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Woman librarian sitting at desk with historical maps placed in front of her
Celebrating one of NSCC’s beloved librarians Trish Leblanc dedicated 14 years of her career as a librarian at NSCC’s Annapolis Valley Campus overseeing one of Canada’s most historical and valuable map collections; the WK Morrison Special Collection.
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Celebrating International Women’s Day with NSCC grads In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re highlighting five NSCC grads who are making an impact on their communities.
Barbara Roberts stands inside an NSCC campus and smiles at the camera. Deanna Mohamed stands in an outdoor setting wearing a warm jacket while smiling at the camera.
NSCC employees help create a support system for Black advisors NSCC advisors Deanna Mohamed and Barbara Roberts worked with their peers at other post-secondary institutions to create the inaugural Black and African Canadian Student Advisor division of AACUSS.
A group of people people taking videos with their phone of someone presenting in a cave.
Responsible reporting Since 2022, NSCC and the University of King's College have come together for a course that teaches journalism students how to responsibly report Indigenous stories.
A person wearing blue scrubs talking to a person in a white lab coat.
Bridge to success Marcia Helpard is a two-time graduate of NSCC and is set to graduate from the Practical Nursing program in spring 2024.
A person standing in an electrical shop wearing a bronze medal around their neck.
Breaking barriers In February 2023, Hadia Bedoui, an Electrical Construction and Industrial student, clinched a bronze Abilympics medal in Metz, France.
Employee in the kitchen filling containers with the help of two children volunteers
Caring for our communities Over the 2022-23 academic year, Nova Scotia faced a series of devastating natural disasters. The impact of these events was substantial, as was the caring response by so many staff, students and donors.
A person is standing outside looking at their phone.
Empowering safety What started as an idea to develop safety plans for students, has quickly turned into a tangible app with the potential to save lives from the dangers of human trafficking.
Justin Chang, smiling while holding a laptop and standing next to a screen with a map on it
A new start in Nova Scotia While living in Seoul, South Korea, Justin wanted a new start for his family. He is one of a growing number of international students who chose to learn at NSCC.
Two bears are hibernating in a winter scene with a red cardinal.
Video: Happy Holidays from NSCC – December 2023 Wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday season, from all of us at NSCC.
Exterior image of the Solera wall at Sydney Waterfront Campus
New campus promotes sustainability while supporting local From floor to ceiling, Sydney Waterfront Campus is being built with sustainability top of mind and will include a unique and sustainable product that is locally owned.
Advanced Education Minister Brian Wong making an announcement at NSCC Institute of Technology Campus.
Four new student housing facilities announced On November 21, the Province announced new student housing facilities at 4 NSCC campuses.
Nine people are standing on a bridge in the woods.
Breaking systemic division: Africentric and Mi’kmaw ECE cohorts gather for a weekend of cultural exchanges Students from the Africentric and Mi'kmaw Early Childhood Education cohorts joined for a weekend of connection, sharing and rekindling of the deeply rooted relationship between the two distinct communities.
Two hands, one adorned with tattoos, collaboratively braiding long strands of grass on a marshy coastline.
Weaving together Indigenous wisdom and Western science for a sustainable future Collaboratively cultivating sweetgrass, a culturally significant plant, to empower communities, reconnect generations with traditional knowledge, and ensure the plant's vitality for the future.
Tourism students gathered in wooded area next to a wigwam in Kejimkujik National Park
Cultivating a connection between tourism and Mi’kmaq culture Students in NSCC’s Tourism and Hospitality programs forge a deeper connection with Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq culture.
Traditional beadwork with the phrase Mi'kmaq History Month on top
NSCC recognizes Mi’kmaq History Month NSCC recognizes Treaty Day and Mi'kmaq History Month. The purpose of this month is to increase awareness and share the teaching of the Mi’kmaq people.
Construction of Sydney Waterfront Campus
Sydney Waterfront Campus will welcome first cohort of students, September 2024 Set to open in September 2024, Sydney Waterfront Campus will relocate Marconi Campus to downtown Sydney. Read about the new features and spaces.
Quinn Legg, NSCC grad, providing automotive service and repair
A standing ovation for new grad who came out as transgender during valedictorian speech Quinn Legg’s experience as a transgender person in his younger years caused him to become shy and fearful of new situations. But that changed when Quinn started the Automotive Service and Repair program at NSCC.
NSCC’s Construction Fundamentals program is introducing students to a variety of skilled trade careers and apprenticeship, while also allowing students to give back to the community.
Students give back to community while exploring trades careers NSCC’s Construction Fundamentals program is introducing students to a variety of skilled trade careers and apprenticeship, while also allowing students to give back to the community.
Five individuals stand in front of a wall smiling at the camera.
Students develop safety app to combat human trafficking What started as an idea to develop safety plans to prevent students from violence has quickly turned into a tangible app with the potential to save lives.
A woman is riding a bike passed a wall covered in live plants. There is a NSCC logo in the top right corner with the Together | Ensemble conference logo.
Sustainability champions gather at Akerley Campus for national conference Sustainability champions gathered at Akerley campus for national conference to discuss progress on Sustainable Development Goals.
