WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Red River College announced it will not offer courses in its Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology program this fall. Both the diploma and certificate programs were among a half-dozen programs suspended by the college in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Other programs affected include introduction to electrical engineering technology certificate, advanced care paramedic diploma and library technology diploma. In addition, the college is reducing its Intro to Trades, and Welding certificate programs.

CTV news reported on an email sent by Dr. Christine Watson, vice president, academic at the college. In it, Watson said, the college was taking the steps to "ensure organizational, academic and financial sustainability."

The web pages for Red River’s two woodworking programs each contain the following notice: “We are not accepting applications for this program at this time.  For information on other programs that might be of interest to you, please contact the program area. Please continue to check this website for further updates.”

The Cabinetry and Woodworking Technology certificate program was designed to run four months. Students would learn about safe operation of tools and equipment used to make cabinets, furniture and other wood products. They would also study construction details and finishing techniques.

The diploma program would include a second semester. It would feature additional hands-on shop work, plus an emphasis on industrial engineering, production planning and operation management.

The college touted “excellent” employment opportunities for graduates in Manitoba’s woodworking industry.

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