Parkland College students are back in class, recharged and ready to go after a restful Christmas break.
January marks the start of the second term for many of them. There are close to 600 full-time students taking classes this winter at campuses in Yorkton, Melville, Esterhazy, Fort Qu’Appelle, and Canora. Another 3,000 people are enrolled part time.
Parkland College offers the largest off-campus university program in Saskatchewan, as well as numerous educational programs and services to adult learners including SIAST and Institute programs, Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language and Career and Student Services.
“Flexibility and variety are two of our stronger traits,” said President Fay Myers. “Our course offerings and programs are constantly changing based on popularity and demand. Our skilled trades classes are prominent right now, as are our firefighting and paramedic programs.”
For many students, especially those just coming out of high school, the opportunity to begin a university education without leaving the area is a great incentive, Myers added. Students have the opportunity to live at home and retain part-time jobs, greatly reducing costs associated with moving to a new city and finding rental housing.
Plus, smaller class sizes mean more instructor involvement, often resulting in better grades. Myers noted that Parkland College boasts a 94 per cent completion rate for university programs compared to 65 per cent at larger campuses. The dropout rate at Parkland is virtually non-existent. And, on average, Parkland students score 10 per cent higher than students at larger campuses.
“We’re very proud of our students and the instructors who prepare them for a fulfilling career,” Myers said. “They’re constantly showing us that there are so many ways to get ahead at Parkland College.”
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