Parkland College introduces referral program, tuition rebate for onshore international students

Parkland College is offering a pair of incentives for onshore international students who want to take a post-secondary program this fall.

Onshore international students who register for a certificate or diploma program at Parkland College in the 2021-2022 year will be eligible for a $1,000 tuition rebate. Students will receive the rebate after they pay all applicable fees and begin classes in the fall term.

The College is also offering a referral incentive. If you refer a friend or family member who is an onshore international student to Parkland College and they begin a post-secondary program in the fall, you’ll be eligible for a $250 VISA gift card. Click here to access the online referral form.

For more details about admissions for international students, including programs, fees, and application requirements, please visit

International Student Tuition Rebate
When your family member or friend applies to a post-secondary certificate or diploma program at Parkland College as an onshore international student, they will receive a $1,000 tuition rebate

1) Apply online to a post-secondary or post-graduate certificate or diploma program at Parkland College. Your application will be automatically considered for the tuition rebate if you apply after May 15, 2021.
2) Follow the steps to gain Acceptance to your program of choice.
3) Pay the full tuition and begin classes.
4) You will receive a $1,000 tuition rebate from Parkland College.

Eligibility Criteria:
This rebate applies only to onshore international students who apply to Parkland College after May 15, 2021. You must have a Canadian address and be residing in Canada as of May 15, 2021. You must apply to one of our post-secondary or post-graduate certificate or diploma programs (University and Corporate Training programs do not qualify for this promotion). If you applied to Parkland College before May 15, 2021 but a friend or family member has submitted a referral form with your name, you are still eligible for the $1,000 tuition rebate. Tuition rebates will be distributed after classes begin in the fall. You must pay your full tuition and your student account must be in good standing in order to be eligible to receive the $1,000 tuition rebate.

International Student Referral Incentive
You will receive a $250 gift card when you refer a friend or family member who is an onshore international student to Parkland College and they begin a post-secondary program with us in Fall 2021.

1) Complete the Online Referral Form with the name of a family member or friend who is currently in Canada and interested in attending a post-secondary program at Parkland College as an international student.
2) Your friend or family member will need to submit an application to Parkland College as an international student to one of our post-secondary certificate or diploma programs. (University programs are not eligible.)
3) Once classes begin in the fall, we will contact you to find out where to send your $250 gift card.

Eligibility Criteria:
In order to make a referral, you must have a Canadian address. Parkland College staff members are not eligible for this program. Your referral must be an international student residing in Canada as of May 15, 2021. There is no limit to the number of referrals you can submit. Each referral will require a separate Google form submission. You will only receive a $250 gift card if your referral pays their full tuition and begins classes with us in the fall. If your family member or friend has already submitted an application to Parkland College for a program starting in Fall 2021, you can still submit a referral form and be eligible for this program. If multiple referrals are submitted for the same student, the referred student will be contacted to confirm who will receive the $250 gift card. Only one $250 gift card will be awarded per referred student.

Parkland, Cumberland, Great Plains announce International Recruitment partnership

Great Plains, Cumberland, and Parkland Colleges have established an International Recruitment and Admissions partnership heading into the 2021-22 academic year. A two-year pilot project in which one individual will recruit for all three organizations solely on the international file will begin in October 2021.

“We are very excited to see this partnership and pilot project come to fruition,” exclaimed Great Plains College president and CEO David Keast. “The partnership will allow us to build off of our foundational knowledge and collective expertise and will help mitigate the risks of international recruitment, in terms of mobility and costs, going forward.”

The two-year pilot will enable the colleges to become more independent in terms of reliance on external agencies for student recruitment and efficiencies including, but not limited to, cost savings.

“This is a cost-effective approach to international recruitment and admissions for the college system,” said Cumberland and Parkland College’s president and CEO Mark Hoddenbagh. “It has the potential to build a foundation for further college partnerships after the pilot period and truly benefit our local economies.”

Great Plains and Cumberland Colleges have been accepting international students since 2015 and Parkland has been doing so since 2014. Learn more about the programs accepting international students at Parkland College, Cumberland College, and Great Plains College.

Virtual grad ceremony set for June 16

Parkland College will celebrate the graduates of 2020-2021 in a virtual ceremony next month.

The Graduation Committee has announced that the College will produce a pre-recorded video celebration, which will premiere on the Parkland College YouTube channel on Wednesday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. The virtual ceremony will include traditional greetings and messages, as well as a performance by a drumming group, before displaying photos of the graduates and announcing their names.

Students who are or will be graduating have been asked to submit a photo to be included in a slideshow as this year’s graduates are announced. Packages containing certificates/diplomas, along with an alumni pin, grad program, and souvenir cap and tassel, will be mailed to the graduates as programs end.

Students are asked to confirm their mailing address and submit any forms, information, and photos by May 25.

For more detailed information, please visit our Graduation webpage.

Successful virtual Office Admin program concludes

Office Administration students are done for the year, capping a successful Parkland College-Cumberland College Coalition pilot project.

The one-year Office Administration certificate was the first program delivered jointly by two regional colleges in Saskatchewan. Administration costs were shared between Parkland and Cumberland, and classes were conducted entirely online through Brightspace and WebEx platforms.

The decision to deliver the program jointly and online was made in part due to COVID-19 restrictions and the colleges’ Blended Learning approach.

“I didn’t really understand what it meant, but it’s actually a very cool thing,” one student said about the unique program experience. “I’m glad I got to be a part of it.”

In a learner survey, 100% of students felt they were treated equally as their classmates from the other college, and 92% said they would recommend this program to others.

“I thought it was pretty neat,” another student said. “It’s nice to get the opportunity to work with people from all over the province, especially during lockdown.”

Jenna Niebergall, Chair of Post-Secondary Education at Parkland College, attributes the program’s success mainly to the adaptable and patient instructors who were up for the challenge of teaching a fully online course under difficult circumstances.

On the heels of this year’s success, Office Administration will again be offered jointly by the two colleges online in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Parkland College & Cumberland College planning for safe return to campus this fall

Parkland College and Cumberland College are developing plans for a safe return to face-to-face learning for Fall 2021 programs.

As more people in the province get the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Health Officer are supporting the Saskatchewan post-secondary sector’s plans for a return to more in-person instruction. However, institutions are prepared to adjust plans and timelines at any point as the pandemic evolves.

The Parkland-Cumberland Coalition delivered classes in the 2020-2021 year through Blended Learning, a mix of online, face-to-face, and alternative programming. In-person learning, including hands-on labs and shop time, was conducted with health and safety precautions in place.

“We learned a lot this year, and we admire our students and staff for being resilient and achieving their goals in these challenging times,” said President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh. “While our plan is to get back to on-campus instruction, Blended Learning will continue to be a key part of our institutions, providing flexibility and fostering innovation as we serve learners across our region.”

The health and safety of students and staff remains the top priority as fall plans are developed. The colleges will continue to follow public health orders, working with the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Ministry of Health to ensure that necessary protections are in place to keep people safe.

Students are encouraged to monitor the colleges’ websites for additional details about their specific program and classes. Details will be communicated to students as 2021-2022 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 with locations in Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, Esterhazy, Canora, and Kamsack.

About Cumberland College:
Since 1975, Cumberland College has been providing high quality training and education programs for adults in northeastern Saskatchewan. Campuses are located in Nipawin, Melfort, and Tisdale.

For more information, contact:
Brendan Wagner
Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement
Parkland College
Email: [email protected]

Brenda Mellon
Manager, Marketing and Continuing Studies
Cumberland College
Email: [email protected]