Parkland College selected for education project in Tanzania

Parkland College is proud to announce it has been selected to partner with Sault College (Ontario) on a new education project in Africa. The colleges will work with a technical institute in Tanzania as part of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) Improving Skills Training for Employment Program (ISTEP).

ISTEP is a five-year program funded by the Government of Canada. There are multiple projects involved in building the capacity of technical and vocational institutions in Tanzania. The end goal is to produce 1,200 graduates with the right skill set to find or create employment in Tanzania’s extractive and tourism sectors.

Parkland College’s project will develop a bridging (pre-technology) program at Arusha Technical College in northeastern Tanzania. Students will be able to build skills and climb into higher levels of training. Sault College will lead in technical expertise and curriculum development, while Parkland College will contribute in Essential Skills, student support, marketing, and gender mainstreaming.

“We are proud to work on this important project and improve the lives of many young people in Tanzania,” said Kami DePape, Director of Academics and Student Services at Parkland College. “We are excited to team up with Sault College and look forward to working with our new partners in Arusha.”

An inception mission is scheduled for late January, when a three-year plan for the project will be developed.

This project adds to Parkland College’s growing international résumé. The College is in the midst of a similar two-year partnership with HEART Trust in Jamaica, and also recently worked with the University of Belize Central Farm Campus to develop a degree program aimed at getting more women working in agriculture.


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

CWA Foundation contributes to Parkland College Welding program

Students in Parkland College’s Welding Certificate program now have the opportunity to hone their skills on a high-tech simulator, thanks to a donation made by the CWA (Canadian Welding Association) Foundation.

The CWA Foundation gave $40,000 to the College at the recent Grand Opening of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. The funds have been put toward the purchase of a Lincoln Electric VRTEX 360 virtual reality arc welding trainer.

A student tries her hand on the new welding simulator. (Credit: Jackie Herman/Simple Shots by Jackie)

“Support for Parkland College to purchase the virtual welding simulator will provide an excellent training vehicle for students enrolled in the welding program,” said Deborah Mates, CWA Foundation Executive Director. “Through Parkland, the simulator will also be exposed to students at the elementary and secondary school levels to learn about the great welding career opportunities available throughout Canada.”

One of the Foundation’s key mandates is to create access to educational opportunities. The Foundation looks for ways to encourage students as early as elementary school age to pursue welding at the secondary school level in preparation for post-secondary welding education. Colleges and universities are the largest source of training for the welding industry, so the Foundation seeks to support these institutions to ensure that graduates are both suitable and in sufficient numbers to meet industry needs.

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s generosity,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “This tool will help our students better develop the skills that will help them succeed in the industry.”

Parkland College offers a one-year Welding Certificate from Sask Polytech at the Trades and Technology Centre. Students learn how to operate welding equipment and perform a variety of welding and cutting operations. The College’s new simulator will allow students to practise their technique in conjunction with live welding.

A 2010 study performed by Lincoln Electric and Iowa State University showed that combining the simulator with live welding training saves time and reduces expenses. It also allows students to make a greater number of welds and significantly increases certification rates.


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

Deborah Mates, CFRE
Executive Director
CWA Foundation
Phone: 905.699.5230