Parkland College presents results of agriculture research project

Regina, SK – Parkland College is pleased to announce the successful completion of a groundbreaking agriculture research project it conducted this summer in association with Dutch Openers agricultural products and Airguard Inc.  College representatives met with company executives Friday in Regina to present the project’s final report.

Using a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, an arm of the federal government, Parkland College conducted numerous trials with East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) at their research farm half a mile south of Yorkton.  One of the projects tested the impact of the Airguard Seed Brake on several Dutch Openers.  Favourable results were observed when the Airguard seed brakes were used in conjunction with the 1 3/4″ – 3/4″ Nose Side Band – Dutch Universal Opener.  With this combination of products there was an improvement in seed placement which resulted in improved emergence and greater yield.

“This type of research that Parkland College is performing is essential to the improvement of technology in Agriculture,” said Brian Cruson of Airguard Inc.  “Although it is too early to draw any decisive conclusions from the study, it is helpful to see how air flow does affect seed placement, emergence and, ultimately, yield.”

“We are proud of the research conducted by Mike Hall, our lead scientist on the project, and we’re confident Dutch Openers and Airguard will find our results very useful,” said Gwen Machnee, Parkland College’s University and Applied Research Coordinator.

It was a successful first summer of operation for the research farm near Yorkton.  Researchers also tested new canola varieties from Monsanto, conducted trials on North Star Genetics varieties of shorter-maturity soybeans, and ran demonstrations on grass and legume forages with Saskatchewan Agriculture.

“Our partnership with Parkland College is strong,” ECRF chairman Glenn Blakley said.  “We’re happy to produce these results, which can be used to provide innovative products, ideas, and techniques to local farmers.”

Three Parkland College students participated in the summer project.  The research farm is used for teaching purposes and allows students to gain experience in the agribusiness and bioresources industry.

Parkland College and ECRF plan to continue agriculture research trial programs in the Yorkton area for the long term.  The information developed and gathered on site will be shared with the research community, agricultural industry, and local producers.

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 Dutch Openers:
Dutch Openers was birthed from Dutch Industries, which started in 1952 with an established history dating back to a blacksmith shop in Holland.  Though technology has changed since then, Dutch Openers continues to provide excellence in manufacturing agricultural openers and tips.  Today, built on over 60 years of service and experience, Dutch Openers continues to serve a growing list of agricultural customers throughout the world.  With technologically advanced equipment, a 55,000 square foot facility and iron working skills passed down from generations, Dutch Openers will continue to provide durable, accurate openers and tips for small grain farmers for generations to come.

About Airguard Inc.:
Airguard Inc. is passionate about helping farmers achieve more profit through precision seeding technology.  Airguard helps agriculture experts control airflow for optimum seed and fertilizer placement with solutions that are easily installed onto any air drill.  The end result is improved seed germination, crop consistency and harvest.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
www.parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College marks International Education Week

During the week of November 18-22, 2013, Parkland College joins educational institutions from across Canada and over 100 other countries in celebrating International Education Week (IEW). This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada’s Engagement with the World.”

IEW is an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of international education and its significant benefits to our social, economic, and cultural well-being. It underscores the value that Canadians place on connecting with the world through studying abroad, internationalized curricula, international service, and on opening the world to Canada by welcoming international elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students, promoting international exchanges, and encouraging qualified foreign students to make Canada their new home.

Parkland College continues to work on expanding the scope of its program for international students. The initiative began in the 2009-10 academic year with a lone student from Chile and it has grown steadily since then. In 2012-13, the college hosted a record 72 students. Currently, the college has 20 international students on campus, with another 30 to 45 expected to arrive in the new year. Current students in the program are from India, the United States, and Fiji. In January, students from Jamaica, Belize, and Bosnia will join them. International students must meet the same program standards as any other student, along with an English requirement.

“We are dedicated to giving our international students the best educational experience possible,” said Lisa Cadieux de Larios, International Coordinator at Parkland College. “But these young people are also studying here to learn about our local customs and what it means to be Canadian. Their experience is really well-rounded through their interaction with other students, instructors, and the entire community.”

Parkland College will participate in IEW with several events, including a “Diversity on Campus” photo contest. The contest is open to all staff and students who may submit photos highlighting the diverse backgrounds of people at Parkland College this week.

