Parkland College awarded research grant from Government of Canada

Parkland College has been awarded a two-year, $168,000 research grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a federal research funding agency.

The grant comes from the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF), a new initiative that enables colleges to work with community organizations to address social issues such as poverty, crime prevention, community safety, and economic development.

Parkland College will partner with Good Spirit School Division and Yorkton Tribal Council schools. Students in the Bachelor of Education and Social Work programs at the College will interact with children in grades 5 to 8 to study bonding and attachment, and to find out what factors help students stay in school as they enter the teenage years.

“We are thrilled to have earned this honour,” said Dr. Gwen Machnee, University and Applied Research Coordinator. “It’s exciting to work with Good Spirit School Division and Yorkton Tribal Council, and we’re looking forward to sharing the results of our research.”

This project is one of 27 being funded by the Government of Canada, which announced nearly $6 million in federal support Thursday. Parkland College is the only applicant organization in Saskatchewan selected for a grant.

In 2014, Parkland College was granted full institutional eligibility with SSHRC, a major accomplishment for the College’s Applied Research area. This eligibility gives the College access to all funding programs open to post-secondary institutions.

The CCSIF, a product of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2014, will provide $15 million over three years in support of projects at college and polytechnics that foster social innovation in Canada. SSHRC says social innovation is about finding more effective ways of engaging Canadians, delivering community services, and strengthening communities as a whole through research. It can take the form of a product, process, or program that creates positive social outcomes for communities.


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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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Brendan Wagner
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Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Parkland College begins planning for new year

The new calendar proclaims the start of 2016, but Parkland College is already setting its sights on the fall. Planning for the 2016-2017 academic year is well underway to ensure that the College continues to serve students next year and beyond.

One of the key items for Parkland College in the year ahead is the creation of a new organizational strategic plan. The College’s most recent strategic plan covered 2012-2015 and performed well, but President Dwayne Reeve knows it must adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of the region.

“Planning for the future is both an exciting and daunting task,” Reeve said. “While we are never quite sure what the future holds, we are certain that a strong strategic framework will be an invaluable tool to assist Parkland College as we work to serve our students, staff, and communities.”

The College has enlisted the services of Laura Soparlo, a Regina-based consultant, whose work in the education and government sectors is extensive. Soparlo has assisted the College in past strategic planning activities and will facilitate the collection of input through focus groups and online surveys from a variety of groups, including staff, students, and external partners.

The goal is to have the new strategic plan finalized and ready for implementation in the 2016-17 year.

Simultaneously, the College is beginning its annual recruitment drive for next year’s post-secondary programs. Applications are already being accepted for most of the programs beginning in the fall of 2016. With the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton well into its first full year of operation, and established locations in Yorkton, Melville, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, Canora, and Kamsack, there are more seats to fill and more options available to students close to home.

Parkland College continues to offer a diverse mix of training options. Students can pursue university degrees, skills training certificates and diplomas, and adult education upgrading.

“Many students are drawn to our unique learning environment and smaller class sizes,” Reeve added. “Students can flourish in a friendly and welcoming setting where their teachers know them by name. And our instructors and counsellors are dedicated to their students and have a passion for life-long learning.”

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