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Federal government renews partnership with NSCC to extend marine training

The Marine Training Program at NSCC provides training for Indigenous Peoples and women

Mar. 20, 2023 – Media Release

Port Hawkesbury, NS -- On March 16, the federal government announced that it would be renewing its partnership with three institutions, including NSCC, to extend the Marine Training Program. NSCC will receive $9 million to provide marine training to women and Indigenous Peoples over the next four years, starting April 1, 2023. The project is funded by the Oceans Protection Plan

Making the announcement was the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra. “Indigenous and coastal communities are integral partners in keeping our waterways clean and safe. That’s why I’m proud to announce that our government is renewing its partnership with some of Canada’s leading marine training institutions, through the Marine Training Program and the Oceans Protection Plan. This will provide training and career opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, Northerners, and women across Canada. Thanks to investments like this, we can continue building a strong, safe, and efficient marine industry while creating new jobs and growing our economy.” 

NSCC has 12 marine programs that lead to careers in the marine, fisheries and oceans industries, many of which are available at NSCC Strait Area Campus in Port Hawkesbury.

“This project, over the last four years, has shown that with the right support from the regulatory body, industry partners and a post-secondary educational institution can remove barriers and empower women and Indigenous students to succeed in the marine industry,” says Vivek Saxena, Principal, NSCC Strait Area Campus. “This project is helping to increase participation of women and Indigenous Peoples in the industry and is aligned with our promise as a College to empower those who strive to know more, do more, be more.”  

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 140 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 83% are employed one year after graduation, most in their field of study, with 94% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. 

For more information

Katie Gordon, Communications Advisor, NSCC