Red River College launches redesign of ACCESS program to better meet Indigenous education needs

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Red River College today announced plans to redevelop and expand its ACCESS programs in order to better meet the education needs of its Indigenous and other students, including providing them with an opportunity to enroll in a wider range of Red River College programs.

At present, students enrolled in ACCESS are restricted to studying in four program areas – Nursing, Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing, Business Administration and Civil Technology.

“It’s time for us to modernize how ACCESS programs are delivered at Red River College to better meet student, community and industry needs,” said Christine Watson, vice president Academic. “Ultimately one of our main goals is to remove some of the existing program restrictions and provide Indigenous, immigrant and other students facing barriers to education, more training options and new and improved pathways to meaningful careers.”

Red River College’s plan to expand its ACCESS programs is the result of an internal review and extensive consultations on the program. In order to undertake the redesign, there will be no intake of students to the ACCESS programs for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. This will allow existing ACCESS students to complete their current programs, while a new ACCESS model is designed for the 2018-2019 academic year.

As part of the re-design of the ACCESS programs, Red River College will work with our community and industry partners to ensure that the redevelopment of ACCESS is also responsive to their needs.

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