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  • Diploma year of specialization after completion of Social Innovation and Community Development one-year certificate
  • September entry date
  • Offered at Exchange District (downtown) Campus, Winnipeg

After completing the foundation year in the Social Innovation and Community Development program, you will have the option of choosing to complete your diploma year in Community Development.
Courses within this program are experiential and project-based. The faculty and participants operate as an integrated team, collaborating on course content, instruction, multi-course projects, and work placement experiences. The program is laptop-based to increase convenience and flexibility.

The program consists in eight courses and two, six-week work placement experiences.

High participation levels in coursework are an important element of academic success. This program also engages significant online learning to facilitate flexibility and creativity.

Admission Requirements

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


Upload Through Your Future Student Account (preferred method)

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  • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Mail or In-Person: Student Service Centre Click here for address and hours of service

E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.
Regular Admission Requirements

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 2
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 2
1Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates

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 Polytech 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 Polytechnic 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 www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
DEVE-2030Community and Economic Development
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This course introduces and compares the rationale, concepts, values, principles, and strategies currently used to mobilize community change and address social inequality through community-based initiatives. Participants will explore local examples of community development initiatives through guest speakers and field trips.

DEVE-2031Working Across Differences
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Participants will take a journey of self-discovery by examining their own identity and experience of difference in terms of gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, ways of learning, and worldviews. They will explore how differences are viewed and used to sustain power imbalances, examine the mechanics of oppression and privilege, and review techniques that help people work together more equitably, respectfully, and inclusively as allies and agents of change.

DEVE-2032Facilitation in Community Development
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Participants will explore the concept of change through community reflection and action mobilized from within the community. They will learn facilitation techniques and develop the ability to set objectives, design and plan empowering group sessions and meetings; lead groups to work collaboratively; and harvest feedback from community gatherings. They will apply their skills using critical thinking and analysis to assist in community discussion, decision-making, and consensus.

DEVE-2033Funding Community Initiatives
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Participants will explore the financial tools available for communities to support projects and initiatives. They will develop basic funding proposals and grant requests, define business models, and respond to RFPs. They will also examine how organizations maintain transparency and accountability, negotiate with financial institutions, and maintain successful relationships with stakeholders.

DEVE-2034Healthy and Sustainable Communities
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Participants will examine the elements of healthy and sustainable communities, learn how our environment affects human health, and examine the process for transitioning to healthy communities and sustainable development.

PDEV-2200Professional Development 1
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Participants will identify and explore employability skills needed for success in professional community development environments. They will be introduced to employment laws and regulations. Participants will initiate a portfolio of current employment tools relevant to their field.

PDEV-3200Professional Development 2
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Participants will gain relevant certification in related professional skills. They will complete their portfolios, practice applying diverse cultural protocols to engage with communities, and expand their experience of community development through participation in community events.

PROJ-2016Research and Managing Projects
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Participants will explore basic methods for managing projects from preparatory research through time-lining, communicating and documenting using project management software.

WRKE-2026Work Placement 1
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Participants will work within a community organization to develop, practice, and improve their community development skills. They will participate in online collaborations and reflections during their experiences.

WRKE-3026Work Placement 2
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Participants will have a second opportunity to work within community agencies to practice the skills developed in the second term. They will again participate in online collaborations and reflections on their experiences.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

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 Polytechnic 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 Polytechnic.

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

Contact Information

For general information about this or any other program, admission requirements, or how to apply, contact Indigenous Liaison Advisor at indigenous@rrc.ca or visit https://www.rrc.ca/indigenous/aspiring-student/

For detailed program information, contact:
Ginger Arnold

College Support Services

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

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

Academic Advising Service
Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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