Parkland College has been awarded a two-year, $168,000 research grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), a federal research funding agency.
The grant comes from the Community and College Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF), a new initiative that enables colleges to work with community organizations to address social issues such as poverty, crime prevention, community safety, and economic development.
Parkland College will partner with Good Spirit School Division and Yorkton Tribal Council schools. Students in the Bachelor of Education and Social Work programs at the College will interact with children in grades 5 to 8 to study bonding and attachment, and to find out what factors help students stay in school as they enter the teenage years.
“We are thrilled to have earned this honour,” said Dr. Gwen Machnee, University and Applied Research Coordinator. “It’s exciting to work with Good Spirit School Division and Yorkton Tribal Council, and we’re looking forward to sharing the results of our research.”
This project is one of 27 being funded by the Government of Canada, which announced nearly $6 million in federal support Thursday. Parkland College is the only applicant organization in Saskatchewan selected for a grant.
In 2014, Parkland College was granted full institutional eligibility with SSHRC, a major accomplishment for the College’s Applied Research area. This eligibility gives the College access to all funding programs open to post-secondary institutions.
The CCSIF, a product of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan 2014, will provide $15 million over three years in support of projects at college and polytechnics that foster social innovation in Canada. SSHRC says social innovation is about finding more effective ways of engaging Canadians, delivering community services, and strengthening communities as a whole through research. It can take the form of a product, process, or program that creates positive social outcomes for communities.
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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