Prairie South Virtual School, Great Plains College, SaskPower and Nekaneet First Nation Partnership

The newly signed agreement marks the start of the process to add Class 5 Power Engineering courses to Great Plains College current Adult Basic Education offerings. The new pathway program will allow students to complete their grade 12 education, while also completing the courses and steam-time requirements needed to write the Class Five Power Engineering exam and obtain a Fifth Class Power Engineering license.  The course materials for the two credit courses, Power Engineering 20L and 30L, are being provided from Prairie South School Division - Prairie South Virtual School, who has seen tremendous success by students participating in the online offering.

“One of the priorities in our Adult Basic Education programs is to provide students with quality education, workplace skills and industry connections for employment opportunities, so this new program really fits the bill for all of those elements,” said David Keast, President & CEO at Great Plains College. “Our Maple Creek Program Centre student body is approximately 90 per cent Indigenous, many from Nekaneet First Nation, so we are proud to provide a pathway for more Indigenous students to complete their Grade 12 while taking their first steps in a power engineering career.”jeff boulton power engineering

The proposed program will be open to the college’s Adult Basic Education students and will include two credit courses delivered through a combination of online and in-class learning, safety ticket acquisition and two weekends of hands-on experience: one in SaskPower’s mobile power engineering lab and one at SaskPower’s Chinook Power Station.

“SaskPower is committed to Indigenous employment and is always looking for new ways to provide education, training and employment opportunities for our Indigenous partners,” said Howard Matthews, Vice President of Power Production with SaskPower. “We’ve been working with Nekaneet First Nation for quite some time and we are proud to be involved in this new partnership that will assist students in earning their qualifying steam time for a Class Five Power Engineering license through the course-required hands-on experience.

“In today’s world, young people need a bit of a push to be good citizens,” explained Nekaneet First Nation Chief Alvin Francis. “My hope is that once our youth are trained and employed in this field, they will become role models for others to follow.”


In the picture (L to R):  Howard Matthews (Vice President of Power Production with SaskPower), David Keast (President & CEO at Great Plains College), Nekaneet First Nation Chief Alvin Francis, Jeff Boulton (5th Class Power Engineering Instructor and Principal of Prairie South Virtual School).


The Prairie South Virtual School staff would like to welcome you to the 2019 school year!

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We hope you experience success in your online classes and have a great school year.  Virtual school classes start on Tuesday September 3rd.  Online students will receive an email with course startup information prior to the first day of class. 

On Tuesday Sept 3rd if you haven't received an email please check your junk/spam folder.  If you can't find the email, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., state your name and class you are in and we will email out course information.

Have a great semester!

Paul Hughes - 2019 CAP High School Prize Winner

Congratulations to Paul Hughes who won the 2019 Canadian Association of Physics (CAP) High School Prize Examination.  Paul won the first prize, which included a cheque for $250.  Paul is student who attends Rouleau School and took Physicis 30 online with Ms. Michelle O"Brien in Semester I.  

The results of the Exam will be used by the National Physics Olympiad organization in their search for potential members of the Canadian team, which will go to the 50th International Physics Olympiad, to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel from 7 th − 15th July, 2019. The top three students overall will receive automatic invitations to attend the 2019 National Physics Olympiad Finals.  Paul is currently waiting to hear if he made the selection for the Canadian team.

This semester, Paul has been taking a Career Work Experience class and spending time at 15 Wing Moose Jaw with two aeronautical engineers. His interests extend beyond to rockets. Paul will attend U of S in Engineering Physics in the fall.

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Congratulations Paul and good luck with your future endeavours.






Power Engineering Summer Jobs

SaskPower will be hiring 5th class students from our program.  Students who are currently 17 years old can apply for these positions.  

We currently have a grade 12 student in our 5th Class Power Engineering program in Saskatoon who has been hired for a summer student position.  Elijah Olfert is a student at Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon who has been hired on at the Queen Elizabeth Power Station this summer.  Elijah has been accepted into the 4th Class Power Engineering Program with Great Plains College in Swift Current this fall.  Congratulations Elijah on your summer employment and acceptance into Great Plains College.

Please contact Jeff Boulton - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions.