Canada West Equipment Dealers Association supports Trades and Technology Centre with $250,000 gift

Yorkton, SK – The Canada West Equipment Dealers Association (CWEDA) announced Thursday an investment of $250,000 in support of Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Contributions to the College’s capital campaign total approximately $4.75 million.

CWEDA’s contribution will support the delivery of 24 students per year at the Trades and Technology Centre in the field of Agricultural Mechanics. This will allow the College to provide and educate a qualified labour market pool which will in part support Agricultural Equipment dealers in the region, province, and Western Canada.

“One of our goals is to assist members with recruiting, training, and retaining qualified employees,” said CWEDA President Cameron Bode. “This investment will help ease the burden our members are facing when it comes to finding skilled workers.”

“I would like to thank the CWEDA for its generous commitment to the Trades and Technology Centre and commend Parkland College for its vision and dedication to this project,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said. “The Trades and Technology Centre will support the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth by training more students in highly skilled areas and will make it possible for students from the Yorkton area to learn closer to home.”

The Trades and Technology Centre brings a significant expansion of services and programs to the Parkland Region. The facility will provide the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually in a variety of fields that are experiencing a labour shortage throughout the province, such as mechanics, power engineering, and welding.

“We are grateful for CWEDA’s generosity,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “This gift is a major investment in first-class educational opportunities for students and supporting dealer needs across Western Canada.”

Backed by a $10 million investment from the Government of Saskatchewan and capital campaign support from dozens of community groups and businesses, Parkland College is moving quickly to build the Trades and Technology Centre. Construction is set to begin early this spring on a parcel of land donated by the City of Yorkton along Highway 9 North, between Darlington Street and York Road. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2015.

“We’ve said all along that colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” Dr. Myers added. “We are happy to welcome CWEDA as a partner in our effort to strengthen Saskatchewan and to offer new opportunities to 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 Canada West Equipment Dealers Association:
CWEDA represents approximately 400 farm, industrial, and outdoor power equipment dealers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. One of the largest equipment dealer associations in North America, CWEDA provides products and services that include industry and manufacturer relations, industry information and intelligence, business support and educational initiatives. The Association’s many programs are either available only to members or provided at a reduced cost for members. CWEDA is one of 16 affiliates that make up the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA).

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Parkland College President in Ottawa on Budget Day

Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers was in Ottawa Tuesday for the release of the federal budget, and will be there Wednesday to meet with Members of Parliament and officials. Her goal is to secure a federal contribution toward the College’s new Trades and Technology Centre.

“Employers in the Parkland Region suffer from an acute shortage of the human resources required to support rapid economic growth. The community has chosen Parkland College as a vehicle to supply the graduates with the skills employers require,” said Myers.

“We enjoy tremendous financial support from our community,” she added. “Individuals and companies in the area have already contributed almost $5 million in cash and the City of Yorkton has committed prime land valued at $3.5 million. Premier Brad Wall recently announced a provincial commitment of $10 million toward the Centre. We are looking to the Government of Canada to match the provincial contribution.”

The federal contribution would support facilities for the trades and professions associated with construction, and would allow the College to launch a Bachelor of Nursing Sciences program. Registered Nurses are in short supply across Saskatchewan.

“So far, we’ve had a positive reception across Ottawa,” Myers said. “The federal government’s focus on training and youth employment is aligned with what we offer. We are looking for an investment in College infrastructure so that we can train the graduates our employers need to grow our economy.”

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

Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign nears goal

Parkland College is within reach of its fundraising goal for the Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. With construction set to begin in Yorkton early this spring, the College is less than $200,000 from its $5 million campaign goal.

“This campaign has been an amazing experience for the College and the Parkland region,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “After years of dreaming and planning, we are now on the homestretch and we are excited to cross the finish line.”

A sod turning ceremony is slated for March or April, weather permitting, with construction beginning soon after.

The Trades and Technology Centre will stand on 20 acres of prime land donated by the City of Yorkton valued at roughly $3.5 million. The construction costs will be covered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s $10 million investment and $5 million in contributions from businesses, industry, and community organizations collected through the College’s capital campaign.

“Looking back and seeing the dozens of contributors get on board with this project is inspiring,” Myers said. “It is a testament to our statement that colleges build communities and communities build colleges.”

Individuals can also play a role in building the Trades and Technology Centre through the “Buy A Brick Campaign”. Parkland residents, businesses, and community groups can purchase engraved bricks that will be used in the facility’s construction. All bricks sold through the campaign will be displayed on a feature wall in the new building.

Two sizes are available: a 4” x 8” brick is priced at $100, while an 8” x 8” brick is a $250 investment. Each brick purchase comes with a charitable tax receipt for supporting the development of the Trades & Technology Centre.

You can help build the Trades and Technology Centre by visiting the College’s donor website which includes online ordering and downloadable order forms.

 

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

Parkland College marks International Development Week

Parkland College is joining dozens of other Canadian organizations and post-secondary institutions in celebrating International Development Week (IDW) from Feb. 2 to Feb. 8.

IDW aims to provide a national forum for the Government of Canada and its partners to communicate international development results and challenges. It also provides many opportunities for Canadians, especially youth, to be informed about, and involved in, international development.  The theme for 2014 is “We are Making a Difference”.

For its part, Parkland College is in the midst of a multi-year educational partnership with Alberta’s Lakeland College, Bow Valley College, and the University of Belize. The focus of the project is the development of an Associate Degree in Applied Agriculture to be delivered by the University of Belize Central Farm Campus.

The project works with university staff to improve instructional design techniques, employer-driven learning outcomes, as well as to integrate entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and gender equity throughout the project. Parkland College is assuming the lead role on gender mainstreaming strategies, developing training and materials for career guidance, and social marketing strategies and implementation.

“This project is a great endeavour for the College,” said Kami DePape, Parkland College’s Director of Academics and Student Services. “It gives us an opportunity to gain international experience, share best practices, and support the development of another institution.”

DePape travelled to Belize in April 2013 to meet with leaders in the agriculture industry and the education sector and to launch the partnership. Two representatives from the University of Belize enjoyed a successful visit to Parkland College in November to learn about career counselling techniques, workshop facilitation, and retention strategies. The next component of this project takes place this month in the Eastern Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia. Parkland College’s head counsellor Carol Bobowski will represent the College and its Canadian partners at a Career Guidance Workshop and Partnership Forum. This workshop will focus on best practices, developing and implementing new programs, and how to measure results and effectiveness.

“The goal is to share experiences and bring new ideas back to the College,” DePape said.

This project is made possible through funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and is managed through the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC). Similar opportunities will appear in the coming years as more than a dozen new projects are to be launched in 2014, primarily in the Caribbean and South America. Parkland College will have a chance to review the project opportunities to determine if any would be a good fit for the College and its partners.


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