Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers was in Ottawa Tuesday for the release of the federal budget, and will be there Wednesday to meet with Members of Parliament and officials. Her goal is to secure a federal contribution toward the College’s new Trades and Technology Centre.
“Employers in the Parkland Region suffer from an acute shortage of the human resources required to support rapid economic growth. The community has chosen Parkland College as a vehicle to supply the graduates with the skills employers require,” said Myers.
“We enjoy tremendous financial support from our community,” she added. “Individuals and companies in the area have already contributed almost $5 million in cash and the City of Yorkton has committed prime land valued at $3.5 million. Premier Brad Wall recently announced a provincial commitment of $10 million toward the Centre. We are looking to the Government of Canada to match the provincial contribution.”
The federal contribution would support facilities for the trades and professions associated with construction, and would allow the College to launch a Bachelor of Nursing Sciences program. Registered Nurses are in short supply across Saskatchewan.
“So far, we’ve had a positive reception across Ottawa,” Myers said. “The federal government’s focus on training and youth employment is aligned with what we offer. We are looking for an investment in College infrastructure so that we can train the graduates our employers need to grow our economy.”
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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