Parkland College Business Students Getting the Jump on Careers

The transition from high school to a post-secondary institution is often a daunting task. Most students find it challenging to adapt. That’s part of what makes Parkland College a preferred option for many young people who want to further their education and find a successful career.

One example of the offerings at Parkland College is the SIAST Business – Year I certificate program. It provides a background of sound business training that enables students to pursue entry level positions as management trainees, administration assistants, or office support staff. Students can also pursue a business diploma by taking the Accountancy Specialty through Parkland College. Several universities, campuses and agencies recognize a number of the courses offered in the business program as transfer credit for Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP), Certified General Accountant (CGA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and many more.

“I chose Parkland College because it provided me with the courses I wanted to take in order to find a great career,” said Business – Year I student April Trost. “It’s a smaller college, which I love because you’re able to receive more one-on-one time with the instructor. They’re willing to help students reach their desired goals.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by Trost’s classmate, Sheri Sparvier.

“I enjoy the friendly atmosphere and helpful instructors,” Sparvier stated. “The best thing is the dedication the Parkland College team has with their students.”

The Business – Year I program runs full-time from late August to late April. For more information on this and other programs, stop by the Yorkton campus at 200 Prystai Way, or call toll free 1.866.783.6766.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College Preparing to Launch New Apprenticeship Program

On a good day, it’s difficult to find a hotel room in Yorkton and the boomtowns of the surrounding region. Most inns are operating at or near capacity thanks to the thriving construction, mining, and tourism industries. To meet the demand for accommodations, numerous hotels will soon be springing up in Yorkton, Melville, and Esterhazy.

With those new hotels come new jobs – and a new program at Parkland College. In March, Parkland College will introduce apprenticeship training in the hospitality and tourism fields. The program is a partnership with Canada-Saskatchewan Employment Centre.

The course is scheduled to run from March 5 to Sept. 7, 2012 in Yorkton. Students will receive training that can lead to careers as front desk agents, reservation sales agents, and housekeeping room attendants. Successful students will obtain certification in those positions through the Saskatchewan Tourism Education Council. They’ll also be able to achieve journeyperson status as a Guest Services Representative through the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.

Information sessions are scheduled for later this month at four Parkland College campuses. Meetings will be held Jan. 24 in Melville, Jan. 25 in Kamsack, Jan. 26 in Esterhazy, and Jan. 27 in Yorkton. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. with interviews to follow in the afternoon.

For further information, call Parkland College at 786.2597 or 786.2769.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Moose Jaw EMS Donates Ambulance to Parkland College

Students enrolled at Parkland College have a new tool to help them train for a career in emergency and health services.

The College recently received a donation of an ambulance from Moose Jaw & District Emergency Medical Services. It will serve as a hands-on learning device for students in several programs, including Primary Care Paramedic, Emergency Medical Responder, Firefighter, Practical Nursing, and Continuing Care Assistant.

“We’re very pleased to be able to use the ambulance as we continue to grow these programs,” said Larry Pearen, Manager of Protection and Emergency Services Training at Parkland College. “It’s very important to provide our students with real life equipment on which to train.”

Historically, the College would rent ambulances from SIAST’s paramedic programs for a couple of days at a time. With one now readily available at Parkland College, Pearen explained that students will have many more opportunities to advance their abilities.

The ambulance was a front-line vehicle in the Moose Jaw fleet until early in 2011. Kyle Sereda, owner/operator of Moose Jaw EMS and a former Yorkton resident, made the donation as a way of giving back to the community where he first honed his skills as a paramedic.

“We were very happy to have the opportunity to donate an ambulance to the program,” said Sereda.

“We believe having the tools to simulate the environment and variables that exist in the pre-hospital profession of paramedicine will equip the students well for employment in the field,” he continued. “The intensity of the program demands that students be as prepared as possible for the uncontrolled environment that often occurs on the side of the highway or in the middle of the street. The exposure to simulation is critical in that preparedness.”

Sereda noted that Moose Jaw EMS often works collaboratively with other stakeholders as vehicles or equipment age. Once they are replaced, the old tools find new homes in training institutions such as Parkland College, adding value to both the retired equipment and the student learning environment.

Sereda maintains a connection to the Parkland Region by also acting as a practicum host for students, and often hires graduates from Parkland College.

“Being a first responder is a very demanding career,” he explained, “but these students work to be well prepared for the real world when they graduate from Parkland.”

The ambulance will be decorated with the College colours and logo. When not being used by students and instructors, it will be featured at career fairs and other events to help Parkland College market its emergency health programs.

Parkland College Gears Up for Busy Winter of Studies

Parkland College students are back in class, recharged and ready to go after a restful Christmas break.

January marks the start of the second term for many of them. There are close to 600 full-time students taking classes this winter at campuses in Yorkton, Melville, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, and Canora. Another 3,000 people are enrolled part time.

Parkland College offers the largest off-campus university program in Saskatchewan, as well as numerous educational programs and services to adult learners including SIAST and Institute programs, Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language and Career and Student Services.

“Flexibility and variety are two of our stronger traits,” said President Fay Myers. “Our course offerings and programs are constantly changing based on popularity and demand. Our skilled trades classes are prominent right now, as are our firefighting and paramedic programs.”

For many students, especially those just coming out of high school, the opportunity to begin a university education without leaving the area is a great incentive, Myers added. Students have the opportunity to live at home and retain part-time jobs, greatly reducing costs associated with moving to a new city and finding rental housing.

Plus, smaller class sizes mean more instructor involvement, often resulting in better grades. Myers noted that Parkland College boasts a 94 per cent completion rate for university programs compared to 65 per cent at larger campuses. The dropout rate at Parkland is virtually non-existent. And, on average, Parkland students score 10 per cent higher than students at larger campuses.

“We’re very proud of our students and the instructors who prepare them for a fulfilling career,” Myers said. “They’re constantly showing us that there are so many ways to get ahead at Parkland College.”

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca