Parkland College Students can Complete their Degree in Australia

Parkland College Business (Accounting) Diploma graduates now have the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Commerce Degree (in Accounting) from Griffith University in Australia after an articulation agreement between the two institutions was approved on December 10, 2009.

According to William Litchfield, Director of Advancement, “A student who has completed the two-year SIAST Business Accountancy Diploma at Parkland College can complete the Bachelor of Commerce degree in only three more semesters at Griffith University – Nathan Campus. This is a great opportunity for our students and a new pathway to meet their personal and professional goals. We are pleased to have established an articulation agreement with Griffith University allowing our students to pursue futures in the global economy.”

“Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith University has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. From its beginnings, Griffith stood apart from many universities in Australia and the world due to its commitment to environmental sustainability, cultural and social inclusiveness and innovative multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. For instance, the Griffith Business School is renowned as a leader in sustainable business education, being the first Australian university to secure membership of the UN Global Compact Principles of Responsible Management Education. According to the 2009 Times Higher Education Supplement-QS World University Rankings, Griffith is ranked at 291, which places the University comfortably in the top five per cent worldwide.”(

“There is a strong correlation between success in a program and preparation in advance”, explains Litchfield. Students will be supported throughout their entire experience at Griffith University by Australearn, who provides continuous support to students at no cost. From the first point of contact through to arriving on campus, Australearn students are well prepared and very well informed. This includes assistance with the applications, applying for a visa, scholarship information, a 24/7 help phone, and academic advising.

Students interested in learning more about the opportunity can contact William Litchfield at (306)786.7331.



Parkland College Receives Funding for an Industrial Mechanics Lab

Funding of $75,000 has been provided by the Ministry of Advanced Education Employment and Labour (AEEL) to deliver Industrial Mechanics Apprenticeship level training at Parkland College, Esterhazy campus.

“The provincial government is pleased to partner with Parkland College,” said Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris. “Our students are the future of our province and this new lab will help prepare students for the workforce and our growing economy.”

“This funding has been used for upgrades and renovations to our campus,” explained Parkland College President Fay Myers. “The new lab building will provide increased opportunities for students by housing the Industrial Mechanic Rural Apprenticeship program.” The renovation project has developed three lab areas as well as constructed a cold storage building for training aids. The campus has also been updated to reflect an adult learning environment and power was updated to accommodate the training labs.

The total cost of the program is $170,000 and has also received support from following industry partners: Mosaic Potash Esterhazy, PCS Rocanville, Noble Construction Corp., South East Construction, and Procon Mining & Tunnelling Ltd.