Training subsidy for employers extended to December 31

Training can help employers navigate the new normal. A recently announced government program can provide 100 per cent reimbursement of training costs to help deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

As a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution, Parkland College is an eligible training provider for the recently announced Re-Open Saskatchewan Training Subsidy. The application deadline has been extended to December 31, 2020. Training must be a minimum of eight hours in length per trainee and completed within four months.

Suggested Online Courses include:
> Leadership & Management
> Leadership Suite
> Building Teams That Work
> New Manager Suite
> Digital Marketing Suite
> Business Marketing Writing
> Creating Web Pages
> Intro to PC Security
> Marketing your Business on the Internet
> Using Social Media in Business
> Interpersonal Conflict
> Project Management Fundamentals

Browse our entire catalog of online ed2go courses here.

Other Courses:
Conflict Resolution
November 23 & 24
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Remote delivery

DISC Personality Traits & Insight
October 27, 28, November 3, 4
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Remote delivery

Mental Health First Aid
October 6 & 7 OR November 25 & 26
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
In-class delivery
*Note that all of the extensive Parkland College COVID-19 safety protocols for in-person training have been approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education. Parkland College’s top priority is the health and safety of clients, staff, and the community.

Every business has different needs. Additional courses other than those listed above could be eligible.

For more information, please call 306.786.2760 or email c.brown@parklandcollege.sk.ca.

Blended Learning

At Parkland College, we are preparing to deliver classes in the fall of 2020 through Blended Learning. We are coordinating with post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan on this hybrid approach to education.


What is Blended Learning anyway?

Blended Learning refers to a mix of online instruction, face-to-face classes, experiential learning, and alternative delivery methods.

Online instruction may occur through a combination of synchronous (occurring at the same time) and asynchronous (not occurring at the same time) delivery methods. This may include scheduled video conferencing, live webcasts, and recorded lectures, modules, assignments, and other exercises accessible when it is convenient for you.

Face-to-face classes may be required for programs with substantial hands-on learning components which are not easily replicated in a virtual environment. In-person classes may also be scheduled if student enrollment and classroom sizes meet physical distancing requirements. As well, programs may be divided into cohorts with separate class schedules to allow students to attend face-to-face classes.

Experiential learning provides learners with opportunities to apply their knowledge and practice their skills in real-life situations, such as a clinical placement in a health care facility or work placement with a local company.

Alternative delivery methods, such as paper packages including instructions and assignments, may be considered where required.


How will this affect my program?

Each program will be affected differently, based on a number of factors:

  • necessity of face-to-face instruction (e.g. hands-on labs and shop time required to complete a program);
  • needs of students (e.g. lack of Internet access/unreliable connections off-campus);
  • availability of space at our campuses;
  • physical distancing guidelines and building capacity limits; and
  • any other restrictions imposed by the government as the pandemic evolves.

Some programs are delivered online more easily than others. Program planning is underway, and specific guidelines will be communicated with students as the fall term approaches.


Why is the College using Blended Learning rather than all-online or exclusively face-to-face instruction?

Blended Learning gives us the flexibility to deliver programs while managing risks associated with COVID-19. Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of students and staff. In the event of a resurgence of the virus in our region or province, we will be better positioned to transition to online-only instruction. But we recognize that many of our programs contain a substantial amount of in-person and hands-on learning, so we want to ensure students receive the highest quality education possible given the current circumstances.

A second reason for moving to Blended Learning is that you will likely experience blended working environments in the workforce. Many organizations are highly digital and it is imperative that our graduates are comfortable with technology. Also, many employers support employee development by providing access to training which can be delivered in face-to-face, blended, or fully online modalities. It is important that you have the skills to learn in all of these environments.

A third reason is that employers typically desire graduates with practical work experience, which is gained through experiential learning. Parkland offers experiential learning opportunities in a number of programs and is working to expand this to other programs.

Parkland College will continue to adhere to public health guidelines as delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer. Again, our priority, at all levels of the education system, is the health and safety of students and staff. We are prepared to adjust our plan and timelines at any point as the pandemic evolves.

Research farm field tour goes virtual during pandemic

COVID-19 may have forced the cancellation of this year’s Parkland College/East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) research farm field day, but a series of new videos just released to YouTube is taking the tour online.

Research trials are underway this summer on land south of Yorkton provided by the City, and on plots exchanged with the Health Foundation to assist with crop rotation.

“As we typically have about 100 participants at our annual farm tour, we had to cancel due to the restrictions on public gatherings,” said research coordinator Mike Hall. “To make up for this, we put together a series of videos to give people a virtual tour of the farm.”

The videos are between two minutes and six minutes in length. Research farm staff produced an introductory episode and five segments focusing on individual projects:

Episode 1: Input Management for Malt vs. Feed Barley
Episode 2: In-season Applications of UAN vs. Dissolved Urea for Increasing Wheat Protein
Episode 3: Oat Test Weight
Episode 4: Effect of Nozzle Type & Boom Height on Fusarium Head Blight Suppression in Wheat
Episode 5: Blackstrap Dry Beans Response to Added Nitrogen

The videos can be found on the ECRF’s YouTube channel and at www.ecrf.ca.

“We are excited to showcase the great work we are doing at the research farm,” said Dr. Gwen Machnee, Parkland College’s Coordinator of Applied Research. “And we are looking forward to expanding our research horizons in the future.”

Since 2013, the College and the ECRF have worked together on the research farm. Projects vary each year and are supported by numerous funding agencies, producer groups, and private 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