Parkland College selected for Jamaica partnership

Parkland College is proud to announce it has been selected to partner with a technical institute in Jamaica as part of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Education for Employment (EFE) program in the Caribbean. This partnership will help develop essential skills and pre-technology training in key sectors of the Jamaican economy, and prepare students for employment.

Parkland College executives travelled to Ottawa last week to meet with delegates representing the Human Employment and Resource Training Trust, National Training Agency – known to most Jamaicans simply as HEART Trust. Parkland was one of three Canadian colleges interviewed and was ultimately chosen to develop essential skills programming for unemployed youth over the next two years.

“We are honoured to get to work on this important project,” said Kami DePape, Director of Academics and Student Services at Parkland College. “It’s exciting to share our expertise and collaborate with our new partners at HEART Trust.”

(Left to Right): Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers, Director of Academics and Student Services Kami DePape, and Essential Skills Consultant Gail Gorchynski discuss the College's new international project with Milica Njegovan of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Sasha Shim-Hue and Elizabeth Terry of Jamaica's HEART Trust.

 

Employers in the Caribbean often have difficulty attracting and retaining skilled, adaptable, and flexible workers, which they attribute to a lack of workforce preparedness, basic skills, and an understanding of expected workplace behaviour. This hinders economic development in the region. As a result, CICan seeks to improve the education system through its Caribbean Development Strategy and EFE program.

The EFE program aims to ensure that CICan is able to contribute to poverty reduction in developing countries. EFE supports private sector development through workforce training and micro-enterprise support in sectors of the economy where there is a lack of qualified workers and entrepreneurs. For more on International Partnerships, please visit www.collegesinstitutes.ca.

Parkland College is also under consideration for a partnership with Norquest College of Edmonton on a vocational degree program in agriculture in Bolivia. The successful applicant for that project will be announced in early November.

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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

U of S College of Nursing Yorkton Campus welcomes first students

The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) College of Nursing, Parkland College and Sunrise Health Region came together Thursday to celebrate the start of the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Yorkton.

The College of Nursing believes students should have the opportunity to “learn where they live”. Until the start of this program, students in the Yorkton area completed their pre-professional year (year one) at Parkland, 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 with Parkland College and support of Sunrise Health Region, students are now able to complete their U of S BSN degree at Parkland College in Yorkton and most clinical components in the Sunrise Health Region.

“The College of Nursing is excited to celebrate our first Yorkton BSN class today,” said Lorna Butler, dean of the College of Nursing. “We are pleased to collaborate with Parkland College and Sunrise Heath Region to offer our BSN program to students in another Saskatchewan community. We look forward to great things to come from the Yorkton BSN Class of 2017.”

“This partnership offers great opportunities to the Parkland Region and the province as a whole,” said Parkland College president Fay Myers. “We are happy to celebrate these students as they take another step on the road to their nursing careers.”

“It is a pleasure to welcome the first students into our health care facilities to complete the clinical practicum components of their education,” said Suann Laurent, president and CEO, Sunrise Health Region.  “As a learning organization we look forward to sharing our expertise with the students and to continued collaboration with our partners in health education.”

Over the years, nursing education has had traditions come and go, but based on feedback from alumni and students, the College of Nursing has re-established the traditional pinning ceremony to celebrate students’ progression throughout their BSN program.

During the celebration today, nursing students were welcomed into the program and received their Year two pin from Yorkton resident and U of S alumna Patricia Kachman.

“The pins are a symbol celebrating the effort that was needed to complete the students’ education to this point. The new progression ceremony is a great way to celebrate these milestones, as they move through their years in the program,” said Butler. “Students were looking for a way during their placements to communicate with community members about their level of their education and we believe this pin, which we’re hoping they will all wear proudly during their practicums in the Sunrise Health Region, is the perfect way to do so.”

While in Yorkton, the College of Nursing also recognized local media and presented Thom Barker and Yorkton This Week with the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing 2014 Extending Our Reach Media Award.  The award is an opportunity for the College of Nursing to acknowledge and say thank you to a media partner who has gone above and beyond to provide a positive profile for the College of Nursing over the past year.

Thom Barker (right) accepts the media award on behalf of Yorkton This Week.

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For more information, contact:
Kylie Kelso
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