Construction Technology offers courses in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, and Computer-Aided Design. The engineering subjects covered are architecture, manufacturing, civil, construction, mechanical and electrical disciplines. The first year is common for all; students are allowed to choose their special field of study in their second year. The final term of the program requires students to complete a project. Students are also offered opportunities to gain work experience through co-op placements. RRC provides advanced laboratories required for learning which include a fully furnished robotics laboratory. The courses are accredited by Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT).  The programs offered in Construction Technology enables the students to apply for various external exams and assessments that include the Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal exams, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Associate exam and, National accreditation from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS). The graduates can apply for positions such as architects, engineers, interior designers, home builders, contractors, and fabricators.  

Health Sciences

Health Sciences offers programs that train the students to obtain a successful career in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. The programs are divided into allied health science, life sciences, and nursing. They are provided in various fields including cardiac sonography, medical laboratory sciences, medical radiologic technology, MRI, spectroscopy, occupational health and safety, paramedicine, biology, chemistry, dental assistants, health information management, veterinary technology, and nursing. The programs have been recognized by the Canadian Forces. The courses mandate a 44-week practical training that provides an opportunity for the students to work with health care professionals in a health care setting. The program also trains the students to become a Canadian Medical Laboratory Technologist by enabling them to appear for the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences Certification (CSMLS) examination. The nursing programs offer training in a private clinic and community service experiences in the second year. 


Hospitality offers courses that focus on the fields of culinary arts, hospitality, tourism management, professional baking, and pastry. The programs include two paid co-op work placements during the study period to emphasize industry-relevant learning experiences. The programs have various industry partnerships including Bothwell Cheese, Granny's Poultry Farmers Cooperative, Callebaut, Garland Canada and, Rational. Additional skills such as safety equipment usage, sanitation, and inspection are also focused upon by the programs offered by RRC.  

Indigenous Education

Indigenous Education offers courses and support services for students who self-declare themselves as indigenous. The ACCESS Model Program and Indigenous student resource center are especially designed for the indigenous people. Various pathway programs are offered to make the students ready both academically and financially. The pathway programs mainly focus on areas like engineering technology, health sciences, trade, business, and creative arts.

Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades offers courses that meet the labor and training needs to create a well trained job-ready workforce. The programs cover basic trades such as carpentry, welding, electrical, plumbing, precision metal machining, and cabinetry. The Government of Manitoba, Entrepreneurship, Training, and Trade provides apprenticeship opportunities for students to learn industry-relevant skills and experience working in a real environment. The main skills focused on are safe operation of tools and equipment,  safe and proper use of woodworking machines, working with pipes as per specifications, reading blueprints, fundamentals of electricity and wiring, and welding processes. 

Transportation Technology

Transportation Technology provides programs related to designing, manufacturing and maintaining various transport systems. The main areas of focus are aerospace and railways. The graduates opt for positions like technicians, engineers, manufacturers, and mechanics. Aerospace Manufacturing was developed by Boeing Canada, Bristol Aerospace, and RRC to train students to be skilled on-demand production workers. The programs involve 25% theory and 75% practical sessions. An exclusive diesel mechanics workshop is available for training. The practical work includes working on engines, automatic transmissions, standard transmissions, basic electric and brake systems. The program assesses the students before admission with the help of a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session. The areas of expertise of the programs are metalworking, spray painting, repairing, restoring damaged vehicles, auto body repair and painting, adjusting and repairing heavy mobile equipment, magnetic particle and liquid penetrant inspection, repairing and servicing gasoline-powered equipment like Lawn and garden equipment, Chainsaws and All-terrain vehicles, applying hand brakes on stationary and moving equipment, switching and sequencing cars.

Annual fees for Indians $5,499
Annual off-campus living $17,502
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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Red River College (RRC) is one of the largest centers for learning and research located in Manitoba, Canada. RRC offers more than 200 diploma, degree and certificate courses that can be pursued either full-time or part-time. RRC boasts of training 22000 students every year of which 24% are intern... ... Read more

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