Located in East Central Saskatchewan, Parkland College is a post-secondary institution that gives students the best of both worlds — diverse educational opportunities with a learner-centered, community feel. Established in 1973 as Saskatchewan’s first regional college, Parkland College offers programming that responds to the demands of students and the needs of the region. At Parkland College, students can complete university degrees, skills training diplomas and certificates, and adult upgrading. Parkland College offers Saskatchewan’s only full-time professional firefighter training program, and the new Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton gives students the hands-on skills for in-demand careers. Parkland College is committed to accessibility, inclusion, and diversity. In small classes, students and instructors get to know each other, often helping students to learn more easily and get better grades. When students succeed, it benefits the individual, the community, and the economy.
- Established in 1973, Parkland College was the first regional college in Saskatchewan.
- Parkland College embarked on the first regional college’s capital campaign in Saskatchewan in 2013, raising over $5 million.
- The College reached a major milestone in 2015 with the opening of the new state-of-the-art Trades & Technology Centre located in Yorkton, SK.
- Our students have a 92% satisfaction rate with the programs and services provided by Parkland College.
- 37% of our students at Parkland College self-declare as Aboriginal.
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Contribute to our Community
Parkland College is committed to delivering the programs and training needed by local businesses and wanted by students. We are committed to bringing innovative and diverse training to prepare our region for continued growth and the jobs of the future. A strong example of the college’s impact is our new Trades & Technology Centre. A business retention and expansion survey found that the number one barrier to growth in the Parkland region was a skilled labour shortage. The new facility greatly expands the College’s ability to deliver more high-demand programs. The Trades and Technology Centre, wrapped up construction in Yorkton, SK and officially opened for classes in September 2015. The addition of this dedicated training space allows more students to enroll in their desired program, while reducing wait lists and keeping students close to home. Six flexible classrooms and state-of-the-art labs and shop equipment give students the best hands-on learning experience possible. And the College’s connections and partnerships with business and industry make the transition from school to employment easier. The centre provides a range of full-time Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs including Agriculture Equipment Technician, Heavy Equipment, Truck and Transport Technician, Multi-Mechanical Trades, Power Engineering and Welding.
Foster Student Success
Denise graduated from the Welding Certificate program at Parkland College in 2014. After two weeks of work experience, she was hired to her first full-time job. The skills Denise gained helped her transition into her career as a welder. As an Aboriginal woman, Denise is breaking down barriers and serves as a role model for women interested in working in the trades.
Originally from Jamaica, Petrice came to Canada to get an education and found out about Parkland College from a friend on social media. She enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certificate program and graduated in 2014. Her training prepared her for her career in the financial services industry. As an international student, Petrice considered Parkland College to be a home away from home, helping to make the transition into Canadian culture a little bit easier.
After trying out several career opportunities, including playing in the Canadian Football League, Mike wanted a career that made a difference in people’s lives. He enrolled in the Professional Firefighting program at Parkland College. As an adult, going back to school wasn’t an easy decision, but his experience at the College made it worth it. Mike was thrilled with the opportunity to learn hands-on, with most of the training done in an actual fire hall and at a training site with live fire props.
Partner with Business and Community
The Mosaic Company, which serves as the world’s leading producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash, has been instrumental in their support of Parkland College and our programs. The company’s support of the College includes assisting with work placements for power engineering students and a major capital investment in the newly opened Trades & Technology Centre. Mosaic continues on as a partner to this day, sponsoring student scholarships, sitting on industry advisory committees, and providing resources and equipment when new projects are undertaken. Parkland College also works with Mosaic to support the ongoing learning needs of Mosaic employees through professional development and customized training.
Parkland College began a partnership with the City of Melville in 2007, bringing together its NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighting program and industrial contracts. Today, this partnership spans training, program support and access to learning facilities. The City of Melville houses the emergency services training site which allowed the College to broaden the depth of training provided to students in the 1001 program and our industrial partners. Students are exposed to industry professionals from day one and the College also has the ability to provide more practice runs and hands-on activities in controlled environments. Without the support of the City of Melville this program wouldn’t exist today.
Support Indigenous Students
Providing educational opportunities and employment outcomes for First Nations students is one of Parkland College’s strategic objectives. More than 37% of studying at the College self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. Many projects incorporate Elders, band counsellors, and the First Nation support people in the intake and in the programming. There are a growing number of training opportunities on First Nation communities as a result of joint proposal writing and meetings on a regular basis with individual communities and tribal councils. Our Elder support program provides cultural guidance, teachings, historical information, traditional knowledge, direction and support to all students. A unique partnership with Yorkton Tribal Council provides local First Nations youth with access to up to $300,000 in scholarships through a studentship agreement. Parkland College is also a proud signatory of CICan’s Indigenous Education Protocol.
Programs & Services of Interest
- Bachelor of Indigenous Education
- Continuing Care Assistant
- Telecommunications Technician
- Introduction to Mining
Date modified: 2016-10-27