CWA Foundation contributes to Parkland College Welding program

Students in Parkland College’s Welding Certificate program now have the opportunity to hone their skills on a high-tech simulator, thanks to a donation made by the CWA (Canadian Welding Association) Foundation.

The CWA Foundation gave $40,000 to the College at the recent Grand Opening of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. The funds have been put toward the purchase of a Lincoln Electric VRTEX 360 virtual reality arc welding trainer.

A student tries her hand on the new welding simulator. (Credit: Jackie Herman/Simple Shots by Jackie)

“Support for Parkland College to purchase the virtual welding simulator will provide an excellent training vehicle for students enrolled in the welding program,” said Deborah Mates, CWA Foundation Executive Director. “Through Parkland, the simulator will also be exposed to students at the elementary and secondary school levels to learn about the great welding career opportunities available throughout Canada.”

One of the Foundation’s key mandates is to create access to educational opportunities. The Foundation looks for ways to encourage students as early as elementary school age to pursue welding at the secondary school level in preparation for post-secondary welding education. Colleges and universities are the largest source of training for the welding industry, so the Foundation seeks to support these institutions to ensure that graduates are both suitable and in sufficient numbers to meet industry needs.

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s generosity,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “This tool will help our students better develop the skills that will help them succeed in the industry.”

Parkland College offers a one-year Welding Certificate from Sask Polytech at the Trades and Technology Centre. Students learn how to operate welding equipment and perform a variety of welding and cutting operations. The College’s new simulator will allow students to practise their technique in conjunction with live welding.

A 2010 study performed by Lincoln Electric and Iowa State University showed that combining the simulator with live welding training saves time and reduces expenses. It also allows students to make a greater number of welds and significantly increases certification rates.


About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Deborah Mates, CFRE
Executive Director
CWA Foundation
Phone: 905.699.5230

Donors and friends join Parkland College for Trades & Technology Centre Grand Opening

Parkland College marked the official Grand Opening of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton on Wednesday. The College celebrated this historic milestone with hundreds of donors, supporters, special guests, staff, students, and members of the community.

The crowd gathered inside the large multi-use Trades Shop to hear remarks from dignitaries including Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe, Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit, Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney, and Linda Turta, co-chair of the College’s Capital Campaign Cabinet.

“This new centre is the result of visionary leadership and support in Yorkton and the surrounding area,” said Minister Moe. “It demonstrates the great things we can achieve when we work together.”

PotashCorp gave the fundraising effort an early boost in June 2012 with a $1.225 million matching gift campaign. Then in October 2013, the Government of Saskatchewan committed $10 million to the planning and construction of the Trades and Technology Centre. A month later, The Mosaic Company followed with a $1.225 million contribution of its own.

Overall, dozens of key donors from business and industry and the local community contributed to the College’s capital campaign – the first ever by a regional college in Saskatchewan.

“Our fundraising campaign was based on the belief that colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “As we opened up this tremendous building, we wanted to make sure that the people who made this project a reality were here to celebrate with us.”

To officially open the facility, the College put a unique twist on the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. In the days leading up to the event, instructors and students worked in the Trades Shop to produce a 32-foot strip of thin metal. Donors were then invited to hold this “ribbon” as Minister Moe used a metal shear to slice the strip in two.

Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe uses a metal shear to cut the green metal "ribbon" in two.

There were also tours of the 29,000-square-foot building, a cake cutting, and a charity barbecue by MR MIKES Steakhouse Casual and Yorkton Co-op. The barbecue raised more than $1,400 for the College’s student scholarship fund.

Nearly a decade ago, the College’s Board of Governors recognized the need for skilled workers in the Parkland region. The Trades and Technology Centre was the answer, providing skilled training space and opportunities that did not exist within the region. It was a five-year journey from concept to finished product.

“Parkland College is committed to helping our region and our province prosper. It all starts with education – providing the best learning experience and the most relevant training,” said Board Chairperson Lydia Cyr. “And today, we see the Trades and Technology Centre as the newest vessel for delivering that training.”

The first year of programs at the new facility started last month. Students are enrolled in Power Engineering, Agricultural Machinery Technician, Heavy Equipment/Truck and Transport Technician, Multi-Mechanical Trades, and Welding programs. They have 10,000 square feet of work space to use in the building’s Trades Shop. There is also a state-of-the-art Power Engineering lab, Welding/Fabrication Shop with 12 welding stations, and six flexible classrooms.

Visitors to the new campus see a large Donor Wall as they enter the spacious rotunda, commemorating the many contributions that helped the project succeed. The large, elegant plaque is inscribed with the words: “This facility was made possible by the generous contributions of our distinguished donors.”

“It stands as a testament to the generosity that abounds in our community and our province, from the Government of Saskatchewan and City of Yorkton, to large corporations, independent businesses, and community-focused groups and individuals,” Cyr said.

“This Donor Wall is just one of many walls in this building. But without it, the Trades and Technology Centre could not stand.”


About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Proceeds of Mark’s Parkland Trades Open donated to Trades and Technology Centre

Organizers of the Mark’s Parkland Trades Open golf tournament presented a $25,000 cheque to Parkland College Wednesday in support of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. The money was raised at the second annual Parkland Trades Open in August.

Left to right: Evan Johnson, Justin Yawney and Chris Wyatt of Yorkton Plumbing & Heating, Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve, Crystal Babuik from Mark's, Marty Sveinbjornson of SveinCo Developments, Jason Hrywkiw with R H Electric, Wade Barton of NL Construction, and R H Electric's Brian Hilderman.

This donation completes a $50,000 commitment made by a group of local business owners and tradespeople. The committee created the golf outing to give to the Trades and Technology Centre on behalf of the trades. More than 30 teams registered for this summer’s event, building on the success of the first tournament in 2014.

