Study reveals economic impact of regional colleges

Saskatchewan’s regional colleges maintained or added 4,000 jobs to the province in 2016-17 and generated over $460 million in provincial gross domestic product (GDP), according to a new economic impact assessment by Praxis Consulting.

The Regina-based management consulting firm recently released the findings of an economic impact assessment which illustrates the financial benefits derived from regional colleges in Saskatchewan. Praxis was asked to assess the economic impact of the colleges’ students, graduates, and operations on the provincial economy for the 2016-2017 school year. Impacts were assessed across four dimensions: 1) student spending while enrolled; 2) spending of salaries once students are graduated and in the workforce; 3) productivity impacts of graduates working in their fields; and, 4) college operations.

As part of the assessment, Praxis found that Parkland College contributed 461 jobs within the region in 2016-17 and more than 700 positions in the province. Parkland College also generated nearly $53 million in regional GDP ($79 million in the province).

“These statistics show the importance of Saskatchewan’s colleges to the regions in which they operate, and to the province as a whole,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “We are proud to educate the next generation of workers and to play a key role in supporting the local and provincial economies.”

Among the other highlights in the study, Praxis found that colleges create 66 to 72 jobs per million dollars in provincial investment, which it determined is more efficient than a provincial university (56 jobs per million dollars). It also found that regional colleges generated more than $106 million in federal and provincial government revenues in 2017.

Click here to download the complete report.

Parkland College recalling faulty USB memory sticks

Parkland College has been alerted to a serious quality issue concerning the USB memory sticks/flash drives which have been distributed to students and staff during the 2017-18 academic year.

These memory sticks are experiencing an abnormally high rate of failure, putting users at risk of losing data. Parkland College recommends that you do not use this particular memory stick to save or back-up important files.

Due to this quality concern, Parkland College will replace any USB memory stick/flash drive distributed during the 2017-18 academic year at no charge. The College will inform students and staff when a supply of replacement memory sticks becomes available.

Parkland College apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the defective memory sticks.


About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The College offers a superior learning and campus experience for all students through quality programming and services. Students can get started on their careers by completing university classes, full degrees, and skills training and trades certificates. Parkland College also delivers high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development. Parkland College is proud to be one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2017. 

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

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Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve to step down

The Parkland College Board of Governors announced today that President Dwayne Reeve has tendered his resignation and will step down effective July 31, 2018.

Reeve joined Parkland College in July 2015 after 30 years in the K-12 education system. During his tenure, the College set a new strategic direction, strengthened its financial position, and opened the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to have served as president of Parkland College. It has been a pleasure working with a group of devoted Board members and staff,” Reeve said. “I look forward to following the continued growth and development of the College as an interested community member.”

The Board reluctantly accepted Reeve’s resignation, expressing its gratitude for his leadership and vision.

“We are grateful to have benefitted from Mr. Reeve’s commitment to education and dedication to our staff and students,” said Chairperson Lydia Cyr. “We wish him the best in the next stage of his journey.”

The Board will immediately begin its search for a successor.


About Parkland College:

Parkland College provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The College offers a superior learning and campus experience for all students through quality programming and services. Students can get started on their careers by completing university classes, full degrees, and skills training and trades certificates. Parkland College also delivers high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development. Parkland College is proud to be one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2017.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595