An official grand re-opening and open house was held Thursday, Feb. 2 at Parkland College’s training facility in Kamsack. College President Dr. Fay Myers unveiled the new space, which was moved to the lower level of the Crowstand Centre late in 2011. The move increases available room for skills training and upgrading purposes, offices, and storage.
The event also showcased the hard work of students enrolled in a recent Essential Skills project. Fourteen students registered in adult education programs worked as a team to improve the appearance of the entrance and interior of the campus. They gave the building a fresh coat of paint, new doors, moldings, and baseboards.
Parkland College’s Essential Skills curriculum teaches numeracy, oral communication, reading, writing, computer use, document use, thinking skills, teamwork, and continuous learning. All nine skills were used in this project. The goal is not only to improve skill levels, but also to provide hands-on work experience, thereby producing responsible, knowledgeable employees who may be incorporated into local businesses.
In preparation for the project, the students conducted research on prices of the materials required, wrote up proposals, and prepared resumes and cover letters. They then applied for various jobs in the project and were formally interviewed by instructor Brad Rose, Essential Skills facilitator Pat Prokop, and tutor Phyllis Strelioff.
“It is all our responsibility to prepare people to participate in the work force,” Dr. Myers said. “Together we can make a difference – productive citizens, prosperous and sustainable communities, and a growing, exciting province in which to learn, live, and work.”
Dr. Myers thanked the community of Kamsack and the First Nations communities of Key, Keeseekoose, and Cote for their support of Parkland College and local students.
“It is not easy to come back to school for many of these adults,” she explained. “Your support is essential for their success in achieving their goals.”
The college now also features a mural by local artist Dustin Wilson, who designed and painted the work after receiving ideas and suggestions from the students. The Parkland College wellness committee purchased tub chairs and an accent table to complete the new look.
Parkland College has been delivering adult education classes at the Crowstand Centre for the past six years. There are currently 32 full-time students enrolled in Adult 10, GED Prep, and Adult 12 classes. The college also operates a Learning Lab two days a week and provides student counselling services.