Securtek Pioneers Volunteer Group Supports Literacy Program

Thanks the generous support from SecurTek Pioneers Volunteer Group the Parkland Regional College Literacy program will see additions of new resources.

On January 25, 2008, Krista Just and Kristy Cmoc from SecurTek Pioneers Volunteer Group presented a cheque for $700 which was accepted by Fay Myers, CEO, Kami DePape, Manger, Adult Basic Education and Carol McCullough, Literacy Program Coordinator on behalf of Parkland Regional College.

The donation is to be put towards resources for Literacy and ESL. Literacy Coordinator Carol McCullough explained the difference this donation will make to the College Literacy Program and said “the donation will help to address our need for good up-to-date Canadian resources covering geography, history, government, culture, banking procedures, and money.” The donation more specifically will go towards software and print resources, which are based on the Canadian Language benchmarks for speakers of English as a second language.

Thank you SecurTek Pioneers Volunteer Group for supporting your community!



Parkland Regional College Celebrates 35th Anniversary and Introduces New Logo and Name Change

As we enter into 2008, Parkland Regional College will begin celebrating 35 years of delivering educational programs and services.

Along with celebrating the commitment and dedication to education in our region, the College will also be introducing new developments and change in 2008. Recently, Parkland Regional College announced to their staff that they will be implementing a new logo. This development came about with Parkland Regional College’s decision to change their name from Parkland Regional College to Parkland College. “Removing ‘Regional’ from the name has been a trend among Regional Colleges in the province”, states Fay Myers, CEO. In 35 years Parkland has grown from being more that a community or regional college and holds partnerships throughout the province, country and even worldwide.

The new logo is an effective representation of the College today and the direction it is headed for the future. “In keeping with the mission and vision of the College, the new logo illustrates individual, community, and economic growth as well as the collaborative networks of people and streams of learning”, explains Fay Myers.

The College will be launching the logo publicly in the first week of June at each of their campuses in conjunction with the 35th anniversary celebration. The logo will then be implemented and replace the current pine and poplar logo beginning July 1, 2008.



Parkland Regional College to Award $37,400 to Local College Students

Local students will soon have more money to put in their pockets thanks to a tremendous increase in student scholarships at Parkland Regional College. On December 5, 2007 Parkland Regional College kicked off the 10th anniversary for the scholarship initiative at each of their campuses in the region and were happy to announce that $37,400 will be awarded to current Parkland Regional College students; this is an increase of over $7,000 from last year.

The scholarship initiative has been made possible through funding from the Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment Centennial Merit Scholarship Program, generous donations from local businesses and organizations, Dollars for Scholars golf tournament donors, and contributions from Parkland Regional College staff and Board of Directors.

Along with the scholarship opportunities for current students, Parkland Regional College and their many generous donors have also increased opportunities for future students planning on enrolling in post-secondary programs in 2008. Additional entrance scholarships will be announced in early 2008 to prospective students.

The Centennial Merit Program is a matching program in which funds are provided on a dollar for dollar basis with local non-government donors. For every dollar raised locally, the province will match that dollar to support scholarships for high academic achievers. CEO Fay Myers comments on the increased opportunity to save money by studying locally. “Together with our partners, we hope to increase the opportunity for students to save money by staying in the region to study locally and retain Saskatchewan’s high academic achievers, which is a goal of the Centennial Merit Program.”

Students interested in learning more about the scholarship opportunities are encouraged to stop by one the College offices in Canora, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, Kamsack, Melville or Yorkton to pick up a scholarship booklet or visit the College website at to view the scholarship opportunities.



Parkland Regional College Students a Knock-out at Hairstyling Competition

It was a Total Knock-Out! Parkland Regional College’s Cosmetology program was the host to the “Total Knock-Out Styling” Hair Competition on May 24th. Students from Parkland Regional College Melville Campus, Southeast Regional College, Estevan Campus and SIAST Woodland Campus in Prince Albert went face-to-face to show guests their workmanship and incredible creativity.

“Hairstyling competitions can prove to be one of the more fulfilling aspects of a career as a cosmetologist” said lead instructor Carmella Kirshman-Lutz. The “Total Knock-Out Styling” hair competition was a required component of the Cosmetologist Program at Parkland Regional College. “Competition styling is one of the many avenues through which Cosmetologists may gain recognition for their artistic abilities and it gives students first hand experience at competition work, as well as allows them to exhibit their skills to peers, prospective employers, and the general public”, explains Carmella Kirschman-Lutz.

