$68,150 in scholarships awarded to Parkland College students

Yorkton, SK – Parkland College awarded $68,150 in internal scholarships to 70 students from across East Central Saskatchewan at its awards ceremony at the Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton on March 27.

These scholarships are in addition to the $40,500 in entrance scholarships awarded in September. This marks the second consecutive academic year in which Parkland College has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships.

The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, community members, college staff, the annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic, and the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program. The program, introduced by the provincial government in 2011, is 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, Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic 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, Melville Lions Club, Morris Industries, Mosaic Potash Esterhazy, ParkerQuine LLP, 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 the scholarships section of this website.

This year’s internal scholarship recipients are:

 

Scholarship Name

Value

Recipient

A+K Architects Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Taylor Thompson, Preeceville

Adult Basic Education Boehmer Family Scholarship

$300

Phyllis Nokusis, Fort Qu’Appelle

Board of Governors’ Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1200

Akaysha Duchek, Esterhazy

Churchbridge Credit Union Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity  Scholarship

$1000

Jaylyne Kentel, Langenburg

City of Melville Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship

$1000

Melainie Carpenter, Melville

City of Yorkton Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship

$1000

Kayla Gold, Yorkton

Clay Serby Community Service Scholarship

$1000

Jennifer Haas, Yorkton

Clay Serby Community Service Scholarship

$1000

Cathrine Stonechild, Fort Qu’Appelle

Cornerstone Credit Union Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Puja Deb, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in Health Care 

$2000

Amanda Wagner, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in Trades

$2000

Jason Sharp, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in Business

$2000

Kali Lazurko, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in University

$2000

Kalyn Harvey, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in Firefighter Training

$2000

Jason Higgins, Moosomin

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Academic  Merit #1

$1000

Danielle Thurston, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Academic  Merit #2

$1000

Sophia Alfelor, Norquay

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Academic  Merit #3

$1000

Jenna Gellert, Stornoway

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Academic  Merit #4

$1000

Sarah Kozun, Ituna

Dollars for Scholars  Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Extracurricular Activity #1

$1000

Brooke Edel, Neudorf

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Extracurricular Activity #2

$1000

Taylor Lytwyn, Saltcoats

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Extracurricular Activity #3

$1000

Barbara Pohozoff, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Skills Training Students #1

$1000

Caley Antonichuk, Preeceville

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Skills Training Students #2

$1000

Ranjit Singh, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for University Students #1

$1000

Chrissy Pelechaty, Pelly

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for University Students #2

$1000

Amanda Bucsis, Yorkton

Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for University Students #3

$1000

Kalandra Haas, Langenburg

Drs. Ron and Bree Rogoza Scholarship

$700

Branden Villeneuve, Yorkton

Gateway Co-operative Limited Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$500

Charlotte Boyd, Endeavour

Good Spirit REDA Scholarship

$1500

Megan Homeniuk, Canora

Good Spirit REDA Scholarship

$1500

Yellaiah Kurni, Yorkton

Hospitality and Tourism Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$200

Ariel Ward, Melville

Hospitality and Tourism Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$200

Darlene Weaver, Springside

Horizon Credit Union Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Colton Griffith, Yorkton

Kathy Wiley Memorial Scholarship

$500

Tanya Parker, Melville

LDM Foods Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in Agriculture

$1000

Hana Ruf, Rhein

LDM Foods Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship in Business

$1000

Tinku Sharma, Yorkton

Logan Stevens Construction Ltd. Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship

$1000

Harkirat Singh, Yorkton

Melville Lions Club Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Tracy Zulyniak, Melville

Morris Industries Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Hana Ruf, Rhein

Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Community Scholarship

$1000

Rodney Budd, Rocanville

Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship

$1000

Cody Cranwell, Esterhazy

ParkerQuine LLP Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Brittany Crow, Yorkton

