Living with COVID-19

Parkland College remains committed to keeping our communities healthy, safe, and informed.

Ongoing Safety Measures: Parkland College remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment by continuing with enhanced sanitation processes, readily available disinfecting wipes, adequate hand washing facilities and hand sanitizer.  Staff, learners and visitors should continue to stay home when ill and stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including boosters. Masks are still available at all campus and training locations.

Since the start of the pandemic, everyone has worked tirelessly to support learners, colleagues, and our campus communities.  No one has remained untouched by COVID-19 and the impacts of the prolonged pandemic on our personal and professional lives.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic together.

Parkland College & Saskatchewan Safety Council Sign Training Partnership Agreement

Parkland College and the Saskatchewan Safety Council have signed a partnership agreement to work together in providing industrial firefighter training to meet the needs of emergency response teams at industrial worksites throughout the province.

With the anticipated increase in industrial activity in the province, the need for this specialized training will only grow. This partnership allows a three-prong education approach for all industrial emergency responders that includes quality training, regular practice, and recognized certification.

Having had Fire Control Schools dating back to 1980, the Council has a long history of working with partners on the development and delivery of fire-related training in the province. For close to 15 years, Parkland College has been delivering NFPA Professional Firefighter Qualifications and Industrial Firefighter training.

Pictured above, Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh, President & CEO of Parkland College, and Robert Weitzel, Director of Development of Saskatchewan Safety Council.

“Parkland is excited to partner with the Saskatchewan Safety Council to deliver high quality industrial safety training built on the strengths of each organization,” said Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh, President and CEO of Parkland College. “As a college dedicated to meeting the training needs of Saskatchewan, this agreement strengthens employer access to the relevant, credentialed and timely training they need to
operate safely.”


Robert Weitzel, Director of Development for Saskatchewan Safety Council stated, “our belief in building strong relationships and working together in concert with businesses and the community is fundamental to the Council’s leadership in the creation of a province of safety excellence.”


“The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency supports partnerships such as this that contribute to the goal of increasing emergency response capacity within the province,” says Marlo Pritchard, President and Fire Commissioner, Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency. “The partnership between these two community organizations will undoubtedly enhance safety across the province.”


About Parkland College:
Parkland College provides high quality, learner-centred education and training as a f oundation 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 Saskatchewan Safety Council:
Since 1955, the Saskatchewan Safety Council, a non-profit registered charity, has been dedicated to the prevention of injury in Saskatchewan…at home, at play, and at work.
Funded through donations, membership contributions, sponsorships, grants, and the distribution of safety programs and materials, the revenues generated by the Safety Council are invested within the province of Saskatchewan to further promote safety.

For more information contact:
[email protected]

Four Saskatchewan regional colleges enter partnership for new agriculture program

SWIFT CURRENT, SK – Carlton Trail College, Cumberland College, Great Plains College and Parkland College are pleased to announce a new partnership that will allow each institution to deliver the Agricultural Science Certificate program to students within their respective regions.
In this 8-month program, students will learn the fundamental skills necessary for modern agriculture operations with a specific focus on crop production. With courses ranging from record keeping and innovative technology, to practical field skills, graduates will be prepared for a career in the agriculture industry. The program is brokered through Lakeland College and graduates may also choose to continue their education and transfer into the second year of the Crop Technology Diploma program at Lakeland College.


“The agriculture industry is a key part of our provincial economy and local labour market,” said Kim Lambe, director of programs at Great Plains College. We’re thrilled to have established this partnership that will allow us to deliver this long-awaited agriculture programming in our region. We look forward to helping students prepare for a successful career in the high-demand agriculture industry.”


This program will be delivered in a blended delivery model, where all theory will be live streamed to each location from an instructor located at Cumberland College’s Melfort Campus. All labs will take place in-person at each regional college.
“We are looking forward to partnering and sharing this program with other regional colleges,” says chair of post-secondary education at Cumberland College, Jeff Fisher. “The study of agriculture is an important part of our programming at Cumberland. Not only is this a unique offering in the Saskatchewan regional college system, but, more importantly, it is relevant and necessary to the agriculture sector in our province. It is exciting for us to facilitate the delivery and see the program expand through this partnership with three other regional colleges.”
The joint program is set to begin in October 2022. Prospective students can apply online to the regional college of their choice.