The organizing committee included Justin Yawney, Evan Johnson and Chris Wyatt of Yorkton Plumbing & Heating, Marty Sveinbjornson from SveinCo Developments, Dustin Nehring and Wade Barton of NL Construction, and Brian Hilderman, Colin Hrywkiw and Jason Hrywkiw from R H Electric.

Mark’s in Yorkton returned to serve as the naming sponsor this year, contributing greatly to the success of the event.

The Trades and Technology Centre opened its doors last month. Students are currently taking classes in Power Engineering (Third Class and Fourth Class), Welding, Agricultural Machinery Technician, Heavy Equipment/Truck and Transport Technician, and Multi-Mechanical Trades.


About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Trades and Technology Centre opens to students Sept. 4

After more than a year of construction, Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton will open to students and the general public this Friday, Sept. 4. The first classes in the new building begin Sept. 8.

“Opening to the public is a major accomplishment, but we don’t consider it to be a finish line,” said Parkland College President Dwayne Reeve. “We feel like our work is just beginning as students arrive for the training that will convert them into the skilled workers our region and province need.”

The Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton opens to students Sept. 4.

Students in the Power Engineering (Fourth Class), Agricultural Machinery Technician, and Heavy Equipment/Truck and Transport Technician programs begin classes Sept. 8. Welding gets underway Sept. 14, and the Multi-Mechanical Trades certificate program starts Sept. 21.

As the doors open, finishing crews remain on site. Some areas of the Trades and Technology Centre will have restricted access to accommodate this work.

“We know that work on the facility will continue beyond our opening date,” Reeve said, “but we are committed to completing the project in short order and minimizing the impact on our students.”

The City of Yorkton is also working on infrastructure improvements on Dracup Avenue North and a roundabout interchange at Darlington Street. As a result, the Trades and Technology Centre is currently inaccessible from the south. Students are urged to access the building from the north by using York Road and turning south onto Dracup Avenue.

Meanwhile, plans are being finalized for an official Grand Opening event on Oct. 28. More information will be released in the coming weeks.


About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Government of Canada invests in skilled training for mechanics trades

Students in the Yorkton area interested in entering mechanics trades training and welding training will have easier access to programs at Parkland College thanks to an investment announced Tuesday by Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton—Melville, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The College will use federal funding of $250,000 to purchase and install equipment for teaching trades and welding courses in its new Trades and Technology Centre, which will open in September 2015.

The new equipment allows the College to offer apprenticeship programs that were not previously available, including the Agricultural Machinery Technician Certificate, Heavy Equipment Truck & Transport Technician Certificate, and Enhanced Welding Certificate programs.

More training spots will be available in the Multi-Mechanical Trades Certificate apprenticeship program, which includes Heavy Equipment Mechanic and Automotive Technician, as well as Introduction to Metal Work and Metal Fabrication programs. The College will also be able to offer skills upgrading to employed tradespeople in these areas because of the new equipment and shop space.

“The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring Canadians have the necessary skills and training they need to fill available jobs in our economy,” Breitkreuz said. “This investment will allow students to train closer to home and provide them with the skills they need to succeed, while also helping to develop the talent required for the growth of our economy.”

“This support is vital to the Trades and Technology Centre, which will benefit students in the Parkland region for years to come,” said Dwayne Reeve, President of Parkland College. “Our graduates will be the skilled employees businesses and industries in our province need for prosperity and growth.”

The trade skills programs that will use the equipment have been identified by Saskatchewan’s potash industry as an area of its highest needs for skilled labour. Aboriginal students from 10 First Nations in the area will also have improved access to this industry-recognized training.

Contacts
Rhonda Laing
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5944

Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Telephone: 306-728-6595

Parkland Trades Open organizers donate proceeds to Trades & Technology Centre campaign

Parkland College is grateful to accept a cheque for $25,000 in support of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. The money was raised at the Parkland Trades Open golf tournament in August. The first annual golf event was created by a group of local business owners and tradespeople.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the Trades and Technology Centre on behalf of the trades,” said Chris Wyatt, a member of the Parkland Trades Open organizing committee. “A golf tournament is always a good way to get people together.”

The Parkland Trades Open organizing committee recently presented a cheque to Parkland College for $25,000. Left to right: Colin Hrywkiw (R H Electric), Jennifer Bueckert (Mark's), Dr. Fay Myers (President, Parkland College), Evan Johnson (Yorkton Plumbing & Heating), and Marty Sveinbjornson (SveinCo Developments).

Wyatt said about 20 teams registered for the inaugural event. Thanks to their generosity and the support of local businesses, the tournament was a success.

The organizing committee included Evan Johnson and Justin Yawney of Yorkton Plumbing & Heating, Marty Sveinbjornson from SveinCo Developments, Dustin Nehring of NL Construction, and Brian Hilderman and Colin Hrywkiw from R H Electric.

“Working together, we had a really good tournament,” Wyatt said. “It’s a good committee to work with. It brought together a lot of people that normally don’t get together. Everyone had a great day and a lot of money was raised.”

The organizers thanked John Bueckert of Mark’s Work Wearhouse in Yorkton for being the naming sponsor for the 2014 event. Wyatt said Bueckert has already committed Mark’s for 2015.

“That’s a huge start for a tournament,” Wyatt noted. “When you get a naming sponsor putting up $10,000, it’s great.”

Wyatt also thanked Good Spirit Air Service, R H Electric, Premier Cabinets, and Wagner’s Flooring for their contributions to the event.

The second annual Parkland Trades Open is tentatively scheduled for August 15, 2015 in Yorkton. Wyatt said organizers are aiming to sign up 36 teams and raise even more money in support of the College’s new facility.

“We are happy that this new golf tournament was such a successful event,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “We’ve been saying during this campaign that colleges build communities and communities build colleges, and this is further proof of that support.”

