Parkland College is pleased with the 2015-2016 Saskatchewan Budget, delivered Wednesday by Finance Minister Ken Krawetz.
Parkland College will receive $4.5 million this year to complete construction of the Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. It is the final installment of a $10 million commitment the government made in October 2013.
“This project couldn’t happen without the Government of Saskatchewan, and we thank the province for its support,” Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers said. “We are excited to open the doors on our new building.”
The Trades and Technology Centre is on track to open this September. Initial programs to be offered in the new facility include Power Engineering, Welding, Agricultural Machinery Technician, Multi-Mechanical Trades, and Heavy Equipment Truck and Transport Technician. Prospective students can now apply for those programs.
Elsewhere in the budget, the College’s growing scholarship initiative will again be able to access at least $100,000 in Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship funding. This program matches donations from non-government organizations and businesses to double the impact of scholarships. Parkland College accessed this funding in the 2014-15 academic year and awarded over $194,000 in scholarships.
“Overall, we are very happy with how the budget impacts the College,” Dr. Myers added. “These measures will have a positive impact on students and communities in our region,” Myers added.
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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