About Southeast College

Southeast College serves a region that encompasses over 70 communities spread throughout 20,000 square kilometers in southeast Saskatchewan.

We operate campuses in six communities, including: Assiniboia, Estevan, Indian Head, Moosomin, Weyburn, and Whitewood. Through partnerships with post-secondary institutions, we deliver a wide variety of career, vocational, and academic programming to meet the educational, economic and labour force demands of southeastern Saskatchewan. Additionally, the College serves many business and industry stakeholders by offering numerous business, safety, and industrial programs and courses at our six campus locations.

Vision/Mission/Values

Vision

Leading the way, reaching people and communities through the power of learning.

Mission

To provide access to learning experiences and information that enable people and communities to meet the realities of today and create opportunities for tomorrow.

To achieve this…

We serve learners by using our strengths and expertise to create student-focused programs and facilitate access to programs developed by others.

We support communities and people by providing learning experiences that help them to develop and adapt to change.

We support our colleagues with cooperation, teamwork, encouragement, and mutual respect.

We provide collaborative, innovative leadership in creating and ensuring learning opportunities.

Values

We believe living is learning, and everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Access to knowledge and information is vital to health, growth, and development for individuals and communities.

We believe our plans and programs should be community based. We involve communities and community based groups in the college, and we provide support to them through community development and the use of community resources. Our activities are focused on the needs of the learners and the clients we serve. We seek partnerships and collaboration, and we practice decision-making that is open, honest, participative, and inclusive. 

We place a high value on flexibility and innovation. Our programs and services are responsive to the changing needs of communities and individuals. We welcome change as opportunity, and we act as agents of positive change that reflects our vision, values and mission.

We place a high value on a positive and professional environment. Our everyday attitudes and behaviors reflect enthusiasm towards learning and work, a sense of humour in the face of challenges, and enjoyment in the company of colleagues and those we serve. We are committed to professional development.

We respect people. We appreciate diversity and encourage tolerance. We recognize individual contributions. We treat people fairly and equitably.

College History

Origins as a Community College

Southeast College was originally established in 1975 as the South East Region Community College; part of a new college system in Saskatchewan.

“The college is the people of the community” – this was the fundamental principle Honourable Gordon MacMurchy stressed when addressing the initial charter Board members of South East Region Community College. Each and every Board member addressed that challenge with a dedicated purpose, a sense of creative planning and a co-operative approach.

It was in this spirit of co-operation and community development that the College was built. Decisions about the programs/courses to be run were made by people in the community, using existing facilities. The College became the community co-operating and working together to bring programs to the community. It provided the opportunity for a lot of people to develop their self-esteem and hidden potential.

A very dedicated College staff worked closely with communities to establish the backbone of the college system – the volunteer contact committees. A tremendous amount of credit goes to the staff and volunteers. By 1978, this volunteer network existed in many southeast communities.

Going Regional

Following the proclamation of the Regional Colleges Act in 1987, South East Region Community College was renamed Southeast Regional College, becoming one of nine Saskatchewan colleges. Saskatchewan Regional Colleges receive their primary funding through a base operating grant and specific program support funding distributed by the provincial government department of Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training. In addition, Southeast Regional College generates funds from contract revenue and tuition fees.

In 1990, the College established the Energy Training Institute to meet the growing training needs of southeast Saskatchewan’s energy industry.  Building on the success of working closely with community, the Energy Training Institute developed its safety training programs in consultation with an Advisory Board made up of local business and industry contacts.  After 20 years, the Saskatchewan Energy Training Institute has a track record of meeting the needs of the energy industry.

A Future Built on a Strong History

While initial start-up was slow, a firm foundation was laid through the co-operative efforts and support of the Board, College staff, contact committees, communities, school boards, the business community, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment, and Immigration, the Ministry of Agriculture, University of Regina Extension Division, the technical institutes and other groups in the community.

Our College has a proud history of adaptation and responsiveness to the people and communities of southeast Saskatchewan. During the first 40 years, the commitment to the founding principles of “community-based” technological, trading and global trends have revolutionized the way we live, work, play, and learn.

To celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2015, the College received a brand refresh. As part of the refresh, the College was officially renamed Southeast College. The new name better reflected the evolution of the College and acknowledged that new and flexible learning options allow programming to be delivered on a broader scale.

What is the role of the College in building the communities of tomorrow? This is the challenge for all members of the Southeast College community. In true pioneer spirit, the founders created the South East Community College from a vision based on a belief in people and communities. The College is confident that this spirit is still alive and thriving in rural Saskatchewan. It will ensure that the College continues to meet the emerging needs of the people and communities in southeast Saskatchewan in the 21st Century.

Board of Governors

The esteemed members of our Board of Governors are responsible for setting the strategic goals of our college as well as overseeing our overall institutional performance.

Judi Jones - Chair (Weyburn)

Judi Jones - Chair (Weyburn)

Sonja Dahlman - (Assiniboia)

Sonja Dahlman - Vice Chair (Assiniboia)

Janice Giroux - Vice Chair (Weyburn)

Janice Giroux - (Weyburn)

Bernie Bjorndalen - (Estevan)

Bernie Bjorndalen - (Estevan)

Ray Boutin - (Carlyle)

Ray Boutin - (Carlyle)

Jim Vermeersch - (Estevan)

Brenda Stevenson - (Carry The Kettle First Nation)

Brenda Stevenson - (Carry The Kettle First Nation)

2017-2018 Board of Governors Meeting Schedule

September 13, 2017 – Weyburn
October 4, 2017 – Weyburn
November 1, 2017 – Estevan
December 6, 2017 – Weyburn
February 7, 2018 – Weyburn
March 7, 2018 – Weyburn
April 4, 2018 – Estevan
May 2, 2018 – Weyburn
June 6, 2018 – Kenosee Inn