Premier Brad Wall announced Tuesday that the Government of Saskatchewan is providing $10 million in funding to support construction of the Trades and Technology Centre at Parkland College in Yorkton.
“Saskatchewan is experiencing remarkable growth, which will result in a number of employment opportunities, many of which will be in the skilled trades,” Wall said. “The new Trades and Technology Centre will increase the number of graduates in many highly skilled areas that are needed in Saskatchewan and will make it possible for students from the Yorkton area to learn closer to home.”
“The Government of Saskatchewan is demonstrating its leadership in providing a great investment in post-secondary infrastructure for the Parkland Region,” Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers said. “The Trades and Technology Centre will yield educational excellence, foster innovation, cultivate inclusion, and create accountability to the citizens of the Parkland Region as well as the entire province of Saskatchewan.”
Parkland College has raised $8.27 million within the Parkland region through its Capital Campaign.
The new facility will cover more than 25,000 square feet and is expected to help address the trades and technical training needs of the region by graduating an additional 360 students and providing upgrading for more than 2,000 workers annually.
The planning phase for the Trades and Technology Centre is complete and design is well underway. The project is expected to be ready to proceed with tenders in November 2013. Construction will begin early in 2014 with the facility scheduled to open for classes in the fall of 2015.
Premier Wall also highlighted the Provincial Government matching a $150,000 scholarship donation by the Yorkton Tribal Council to Parkland College to help provide local First Nations youth with scholarship dollars over the next five years. Ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per student, the post-secondary scholarship is available to applicants from the Yorkton Tribal Council’s six member First Nations – Cote First Nation, Key First Nation, Keeseekoose First Nation, Ocean Man First Nation, Sakimay First Nation and Kahkewistahaw First Nation – to assist with students’ tuition, materials, living expenses and transportation costs. Parkland College is awarding $20,000 of the scholarship in 2013, $40,000 in 2014 and $80,000 in the remaining three years to coincide with the opening of the Trades and Technology Centre.
“One of our government’s priorities is to help find new opportunities and to remove barriers to our Aboriginal young people so they can receive post-secondary training and education,” Wall said. “This scholarship is a good example of how working together can make that happen.”
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