Parkland College to re-open Aug. 31

Parkland College campuses will re-open to learners and the public on Monday, August 31. This marks the fourth and final phase of the College’s re-opening plan and is the result of months of preparation for a healthy and safe return to in-person programming.

“We are ready to open our campuses,” said President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh. “Our staff have worked incredibly hard over the summer to prepare our facilities to be compliant with COVID-19 guidelines. We have also devoted considerable effort to developing online programming and training our instructors to deliver curriculum online, in order to enrich the educational experience of our learners.”

Parkland College is delivering classes this fall through Blended Learning – a mix of online instruction, face-to-face classes, experiential learning, and alternative delivery methods. Blended Learning gives the College the flexibility to provide instruction while managing risks associated with COVID-19. All programs will have an online component to help limit the number of people on campus.

All visitors, students, and staff are required to wear masks. They are mandatory in hallways, bathrooms, common areas, and any space where physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained.

Campus access tracking is an essential part of the College’s safety protocols. Members of the public accessing College sites are required to complete a brief health questionnaire and sign in on a visitor log.

Additional safety precautions are in place, including plexiglass shields at reception areas, extra hand sanitizer stations, and frequent cleaning and sanitizing schedules. Some common areas are off-limits or have restricted access, while decals have been placed on floors and signs on walls to help control traffic flow and aid in physical distancing.

“Our shared priority, at all levels of the education system, is the health and safety of students and staff,” Hoddenbagh added. “We are glad to be opening, but we remain ready to adapt at any point as the pandemic evolves.”


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

Masks required at Parkland College starting Aug. 24

As of Monday, August 24, all staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear masks at Parkland College campuses and training sites to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Masks will be mandatory in hallways, bathrooms, common areas, and any space where physical distancing of two metres (approximately six feet) cannot be maintained.

Masks do not remove the requirement to adhere to physical distancing in the classroom. However, there will be times when students and staff are required to be in close proximity for labs, shop time, or receiving or providing instruction. In these cases, masks are mandatory as they add a vital layer of protection.

Disposable masks will be available for students (if required) during the transition week of August 24-28. After this time, disposable masks will not be provided for general daily use. Visit the Health Canada website for guidance on non-medical masks/face coverings and instructions for making your own mask.

Parkland College continues to adhere to public health guidelines as delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer. The health, safety, and security of students and staff is the College’s top priority.


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

YESS program offers training for youth aged 15 to 30

Parkland College is pleased to introduce the Youth Employability & Skills Strategy (YESS) program. The initiative is designed to help youth between 15 and 30 years of age train for their future and secure employment.

The program is a successor to the Skills Link program, and features similar training areas and target outcomes. Participants receive advanced Essential Skills training, life skills/soft skills, and employment readiness. Students are mentored throughout the program and given on-the-job training opportunities. They also acquire industry certifications including First Aid/CPR, Food Safety, Serve It Right, STEC Customer Service, Mental Health First Aid, and more.

The 2020 program runs from Sept. 14 to Dec. 4. Classes are scheduled Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Parkland College Main Campus in Yorkton.

Students must pre-register at an intake session on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m.


To register, or for more information, please contact the Essential Skills team:

Jenna Stoppler
306.620.7152
[email protected]

Anita Vincent
306.786.7308
[email protected]