Students competed in two categories – Avante Guarde and Fantasy.

Avante Guarde is an elegant evening up-do that is considered to look more extreme, trendy and ‘on the edge’, but with fashion sense. Hair, makeup, jewelery, and dress are all considered in the final look. Prior to the competition the students were able to colour the mannequin heads. Then they were given 1.5 hours at the competition to complete their up-dos.

Fantasy is hair prepared with a theme. Hair is designed, molded, and shaped into any form that depicts the theme. The Fantasy Mannequins were pre-done and displayed with ornamentation and a name plate depicting the theme for judging.

When judging the Avante Guarde, master judge Connie Reeves of Langenburg explained that although the students were working on mannequins the style must be suiting to a person. The judges also looked for a hairstyle that showed workmanship, suitability and creativity, had balance in the head form, shine in finishing, and if they used colouring, it had to be placed properly within the hairstyle and be rich and shiny.

the parkland regional college students were the recipients of 4 awards.

  • People’s Choice Fantasy – Kirsten Franko, SIAST Woodland Campus
  • Honourable Mention Fantasy – Megan Sherle, Parkland Regional College
  • 3rd Place Fantasy – Rebecca Maxie, Southeast Regional College
  • 2nd Place Fantasy – Sharon Charles, SIAST Woodland Campus
  • 1st Place Fantasy – Kelsey Stone, SIAST Woodland Campus
  • Honourable Mention Avante Guarde – Erin Rathgeber, Parkland Regional College
  • 3rd Place Avante Guarde – Bailey Garrett, Southeast Regional College
  • 2nd Place Avante Guarde – Megan Scherle, Parkland Regional College
  • 1st Place Avante Guarde – Charissa Polvi, Parkland Regional College

Kami DePape, Recipient of Premier’s Award of Excellence

Parkland Regional College is pleased to announce that Kami DePape, Manager of Adult Basic Education at Parkland Regional College, is one of the members of the Adult Basic Education Redesign Task Team who was selected to receive the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service.

“The recipients of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Public Service are remarkable individuals who demonstrate a personal interest in the welfare of Saskatchewan people,” explains Premier Lorne Calvert. “I am pleased we are able to show our sincere appreciation for their contributions and achievements.”

The Adult Basic Education Redesign Task team is a provincial committee, which Kami has been a part of since she joined the College in 2003. The committee has been working to redesign the Adult 10 curriculum.

The announcement took place on June 27th and recipients will be recognized at the Gala event on Oct. 3rd in Saskatoon.

For more information about the Premier’s Award of Excellence, visit the Government of Saskatchewan website┬áhere.

Congratulations Kami!



Parkland Regional College Students Honoured at Graduation Ceremony

At the all-inclusive graduation ceremony held on June 15, 2007 in Yorkton, Parkland Regional College was pleased to announce the successful completion of 294 students in the areas of SIAST and Institute Programs, and Adult Basic Education as well as University of Regina and University of Brandon graduates from each of their five campuses in Yorkton, Melville, Esterhazy, Canora, and Fort Qu’Appelle.

Students in each program area were also recognized and awarded the Outstanding Performance, Outstanding Progress, and Perfect Attendance Awards.


Brandon University – Bachelor of Arts Degree In Sociology & Music


  • Haas, Jennifer – Yorkton


University of Regina – Bachelor of Social Work Degree, Yorkton


  • Ambrose, Christine – Yorkton
  • Ferridge, Helen – Yorkton
  • Jarduk, Amanda – Regina
  • Kosheluk, Tracey – Yorkton
  • Lemaire, Janet – Yorkton
  • Neyedley, Bobbi – Gerald
  • Shingoose, Chelsea – Yorkton
  • Stecyk, Michelle – Goodeve
  • Wasylyniuk, Evan – Yorkton
  • Weber, Teresa – Yorkton


siast, siit & industry credit

SIAST Business Certificate – Year One, Yorkton


  • Antony, Lola – MacNutt
  • Assman, Debra – Melville (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Balabuck, Noreen – Calder (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Barrett, Alison – Yorkton
  • Bugiera, Leanna – Rama (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Dubnyk, Jessica – Yorkton
  • Dutka, Chantelle – Esterhazy
  • Grunert, Jennifer – Kelliher
  • Hoffman, Tamara – Yorkton
  • McKercher, Rae – Yorkton
  • McNabb, Michelle – Yorkton
  • Miller, Alicia – Yorkton
  • Shabatura, Danielle – Kamsack
  • Slimmon, Heather – Yorkton
  • White, Lana – Yorkton
  • Wiebe, Verlin – Roblin, Manitoba