“Agriculture has long been an economic driver within our east-central region,” said Deanna Gaetz, business and skills training director at Carlton Trail College. “Working in partnership with other Saskatchewan Colleges is a great way to be able to offer this training, while further developing the knowledge and skills needed for working in this industry.”
“Having an agriculture program at Parkland blends well with our applied Ag Research Farm in Yorkton,” said Jenna Niebergall, chair, post-secondary education at Parkland College. “Our goal is to expose students to all aspects of agriculture including applied research.”
For more information about the Agricultural Science Certificate, please visit the website of the college in which you are interested in attending.

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For more information contact:

Jennifer Brooks, development and communications director
Carlton Trail College
Phone: (306) 682-6851
Email: [email protected]
www.carltontrailcollege.com

Lynette Gerski, marketing coordinator
Cumberland College
Phone: 306-752-8110
Email: [email protected]
www.cumberlandcollege.sk.ca

Amy Masse, marketing & communications coordinator
Great Plains College
Phone: (306) 737-6107
Email: [email protected]
greatplainscollege.ca

Naomi Paley, Senior Coordinator, Public Relations and Communications
Parkland College
Phone: 306-728-6595
Email: [email protected]
www.parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College Announces Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Parkland College has committed to providing a safe environment for students, staff, and visitors.

To reduce transmission of COVID-19, Parkland College will require all employees and learners to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of negative test results.

Effective December 10, 2021, all employees, students, board members, and visitors, including consultants, contractors, and agents must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.  For individuals who are not vaccinated or choose not to disclose their vaccination status, proof of a valid negative COVID-19 test result must be provided every seven (7) days.

Employees and students will be required to complete a COVID-19 Vaccination Self-Declaration form by November 3, 2021.  “Federal and Provincial health authorities have indicated that the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Canada are a safe and effective way to reduce the chances of acquiring and transmitting COVID-19 in the workplace and our communities”, said Alison Dubreuil, Vice President, Administration at Parkland College.

“Vaccine requirements are an additional way to ensure Parkland College continues to be safe so we can deliver our programs and services”, said Dubreuil.

“Our college will continue to follow public health orders and implement additional safety protocols in an effort to make our campuses and communities as safe as possible”, said Malena Vroom, Director of Safety and Facilities Management. 

Further details about the COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Negative Testing policy will be communicated with students and staff.

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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:

Dana Wilkins                                                                            
Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development               
Parkland College                                                                      
Email: [email protected] 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Parkland College to provide more accessible global learning experiences for Indigenous and low-income students.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is excited to be a partner in the Global Skills Opportunity program, the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. This program, funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, will improve international outbound mobility opportunities for Sask Polytech and Parkland College Indigenous and low-income students.

Student mobility empowers students to take advantage of international learning experiences and to develop skills such as problem solving, adaptability, resilience and intercultural competency. When students work and study abroad, they bring back skills and knowledge that benefit everyone. Students bring back a fresh perspective to their classrooms, campuses and communities. Post-secondary institutions create invaluable linkages with institutions and partners overseas.

In a recent study funded by the Global Skills Opportunity program’s innovation fund call for proposals, Indigenous and low-income students at Sask Polytech identified cost as the single-most significant barrier to participation in global learning experiences. This partnership will enable Sask Polytech to provide global learning experiences for Indigenous and low-income students.

“Global Skills Opportunity is breaking down financial, social and logistical barriers that have prevented underrepresented students, particularly Indigenous and low-income students, from participating in global study and work opportunities,” says Dr. Larry Rosia, Sask Polytech President and CEO. “This funding will increase international mobility opportunities for Indigenous and low-income students by improving financial supports, creating new opportunities for programs and enhancing international mobility services. We are happy to partner with Parkland College on this initiative to offer travel abroad opportunities to their students as well.”

It is expected that over 200 Sask Polytech and Parkland College students will be supported through the $700,000 Global Skills Opportunity program funding. Project exchanges will occur in countries where Sask Polytech has partnership memorandums of understanding, including China, India, Mexico, Uganda, Vietnam, Mexico and Ukraine.

