Parkland receives funding for mine-readiness, electrician programs

July 30, 2014

Parkland College has received funding from the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) to develop 2 projects aimed to increase Aboriginal participation in the mining and resource sector and to increase the number of qualified electricians in the college’s region. The first project funded by IMII is a partnership between Parkland and Carlton Trail College that will see the 2 institutions develop an Intro to Mining course to train Aboriginal people in the region for work in potash mines and processing facilities. The second project will allow Parkland to deliver SIAST’s Electrician Applied Certificate Enhanced program at its Esterhazy campus, to increase the number of entry-level electricians in the area. IMII is providing more than $822,000 in funding for the 2 projects. “We serve the community and deliver in-demand programs to produce the skilled graduates that business and industry need,” said Parkland College President Fay Myers. “We are eager to begin these partnerships so we can contribute to the growth and prosperity of the Parkland Region.” Parkland News Release