SCILF-DP Science Laboratory Technology

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Overview

  • Two-year diploma
  • September entry date 
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
  • Credit transfer opportunities:
    • Royal Roads University
    • University of Minnesota-Crookston
    • University of Winnipeg
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

Note: This program was formerly called Chemical and Biosciences Technology Coop

Description
Consider this program if you want to work as a laboratory technologist in an industrial, government or commercial laboratory.
This program provides you with the applied skills required to succeed in a wide variety of professional scientific work environments. The course work emphasizes the application of standard and specialized laboratory techniques across scientific disciplines, ensuring you receive practical, job-ready experience; you will learn specialized skills in immunology, molecular biology, tissue culture and instrumentation.

In addition, the co-operative education component integrates related on-the-job training with classroom theory by alternating periods of paid employment and academic study.

Graduates find employment as technologists in many fields, including chemical analysis, research, quality assurance, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.
Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session.

For information on additional aspects of our program please visit the program website.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation 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.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

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

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 Pre-Calculus Math 40S or Applied Math 40S
          and
      • Two of the following three credits:
        • Grade 12 Biology
        • Grade 12 Chemistry (strongly recommended)
        • Grade 12 Physics
    • 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
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Grade 12 Courses
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in:
      • One credit in each of the following:
        • Grade 12 English
        • Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Math 40S or Applied Math 40S
          and
      • Two of the following three credits:
        • Grade 12 Biology
        • Grade 12 Chemistry (strongly recommended)
        • Grade 12 Physics
    • 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
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
8787
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
60606060
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8787
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.04.53.5
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.56.56.56.0
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20201921

Who Should Enrol?

Consider this program if you enjoy the study of science, like to perform experiments, and are able to see yourself at work in a research laboratory or industrial setting.

The field of research and development requires that you have both the ability to work alone and as part of a team, so you should feel comfortable working with others and also be able to work well without supervision.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Notre Dame Campus Aug 31, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$5,831.001
Year 2
$5,831.002
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$1,750.00
Year 2
$300.00
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$17,271.00
Year 2
$17,271.00
1Fees include a COOP Term at $874.
2Fees include a COOP Term at $874.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

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)
Year 1
Term 1Credit Hours
CBST-1003Biology
6
CBST-1020Chemistry 1
8
CBST-1039Physics
3
CBST-1110Mathematics
3
Term 2Credit Hours
CBST-1002Chemistry 2
4
3
1
CHEM-1041Spectroscopy
3
Term 3Credit Hours
CBST-1022Co-op
9
Year 2
Term 4Credit Hours
CBST-1025Data Analysis
3
Term 5Credit Hours
2
2
CBST-2004Immunology
3
3
Term 6Credit Hours
CBST-2019Co-op
9
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 www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
BIOL-1003Basic & Applied Microbiology
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This course includes: microbiological fundamentals, examples of chemical and physical methods of control, applications to environmental, water and foods; viral structure, classification and replication; and analysis of selected metabolic reactions and methods used in identification of selected microorganisms. It also includes the practical and applied aspects of industrial microbiology in the production of foods, other commercial products of economic value, water treatment and microbiological analysis.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1002Chemistry 2
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Chemistry 2 is a continuation of Chemistry from Term 1 and includes topics not previously covered. Also, a more in depth review of previous topics will be included.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1003Biology
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This course is a survey of the unifying principles of biology at the functional and structural levels. Students will study the basics of cell biology, botany and zoology. The course will also provide students with a general understanding of mammalian anatomy and basic physiology. Practical basic knowledge of the human body and associated diseases are also included.

CBST-1008Co-op Preparation
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This course is concerned with preparing new students to the Chemical and Biosciences Technology program for co-operative education work placements within the private and public operations of the sciences and technology sector. In particular, students will be introduced to the various job markets and avenues available to them; and how to prepare for the work placement process with effective cover letter, resume and interview preparation.

CBST-1012Basic Lab Skills
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This course will focus on the fundamental skills that students need to prepare for a career in the physical and natural sciences. In particular, students will participate in learning activities and exercises common to chemical and life laboratory sciences concerning: safety in the laboratory environment, proper laboratory notebook documentation, standard operating procedure (SOP), metrology, handling of reagents and the preparation of solutions.

CBST-1014Microbiology 1
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A survey of the microbial world, their organization, structure and factors that influence and control microbial activity and growth. Basic techniques used in the observation, cultivation, and identification of selected bacteria and fungi are included.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1015Career Planning
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This course examines some of the career options available to graduates of the Chemical & Biosciences Technology program. The delivery format of this course will consist of a lecture series where invited speakers (including graduates from the program) describe their career paths including the types of work they have done and their present positions, and offer advice and effective strategies for successful employment and career aspirations. Students are welcomed and encouraged to introduce themselves and interact with the visiting speakers.

CBST-1020Chemistry 1
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This is an introductory course designed to give students a general knowledge of the role the atom plays in the understanding of reactions and the properties of the elements. The laboratory that accompanies this course will provide practical examples of the theory presented and will emphasize the use of safe and efficient laboratory techniques.

CBST-1021Molecular Biology
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This course emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of molecular biology. Studies include examination of recombinant DNA technologies, DNA modification, cloning vectors, nucleic acid characterization, PCR, and numerous other topics. In the laboratory, students will develop practical skills and continue to develop professional record-keeping skills with a high degree of accountability.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1022Co-op
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Co-operative education is an educational strategy which integrates formal education with real life practical experience in the work force by incorporating periods of paid employment within academic terms of study. In this manner of combining theory and practical hands-on experience, a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship is established between the student, the employer and the College extending beyond the confines of the classroom and into the professional world of business. During each co-op work term placement (400 hours minimum), students will be employed in positions related to the Chemical and Biosciences Technology curriculum. The invaluable work experience received will inevitably enhance personal development in verbal and written communication skills, responsibility, self-confidence, independence and the ability to relate and work well with others.

CBST-1023Science Communications 2
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The course focuses on improving students’ communication skills. Topics include job search techniques, resume writing, employment interviews, presentation skills, and effective meetings. 

CBST-1025Data Analysis
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This course builds on principles of statistical data analysis previously taught in the program and covers a diverse range of topics concerning the analysis of scientific data. Topics include: the derivation and analysis of calibration curves, techniques of method validation and limits of detection. Standard means of presenting and tracking quality data, such as control charts, are discussed, as are the basics of experimental design and analysis using ANOVA.

CBST-1026Gas Chromatography
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Gas chromatography is utilized to perform separations of volatile components in a laboratory setting. The set-up and operation of this type of instrument, including a headspace analyzer, will be covered. Packed columns and high resolution capillary chromatography columns will be discussed as well as the impact of the Van Deemter equation on chromatography. Various detectors and injectors will be examined, with emphasis on their operation and strengths. The chromatograms will be processed using a modern computerized data system.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1031Introductory Biochemistry
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Introductory Biochemistry introduces students to the fundamental concepts/compounds of biochemistry. Students will look at the structure and role of lipids/fatty acids, carbohydrates, and amino acids/proteins. The course also introduces students to anabolic/catabolic pathways and the fundamentals of bioenergetics and metabolism. Introductory Biochemistry helps students develop professional laboratory techniques including formulations, methods, and ISO-format record maintenance.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1035Organic Chemistry
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This course introduces basic concepts of modern organic chemistry. Included is a review of the structures and properties of atomic and molecular orbitals and their applications in the formation of bonds in organic molecules. The formal nomenclature of organic compounds is covered, using the IUPAC system. Concepts of isomerism and stereochemistry are explained. Basic substitution, elimination and free radical reaction pathways and mechanisms are discussed. In addition, the synthesis and reactions of a number of common organic functional groups will be discussed, including alcohols, ethers, epoxides, aromatics and ketones/aldehydes. The laboratory portion of the course will reinforce the lectures by allowing students to utilize synthetic procedures based on the reactions discussed during lectures. As well, common laboratory techniques of organic chemistry such as recrystallization and distillation will be learned.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1039Physics
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This is an introductory course in instrumental physics to prepare students for later studies in Instrumental Analysis. Students will review the basic principles of measurement, units, energy, fluids, electricity, and light (optics) and develop some introductory computer skills. In the laboratory, students will develop an understanding of accountability of compliant (ISO/GLP/GMP) laboratory records and basic procedures and methods.

CBST-1040Quality Systems
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An overview of quality assurance principles to provide students with an awareness and understanding of quality assurance terminology and selected standards and regulatory approaches that they are likely to meet.

CBST-1043Tissue Culture
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This is an introductory course in the basic techniques used in the in vitro culture and manipulation of selected animal and plant cells and tissues. These techniques are widely utilized in basic and applied research.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1059Workplace Safety
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This course will provide students with the basic knowledge required to work safely in a variety of science and technology-based workplaces such as laboratories or chemical manufacturing plants. The course will offer an introduction to potential health and safety hazards that may be encountered in such workplaces with emphasis on harm prevention and safe laboratory practices. Legislation related to chemical and biological work, such as the WHMIS system, will also be covered.

CBST-1073Science Communications 1
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Science Communications 1 will introduce students to the fundamentals of science communications. Students will learn study skills and documentation methods to communicate effectively in a scientific workplace. Students will also be introduced to the concepts of quality systems and will develop communications skills and templates to support in-lab activities.

CBST-1090Introductory Statistics
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Introductory Statistics will teach students to summarize, analyze, display and interpret data using various common statistical methods including graphs, tables and numerical descriptive measures. Probability and probability distributions including normal, poisson, hypergeometric, and binomial will be covered. As well, we will investigate sample size selection, regression analysis using least squares and confidence intervals for population averages and proportions. We will consider the use of statistics to evaluate various hypotheses using chi square, z and t tests. Computer labs will reinforce theoretical course concepts by having students work through various statistical evaluations and will teach the use of Microsoft Excel’s statistical processing functionality.

Prerequisites:
CBST-1110Mathematics
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This course reviews and reinforces basic mathematical concepts such as order of operations, exponents and roots. As well, various aspects of more advanced mathematics are taught including algebra, quadratic equations, logarithmic functions, linear equations and the derivative. The specific mathematical calculations and equations commonly used in lab work are specially emphasized. Applications and concepts are reinforced via a series of quizzes and assignments and by tutorial sessions. Mathematics will allow students to have proficiency in all calculations and equations expected to be encountered in a laboratory setting as well as the ability to properly use the metric system, significant figures and scientific notation.

CBST-2000Research Project
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The students will select and develop an applied research project based on a topic of personal interest. This course is designed to be a capstone project for students to independently demonstrate their acquired skills over the last two years of study. These skills include researching topics, setting up equipment and instruments, preparing standards, performing calibrations, gathering samples, performing analyses, troubleshooting, problem solving, critical thinking, interpreting results, and drawing conclusions. An academic advisor will be assigned to each project. Students will prepare a written final report and present their findings orally at the end of the course.

CBST-2001Environmental Issues
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This course introduces students to some of the most pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century. Topics such as climate change, acid rain, ozone depletion and chemical pollution will be studied within a scientific context. Attempts at mitigation of environmental harm, such as “green chemistry,” will be included as will government regulatory measures. Students will also learn about ISO 14000, the series of international standards governing the environmental management of organizations.

CBST-2003Life Science Topics
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A second year course designed to introduce the student to the core concepts, issues and techniques involved in stem cell research and medical therapeutics and nanotechnology applications.  The course will examine both embryonic and adult stem cell lines, medical therapies and examine some of the controversy surrounding the science of stem cells. As well, the course will review developments in nanotechnology including: molecular manufacturing, nanomedicine, nanodiagnostics and molecular electronics.

CBST-2004Immunology
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This course covers the basic principles and concepts of the immune system. It will discuss the various tissues and cells that play an integral part of immunity. Other cellular and non-cellular components of the immune system will be discussed. Specific immune responses will be covered in detail. Immunoserology and other immunological diagnostic and research methods will be described. A brief overview of autoimmune diseases is included. Practical immunological applications will be performed in the laboratory.

