PATBF-SA Pathway Business Creative Communications Digital Technology

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  • Nine-month Pathway
  • September entry date
  • Exchange District Campus, Winnipeg
  • This program is open to Manitoba residents of Aboriginal ancestry only. Applications for this program received from individuals who are not a Manitoba resident and/or not a member of an Indigenous community will be cancelled with no refund of the application fee.
This pathway is designed to provide admission to specific Red River College programs for low-income residents of Manitoba who have not had the opportunity to participate or succeed in a college education due to social, economic, or cultural factors; a lack of formal education; or limitations due to remote geographic location (inaccessibility to post-secondary institutions).

This pathway will prepare you and increase your readiness (academic, personal, social and financial) for the College programs listed below.

The annual application deadline for on-program pathway students to apply to one of these programs is May 15, except as noted below.

In addition to successfully completing Pathway to Business, you will be required to meet the admission requirements listed (see program's admission requirements webpage for details): 

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

This program is open to Manitoba residents of Aboriginal ancestry only. Applications for this program received from individuals who are not a Manitoba resident and/or not a member of an Indigenous community will be cancelled with no refund of the application fee.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following:
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Math
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
  2. Aboriginal Ancestry
    • Provide proof of Aboriginal ancestry and membership with an Indigenous community by submitting one of the following:
      • Certificate of Indian Status (Treaty Card)
      • Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Card
      • Letter of Support from a First Nations Band
      • Letter of Support from a recognized Aboriginal organization (examples include Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CARHD) or the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg)
  3. Autobiography
    • Submit a 2-3 page autobiography that demonstrates your preparedness and suitability for this program.  Your autobiography should describe the following:
      • Your present situation
      • Your past experiences with learning
      • How you became interested in your chosen field of studies
      • Your personal strengths and challenges
      • Steps you've taken to prepare for college
      • Your participation in the community
      • Your future goals
    • Your autobiography be evaluated and assigned a score that reflects your potential for success in the program. If your score is within acceptable range you will be invited to attend a personal interview.  If your score does not fall within the acceptable range, your application will be cancelled.
  4. Interview
    • Participate in a personal interview to assess your personal, social, and financial readiness for College (eg. housing, finances, childcare, supports, wellbeing, study skills, time management, competing commitments etc.)
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Roblin Centre (Prev. PSC) Sep 08, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
1Health and Dental

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check for additional contact information.
BUSA-1070Introduction to the Business and Applied Arts Professions
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This course introduces students to a range of professions within the Business and Applied Arts fields. Students will learn about different career options in these industries through participation in a series of industry tours and seminars led by industry experts. Students will also develop knowledge and skills in team building, conflict mediation, values awareness, intercultural communication and safe and respectful workplace practices. An emphasis will be placed on building the professional behaviours that are important within a workplace.

BUSA-1071Applied Learning Project: Business and Applied Arts Professions
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This course introduces students to some of the technical skills required in the Business and Applied Arts professions. Working in a lab setting, students will learn basic skills and apply the principles of workplace safety. Students will also work in teams on an applied Business and Applied Arts related project.

COMM-1205Communication Skills for Business and Applied Arts 1
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This course will prepare students to effectively communicate in an academic context. Students will develop skills in reading comprehension, listening and oral presentation, as well as in technical and academic writing. Students will learn to summarize and synthesize information effectively in oral and written form. Emphasis will be placed on the writing process, grammar, mechanics and formats. Students will also develop research skills using Red River College's online database and the internet.

COMM-2205Communication Skills for Business and Applied Arts 2
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This course will provide an opportunity for the further development of the students' E-portfolios, providing a vehicle to hone the oral and written communication skills that were learned in term one. Students will deliver oral presentations, develop reflective writing skills, make work samples, write an academic paper and create brief technical and project management reports. Students will implement their research skills using the EBSCOhost database and the online catalogue, and will further expand their knowledge of the American Psychological Association (APA) format.

COMP-1251Applied Computer Skills
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This course introduces the student to the principles of software applications including Windows, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. The student will be able to graph data and create, edit and manipulate documents, spreadsheets, and other files to create a technical paper.

COMP-1252Computer Applications for Communication
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This course introduces students to a range of applications that will allow them to network and collaborate effectively as a team, create written business communication, and deliver presentations. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills to navigate course sites that support lifelong learning and professional development.

DEVE-1037Leadership Development
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In this course, students are introduced to democratic, facilitative and participatory approaches to leadership. Students develop skills to plan, lead, and evaluate empowering and engaging meetings, workshops and other group sessions. Students learn to set agendas that include content, process objectives and the techniques and methods to lead groups to work together collaboratively.

FNCE-2195Financial Literacy
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This course will build on the skills developed in Math for Business and Applied Arts. The course is designed to familiarize students with basic mathematics concepts such as exchange rates, indices, simple and compound interest, different types of annuities, mortgages, and business investment decisions.

MATH-1195Math for Business and Applied Arts
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This course will equip students with a strong foundation in the basic mathematical concepts necessary to be successful in the business and applied arts fields. This is a hands-on course; a large portion of time will be invested in using and applying mathematical concepts. The topics covered will include the basic concepts of arithmetic, measurements and basic algebra.

PDEV-1054Introduction to Professional Studies
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This course will equip students with the necessary skills to be successful in college. Topics include goal setting, time management, study and test taking skills, self-assessment, reflective practice and critical thinking skills. Students will also learn effective approaches to managing stress and develop strategies to become a more self-directed learner. Emphasis will be placed on building the intrapersonal and interpersonal communication skills important to college success.

PROJ-1011Basic Project Management
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This course provides the fundamental aspects and principles of project planning including initiating, planning, executing and controlling a project from start to finish, on budget and on time. Project Managers are required by every business and community organization to manage multiple projects for employers and clients. These skills also apply to student balancing responsibilities and assignments at home, work and
school. This course will focus on developing a strong foundation in Project Management.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes

1.    Demonstrate the academic skills required to enter and be successful in a Red River College Business and Applied Arts programs.
2.    Research and access the available academic, personal, social, financial, environmental and wellness supports.
3.    Use a self-evaluation process to analyze personal and academic strengths and choose career options that best match a student’s strengths and abilities.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit

Other Information

First Nation students are advised to apply for financial assistance by contacting their Band Office, Tribal Council, or local management board.

Metis students are advised to contact their regional office of the Manitoba Metis Federation or Metis local management board.

Inuit students are advised to contact:

Government of the Northwest Territories
Northwest Territories Education
Culture and Employment
Manager of Student Services
Yellowknife, NWT  X1A 2L9
Fax 1-800-661-0893

Nunavut students are advised to contact:

Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students
Nunavut Department of Education
Adult Learning and Post Secondary Services
Box 390
Arviat, Nunavut
X0C 0E0
Fax: 1-877-860-0167

Inuit students from Nunavut are advised to apply for financial assistance from their Band Office.

Inuit students residing in Manitoba can try contacting the Education Directorate at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, phone 204-983-2338.

Applicants who receive, or who are eligible to receive City of Winnipeg or Province of Manitoba Social Assistance are advised to contact their local office.

Applicants who receive, or who are eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits are advised to contact their nearest Employment Centre.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Contact Information

For further information, contact:

Indigenous Liaison/Advisor:
Monica Morin 204.631.3361

Aspiring Student Manager:

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

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