International Education Week marked at Parkland College

During the week of November 17-21, 2014, Parkland College joins educational institutions from across Canada and over 100 other countries in celebrating the 11th annual International Education Week (IEW).

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Canada’s Engagement with the World.” IEW honours the many people who participate in international education – supporting foreign students, collaborating with international partners, and building capacity in emerging countries.

Parkland College began welcoming international students to its campuses in East Central Saskatchewan in 2009. In the years since, well over 100 students from India, Jamaica, and numerous other countries have studied at Parkland College. Many of those students have gone on to begin careers locally.

“We are proud to provide the best educational experience to the people who come to learn here,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “But we are also responsible for teaching so much more – things like our local customs and what it means to be Canadian. These students get a well-rounded experience through their interaction with fellow learners, our instructors, and the whole community.”

Parkland College has recently become more involved internationally. The College is in the midst of a three-year educational partnership at the University of Belize Central Farm Campus to develop a degree program aimed at getting more women working in agriculture. And just last month, Parkland College was selected for a two-year partnership with HEART Trust in Jamaica to develop essential skills and pre-technology training in key sectors of the Jamaican economy and to prepare students for employment.

IEW is an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of international education and its significant benefits to our social, economic, and cultural well-being. It underscores the value that Canadians place on connecting with the world through studying abroad, internationalized curricula, international service, and on opening the world to Canada by welcoming international learners, promoting student exchanges, and encouraging qualified foreign students to make Canada their new home.


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

2,100 students attend Career Explorations 2014

More than 2,100 high school students from the Parkland region attended Career Explorations 2014 at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton on Thursday. The fifth annual education and career fair attracted over 80 exhibitors from Saskatchewan, Western Canada, and North Dakota.

Career Explorations is one of the most vibrant education and job fairs in the province. It is organized by Parkland College, Good Spirit School Division, and Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools, and is the largest such event in East Central Saskatchewan.

“It’s extremely important that students know what’s out there after high school, whether it’s post-secondary education, trades apprenticeships, or entering the workforce directly,” explained Dwayne Reeve, Director of Education with Good Spirit School Division. “We want them to be aware of their options.”

Career Explorations offers immediate access to dozens of educational institutions and numerous businesses from across Western Canada, including companies from the mining, agriculture, construction, and government sectors.

“We are always happy to hear how much this event helps both students and exhibitors,” said Dr. Fay Myers, Parkland College President. “It really gives students an idea of the many diverse options available to them upon graduation. And our exhibitors frequently tell us how much value they get out of attending.”

A new feature this year that proved quite popular with the students was the Try-a-Trade area in the Nexera Flexihall. Organizers invited several influential local companies and trades organizations to set up hands-on booths. Students had the opportunity to experience the work that tradespeople do and to find out what employers are looking for in potential recruits and how to start a career in the trades.

Career Explorations was born out of a Learning Alliance signed in 2008 between Good Spirit School Division and Parkland College. Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools has expanded its role since joining the organizing committee in 2012.

Plans for the sixth annual Career Explorations event in 2015 are already underway. The event will occur again in November, with a date yet to be determined based on venue availability and feedback from exhibitors.

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Contact information:

Brendan Wagner, Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Lynel Martinuk, Communications Coordinator
Good Spirit School Division
Phone: 306.786.5501