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May 14
May Events, June exams are coming and the ATC Edge

It sure seemed like a long time until Spring was going to get here, but it has finally arrived. The weather is nicer and as a result everything just seems more upbeat.

For the past couple years, we have been focusing on Work Readiness, preparing our students for employment. This might be confusing to some, but it may not be what you think it is. You might believe we are teaching them the skills needs to be successful in our programs. While this is true, there is so much more to it. Given the nature of our school, we are in regular contact with employers, companies, business people, government organizations, consultants and more with the purpose of helping our students get employment. Almost without exception, they are sending us a consistent message. They know our students have the technical skills, but need to learn better work-related skills. For example, you might be surprised to hear what is their number one "skill" they are looking for from a new employee? Be at work on time and ready to go. Probably not what you expected to hear, it was not for us. While this was only one of a list of many "soft skills" employers are looking for from their employees, it was made clear it was the most important quality they are looking for in an employee.

Although as a school we teach our students that these soft skills are important, hearing this had us really reflect. So we embarked on the development of a new program designed to teach our students about the type of skills employers are looking for beyond just technical skills. We are calling it the "ATC Edge" and will be implemented into every program in the school. Assessment will look at all areas of work readiness and will be included in a student's grade. This will begin in September with our program teachers letting students know about it now. More details to come.

After a very busy month in April, we are into a very hectic May month at ATC. Our Information Systems Program had one team take bronze at the Cyber Defence Challenge on May 1, 2018. This is the same team which is headed to Cyber Titan to compete in the National High School Cyber Defence Championship May 14-16. ATC was one of 10 schools across the country to qualify and we are really excited to be there.

May 3 saw another successful Spring Lunch Buffet where we served almost 100 people another excellent meal. The feedback was excellent and we are already getting requests for tickets to the Fall Lunch Buffet which will take place in October.

We are encouraging all ATC Graduates to attend the LRSD Graduation Powwow taking place at Dakota Collegiate on Murray Field, May 23. All our graduates are welcome to attend, including our mature and post-secondary students. This is such an important event celebrating all LRSD graduate achievements.

Our Broadcast Media Program will be very busy toward the end of the month in May. On May 23 they will be streaming the LRSD Graduation Powwow. If you can't be there, make sure to watch it on Then they are streaming the Winnipeg High School Football League Senior Bowl from the stadium on May 26. They follow this with the Winnipeg High School Team Handball Championships on May 29 from Red River College. All these events will be streamed live online and the links to the streams can be found at

A reminder to all our Online English 40S students the provincial exam will take place at ATC from May 28 to 31. This will be followed later in the month with the provincial Essentials Mathematics Exam on May 13 and the Provincial Applied Mathematics exam on May 14.

Although it is still a month away, ATC's exam period will take place from June 18-22. Students will need to check with their teachers regarding when exams are scheduled.

We are headed quickly to the end of the school year. A reminder to all LRSD or partnership school students there is still time to register at ATC for the 18/19 school year as there is some room in a few programs. Contact your school student services teachers for more information.

Apr 01
Spring Break is over and now back to work! It's a busy April at ATC.

Spring Break is over and now we are on to our last 3 months of school. There is so much to do in that time. 

April will see our Spring Open House (ATC always holds 2 Open Houses every year). If you were not able to make our February 21, 2018 Open House, this is another opportunity. This particular Open House is combined with our Parent-Teacher Conferences which will take place from 5:00pm-6:30pm prior to the Open House. Make arrangements with the teacher or call the school to make an appointment if you wish to speak with your child's teacher. 

For those of you who are not aware, ATC is a vocational High School in the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD). We are unique in that we are the only high school in the province of Manitoba where all we do is vocational programming. The LRSD and the Province of Manitoba have been very supportive in helping us develop and have some of the most modern facilities for vocational and career training. Everyone is welcome at our Open House, so we invite you to come visit on April 25, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The evening will start at 6:30 with a general school presentation followed by in program presentations at 7:00 and 7:30. There is still time to get registered and attend ATC starting in the 2018/2019 school year. 

