Manitoba

Red River College opens doors to thousands of potential students

More than 4,000 prospective students are expected to walk through the doors of Red River College over the next two days during the annual open house.

Over 4,000 potential students are expected to walk through Red River College during the open house

Red River College open house

7 years ago
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Over 4,000 potential students are expected to walk through Red River College during their open house

More than 4,000 prospective students are expected to walk through the doors of Red River College over the next two days during the annual open house.

The college offers more than 200 full-time and part-time programs with eight campuses across the province and offers continuing and distance education programs.

With more than 30,000 student enrolments, Red River College has grown by 66 per cent in the past 15 years. Recruitment events like this do a lot to raise the college's profile.

"It's so important to have students actually come on campus to actually test things out, see what it's really like to actually meet with people to know what they are walking into. Making that decision of going on to post secondary is a big decision and so we want to make sure that our potential students are coming to do that," said college recruitment officer Clint Thiessen.

The college does more than pack the gymnasium with booths and faculty, they also offer student lead campus tours. Tours are available through the different labs and work spaces to show what the course work and school life could look like at the Notre Dame, Exchange and Stevenson campuses. 

Harkirat Kaur is an international student from India in her second year of science laboratory technology studies and loves giving tours to prospective students.
Second year Science laboratory technology student Harkirat Kaur gives potential students a tour of the Notre Dame campus during Red River College's open house. (CBC)

"It's just what I feel about Red River, giving the tours, I love this college. It has given me so much. Two years I didn't have much, I didn't know what I was going to do with my life, I did not know what to do and now I'm really sure that this is the thing that I am going to do and I'm more confident," said Kaur.

Kaur was touring around a group of high school students including Valeri Kelly a grade 12 student from Sisler High School who was very impressed with what the college had to showcase.

"I never thought about going to Red River because its not a lot of books, its more hands on and I like to learn but I also do like hands on. At first I was a little unsure coming to Red River, but coming here I'm really looking forward to exploring more different programs that Red River has to offer,"

Enrolment this year went up in Business Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Automotive Technician, Manufacturing Technician and the College is seeing growth in both Post-Graduate Diploma programs and in recruitment of international students.

The College operates at capacity and their strong enrolment has lead to the development of a new 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art Skilled Trades Technology Centre on the Notre Dame campus that will be large enough to train up to 1,000 students when it opens. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

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