Parkland College has a $5.3 Million Annual Impact on the Region

March 30, 2009 — An in-depth economic impact study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists INC.(EMSI) revealed that Parkland College, in addition to providing educational opportunities for the region, contributes $5.3 million annually in added income to the Parkland College service area as a result of its operational spending.

EMSI is an economics firm located in Moscow, Idaho that specializes in the production of socioeconomic impact studies for assessment and planning purposes and has produced studies for nearly 900 Colleges in Canada, U.S., U.K., and Australia to date.

The study revealed that Parkland College’s past and present students who are still active in the workforce generated $24.7 million in added regional income, due to the higher earnings of students and the increased output of business. Parkland College itself recorded spending an estimated $6.7 million in the region for the purchase of supplies and services.

Studies demonstrate that education increases lifetime earnings. The average annual earnings of a student with a one-year certificate are 35% higher than those of someone without a high school diploma, and 13% higher than the earnings of a student with a high school diploma. The average earnings of someone with a two-year diploma are 55% higher than those of someone without a high school diploma, and 30% higher than the earnings of a student with a high school diploma.

Students enjoy an attractive 17% rate of return on their Parkland educational investment and recover all costs (including wages given up while attending classes instead of working) in only 8 years. The average annual earnings of a typical two-year diploma graduate from Parkland at the midpoint of his or her career is 30% higher than the earnings of someone with a high school diploma.

Provincial and local government taxpayers will receive a rate of return of 15% on their investments in Parkland. This means that Parkland College returns more to taxpayers than it costs. The College not only pays for itself but also provides a surplus that supports other government programs.

The study concludes by stating Parkland College “contributes to the vitality of both the local and provincial economies.” The results of the study demonstrate that Parkland College is a sound investment from multiple perspectives. The College enriches the lives of students and increases their lifetime incomes as well as it benefits taxpayers by generating increased tax revenues from an enlarged economy and reducing the demand for tax-payer-supported social services.



Parkland College Announces $32,000 will be Awarded in Entrance Scholarships in 2009-2010

March 24, 2009 — Local students pursuing post-secondary education will have the opportunity to receive scholarship support thanks to Parkland College’s scholarship initiative. On March 24th, Parkland College released the entrance scholarship opportunities to the community and was happy to announce that $32,000 will be awarded to students planning on enrolling in Parkland College University or Skills Training (certificate and diploma) programs in the upcoming 2009-2010 school 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 College staff and Board of Directors.

Contributions to scholarships have helped Parkland College maintain the ability to contribute to the education and training of residents in the Parkland area. Scholarship committee chairperson Gwen Machnee commented on the increased benefit to studying locally. “In addition to smaller class sizes and more personalized service, Parkland College and our partners are thrilled to be able to help some of our most deserving students with scholarships that help with tuition costs.”

The donors have made it possible for Parkland College to offer a total of $63,650 in scholarships this year. The $32,000 in entrance scholarships is in addition to the $31,650 which was awarded at the beginning of March to students currently enrolled in Adult Basic Education, University, and Skills Training programs at Parkland College.

Students interested in learning more about the scholarship opportunities are encouraged to stop by one of the five campuses in Canora, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, Melville or Yorkton and pick up a scholarship booklet or visit the College website at to view the scholarship opportunities. The deadline to apply for scholarships in May 14, 2009.



$31,650 in Scholarships Awarded to Local Students

March 11, 2009 — Parkland College awarded $31,650 in scholarships to 39 Parkland College students at a special awards ceremony held at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

The Scholarships are awarded to students that are enrolled in Parkland College programs at any of the five campuses in the region. This includes full-time courses in the university, skills training, and adult basic education program areas. 2009 scholarship recipients are:

Board of Governors’ Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award: Kristen Arnold
Clay Serby Community Service Scholarship: Lindsay Cyr
Centennial Merit Credit Technical Scholarship Program Award: DeAnna Kweens
Centennial Merit Credit Technical Scholarship Program Award: Rayanne Ottenbreit 
Centennial Merit Credit Technical Scholarship Program Award: Nolan Sies 
Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award: Braden Balabuck
Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award: Hanna Beisel
Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award: Ashley Grywacheski
Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award: Stacy Radom
Churchbridge Credit Union Scholarship: Berkley Jerg
City of Melville Centennial Merit Credit-Technical Scholarship Program Award: Les Radawetz
City of Yorkton Centennial Merit Credit-Technical Scholarship Program Award: Kaelyn McVey
Computer Skills Scholarship: Debbie Stevens 
Conexus Credit Union Scholarship: Mark Nelson
Cornerstone Credit Union Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award: Shannon Reminek
Crossroads Credit Union Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award: Deidre Kosheluk
Crossroads Credit Union Bursary: Tykana Zuchkan
Drs. Ron and Bree Rogoza Scholarship: Rae Shingoose
Gateway Co-operative Limited Bursary: Deidre Kosheluk
Holly Hetherington Scholarship for Adult Basic Education: Rita Quewezance
Horizon Credit Union Scholarship: Chantelle Rivers
Kathy Wiley Memorial Scholarship: Andrea Kahnapace
Logan Stevens Construction Ltd. Centennial Merit Credit-Technical Scholarship Program Award:Jacquie Smolinski
Melville Lions Club Centennial Merit Basic Education Scholarship Program Award: Amber Langton
Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Community Scholarship: Raynold Selin
Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Centennial Merit Credit-Technical Scholarship Program Award: Andrew Baranosky
ParkerQuine LLP Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award: Chelsey Berrecloth
Parkland College Staff Scholarship: Ryan Byers
Parkland College Staff Scholarship in Recognition of Determination and Persistence: Sonya Solonas
Parkland College Staff Scholarship in Recognition of Determination and Persistence: Glenda Dubois
Parkland College Student Leadership Scholarship: Clinton Elliot
Parkland College Student Leadership Scholarship: Carrie Silver
RBC Foundation Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award: Justine Banga
R.G. Combe V.C. Royal Canadian Legion #61 Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award: Shana van den Heuvel
SGEU Human Rights/Equity Committee Scholarship: Nathan Wolfe
Yorkton Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: Florence Ceaser 
Yorkton Lions Club Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award: Lindsay Griffith
Yorkton Rotary Club Centennial Merit Basic Education Scholarship Program Award: Jeff Kelbaugh
Yorkton Rotary Club CentennialCredit-Technical Scholarship Program Award: Matthew Betham

