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Federal Budget 2019 -- funding for innovations to support life-long learning for Canadians of all ages
April 16, 2019
The 2019 federal budget announcement delivered big wins for education, with funding available for innovations in both K12 and post-secondary education. The federal budget also provided funding for innovations to support life-long learning for Canadians of all ages. To help you digest this historic investment from the federal government, we have outlined a few important themes.
Career Ready Fund & Riipen Delivering Thousands of WIL Experiences for Ontario Students
January 18, 2019
Earlier last year, the Career Ready Fund (funded by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Colleges, and Universities) and Riipen launched an initiative to create thousands of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for post-secondary students. The goal is to help students across the province gain industry-relevant skills and opportunities to develop their professional networks before graduating.
McMaster DeGroote MBA Students Collaborate with Freedom 55 Financial & CBI Health Group via Riipen Experiential Learning
November 29, 2018
At McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business, we had the pleasure of connecting with Assistant Professor of Strategic Management and Information Systems, Goran Calic, to debrief on his first project experience with Riipen.
Cocoa West Chocolatier — Boosting Brand Awareness & Gaining Marketing Insights from Target Audiences
October 18, 2018
Joanne Mogridge, CEO of Bowen Island-based Cocoa West Chocolatier, took the in-class approach with Riipen — pursuing several faculty-supervised in-class projects as opposed to public community challenges.
Piloting Riipen at Waterloo: Umair’s Story on Experiential Learning
September 29, 2018
We recently sat down with Umair Shah, a lecturer at the University of Waterloo’s Department of Management Sciences, a department within the Faculty of Engineering, to find out why and how he brought Riipen into his classroom.
New partnership between George Brown and Riipen offers workplace scenario training for students
September 19, 2018
George Brown is upping its experiential learning game, thanks to a new partnership with Riipen — North America’s leading platform for project-based experiential learning. In a new college-wide initiative, George Brown students will now have a chance to enhance their studies with current, real workplace scenarios.
Riipen Student Snapshot: Senior IT Capstone Project at Boston University
August 28, 2018
What does a successful Riipen project look like from the perspective of a student? This Summer, we connected briefly with senior computer science student Alexis Yang to recap his project experience with the Center of Psychological Services. Speaking on the phone from Boston University, Alexis described his experience at a high-level and provides tips for future users
SFU LinkedIn Learning Case Study
August 8, 2018
One of the reasons employers cite for engaging with students through Riipen is that it allows employers to identify qualities that are not always evident from a student’s transcript. SFU’s Faculty of Communications and Technology, Professor Fred Lesage leads his students through design thinking processes to identify and solve complex communications issues.
Riipen's Summer Conference Circuit
August 1, 2018
Riipen has been on the summer conference circuit! We’ve been energized by the conversations and communities that are engaging with experiential learning across North America. Here are a few highlights.
Guest Blog Post: Riipen Internal Australian Expansion Project with Senior SFU Students
July 13, 2018
Hannah Deplaedt, a SFU Beedie Business School Graduate reflects on her experience working with Riipen and how that led her across the globe.
Gillian Kemp: Riipen Spotlight June 2018 -- Experiential Learning Thought Leaders
June 28, 2018
Gillian Kemp (Senior Experiential Learning Facilitator at MacEwan University) has been a leader in work-integrated experiential learning for over a decade. Team Riipen recently spoke with Gillian, who shared insights from her journey—growing and delivering one of the largest post-secondary experiential learning programs in Canada.
Riipen and the Canadian Marketing Association Team Up to Deliver Experiential Learning Opportunities to Post-Secondary Students
June 21, 2018
The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) has partnered with Riipen to provide opportunities to post-secondary students through live, industry project-based learning. This new partnership creates opportunities to enhance student-focused learning environments in a compelling and interactive way.
BC Public Service Pilot with BCIC & Riipen: Bridging the Gap
June 1, 2018
Last fall, thanks to funding from the BC Innovation Council (Innovate BC), the BC Public Service began an experiential learning pilot with Riipen, a Vancouver-based tech startup whose mission is to eliminate graduate underemployment.
SUCCESS STORY: Deloitte Digital Design Thinking - Riipen Experience at a Glance
May 28, 2018
In early 2018, Deloitte Digital launched three crowd-sourced community challenges on Riipen, North America’s leading platform for collaboration between companies, and students and young professionals. As a growing creative digital consultancy, Deloitte Digital was keen to find new and creative ways of attracting emerging talent that would thrive in their fast-paced environment.
Awarded Career Ready Funding
May 5, 2018
Riipen, North America’s leading collaboration platform for Experiential Learning, is excited and honoured to announce that the Ontario Government has awarded it $735,000 in funding as part of the province’s efforts to deliver Experiential Learning opportunities to every student in Ontario.
Experiential Learning: Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You
April 25, 2018
Every April, an eager wave of students head out for their summer internships. Learning on the job (or “work-integrated learning”) is one of the best ways for youth to learn professional and interpersonal skills. What are the benefits of experiential learning for students and employers?
2018 Ready to Rocket lists Announced to Profile Growth Companies in B.C.’s Technology Sectors
March 20, 2018
The Riipen team is honored to be recognized on the Ready to Rocket list again in 2018 for leading contributions in Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Beyond Boundaries: Why the Arts and Humanities Are Needed in a STEM Dominant World
January 12, 2018
There is increasing disenchantment with arts, humanities, and social science degrees, but the Arts and Humanities are needed in a STEM dominant world. Here is why.
Riipen acquires Proll IT Services
August 10, 2017
Vancouver based startup Riipen announces that it has acquired Prollster, developed by Vancouver-based Proll IT Services.
3 Tips for Success on Industry Student Projects -- Organizations & Employers
June 14, 2017
Three pro-tips to help you make the most out of your experiential learning project. Learn how to use this opportunity to its fullest potential and join the thousands of higher ed students, instructors, and organizations already using Riipen.
5 Tips for Success On Industry Student Projects -- Students
June 14, 2017
Five pro-tips to help you make the most out of your experiential learning project. Learn how to use this opportunity to its fullest potential and join the thousands of higher ed students, instructors, and organizations already using Riipen.
How Canada's New Youth Employment Strategy Will Effect Employers
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June 14, 2017
Back in March, the Liberal Government presented its 2017 Federal Budget, which included an additional $395.5 million over three years for the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). An Expert Panel on Youth Employment recommended ways that the government could help youth overcome barriers to employment and here is how each type of business could be impacted.