WINNIPEG — Refugees and newcomers to Canada are receiving hands-on training in the construction sector thanks to a new program being offered at Red River College.
The Pathway Program to Construction Skills focuses on developing essential language skills, safety training and basic construction skills training in the areas of drywalling, masonry and flat-top roofing.
The province and federal government are both coming to the table with a combined $4.5 million for Red River College.
The investment will support the second phase of the new MotiveLab, allowing year-round utilization of a climatic chamber with extreme temperatures ranging from -40°C to +50°C to enable light and heavy vehicle-related research.
WINNIPEG — Students and staff who use Red River College’s Roblin Centre (formerly the Princess Street Campus) will get an extra long Thanksgiving weekend.
The campus will be closed on Tuesday, October 11 so the city can carry out work on the water main adjacent to the campus. Water will be turned off during that time and all classes will be cancelled. The campus will also be closed to the public.
A $1 million donation to Red River College’s Stevenson Aviation Campus will allow students to train on state-of-the-art equipment.
The keys to a British Aerospace Model Jetstream 31, along with associated equipment, manuals and training aids, were handed over to the college on Thursday by the Swanberg family of Grande Prairie and Fort St. John, in memory of Sylvan and Dorothy Swanberg.
“There is an increasing demand in the aviation industry for highly skilled graduates and with Manitoba being home to the third largest aerospace sector in Canada, this working aircraft will enhance training opportunities,” said Paul Vogt, president and CEO, Red River College.
Red River College has named Paul Vogt as its new president and CEO.
The former provincial civil servant joins the college after serving as an executive in residence at the University of Manitoba.
“While Paul’s extensive background is well-suited for institutional leadership, his relationships within the community are key to driving strategic planning initiatives with various stakeholders who contribute to the mission of the College,” said Lloyd Schreyer, chair of RRC’s Board of Governors.
Vogt has taught at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University over the past 25 years, lecturing on a wide variety of subjects, such as public administration and governance, Canadian politics, political theory, feminist theory and economics.