Donors and friends join Parkland College for Trades & Technology Centre Grand Opening

Parkland College marked the official Grand Opening of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton on Wednesday. The College celebrated this historic milestone with hundreds of donors, supporters, special guests, staff, students, and members of the community.

The crowd gathered inside the large multi-use Trades Shop to hear remarks from dignitaries including Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe, Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit, Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney, and Linda Turta, co-chair of the College’s Capital Campaign Cabinet.

“This new centre is the result of visionary leadership and support in Yorkton and the surrounding area,” said Minister Moe. “It demonstrates the great things we can achieve when we work together.”

PotashCorp gave the fundraising effort an early boost in June 2012 with a $1.225 million matching gift campaign. Then in October 2013, the Government of Saskatchewan committed $10 million to the planning and construction of the Trades and Technology Centre. A month later, The Mosaic Company followed with a $1.225 million contribution of its own.

Overall, dozens of key donors from business and industry and the local community contributed to the College’s capital campaign – the first ever by a regional college in Saskatchewan.

“Our fundraising campaign was based on the belief that colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “As we opened up this tremendous building, we wanted to make sure that the people who made this project a reality were here to celebrate with us.”

To officially open the facility, the College put a unique twist on the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. In the days leading up to the event, instructors and students worked in the Trades Shop to produce a 32-foot strip of thin metal. Donors were then invited to hold this “ribbon” as Minister Moe used a metal shear to slice the strip in two.

Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe uses a metal shear to cut the green metal "ribbon" in two.

There were also tours of the 29,000-square-foot building, a cake cutting, and a charity barbecue by MR MIKES Steakhouse Casual and Yorkton Co-op. The barbecue raised more than $1,400 for the College’s student scholarship fund.

Nearly a decade ago, the College’s Board of Governors recognized the need for skilled workers in the Parkland region. The Trades and Technology Centre was the answer, providing skilled training space and opportunities that did not exist within the region. It was a five-year journey from concept to finished product.

“Parkland College is committed to helping our region and our province prosper. It all starts with education – providing the best learning experience and the most relevant training,” said Board Chairperson Lydia Cyr. “And today, we see the Trades and Technology Centre as the newest vessel for delivering that training.”

The first year of programs at the new facility started last month. Students are enrolled in Power Engineering, Agricultural Machinery Technician, Heavy Equipment/Truck and Transport Technician, Multi-Mechanical Trades, and Welding programs. They have 10,000 square feet of work space to use in the building’s Trades Shop. There is also a state-of-the-art Power Engineering lab, Welding/Fabrication Shop with 12 welding stations, and six flexible classrooms.

Visitors to the new campus see a large Donor Wall as they enter the spacious rotunda, commemorating the many contributions that helped the project succeed. The large, elegant plaque is inscribed with the words: “This facility was made possible by the generous contributions of our distinguished donors.”

“It stands as a testament to the generosity that abounds in our community and our province, from the Government of Saskatchewan and City of Yorkton, to large corporations, independent businesses, and community-focused groups and individuals,” Cyr said.

“This Donor Wall is just one of many walls in this building. But without it, the Trades and Technology Centre could not stand.”


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

University enrolment up again at Parkland College

Parkland College’s university programs continue to grow as more students seek to take advantage of the benefits of learning close to home.

More than 230 students are taking university classes this fall at the College’s campuses in Yorkton and Fort Qu’Appelle. Over 80 per cent of those students are full-time. And for the second straight year, the College has had to cap the number of students in a course due to classroom availability.

“Our university enrolments are strong thanks in part to our full bachelor’s degrees in Nursing, Education, and Social Work,” said University Coordinator Dr. Gwen Machnee. “But even with the increased enrolment, student success remains our first priority. We have more face-to-face classes than ever before. And our largest class sizes are still only a fraction of the size of the same classes in Saskatoon and Regina.”

The College’s smaller class sizes and easier access to instructors often help students get better grades than they would on campus at university. Many students also 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.

“University students study the exact same material at Parkland College as their counterparts do at the U of S or U of R,” Machnee added. “But our unique learning environment can help them better adapt 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. Currently students can earn full four-year bachelor’s degrees at Parkland College in Nursing (U of S), Social Work (U of R), and Indigenous Education (First Nations University of Canada).


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

Youth skills development project underway in Jamaica

The first round of Parkland College’s international development partnership in Jamaica is underway. The College is working with HEART Trust – the Human Employment and Resource Training Trust, National Training Agency – to create Essential Skills programming to train unemployed Jamaican youth.

Parkland College was selected to partner with HEART Trust last fall as part of a Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) program in the Caribbean. This two-year partnership will develop Essential Skills and pre-technology training in key sectors of the Jamaican economy. It aims to prepare 500 students under the age of 30 for employment.

College representatives travelled to Jamaica in August to conduct workshops and train staff for the start of the Youth Skills Development program. Train-the-trainer sessions were delivered on Essential Skills, counselling techniques, instructional strategies, employability skills, environmental sustainability, and gender equality.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work from many College support staff and trainers to get to this point, but reaching this stage is a great achievement for the College and the students in Jamaica,” said Kami DePape, Director of Academics and Student Services at Parkland College. “We’re honoured to share our expertise with our partners at HEART Trust and provide guidance to help build a successful program.”

The workshops were particularly effective for participants in the train-the-trainer sessions, such as Canute White, Director of Safety and Behavioural Management at Excelsior Community College in Kingston, Jamaica.

“It has provided tools for the betterment of a nation as we carry the knowledge to others in our institutions,” White said. “Parkland College seems to have mastered the art of the craft. I am among those who are now willing and able to not only impart what we have learned but play our part in the field.”

