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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.
Microcredential grad turns carpentry passion into a career Following a free eight-week Housing Construction Fundamentals microcredential program, April works as a Carpenter Apprentice at Wagmatcook First Nation's Housing and Public Works, where she loves helping her community.
Helping students learn and succeed with simulation NSCC with community partners in health education are using simulation techniques to replicate healthcare situations allowing students to learn, practice, try new things and even make mistakes without injuring patients.
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.
Microcredentials 101: Short courses, long-term career benefits NSCC introduces an innovative approach to continuing education with microcredentials, offering a fast-track to skill enhancement. Explore the advantages of this accelerated training.
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.
NSCC Women Unlimited grad finds success as a Red Seal Welder Krista Langille wanted a hands-on, physical job. After completing NSCC’s Women Unlimited program, she discovered her passion for welding. She now works as a Red Seal Welder with Irving Shipbuilding.
Career comeback through free microcredentials Jodi takes advantage of free microcredentials, quick courses, offered at NSCC to upgrade her skillset as she prepares to re-enter the workforce after being laid off during the pandemic.
NSCC trades grad grows skills and confidence through Women Unlimited program Sam wanted to change careers but wasn't sure what steps to take. Thanks in part to Women Unlimited - a free program for diverse women to explore trades - she now works in refrigeration and air conditioning.
Military veteran turns passion for technology into a new career After a 21-year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Keith Cusson now has a career flying drones and using other cutting-edge technology he learned through NSCC's Remote Sensing program.
NSCC student manages setbacks to pursue healthcare career Zena Jarvis began the Continuing Care program in 2015 and returned in 2022 to continue her studies in the program. She plans to graduate in 2024 and pursue her dream of a career caring for others.
NSCC student pursues high school diploma and passion for baking Donna Johnson always wanted to get her high school diploma. Just months away from retirement, she contacted NSCC and found the support she needed to achieve her goal and pursue an additional College program.
Plumbing graduate proud to represent women in trades Taylor O'Hearn was encouraged to pursue a trade from a young age. She's now a graduate of NSCC's Plumbing program, working toward earning her Red Seal and aims to be an example for women considering trades careers.
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.
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 Culinary grad training to compete in WorldSkills competition Olivia Sewell, NSCC Culinary Management graduate, will be the first Nova Scotian and NSCC Alumni to represent Canada in cooking at the WorldSkills competition taking place in Lyon, France, September 2024.
Pursuing her passion for creativity Anisa Francoeur knew college was the right choice for her. Now she’s taking what she learned and keeping things creative with a career in graphic design. Learn more about her journey and tattoo-inspired art.
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.
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.
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.
Ivany Campus | March 7, 2023 Piling installation is now complete for the Student Housing Project at Ivany Campus. The next stage will see the construction of the north-end retaining wall and concrete being poured.
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.
Ivany Campus | February 7, 2023 Crews are halfway through the piling installation on Ivany Campus's Student Housing Facility. This portion of work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first week of March 2023.
Financial awards for Black and African Nova Scotian students When you submit a general application to our student awards portal, you have the opportunity to self-identify and be matched with dedicated awards for Black and African Nova Scotian students.
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.
Student research funding opportunities No matter what you’re studying at NSCC, there are opportunities to get involved in research. Learn about two new research funding programs and application deadlines.
Behind the scenes After studying at NSCC, two time grad Keandre Johnson entered an industry where less than 19% of people identify as Black, Indigenous or people of colour. The TV and film production newcomer has since lent his skills to award-winning programs including Diggstown and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Getting down to business Genevieve Allen-Hearn is passionate about Kentville. The business owner, publisher and community-builder is strengthening the town's business sector, celebrating its cultural infrastructure and flipping the script on rural communities.
Building a future When Jerry Lewis applied to carpentry at NSCC, his reasoning was simple: proximity. He never dreamed the decision would lead to owning and renovating multiple event venues popular with brides, Instagram influencers and musicians alike.
Leading the charge When Kohltech Windows and Entrance Systems wanted to determine if their residential windows could function as solar panels, they contacted NSCC’s Applied Energy Research Lab and researcher Cole Gregory for help.
