Parkland College firefighter training program gets good grades in Lakeland College evaluation

(left to right): Kirk McInroy, Manager of Technical Services, Lakeland College; Larry Pearen, Manager of Business, Health, and Human Services, Parkland College; Michael Cameron, Director of Training and Business Development, Parkland College; and Chris Senaratne, Dean of Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre.

Melville, SK – Parkland College was pleased to host two representatives from the Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre (ETC) of Vermilion, AB, on July 17 and 18 for an examination of the firefighter training site based at Parkland College’s Melville location. The inspection was required to assess whether Parkland College satisfies the accreditation standards for the National Fire Protection Associate (NFPA) 1001 Professional Firefighter Qualifications training program.

Chris Senaratne, Dean of the ETC, and Kirk McInroy, Manager of Technical Services, made the visit to inspect the fire training site, apparatus, and equipment, as well as to discuss working arrangements, procedures, and service needs. All indications are that Parkland College’s training is indeed meeting those requirements.

The inspection revealed a few minor deficiencies in the current set-up which can be easily corrected, according to Larry Pearen, Manager of Business, Health, and Human Services at Parkland College.

“We are very committed to making this area of training the best it can be,” Pearen said. “We look forward to strengthening our relationship between the two colleges as we grow this division.”

Parkland College acts as a broker to provide the 13-week NFPA 1001 program in cooperation with the Lakeland College ETC. The program is the only one of its kind in Saskatchewan, providing a comprehensive blend of theory and practical skills required for entry-level firefighter positions. Eight platoons have completed the program at Parkland College with the most recent class graduating in June. The next program offering is scheduled to begin March 2013.

About Us:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language, and Career and Student Services.

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For more information contact:
Larry Pearen
Manager, Business, Health & Human Services Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.2582
Fax: 306.786.7866
Email: l.pearen@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College hosts annual university orientation session

Parkland College held its annual University Orientation barbecue on Aug. 23 at its main campus in Yorkton. Prospective students were given a tour of the campus and learned what classes are available through presentations from representatives of the college, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Regina.

Parkland College is proud to provide the most diverse off-campus university offerings in Saskatchewan with a selection of courses from both the U of S and U of R. Face-to-face instruction is available at the Yorkton campus, while televised and online courses are offered at all college locations. Click here to see what university options are available at Parkland College.

Photos from the orientation event can be found on Parkland College’s Facebook page.

New Indigenous Education partnership forged by Parkland College and First Nations University of Canada

Dr. Lynn Wells (left), Vice President Academic at FNUniv, and Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College, sign a contract Tuesday to officially launch the four-year Bachelor of Indigenous Education program at Parkland College in Fort Qu'Appelle.

Fort Qu’Appelle, SK – A signing ceremony today officially launched a four-year Bachelor of Indigenous Education program, slated to begin in Fall 2012 at Parkland College’s campus in Fort Qu’Appelle. The initiative is a new partnership between Parkland College and First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv).

FNUniv’s Indigenous Education program aims to develop teachers who are skilled and knowledgeable within the framework of the Saskatchewan Core Curriculum, while placing special emphasis on the development of First Nations content in all subject areas. Students are introduced to the unique needs of First Nations pupils and the issues of First Nations education. Cultural components are also integrated throughout the program.

“Parkland College is proud to be a partner in this ground-breaking project, and we look forward to welcoming new students to our halls,” said Dr. Gwen Machnee, University Program Coordinator. “This is a program which I am confident will yield many benefits for every community in our area.”

The Indigenous Education program is open to both First Nations and non-First Nations students. About 48 students have expressed interest. Most of the students are from the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) in the Treaty Four territory. FHQTC includes the following bands: Carry The Kettle, Little Black Bear, Muscowpetung, Nekaneet, Okanese, Pasqua, Peepeekisis, Piapot, Standing Buffalo, Starblanket, and Wood Mountain.

“Community-based programming is central to the First Nations University of Canada’s mission. Educating students in their communities leads to greater retention and resulting in graduates staying in their communities upon completion. This partnership is another important step in extending the reach of our programs,” said Dr. Lynn Wells, Vice President, Academic at FNUniv.

About Parkland College:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as 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, Ph.D.
University Program Coordinator
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.2593
Email:g.machnee@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College and First Nations University of Canada to unveil new partnership in Fort Qu’Appelle

On Tuesday, August 7, Parkland College will participate in an official signing ceremony with First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) to launch a new Indigenous Education program in Fort Qu’Appelle. You are invited to attend the event at:

Parkland College
Treaty Four Governance Centre
740 Sioux Avenue
Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan
Tuesday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.

Representatives from both FNUniv and Parkland College will be on hand for the announcement and signing ceremony.

There will also be an information session at 1:00pm for prospective students and anyone interested in finding out more about the program.

The four-year Bachelor of Indigenous Education program will begin in fall 2012 at Parkland College’s Fort Qu’Appelle campus. Approximately 60 students have expressed interest in the program.

About Us:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as 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

Students can benefit from new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship at Parkland College

High school graduates enrolling at Parkland College this fall are eligible for the new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship (SAS), which was introduced by the provincial government in May.

The SAS is designed to help new Grade 12 graduates transition into post-secondary studies. Every graduate (including ABE and GED) who enrolls at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution, such as Parkland College, will be provided up to $500 per year to a lifetime maximum of $2,000. The scholarship will reduce tuition for programs starting after April 1, 2012.

Students enrolled in programs beginning on or after August 1, 2012, will not need to apply for the SAS; Parkland College will apply on the students’ behalf. Those whose studies began between April 1 and July 31, 2012, will need to apply directly to the Ministry of Advanced Education. The province says an online application will be available on August 1, 2012, and eligible students will receive payment directly.

The new scholarship applies to a wide array of programs and institutions that are recognized for Canada-Saskatchewan Student Loans. The provincial government estimates that 8,450 high school and GED graduates will benefit from the SAS each year.

Parkland College and other post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan are working with the Ministry to define program parameters and a streamlined process for awarding the scholarship.  The province says information about this scholarship will be provided to students through the Saskatchewan High School System as it becomes available.

About Us:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language, and Career and Student Services.

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