Parkland College (Yorkton) Students Fundraiser Scholarship #1

$500

Christine Pelletier, Yorkton

Parkland College (Yorkton) Students Fundraiser Scholarship #2

$500

Anna Gadica, Melville

Parkland College (Yorkton) Students Fundraiser Scholarship: Male Student

$500

Albert Eagle, Yorkton

Parkland College Staff Scholarship #1

$1000

Doran Kaufmann, Yorkton

Parkland College Staff Scholarship #2

$1000

Cecilia Keinick, Canora

Parkland College Staff Scholarship for Leadership

$1000

Travis Desnomie, Balcarres

Parkland College Staff Scholarship for Persistence & Determination

$1000

Misty Smoker, Yorkton

Parkland College Students for Students Scholarship

$250

Kevin Francis, Fort Qu’Appelle

Parkland College Students for Students Post-Secondary Scholarship

$250

Loveneet Toor, Yorkton

Parkland College Students for Students Post-Secondary Scholarship

$250

Rupinder Kaur, Yorkton

President’s Scholarship: Dr. Fay Myers Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Award for Excellence

$2000

Jennifer Dmitruk, Yorkton

R.G. Combe V.C. Royal Canadian Legion #61 Melville Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Philip Henricksen, Regina

Richardson Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship Program Award in Power Engineering #1

$500

David Masson, Balgonie

Richardson Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship Program Award in Power Engineering #2

$500

Scott Girard, Martensville

Richardson Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship Program Award in Power Engineering #3

$500

Jayden Gerhardt, Grayson

Richardson Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship Program Award in Power Engineering #4

$500

Dustin McDonald, Yorkton

Saskatchewan Abilities Council Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Chantel Anthony, Kelvington

Town of Canora Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Community Scholarship #1

$1000

Patty Altman, Norquay

Town of Canora Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Community Scholarship #2

$1000

Sheri Skogen, Sturgis

University Science Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$500

Rebecca Ostafie, Canora

University Sociology Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship #1

$1200

Shelby Hershmiller, Yorkton

University Sociology Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship #2

$1000

Jamie Pfeifer, Yorkton

University Sociology Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship #3

$1000

Ulyana Bolonna, Yorkton

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Alanna Olson, Yorkton

Yorkton Lions Club Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship  #1

$1000

Naineshkumar Patel, Yorkton

Yorkton Lions Club Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship  #2

$1000

Amber Chutskoff, Kamsack

Yorkton Rotary Club Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$1000

Cerella Halcrow, Melville

Yorkton Rotary Club Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship

$1000

Jaymita Patel, Yorkton

Yorkton This Week Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$600

Jeremy Ruten, Kamsack

 

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 71 scholarships in university, trades, health, and business.

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

Government of Saskatchewan commits to Trades and Technology Centre

Parkland College applauds the Government of Saskatchewan’s 2013-14 budget released Wednesday by Finance Minister Ken Krawetz. It contains $1 million for the continued planning and design phases of a Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. This investment signifies approval for the facility’s development and enables Parkland College to move forward with finalized designs and to begin construction.

“The Saskatchewan government was facing difficult fiscal choices this spring, but we are glad it remains supportive of local skills training to address the ongoing labour shortage,” said Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College. “The government’s leadership is critical for the success of the Trades and Technology Centre.”

The Trades and Technology Centre represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region. The 24,550-square-foot facility will provide some much needed training space and classrooms that will allow Parkland College to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

For the past couple of years, Parkland College has been laying the financial groundwork for the facility, with the cornerstone being a proposal to the provincial government. To show its commitment to this plan, the college undertook its first ever capital campaign. Parkland College has set a goal to bring in $4.9 million in donations from dozens of local and regional businesses and community organizations, as well as international corporations.

The capital campaign was spurred on by a major matching gift challenge from PotashCorp. The mining giant pledged to equal all community and industry contributions up to a value $1.225 million. The gift was the first of its kind, and the largest of its kind, ever given to Parkland College.

“These donations are investments in a stronger future for all of us,” Dr. Myers noted. “This project will help provide the resources required to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth in the region and across Saskatchewan.”

Dr. Myers added that the community’s support was a critical factor in supporting the government to make its investment in the facility.

The new building will sit on 20 acres of prime land generously donated by the City of Yorkton. The land, bordered by York Road and Darlington Street and located between Highway 9 and Dracup Avenue, was valued at $3.48 million in 2012. It’s large enough to offer future expansion options to the facility and may even lead to the construction of student residences.

“Ever since the early planning stages, the communities and industry partners in this region have been telling us this project needs to happen. We’re very happy that their support and commitments will pay off in the near future,” Dr. Myers said.

