Employers encouraged to take advantage of new Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant

This past August, the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan announced the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Fund Agreement as a way to invest in initiatives responding to labour market needs. The Canada Job Grant is an employer-driven approach to help workers get the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It provides employers with up to $10,000 for training costs for an individual worker, including tuition and training materials.

Under the terms of this agreement, Parkland College is an approved third-party training agency.

“Many of our existing training meets eligibility criteria,” said Michael Cameron, Parkland College’s Director of Training & Business Development. “We are locally accessible, minimizing travel costs. And we can assist with developing individual or group training plans.”

Parkland College is committed to its clients and can assist in completing the application process, and can deliver customized training to meet businesses’ needs, even on-site.

Examples of the College’s many training options include the PRIME Leadership & Management Certificate, the University of Regina Project Management Certificate, safety training, computer training, online courses, and part-time university and SaskPolytech (formerly SIAST) courses, among others.

Companies interested in taking advantage of the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant should call Parkland College’s Business and Training Representatives, Darrell Landels at 306.620.6694 or Ed Hourd at 306.641.9171. You can also visit http://corporate.parklandcollege.sk.ca for more details.

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

Parkland College signs Indigenous Education Protocol

Yorkton, SK – Parkland College signed on Monday the Indigenous Education Protocol for Colleges and Institutes. It is a new initiative created by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) to support colleges in their commitment to the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students.

The Indigenous Education Protocol outlines how colleges can strive to improve their practices and better serve Aboriginal peoples. The Protocol underscores the importance of removing barriers to education and supporting self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.

“As key providers of applied post-secondary education for Indigenous communities, colleges recognize that they have important responsibilities and obligations to Indigenous education,” said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “This protocol encourages our members to be more inclusive of Indigenous cultures and even more proactive in finding ways to create success.”

CICan developed the Protocol over the last year through consultations with college and institute representatives from across Canada. Lydia Cyr, Chairperson of the Parkland College Board of Governors, signed the document Monday in Yorkton, along with Amyot and representatives from First Nations in the Parkland Region.

“A key priority of our Strategic Plan is working with Aboriginal communities to improve enrolment, graduation rates, and employment rates,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “A prosperous future depends on building these kinds of partnerships. This is another big step forward.”


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 Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan):
Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics. We work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The Association operates in 29 countries via 13 offices around the world.

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

Parkland Trades Open organizers donate proceeds to Trades & Technology Centre campaign

Parkland College is grateful to accept a cheque for $25,000 in support of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. The money was raised at the Parkland Trades Open golf tournament in August. The first annual golf event was created by a group of local business owners and tradespeople.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the Trades and Technology Centre on behalf of the trades,” said Chris Wyatt, a member of the Parkland Trades Open organizing committee. “A golf tournament is always a good way to get people together.”

The Parkland Trades Open organizing committee recently presented a cheque to Parkland College for $25,000. Left to right: Colin Hrywkiw (R H Electric), Jennifer Bueckert (Mark's), Dr. Fay Myers (President, Parkland College), Evan Johnson (Yorkton Plumbing & Heating), and Marty Sveinbjornson (SveinCo Developments).

Wyatt said about 20 teams registered for the inaugural event. Thanks to their generosity and the support of local businesses, the tournament was a success.

The organizing committee included Evan Johnson and Justin Yawney of Yorkton Plumbing & Heating, Marty Sveinbjornson from SveinCo Developments, Dustin Nehring of NL Construction, and Brian Hilderman and Colin Hrywkiw from R H Electric.

“Working together, we had a really good tournament,” Wyatt said. “It’s a good committee to work with. It brought together a lot of people that normally don’t get together. Everyone had a great day and a lot of money was raised.”

The organizers thanked John Bueckert of Mark’s Work Wearhouse in Yorkton for being the naming sponsor for the 2014 event. Wyatt said Bueckert has already committed Mark’s for 2015.

“That’s a huge start for a tournament,” Wyatt noted. “When you get a naming sponsor putting up $10,000, it’s great.”

Wyatt also thanked Good Spirit Air Service, R H Electric, Premier Cabinets, and Wagner’s Flooring for their contributions to the event.

The second annual Parkland Trades Open is tentatively scheduled for August 15, 2015 in Yorkton. Wyatt said organizers are aiming to sign up 36 teams and raise even more money in support of the College’s new facility.

“We are happy that this new golf tournament was such a successful event,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “We’ve been saying during this campaign that colleges build communities and communities build colleges, and this is further proof of that support.”

The Trades and Technology Centre is currently under construction along Highway 9 in Yorkton. 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.

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. The facility is scheduled to be complete in May 2015 and will open for classes in September 2015.

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