Parkland College to Offer Master of Nursing Degree from University of Saskatchewan

Parkland College is pleased to announce a partnership with the University of Saskatchewan to offer its Master of Nursing degree program in Yorkton. A cohort will begin in January 2013 and conclude in June 2015.

This Master of Nursing program allows local nurses to participate in meaningful professional development in their community, while avoiding the inconvenience of having to leave work or home.

“Nurses can participate in a master’s program and, at the same time, continue with their day-to-day work and personal activities,” said Gwen Machnee, University Program Coordinator at Parkland College. “Participants in this program benefit from being part of a group of colleagues who move through the program together and learn from each other without having to drive to the big city.”

Representatives from the University of Saskatchewan are scheduled to present details about the program at an information session at Parkland College’s Yorkton campus on March 15. Members of the public are invited to attend the information session at:

Parkland College (Room 101)
200 Prystai Way
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.

About Us: Parkland College offers the largest off-campus university program in Saskatchewan, as well as an array of 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.

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For more information contact:
Gwen Machnee
University Program Coordinator
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.2593
Fax: 306.786.7866
Email: g.machnee@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Scholarships Providing Opportunities for Students

One of the biggest roadblocks stopping many people from furthering their education is simply the cost of going to school. Tuition, books, and living expenses can add up and put a strain on any budget. But thanks to a growing scholarship program at Parkland College, some of those hurdles are being cleared in east-central Saskatchewan.

The college will be handing out over $70,000 in internal scholarships to dozens of deserving students in early March. Combined with entrance scholarships distributed this past September, Parkland College will award nearly $110,000 in financial assistance in the 2011-12 academic year.

The scholarship fund continues to expand thanks to the generous contributions of numerous corporations, local businesses, community groups, individuals, and College staff. Most of the awards are valued at $1,000 or more because the provincial government matches the donors’ gifts. The initiative is also supported by Parkland College’s annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic. This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 22 at Deer Park Golf Course.

Contributions from the community in the form of scholarships help Parkland College improve the education and training of area residents, and such donations impact positively on our communities and businesses. The public’s contributions really are investments in the future of the Parkland region as the college’s graduates improve their standing in life and give back to the communities in which they live.

For information on the scholarships and bursaries available at Parkland College, visit parklandcollege.sk.ca and look for Scholarships on the home page.

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

Celebration Marks Re-Opening of Kamsack Training Facility

An official grand re-opening and open house was held Thursday, Feb. 2 at Parkland College’s training facility in Kamsack. College President Dr. Fay Myers unveiled the new space, which was moved to the lower level of the Crowstand Centre late in 2011. The move increases available room for skills training and upgrading purposes, offices, and storage.

The event also showcased the hard work of students enrolled in a recent Essential Skills project. Fourteen students registered in adult education programs worked as a team to improve the appearance of the entrance and interior of the campus. They gave the building a fresh coat of paint, new doors, moldings, and baseboards.

Parkland College’s Essential Skills curriculum teaches numeracy, oral communication, reading, writing, computer use, document use, thinking skills, teamwork, and continuous learning. All nine skills were used in this project. The goal is not only to improve skill levels, but also to provide hands-on work experience, thereby producing responsible, knowledgeable employees who may be incorporated into local businesses.

In preparation for the project, the students conducted research on prices of the materials required, wrote up proposals, and prepared resumes and cover letters. They then applied for various jobs in the project and were formally interviewed by instructor Brad Rose, Essential Skills facilitator Pat Prokop, and tutor Phyllis Strelioff.

“It is all our responsibility to prepare people to participate in the work force,” Dr. Myers said. “Together we can make a difference – productive citizens, prosperous and sustainable communities, and a growing, exciting province in which to learn, live, and work.”

Dr. Myers thanked the community of Kamsack and the First Nations communities of Key, Keeseekoose, and Cote for their support of Parkland College and local students.

“It is not easy to come back to school for many of these adults,” she explained. “Your support is essential for their success in achieving their goals.”

The college now also features a mural by local artist Dustin Wilson, who designed and painted the work after receiving ideas and suggestions from the students. The Parkland College wellness committee purchased tub chairs and an accent table to complete the new look.

Parkland College has been delivering adult education classes at the Crowstand Centre for the past six years. There are currently 32 full-time students enrolled in Adult 10, GED Prep, and Adult 12 classes. The college also operates a Learning Lab two days a week and provides student counselling services.

Parkland College Working to Fix “Jobless Boom”

Despite numerous positive economic indicators, Saskatchewan appears to be in the midst of a “jobless boom,” according to Sask Trends Monitor. The latest edition of the monthly statistical report shows employment in the province grew by only 0.3 per cent in 2011.

Some analysts, including the report’s publisher Doug Elliott, believe the lack of job growth comes because the skilled workers being attracted here aren’t the type the province needs. That means that job postings continue to abound because there’s a shortage of qualified applicants. Elliott is particularly surprised to see sizable drops in employment in the manufacturing, natural resources, and construction sectors.

However, in Yorkton, Parkland College is working to meet that need. The College provides a wide array of specialized training options, including offerings in the power engineering, industrial, construction, and mechanical trade clusters. Program delivery is based on industry demand and timed to match labour market cycles. Courses typically include SIAST Applied Certificates, Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) approved upgrading programs, and customized up-skilling for business courses.

While much of Saskatchewan’s growth involves attracting newcomers and former residents from abroad, Parkland College believes the key to sustainable growth is retaining the potential that exists here. By training the youth of the region and improving the skills of those already in the workforce, the College feels it can help address the province’s “jobless boom” and extend Saskatchewan’s growth spurt.

For information on the programs at the College, visit parklandcollege.sk.ca 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