Parkland College Committed to Building Trades & Technology Centre in Yorkton

Parkland College remains committed to building a proposed Trades & Technology Centre in Yorkton, despite the fact that there is no funding for the project in the 2012-13 Saskatchewan budget.

“We are hopeful for the future,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “The Trades & Technology Centre will help address the skilled labour shortage in East Central Saskatchewan and beyond, and we pledge to continue working with the provincial government to make this facility a reality.”

The Trades and Technology Centre will produce 3,500 skilled graduates over the next ten years. The facility will house a power engineering lab, an industrial trades shop, a science and technology lab, and six classrooms. It represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.

“The vast majority of trades in the Yorkton-Melville area – 90 per cent of them – are desperate for skilled workers,” Myers said. “Parkland College doesn’t have the space right now to train the workers they need. But we hope that with the province’s support, we’ll soon be able to supply them with qualified, well-trained employees.”

Myers noted that the budget does include a significant boost to students in the form of the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship Program. She applauded the government for providing new high school graduates with $500 a year for four years to be applied toward tuition fees at any Saskatchewan post- secondary institution.

About Us:
Parkland College is the leading post-secondary educational institution in East Central Saskatchewan. It is leading innovation across the province through the delivery of a diverse programming mix, including Master degrees, Bachelor degrees, apprentice level training, diplomas, certificates, safety certifications, customized industry and business training, English as an Additional Language, and high school diploma.

 

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For more information contact:
Dr. Fay Myers
President
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6588
Email: f.myers@parklandcollege.sk.ca

$68,350 in Scholarships Awarded to Parkland College Students

Parkland College awarded $68,350 in internal scholarships to 72 students from across east-central Saskatchewan at its awards ceremony at the Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton on March 7.

These scholarships are in addition to the $39,000 in entrance scholarships awarded in September. This marks the first time that Parkland College has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships in one year.

Scholarship Name Value Recipient
1. A&K Architect Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Patrick Reetz, Churchbridge
2. Adult Basic Education Boehmer Family Scholarship $300 Amanda Wagner, Yorkton
3. Adult Basic Education Scholarship for Community Service $250 Jennifer Lockhart, Yorkton
4. Adult Basic Education Scholarship for Persistence and Determination #1 $250 Timothy Main, Fort Qu’Appelle
5. Adult Basic Education Scholarship for Persistence and Determination #2 $250 Melissa Hemm, Yorkton
6. Adult Basic Education Scholarship for Student Leadership $250 Kristi Johnson, Fort Qu’Appelle
7. Board of Governors’ Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1200 Jacqueline Bundus, Yorkton
8. Centennial Merit Skills Training Program Award Scholarship in Business Year I or Business Diploma $1000 Jennifer Sash, Esterhazy
9. Centennial Merit Skills Training scholarship in Continuing Care Assistant or Addictions Counseling $1000 Hillary Pickup, Yorkton
10. Centennial Merit Skills Training Scholarship in Multi-Mechanical or Welding $1000 Jeremy Fesik, Kamsack
11. Centennial Merit Skills Training Scholarship in Office Education $1000 Skylar Herperger, Esterhazy
12. Centennial Merit Skills Training Scholarship in Practical Nursing $1000 Angela Koroluk, Yorkton
13. Centennial Merit Skills Training Scholarship in Primary Care Paramedic $1000 Lois Brodner, Balcarres
14. Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award in Arts or Education $1000 Melissa Morley, Yorkton
15. Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award in Natural Sciences or Agriculture $1000 Dara Yacishyn, Yorkton
16. Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award in Second Year of Social Work Degree $1000 Cecilia Keinick, Canora
17. Centennial Merit University Scholarship Program Award in Social Work $1000 Tressa Nielsen, Melville
18. Chairman of the Board Scholarship in Power Engineering $1500 Kaylah Krieger, Melville
19. Churchbridge Credit Union Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Marjorie Mather, Yorkton
20. City of Melville Saskatchewan Advantage Skills Training Scholarship $1000 Bradley Radawetz, Lintlaw
21. City of Yorkton Saskatchewan Advantage Skills Training Scholarship $1000 Sunpreet Sandhu, Yorkton
22. Clay Serby Community Service Scholarship $1000 Kevin Datema, Saltcoats
23. Cornerstone Credit Union Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Miranda Polvi, Stockholm
24. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Extracurricular Activity #1 $1000 Michael Leudemann, Norquay
25. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Extracurricular Activity #2 $1000 Joy Chiasson, Yorkton
26. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Extracurricular Activity #3 $1000 Rayvan Mills, Yorkton
27. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Academic Merit #1 $1000 Chelsey Rowan, Roblin, MB
28. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Academic Merit #2 $1000 Rebecca Kitz, Russell, MB
29. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Academic Merit #3 $1000 Jerrica Nelson, Preeceville
30. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Academic Merit #4 $1000 Elana Brost, Canora
31. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Skills Training Students #1 $1000 Robin Somogyi, Willowbrook
32. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for Skills Training Students #2 $1000 Brendon Bomberak, Bangor
33. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for University Students #1 $1000 Stevie Drotar, Yorkton
34. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for University Students #2 $1000 Akaysha Duchek, Esterhazy
35. Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship for University Students #3 $1000 Larrisa Perepeluk, Yorkton
36. Drs. Ron and Bree Rogoza Scholarship $250 Jolene Finlay, Yorkton
37. Gateway Co-operative Limited Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $500 Charlotte Boyd, Endeavour
38. Good Spirit REDA Scholarship $1500 April Trost, Yorkton
39. Horizon Credit Union Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Scott Albers, Melville
40. Kathy Wiley Memorial Scholarship $500 Carrie Kaiswatum, Fort Qu’Appelle
41. LDM Foods Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship in Agriculture $1000 Taylor Peppler, Rhein
42. LDM Foods Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship in Business $1000 Mary Prybylski, Yorkton
43. Logan Stevens Construction Ltd. Saskatchewan Advantage Skills Training Scholarship $1000 Amy Sinclair, Fort Qu’Appelle
44. Morris Industries Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Sarah Weinbender, Canora
45. Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Advantage Community Scholarship $1000 Scott Webster, Yorkton
46. Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Advantage Skills Training Scholarship $1000 Mandyy March, Milestone
47. ParkerQuine LLP Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Lindsey Varga, Yorkton
48. Parkland College (Yorkton) Students Fundraiser Scholarship #1 $500 Debra Brown, Ebenezer
49. Parkland College (Yorkton) Students Fundraiser Scholarship #2 $500 Yvonne Steiner, Yorkton
50. Parkland College (Yorkton) Students Fundraiser Scholarship #3 $500 Kelley Wog, Yorkton
51. Parkland College (Yorkton) Students Fundraiser Scholarship: Male Student $500 Appani Karthik, Yorkton
52. Parkland College Staff Scholarship $1000 Bonny Cardinal, Regina
53. Parkland College Staff Scholarship for Leadership $1000 Bobbie-Joe Starr, Lebret
54. Parkland College Staff Scholarship for Leadership $1000 Connie Elliott, Balcarres
55. Parkland College Staff Scholarship for Persistence & Determination $1000 Natalie Yuzicappi, Fort Qu’Appelle
56. Parkland College Staff Scholarship in Recognition of Determination & Persistence $1000 Christina Desmarais, Yorkton
57. Parkland College Students for Students Scholarship $500 Samantha Seaton, Melville
58. President’s Scholarship: Dr. Fay Myers Saskatchewan Advantage Award for Excellence $2000 Jennifer Dmitruk, Yorkton
59. R.G. Combe V.C. Royal Canadian Legion #61 Melville Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Loraine Yarotsky, Melville
60. Richardson Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award in Power Engineering #1 $500 Brendon Teichroeb, Yorkton
61. Richardson Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award in Power Engineering #2 $500 Brooklyn Asbjornhus, Melville
62. Richardson Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award in Power Engineering #3 $500 Tucker Chornomud, Yorkton
63. Saskatchewan Abilities Council Centennial Merit Scholarship Program Award $1000 Timothy Hemm, Yorkton
64. Town of Canora Saskatchewan Advantage Community Scholarship #1 $1000 Christy Russell, Pelly
65. Town of Canora Saskatchewan Advantage Community Scholarship #2 $1000 Kathleen Lukey, Pelly
66. University Sociology Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Savannah Hodgson-Lavallee, Yorkton
67. Yorkton Chamber of Commerce Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $1000 Joytvinder Bhatti, Yorkton
68. Yorkton Lions Club Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship #1 $1000 Sarah Holowatuik, Yorkton
69. Yorkton Lions Club Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship #2 $1000 Jason Flatt, Esterhazy
70. Yorkton Rotary Club Saskatchewan Advantage Basic Education Scholarship $1000 Laura Ross, Melville
71. Yorkton Rotary Club Saskatchewan Advantage Skills Training Scholarship $1000 Alanna Busch, Calder
72. Yorkton This Week Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship $600 Dylan Bernhardt, Yorkton

