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Saskatchewan announces $1 million in funding for trades and technology centre

Regina, SK - Saskatchewan's Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan has announced that the provincial government is providing $1 million in design funding through its 2013-14 budget to Parkland Regional College for a new Trades and Technology...


Regina, SK – Saskatchewan’s Advanced Education Minister Don Morgan has announced that the provincial government is providing $1 million in design funding through its 2013-14 budget to Parkland Regional College for a new Trades and Technology Centre in Yorkton. Yorkton is a city in southeastern Saskatchewan, near the Manitoba border, that was founded in 1882.

“Our government recently rolled out the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth to support the growth of our province and provide a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents,” Morgan said. “I am pleased that the Trades and Technology Centre will support the goals of the Growth Plan by investing in infrastructure and educating, training and developing a skilled workforce.”

“The Saskatchewan government was facing many fiscal choices this spring, we are honoured that it has chosen to support local skills training to address the ongoing labour shortage,” Parkland College president Dr. Fay Myers said. “The government’s leadership is critical for the success of the Trades and Technology Centre, and we couldn’t be happier that we have the province’s support.”

“With the significant economic growth in our province, there are a large number of employment opportunities projected to occur in trades, transportation and equipment operators,” Yorkton MLA Greg Ottenbreit said. “I am delighted that the future Trades and Technology Centre will be able to train more skilled workers closer to home in the Yorkton region.”

The college is currently conducting a fundraising campaign and hopes to raise at least $5 million from local partners toward the project. The city of Yorkton has contributed land valued at almost $3.5 million.