RBC Foundation supports Trades & Technology Centre with $50,000 donation

Yorkton, SK – The RBC Foundation announced on Friday its support of the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre with a donation of $50,000.

The contribution is part of Parkland College’s first ever major capital campaign, the first such campaign undertaken by a Saskatchewan Regional College. The RBC Foundation’s donation pushes the total raised to over $2.2 million. Parkland College is working to raise $5 million as its part of a partnership with the City of Yorkton, the Parkland region, and the provincial government.

“We at RBC are so proud of our partnership with Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre,” commented RBC Commercial Financial Services Vice President Lynette Gillen. “We believe in the important role that education plays in building vibrant communities and healthy economies.”

The state of the art Trades and Technology Centre will have the capacity to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year, and also upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

“This facility is required to help keep the economic boom going in East Central Saskatchewan,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “Our campaign has tremendous momentum and we are thrilled to add such strong support from RBC.”

Lynette Gillen (Vice President, RBC Commercial and Financial Services, Regina and Parkland Market) and Sandra Hollinger (Account Manager, RBC Commercial and Financial Services, Yorkton Branch) present a $50,000 cheque to Dr. Fay Myers (President - Parkland College).

The Trades and Technology Centre represents a significant expansion of education options for such high-demand careers as power engineering, heavy duty mechanics, electrical, and machinists. Programs scheduled for the new facility are new offerings. It will not reduce or take any training away from any other Parkland College location.

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.

To learn more about the Parkland College campaign or to contribute, visit our Giving website.

About Parkland College
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.

About RBC’s Commitment to Community and Sustainability
Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 49 other countries. RBC is recognized among the world’s financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 – 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers, one of Canada’s 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Learn more at RBC’s website.

RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
Email: [email protected]

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