New start date for Mature Workers program in Kamsack

Parkland College has rescheduled the start date of its Mature Workers program in Kamsack to Sept. 16, a week later than originally planned. It will now run daily this fall until Dec. 6 at the college’s Kamsack location (Crowstand Centre, 241 2nd Street).

The three-month program is an effort to generate increased workforce participation from people aged 55 and up who are retired or unemployed. It is part of the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) program – a project sponsored by the Ministry of the Economy and cost-shared with the federal government. TIOW projects help older workers get the skills they need to participate in the job market and aims to help employers meet their staffing requirements by hiring those workers.

“Dozens of jobs open up every week in the Parkland region,” said Kim Kyle-Zwirsky, Workplace Essential Skills regional facilitator. “These businesses need quality workers. Regardless of their background or work experience, older workers can meet those needs with the right training and upgrading.”

To participate in the TIOW program, the Ministry of the Economy mandates that older workers must be:

  • 55-64 years of age (50-54 and 64+ years of age may also be accepted);
  • retired or unemployed;
  • legally entitled to work in Canada; and
  • lacking skills needed for successful integration into new employment.

Each TIOW project has its own activities. These may include vocational and/or learning assessments, peer mentoring, basic skills upgrading, skills training, work experience, preparation for self-employment, direct marketing to employers, resume and interview skills, and counselling.

“People get back in the workforce at the usual retirement age for several reasons,” Kyle-Zwirsky added. “That could include needing extra money or just wanting to stay active in society and make a difference.”

For more information on the program, call 306.786.7335 or email k.kyle-zwirsky@parklandcollege.sk.ca.

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:
Kim Kyle-Zwirsky
Regional Facilitator, Workplace Essential Skills
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.7335
Email: k.kyle-zwirsky@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Students finding success with independent learning

Parkland College is giving learners throughout the region more options than ever to reach their education goals with an expansion of its Adult Basic Education programs and services.

The college’s offerings are growing with online General Education Development (GED) preparation classes launching Aug. 20. The course prepares students to write the GED exam, a credential accepted by some employers and institutions as evidence of a basic level of education.

For many years, the college has provided conventional Adult 10, Adult 12, and GED courses. The programs are designed for people who want to enhance their life skills and self-sufficiency. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in secondary education are important for those who wish to enter or re-enter the labour force, who need retraining, or who wish to advance in a chosen career.

These days, students are also finding success independently through convenient classes delivered over the internet. Grade 12 online courses allow students to set their own learning schedules and test dates, all from home. Instructors focus their attention on each student individually to help them succeed.

Parkland College grad Nichole Oberkirsch

Nichole Oberkirsch recently completed the credits required to be awarded Adult 12 standing through Parkland College’s Grade 12 online program. She was guided by staff at the Fort Qu’Appelle campus.

“Everyone at Fort Qu’Appelle was so friendly and helpful,” Oberkirsch said. “The Grade 12 program was a real blessing in allowing me to reach my goals.”

If online learning is not for you, consider Parkland College’s face-to-face instruction options in Fort Qu’Appelle, Kamsack, Melville, and Yorkton. Click here to find out more about the college’s various programs.

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 welcomes new Director of Finance

Melville, SK – Parkland College is pleased to welcome Mustansar Nadeem to the role of Director of Finance & Administration.

Mustansar Nadeem is Parkland College's new Director of Finance & Administration.

Nadeem is a Certified General Accountant and possesses an MBA from Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON. He comes to the college from Yellowknife, NT, where he spent over five years as a finance manager in the electric utility industry.

In his new role, Nadeem will lead the accounting, finance, registration, information technology, and facility management functions for the college. He will be responsible for the planning and development of the college’s fiscal direction.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and I’m excited to become a part of an educational institution,” Nadeem said. “I’m confident my skills will transfer into this job, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

He is based at the Administration offices of the Parkland College Melville campus.

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 helping older workers re-enter workforce

Workers are hard to come by for many employers in Saskatchewan’s strong economic climate. A labour market analysis by Sask Trends Monitor suggests increased workforce participation from people aged 55 and up may offer some relief to that stress. Parkland College is doing its part by participating in the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) program – a project sponsored by the Ministry of the Economy and cost-shared with the federal government.

The TIOW program offers assistance to people over 55 who are retired or unemployed. The projects help older workers get the skills they need to participate in the job market and aims to help employers meet their staffing requirements by hiring those workers.

This fall in Kamsack, Parkland College is offering the Mature Workers program. The three-month program begins Sept. 9. Information sessions are scheduled at the college’s Kamsack location (Crowstand Centre, 241 2nd Street) on Aug. 14 and 15, 10 a.m. both days. Assessment interviews will follow in the afternoon.

“Mature workers are a valuable natural resource, and we know there are many open jobs on the market,” said Gail Gorchynski, Essential Skills consultant with Parkland College. “With the right training and upgrading, older workers can play a pivotal role in meeting employers’ needs.”

To participate in the program, the Ministry of the Economy mandates that older workers must be:

  • 55-64 years of age (50-54 and 64+ years of age may also be accepted);
  • retired or unemployed;
  • legally entitled to work in Canada; and
  • lacking skills needed for successful integration into new employment.

Each TIOW project has its own activities. These may include vocational and/or learning assessments, peer mentoring, basic skills upgrading, skills training, work experience, preparation for self-employment, direct marketing to employers, resume and interview skills, and counselling.

The Canadian population is rapidly getting older because of longer life expectancy, low birth rates, and the aging of the “baby boomers,” the bulk of whom are now in their early-to-mid 50s. The average age of retirement in Canada, at 62 years of age, is climbing as people stay in their jobs longer or retire and start a different job.

Over the last decade in Saskatchewan, employment among older workers has grown at about four times the province’s total employment rate. Older workers accounted for one in five people working in 2011.

“There are many reasons why people re-enter the workforce at the usual retirement age, whether they need extra money or just want to stay connected to society and feel like they’re making a difference,” Gorchynski added. “We encourage anyone meeting the Ministry’s criteria to join us at the information sessions on August 14 and 15.”

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