Yorkton Tribal Council partners with Parkland College

Communities involved are Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Ocean Man First Nation, Key First Nation, Cote First Nation, Keeseekoose First Nation, Cowessess First Nation, Zagime Anishinabek First Nation and Ochapowace First Nation.

YORKTON–Water and wastewater operators play an integral role in the maintenance of a clean water supply supporting the health and well-being of our communities.

Parkland College is partnering with Yorkton Tribal Council and three of their departments (Labour Force Development, Pre-Employments Supports and Technical Services) along with Indigenous Services Canada to deliver a program called ‘Intro to Water Operators’ that will provide strong foundational training in the water and wastewater disciplines.

The program is designed for those who are new to the field of study or those who are already working in the field but who want to upgrade or fulfill their continuing education requirements. This training is made possible through a unique teaching partnership formed between Parkland College and ATAP Infrastructure Management Ltd.

This 19-week program combines weekly online training with ATAP in students’ communities along with weekly classroom training focusing on math and essential skills in Yorkton. This course is divided into eight units and includes presentations, assignments, handouts, and quizzes. Included is two weeks of work placement where the students receive on the job training in the field.

Communities involved are Kahkewistahaw First Nation, Ocean Man First Nation, Key First Nation, Cote First Nation, Keeseekoose First Nation, Cowessess First Nation, Zagime Anishinabek First Nation and Ochapowace First Nation. “By providing the right tools and direction, we can build a prosperous and self-sufficient future for our Indigenous Peoples,” comments Frank Keshane, Director of Adult Education and PES Advisor, YTC.

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