This fall one of our RRC own, Gary van der Zweep, won the
Apprenticeship Manitoba Award of Distinction for Instructor of the Year.
Gary van der Zweep teaches Aircraft Maintenance at the
We connected with Gary to learn more about the perspective
and practices that are important to his career in education.
Gary noted that his students often have experience in the
trade before coming to RRC. As such, a major priority for him is to include
examples of the specific equipment the students have worked on in the past. For
example, when teaching basic turbine engine theory, he researches how the
theory applies to the aircraft that his students are familiar with. It’s more
work, but Gary says it’s worth it to engage his students and keep his own
He also leverages his students’ practical experience by
creating lots of opportunities for students to learn from each other.
Please join us in extending congratulations to our
Photo: Gary van der Zweep receiving his award from Colleen
Kachulak, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Post-Secondary Education and
Workforce Development, Manitoba Education and Training.