The month of will will see many important events taking place. During the week of April 2-6, our programs will be getting ready to compete in Skills Manitoba. Final preparation and training is taking place as students hone their skills. Winners have the opportunity to attend Skills Canada later in the school year. 

The week of April 9-13 is very busy. This is the final full week for our Hairstyling Part 3 group who are almost done. It is an exciting time for them as they get ready to move on and get ready for employment. April 10 will see our Employment Counsellor Breakfast taking place in the morning. Many people don't know that ATC does take Mature and Post-Secondary students. While our priority if always high school students, if we have room we will take students who have moved beyond high school. Because our programs are all about career and vocational training, adults often register with us to start or further their education. Skills Manitoba takes place on April 12 and we have a number of programs competing. The week finishes with a school-based PD/Assessment day which means no school for students. 

From April 16-18 ATC will be at the Rotary Career Symposium taking place at the RBC Convention Centre. We invite all attendees to visit us at Booth 429. Reports will be distributed on April 19 and then the week finishes with a division wide PD day on April 20.

We will finish the month with 2 very important dates. As stated earlier, we invite everyone to our Spring Open House on April 25. The next day is very important at ATC. Our Annual Salon Cure-a-thon takes place the whole day on April 26. All service revenue in the salon and Silent Auction sales that day will go to Cancer Care. This event actually takes over the whole school. While it is a lot of work, the results are worth it. Last year we raised over $2700 for Cancer Care and we look forward to doing it again. If you would like to support our efforts by booking an appointment or donating a prize, let the school know by calling 204-237-8951.

Just a reminder to everyone LRSD Radio runs 24/7 and can be found at Any of the work done by our Broadcast Media Program can be found at

Finally, congratulations are in order to Mr. Catojo in our Information Systems Program whose Cyber Security Team qualified for the first ever Canadian National High School Cyber Defence competition taking place in May in Fredericton, NB. Well done team and good luck!

We look forward to a great month at ATC and hope to see you at our Open House. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me at 204-237-8951 or via email

Happy April!

Jan 30
Getting Ready for Semester 2

A reminder to everyone the ATC Open House will take place February 21, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

There are still a few seats open in limited programs at ATC, if you are interested in getting started in February, contact the school for more information.

Things are in full swing at ATC as we work through our exam period and get ready for the start of the second semester.

Although this is the first year we have ran our programs so most of our students starting in February 2017 finish in January 2018, this is the second group. Our first group was here in September for their Grade 11 year and returned in September for their Grade 12 year. ​This year's group started in February of their Grade 11 year and returned in September, having them at ATC for a year straight.

It has been successful and our research has shown our high school students overwhelmingly preferred starting in February and returning in September. It means they will be in their home high schools for final semester, something we learned was important to them. We still have a significant number of post-secondary students so they don't seem to mind that we don't follow a tradtional timeline of other post-secondary schools.

We look forward to starting our next group in February and starting fresh.

The month of February is a big promotional month at ATC. We will be advertising our Open House through LRSD Radio (, email, twitter (@ArtsTechCentre), facebook (, Instagram (atc_lrsd), posters, and on LRSD High School announcements, televisions and outdoor electronic signs. All grades are welcome to come, in particular Grades 9-12. Even though our programming doesn't start until Grade 11, it is good for Grade 9 and 10 students to come and see what their future options are.

Looking forward to a great second semester, all the best to everyone!


Dec 06
It's December already...

​November went by so quickly, it is hard to believe December is here already. There were a lot of events going on which kept us very busy, culminating in our Annual Senior's Dinner on November 30. I want to thank the ATC staff for working very hard during a stressful month, doing excellent work as always.

We had our Annual Student Services and Principals meeting this month. This meeting is to help all our sending schools get ready for the next school year. In case you are not aware, ATC has high school students coming from 12 other high schools outside of the Louis Riel School Division. Our student population could include students from as far away as Beausejour, Oakbank, St. Anne, La Broquerie or St. Pierre Joly. They come to hear about any changes and plans for the next school year. ATC is not just for LRSD students, we are open to Schools of Choice Applications from any division. Contact the school if you have any questions or are interested in attending ATC.

