Red River College Polytechnic Centre for Newcomer Integration
About Red River College Polytechnic Centre for Newcomer Integration
At its downtown Winnipeg location, Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, 319 Elgin Ave., the Centre for Newcomer Integration (CNI) offers accessible and innovative language programs for permanent resident students working at CLB 3-8 who want to study either full-time during the day or part-time during the day or evening. Courses are typically offered either through blended delivery (a mix of face-to-face and online learning) or online-only. The CNI uses the Canadian Language Benchmarks competency framework and follows the portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) approach. In addition to its downtown Winnipeg location, Red River College Polytechnic Language Training Centre has three other rural, small-centre locations in the province of Manitoba: Steinbach, Arborg and Thompson. Currently, the CNI (both urban and regional locations) serves over 1000 clients per term.
CNI students share as their ultimate goal successful integration into Canadian society and life. They may be supported in achieving this by accessing settlement services, employment services and/or education and training. To this end, language programs at the CNI use curricula that is employment-focused. Within language training, students can participate in unpaid work placements, networking opportunities and special events centered around career and pathway planning.
Language training for specific purposes include a pathway to employment in welding and metal fabrication for students at CLB Stage One and modules for internationally-educated nurses preparing for the CELBAN.
The CNI is part of Red River College Polytechnic's School of Education, Arts and Science. Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) certificates issued by the Language Training Centre are accepted by many of the college's academic programs as evidence that a student has met that program's English language requirements.
The CNI employs qualified, experienced and supportive staff, including faculty, instructional designers, educational assistants, program facilitators, student integration coordinators, counselors and administrative staff, who all strive to create a learning and teaching environment that supports newcomers in acquiring the communication, socio-cultural, academic, employability and power skills necessary to empower them with the confidence they need to find their own success in the community, while studying, or at work.
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Detailed program descriptions can be found at https://www.rrc.ca/ltc/programs/
As per the CNI's agreement with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, eligible clients include:
i) Permanent Residents of Canada.
ii) Protected persons as defined in section 95 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
iii) Individuals who have been selected, inside or outside Canada, to become permanent residents (pending verifications) and who have been informed, by a letter from the Department.
iv) Convention refugees and protected persons outside Canada who have been selected for resettlement in Canada by the Department.
v) Live-in Caregivers: Temporary foreign workers who hold or received approval of a work permit under section 112 or received initial approval for permanent residence under section 113 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations