New Skilled Trades and Technology Centre at RRC receives generous donation from the Gene Haas Foundation →
Red River College’s new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) received $500,000 from the Foundation. The STTC will increase trades training capacity at RRC by 30 percent with a new area for laboratories, shop spaces, and classrooms. “We are humbled by the generosity of the Gene Haas Foundation and their continued support of our College,” said RRC president Paul Vogt. “Not only will our Skilled Trades and Technology Centre expand our applied learning environment, it will foster a collaborative approach within our program areas that will have a positive impact on our pre-employment training, applied research projects, and overall student success. This gift from HAAS allows us to provide new and improved opportunities for our students and for that we are extremely grateful.”
The University of Manitoba’s spring convocation saw the University’s 140,000th graduate receive a diploma. The University of Manitoba has showcased several stories from the ceremonies to recognize its new graduates. The U of M also announced that over 430 Indigenous students graduated this year, the most in the University’s history.
At its spring convocation, Brandon University awarded 520 students with degrees over two ceremonies. Andy Murray, a BU alumni, was awarded an honourary degree.
Brandon University President Gervan Fearon is moving on from Brandon University to become President and Vice-Chancellor at Brock University. Over the next two months, Fearon and the BU community will focus on transitioning to a new academic year. “For Brandon University, this means ensuring there is a minimal disruption to ongoing initiatives and a continuation of the gains made over the past few years, including the downtown initiative,” said Fearon. “My many colleagues at Brandon University and friends in Brandon and in Manitoba offered generous support and thoughtful suggestions, and helped strengthen the University and enhance its community engagement.”
Assinboine Community College’s June convocation saw over 1,200 students graduate from certificate, diploma, and apprenticeship programs. “Enrolment and graduation numbers continue to grow year after year at Assiniboine, and we’re well on track to doubling our number of graduates by 2025,” said ACC President, Mark Frison. “Education has a critical role to play in ensuring we have a skilled workforce to support the growth and sustainability of our province.”
Grand Chief Phil Fontaine, who has been a leading advocate for Indigenous people both provincially and nationally, was awarded an honourary diploma by Assiniboine Community College at its June 1st convocation. “Assiniboine has been providing quality education for over fifty-five years,” said Fontaine. “It is a leader in developing and delivering unique programs focused on meeting the needs of its students and surrounding communities, including indigenous communities.”
With the launch of the Institute, Indigenous knowledge is now part of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Named “Ongomiizwin,” it is the largest Indigenous education and health unit in Canada by scope and mandate.“We take pride in the story of our founding benefactor, Metis scholar Alexander Isbister,” said UM President, David Barnard. “He embodied the Indigenous teaching that urges us to look ahead many generations as we think about important decisions.”
In ACC’s Land & Water Management program, two students put together an extensive project to “address overall ecological health and sustainability while balancing economic advantages” in the building of transmission lines. The final presentation of their project was attended by Hydro employees, and the report will be shared with Manitoba Hydro for their consideration.
Applied research in aerospace, manufacturing, and sustainable building technology at Red River College has been awarded the federal funding, including a College-University partnership grant with the University of Manitoba. “This is great news not only for the College but for aerospace, manufacturing and sustainable building technology,” said RRC President Paul Vogt. “We are placing a strong emphasis on collaboration, bridging a critical gap between colleges, industry and universities by working directly with the University of Manitoba.”
University College of the North is opening new pathways for students to continue their post-secondary education through opportunities for transfer credit. “Similar to arrangements in other provinces, this block transfer plan allows certificate and diploma graduates new opportunities to continue their education at UCN and more efficiently complete a degree,” said Harvey Briggs, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science. “Students will be able to customize academic credentials to better fit their career paths, giving them additional advantages in the labour market.”
Université de Saint Boniface is creating the School of Nursing and Health Studies to house three programs under the same faculty, including the Bachelor of Nursing and Certificate in Health Care.
A new leadership position at the University has been appointed to a “a visionary who unites Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing with university policies and culture.” Through the important leadership role, Lavellée will help lead the University of Manitoba’s commitment to Indigenous achievement.
Corinne Mason, a professor at Brandon University, published her first book, Manufacturing Urgency: The Development Industry and Violence Against Women. The book analyzes global anti-violence campaigns and the motivations behind them. “Dr. Mason is a diligent, inquisitive and productive researcher who continues to cast a discerning eye on contemporary society and culture,” said Dr. Demetres Tryphonopoulos, Dean of Arts at BU. “Manufacturing Urgency constitutes an important work that seeks the truth about anti-violence initiatives worldwide, especially as they involve women.”
Tatjana Brkic, an instructor for RRC’s Business programs, received a CICan Award for her work as a faculty leader in social innovation. “The recipients of our awards of excellence embody the best that colleges and institutes have to offer in a variety of sectors and disciplines,” says CiCan President Denis Amyot. “They are examples of innovation and dedication that make our institutions proud and contribute to the vibrant and welcoming culture found on campuses across Canada.” Brkic oversee initiatives at the College that partner with local businesses and organizations to conduct research in social innovation. Her work will also be featured at the TEDxWinnipeg event on June 6th.
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