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: [email protected]

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