Over 2,000 students check out Career Explorations 2015

More than 2,000 high school students from the Parkland region attended Career Explorations 2015 at the Gallagher Centre in Yorkton on Friday. The sixth annual education and career fair attracted close to 90 exhibitors from Saskatchewan, Western Canada, and North Dakota.

Career Explorations is the largest education and job fair in East Central Saskatchewan. It is organized by Parkland College, Good Spirit School Division, and Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools.

“The goal of this career fair is to show students all the options available to them once they finish high school,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “Some students will want to go directly into post-secondary education or trades apprenticeships, while others may want to find a job right away. We just want them to be aware of their options.”

Career Explorations puts all these options under one roof. Students and visitors have access to information from dozens of educational institutions and numerous businesses, including companies from the mining, agriculture, construction, and government sectors.

“This event is very positive for our students,” said Rhae-Ann Holoien, Director of Education with Good Spirit School Division. “Deciding on a career path or even just what to do after graduation is often difficult and we know a well-rounded experience like this can help them in making those important decisions.”

After much success at last year’s career fair, the Try-a-Trade area in the Nexera Flexihall was brought back. Select local companies and trades organizations set up hands-on booths where students could experience the work that tradespeople do and find out what it takes to start a career in the trades.

“The organizing committee is always looking for ways to improve the experience for students,” said Chad Holinaty, Superintendent of Education with Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools. “A lot of students learn best by doing, and that’s what makes the Try-a-Trade area such a popular feature. It really adds another dimension to our event.”

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.

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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

Parkland College celebrates International Education Week

During the week of November 16-20, Parkland College joins educational institutions from across Canada and over 100 other countries in celebrating the 12th annual International Education Week (IEW).

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

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, Nigeria, and numerous other countries have studied at Parkland College. Many of those students have started careers locally.

“The people who come to study here not only get a great classroom education, but they also learn what it means to be Canadian,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “Our international students interact daily with fellow learners, instructors, and the community, giving them a very comprehensive experience.”

Parkland College is becoming more involved on the international stage. The College is in the midst of 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. The College also recently worked with the University of Belize Central Farm Campus to develop a degree program aimed at getting more women working in agriculture. And now, Parkland College and Sault College (Ontario) are bidding to work on a pre-technology partnership with ARUSHA Technical College in Tanzania.

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