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.

HEART Trust’s mandate is to provide Jamaica with a highly-trained and certified workforce. Projects like this seek to give disadvantaged youth new opportunities for employment.


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

Proceeds of Mark’s Parkland Trades Open donated to Trades and Technology Centre

Organizers of the Mark’s Parkland Trades Open golf tournament presented a $25,000 cheque to Parkland College Wednesday in support of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. The money was raised at the second annual Parkland Trades Open in August.

Left to right: Evan Johnson, Justin Yawney and Chris Wyatt of Yorkton Plumbing & Heating, Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve, Crystal Babuik from Mark's, Marty Sveinbjornson of SveinCo Developments, Jason Hrywkiw with R H Electric, Wade Barton of NL Construction, and R H Electric's Brian Hilderman.

This donation completes a $50,000 commitment made by a group of local business owners and tradespeople. The committee created the golf outing to give to the Trades and Technology Centre on behalf of the trades. More than 30 teams registered for this summer’s event, building on the success of the first tournament in 2014.

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

Mark’s in Yorkton returned to serve as the naming sponsor this year, contributing greatly to the success of the event.

The Trades and Technology Centre opened its doors last month. Students are currently taking classes in Power Engineering (Third Class and Fourth Class), Welding, Agricultural Machinery Technician, Heavy Equipment/Truck and Transport Technician, and Multi-Mechanical Trades.


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 awards record $118,000 in Entrance Scholarships

Parkland College has set another record by awarding $118,673 in Entrance Scholarships to 36 students this fall. The dollar figure is the most money ever handed out by the College in a single scholarship presentation. It breaks the previous high of $110,800 awarded this past March at the Internal Scholarships.

“We’ve been fortunate to have great support from the community and the Ministry of Advanced Education,” said scholarship committee chair Brendan Wagner. “It’s important that our scholarship program keeps growing as we welcome more and more post-secondary students to the College.”

All students receiving Entrance Scholarships are taking university, skills training, or trades programs at Parkland College.

Scholarship Name

Value

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

$500

Shayna Kemp, Yorkton
  1. CUPE 4980 Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity University Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Macayla Harrick, Melville
  1. CUPE 4980 Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Amanda Skiba, Melville
  1. R H Electric Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$4,000

Emma Kerr, Yorkton
  1. SaskTel Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Business/Technology

$2,000

Willow Koroluk, Canora
  1. McDonald’s Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Business/Technology

$1,000

Nathan Bewcyk, Yorkton
  1. York Station/Harvard Developments Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Health and Human Services

$1,000

Brendan Wagner, Balgonie
  1. Kardynal Transport Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Health and Human Services

$1,000

Brittany Friesen, Swift Current
  1. Logan Stevens Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Trades

$2,000

Kristopher Yarechewski, Yorkton
  1. Richardson Oilseed Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Trades

$1,000

Austin Swiderski, Invermay
  1. PotashCorp Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Trades

$1,000

Calum Craig, Roblin, MB
  1. MHPM Project Leaders Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in University Education or Arts

$2,000

Brook Huckabay, Melville
  1. Tourism Saskatchewan Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in University Education or Arts

$1,000

Jelena Eiffert, Yorkton
  1. A + K Architects Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in University Education or Arts

$1,000

Kurt Fahlman, Yorkton
  1. Victory Safety & Training Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in Firefighting

$1,000

Austin Bates, Regina
  1. RBC Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in University Health or Natural Sciences

$2,000

Shelby Lang, Hudson Bay
  1. Cornerstone Credit Union Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in University Health or Natural Sciences

$1,000

Brittany Poier, Melville
  1. Drs. Cottenie and Bowtell Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in University Health or Natural Sciences

$1,000

Tanner Kinaschuk, Yorkton
  1. Grain Millers Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship in University Health or Natural Sciences

$1,000

Mackenzie Buchholzer, Melville
  1. SIGA/Painted Hand Casino Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity University Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Briana Schmeltzer, Melville
  1. Royal Ford Dollars for Scholars Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Rachael McKay, Gilbert Plains, MB
  1. GX94/Fox FM Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Nicole Burym, Canora
  1. Kahkewistahaw Gas and Convenience Store Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Dominica Musqua, Yorkton
  1. LEON RAM Companies Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Tyler Eftoda, Yorkton
  1. Loucks Pharmacy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity University Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Hilda Ayala Rivera, Yorkton
  1. Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Philip Randles, Yorkton
  1. Mosaic Potash Esterhazy Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Skills Training Entrance Scholarship

$1,000

Joshua Rogalski, Melville
  1. Industrial Fire Protection Association of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship for Firefighting Students

$1,000

Tyler Hulley, MacGregor, MB
  1. Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$2,500

Isaac Pasloski, Yorkton
  1. Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$2,500

Bailey Harrick, Melville
  1. Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$2,500

Brooke MacKay, Yorkton
  1. Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship

$2,500

Abigail Schmalz, Yorkton
  1. Yorkton Tribal Council/Parkland College Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Studentship Award

$21,201

Twyla Cote, Kamsack
  1. Yorkton Tribal Council/Parkland College Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Studentship Award

$22,186

Elizabeth Nabess, Kamsack
  1. Yorkton Tribal Council/Parkland College Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Studentship Award

$16,586

Danielle Gambler, Yorkton
  1. Yorkton Tribal Council/Parkland College Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Studentship Award

$14,201

Kayla Wapash, Melville

 

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 as available.

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 the Scholarships area of our website to view scholarship opportunities. Internal Scholarships for students already enrolled in Parkland College programs will be awarded in March 2016. 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 18th 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