Instructors: Donna Vranai; Alison Dubreuil; Keith Hayward; Alicia Myall

SIAST Business Diploma – Accountancy, Yorkton


  • Benson, Jolene – Yorkton (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Hoffman, Adon – Theodore (Perfect Attendance)
  • Niezgoda, Heather – Yorkton
  • Orth, Paulette – Langenburg (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Thompson, Brennan – Yorkton


Instructors: Javan Davis; Carla Kaeding; Barry Miller; David Rusnak; Darcy Spilchen; Leanne Woodhouse

SIAST CISCO Networking/Computer Technician, Yorkton


  • Bybliw, William – Yorkton
  • Lehky, Ivan – Yorkton (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Ockochinski, Jesse – Yorkton
  • Peterson, Shawn – Yorkton
  • Tressel, Aaron – Yorkton
  • Werner, Trevor – Springside(Outstanding Performance Award)


Instructors: Shayne Kreitzer; Kris Johnson; Andy Balaberda

SIAST Computer Networking Technician, Yorkton


  • Drotar, Chris – Yorkton
  • Nagy, Brett – Rhein (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Smolinski, Ben – Yorkton (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Walliser, Leah – Esterhazy


Instructors: Shayne Kreitzer; Kris Johnson; Andy Balaberda

SIAST Continuing Care Assistant Certificate, Yorkton


  • Chenier, Janice -Saltcoats
  • Dozorec, Sarah – Yorkton
  • Dwernychuk, Robyn – Yorkton
  • Fenske, Lavern – Yorkton
  • Fuchs, Emily – Balcarres (Outstanding Progress Award & Perfect Attendance Award)
  • Fuhr, Amy – Langenburg
  • Kaye, Michelle – Yorkton
  • Knezacek, Brenda – Yorkton
  • Kyle, Brenda – Yorkton
  • Martin, Tracy – Yorkton (Outstanding Performance Award & Perfect Attendance Award)
  • Nahachewsky, Terry – Yorkton (Perfect Attendance Award)
  • Oochoo, Brenda – Lestock
  • Trost, Cheryl – Yorkton
  • Ward, Amanda – Yorkton


Instructors: Sherilyn Fenwick; Iris Phillips; Jessie Wade

SIAST Continuing Care Assistant Certificate, Part-time


  • Fenuik, Lorena – Melville
  • Foley, Jennifer – Melville
  • Kreiser, Kelly – Melville
  • Lueck, Yvonne – Melville
  • Miller, Judy -Melville
  • Scherle, Sherry -Melville
  • VanCaeseele, Tanya – Churchbridge
  • Ward, Debbie – Melville


Instructors: Rhonda Clark; Joanne Jenner; Lorraine Tochor

SIAST Cosmetologist Certificate, Melville


  • Bellegarde, Tanya – Fort Qu’Appelle (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Polvi, Charissa – Esterhazy (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Radawetz, Jessica – Preeceville
  • Rathgeber, Erin – Melville Yorkton (Perfect Attendance Award)
  • Scherle, Megan -Melville


Instructors: Carmella Kirschman-Lutz; Kathy Goebel-Brown

SIAST Early Childhood Education Certificate, Melville


  • Bodnar, Tracy – Canora
  • Lebo, Susan – Yorkton (Perfect Attendance Award)
  • Maher, Malgorzata – Melville
  • Morash, Jelean – Churchbridge (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Richardson, Dawn – Yorkton (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Stewart, Raychell – Melville
  • Townsend, Janine -Preeceville
  • Ward, Brittany – Melville


Instructors: Tamela Flasch; Lisa Cadieux de Larios

SIAST Early Childhood Education Certificate, Part-time


  • Bermudez, Deysi – Yorkton


SIAST Enhanced Level I Welding, Melville


  • Dyer, Kent – Yorkton
  • Hilts, Heather – Rocanville (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Purych, Trena – Melville
  • Sedley, Steven – Yorkton
  • Stupak, David – Yorkton
  • Summers, Steve – Melville
  • Wach, Bryce – Yorkton (Outstanding Progress Award)


Instructors: Dennis Muzyka; Blaine Miller; Keith Seidler, Peter Franck

SIAST Office Education Certificate, Yorkton


  • Genaille, Jennifer – Esterhazy
  • Haywood, Amy -Melville
  • Herrington, Dawn – Yorkton
  • Hnatuik, Sandra – Yorkton
  • Houle, Krista – Yorkton
  • Kardynal, Rachelle -Saltcoats
  • Kluk, Dana – Yorkton
  • Laxdal, Sarah – Bredenbury
  • Mill, Julie – Melville
  • Rathgeber, Lisa – Melville
  • Ryczak, Karen – Yorkton (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Sastaunik, Juli – Melville (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Weiss, Allison – Langenburg


