Great Plains College
Great Plains College is at the leading edge of Saskatchewan’s regional college system. The college is focused on meeting the needs of learners, employers and communities in Southwest Saskatchewan. The College’s decentralized campuses are located in Kindersley, Swift Current and Warman with additional programming at locations in Biggar, Maple Creek and Rosetown. Great Plains College offers a number of post-secondary certificate, diploma and degree programs as well as university courses, Skills & Safety Training, Adult Basic Education and English language training. The college strives to provide for the distinct needs of our service area by challenging everyone to continually build a responsive, innovated and results-orientated institution. As a result, Great Plains College was the first regional college in Saskatchewan to introduce a health and dental plan for its students and also proudly boasts one of the strongest scholarship programs in all of Canada.
- Home to the only indoor fall protection and rig rescue tower in the province.
- Sundog’s varsity athletics teams (volleyball and basketball) have won three Provincial Championships, five Coach of the Year awards and celebrated sixteen provincial All-star athletes.
- Campuses are located in Swift Current, Kindersley, Warman, Biggar, Maple Creek and Rosetown.
- Great Plains College has awarded over $1 million in scholarships since 2006.
- The college offers a six-week Heavy Equipment Operator program that allows you to learn through field projects and state-of-the-art CAT simulation training.
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Contribute to our Community
Based on the Economic Impact Assessment (completed by Praxis Research/Strategy in Fall 2014), the combined annual student, graduate and operational impacts were:
- 792 jobs created or maintained within the province;
- $61 million in provincial gross domestic product of which $31.2 million is new wages and salaries; and,
- $15.2 million in federal, provincial, and municipal government revenues.
Foster Student Success
Katelin Peters took her first year of University courses at the Great Plains College Swift Current Campus. She is now enrolled in Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Learn more.
Kathy Andreas, a recent graduate of the Administrative Assistant program at Great Plains College, talks about completing her certificate at the Swift Current campus. Learn more.
Tyler Byers took his Fourth and Third Class Power Engineering at Great Plains College Swift Current campus. He also played varsity volleyball with the SunDogs. Learn more.
Partner with Business and Community
Cypress Health Region and Great Plains College have signed a Partnership Agreement that will enhance the opportunities for Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) educational programming to be locally accessed in Swift Current. The agreement will see a full-time program delivered at the college’s Swift Current campus, which will begin in March 2016 and end in July 2016. In order to meet the staffing levels for the new 225-bed Swift Current Long Term Care facility, the Cypress Health Region has undertaken a massive recruitment initiative that will span across several provinces. One of the identified strategies includes the development of additional local educational opportunities for individuals to complete their required training to become a certified CCA. Great Plains College and Cypress Health Region have a well-established educational partnership that involves a variety of programs such as registered nursing, licensed practical nursing, continuing care assistant, power engineering, primary care paramedic, and others. Learn more.
Family Literacy Day is celebrated on an annual basis in partnership with the Southwest Literacy Committee. The theme for this year is “Wag a Tail for Literacy.” This theme ties in to the Swift Current Library “Read to a Dog” program where kids are encouraged to practice their reading skills with Talla, St. John’s Ambulance’s therapy dog. “Keeping with the theme, we hope that everybody will take a few minutes to reflect on what they learned while reading to their pet,” says Bula Ghosh, Southwest Literacy Committee member and literacy coordinator of Great Plains College in Swift Current. A family literacy evening will be held for English Language Learners at Great Plains College. Partner organizations, including Swift Current Library, Family Resource Centre and Newcomer Welcome Centre will also hold events to celebrate the occasion and increase awareness of the integral role literacy plays in determining quality of life. Learn more.
Support Indigenous Students
Great Plains College strives to care for and support Indigenous students who find their way through its institutional doors and wishes to partner (and has partnered) with Indigenous institutions and peoples. The partnership with the Muscowpetung First Nation in regards to the Bethune Heavy Equipment Operator project; the on-going work of the college with the Nekaneet and Whitecap Dakota First Nations; and the leadership that the Warman Campus’ Student Association has demonstrated in providing opportunities to listen to and learn from Aboriginal peoples and are examples of support and ways that the college is continually increasing its exposure to Indigenous learning opportunities.
Programs & Services of Interest
Date modified: 2016-02-04