The President's Blog

Exploring the future

November 23rd, 2015

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to attend one of the most important events in Parkland College’s calendar: the annual education and career fair we have come to know as Career Explorations. We marked its sixth anniversary with another outstanding day. Thanks to our partnership with Christ the Teacher and Good Spirit school divisions we are able to offer a day that meets a broad range of needs and interests.

 

Well over 2,000 students came through the doors that day. Participants were able to gather information from a range of post-secondary institutions and speak with local and provincial employers about employment and career opportunities.  In addition to the 87 booths available to students, a variety of presentations were provided to give more in-depth information. We were pleased to have Kendal Netmaker, founder of Neechie Gear, join us to share his entrepreneurial knowledge and experience. Kendal continued the entrepreneurial momentum started when we incorporated Cole Thorpe, founder of Prairie Proud Apparel, into the 2014 program.

This event has grown over the years and continues to attract not only local students but also students beyond our area. While this expansion and growth may not have been envisioned six years ago, it is certainly welcome. The development of Career Explorations is symbolic of the growth we are experiencing at Parkland College. As our region grows, Parkland College and our partners grow to meet the needs of students, business, industry and our communities.

 

Career Explorations 2015 was full of opportunity and challenge.  I was amazed at the variety of choice and the many excellent career paths on display for students.  I was also struck by the challenge this presents for Parkland College. We must be prepared to adapt and change if we are going to remain relevant and be attractive to a future generation of learners and employers. Standing still and watching change happen around us is not an option. Like the students in attendance, Parkland College also faces a very exciting future.

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