Our Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Programs were instrumental in another successful Senior's Dinner at ATC. On November 30, we hosted 400 seniors for another excellent holiday meal. The response from the seniors was very positive. Our first senior to arrive was at 3:15pm, the doors didn't even open until 4:30 with dinner not starting until 5:30! It was the 24th year and is a result of the work of our staff and students. Many volunteers come out to help, from all our remaining programs. We had local politicians and LRSD board office staff in attendance. The Guitar Program from College Beliveau came to perform followed by a volunteer choir group from ATC. It was an excellent night for all.

Four of our programs will have students starting working experience when they return on January 8, 2018. Broadcast Media, Plumbing, Information Systems and Automotive Technician programs will all be at actual work sites working for businesses, government or other organizations in an actual work capacity. This is what our students have been working toward for year now. We are excited for them all as they get ready to put their training to practice.

Even though it is December, we are thinking about the end of this school year. Most of our students will be done with us at the end of January and returning to their home schools or going to work in industry. But our convocation won't take place until June 28, 2018. We ask all our students to keep this important date in mind and to be in attendance on that date. Graduation photos will be taking place with scheduled appointments from December 18-20. Also, a very important date is the LRSD Graduation Powwow which will take place on May 23. More details to come.

As we head into the Holiday Season, our Student Leadership Group and the Early Childhood Educator Program at ATC is spearheading an important initiative. We are collecting gently used winter clothing and/or food items for those in need. If you have anything you wish to donate, please let us know.

On behalf of ATC's Students and Staff, we wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season!

Oct 31
October has gone fast, looking forward to a busy November

November Principals Report     

October was a great month at ATC where we hosted a number of events, here are a couple of the highlights. The Annual Fall Buffet took place on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Over 150 community members were treated to a wonderful buffet hosted by the students in the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry program

ATC hosted grade 7/8 students from General Vanier and Frontenac Schools for a Middle Years' Experience. It is an introductory program which immerses students in the trades and our program options are available to them once they have got to Grade Eleven.  The students from these two schools will make three visits to ATC over the coming year and have the opportunity to participate program activities alongside high school students who are currently enrolled in the programs.

Congratulations to Santiago Castro, a student in our Broadcast Media Program.  Santiago worked as a Recording Engineer at Tambora Records while still living in Columbia. He and his colleagues have been nominated for Latin Grammy Award which take place in November 2017.  We wish him the best of luck at the awards.

Check out The Connection on LRSDTV.  This show is streamed once a week and is a bi-weekly newscast produced, written, directed, and ran by students in the Broadcast Media Production.  The newscast highlights events and news from across the LRSD.  Check out the latest episode at

ATC will be hosting the Annual Career and Post-Secondary Symposium on Thursday, November 9, from 5:30 – 8:30.  This is a great opportunity for students and parents to receive information about post-secondary institutions, scholarships, as well as opportunities in trades and careers.  The evening will also feature speakers that include Mr. Yvan Boisjoli, CEO and Co-founder of BOLD.

A reminder The Arts & Technology Centre (ATC) will hold its' Annual Seniors' Dinner Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. in the school gymnasium.  A traditional sit down Christmas dinner will be served to our anticipated 400 guests.  This event gives our Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students an opportunity to showcase their skills.  Staff and students from other programs support them by volunteering with set-up, entertainment and serving. Tickets will be available for purchase at $12.00 each starting November 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM.  The Southglen Fiddlers will provide pre-dinner entertainment.  Students from the Collège Béliveau Guitar Program have volunteered to perform during the meal.  ATC staff and students will follow with a sing-a-long. Prizes will be awarded and raffle to win Gingerbread houses will take place with proceeds going to the Kiwanis Club. Monetary donations, non-perishable food items and new unwrapped toys will be collected for the St. Boniface/St. Vital Kiwanis Clubs.  Your generosity is appreciated. This event continues to strengthen the relationship that ATC strives to establish with the community and we welcome your participation. Please call our office at 204-237-8951 if you have any questions.