The Trades and Technology Centre is currently under construction along Highway 9 in Yorkton. The facility will provide the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually in a variety of fields that are experiencing a labour shortage throughout the province, such as mechanics, power engineering, and welding.

Backed by a $10 million investment from the Government of Saskatchewan and capital campaign support from dozens of community groups and businesses, Parkland College is moving quickly to build the Trades and Technology Centre. The facility is scheduled to be complete in May 2015 and will open for classes in September 2015.

About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Sod-turning ceremony marks start of construction on Trades and Technology Centre

Parkland College conducted a sod-turning ceremony Tuesday in Yorkton to officially mark the start of construction on the Trades and Technology Centre. The new facility is scheduled to open in September 2015.

Saskatchewan's Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz performs the sod turning while Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit (left), Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris, Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney, Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers, Parkland College Board Chairperson Lydia Cyr, and Parkland College Capital Campaign Committee Co-chairs Evan Ortynsky and Linda Turta look on.

The 29,000-square-foot facility will be located on 20 acres of prime land donated by the City of Yorkton along the west side of Highway 9 North between Darlington Street and York Road. It will enable Parkland College to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year in a variety of fields that are experiencing a labour shortage throughout Saskatchewan, such as agriculture/multi-mechanics, power engineering, and welding. The facility will also allow 2,000 workers to upgrade their skills each year.

Members of Yorkton City Council join Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers for a photo at Tuesday's sod turning ceremony. The new facility will stand on 20 acres of prime land donated by the City of Yorkton.

On hand to welcome donors and guests to the special ceremony and put the first shovel in the ground were Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan and Finance Minister Ken Krawetz, Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris, Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit, Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney, and Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

“The provincial government has invested record amounts into post-secondary education and we are proud to partner with Parkland College,” Minister Norris said. “The new Trades and Technology Centre will ensure that Parkland students continue to develop the skills needed to transition from learning to earning.”

“I am so glad to celebrate this milestone with our stakeholders, partners, and supporters,” said Dr. Myers. “This is the biggest step yet in the facility’s long journey from concept to reality.”

(L to R): Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit, Deputy Premier Ken Krawetz, Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris, and Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney pose with the ceremonial shovel used for Tuesday's sod turning ceremony. The shovel was crafted in 1998 in honour of Parkland College's 25th Anniversary by a pre-employment welding class held in Fort Qu'Appelle. It is displayed at the College's main administration office in Melville.

This project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth in the region and across Saskatchewan.

The facility, designed by Regina-based A + K Architects, will house a 10,000-square-foot multi-trades shop, science lab, welding lab, power engineering lab, six classrooms, study/tutorial rooms, and administrative space. Yorkton’s own Logan Stevens Construction (2000) Ltd. will build it after being awarded the construction tender at the end of March.

This ambitious project is made possible by a $10 million commitment from the Government of Saskatchewan and a successful capital campaign that has raised almost $5 million from a variety of local and international businesses and community groups.

“Parkland College is committed to delivering the programs and training needed by local businesses and wanted by students,” Dr. Myers said. “We are committed to bringing innovative and diverse training to prepare our region for continued growth and the jobs of the future.”

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Office: 306.728.6595

Date set for Trades and Technology Centre sod-turning

The wheels are in motion on the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. On Mar. 27 Logan Stevens Construction (2000) Ltd. was awarded the contract to build the new facility.  And now, Parkland College is ready to take the next step.

An official sod-turning ceremony is scheduled for May 6 at 9:30 a.m. It will happen at the Trades and Technology Centre site along Dracup Ave. North, just south of Logan Stevens’ York Road headquarters.

The event will include Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris, Deputy Premier/Finance Minister Ken Krawetz, Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit, and Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney. Donors and campaign supporters have been invited to help celebrate this milestone in the facility’s long journey from concept to reality.

The Trades and Technology Centre is scheduled to open in September 2015.  The new facility will house training space and classrooms that will allow Parkland College to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually. Key programs will include Power Engineering, Welding, and Heavy Duty Mechanics.

This project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth in the region and across Saskatchewan.

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Trades & Technology Centre tender awarded

Parkland College announced Thursday that it has selected Logan Stevens Construction (2000) Ltd. to build the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton.

Logan Stevens Construction has roots in Yorkton stretching back more than a century. The company was chosen for this project following a competitive bidding process. A+K Architects, the Regina-based firm overseeing the project, received nine bids in response to the public tender call.

“We are delighted to be awarded this contract,” said Doug Kitsch, President of Logan Stevens Construction. “We look forward to working closely with Parkland College and A+K Architects to help them meet their goals for the Trades and Technology Centre.”

“It is great to see so much interest in building this facility,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “We are eager to partner with Logan Stevens Construction, a local company with a strong reputation.”

The College expects a smooth transition as the project quickly moves forward, Myers added. Logan Stevens Construction and A+K Architects are very familiar with one another, having worked together on a wide range of projects in the past.

The Trades and Technology Centre will be built in Yorkton along the west side of Highway 9 North, between Darlington Street and York Road. The 29,000-square-foot facility will provide the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually in a variety of fields that are experiencing a labour shortage throughout the province, such as mechanics, power engineering, and welding.

The facility is scheduled to open in September 2015. Ground will be broken this spring. A sod-turning celebration is also being planned, but a date for that has not yet been set.

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Office: 306.728.6595

Canada West Equipment Dealers Association supports Trades and Technology Centre with $250,000 gift

Yorkton, SK – The Canada West Equipment Dealers Association (CWEDA) announced Thursday an investment of $250,000 in support of Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Contributions to the College’s capital campaign total approximately $4.75 million.

