Parkland College receives NSERC applied research grant

Parkland College has been awarded a $200,000 research grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The Innovation Enhancement grant is designated for improvements at the research farm just south of Yorkton, which the College operates in partnership with the East Central Research Foundation (ECRF).

NSERC announced funding last week for 128 new applied research projects at colleges, CÉGEPs, and polytechnics across Canada. The projects focus on priority areas such as agriculture, clean energy, and artificial intelligence.

Parkland College and ECRF will use the NSERC funding primarily to hire students for work integrated learning opportunities at the research farm. The students will assist researchers in their work during the growing season. The funding will be also be used to purchase farm equipment and video equipment used to share the results of research projects.

This season, researchers are conducting a number of trials and demonstration projects on land supplied by the City of Yorkton. Some of these projects are supported by the provincial government Agriculture Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) program, with others sponsored by businesses in the agriculture industry.

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.

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

Parkland College plans for blend of face-to-face and online learning this fall

Parkland College intends to deliver classes this fall through a blend of face-to-face and online learning. The College is coordinating with post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan on this hybrid approach to education.

The blended model follows the guidance of the provincial government’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Educators believe a combination of in-person classes and online instruction will give students the best chance of academic success in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The common staged re-opening and blended model will combine online, classroom, laboratory, shop, clinical, and physical instruction. The concept provides the programming flexibility needed to manage the risks of the pandemic while ensuring the continued health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Since the pandemic began, Saskatchewan’s post-secondary sector has worked together to keep students and staff safe, and to establish guidelines and protocols for fall programming. The College will continue to adhere to public health guidelines as delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer.

Preparations for the fall include focusing on providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. The College is prepared to adjust its plan and timelines at any point as the pandemic evolves.

Students are encouraged to monitor the Parkland College website for additional details about their specific program and classes. Details will be communicated to students as programming decisions are finalized.