Government of Canada invests in Power Engineering Lab at Parkland College

Yorkton, SK — Mining and manufacturing companies in Saskatchewan will soon be able to hire more Power Engineering graduates thanks to a $950,000 investment in a new training laboratory at Parkland College, announced Friday by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

With the federal investment, Parkland College will purchase and install equipment to provide technical training in the Power Engineering Lab at the College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Construction on the facility will begin early this spring and will be complete in time for classes beginning in September 2015.

“Congratulations to Parkland College on recognizing a need in the local labour market and working with industry and government to fill the gap,” said Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. “WD’s investment in the Power Engineering lab will help prepare the skilled workers that Saskatchewan companies need to stay competitive in the global marketplace while creating jobs and economic prosperity here at home.”

The development of this facility is important as the primary resource sector has identified a critical shortage of Power Engineers as the current generation of workers retires or leaves the workforce. Power Engineers operate steam power plants or processes, which can include operating high and low-pressure boilers. Graduates typically work in mining, the oil and gas sector, manufacturing and processing, hospitals, and the pulp and paper sector.

With extremely limited Power Engineering lab space in Saskatchewan, students enrolled at Parkland College currently must travel to Saskatoon for four weeks to complete the lab training component. With a lab on-site in Yorkton, the College will be able to increase the available number of graduates from 24 to 48.

“This contribution is integral to the success of the Trades and Technology Centre,” said Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College. “We are committed to supplying skilled employees to the businesses and industries in our region and our province, and this investment will help us do just that.”

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Contacts
Joanne Mysak
Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5942

Michael Cameron
Director, Training and Business Development
Parkland College
Telephone: 306-786-2590

New Agricultural Operator Program launches at Parkland College

Yorkton, SK — Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced Wednesday the launch of the Agricultural Operator Program at Parkland College.

“Our Government recognizes the importance that labour plays in driving growth in our agriculture industry,” Ritz said. “Today’s investment will help those interested in a career in agriculture develop knowledge and skills needed to find gainful employment here in Saskatchewan.”

“Producers have indicated that they need more skilled labour for their operations and this program directly responds to their needs,” Stewart said. “Farmers can send current or potential employees through the program to develop or help fine tune their skills. Additionally, general labourers without a farm background will have an opportunity to gain the experience needed to get involved in the industry.”

The Agricultural Operator Program was a commitment made in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth. It is a module-based program offering practical, hands-on training to individuals interested in working on Saskatchewan farms. Students and employers will have the flexibility to choose the entire program or specific modules relevant to their farms.

The first three modules will be seeding, spraying and scouting, and harvest to be delivered at Parkland College in Yorkton. Additional modules will be developed for the livestock industry including haying, beef cattle reproduction and calving, and cattle husbandry and handling. Following the pilot program, the provincial government will work to expand the program to other regional colleges across Saskatchewan.

The pilot program will start with a seeding module beginning on March 3, 2014. The module is comprised of 36 hours of hands-on workshops and nine hours of online delivery. It will cover essential farm knowledge for seeding processes and equipment maintenance.

“We are pleased to run the pilot year of this course at our Yorkton Campus,” Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers said. “The timing of the modules matches the critical times on the farm, so employees can take the Seeding Module during the time right before seeding. Then they can then put their education to use right away in the field.”

Classes for the seeding module run from March 3 to April 16, 2014 at Parkland College in Yorkton. For more information on how to apply for the program, go to www.Saskatchewan.ca/GrowingForward2.

The federal and provincial governments will invest $200,000 in funding for the development and delivery of the Agricultural Operator Program pilot through Growing Forward 2.

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For more information, contact:
Angela Hall
Agriculture
Regina
Phone: 306-787-2359

Parkland College to deliver University of Saskatchewan Nursing program in Yorkton

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) College of Nursing announced Monday that it has entered into a partnership with Parkland College to deliver its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Yorkton beginning September 2014.

The College of Nursing believes students should have the opportunity to “learn where they live”. Until now, students in the Yorkton area completed their pre-professional year (year 1) at Parkland College, but then had to relocate to Saskatoon, Regina or Prince Albert to complete years two through four in the College of Nursing. As a result of the new partnership, students are now able to complete their BSN degree at Parkland College in Yorkton and most clinical components in the Sunrise Health Region.

