Parkland College remains committed to building a proposed Trades & Technology Centre in Yorkton, despite the fact that there is no funding for the project in the 2012-13 Saskatchewan budget.
“We are hopeful for the future,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “The Trades & Technology Centre will help address the skilled labour shortage in East Central Saskatchewan and beyond, and we pledge to continue working with the provincial government to make this facility a reality.”
The Trades and Technology Centre will produce 3,500 skilled graduates over the next ten years. The facility will house a power engineering lab, an industrial trades shop, a science and technology lab, and six classrooms. It represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.
“The vast majority of trades in the Yorkton-Melville area – 90 per cent of them – are desperate for skilled workers,” Myers said. “Parkland College doesn’t have the space right now to train the workers they need. But we hope that with the province’s support, we’ll soon be able to supply them with qualified, well-trained employees.”
Myers noted that the budget does include a significant boost to students in the form of the Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship Program. She applauded the government for providing new high school graduates with $500 a year for four years to be applied toward tuition fees at any Saskatchewan post- secondary institution.
Parkland College is the leading post-secondary educational institution in East Central Saskatchewan. It is leading innovation across the province through the delivery of a diverse programming mix, including Master degrees, Bachelor degrees, apprentice level training, diplomas, certificates, safety certifications, customized industry and business training, English as an Additional Language, and high school diploma.
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Dr. Fay Myers