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

April 28, 2020 – COVID-19 Emergency Bursary

Parkland College understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, and many students are struggling to make ends meet. That’s why we have introduced this emergency funding program.

Support is available for students who are:

  • registered in a Parkland College program of at least 5 weeks in length;
  • a strong candidate to be successful in their program; and
  • able to demonstrate financial need.

The financial crisis must be beyond the student’s control (e.g. job loss caused by COVID-19, delays in student loan processing, sudden changes to housing situation, etc.). Students must have attempted to secure support from other avenues (e.g. food bank, shelter, band). Students are required to speak to a counsellor or coordinator about their financial situation before the application is approved and processed.

Each applicant is eligible for up to $500 in emergency funding. We recognize that each situation is different, so the College’s president may approve requests above $500. However, no extraneous bills (e.g. car payments, cable TV, etc.) shall be considered. Generally, this money should only go towards housing, food, or internet connection to allow participation in classes. Only one payment per student is permitted.

To apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Bursary, complete this online form. If your application meets our selection criteria, you’ll receive a confirmation email with more details.

If you have questions about the emergency fund, please contact Learner Services at 306.786.7333.

Click here to see the guidelines for this fund.

April 23, 2020 – Message from President & CEO Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh

Dear Students:

I hope you are all keeping well and doing the best you can to continue with your studies. The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive to our College and our students, staff, and communities. Our hearts also go out to our fellow Canadians in Nova Scotia as we think of the pain they are suffering due to the tragic events that happened this past weekend.

We are continuing to work closely with the Government of Saskatchewan and our partners on monitoring the pandemic and its impacts on the College. The government has released a plan to gradually re-open our economy, businesses, services, and institutions. We will provide further updates as our path forward becomes clearer.

There was some good news from the federal government Wednesday in the form of a $9 billion aid package for post-secondary students. Click here to see the full federal announcement on student supports. Please check this program to see if you are eligible for support at this time or over the summer.

I am also pleased to let you know that we have been working with the provincial government on developing an emergency bursary program for Parkland College students. Details of this program will be released next week.

Meanwhile, the federal government is seeking feedback from students on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting them. This voluntary survey will provide data to the government to help them respond to the needs of students at this time.

Thank you again for your patience. We are all looking forward to the re-opening of our campuses, meeting with our colleagues, and being able to have our valued students with us.

Please continue to practice physical distancing, wash your hands regularly, keep at your studies, monitor your mental health, and be sure to connect digitally with family, friends, instructors, and fellow students.

All the best,

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