Instructors: Gwen Just; Laura Anderson; Carla Kaeding

SIIT Office Management Certificate, Fort Qu’Appelle


  • Blackbird, Laurie – Yorkton
  • LaSwisse, Carmen – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Pasqua, Patrina – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Ryder, Minnie – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Starr, Amanda – Lebret (Best Attendance)
  • Starr, Denni – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Stevenson, Carolyn -Fort Qu’Appelle (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Yuzicappi, Jamie – Fort Qu’Appelle


Instructors: Dorothy Jackson; Rhoda Erickson

SIAST Plumber Level I, Lebret


  • Akapew, Theodore – Balcarres
  • McKay, Douglas – Balcarres
  • McKay, Paul – Balcarres (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Morgan, William – Lebret (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Ryder, Barry – Balcarres
  • Starr, Allan – Balcarres
  • Starr, Brian – Balcarres
  • Starr, Gilbert – Balcarres (Best Attendance Award)
  • Starr, Warren – Balcarres
  • Tuckanow, Ernest – Balcarres
  • Tuckanow, Terrance – Balcarres


Instructors: Vern Haubrich; Ted Chickowski

SIAST Practical Nursing, Yorkton


  • Hollingshead, Kelli -Esterhazy Jacques, Michelle – Esterhazy
  • Kurtz, Lorie – Melville
  • Landstad, Shann – Canora (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • McCarthy, Michelle – Esterhazy Nowosad, Megan – Yorkton
  • Pelzer-Birtles, Andrea – Regina (Perfect Attendance)
  • Prokopetz, Lisa – Canora
  • Scherban, Larissa – Canora (Outstanding Progress Award & Perfect Attendance Award)
  • Shore, Michelle – Yorkton
  • Weber, Jennifer – Yorkton


Instructors: Jackie Rohatensky; Barb Evans; Carolee Zorn

SIAST Pre-Trade Carpentry, Melville


  • Hnatuik, Brett – Yorkton
  • Palaniuk, Chad – Sturgis (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Ruf, Nick – Yorkton
  • Shingoose, Gene – Yorkton (Outstanding Progress Award)


Instructors; Ron Gerein; Keith Seidler

SIAST Pre-Trade Industrial Mechanics, Yorkton


  • Frick, Avery – Melville
  • Galger, Brendon – Langenbur
  • Kirby, Scott – Moosomin (Perfect Attendance)
  • Kuzma, Al – Yorkton (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Pasiechnik, Kevin – Preeceville (Outstanding Performance Award)
  • Purves, Cole – Hudson Bay (Outstanding Progress Award)
  • Pushka, Aaron – Russell, Manitoba


Instructors: Robert Haacke; Andy Balaberda; Kevin East; Doug Nichol

SIAST Heavy Equipment Operator Applied Certificate, Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, Key First Nation & Abernethy


  • Bellegarde, John – Balcarres
  • Braun, Robert – Yorkton
  • Cappo, Claude – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Cote, Donald – Yorkton
  • Daniels, Stanley – Abernethy
  • Desjarlais, Jordan – Edenwold
  • Desnomie, Jackie – Fort Qu´┐ŻAppelle
  • Favel, Curt – Norquay
  • Favel, Melody – Norquay
  • Gray, Randy – Dauphin, Manitoba
  • Helgason, Arden – Foam Lake
  • Key, Melvin – Norquay
  • Lazaruk, Lorene -Sturgis
  • Maple, Vincent – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • McLeod, Dustin – Lebret
  • McNabb, Nelson – Balcarres
  • Montgrand, Alfred – Lebret
  • Netjes, Albert – Yorkton
  • Norton, Stan – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Paley, Richard – Tuffnell
  • Papequash, Josh – Norquay
  • Popoff, Nick – Canora
  • Probe, Andrew – Canora
  • Rowan, Lance – Canora
  • Rudy, Allan – Regina
  • Ryder, Mel – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Stankewich, Tom – Canora
  • Swain, Gary – Yorkton
  • Tawiyaka, Errol – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Vewchar, Richard – Preeceville
  • Yuzicappi, Larry – Lipton