CWEDA’s contribution will support the delivery of 24 students per year at the Trades and Technology Centre in the field of Agricultural Mechanics. This will allow the College to provide and educate a qualified labour market pool which will in part support Agricultural Equipment dealers in the region, province, and Western Canada.

“One of our goals is to assist members with recruiting, training, and retaining qualified employees,” said CWEDA President Cameron Bode. “This investment will help ease the burden our members are facing when it comes to finding skilled workers.”

“I would like to thank the CWEDA for its generous commitment to the Trades and Technology Centre and commend Parkland College for its vision and dedication to this project,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said. “The Trades and Technology Centre will support the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth by training more students in highly skilled areas and will make it possible for students from the Yorkton area to learn closer to home.”

The Trades and Technology Centre brings a significant expansion of services and programs to the Parkland Region. The facility will provide the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually in a variety of fields that are experiencing a labour shortage throughout the province, such as mechanics, power engineering, and welding.

“We are grateful for CWEDA’s generosity,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “This gift is a major investment in first-class educational opportunities for students and supporting dealer needs across Western Canada.”

Backed by a $10 million investment from the Government of Saskatchewan and capital campaign support from dozens of community groups and businesses, Parkland College is moving quickly to build the Trades and Technology Centre. Construction is set to begin early this spring on a parcel of land donated by the City of Yorkton along Highway 9 North, between Darlington Street and York Road. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2015.

“We’ve said all along that colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” Dr. Myers added. “We are happy to welcome CWEDA as a partner in our effort to strengthen Saskatchewan and to offer new opportunities to the Parkland region.”

About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

About Canada West Equipment Dealers Association:
CWEDA represents approximately 400 farm, industrial, and outdoor power equipment dealers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. One of the largest equipment dealer associations in North America, CWEDA provides products and services that include industry and manufacturer relations, industry information and intelligence, business support and educational initiatives. The Association’s many programs are either available only to members or provided at a reduced cost for members. CWEDA is one of 16 affiliates that make up the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA).

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign nears goal

Parkland College is within reach of its fundraising goal for the Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. With construction set to begin in Yorkton early this spring, the College is less than $200,000 from its $5 million campaign goal.

“This campaign has been an amazing experience for the College and the Parkland region,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “After years of dreaming and planning, we are now on the homestretch and we are excited to cross the finish line.”

A sod turning ceremony is slated for March or April, weather permitting, with construction beginning soon after.

The Trades and Technology Centre will stand on 20 acres of prime land donated by the City of Yorkton valued at roughly $3.5 million. The construction costs will be covered by the Government of Saskatchewan’s $10 million investment and $5 million in contributions from businesses, industry, and community organizations collected through the College’s capital campaign.

“Looking back and seeing the dozens of contributors get on board with this project is inspiring,” Myers said. “It is a testament to our statement that colleges build communities and communities build colleges.”

Individuals can also play a role in building the Trades and Technology Centre through the “Buy A Brick Campaign”. Parkland residents, businesses, and community groups can purchase engraved bricks that will be used in the facility’s construction. All bricks sold through the campaign will be displayed on a feature wall in the new building.

Two sizes are available: a 4” x 8” brick is priced at $100, while an 8” x 8” brick is a $250 investment. Each brick purchase comes with a charitable tax receipt for supporting the development of the Trades & Technology Centre.

You can help build the Trades and Technology Centre by visiting the College’s donor website which includes online ordering and downloadable order forms.

 

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

The Mosaic Company presents major gift in support of Trades and Technology Centre

Yorkton, SK – The Mosaic Company announced Tuesday an investment of $1.225 million in support of Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Thanks to Mosaic’s gift, contributions to the college’s capital campaign now total over $4.79 million.

Bruce Bodine, Vice-President of Mosaic’s Esterhazy Operations, presents the cheque to Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

“Investing in developing a skilled workforce supports growth and sustainability,” said Bruce Bodine, Vice-President of Mosaic’s Esterhazy Operations. “For communities and industry alike, long-term success relies on attracting and retaining people in the areas where we operate.”

The Trades and Technology Centre is designed to bring new programs and services to the Parkland Region to help sustain the economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. The facility provides the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

“I cannot thank Mosaic enough for this generous contribution,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “Mosaic’s name is well known in the Parkland Region and all across Saskatchewan. This gift stands out as a great act of leadership and underscores Mosaic’s tremendous impact on our province.”

Last month, the Government of Saskatchewan announced $10 million in funding for the Trades and Technology Centre, encouraging Parkland College to move quickly to build it. The tendering process is underway. Construction is scheduled to being early in 2014, with an opening target of September 2015.

Dozens of community groups and businesses large and small have also put their support behind the Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. A generous land donation from the City of Yorkton will provide the home for the facility along Highway 9 North, between Darlington Street and York Road.

“Mosaic’s donation is further proof that colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” Dr. Myers added. “It will add strength to Saskatchewan and create wonderful new opportunities for the people of the Parkland region.”

About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

About The Mosaic Company:
The Mosaic Company is one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated potash and phosphate crop nutrients. Mosaic operates three potash mines in Saskatchewan at Belle Plaine, Colonsay and Esterhazy. Sustainability is embedded in every aspect of Mosaic’s operations, from community investment and safety programs to energy efficiency and water conservation. More information about the company is available at www.mosaicco.com.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Sarah Fedorchuk
Public Affairs Manager
The Mosaic Company
Phone: 306.526.7560
Email: sarah.fedorchuk@mosaicco.com

Provincial Government announces $10 million for Trades and Technology Centre

Premier Brad Wall announced Tuesday that the Government of Saskatchewan is providing $10 million in funding to support construction of the Trades and Technology Centre at Parkland College in Yorkton.

“Saskatchewan is experiencing remarkable growth, which will result in a number of employment opportunities, many of which will be in the skilled trades,” Wall said.  “The new Trades and Technology Centre will increase the number of graduates in many highly skilled areas that are needed in Saskatchewan and will make it possible for students from the Yorkton area to learn closer to home.”

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall makes the announcement as Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers looks on.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is demonstrating its leadership in providing a great investment in post-secondary infrastructure for the Parkland Region,” Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers said.  “The Trades and Technology Centre will yield educational excellence, foster innovation, cultivate inclusion, and create accountability to the citizens of the Parkland Region as well as the entire province of Saskatchewan.”

Parkland College has raised $8.27 million within the Parkland region through its Capital Campaign.

The new facility will cover more than 25,000 square feet and is expected to help address the trades and technical training needs of the region by graduating an additional 360 students and providing upgrading for more than 2,000 workers annually.

The planning phase for the Trades and Technology Centre is complete and design is well underway.  The project is expected to be ready to proceed with tenders in November 2013.  Construction will begin early in 2014 with the facility scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2015.

Premier Wall also highlighted the Provincial Government matching a $150,000 scholarship donation by the Yorkton Tribal Council to Parkland College to help provide local First Nations youth with scholarship dollars over the next five years.  Ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per student, the post-secondary scholarship is available to applicants from the Yorkton Tribal Council’s six member First Nations – Cote First Nation, Key First Nation, Keeseekoose First Nation, Ocean Man First Nation, Sakimay First Nation and Kahkewistahaw First Nation – to assist with students’ tuition, materials, living expenses and transportation costs.  Parkland College is awarding $20,000 of the scholarship in 2013, $40,000 in 2014 and $80,000 in the remaining three years to coincide with the opening of the Trades and Technology Centre.

Premier Wall speaks to local media following the announcement.

“One of our government’s priorities is to help find new opportunities and to remove barriers to our Aboriginal young people so they can receive post-secondary training and education,” Wall said.  “This scholarship is a good example of how working together can make that happen.”

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For more information contact:
Marieka Andrew
Advanced Education
Regina
Phone: 306.798.3170

Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

PotashCorp presents matching gift in support of Trades and Technology Centre

Yorkton, SK – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) presented a cheque Thursday for $1.225 million in support of Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre. The gift is the culmination of a matching grant announcement that kicked off the college’s capital campaign just over a year ago.

“At PotashCorp, a skilled labour force is key to a sustainable future,” said Mark Fracchia, Vice-President of Safety, Health and Environment at PotashCorp. “For Saskatchewan, and companies like ours, we know that sustained growth will depend on young people who want to build careers and futures in this region.”

The purpose of the Trades and Technology Centre is to help sustain the economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. After careful consideration and thorough studies, Parkland College decided to undertake its first ever major capital campaign. The gift from PotashCorp was the first of its kind, and the largest of its kind, ever given to the college.

“I can’t overstate how crucial this gift is to the success of our campaign,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “PotashCorp came forward at a critical time and spurred on the development of this project. This leadership has been instrumental in generating support from throughout the region and across the province.”

On June 20, 2012, PotashCorp announced that it would match community and industry contributions to a maximum of $1.225 million. The matching gifts, along with a generous land donation from the City of Yorkton, provided encouragement to other donors, who rapidly put their support behind the campaign. Contributions so far total over $2.5 million.

This spring, the Government of Saskatchewan included funding for the Trades and Technology Centre in its 2013 budget and is now encouraging Parkland College to move quickly in construction. Sod turning will take place later this fall, with an opening date target of September 2015.

The Trades and Technology Centre will bring a significant expansion of services and program delivery options to the Parkland region that are not currently available. The facility will have enough space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

“Colleges build communities, and communities build colleges,” Dr. Myers added. “This building will help create a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the people of the Parkland region.”

 

About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

About PotashCorp:
As the world’s largest crop nutrient company, PotashCorp plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, crop nutrients such as potash, phosphates and nitrogen offer a responsible and practical solution to help produce the food we need, from the land we have.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Rhonda Speiss
Manager, Corporate Philanthropy
PotashCorp
Phone: 306.933.8544
Email: cp@potashcorp.com
www.potashcorp.com

CIBC invests $12,500 in Trades and Technology Centre

CIBC Yorkton branch manager Candace Tendler poses with a symbolic brick after making the $12,500 presentation on behalf of CIBC.

Yorkton, SK – CIBC announced Wednesday its support of the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre with a donation of $12,500.

The contribution is part of Parkland College’s first ever major capital campaign, the first of its kind carried out by a Saskatchewan Regional College. The campaign target is to raise $5 million as part of a partnership with the City of Yorkton, the Parkland region, and the provincial government. With CIBC’s donation included, Parkland College has raised over $2.25 million to date.

“At CIBC, we’re committed to helping kids and young adults build a better future and providing increased access to education is a large part of that commitment,” said Tom Weber, Region Head, Central Canada at CIBC. “We are proud to partner with Parkland College in supporting the Trades and Technology Centre.”

“We know that CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to their customers and employees,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “We are very pleased that CIBC is giving more momentum to our campaign as we work to sustain the economic boom in East Central Saskatchewan.”

The Trades and Technology Centre will bring new program offerings to students in the region and will not take training away from any other Parkland College location. The new facility will allow the college to offer instruction for such high-demand careers as power engineering, electrical, heavy duty mechanics, and machinists. The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

The Trades and Technology Centre will be located in Yorkton, just south of York Road and west of Highway 9. It will have the capacity to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

To learn more about the Parkland College campaign or to contribute, visit the college’s Giving website.


About Parkland College

Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

About CIBC
CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2012, CIBC contributed more than $38 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations.  You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

RBC Foundation supports Trades & Technology Centre with $50,000 donation

Yorkton, SK – The RBC Foundation announced on Friday its support of the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre with a donation of $50,000.

The contribution is part of Parkland College’s first ever major capital campaign, the first such campaign undertaken by a Saskatchewan Regional College. The RBC Foundation’s donation pushes the total raised to over $2.2 million. Parkland College is working to raise $5 million as its part of a partnership with the City of Yorkton, the Parkland region, and the provincial government.

“We at RBC are so proud of our partnership with Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre,” commented RBC Commercial Financial Services Vice President Lynette Gillen. “We believe in the important role that education plays in building vibrant communities and healthy economies.”

The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will have the capacity to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

“This facility is required to help keep the economic boom going in East Central Saskatchewan,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “Our campaign has tremendous momentum and we are thrilled to add such strong support from RBC.”

Lynette Gillen (Vice President, RBC Commercial and Financial Services, Regina and Parkland Market) and Sandra Hollinger (Account Manager, RBC Commercial and Financial Services, Yorkton Branch) present a $50,000 cheque to Dr. Fay Myers (President - Parkland College).

The Trades and Technology Centre represents a significant expansion of education options for such high-demand careers as power engineering, heavy duty mechanics, electrical, and machinists. Programs scheduled for the new facility are new offerings. It will not reduce or take any training away from any other Parkland College location.

The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

To learn more about the Parkland College campaign or to contribute, visit our Giving website.

About Parkland College
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

About RBC’s Commitment to Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries. RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 – 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Learn more at RBC’s website.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Engraved bricks will help build Trades and Technology Centre

Yorkton, SK – Parkland College is kicking off a campaign offering engraved bricks to individuals, families, community groups, and businesses as a way to help build the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Sales began at Yorkton Spring Expo Apr. 12-14.

The bricks will be included in the construction of the Trades and Technology Centre. A feature wall in one of the facility’s wings will display the community’s engraved bricks.

“Colleges build communities and communities build colleges. The Brick Campaign is an opportunity for individual community members and groups to join Parkland College in building the foundation of the Trades and Technology Centre and the foundation for our communities,” said William Litchfield, Director of Advancement at Parkland College.

Bricks will be sold at two price points: $100 for a 4” x 8” brick and $250 for an 8” x 8” brick. Each brick purchased is eligible for a charitable receipt. Buyers will receive a charitable receipt for $50 with each 4″ x 8″ brick purchased, and a charitable receipt for $200 with each 8″ x 8″ brick.

Order forms are available at reception at the main campus in Yorkton. You can also buy online at the Giving section of this website.

 

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
William Litchfield
Director, Advancement
Parkland College
Phone: 306.786.7331
Email: w.litchfield@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Government of Saskatchewan commits to Trades and Technology Centre

Parkland College applauds the Government of Saskatchewan’s 2013-14 budget released Wednesday by Finance Minister Ken Krawetz. It contains $1 million for the continued planning and design phases of a Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. This investment signifies approval for the facility’s development and enables Parkland College to move forward with finalized designs and to begin construction.

“The Saskatchewan government was facing difficult fiscal choices this spring, but we are glad it remains supportive of local skills training to address the ongoing labour shortage,” said Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College. “The government’s leadership is critical for the success of the Trades and Technology Centre.”

The Trades and Technology Centre represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region. The 24,550-square-foot facility will provide some much needed training space and classrooms that will allow Parkland College to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

For the past couple of years, Parkland College has been laying the financial groundwork for the facility, with the cornerstone being a proposal to the provincial government. To show its commitment to this plan, the college undertook its first ever capital campaign. Parkland College has set a goal to bring in $4.9 million in donations from dozens of local and regional businesses and community organizations, as well as international corporations.

The capital campaign was spurred on by a major matching gift challenge from PotashCorp. The mining giant pledged to equal all community and industry contributions up to a value $1.225 million. The gift was the first of its kind, and the largest of its kind, ever given to Parkland College.

“These donations are investments in a stronger future for all of us,” Dr. Myers noted. “This project will help provide the resources required to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth in the region and across Saskatchewan.”

Dr. Myers added that the community’s support was a critical factor in supporting the government to make its investment in the facility.

The new building will sit on 20 acres of prime land generously donated by the City of Yorkton. The land, bordered by York Road and Darlington Street and located between Highway 9 and Dracup Avenue, was valued at $3.48 million in 2012. It’s large enough to offer future expansion options to the facility and may even lead to the construction of student residences.

“Ever since the early planning stages, the communities and industry partners in this region have been telling us this project needs to happen. We’re very happy that their support and commitments will pay off in the near future,” Dr. Myers said.

“We know the demand for skilled tradespeople and technicians is expected to remain high in this province for a long time. We will be moving ahead soon in our quest to help provide workers to the businesses that need them.”

Dr. Myers added that Parkland College is committed to delivering the programs and training local businesses require and students demand. She reiterated the college’s commitment to offering innovative and diverse training options to prepare the Parkland region for continued growth and the jobs of the future.

“The Trades and Technology Centre will yield educational excellence, foster innovation, cultivate inclusion, and create accountability to the citizens of the Parkland region as well as the entire province of Saskatchewan,” said Dr. Myers.


About Us:

Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

SaskTel Pioneers contribute $7,500 to Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign

Yorkton, SK – The SaskTel Pioneers presented a cheque for $7,500 today to the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. The provincial SaskTel Pioneers Chapter 59 is contributing $5,000 while the local Yorkton Club is providing $2,500.

The Pioneers are SaskTel’s volunteer force with over 4,000 members province wide. These current and former SaskTel employees volunteer about 60,000 hours of their time each year on a wide range of projects and raise approximately $300,000 annually for Saskatchewan communities.

Darrell Liebrecht with Chapter 59 SaskTel Pioneers presents a $5,000 cheque to William Litchfield, Director of Advancement at Parkland College.

