Melville, SK – All year long, Parkland College is celebrating 40 years of providing training and education options to the people of the Parkland region. A highlight of these celebrations will be a special anniversary event in Melville on June 20.
“I’m inviting everyone to join us for coffee, tea, and cake as we celebrate the college’s 40th anniversary,” said Dr. Fay Myers, President of Parkland College. “We’re proud of this region, and this is one way for us to say thank you and share the festivities with the community.”
The event is Thursday, June 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chocolate Bean Café on the corner of Third Avenue West and Main Street in downtown Melville. The first 40 people through the door will receive a limited edition Parkland College 40th Anniversary mug.
Parkland College was the first regional college in Saskatchewan to open for business on June 20, 1973. The original board of directors chose Melville as the site of the head office. Under the name Parkland Community College, locations were soon established in Yorkton and several towns in East Central Saskatchewan.
In 1988, the name changed to Parkland Regional College, bringing a new mandate and extended boundaries, allowing the college to deliver more skills and university training. Two decades later, the college shortened its name to Parkland College and introduced a new logo and colours.
Today, the college offers a wide continuum of training opportunities including Master’s and undergraduate degrees, technical diplomas and certificates, industry certified training, adult basic education, literacy programs, and English as an Additional Language. Parkland College is also expanding to engage in international development projects, applied research opportunities, and online distance delivery.
“It’s quite a milestone seeing how much things have changed over these 40 years,” Dr. Myers noted. “The future holds a lot of promise. We’re always looking forward, and we’re committed to finding the best ways to meet the education needs of the region for many years to come.”
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.
For more information contact:
Dr. Fay Myers
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]