Government of Canada invests in skilled training for mechanics trades

Students in the Yorkton area interested in entering mechanics trades training and welding training will have easier access to programs at Parkland College thanks to an investment announced Tuesday by Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton—Melville, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The College will use federal funding of $250,000 to purchase and install equipment for teaching trades and welding courses in its new Trades and Technology Centre, which will open in September 2015.

The new equipment allows the College to offer apprenticeship programs that were not previously available, including the Agricultural Machinery Technician Certificate, Heavy Equipment Truck & Transport Technician Certificate, and Enhanced Welding Certificate programs.

More training spots will be available in the Multi-Mechanical Trades Certificate apprenticeship program, which includes Heavy Equipment Mechanic and Automotive Technician, as well as Introduction to Metal Work and Metal Fabrication programs. The College will also be able to offer skills upgrading to employed tradespeople in these areas because of the new equipment and shop space.

“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring Canadians have the necessary skills and training they need to fill available jobs in our economy,” Breitkreuz said. “This investment will allow students to train closer to home and provide them with the skills they need to succeed, while also helping to develop the talent required for the growth of our economy.”

“This support is vital to the Trades and Technology Centre, which will benefit students in the Parkland region for years to come,” said Dwayne Reeve, President of Parkland College. “Our graduates will be the skilled employees businesses and industries in our province need for prosperity and growth.”

The trade skills programs that will use the equipment have been identified by Saskatchewan’s potash industry as an area of its highest needs for skilled labour. Aboriginal students from 10 First Nations in the area will also have improved access to this industry-recognized training.

Contacts
Rhonda Laing
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5944

Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Telephone: 306-728-6595

Good crowd attends third annual research farm field day

Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) welcomed more than 60 farmers and agriculture industry representatives to their third annual research farm field day Thursday near Yorkton. The event highlights the partnership between the College and ECRF, which officially began with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2013 leading to collaborative work on agricultural applied research projects.

This year there are 26 projects underway at two locations: the joint research farm 1 km south of Yorkton, and a site along Highway 10 next to the trucking weigh scale 3 km southwest of the city. Researchers are conducting various wheat fungicide and plant growth regulator trials, canola fungicide and seed treatments, flax fungicide trials, and fertility trials for oats and canary seed.

Parkland College and ECRF plan to continue agriculture research trial programs in the Yorkton area for the long term. The information developed and gathered on site will be shared with the research community, agricultural industry, and local producers. More information is available at www.ecrf.ca.


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. Based in Yorkton, 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

Research farm field day scheduled for July 23

Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation are pleased to announce that their third annual research farm field day will take place on July 23 in Yorkton.

Farmers and agriculture industry representatives are invited to check out the projects being conducted this summer. Researchers are working on 26 different projects, including wheat fungicide and plant growth regulator trials, canola fungicide and seed treatments, flax fungicide trials, and fertility trials for oats and canary seed.

The field day will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the research farm 1 km south of Yorkton on York Lake Road. A free barbecue lunch follows at about 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to lead researcher Mike Hall at 306.621.6032.


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. Based in Yorkton, 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