 

The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, community members, College staff, the annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament, Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration’s Centennial Merit Scholarship program, and the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship Program.

The Centennial Merit Scholarship 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.

The Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarships are part of the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship Program introduced by the provincial government in 2011. They are intended to provide matching funds to institutions for scholarships that are targeted in accordance with the institution’s strategic directions. Funds are provided on a dollar-for-dollar matching basis with local non-government donors.

Contributors to this year’s internal scholarships include Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, Dollars for Scholars Golf Tournament donors, A&K Architects, Churchbridge Credit Union, City of Melville, City of Yorkton, Friends of Clay Serby, Cornerstone Credit Union, Drs. Ron and Bree Rogoza, Gateway Co-op, Good Spirit REDA, Horizon Credit Union, LDM Foods, Logan Stevens Construction, Morris Industries, Mosaic Potash Esterhazy, ParkerQuine, Dr. Fay Myers, R.G. Combe V.C. Royal Canadian Legion #61 (Melville), Richardson, Saskatchewan Abilities Council, Town of Canora, Yorkton Chamber of Commerce, Yorkton Lions Club, Yorkton Rotary Club, and Yorkton This Week.

Students interested in learning more about scholarship opportunities at Parkland College are encouraged to stop by one of the five campuses in Canora, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, Melville or Yorkton, or visit www.parklandcollege.sk.ca.

About Us:

Parkland College provides scholarships to local students pursuing post-secondary education. Contributions to the scholarship initiative help Parkland College maintain the ability to contribute to the education and training of residents in the Parkland area. The initiative positively impacts the lives of individuals and families, as well as communities and businesses within the Parkland region. This is the 15th year that Parkland College has offered scholarships to students enrolled in full-time or part-time courses. The internal scholarship fund has grown from $1,500 in the first year to $68,350 this year, and from four to 72 scholarships in university, trades, health, and business.

 

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For more information contact:

Gwen Machnee, Ph.D.
University Program Coordinator
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.2593
Email: g.machnee @parklandcollege.sk.ca

Partnership Aims to Help First Nations Students Find Careers in Agriculture

More than two dozen Parkland College students are poised to enter the workforce in the agriculture and agri-business industries upon completion of a unique pilot program being delivered on the Keeseekoose First Nation near Kamsack.

On March 9, the students wrap up a nine-week “Introduction to Agriculture” training course – a partnership between Parkland College, Lakeland College, Keeseekoose First Nation, and Inroads to Agriculture, which is funded through the Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan. The program is designed to prepare First Nations students for entry level employment in the agriculture and agri-business sectors in the Yorkton-Kamsack area.

Course participants have spent the last two months learning the basics of farming with local farmers and agri-business operators as their instructors. They’re now ready to graduate from the course, armed with fresh knowledge about everything from plant and soil science to fertility management to tillage and direct seeding.

To help the graduates get started on their career path, they will meet with numerous local employers during an interview fair on the morning of March 6 at the Keeseekoose hall. The goal is to have the students enter the workforce at local farm operations, grain handling facilities, specialized agriculture operations, farm supply businesses, or farm support retailers.

“These adults have a strong desire to learn and are anxious to start a career in agriculture,” said Darrell Landels, Parkland College’s Manager of Trades, Industrial & Agriculture. “A lot of local businesses in this area are having challenges finding people with the right qualifications to fill open jobs. Also, a lot of First Nations people on reserves or in nearby communities are looking to fill the jobs that are available in the local labour market. Strategies like the Intro to Ag program go a long way to help solve both concerns.”

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:
Darrell Landels
Manager, Trades, Industrial & Agriculture
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.2761
Email: d.landels@parklandcollege.sk.ca