William Litchfield, Director of Advancement at Parkland College, accepts a $2,500 cheque from Wendy Hume and Bob Hume with the Yorkton SaskTel Pioneer Club.

The college’s expansion in Yorkton is necessary to sustain the rapid economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will house training space and classrooms that will allow the college to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually. This project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.

The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

About Us:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: b.wagner@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Giving Back: Drs. Ron & Bree Rogoza support Trades and Technology Centre

A firm belief in knowledge and education is a driving force behind Parkland College’s proposed Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. It’s a philosophy shared by the companies, service groups, and individuals contributing to the capital campaign in support of the project.

Drs. Ron and Bree Rogoza represent a prime example of this commitment. The father-daughter optometry team is donating $25,000 to the campaign.

Dr. Ron Rogoza (left) and Dr. Bree Rogoza pose with bricks symbolic of their commitment to helping build the Trades and Technology Centre.

“We, along with many businesses and individuals, support a lot of programs and events in the Yorkton-Melville area,” said Dr. Ron Rogoza. “Our scholarship support at the high schools in Yorkton and Melville and at Parkland College is very important to us.

“We’ve been looking for something that we could contribute to that isn’t just going to be a benefit solely to Yorkton or Melville residents because we see patients from a wide variety of regions and towns and farms,” he continued. “Donations to a concept like the Trades and Technology Centre will benefit a lot of people in this whole area. That’s partly what attracted us to look at it. Let’s do something that applies to education, which has given me an opportunity to be of service in the field of vision care and has given me a chance to say, ‘Hey, maybe I can contribute in a small way.’”

Rogoza was raised on a farm in the Wroxton area and graduated from the Yorkton Regional High School in 1967. He was awarded a scholarship from Logan Stevens Construction which funded two years of tuition at the Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw (a forerunner to the SIAST Palliser Campus). He studied drafting technology and was employed as a design technologist by Atomic Energy of Canada before pursuing optometry at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He’s been practising in Yorkton since 1975, and now operates a second office in Melville with his daughter.

“I’ve had a constant appreciation through my life for those couple of years [of trades training] that I think set the tone for further learning and education,” Rogoza noted.

“We really feel that it’s important for us to play a part in assisting others in some way as many people have done for me.”

Despite receiving his post-secondary education in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Rogoza is a proponent of life-long learning. He is constantly updating and upgrading his skills and knowledge to keep on top of the new technology, equipment, and approaches affecting his profession.

Rogoza gives credit to the scholarship he received for boosting his self-confidence and helping him recognize his potential to excel. By contributing to the Trades and Technology Centre, he hopes to give people throughout the region the chance to realize their own potential.

“I’d like to emphasize the importance of the Trades and Technology Centre for a larger number of students,” Rogoza said. “I think the concept is even more important now that the West needs employees. We need trained people. What better place to train them than where we have the work?”


About Us:

Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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City of Yorkton donates land to Parkland College for Trades and Technology Centre

The City of Yorkton announced Monday that it is donating 20 acres of land to Parkland College to be used as the future site of the new Trades and Technology Centre.

The land, bordered by York Road and Darlington Street and located between Highway 9 and Dracup Avenue, is valued at $3.48 million. It will conform to education tax incentives and, as land used for educational purposes, will be considered tax-exempt. The City and the College have agreed to a symbolic purchase price of one dollar.

“This is a major investment in providing more skills-based education right here at home in Yorkton to serve the growing economic needs of our city and the entire region,” said Mayor James Wilson.

“Labour trends suggest the Trades and Technology Centre is urgently needed,” Wilson continued. “Approximately 90 per cent of apprenticeship trades in the Yorkton-Melville area are experiencing a shortage of skilled labour. Projections from the Government of Saskatchewan show that 1,000 additional skilled workers will be required in the Parkland Region each year for the next 10 years.”

The facility is designed to meet current labour demands and will have the flexibility to adapt to the needs of the region in the future, according to Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College.

“The new campus will have the capacity to deliver 350 full-time graduates per year in high-demand careers such as power engineering, motive power technicians and mechanics, welding, machining, and construction trades including carpentry and electrical. The facility will also provide skill enhancement and upgrading programs for 2,000 workers per year,” said Myers.

“For every dollar invested in Parkland College, taxpayers see a 15 per cent rate of return on investment,” Wilson noted. The figure was determined through a recent Economic Impact study. The study also found that “over 90 per cent of students trained through the college remain in the province and that translates to more of our youth being able to find good jobs here at home,” said Wilson.

Parkland College’s project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the region.

Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers (left) and Yorkton Mayor James Wilson stand at the future site of the Trades and Technology Centre.

PotashCorp announces matching gift in support of Trades and Technology Centre Capital Campaign

Yorkton, SK – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) announced today that it will match community and industry contributions to the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign to a maximum of $1.225 million. The expansion at Parkland College in Yorkton is necessary to sustain the rapid economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan.

“At PotashCorp, we understand that a skilled labour force is key to a sustainable future,” said Lee Knafelc, Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration at PotashCorp. “For communities across Saskatchewan, and companies like ours, a new generation of skilled talent will be needed to fuel growth and prosperity.”

Parkland College is in the midst of its first ever major capital campaign. This gift represents the first of its kind, and the largest of its kind, ever given to Parkland College.

The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will house training space and classrooms that will allow the College to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually. This project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.

“This important gift comes at a critical time in the development of the Trades and Technology Centre, and provides the college and the region with significant momentum. We are grateful to PotashCorp for its vision, encouragement, and leadership,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

“We know the demand for skilled tradespeople and technicians is expected to remain high in this province for a long time. We have a lot of support from the communities and industry partners in our region. They’re telling us this needs to happen. And a commitment like this from PotashCorp will go a long way to making it a reality,” Myers added.

