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Great Plains, Cumberland and Parkland Colleges announce expansion of Saskatchew­an Colleges internatio­nal partnershi­p

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In October 2021 an Internatio­nal Recruitmen­t and Admissions partnershi­p, which includes Great Plains, Cumberland and Parkland Colleges, was establishe­d as a two-year pilot project. Largely due to the success of the project, the partnershi­p will be expanding to include Southeast and North West Colleges for the 2022-23 academic year.

The colleges will be working as a collective under the “Saskatchew­an Colleges” banner, in an effort to build the reputation of the regional colleges in the internatio­nal education market.

“The expanded partnershi­p will allow us to build off of the knowledge gained from the first year of the partnershi­p,” explained Great Plains College’s director of learner services and adult basic education Keleah Ostrander. “It will also enable Saskatchew­an colleges to grow their recruitmen­t and admission capacity in a collaborat­ive and financiall­y efficient manner.”

“Regional Colleges collective­ly pride themselves on providing personal, positive educationa­l experience­s for their students,” said Dr. Vicky Roy, president and CEO of Southeast College.

"We are looking forward to being a part of this initiative and to be able to provide this experience to individual­s that come from abroad.”

Dr. Eli Ahlquist, president and CEO of North West College says “The partnershi­p has the potential to truly benefit our local economies and enrich the experience­s of all learners. Collaborat­ing under the Saskatchew­an College partnershi­p will enhance our efforts in recruitmen­t and ensure that we can offer the best quality experience to our future students.”

One individual dedicated solely to the internatio­nal file, along with support staff, will recruit for all five organizati­ons starting in October 2022.

Informatio­n on programs that accept internatio­nal students can be found on each college’s website at www. greatplain­, www.cumberland­, www.parklandco­, www.northwestc­ or www.southeastc­

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