Masks required at all Parkland College locations, at all times, starting Nov. 16

As of Monday, November 16, staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear masks at all Parkland College campuses and training sites, at all times, to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

This is an expansion of existing protocols, as masks have been required at Parkland College since late August.

Starting on Monday, masks will be mandatory in all areas, even when physical distancing of two metres is maintained. This applies to all individuals inside the classroom (students as well as instructors). Staff, students, and visitors are expected to arrive on campus with their 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.

Parkland College awards almost $30K in Entrance Scholarships

Parkland College awarded 18 Entrance Scholarships this fall with a combined value of approximately $29,000. All Entrance Scholarship recipients are taking university, skills training, or trades programs at Parkland College in the 2020-21 year.

Scholarship Name Recipient
Canadian Federation of University Women – Yorkton Chapter – Saskatchewan Opportunity University Scholarship Amy Sherman, Melville
CUPE Local 5430 Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Ma Khaildyn Chan, Yorkton
CUPE Local 5430 Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Whitney Dixon, Melville
GX94 / Fox FM Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Zoe Pfeifer, Ebenezer
LEON RAM Companies Saskatchewan Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship Cody Buchberger, Langenburg
Loucks Pharmacy Saskatchewan Opportunity University Scholarship Rebekah Thomas, Canora
Mosaic Potash Saskatchewan Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship Zachary Lapchuk, Norquay
University Education Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Alexis Popowich, Springside
University Education Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Shaylene Erhardt, Kamsack
Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Leah Jones, Yorkton
Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Teighan Davis, Yorkton
Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Maisy Wheeler, Yorkton
Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Karylle Romulo, Yorkton
Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Hannah Sevilla, Yorkton
Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Brynn Jarvis, Yorkton
Walker Wood Foundation Saskatchewan Opportunity Scholarship Brielle Flundra, Yorkton
Yorkton Rotary Club Saskatchewan Opportunity Basic Education Scholarship Frederica Acoose, Yorkton
Yorkton Rotary Club Saskatchewan Opportunity Skills Training Scholarship Shelby Gilmour, Henribourg

These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of local businesses, community organizations, Parkland College staff, and the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship (SIOS) program. SIOS is a matching program in which funds are provided to supplement local non-government donors.

Students interested in learning more about scholarship opportunities at Parkland College are encouraged to visit scholarships.parklandcollege.sk.ca. Internal Scholarships for students already enrolled in Parkland College programs will be awarded in March 2021. Applications for those awards will be available to students beginning in December. Entrance Scholarships for students beginning a Parkland College program in the fall of 2021 will be open for applications from March to May 2021.


About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education locally. Contributions to the Scholarship Initiative help Parkland College maintain the ability to contribute to the education and training of residents in the Parkland area. The initiative positively impacts the lives of individuals and families, as well as communities and businesses within the Parkland region. This is the 23rd year that Parkland College has offered scholarships to its students.


For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Scholarship Committee Chairperson
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Blended Learning

At Parkland College, we are delivering classes in the 2020-21 year 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.