Joint initiative will result in mining readiness courses

Yorkton, SK — Parkland College officially signed two agreements Thursday that will help prepare students to work in Saskatchewan’s mining industry. Parkland College will join forces with Carlton Trail College and International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) on the multi-year projects.

The first project funded by IMII is an Introduction to Mining course. Parkland and Carlton Trail will work together with a number of potash mines within their respective regions to develop an Aboriginal workforce for the mines and processing facilities. The Introduction to Mining course will train the students for a number of specific entry-level positions while preparing them for further education in occupations related to the minerals industry.

Meanwhile, Parkland College will also deliver a training course designed for electricians. Funding from IMII will bring SIAST’s Electrician Applied Certificate Enhanced program to the College’s industrial campus in Esterhazy. This program will be delivered over several years in order to support a sustainable number of entry-level electrician apprentices in the region.

“We serve the community and deliver in-demand programs to produce the skilled graduates that business and industry need,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “We are eager to begin these partnerships so we can contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Parkland Region.”

“Partnerships such as this allow us to work collaboratively with business and industry to provide greater opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Ivan Yackel, President and CEO of Carlton Trail College.

“IMII is an industry–government–post-secondary education partnership providing leadership to inform, facilitate, coordinate, and financially support industry-driven skills and research capacity that will enhance the growth and global competitiveness of Saskatchewan’s minerals industry through collaboration,” said Engin Özberk, Executive Director & Senior Technical Advisor at IMII. “What we are celebrating at Parkland College and Carlton Trail College today is one of the early accomplishments of this collaborative effort.”

These agreements are among eight projects being rolled out by IMII with a focus on safety, environment, and developing specialized training for the mining industry. IMII is providing over $822,000 in funding for this pair of education and training projects.

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 Carlton Trail College:
Carlton Trail College serves the career, employment, training and educational needs of students, business and industry in east central Saskatchewan.   With offices in Humboldt, Watrous, Wynyard and Southey and classrooms throughout the region, Carlton Trail College provides exceptional education and training opportunities which create important academic, social, and economic advantages for students and the businesses that employ Carlton Trail students.

About International Minerals Innovation Institute:
International Minerals Innovation Institute, a unique industry–government–post-secondary education partnership jointly funded by industry and government, is a catalyst to developing industry-driven education and training programs to address labour force needs in the sector and conducts industry-driven research and development to address workplace health and safety, environmental sustainability, social license, policy research, exploration, mining, processing and economics of commodities to ensure the continued growth of the industry.

IMII’s current activities and future plans are being driven by industry priorities. Through the Board of Directors and separate panels for both education and training and research and development, collaboration occurs amongst industry, government and post-secondary education institutions to clearly define the need, solution, implementation plan and outcomes together.

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

Research farm field day scheduled for July 29

Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation are pleased to announce that their second annual research farm field day will take place on July 29 in Yorkton.

Farmers and agriculture industry representatives are invited to check out the projects being conducted this summer. Researchers are testing soybean varieties by seeding date, canaryseed fertility, oat varieties by nitrogen rate, wheat and canola with Environmentally Smart Nitrogen technology, wheat fungicide timing, and cereal forage.

The field day will start at 10:00 a.m. at the Tourism Yorkton location near the junction of highways 9 and 16. Attendees will be taken on a guided tour of the Crops of the Parklands demonstration site. Particular attention will be paid to the more technical plots such as those demonstrating the difference in seed treatment and fertilizer placement.

“This year we have about 12 different projects at two locations,” said Gwen Machnee, University and Applied Research Coordinator at Parkland College. “There will be tours to the research projects located at the research farm on York Lake Road and at a site adjacent to Skinner’s Garden Centre.”

A barbecue lunch will be served at the Tourism Yorkton site. The field day is expected to wrap up around 2:00 p.m.

“There will be lots of time to ask questions and discuss the results with our research scientist Mike Hall, farm technician Clark Anderson, and summer research assistant Ashley Zelinski,” said Machnee.

You are invited to attend the field day at:

Crops of the Parklands Demonstration Site
Tourism Yorkton (near the junction of Hwy 9 & 16)
Yorkton, Saskatchewan
Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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 East Central Research Foundation:
ECRF is a non-profit organization established in 1996 at Canora. It undertakes applied research projects and demonstrates specialized crop protection technologies to local producers. Funding from government agencies allows ECRF to conduct trials on everything from seed treatments and crop residues to fertilizer application rates and weed and pest control. ECRF is one of eight producer-directed research and demonstration groups in Saskatchewan making up the Agriculture – Applied Research Management (Agri-ARM) network.

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

College partners on Crops of the Parkland demonstration site

Parkland College is pleased to be participating in a familiar tourist attraction along Highway 9 in Yorkton. This year, the College is partnering with East Central Research Foundation and Tourism Yorkton on the greatly expanded Crops of the Parkland demonstration site.

The Crops of the Parkland display includes a series of plots illustrating the range of crops grown in Saskatchewan’s Parkland region. The site also demonstrates some modern agricultural practices.

“Visitors are able to walk around the site, look at the various crops growing, and contrast the effects of fertilizer, seed treatment, and herbicides on treated and untreated plots,” said Gwen Machnee, University and Applied Research Coordinator at Parkland College.

Signs providing basic information are posted at each set of plots. QR codes will be added soon, which will allow visitors to interact with the plots more in depth. Visitors will be able to scan the codes with their smartphones, linking them to websites for more detailed information. Guided tours with Parkland College’s summer student, Ashley Zelinski, can also be arranged.

Use of the land is provided by the City of Yorkton. Parkland College research scientist and instructor Mike Hall and agronomist Thom Weir sourced all of the seed, mostly by donation from local seed companies.

This project was funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative. For more on Growing Forward 2, visit agriculture.gov.sk.ca/GrowingForward2.


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