Six Music Business students sit on a set of stairs outside.
Launching a label Music Business grads have created their own record label business and are already signing local artists.
Don Bureaux, NSCC President and Katie Orr, Director of NSCC International pose with 3 others, holding an award and a framed certificate as they receive the Global Excellence Award.
Video: NSCC wins global engagement award NSCC receives the Global Engagement Award, recognizing outstanding innovation, creativity and leadership for internationalization.
Paul Adams is pictured. He is standing in the atrium of the Black Cultural Centre in Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia.
Design for difference Paul Adams is a two-time NSCC grad and the official designer of Nova Scotia’s annual African Heritage Month posters - a role he was honoured to take on following his NSCC co-op placement.
Lisa Mader is pictured.
National research into student homelessness underway Homelessness is a growing problem for post-secondary students all over Canada. Lisa Mader, Student Services Counsellor at NSCC, is part of an in-depth, national research study on the topic.
A group of people in festive holiday sweaters sit in two rows and smile at the camera.
Video: President's Holiday Message Happy holidays from all of us at NSCC. Read the president's entire holiday message.
Woman speaks with group of young children around a table. They are smiling.
Bringing diversity to early childhood education For the first time in Atlantic Canada, an entirely Africentric experience is available for African Nova Scotians pursuing early childhood education.
Hands hold dried herbs over a body of water.
Nikamajtu't Mawita'nej NSCC was honoured to collaborate with the Turtle Island Institute to celebrate Mi’kmaq Sign Language through song and film.
Akerley Campus housing project rendering
NSCC launches three new housing builds Construction is underway to build three new campus housing facilities at the Akerley, Pictou and Ivany campuses.
A group of students takes a selfie.
International students arrive at NSCC for educational exchange Nearly 30 students from post-secondary institutions around the world had arrived in Nova Scotia to study with students and instructors at NSCC’s Akerley, Ivany and Kingstec Campuses.
Image of hut in middle of the Caribbean.
New NSCC International ecotourism project in the Caribbean Read more about the new NSCC international ecotourism project in the Caribbean.
An image announcing NSCC's inaugural Honorary Governor title recipients: Senator Dan Christmas, Liza Macdonald, Carol Snider, Rob Sobey and Paul L. Walter.  The image features photos of each recipient, the nscc Board of Governors' logo and the heading 2022 Honorary Governor Recipients.
NSCC establishes new Honorary Governors award, names recipients NSCC has awarded five former NSCC Board of Governors with the title of Honorary Governor. The new award recognizes former Board members who continue to embody the passion, leadership and generosity of the College and remain ambassadors of NSCC’s core values.
Woman on a bike rides by a green wall.
Innovative sustainability at NSCC At Nova Scotia Community College’s 14 campus and multiple community learning sites, sustainability is woven into nearly all aspects of student and employee life. From photovoltaic arrays that feed into the province’s electrical grid and a multitude of electric vehicle charging stations, to a robust recycling program that diverts 75% of garbage away from landfills, NSCC takes its commitment to positively impacting the environmental sustainability of the province very seriously.
Megan Longmire is pictured.
Blending training and culture in early childhood education Megan Longmire of Bear River First Nation says she never considered pursuing a career as an early childhood educator; but when the mother of four was deemed underqualified for a job at her community’s childcare centre, she was presented with an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.
An Early Childhood Education teacher showing a group of children something in a garden.
Early educators are in demand Marconi Campus is now offering our popular Early Childhood Education program to help people like you achieve your dream of becoming an educator. Marconi Campus is now offering our popular Early Childhood Education program to help people like you achieve your dream of becoming an educator.
Books on a library shelf featuring a label on their spine that features a bold, four-colour, two-dimensional, north-facing turtle. The turtle’s shell into four, distinct quadrants of solid white, yellow, red and black.
Wi’kipatmu’k Mi’kmawey Riki Lee is the artist behind a new program at NSCC’s campus libraries. The spines of all Mi’kmaw and other first-voice, Indigenous materials have been affixed with a label featuring her deeply-symbolic design — making research easier and celebrating Indigenous content.
A woman, wearing scrubs, a badge and a stethoscope around her neck, walks in front of the QE2 Hospital. She is smiling broadly.
A life's purpose Vanity Thompson is a two-time NSCC grad and nurse at the QEII's COVID-19 Unit. Learn how she gained the confidence at college to pursue her dream career.
A man in a black sweater looks at the camera and smiles. A number of books on a shelf can be seen behind him.
Strength through story Andre Fenton is a two-time NSCC graduate, award-winning writer and youth mentor. Learn how he draws on his skills and experience to help young people find their voice and the strength to tell their stories.
Construction updates
Construction updates Construction at nine of NSCC's 13 physical campuses and 6 community learning centres is ongoing following announcements by the Province of Nova Scotia in 2019 and 2020. Learn more about this work and view photos of the progress.
Two band members wearing orange shirts. The man is playing guitar and the woman is playing keyboards.
The Revival Initiative NSCC students launch online music series during pandemic.
