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]