This year’s celebrations take on new importance in light of the college’s educational partnership with the University of Belize, Lakeland College, and Bow Valley College. The three-year project, which officially launched in April, seeks to solidify competency-based education training in Belize with a focus on sharing the colleges’ expertise on agriculture, entrepreneurship, and forming links with industry. Parkland College has a long history of working with local communities to support economic growth through education. The college will share its best practices to support the University of Belize’s growth and development.

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

Career Explorations 2013 a big success

Good Spirit School Division, Parkland College, and Christ The Teacher Catholic Schools were proud to co-host Career Explorations 2013. The fourth annual education and career fair encompassing East Central Saskatchewan was held at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton on Nov. 13.

Career Explorations 2013 is one of the most vibrant education and job fairs in the province. About 80 exhibitors from Saskatchewan, Western Canada, and North Dakota attended this event. More than 2,000 high school students from Yorkton and the surrounding area visited their booths throughout the day.

Students learn about the offerings at the Centre for Arts and Technology from Kelowna, BC.

“It’s a big benefit for both the students and exhibitors,” said William Litchfield, Director of Advancement at Parkland College. “This event gives students an idea of the many options they have when they graduate, while our exhibitors are able to speak with hundreds of potential recruits.”

Good Spirit School Division and Parkland College signed a Learning Alliance in October 2008 which led to the creation of Career Explorations. The Division and the College work together to complement and enhance the services they provide.

“It’s extremely important that students know what’s available to them,” explained Dwayne Reeve, Director of Education with Good Spirit School Division. “It’s often tough to decide what you want to do with your future. We get a lot of positive feedback that Career Explorations helps make that choice.”

Career Explorations offers immediate access to dozens of educational institutions and numerous businesses from across Western Canada, including companies from the mining, agriculture, construction, and government sectors.

“Universities, colleges, and tech schools are here, but lots of companies are hiring right now and they can be a good fit for many young people,” Litchfield noted.

Close to two dozen exhibitors also made presentations to visitors over the course of the day. In total, there were 35 information sessions, each lasting 30 minutes. The presentations took place in convention rooms throughout the Gallagher Centre.

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Contact information:
Brendan Wagner, Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Lynel Martinuk, Communications Coordinator
Good Spirit School Division
Phone: 306.786.5501

The Mosaic Company presents major gift in support of Trades and Technology Centre

Yorkton, SK – The Mosaic Company announced Tuesday an investment of $1.225 million in support of Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Thanks to Mosaic’s gift, contributions to the college’s capital campaign now total over $4.79 million.

Bruce Bodine, Vice-President of Mosaic’s Esterhazy Operations, presents the cheque to Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

“Investing in developing a skilled workforce supports growth and sustainability,” said Bruce Bodine, Vice-President of Mosaic’s Esterhazy Operations. “For communities and industry alike, long-term success relies on attracting and retaining people in the areas where we operate.”

The Trades and Technology Centre is designed to bring new programs and services to the Parkland Region to help sustain the economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. The facility provides the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

“I cannot thank Mosaic enough for this generous contribution,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “Mosaic’s name is well known in the Parkland Region and all across Saskatchewan. This gift stands out as a great act of leadership and underscores Mosaic’s tremendous impact on our province.”

Last month, the Government of Saskatchewan announced $10 million in funding for the Trades and Technology Centre, encouraging Parkland College to move quickly to build it. The tendering process is underway. Construction is scheduled to being early in 2014, with an opening target of September 2015.

Dozens of community groups and businesses large and small have also put their support behind the Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. A generous land donation from the City of Yorkton will provide the home for the facility along Highway 9 North, between Darlington Street and York Road.

“Mosaic’s donation is further proof that colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” Dr. Myers added. “It will add strength to Saskatchewan and create wonderful new opportunities for the people of the Parkland region.”

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 The Mosaic Company:
The Mosaic Company is one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated potash and phosphate crop nutrients. Mosaic operates three potash mines in Saskatchewan at Belle Plaine, Colonsay and Esterhazy. Sustainability is embedded in every aspect of Mosaic’s operations, from community investment and safety programs to energy efficiency and water conservation. More information about the company is available at www.mosaicco.com.

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

Sarah Fedorchuk
Public Affairs Manager
The Mosaic Company
Phone: 306.526.7560
Email: sarah.fedorchuk@mosaicco.com