The Mosaic Company presents major gift in support of Trades and Technology Centre

Yorkton, SK – The Mosaic Company announced Tuesday an investment of $1.225 million in support of Parkland College’s Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Thanks to Mosaic’s gift, contributions to the college’s capital campaign now total over $4.79 million.

Bruce Bodine, Vice-President of Mosaic’s Esterhazy Operations, presents the cheque to Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers.

“Investing in developing a skilled workforce supports growth and sustainability,” said Bruce Bodine, Vice-President of Mosaic’s Esterhazy Operations. “For communities and industry alike, long-term success relies on attracting and retaining people in the areas where we operate.”

The Trades and Technology Centre is designed to bring new programs and services to the Parkland Region to help sustain the economic growth of East Central Saskatchewan. The facility provides the space to train more than 350 skilled graduates per year and upgrade the skills of 2,000 workers annually.

“I cannot thank Mosaic enough for this generous contribution,” said Parkland College President Dr. Fay Myers. “Mosaic’s name is well known in the Parkland Region and all across Saskatchewan. This gift stands out as a great act of leadership and underscores Mosaic’s tremendous impact on our province.”

Last month, the Government of Saskatchewan announced $10 million in funding for the Trades and Technology Centre, encouraging Parkland College to move quickly to build it. The tendering process is underway. Construction is scheduled to being early in 2014, with an opening target of September 2015.

Dozens of community groups and businesses large and small have also put their support behind the Trades and Technology Centre capital campaign. A generous land donation from the City of Yorkton will provide the home for the facility along Highway 9 North, between Darlington Street and York Road.

“Mosaic’s donation is further proof that colleges build communities and communities build colleges,” Dr. Myers added. “It will add strength to Saskatchewan and create wonderful new opportunities for the people of the Parkland region.”

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 The Mosaic Company:
The Mosaic Company is one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of concentrated potash and phosphate crop nutrients. Mosaic operates three potash mines in Saskatchewan at Belle Plaine, Colonsay and Esterhazy. Sustainability is embedded in every aspect of Mosaic’s operations, from community investment and safety programs to energy efficiency and water conservation. More information about the company is available at www.mosaicco.com.

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

Sarah Fedorchuk
Public Affairs Manager
The Mosaic Company
Phone: 306.526.7560
Email: [email protected]

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