Yorkton, SK – The SaskTel Pioneers presented a cheque for $7,500 today to the Parkland College Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. The provincial SaskTel Pioneers Chapter 59 is contributing $5,000 while the local Yorkton Club is providing $2,500.
The Pioneers are SaskTel’s volunteer force with over 4,000 members province wide. These current and former SaskTel employees volunteer about 60,000 hours of their time each year on a wide range of projects and raise approximately $300,000 annually for Saskatchewan communities.
The college’s expansion in Yorkton is necessary to sustain the rapid economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. 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.
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.
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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