“The University of Saskatchewan continues to take steps to realize the goal of providing opportunities for students to ‘learn where you live’,” said Patti McDougall, U of S vice-provost, teaching and learning. “Exciting work with Parkland College now increases our capacity to offer a full Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to students in the Yorkton region, thereby advancing on the underlying goal. As we build on our activities around the province, the College of Nursing remains a campus leader on the distributed learning front.”

“We are very excited to make this announcement today,” said Lois Berry, acting dean, College of Nursing. “The opportunity to offer our BSN program to students in another Saskatchewan community is wonderful. We want to give individuals province-wide the chance to take post-secondary nursing education and this completes another piece of that puzzle.”

“We are thrilled to form this partnership and provide the full four-year nursing degree as a new education option to students from across the Parkland region,” said Parkland College president Dr. Fay Myers. “This is great news for students who don’t want to move away to get their education. We are excited to help them excel and graduate with the skills and knowledge to make an impact in the community.”

This isn’t the first programming the College of Nursing is offering in Yorkton. In April 2012, the College entered into a partnership with the Sunrise Health Region to offer graduate level nursing education. Dr. Karen Semchuk was appointed into a dual position with the U of S and Sunrise Health Region and has been actively recruiting students in the region.

Without the support of Sunrise Health Region and its staff, many of whom will serve as clinical instructors and preceptors in the BSN program, the College of Nursing wouldn’t have been able to bring this program to Yorkton. Students who are given the opportunity to learn in their community will most likely stay in the community to work afterwards. As such, Sunrise is extremely pleased with the announcement today.

“The addition of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in our region will support recruitment and further enhances our vision as a learning organization,” said President and CEO of Sunrise Health Region, Suann Laurent. “This initiative also allows us to continue to grow in our collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing and Parkland College.”

For more information on this partnership, visit http://www.usask.ca/nursing/ or check out Parkland College’s Nursing page.

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For more information, contact:
Kylie Dietrick
Communications Officer
U of S College of Nursing
(306) 281-8448

Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
(306) 728-6595

Sharon Tropin
Director of Communications
Sunrise Health Region
(306) 786-0144

Conversational Ukrainian classes coming to Canora

Parkland College is bringing an interactive language class to Canora. The “Conversational Ukrainian” course will be delivered over two months, beginning Feb. 11.

Interactive classes will take place Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Parkland College campus in Canora (418 Main Street). Students will learn basic Ukrainian, including how to greet people, ask questions, and have simple conversations. Instructors will take input from the group each night and work on topics students are interested in.

“It’s a perfect course for people who like to travel or for those who have relatives or friends who speak Ukrainian,” said Connie Brown, Coordinator of Corporate Training & Community Development with Parkland College. “We hope to have a second course in reading and writing Ukrainian in the future.”

Weekly classes begin Feb. 11 and run through Apr. 15 (no class on Feb. 18). Tuition is $179 plus GST. The registration deadline is Jan. 29. To register or for more details, call 306.563.6808 or toll-free 1.866.783.6766.

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

Lydia Cyr appointed new chairperson of Parkland College Board of Governors

Melville, SK – Parkland College is pleased to announce that Lydia Cyr has been appointed to the role of chairperson of the Board of Governors. The appointment is by Minister’s Order effective December 4, 2013. Cyr’s term will run until September 2016.

Cyr, a resident of Fort Qu’Appelle, has served on the College’s Board of Governors since 2010. She has valuable experience as a Chartered Insurance Professional, strong links to First Nations and Metis groups, and has completed all four modules of the Governor Development and Certification Program.

Lydia Cyr is the new chairperson of the Board of Governors

“Lydia will thrive in this role thanks to her great experience and strong leadership skills,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “She will continue to be a key voice in providing guidance for the College in the years ahead.”

Cyr serves on the board alongside Sally Bishop (Kamsack), David Cisyk (Esterhazy), Ernie Iluk (Melville), Raymond Sass (Yorkton), and Darrell Sobkow (Yorkton). The 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