Dates to Remember

  • Career and Post-Secondary Symposium – November 9
  • Remembrance Day Service will be held on Friday, November 10, 2:00pm
  • ATC PD Day November 13, no school for students
  • Reports will be sent home on November 16
  • Progress Conferences November 22
  • LRSD PD Day, November 24. No school for students
  • ATC Annual Senior's Dinner, November 30, 5:30pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
Aug 31
Welcome Back

Another beautiful Manitoba summer is slowly drawing to a close, and its time begin a new school year.  We would like to welcome back all of our new and returning students, and look forward to a great year at ATC.  Things will look a little different on staff as we have had a number of changes. We will make the students aware of all of them when they return.   

If you are interested in attending the Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre we still have some limited space available for a February start in the following programs: Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Automotive Technician, New Media Design, Plumbing Trades, Broadcast Media, and Early Childhood Educator.  If you are a current High School student, contact someone in your school’s Student Services department.  If you are an interested Post-Secondary or Mature student, contact ATC for more information at 204 237 8951 or through the online contact form here.

Rielevate, which is a Louis Riel School Division community-school foundation, will be holding its 5th Free Clothing Drive October 14-15. At their most recent Spring-Summer giveaway over 125 families in our community benefitted (many of them being new Canadians). In support of the Rielevate Clothing Drive, we will be collecting gently used infant-children, teen and adult winter related clothing in September. You can support this important initiative by sending any pertinent clothing to your school in the early fall. We can all demonstrate our collective care for children and needy families in our community! 

Want to know more about ATC and what we offer? Come and visit later this month. We are having our Meet the Teacher/Open House on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  Apprenticeship Manitoba will also be here for presentations and to answer questions.  The evening runs from 6:30 – 8:00.

The ATC Hairstyling Salon will open on September 13, 2017, and Esthetics services will begin on September 29, 2017.

School Pictures are on September 11, 2017, and are mandatory for all new students.

Work Place Health and Safety week will take place from September 11 – 15, and will include a visit from Safe Work on Wheels, as well as other presentations and videos focused on creating and maintaining a safe work environment.

ATC and its staff look forward to an exciting new year of learning and change! All the best to every student starting fresh in September everywhere!  

Jun 30
Have a wonderful summer!

Another school year has drawn to a close.  We would like to congratulate all of our 2017 Graduates, and wish you the best of luck as you move onto the next stage of your life's journey.

Although they are too numerous to mention we would like to thank all of the companies, and individuals, who donate scholarships for our graduates.  Your efforts and donations enable our students to further their education or personal pursuits, and are greatly appreciated.

We have an amazing staff at ATC, and we would like to thank them for all of their hard work and contributions that occur throughout the year.  Our school is a better place because of the efforts of these people.

We still have some limited room in courses for both the September and February intakes.  If you are interested in enrolling in one of our programs you can contact the office to make an appointment.  The office will be open until July 13, 2017, and will reopen on August 14th.  The office summer hours are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

On behalf of all the staff at the Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre we would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy summer, see you in September!

Jun 06
ATC Graduation is almost here!

June is here and it's almost time for graduation.  This year the Louis Riel Arts and Technology Centre will celebrate our student's success on Thursday, June 23, 2017, 10:00 am in the Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church at 500 Lagimodiere Boulevard.  The staff would like to congratulate all of our graduates and wish them the best of luck as they move onto the next stage of their journey.

The past couple of months have been very busy for some of our students as they have prepared to participate in Skills Manitoba.  Students participate in challenges designed to test skills required in trades and technology careers. The philosophy of the Skills Competition is to reward students for excellence, directly involve industry in evaluating student performance, and keep training programs relevant to employers' needs. ATC had team representatives in the Culinary Arts Program, Broadcast Media, Hairstyling, Electrical, and Esthetics Programs participate in the Provincial Skills Competition.   Three students won gold at the Provincial level, Tommy and Kim from Broadcast Media who competed in Video Production-Secondary and Elissa from Culinary Arts-Secondary. 

