Provincial Government announces $10 million for Trades and Technology Centre

Premier Brad Wall announced Tuesday that the Government of Saskatchewan is providing $10 million in funding to support construction of the Trades and Technology Centre at Parkland College in Yorkton.

“Saskatchewan is experiencing remarkable growth, which will result in a number of employment opportunities, many of which will be in the skilled trades,” Wall said.  “The new Trades and Technology Centre will increase the number of graduates in many highly skilled areas that are needed in Saskatchewan and will make it possible for students from the Yorkton area to learn closer to home.”

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall makes the announcement as Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers looks on.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is demonstrating its leadership in providing a great investment in post-secondary infrastructure for the Parkland Region,” Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers said.  “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.”

Parkland College has raised $8.27 million within the Parkland region through its Capital Campaign.

The new facility will cover more than 25,000 square feet and is expected to help address the trades and technical training needs of the region by graduating an additional 360 students and providing upgrading for more than 2,000 workers annually.

The planning phase for the Trades and Technology Centre is complete and design is well underway.  The project is expected to be ready to proceed with tenders in November 2013.  Construction will begin early in 2014 with the facility scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2015.

Premier Wall also highlighted the Provincial Government matching a $150,000 scholarship donation by the Yorkton Tribal Council to Parkland College to help provide local First Nations youth with scholarship dollars over the next five years.  Ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per student, the post-secondary scholarship is available to applicants from the Yorkton Tribal Council’s six member First Nations – Cote First Nation, Key First Nation, Keeseekoose First Nation, Ocean Man First Nation, Sakimay First Nation and Kahkewistahaw First Nation – to assist with students’ tuition, materials, living expenses and transportation costs.  Parkland College is awarding $20,000 of the scholarship in 2013, $40,000 in 2014 and $80,000 in the remaining three years to coincide with the opening of the Trades and Technology Centre.

Premier Wall speaks to local media following the announcement.

“One of our government’s priorities is to help find new opportunities and to remove barriers to our Aboriginal young people so they can receive post-secondary training and education,” Wall said.  “This scholarship is a good example of how working together can make that happen.”

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For more information contact:
Marieka Andrew
Advanced Education
Regina
Phone: 306.798.3170

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

Parkland College welcomes new board members

Parkland College is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Governors.  David Cisyk, Ernie Iluk, Raymond Sass, and Darrell Sobkow have joined the board, effective Sept. 16, 2013.  Sally Bishop and D. Lydia Cyr retain the positions they’ve held since 2009 and 2010, respectively.

“Our new representatives bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.  “We look forward to benefitting from their unique perspectives as the College advances.”

David Cisyk

David Cisyk is from Esterhazy, where he works as a geologist and manager of mine engineering for Mosaic Potash.  He’s impressed by what he’s seen as he joins the Parkland College Board of Governors.

“In the industry that I’ve worked in, we require a lot of educated people or people with training,” Cisyk said.  “This is a good opportunity for me to contribute.”

Ernie Iluk

Ernie Iluk is a resident of Melville and is active in various organizations within the community.  He has been involved with the Melville Millionaires Junior Hockey Club for over 30 years.  As a board member he hopes to tap into knowledge from his lengthy career in the financial sector.

“It’s a real experience,” Iluk said.  “When we had the initial meeting, the material that was submitted to me, I was really amazed at how thorough everything is and how much is involved in the whole program.”

Ray Sass

Raymond Sass, a Yorkton resident, returns to the board on which he served between 2008 and 2010.  He has worked as a trustee and chairperson of the Good Spirit Board of Education over the last 10 years, and is an active board member with the Anglican Church of Canada and the Saskatchewan Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.

“I was excited to be approached,” Sass said.  “I know the College is doing some great things, especially around the Trades and Technology Centre, and I’m excited to be able to contribute.”

Darrell Sobkow

Darrell Sobkow also hails from Yorkton.  He has spent nearly three decades in the agriculture industry and currently works for Richardson International.

“I’m honoured to serve on the board as Parkland College grows and becomes more important with all the communities that we live in,” Sobkow said.  “Certainly in my field, it’s been a great asset for us to have access to the College, so I’m more than willing to help contribute to its success and growth.”

The Parkland College Board of Governors meets monthly to oversee the College’s operations and provide direction and guidance on institutional decisions.  Board members advocate on behalf of the College and support efforts relating to regional economic growth.

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