Three photos are shown. In the first, a woman in a red t-shirt and hat stands behind stacks of full food containers. In the second, the food containers are shown close up, with other food items also shown in small bags.
Culinary student feeds 300 long haul drivers Kingstec Campus Culinary Management student Joan Godsey is making to-go meals for the 300 commercial drivers of Eassons Transport Group in Kentville, NS., during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A man wearing a white t-shirt sits at a microphone and holds a brown guitar. His eyes are closed, and his mouth is open while he sings.
Covers for Comfort NSCC grads use music to spread happiness amid pandemic.
A young woman wearing blue coveralls stands in front of two cars with open engine bays. She is smiling and holds a wrench. She is in an automotive shop.
Finding Her Voice NSCC student rises from suicide attempts to serve as mental health ambassador, ally.
A woman wears a white shirt and holds a pepkwejete’maqn (Mi'kmaq drum). She is singing and beating the drum with a stick with a red end. Her hair is braided. There is a green field behind her.
Courage to lead Mika Francis, a Kingstec Campus grad, is a drummer, singer and advocate for Mi’kmaq youth, culture and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
A man sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a buttoned-up plaid shirt and jeans, measures a railing with a yellow measuring tape.
Accessibility matters Encouraged by Rick Hansen, grad comes out of retirement and heads back to class at NSCC.
A woman wearing a colourful scarf, smiles broadly while looking towards the horizon. Water can be seen in the background.
A world of possibilities Valedictorian assists entrepreneurs in Peru and Vietnam with NSCC International.
The partial exterior of the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship is shown. The letters C O V E are attached to the side of the building.
COVE, a collaborative environment COVE – the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Enterprises – has become a reality.
A young man leans against a door casing while smiling at the camera. He is wearing a blue suit and tie. There is a wood clad wall and exposed lightbulb to the left. Behind the man is a room with modern wallpaper.
Giving back Marketing grad supports shelter that fed him while he was homeless.
A woman with brown hair sits across a table from a blonde child. The child's face is not shown. The woman is smiling and wearing a yellow shirt and plaid jacket. Behind the woman is a paper pad on an easel and brightly coloured paper attached to a corkboard.
The language of learning Research study by NSCC alum supporting d/Deaf community.
A young man wearing green scrubs and glasses looks into the camera. In the background lush, green plants can be seen.
Continuing Care grad sails into Africa Just days after graduating, Liam Dee volunteered to join the crew of the ship Africa Mercy.
A man in a blue shirt, safety glasses and orange hardhat looks off to the top, right of the image. In the background there is a partially-constructed navy ship and a tall crane.
Pathway to success Brad Paul is a graduate of the Pathways to Shipbuilding for Indigenous Students program.
A woman in a purple shirt and black pants walks down a street. She is smiling and holding back her hair with her right hand as the wind blows. Trees and houses can be seen in the background.
Shattering the silence around mental health NSCC grad creates mental health support organization.
A woman, wearing a purple hijab sits outdoors in a modern green chair at a small round table. In the background tall buildings can be seen.
Be the change NSCC student helping support flood victims in Bangladesh.
A man wearing a t-shirt, jeans and glasses, stands on the sidewalk outside of a greenhouse. In the greenhouse, several seated seniors can be seen.
Community crops NSCC Social Services student leads greenhouse build for retirement home.
A man, Ray Ivany, stands in front of the doors to NSCC Ivany Campus. He is wearing a blue suit jacket, white shirt and pink tie. He is smiling.
Waterfront Campus renamed Former NSCC president Ray Ivany recognized for lasting contributions to the College, province.
A young woman wearing a chef jacket and pill-box cap, stands behind a tall, deli counter and passes a jar to a woman in a pink sweater whose face is not seen.
In a pickle NSCC Culinary students solve local business’s product supply problem.
A group of individuals in warm-weather clothing stand in front of a newly constructed gazebo.
A real community build NSCC Carpentry class builds gazebo for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities.
The top half of St. Mary's Polish Parish is seen against a cloudy sky. On the center steeple a metal cross can be seen. A bird is flying on the left.
Reaching new heights NSCC Marconi Campus Metal Fabrication students and faculty help rebuild a lost landmark.
A group of 21 individuals stands close together and smiles for a photo in a firehouse. While most appear to be students, the two on the far right are not. Both are dressed in business attire. One is dressed in a uniform.
Students build lockers for Sydney fire station NSCC Marconi Campus students partner with industry for hands-on-learning project.
Two men talk while leaning over an open car engine bay. The car and both men's workwear is also blue. They are in an automotive shop.
Automotive course, training provides Syrian refugee with new start Customized training provides Syrian refugee with new start in automotive repair.
A group of 19 individuals stands close together and smiles for a photo.
Amnesty International recognizes student work NSCC Radio Television Journalism students win Amnesty International Canada Youth Media Award.
A young man looks off to the top right off the image. He is smiling while sitting at a table. His hand is on a book. He is wearing a button-up plaid shirt. The background is bright and open.
Fleeing Syria  NSCC’s first Student Refugee Program participant arrives in Canada.