Winners of the provincial competition form Team Manitoba and compete against their peers at the Skills Canada National Competition.  This year Winnipeg hosted the National Skills Competition at the RBC Convention Centre. Tommy and Kim did very well in Video Production and almost stood on the podium.  Elissa executed her dishes very well and won the National Gold Medal in Culinary Arts.  Congratulations to all of our participants for your time and commitment, as well as representing our school and community at these events. It should also be noted that our participation in these events does not happen without the time and commitment from the teachers involved, so thank you to all of our staff who were involved in the competitions. Because we felt this was an excellent opportunity for our students to be able to be part of something special, ATC transported all of the staff and students to the Convention Centre on June 2 to witness and participate in the Canadian Skills Competition.  The students really enjoyed this experience.

ATC hosted the Annual Spring Buffet on May 4th.  Over 150 community members were treated to a wonderful buffet, hosted by our Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Programs.  Congratulations on a job well done.

In May, the students in the Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Programs launched the "Bean Healthy…Pulse it Up" cookbook.  This project was a culmination of a year's work, in which the students designed and created their own recipes that were based on the use of pulses, which celebrated the International Year of the Pulse.  The Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers Association awarded a grant that enabled this project to succeed.  This was a joint project with three other school that included Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, Glenlawn Collegiate, and Windsor Park Collegiate. 

A number of our programs currently have students out in the community on work experience.  There are too many businesses to mention, but we would like to thank each and every one of them for taking in our students and providing them with this opportunity.

As the school year draws to a close please note that we are no longer accepting client vehicles in our Automotive Department or computers for repair in our Information Systems Program.  Our salon and cafeteria will be closing on July 14 – 15th.

Last day of classes June 16th, 2017.  Exams at ATC will run from July 19 – 23.  Grade 12 Provincial exams: Essential Mathematics, Wednesday, June 14.  Applied Mathematics, Thursday, June 15th.  

May 10
Spring has Sprung at ATC

It has been a very busy month at ATC!

ATC hosted a Cure-A-Thon in the Salon on Thursday, April 27th.  Clients were able to receive a scalp treatment and/or a basic manicure for $10.00. Tickets for a Silent Auction as well as leaves for the Tree of Life were sold.  This day raised $2,688.00 for the Cancer Society of Manitoba.  We would like to thank all the people and organizations who donated prizes for the auction.  Without your continued support this event would not happen.

On May 4, 2017 the students and staff from the Baking and Pastry Program and the Culinary Arts program hosted the Annual Spring Buffet.  Over 140 community members were treated to a wonderful buffet.  Congratulations to the students in both programs who did a wonderful job.

Last month on April 13, students from ATC participated in Skills Manitoba.  This event is a trade skills competition where we had students participate in the Culinary Arts, Hairstyling, Baking and Pastry, Broadcast Media, Electrical, and Information Systems competitions.  All of our students represented the school well! Our students earned gold medals in Culinary Arts, Broadcast Media, a silver medals in Baking and Pastry, and Information Systems.  The students who won gold medals will participate in Skills Canada Competition being held in Winnipeg at the Convention Centre on June 1 – 2, 2017. Watch our twitter feed @ArtsTechCentre or Facebook page ( for details!

A reminder to parents and students, there is no school on Friday, May 12, as it is a Professional Development Days.  The school will also be closed for Victoria Day on May 22, 2017.

Acceptance letters for High School students are going to be mailed out the week of May 8, 2017.  There is some limited space in Broadcast Media, Plumbing, Automotive, Culinary Arts, Building Trades, New Media Design, and Information Systems for a February Start.  Contact the school if you are interested in one of these programs.

On May 25th the students in the Broadcast Media program will stream the LRSD Powwow Graduation ceremony live from Glenlawn Collegiate, and on May 9th they will be streaming the Winnipeg High School Football League Senior Bowl. For more information about the streaming of these events go to

ATC is also giving back to the community in the form of hands on volunteering.  Students from our Plumbing program volunteered their time on May 8, 2017 to assist with Habitat for Humanity.  Thank you to the students in the program for supporting this wonderful cause.