The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, community members, College staff, Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament, and Saskatchewan Learning’s Centennial Merit Scholarship program.

Contributors to the scholarships include Advanced Education, Employment & Labour, Canadian Federation of University Women –Yorkton, Churchbridge Credit Union, City of Melville, City of Yorkton, Clay Serby, Conexus Credit Union, Cornerstone Credit Union, Crossroads Credit Union, CUPE 4980, Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament Donors, Drs. Ron and Bree Rogoza, Gateway Co-operative Limited, GX94/The Fox, Holly Hetherington, Horizon Credit Union, Kahkewistahaw Gas and Convenience Store, Leon Ram Companies, Logan Stevens Construction Ltd., Loucks Pharmacy, Melville Lions Club, Mosaic Potash Esterhazy, Painted Hand Community Development Corporation, ParkerQuine LLP, Parkland College, Parkland College Board of Governors, Parkland College Staff, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Foundation, R.G. Combe V.C. Royal Canadian Legion #61, Saskatchewan Trucking Association, SGEU Human Rights/Equity Committee, UncommonSense Web Solutions, Yorkton Chamber of Commerce, Yorkton Lions Club, and Yorkton Rotary Club.


Educational Administration Department Head, Dr. Sheila Carr-Stewart Visited Parkland College to Facilitate a Seminar as a Partial Requirement of the Degree Program

March 3, 2009 — Parkland College is currently offering a face-to-face class in the Master of Educational Administration program in Yorkton. This class is the second in a series of ten classes from the University of Saskatchewan that students must take to receive their Master degree. The class consists of twenty-two students from four school divisions and will work together as a cohort, concluding in 2011.

“Parkland College has enjoyed a partnership with the University of Saskatchewan since 1974, primarily as a first-year, Arts and Science program”, stated Shawn Stoneham, Manager, University Programs at Parkland College. “Today, this partnership has evolved to include full-degree programs thus enabling access for local teachers at the master’s level providing professional development, higher academic qualifications and a means to remain current with changes in the teaching profession.” This partnership also supports the University of Saskatchewan’s long-term goal of outreach and engagement with Saskatchewan communities outlined in the 2006 University Integrated Plan.


Acting as an intermediary, the Center for Continuing and Distance Education, a department of the University of Saskatchewan, is helping the University to provide an array of courses and other curricular offerings that meet the needs of 21st century learners. This array includes enabling adult learners to overcome geographic, economic, social, and personal challenges to continuing their education. It also involves flexible access to both on-campus and off-campus students to degree-level courses. This program is just one example of a model for comprehensive, “Community-based Education.”

This program allows local educators to participate in meaningful, professional development in the convenience of their home community, without having to take a leave of absence from their workplace. “Teachers can participate in a master’s-level program while continuing with some resemblance of a normal home-life. Participants can complete the program within three years by taking face-to-face courses offered locally, augmented with a few online courses offered directly from the University of Saskatchewan”, said Stoneham. This program also provides on-campus faculty with the opportunity to teach in an off-campus site, thereby enriching and broadening their own experiences in the classroom.

This is the fourth outreach or off-campus Master of Educational Administration offered by the University of Saskatchewan in the province: Onion Lake (completed in December, 2008), Tisdale, North Battleford, and now Yorkton. According to Sheila Carr-Stewart, Department Head for Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan, “These programs ground the university to the province as a whole and demonstrate that the university is open to the people of Saskatchewan. In today’s world, we have people well-established in their careers, living in rural Saskatchewan, looking to upgrade their skills.”

Interest in part-time, off-campus studies is increasing to match the lifestyles of the participants in these programs. This program also serves as a catalyst for other departments such as Educational Psychology and Special Education who would also be interested running programs using this model of delivery.