Instructors: Verle Sproull; Bob Mortimer; David Cote; Jackie Desnomie; Dave Thomas

Saskatchewan Trucking Truck Driver Training, Fort Qu’Appelle & Yorkton (2)


  • Carroll, Wendy – Yorkton
  • Dahl, Sheldon – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • DeGroot, James – Yorkton
  • Delorme, Roberta -Cowessess
  • Desjarlais, Daryle – Lebret
  • Desnomie, Desmond -Cowessess
  • Dieter, James – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Kaye, Alexander -Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Koshman, Ben – Esterhazy
  • Kowaski, Calvin – Yorkton
  • Martin, Ken – Fenwood
  • McConaghy, James – Yorkton
  • Nagy, Curtis -Dubuc
  • Nielson, Steven – Esterhazy
  • Ruf, Douglas – Yorkton
  • Severin, Larry – Langenburg
  • Sherwood, Peter – Yorkton
  • Taylor, Robert – Balcarres
  • Young, David – Yorkton
  • Yuzicapi, Trevlen – Fort Qu’Appelle


adult basic education

Adult 10

Esterhazy Campus


  • Veilleux, Christa – Esterhazy (Achievement Award)


Fort Qu’Appelle Campus


  • Keepness, Kerrie – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Littletent, Connie – Fort Qu’Appelle (Achievement Award)
  • McAuley, Erika – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Polley, Justin – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Sinclair, Dubois – Fort Qu’Appelle


Kamsack Campus


  • Lebedoff, Phoebe – Kamsack


Melville Campus


  • Czinkota, Carol – Melville (Attendance Award)


Yorkton Campus


  • Cote, Christopher – Yorkton
  • Genaille, Bobbi-Ann – Yorkton
  • Gott, Ashley -Yorkton
  • Homeniuk, January – Rhein
  • Hydamacka, Shayla – Yorkton
  • Littlechief, Sandi – Yorkton
  • Marcil, Chantalle – Yorkton
  • McDougall, Carla – Yorkton
  • McLeod, Loressa – Yorkton (Achievement Award)
  • Mintram, Cheri – Yorkton
  • Nepinak, Terrilene – Yorkton
  • Peepeetch, Tamara – Yorkton
  • Raphael, Derian – Yorkton
  • Schomburg, Chrystal – Canora
  • Warner, Patrick – Saltcoats


Instructors: Esterhazy – Michelle Clarke; Shirley May

Fort Qu’Appelle – Lurene Turgeon; Kamsack – Elaine Josephson

Melville – George Beddome; Nadine Kreklewich

Yorkton – Sandy Persick; Margaret Purich

GED 12

Balcarres Campus


  • Keewatin, Jacqueline – Peepeekisis
  • McNabb, Melissa – Peepeekisis


Esterhazy Campus


  • Findlay, Chris – Esterhazy (Highest Average Standard Score)
  • Veilleux, Christa -Esterhazy


Fort Qu’Appelle Campus


  • Agecoutay, Delphine – Goodeve
  • Creely, Audrey – Balcarres
  • Hagen, Michael – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Lavallee-Cyr, Sherry -Fort Qu’Appelle
  • McAuley, Erika – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Poitras, Danielle -Fort Qu’Appelle (Highest Average Standard Score)
  • Starr, Brendon – Lebret


Melville Campus


  • Belzner, Joanne – Melville (Highest Average Standard Score)
  • Flagel, Catlin – Melville
  • Hemm, Tim – Melville
  • Sawchuk, Travis – Goodeve


Yorkton Campus


  • Godwaldt, Tammy – Yorkton (Highest Average Standard Score)
  • Hudy, Eva – Yorkton
  • Ivanochko, Myron – Yorkton
  • Kaye, Victoria -Yorkton
  • McDougall, Carla -Yorkton
  • McKay, Blair – Yorkton
  • McLeod, Loressa – Yorkton
  • Peters, Jason – Yorkton
  • Rea, Kenith – Foam Lake
  • Wapash, Lawrence – Yorkton
  • Warner, Patrick – Saltcoats
  • Wlock, Brittany – Yorkton


Instructors: Balcarres – Ken Erickson; Esterhazy – Michelle Clarke; Shirley May

Fort Qu’Appelle – Kathleen McDonald; Lurene Turgeon; Melville – Nadine Kreklewich

Yorkton – Terry Heshka; Leah Minarik; Marguerite O-Hagan

Adult 12

Esterhazy Campus


  • Duchek, Eric – Esterhazy (Achievement Award)
  • La’Heureux, Darlene – Langenburg
  • MacKenzie, Sarah -Esterhazy
  • Pappenheim, Alice – Esterhazy


