Kamsack Students Undertake Essential Skills Project

The Parkland College campus in Kamsack is getting a fresh look thanks to a handful of students enrolled in the Essential Skills program.

Those registered in the Grade 10/GED programs have been hard at work since Dec. 5 improving the appearance of the entrance and interior of the college. Hallways, doors, and baseboards have been painted and installed, moldings are up, and a mural by Dustin Wilson is underway. New signs for the Kamsack campus have also been ordered.

Parkland College’s Essential Skills curriculum teaches numeracy, oral communication, reading, writing, computer use, document use, thinking skills, teamwork, and continuous learning. The program focuses on hands-on work experience. All nine skills are used in each project. The goal is to enhance students’ abilities and better prepare them for the work force.

The Kamsack campus renewal project was selected by the students. To mirror employment in the real world, job openings were posted for the positions of project manager, foreman, public relations specialist, accountant, and painters/labourers. Students prepared resumes, wrote cover letters, went through interviews, and were awarded positions based on their skill levels, experience, initiative, and potential exhibited. Instructor Brad Rose, tutor Phyllis Strelioff, and Essential Skills Facilitator Pat Prokop conducted the interviews.

In order to practise numeracy, students estimated measurements to identify the amount of paint and moldings required. They then took precise measurements and purchased materials. Everything was bought in Kamsack to support local businesses and make the community more aware of things happening within the college.

Students enrolled in the Essential Skills program are: Joe Dustyhorn (Project Manager), Bonnie Lynx (Foreman), Tim Lynx (Public Relations & Assistant Foreman), Georgina Cote (accountant), Curtis Cote, Cynthia Cote, Kirk Cote, Lindsay Hadwen, Kristin Johnson, Randy Peters, Linda Quewezance, Dustin Shingoose, Karson Shingoose, and Tex Shingoose.

An open house will be held at a later date to which the public will be invited in order to view the completed project.

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