“We know the demand for skilled tradespeople and technicians is expected to remain high in this province for a long time. We will be moving ahead soon in our quest to help provide workers to the businesses that need them.”

Dr. Myers added that Parkland College is committed to delivering the programs and training local businesses require and students demand. She reiterated the college’s commitment to offering innovative and diverse training options to prepare the Parkland region for continued growth and the jobs of the future.

“The Trades and Technology Centre will yield educational excellence, foster innovation, cultivate inclusion, and create accountability to the citizens of the Parkland region as well as the entire province of Saskatchewan,” said Dr. Myers.


About Us:

Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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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 and East Central Research Foundation to pursue agricultural research projects

Yorkton, SK – Parkland College has signed a memorandum of understanding with the East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) that will allow the partners to jointly pursue new agricultural applied research projects near Yorkton.

Michael Cameron (left), Director of Training & Business Development at Parkland College, signs the MOU with Glenn Blakley from the East Central Research Foundation.

Several activities are already underway. The City of Yorkton is generously providing a lease on a plot of land close to the city. This site will provide ample testing space for applied research projects operated by the college and ECRF. It will also be used in hands-on instruction through the college’s 42-week Agriculture Crop Production program, which began in February.

Under the terms of the agreement, ECRF will hire a farm technician while the college will employ summer students or work experience students. College instructors Michael Hall and Sarah Lipoth will be the scientists involved in the new projects.

The ECRF is a non-profit organization established in 1996 on land just west of Canora. It undertakes applied research projects and demonstrates specialized crop protection technologies to local producers. Funding from government agencies allows the ECRF to conduct trials on everything from seed treatments and crop residues to fertilizer application rates and weed and pest control. The data are provided to the research community, agricultural industry and local producers. ECRF is one of eight producer-directed research and demonstration sites in Saskatchewan making up the Agriculture – Applied Research Management (Agri-ARM) network.

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Gwen Machnee
Coordinator, University and Applied Research
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.2593
Email: g.machnee@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College signs memorandum of understanding with Okanese First Nation

Parkland College is expanding its commitment to partnering with First Nations in East Central Saskatchewan. The college recently signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a formal relationship with Okanese First Nation near Balcarres.

The affiliation between Okanese First Nation and the college seeks to improve labour market participation among members of the First Nation through Essential Skills programs, Adult Basic Education, and specific skills training linked to industry and jobs. Among the other goals of the MOU, college programs and courses offered to Okanese First Nation will be strengthened, and both parties will work toward securing provincial training allowances for students learning on reserve.

“Parkland College values forming partnerships and delivering responsive learning options to improve the way of life of people across the region,” said Michael Cameron, director of Training and Business Development at Parkland College. “This agreement further solidifies our commitment to focusing on the learner through accessibility, inclusion and diversity.”

Under the leadership of Chief Marie-Anne Daywalker-Pelletier and her Council, Okanese First Nation sees itself as a vibrant community, one that sets the path for a brighter future for its people, the promotion of a better quality of life, and the ability to persevere through many challenges that First Nation people endure.

The agreement will be in effect for five years. Officials from Okanese First Nation and Parkland College will meet at least twice a year to assess the progress made during the collaboration.


About Us:

Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Michael Cameron
Director, Training & Business Development
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.2590
Email: m.cameron@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Conversations with US coming to Parkland College

On Thursday, March 14, Parkland College will host Conversations with US, an interactive discussion with experts from the University of Saskatchewan.

The presentation will feature Jeff Schoneau, professor and Ministry of Agriculture Strategic Research Chair at the U of S. The topic of discussion is “Cropping Systems in Saskatchewan: Moving Towards Agronomic and Environmentally Sound Land Management Practices.”

Parkland College Main Campus
200 Prystai Way
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Thursday, March 14, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Schoneau’s contributions to applied research in soil fertility and management are recognized locally, nationally and internationally. His efforts have furthered the University of Saskatchewan’s outreach and engagement mission. Schoneau will discuss how the adoption of conservation management practices by Saskatchewan farmers has improved the quality of the soil, landscape and environment over the last few years.

This event is open to the public. A general discussion will follow Schoneau’s presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact:

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

Nola Woods
Community Engagement Specialist
University Advancement
University of Saskatchewan
Phone: 306.966.8445
Email: nola.woods@usask.ca