Over 100 new teaching positions have been filled at the Saskatchewan Distance Learning Centre.

Approximately 129 positions have been filled, ranging from educators to superintendents and principals, with an additional 30 teaching vacancies remaining open.

Employment opportunities are available at the main campus in Kenaston as well as the nine regional campuses in the cities of Estevan, La Ronge, Moose Jaw, Neilburg, Nipawin, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Swift Current, and Yorkton.

“Our government is extremely pleased with the level of interest that teachers have shown in working for the new online school. We look forward to bringing together top talent from around the province to provide high-quality, flexible online education to students, regardless of where they live in the province,” said Education Minister Dustin Duncan.

In addition to the hiring of teaching staff, the province has also announced that they will be hiring a number of student support staff for each regional campus to support DLC students in person or online.

Students who are wanting to attend online classes will be given the option to attend on a part-time or full-time basis, with no cost for students under the age of 22. Sask DLC Chief Executive Officer Darren Gasper said that Sask DLC is excited to give students the opportunity to access online learning throughout the province. “Sask DLC is excited to see so many students accessing online learning across the province. More courses mean more opportunities for students to find a subject they love and be set up for a successful future,” said Gasper.

The new online schooling will offer more than 180 online course options, covering all core requirements for each grade as well as high school electives such as agriculture and sustainable food production, communications media, creative writing, drafting CAD, financial literacy, hairstyling and aesthetics, law, mental wellness, photography, psychology, and wildlife management, among others.

The Saskatchewan DLC is expected to be fully operational by fall 2023.