First Nations representatives tour Emergency Services Training Site

Melville, SK – Parkland College invited representatives from First Nations around Saskatchewan to tour the college’s Emergency Services Training Site near Melville on Tuesday. Although heavy rains had left the grounds muddy, the event allowed guests to see the quality of training provided at Parkland College and to participate in exciting hands-on demonstrations.

The tour group and Parkland College representatives pose for a photo in front of one of the site's live fire training props.

“We wanted to showcase what level of training we offer, and I think we opened some eyes,” said Shelley Cherney, Parkland College’s Coordinator of Emergency Services. “This is the only full-time professional firefighter training program in Saskatchewan. As we seek recruits for our next intake, we wanted these First Nations leaders to have firsthand experience to share with others in their communities.”

The open house brought visitors from several communities including the Sakimay and Cowessess First Nations, the City of Regina, and members of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council.

Tour participants took part in fire extinguisher exercises led by Emergency Services instructor Scott Weston.

The Emergency Services Training Site recently underwent several enhancements to provide an improved learning experience for students. Further upgrades are scheduled for this summer, such as the construction of a new roadway within the training site and additions to a shipping container structure which mimics the confined interior areas of buildings.

Parkland College is currently training its ninth platoon in the NFPA 1001 program, delivered in partnership with Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB. The 14-week program provides a comprehensive blend of theory and practical skills required for entry-level firefighter positions. The next program offering is scheduled to begin in August 2013.

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:
Shelley Cherney
Coordinator, Post-Secondary – Emergency Services
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6596
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766
Email: s.cherney@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College proud to sponsor Yorkton’s new cricket team

William Litchfield (left), Director of Advancement at Parkland College, is presented with a commemorative Yorkton Yorkers shirt by Faisal Anwar, Yorkers captain and founder of the Yorkton Cricket Association.

 

Yorkton, SK – Parkland College officially unveiled a partnership Monday with the Yorkton Cricket Association that will see the college sponsor the uniforms of the city’s first cricket club, the Yorkers.

The Yorkers play their inaugural season in the Saskatchewan Cricket League this summer. They are the first team from outside Regina or Saskatoon to compete in the league.

“We value diversity within the community, and we are proud to put our support into this new club,” said William Litchfield, Director of Advancement at Parkland College.

“Dozens of international students are enrolled in classes with us,” Litchfield added. “We are pleased to say several of these students will be playing for the Yorkers.”

 

These Parkland College students are among the 14 members of the Yorkton Yorkers cricket team.

 

The Yorkton Cricket Association was founded in 2012 by Faisal Anwar. The team colours of yellow and black are based on the sunflower, Yorkton’s official flower. For the time being all the team’s games are scheduled in Regina as there is no cricket ground in Yorkton.

Parkland College is a strong supporter of recreational activities in the region, sponsoring numerous teams and organizations including the Yorkton Terriers, Melville Millionaires, Good Spirit School Division and Sacred Heart High School athletics, and local minor sports associations.

 

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

RBC Foundation supports Trades & Technology Centre with $50,000 donation

Yorkton, SK – The RBC Foundation announced on Friday its support of the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre with a donation of $50,000.

The contribution is part of Parkland College’s first ever major capital campaign, the first such campaign undertaken by a Saskatchewan Regional College. The RBC Foundation’s donation pushes the total raised to over $2.2 million. Parkland College is working to raise $5 million as its part of a partnership with the City of Yorkton, the Parkland region, and the provincial government.

“We at RBC are so proud of our partnership with Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre,” commented RBC Commercial Financial Services Vice President Lynette Gillen. “We believe in the important role that education plays in building vibrant communities and healthy economies.”

The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will have the capacity to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

“This facility is required to help keep the economic boom going in East Central Saskatchewan,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “Our campaign has tremendous momentum and we are thrilled to add such strong support from RBC.”

Lynette Gillen (Vice President, RBC Commercial and Financial Services, Regina and Parkland Market) and Sandra Hollinger (Account Manager, RBC Commercial and Financial Services, Yorkton Branch) present a $50,000 cheque to Dr. Fay Myers (President - Parkland College).

The Trades and Technology Centre represents a significant expansion of education options for such high-demand careers as power engineering, heavy duty mechanics, electrical, and machinists. Programs scheduled for the new facility are new offerings. It will not reduce or take any training away from any other Parkland College location.

The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

To learn more about the Parkland College campaign or to contribute, visit our Giving website.

About Parkland College
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.

About RBC’s Commitment to Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries. RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 – 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Learn more at RBC’s website.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.

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

Entrance Scholarship applications now open!

Parkland College today announced that applications for 2013 Entrance Scholarships are now being accepted.

Students entering a program at Parkland College for the 2013-14 academic year can apply online for up to three scholarships. Students can apply for a share of $38,500 in awards to be handed out this September.

Follow this link to download the booklet containing a list of available awards: 2013 Entrance Scholarship Booklet

Applying for any of the available scholarships is as simple as completing the online questionnaire and submitting a short letter of rationale along with high school and/or post-secondary transcripts.

Transcripts will be accepted a variety of ways:

  • email to scholarships@parklandcollege.sk.ca
  • fax to 306.786.7866
  • mail to Scholarship Committee, Parkland College, 200 Prystai Way, Yorkton, SK, S3N 4G4
  • in person at any college office (Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, Kamsack, Canora, Esterhazy)

The application period closes June 7, 2013. Successful applicants will generally be informed by July 12, 2013. Award presentations will take place at the Entrance Scholarship Recognition Event in late September 2013.

Click here for more information about Parkland College’s scholarship initiative.

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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 will be the 16th year that Parkland College has offered scholarships to students enrolled in full-time or part-time courses. Parkland College has awarded over $100,000 to deserving students in each of the last two academic years.