Fort Qu-Appelle Campus


  • Awasis, Jennifer – Fort Qu-Appelle
  • Cappo, Tasha – Fort Qu’Appelle (Scholastic Award & Attendance Award)
  • Desnomie, Jackie – Balcarres
  • Kaisowatum, Patricia – Piapot
  • Keepness, Kristy – Fort Qu’Appelle
  • Redman, Tiffany – Fort Qu’Appelle (Achievement Award)


Yorkton Campus


  • Andrychuk, Aaron – Yorkton
  • Bartel, Trisha – Yorkton
  • Bigstone, Esther – Yorkton
  • Dubik, Sonya – Yorkton
  • Finnie, Neil – Yorkton
  • Folk, Jenene – Yorkton
  • Godwaldt, Tammy – Yorkton
  • Langan, Jodee – Yorkton
  • Langton, Amber – Yorkton
  • Lockhart, Kristal – Yorkton
  • McKay, Karen -Yorkton
  • O’Soup, Pearline – Norquay (Scholastic Award)
  • Pelletier, Saul – Yorkton
  • Pelletier, Shaun – Yorkton
  • Quewezance, Nadine – Yorkton
  • Robinson, Lorelei – Yorkton (Achievement Award)
  • Sigurdur, Denise -Yorkton
  • Smith, Amanda – Yorkton
  • Stabler, Jessica – Yorkton
  • Sutcliffe, Elysia – Yorkton
  • Todd, Alisdair – Theodore


Instructors: Esterhazy – Michelle Clarke; Shirley May

Fort Qu’Appelle – Kathleen McDonald; Melville – George Beddome

Yorkton – Terry Heshka; Leah Minarik; Marguerite O’Hagan


Springside Grade 3 & 4 Students Join Parkland Regional College in International Efforts

Since November of 2004, Parkland Regional College has been working on international recruitment and has been developing partnerships in Africa. This winter, Parkland Regional College and College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, B.C. began a five year development partnership with Kimathi Institute of Technology (KIT) of Nyeri, Kenya. The partnership has been made possible through the Canadian College Partnership Program (CCPP) branch of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).

The partnership project entitled “Sustainable Job Creation” focuses on developing Kimathi Institute of Technology’s capacity to develop, produce, and deliver technical skills training courses centred on sustainable job creation, entrepreneurial skills enhancement, and the development of value-added cottage industries to meet the changing employment needs of the community. Special interest will also be paid to ensure gender equality, and health promotion in all aspects of the project. This new partnership will enable Canadians to work with Kenyans at all levels for a sustainable future.

This project has already given Parkland Regional College staff the opportunity to be directly involved in an international development project and Canadian staff will continue have the opportunity to participate in educational exchanges, international volunteer and teaching assignments, and a mentorship program for Kenyan educators. Students will have the option to use real life case studies from Kenya in their assignments; this opportunity will develop possible new solutions for issues in Kenya while developing real life skills for the students. Additionally, four Canadian students will compete for an educational internship experience in Kenya, delivering educational seminars on health promotion and entrepreneurial business development. Community presentations and fundraising events will also be held to include the local Canadian and Kenyan communities in this project.

Since Adult Basic Education Manager Kami DePape’s visit to Africa in March, she has made visits to various schools in the region, which lead to the involvement of the Springside grade 3/4 class. During Kami’s presentation, she told the grade 3/4 class about her visit to Muringato Primary School, which is on the grounds of Kimathi Institute of Technology. The students had very little in terms of school supplies and books and were very excited when Kami gave them pencil crayons. Together with their teacher, Mrs. Val Ruf, the grade 3/4 class then began to discuss the differences between the schools and the countries and decided to send books Africa.

The Springside students had an “Amazing Race” and formed reading groups as a way to collect books to send to Africa. The children tracked their progress on a giant map in their classroom and for every minute the children read they moved along on the map, from Springside, Saskatchewan to Nyeri, Africa. As they reached destinations along the way they were able to choose books from the Scholastic Book orders that would be sent to Murigato Primary School in Nyeri. They also brought books from home to share. In order to help with the cost of shipping the books, the children had a nickel war (boys against girls) to see who could collect the most nickels to help pay for postage. All together they raised $245.95 in order to ship the books to Nyeri. Included in the box were letters and bookmarks to the children at Muringato Primary School.

Parkland Regional is pleased to see such enthusiasm and interest from the young students. Thank you Springside School!