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NSCC announces revised programming and delivery changes for fall

Jun. 08, 2020 – Media Release

HALIFAX Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) has announced its plans for program offerings and delivery for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.

Programs will be offered either fully online (through scheduled and/or non-scheduled classes) or through a blended format with online and on-campus classes. There will be no fully on-campus programs for the 2020-21 academic year.
The College’s revised 2020-21 program plan allows the delivery of 130+ programs in ways that follow public health guidelines, while upholding its commitment to academic integrity and excellence in teaching and learning. The changes also ensure program offerings match the needs and demands of the province’s rapidly changing economy. 
Campuses will open with significant modifications to ensure students and employees have access to the spaces, tools and technology necessary to support teaching, learning and service delivery. More information on what access this fall will look like for each of our 17 campuses and learning centres will be provided in the coming weeks. All on-campus activities will meet public health guidelines, such as physical distancing and limitations on gatherings.  

As the College continues to support 2019-20 students towards their graduation goals, the Class of 2020 will be celebrated in the fall. Some students are still completing courses and program requirements, some of which have been delayed due to health and safety restrictions around availability of in-sector placements for students due to the pandemic.
NSCC President Don Bureaux says incoming and returning students can expect the same high-quality programming delivered by faculty who are experts in their industries, even if delivery looks a little different in the coming year.
He notes, “The health and safety of our students, employees and broader community are of paramount importance to the College. Like all others adapting to our new reality, the upcoming year will look slightly different as we continue to deliver high quality programming while sharing in the collective commitment to minimize any further spread of COVID-19.”

The College has published all 2020-21 tuition, fee and program costs. To reflect the changes to program delivery, students will need to have access to technology to support their learning.
Bureaux says, “We know many students are experiencing financial strain due to the pandemic and we are here to work with them to find opportunities for assistance through federal and provincial programs, as well as over $1 million in student awards available and assistance through the NSCC Foundation.”  
The president adds, “Our College community has shown remarkable ingenuity and resilience in response to this global pandemic. This is a demonstration of the determination that will subsequently help fuel Nova Scotia’s recovery.” 
For more information go to NSCC’s website. 

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. NSCC offers more than 130 career-oriented programs throughout the province at our 14 campuses, including our online eCampus. Programs are offered through five academic schools – Access, Education and Language; Business and Creative Industries; Health and Human Services, Technology and Environment; Trades and Transportation – and reflect the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. An annual survey of College graduates shows that 88% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

For more information

Niki Toomey, Communications Advisor, NSCC

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