Parkland College celebrates more than 350 graduates

Parkland College held its annual graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Yorkton Regional High School’s Anne Portnuff Theatre. Family, friends, staff, and the College’s partners in education congratulated and celebrated 367 students who successfully completed one of more than 20 programs offered at the College in 2018-19.

Interim CEO Kami DePape presents a certificate to Bachelor of Indigenous Education graduate Ryan Brass

The graduates represent 53 Saskatchewan communities and seven Manitoba communities. Yorkton led the way with 111 grads, followed by Kamsack with 31, Fort Qu’Appelle with 19, Melville with 17, and Regina with 14. The graduating class also included 76 international students from India, the Philippines, Greece, Bangladesh, and Mauritius.

SIGN counsellor and Parkland College alumna Corrine McArthur delivered remarks as guest speaker

This year, Parkland College offered university degrees, skills training diplomas and certificates, and Adult Basic Education classes. Graduates from post-secondary programs received accreditation from the University of Saskatchewan, First Nations University of Canada, Lakeland College Emergency Training Centre, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, Conestoga College, and Parkland College.


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.

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

Parkland College earns national award for excellence in indigenous education

Parkland College has been selected for a national award recognizing its achievements in indigenous education.

Parkland College won the Silver Award for Indigenous Education Excellence at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) annual conference this week. NorQuest College (Edmonton) was chosen for the gold, while Algonquin College (Ottawa) took the bronze.

Parkland College serves over 6,000 students in rural Saskatchewan with 43 per cent identifying as Indigenous. The College works with 11 First Nations communities and two tribal councils in the Parkland region.

“Our commitment to these students and communities is embodied in our strategic plan, shaped as a medicine wheel with indigenization embedded in every priority,” said Interim CEO Kami DePape. “The College’s governance structure, partnerships, student supports, curriculum, and learning environments focus on providing training success and labour market engagement for our Indigenous learners and communities.”

The CICan Awards of Excellence recognize best practices at institutions across the country. There are eight categories for excellence in leadership, indigenous education, internationalization, applied research, and general program achievements.

“Colleges and institutes are so successful thanks to passionate staff, teachers, researchers and administrators who work tirelessly to provide students with the skills and experience they need to succeed”, said Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. “Every year, the CICan Awards of Excellence recognize these dedicated people who go above and beyond to make Canada’s post-secondary education the best in the world.”


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.

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

Board members appointed for Cumberland College-Parkland College coalition

The Government of Saskatchewan has appointed six individuals to serve on a new Board of Governors for Parkland College and Cumberland College.

In October, it was announced that the two colleges would embark on a pilot coalition for up to two years. Both colleges will remain separate, but they will share one region, a single Chief Executive Officer, and a governance structure in which the same individuals will be simultaneously appointed to the boards of Cumberland College and Parkland College.

On May 2, the Minister of Advanced Education authorized the Parkland College and Cumberland College regions to be combined into a single region which will be served by both colleges. The government also appointed the following board members: Wendy Becenko (Kamsack), Marcel Head (Shoal Lake), Brian Hicke (Melville), Lori Kidney (Tisdale), Raymond Sass (Yorkton), and Corinna Stevenson (Melfort). Sass and Stevenson have been named co-chairs.

Back row (L to R): Brian Hicke (Melville), Raymond Sass (Yorkton), Marcel Head (Shoal Lake); Front row (L to R): Wendy Becenko (Kamsack), Corrina Stevenson (Melfort), Lori Kidney (Tisdale)

A joint steering committee is nearing the end of its search for the shared CEO position. The colleges expect to have a permanent CEO in place by June 30.

Further updates will be provided as the partnership progresses.


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 with locations in Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, Esterhazy, Canora, and Kamsack.

About Cumberland College:
Since 1975, Cumberland College has been providing high quality training and education programs for adults in northeastern Saskatchewan. Campuses are located in Nipawin, Melfort, and Tisdale.

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For more information, contact:

Ray Sass
Chair, Board of Governors
Parkland College
Email: r.sass@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Corinna Stevenson
Chair, Board of Governors
Cumberland College
Email: corinnastevenson@sasktel.net

Parkland College Main Campus evacuated in lockdown drill

The Parkland College Main Campus, Yorkton Regional High School, and Kid’s Zone Daycare were briefly evacuated on Wednesday afternoon. It was part of an extensive lockdown drill involving first responders and emergency crews in the City of Yorkton.

The exercise, dubbed Project Lockdown, was initiated by Yorkton RCMP. It involved months of planning and coordination with YRHS and Parkland College.

The drill began shortly after 1:00 p.m. Numerous police and peace officers were involved, as well as Yorkton Fire Protective Services and Crestvue Ambulance. The exercise extended the regular lockdown drill and included an evacuation simulation, sending students and staff to nearby Sacred Heart High School.

The drill was completed smoothly and the all-clear was given less than an hour after it began. Students and staff returned to their classrooms and work stations, and were invited to debrief and provide comments and suggestions to improve the emergency response. Counsellors were also made available to learners and employees who required support.

Parkland College extends its thanks to staff and students for their participation in this important event. The drill will assist in the development and improvement of the College’s Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) program and safety procedures. It also provided an opportunity for emergency service providers in Yorkton to work through their protocols and enhance their response in the event of a real threat.


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.

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