Parkland College/ECRF cancel 2020 research farm field day

Parkland College and the East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) have cancelled their annual Research Farm Field Day for 2020 due to COVID-19.

Public gatherings in Saskatchewan are currently limited to 30 people, and physical distancing guidelines remain in effect. The field tours, held annually in July at the research farm just south of Yorkton, typically attract close to 100 farmers, agriculture professionals, and industry representatives.

In lieu of an in-person event, researchers are planning to record a virtual tour of this year’s research projects. The video will be shared online and posted at www.ecrf.ca, likely around the middle of July.

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.

Last month, Parkland College was awarded a $200,000 research grant by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The grant is being used to hire students for work integrated learning opportunities at the research farm, while also funding the purchase of new equipment.


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, Cumberland College planning for blended learning this fall

Parkland College and Cumberland College intend to deliver classes this fall through blended learning. The colleges are coordinating with post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan on this hybrid approach to education.

This Blended Learning model provides the programming flexibility needed to manage the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring the continued health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. This concept follows the guidance of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, which advanced to Phase 3 on June 8.

“Our current plan is to offer a blend of online, face-to-face, and alternative programming,” said President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh. How class time is divided for any program or course will be determined by a number of factors, he said, including the necessity of face-to-face (hands-on labs and shop time), the needs of students (e.g. no Internet access off-campus), availability of space, and any restrictions imposed by the government.

The post-secondary sector’s planning for the fall is well underway, including contingency plans for a resurgence of the virus, where in-class learning cannot resume as planned, either regionally or provincially. The colleges will continue to adhere to public health guidelines as delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer.

“Our shared priority, at all levels of the education system, is the health and safety of students and staff,” Hoddenbagh added. “We are prepared to adjust our plan and timelines at any point as the pandemic evolves.”

Students are encouraged to monitor the colleges’ websites for additional details about their specific program and classes. Details will be communicated to students as 2020-2021 programming decisions are finalized.


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 health care students eligible for CIBC Future Heroes Bursary

First-year students enrolled in eligible health care programs at Parkland College are invited to apply for a CIBC Future Heroes Bursary valued at $2,500. CIBC has created the bursary program in tribute to the people who are bravely fighting COVID-19, and as a way of supporting the next generation in their ambition of having a career in health care.

CIBC has committed $500,000 towards the Future Heroes Fund over the next two years. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 150 bursaries will be available to students entering their first year of study in an eligible health care program at 50 select Canadian registered colleges or universities.

Parkland College and Cumberland College students are eligible to apply if they are entering the Continuing Care Assistant, Practical Nursing, or Primary Care Paramedic programs, as well as university studies with plans to go into Nursing or Medicine. Two students from each institution will receive bursaries in 2020-21.

“I’d like to thank the CIBC Future Heroes Bursary fund for providing this opportunity for our students,” said Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh, President & CEO. “These bursaries clearly show the importance of fostering the next generation of health care workers.”

Applications are being accepted until July 15. Universities Canada will conduct the selection and administration of the bursaries. Chosen candidates can expect to receive their funds starting in September.

To learn more and apply, click here.


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.


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