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Red River College gets $1.7-M in aerospace grants

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Red River College was a big winner this morning, scoring $1.7 million in federal grants over the next five years to provide research to Manitoba’s aerospace industry.

Gary Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology, was at the Notre Dame campus to announce $17 million in research grants over five years to 50 Canadian community colleges --- RRC hauled in 10 per cent of the national pot.

Fred Doern, Red River’s research chair for the school of transportation, aviation and manufacturing, said that the college will use the money for applied research and training, and especially to conduct research for Manitoba’s aerospace industry.

The college will hire a core group of researchers, he said. Industry will pay RRC for the research on a cost-recovery basis, and also provide internships for graduates.

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