Prerequisites:
CBST-2019Co-op
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Co-operative education is an educational strategy which integrates formal education with real life practical experience in the work force by incorporating periods of paid employment within academic terms of study. In this manner of combining theory and practical hands-on experience, a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship is established between the student, the employer, and the College extending beyond the confines of the classroom and into the professional world of business. During each co-op work term placement (400 hours minimum), students shall be employed in positions related to the Chemical and Biosciences Technology curriculum. The invaluable work experience received will inevitably enhance personal development in verbal and written communication skills, responsibility, self-confidence, independence, and the ability to relate and work well with others.

CBST-3001Advanced Biochemistry
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The second component of biochemical studies, Advanced Biochemistry, focuses on two main subject areas: metabolic pathways and metabolism as well as information pathways in living systems. Students will look at both the structures and pathways of metabolites as well as an in-depth examination of nucleic acids and the transfer of genetic information into functional cellular products. Advanced Biochemistry also helps students develop professional laboratory technique including formulations, methods, and ISO/GLP-format laboratory record maintenance.

Prerequisites:
CBST-3003Advanced Organic Chemistry
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As the second element in the organic chemistry series, this course examines the reactions and characteristics of alcohols, ethers, benzenes, alkenes/alkynes, substituted benzenes, and carbonyl compounds. Additionally, the methods of I.U.P.A.C. nomenclature will be reviewed and further developed as new structures are examined. Other topics include the structures and reactivity of aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and amines (both natural and synthetic). In the laboratory students will be responsible for the formulation of reagents and the maintenance of professional-quality records in an ISO-format.

Prerequisites:
CHEM-1028High Performance Liquid Chromatography
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Liquid chromatography, focusing on the set-up and operation of this type of instrument, will be covered including the preparation of the mobile phase. Columns including normal phase, reverse phase, and size exclusion chromatography will be discussed as well as the impact of the Van Deemter equation on chromatography. Various detectors will be examined with emphasis on their operation and strengths. Injector systems will also be presented. The chromatography will be processed using a modern computerized data system.

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CHEM-1041Spectroscopy
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Spectroscopy surveys the functional design and operating principles of optical spectrometers in the infrared, visible, and ultraviolet regions of the spectrum. Scattering, emission, and absorbance of both atoms and molecules will be examined in detail. As well, the course examines the role of these instruments in both quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis.

Prerequisites:
CHEM-2007Applied Instrumentation
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Applied Instrumentation involves the systematic identification of organic compounds using various instrumental techniques including Ultra-violet Spectroscopy, Infrared Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and Mass Spectroscopy. The theory of each technique is discussed as well as their application for identification. Students will successfully identify unknown organic compounds using these instruments.

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CHEM-2033Nutraceuticals
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This course provides a fundamental understanding of the rapidly emerging nutraceutical/functional food industry with emphasis on the analysis, production, control, quality assurance, and development of natural health products. Occupying a regulatory gray area between prescription pharmaceuticals and foods, these materials require development of strong analytical skills combined with a working knowledge of consumer concerns and a developing regulatory environment. The laboratory component offers a practical examination of techniques for extraction and analysis of biomolecules from natural sources.

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CO-OP/Practicum Information

This program offers a co-operative education format that integrates classroom theory with on-the-job experience by alternating academic study with work placements. These paid work placements will provide you with first-hand knowledge of a working laboratory in industry and a chance to use your acquired skills.

This co-op program is divided into six terms, two of which are co-operative education work placements. The work placements are in Term 3 and Term 6, both of which run during May, June, July, and August. The program does not have summer breaks.

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 www.rrc.ca/rpl.

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 www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Graduates are employed as technologists in many industries, from food processing and mining, to aerospace, pharmaceutical companies, and food and health related industries.

They are employed by all levels of government for environmental testing, geological surveys, and in research. Some graduates work as lab assistants in schools, colleges, and universities. Other graduates who have acquired substantial experience now work as supervisors, plant managers, and heads of research teams.

Graduates may find employment as technologists in the following areas: analytical analysis, research chemistry, quality assurance, and biotechnology such as molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.
For detailed program information, contact:

Curtis Aab
Program Coordinator
204-632-2277
e-mail: caab@rrc.ca

How to Apply

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

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

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Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

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Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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