The President's Blog

And so it begins…

August 10th, 2015

I am certain the diversity and complexity of the Parkland College is unknown to many. As I reflect back on my first few weeks at Parkland College, it is the diverse programming that has left a lasting first impression. We are just beginning to enter the busy programming time for the College and already the variety of activities at Parkland College is evident.

As I write the blog entry, we have four of Parkland College’s staff many miles away in Jamaica, conducting training sessions. Director of Academics and Student Services Kami DePape, ABE Coordinator Linda Heshka, Essential Skills Consultant Gail Gorchynski, and Facilitator Kim Kyle-Zwirsky are in the Caribbean nation as part of an ongoing international project. The team is delivering Train the Trainer sessions for HEART Trust institutions on everything from essential skills and teaching strategies to environmental sustainability and using technology and social media in the classroom. I know they have put many hours of hard work into the preparation for the week long training sessions. I look forward to hearing about the experience when they return.

On August 4, 2015 Parkland College welcomed a group of new recruits to our NFPA 1001 Professional Firefighting program in Melville. This group of recruits will spend the next 3 months taking part in a variety of training activities within the classroom, community and at our fire training site just east of Melville.

Last week also saw an event that will further develop the diverse programming at Parkland College. The College received notice of substantial completion on the construction of the Trades and Technology Center in Yorkton. While there still remains some work to be completed, college staff are preparing for the opening of the new facility which will house a variety of programs including Welding and Power Engineering. The facility looks amazing and we cannot wait to have it full of students in a few short weeks.

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