“Parkland College is excited to be partnering with Sask Polytech on this new venture,” says Kami DePape, Vice President, Academics at Parkland College. “Parkland College students will now have the opportunity for formal outbound mobility. These opportunities enable our rural Saskatchewan students to gain the global knowledge and skills necessary in today’s world. The Global Skills Opportunity program provides the means and the initiative to engage our Indigenous and low-income learners. Without it, most of these students would never have access to international learning experiences.”

Global Skills Opportunity is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada and is administered jointly by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Universities Canada. Projects are implemented by participating colleges and universities across the country.  https://www.globalskillsopportunity.ca/ .

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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:
Dana Wilkins
Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development
Parkland College                                                                      
Email: [email protected]

Employer Survey

Cumberland and Parkland Colleges would like your feedback to gather information form employers on your satisfaction with the skill level of graduates, as well as training and other partnership opportunities.

Take our quick 5-10 minute survey and be entered to win an iPad Pro valued at approx. $1000

Your feedback is greatly appreciated

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.parklandcollege.sk.ca.


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

Instructions:
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.

Instructions:
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 Coalition launches new strategic plan

The Parkland College-Cumberland College Coalition officially launched its new five-year Strategic Plan today in an online event.

The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is titled Stronger Together (PDF, 326 KB). The planning process began more than a year ago with public consultations in 16 communities across east-central and northeast Saskatchewan. It also incorporated feedback from learners, staff, employers, and the colleges’ Boards of Governors.

The plan defines a purpose for the Coalition of providing education and training to address regional labour market needs, preparing learners for employment and further education, and supporting the sustainable social, environmental, and economic development of employers and communities. It introduces a shared vision and mission, as well as seven key values. Four strategic pillars stand on this foundation, accompanied by a set of goals and objectives to guide the Coalition’s efforts and measure its success.

“This launch is a celebration of our two regional colleges and their collaboration to create a visionary plan that sets the direction for the Coalition,” said President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh. “It is bold, innovative, and will help us increase our positive impact in our communities.”

The plan introduces the concept of the “E-Shaped Learner.” While the colleges excel at developing technical skills, this model supplements them with entrepreneurial, electronic literacy, and employability skills.

Saskatchewan’s Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky and Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan) President & CEO Denise Amyot provided messages of support during the launch.

“I think the title of the plan, Stronger Together, is more relevant today than likely ever before,” Makowsky said. “The Coalition’s contributions are making positive and sustainable impacts and enriching the lives of students and local communities.”

“Your strategic plan is not just a matter of delivering credentials,” Amyot noted, “but it is a holistic, ongoing approach that involves learners, faculty, employers, Indigenous peoples, and a host of community and government partners.”

With the recent two-year extension of the initial two-year pilot, the Coalition is well positioned to implement the initiatives outlined in the plan, focusing on positive outcomes for the colleges’ students, regions, and employers. The full Strategic Plan may be accessed at the About Us section of our website.


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.

COVID-19

Parkland College to re-open to students & public on August 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.”

May 22, 2020 – Message from President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh

Dear Students:

Parkland College and Cumberland College, working closely together in a Coalition, intend to deliver classes this fall through a blend of face-to-face and online learning. We are coordinating with post-secondary institutions across Saskatchewan on this hybrid approach to education.

The blended model follows the guidance of the provincial government’s Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan. Educators believe a combination of in-person classes and online instruction will give you, our students, the best chance of academic success in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The common staged re-opening and blended model will combine online, classroom, laboratory, shop, clinical, and physical instruction. The concept provides the programming flexibility needed to manage the risks of the pandemic while ensuring the continued health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Since the pandemic began, Saskatchewan’s post-secondary sector has worked together to keep students and staff safe, and to establish guidelines and protocols for fall programming. We will continue to adhere to public health guidelines as delivered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer.

I believe this is fantastic news for our students and staff. The opportunity to deliver high-quality instruction in both face-to-face and alternative formats will enable us to provide you with superb hands-on learning, while also preparing you for the worlds of online learning and work.

Our preparations for the fall include focusing on providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. As we move forward, we are prepared to adjust our plan and timelines at any point as the pandemic evolves.

I encourage you to monitor our website for additional details about specific programs and classes. We will communicate more details with you as we finalize programming decisions.

All the best,

J. Mark A. Hoddenbagh, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Parkland College