As we are less than two months away from the end of the school year it is important to note that Grade 12 students are preparing for Provincial Exams in Math and English.  The final exam period for the programs at ATC are June 12 – 16, 2017.  Convocation for ATC will Month away/exams/provincial exams, convocation

RIEL-EVATE - a Louis Riel School Division (a community-school Foundation) will be holding its 5th Free Clothing Drive on October 14-15. At our most recent Spring-Summer giveaway over 125 families in our community benefited. Many of them were new Canadians and single mothers. We will be collecting gently used infant-children, teen and adult winter related clothing in September. Your support by sending this clothing to your school in early fall will once again demonstrate our collective community support for children and families that are in need in our community!

Apr 05
Spring is here!

ATC will be hosting our Parent Teacher – Information Evening on Wednesday April 26th.  Parent Teacher conferences will run from 5:30 – 7:00, and you can contact the school office to book an appointment.  We will also be hosting an Open House for potential students on the same evening to provide information to community members, parents, and potential students about our school and programs. The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm.

Many high school students will have already chosen their programming for the 2017/2018 School Year. But we still have room in some courses, so if you were considering ATC for education and training, it's not too late! Talk to your Student Services staff at your school if you want to make a change.

Come help support the fight for a cure for Cancer.

ATC will host a Cure-A-Thon in the Salon on Thursday, April 27th from 8:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  Get a scalp treatment and/or a basic manicure for $10.00 each with funds going to Canadian Cancer Society.  Appointments are still available.  Please call 204-233-3754.

Don't have time to make an appointment?  Come check out the silent auction prizes in our front foyer– on display throughout the week. 

Tickets will also be available for purchase at lunch time from Monday to Wednesday in the front foyer, in the office from 8:00 – 4:00 PM, all day Thursday in the Salon and on the evening of April 26th during our Open House until 8:00 PM.

Tickets are 15 for $5.00 and Grand Prize Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

Candy Jar guesses are $1.00 per entry.

Monetary donations are also being accepted.  Funds including contact and address information can be sent to Colette Casper at ATC through the divisional courier. Cheques should be made out to ATC.   Tax receipts for donations over $10.00 will then be issued by Canadian Cancer Society and will be sent by mail.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase three types of leaves for our tree of life for
$1 each.

1.  A memory leaf to remember someone you knew who has passed away due to cancer.

2. A support leaf to support an individual who is battling cancer.

3. A hope leaf to celebrate someone who has survived the fight against cancer

Don't forget that our Annual Spring Buffet is Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.  Tickets are $14.00/ person and go on sale on April 17, 2017.  There is limited seating, so get your tickets early.

A reminder to parents and students, there is no school on Good Friday, April 14, and there is are Professional Development Days on April 17 and April 21, 2017.

On March 6, 2017, the students of ATC had the opportunity to participate in the Operation Donation Volleyball Tournament.  Students made a monetary or food donation to participate in the tournament.  All thirteen programs were represented in the tournament, and a donation of food and $327.00 was made to Winnipeg Harvest.  Thank you to the organizers and all of the students and staff for your participation in this fun event.

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ATC's First Parent Teacher Conferences of the school year take place on November 21, 2018, 5:30-8:00pm. Make appointments with your child's teacher.

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RT @LouisRielPEHE: Dear @louis_riel_sd community. We are seeking Size 1 #hockey skates for our elementary #DiscoverHockey program. If you are able to donate please contact me at the Division office- 205-257-7827 or DM me on Twitter. @wyattLRSD @lavalleeLRSD @glenwoodLRSD @stvitalhockey

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Thank you Josiah and Andie from Crusty Bun on St. Mary’s Rd for working with our Baking & Pastry Program students. We appreciate your time and support of ATC. #lrsdengage #baking #crustybunwinnipeg #winnipeg

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