Parkland College celebrates Essential Skills Day

Parkland College hosted an Essential Skills Day celebration Friday in Yorkton to share the importance of Essential Skills with employers and the public. The event also showcased the various Essential Skills projects conducted by the College.

Essential Skills Day is organized annually to raise awareness and celebrate the importance of nine Essential Skills as defined by the Government of Canada: reading, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, thinking, computer use, and continuous learning.

“Each of us needs a good set of Essential Skills to succeed in work and everyday life. We use them all the time,” said Gail Gorchynski, Essential Skills Consultant at Parkland College.

“In order to learn anything else or even train for a job, you need Essential Skills as a solid foundation to achieve success. Everyone benefits when Essential Skills development is emphasized.”

The benefits are particularly apparent for Canadian employers. They report that improved literacy skills result in increased retention, productivity, ability to work independently, and increased usage of new technology. Improved skills also reduce absenteeism, health and safety incidents, and error rates. Meanwhile, employees who participate in Literacy and Essential Skills programs increase their level of self-confidence, acquire new skills, are better prepared to seek promotion opportunities, and believe that they are valued by their workplaces.

For more on Essential Skills Day, click here. Information about Parkland College’s Essential Skills training programs can be found on this website.

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

Over $72,000 in scholarships awarded to 35 Parkland College students

Yorkton, SK – Parkland College awarded $72,340 in entrance scholarships to 35 students from across east-central Saskatchewan at its awards ceremony at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton on September 24.

All the students being recognized have chosen to gain either university or technical skills at one of Parkland College’s five campuses.

 

Scholarship Name

Value

Recipient
  1. Canadian Federation of University Women, Yorkton Chapter, Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University

$500

Jessica Guenther, Yorkton
  1. CUPE 4980 Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University

$1,000

Eldon Breitkreuz, Yorkton
  1. CUPE 4980 Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training

$1,000

Rebecca Stoudt, Sturgis
  1. SaskTel Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Business/Technology

$2,000

Ken Otto, Springside
  1. SIAST Palliser Campus Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Business/Technology

$1,000

Andrew Linsley, Yorkton
  1. Painted Hand Casino Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Business/Technology

$1,000

Danielle Mills, Endeavour
  1. Victory Safety & Training Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Health and Human Services

$1,000

Kailee Sawatzky, Tisdale
  1. Kardynal Transport Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Health and Human Services

$1,000

Presley DeCock, Langenburg
  1. PotashCorp Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Trades

$1,000

Ian Adams, Prince Albert
  1. Richardson Oilseed Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Trades

$1,000

Bryan Chin, Saskatoon
  1. Logan Stevens Construction Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Trades

$2,000

Aaron Gareau, Russell, MB
  1. Grain Millers Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training, Trades

$1,000

Dylan Bell, Rocanville
  1. Canadian Tire Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Education or Arts

$1,000

Lindsey Schmidt, Yorkton
  1. York Station Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Education or Arts

$1,000

Jenna Stusek, Canora
  1. A + K Architects Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Education or Arts

$1,000

Brett Kitchen, Yorkton
  1. Corey Fransishyn Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Professional Firefighter

$1,000

Garett Ehr, Saskatoon
  1. Drs. Cottenie and Bowtell Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Health or Natural Sciences

$1,000

Jensen Cherewyk, Norquay
  1. MacLean Landscaping Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Health or Natural Sciences

$1,000

Amanda Fedorchuk, Norquay
  1. RBC Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Health or Natural Sciences

$2,000

Heather Sorestad, Buchanan
  1. Home Hardware Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Health or Natural Sciences

$1,000

Graham Campbell, Yorkton
  1. Tourism Saskatchewan Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Social Work

$1,000

Kyler Billinger, Melville
  1. Farrell Agencies Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Social Work

$2,000

Brooke Rogalski, Melville
  1. MHPM Project Leaders Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University Social Work

$2,000

Rebecca Neal, Saltcoats
  1. R H Electric Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$4,000

Rena Stamatinos, Yorkton
  1. GX94/Fox FM Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Cherise Trott, Yorkton
  1. Kahkewistahaw Gas and Convenience Store Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Jory Keshane, Kamsack
  1. LEON RAM Companies Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training

$1,000

Felcon Swain, Yorkton
  1. Loucks Pharmacy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – University

$1,000

Bodin Kirk, Langenburg
  1. Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training

$1,000

Dylan Wedhorn, Wynyard
  1. Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship – Skills Training

$1,000

Robert Olson, Kelowna, BC
  1. Painted Hand Community Development Corporation Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity University Entrance Scholarship

$2,000

Angus Vincent, Yorkton
  1. Painted Hand Community Development Corporation Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$2,000

Amber Lerat, Yorkton
  1. Industrial Fire Protection Association of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Firefighting Students

$1,000

Brett Kowalyk, Roblin, MB
  1. Yorkton Tribal Council/Parkland College Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Studentship Award

$13,450

Jason Bobb, Yorkton
  1. Yorkton Tribal Council/Parkland College Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Studentship Award

$16,390

Shaun Pelletier, Yorkton

The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of local businesses and organizations, community members, Parkland College staff, the annual Dollars for Scholars Golf Classic, and the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship program.

The Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship program is a matching program in which funds are provided on a dollar-for-dollar basis with local non-government donors.  For every dollar raised locally, the province will match that dollar to support scholarships for high academic achievers.

Students interested in learning more about scholarship opportunities at Parkland College are encouraged to stop by one of the five campuses in Canora, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, Melville or Yorkton, or visit scholarships.parklandcollege.sk.ca to view scholarship opportunities. Internal scholarships for students enrolled in Parkland College programs will be awarded in March 2015. Applications for those awards will be available to students beginning in December.

About Us:
Parkland College provides scholarships to local students pursuing post-secondary education. Contributions to the Scholarship Initiative help Parkland College maintain the ability to contribute to the education and training of residents in the Parkland area. The initiative positively impacts the lives of individuals and families, as well as communities and businesses within the Parkland region. This is the 16th year that Parkland College has offered scholarships to students enrolled in full-time or part-time courses.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Scholarship Committee Chairperson
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Record enrolments in Parkland College university classes

More students than ever before are taking university classes at Parkland College in Yorkton this fall. For the first time, the College has had to cap the number of students in a course because of limited classroom space.

Close to 70 students are enrolled in an Indigenous Studies class. Over 40 students attend a Biology course, while between 35 and 40 students are registered in Chemistry, Psychology, and two English offerings.

“Enrolments are high partly because we are now offering more full four-year degrees in Nursing, Education, and Social Work,” said University Coordinator Dr. Gwen Machnee. “But I think more students are learning about the benefits of taking their first year of university at Parkland College, regardless of the degree they’re pursuing.”

Many students find it easier to make the transition from high school to full-fledged university student if they take a year at Parkland College. First-year students take classes in a wide range of subject areas to get a broader understanding of learning at the university level. The College’s smaller class sizes and access to instructors often help students get better grades. And many are able to save money by staying close to home and avoiding the relocation and travel costs associated with moving to the university cities.

“Our students study the exact same material as their counterparts at the universities,” Machnee added. “But our unique learning environment can help them adjust to university life and the expectations that come with the pursuit of a degree.”

Thanks to partnerships with the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina, students are able to take the first year of almost any undergraduate degree from the two institutions at Parkland College. Students can earn full degrees at Parkland College in Nursing (U of S), Social Work (U of R), and Indigenous Education (First Nations University of Canada).


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.

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