The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland Region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

“Our strength as a province and a region has always been our people,” Myers explained. “Building a community where families are confident their children can receive a good education is vital to attracting and keeping our greatest asset.”

About Parkland College:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language, and Career and Student Services.

About PotashCorp:
As the world’s largest crop nutrient company, PotashCorp plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, crop nutrients such as potash, phosphates and nitrogen offer a responsible and practical solution to help produce the food we need, from the land we have.

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For more information contact:
Dr. Fay Myers
President
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6588
Email: f.myers@parklandcollege.sk.ca
www.parklandcollege.sk.ca

Rhonda Speiss
Manager, Corporate Philanthropy
PotashCorp
Phone: 306.933.8544
Email: cp@potashcorp.com
www.potashcorp.com

Parkland College Committed to Building Trades & Technology Centre in Yorkton

Parkland College remains committed to building a proposed Trades & Technology Centre in Yorkton, despite the fact that there is no funding for the project in the 2012-13 Saskatchewan budget.

“We are hopeful for the future,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “The Trades & Technology Centre will help address the skilled labour shortage in East Central Saskatchewan and beyond, and we pledge to continue working with the provincial government to make this facility a reality.”

The Trades and Technology Centre will produce 3,500 skilled graduates over the next ten years. The facility will house a power engineering lab, an industrial trades shop, a science and technology lab, and six classrooms. It represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.

“The vast majority of trades in the Yorkton-Melville area – 90 per cent of them – are desperate for skilled workers,” Myers said. “Parkland College doesn’t have the space right now to train the workers they need. But we hope that with the province’s support, we’ll soon be able to supply them with qualified, well-trained employees.”

Myers noted that the budget does include a significant boost to students in the form of the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship Program. She applauded the government for providing new high school graduates with $500 a year for four years to be applied toward tuition fees at any Saskatchewan post- secondary institution.

About Us:
Parkland College is the leading post-secondary educational institution in East Central Saskatchewan. It is leading innovation across the province through the delivery of a diverse programming mix, including Master degrees, Bachelor degrees, apprentice level training, diplomas, certificates, safety certifications, customized industry and business training, English as an Additional Language, and high school diploma.

 

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For more information contact:
Dr. Fay Myers
President
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6588
Email: f.myers@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Parkland College Plans for the Future

In mid-May 2010, Parkland College held community meetings in Canora, Fort Qu’Appelle, Esterhazy, Kamsack, Melville and Yorkton. These meetings were organized to collect information for the College’s regular five-year review and to create a renewed vision for the future.

At each of the meetings, Dr. Fay Myers, Parkland College President, said, “This is your community, your region, and your future. Parkland College is here to support you in your development.” She asked, “How can the College continue to enhance economic and community development in the Parkland region?”

At the community meetings, Parkland College unveiled plans for a new trades and technology centre that will enable it to better respond to the huge and growing need for trades and technology training within the Parkland area. The trades and technology centre will be located in Yorkton at the corner of Dracup Avenue and Highway #9 on land provided by the City of Yorkton. Currently the trades and technology centre is at the planning stage. An architectural concept has been developed and a feasibility study completed. The College will be launching a capital campaign to support development of the trades and technology centre.

Members of the public asked many questions at the public meetings and made many comments about the College’s contribution to the community. “I was very pleased with the thoughtfulness and depth of the questions,” Dr. Fay Myers commented.

The community said that:

  • Individuals, employers, employees and communities across the Parkland region are benefiting from the College’s programs. The College has enabled individuals to further their education and advance their careers. It has supported employers who want to train their staff and upgrade their operations.
  • There is a large and growing need for the type of basic education, trades and technology, and post-secondary programming offered by the College. “Parkland College responds to community needs,” said William Litchfield, Parkland College’s Director of Advancement. “Because of the way the College is structured, we are able to get new programs up and running very quickly, when they are needed,” he said.
  • There is strong support for the establishment of a new trades and technology centre which will enable the College to significantly increase the amount of trades and technology programming it offers. There were many questions about the trades and technology centre at the public meetings and keen interest in the architectural drawings displayed.

Parkland College sees a bright future for the Parkland region. The May 2010 community meetings provided valuable information about the way the College can work with employees, business, industry and communities to create that future.

 

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For more information, contact:
Dr. Fay Myers, President Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.4471
Email: f.myers@parklandcollege.sk.ca
www.parklandcollege.sk.ca

Help Shape the Future of Parkland College

Every five years Parkland College and the provincial ministry responsible for post-secondary education conduct a review and create a renewed vision for the future. As part of the 2010 review, Parkland College will be holding a series of community meetings to get your views on questions such as:

  1. How can the College continue to enhance economic and community development in the Parkland region?
  2. What can the College do to support the growing demand for trades and technology training?
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Parkland College Board of Governors Set the Direction for a Trades & Technology Centre

Plans to expand the delivery of advanced skills training are now in the works after the Parkland College Board of Governors set the direction by approving the business plan for a proposed new Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. According to Dr. Fay Myers, Parkland College President “The proposed facility will enable Parkland College to meet future training demands of individuals, communities, and industry and facilitate the development of a skilled workforce in rural Saskatchewan.”

“In order to deliver the training required by new and existing industries, Parkland College requires the development of a new campus designed specifically to expand delivery of advanced skills training in the areas of trades and technology,” explained Myers. The Trades and Technology Centre will represent an expansion of Parkland College’s role in economic and community development in rural Saskatchewan.

City of Yorkton Mayor James Wilson remarked on the benefits the proposed Trades and Technology Centre will have on the community. “The enhancement of Parkland College creates a pathway of opportunities for our youth and the labour force and is a developmental resource to the region. With Yorkton as the centre of activity we are encouraged and are fully supportive as a community partner of Parkland College.”