PotashCorp announces matching gift in support of Trades and Technology Centre Capital Campaign

Yorkton, SK – Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) announced today that it will match community and industry contributions to the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign to a maximum of $1.225 million. The expansion at Parkland College in Yorkton is necessary to sustain the rapid economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan.

“At PotashCorp, we understand that a skilled labour force is key to a sustainable future,” said Lee Knafelc, Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration at PotashCorp. “For communities across Saskatchewan, and companies like ours, a new generation of skilled talent will be needed to fuel growth and prosperity.”

Parkland College is in the midst of its first ever major capital campaign. This gift represents the first of its kind, and the largest of its kind, ever given to Parkland College.

The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will house training space and classrooms that will allow the College to produce more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually. This project represents a significant expansion of services and program delivery options that are not currently available in the Parkland region.

“This important gift comes at a critical time in the development of the Trades and Technology Centre, and provides the college and the region with significant momentum. We are grateful to PotashCorp for its vision, encouragement, and leadership,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

“We know the demand for skilled tradespeople and technicians is expected to remain high in this province for a long time. We have a lot of support from the communities and industry partners in our region. They’re telling us this needs to happen. And a commitment like this from PotashCorp will go a long way to making it a reality,” Myers added.

The Trades and Technology Centre will help deliver on the vision of a stronger Saskatchewan and bring new opportunities to the Parkland Region. Investments in the project will provide the necessary resources to sustain economic, social, and cultural growth.

“Our strength as a province and a region has always been our people,” Myers explained. “Building a community where families are confident their children can receive a good education is vital to attracting and keeping our greatest asset.”

About Parkland College:
Parkland College offers an array of educational services to adult learners in East Central Saskatchewan. Students can choose from trades training programs from SIAST and other institutes, the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings, as well as Industry programs, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, English as an Additional Language, and Career and Student Services.

About PotashCorp:
As the world’s largest crop nutrient company, PotashCorp plays an integral role in global food production. The company produces the three essential nutrients required to help farmers grow healthier, more abundant crops. With global population rising and diets improving in developing countries, crop nutrients such as potash, phosphates and nitrogen offer a responsible and practical solution to help produce the food we need, from the land we have.


For more information contact:
Dr. Fay Myers
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6588
Email: [email protected]

Rhonda Speiss
Manager, Corporate Philanthropy
Phone: 306.933.8544
Email: [email protected]

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