Celebrating a milestone For more than two years, the pandemic disrupted NSCC's in-person convocation ceremonies. However, this June, more than 4,000 students from 14 campuses graduated during 20 individual ceremonies held in communities across the province and live-streamed around the world.
Building a community Construction projects underway across Nova Scotia will add significant space to the College's pan-provincial footprint and greatly impact its ability to meet the diverse needs of learners.
Chefs, partners build life on Easy Street Culinary Management grad Kelly-Jo Beck and her fiancé Lalanya Kaizer (Cook Apprentice) are two-thirds of the talented trio behind the award-winning Easy Street Diner in Halifax.
A concrete foundation for a new career With online classes and a focus on practical skills, NSCC’s Professional Sales program gave Christina Blair the flexibility and confidence she needed to pursue a career in sales.
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.
Nova Scotia is Where It’s At There’s no shortage of things to see, do and taste in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley region, and Jeremy Novak, owner of Where It’s At Tours, is excited to show it all off.
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.
A nursing dream fulfilled It was an unexpected visit to the Valley Regional Hospital that first sparked Tyler Wentzell’s interest in pursuing a career in the medical field. Today, the nurse and Middleton native is a three-time NSCC graduate and one of two fall Convocation valedictorians.
The business of music Myke Bulley doesn’t see himself as musical, but with multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artists on his artist roster and the world's best in the business using his company’s software, the Music Business grad says he feels at home in his career.
A day in the life of an ASL Studies student Ever wondered what a typical day looks like for an NSCC student? Hadley Brooks-Joiner, an NSCC American Sign Language (ASL) Studies grad, shares her daily routine at Ivany Campus.
Grad-owned business 'Ups' their NSCC connection Kate Elliot (Public Relations ‘14) has always been an active alum in the NSCC community. During the College’s 25th anniversary, she reached a personal goal when her business was hired to help with celebrations.
Alum duo makes visual reconnection with College A few months before convocation, classmates Jane Nicholson and Kristen Brown created Arrow & Knot Productions in an editing room at NSCC’s Ivany Campus. This year, their videography company reached a huge milestone after being selected to be part of NSCC’s 25th anniversary.
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.
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.
Grad builds innovative new school in Barbados When Ryan Massiah left Barbados at 20-years-old to pursue new opportunities in Canada, he couldn’t have imagined that he’d one day return as the CEO of a multi-stream organization building a not-for-profit school in his home community in cooperation with the United Nations.
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.
Flexible ways to study Business Administration Ivany Campus offers a number of flexible learning options to fit your needs and preferences, including daytime, face-to-face, online and evening classes.
Managing wellness in turbulent times Taking steps to feel our best is an important part of tending to our mental health and overall wellness. Try these practices from our Manager, Employee Health and Wellbeing.
Connection and community With support from NSCC International and EduNova’s Study & Stay™ in Nova Scotia program, Amelia arrived in Springhill ready to build a career as an early childhood educator. Today, she’s an active alum who helps others forge connections and build community.
Back to nature Nathan Crowell is helping the Whale Sanctuary Project better understand the future site of North America’s first whale sanctuary. By gathering data on the seafloor, tides and flushing rates in Port Hilford Bay, he’s helping provide answers to complex questions.
Recipe for success Chefs Mark Paterson and Krista LeTerte are building a culinary empire on Cape Breton Island. The two, award-winning talents and their team create hundreds of thoughtfully curated, expertly prepared apps, entrees and desserts each day for clients across four lines of business.
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 life’s purpose At the age of 6, Vanity Thompson knew she wanted to become a nurse. While life took a different path than expected, she discovered her dream was within reach when she enrolled in the African Canadian Transition Program. Today, she’s a nurse in the QEII’s COVID-19 Unit.
Looking back. Thinking forward. While the Nova Scotia Community College we know today was officially created in 1996, our history can be traced back well beyond 25 years to 1872, when Nova Scotia’s first technical and vocational school opened.
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.
An excellent student leader Levi Ogbaje, a 2nd-year Welding Inspection and Quality Control student at NSCC Pictou Campus, has received the 2021 Silver Award for Student Leadership Excellence from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).
Work-integrated learning at NSCC Learning on the job as part of your NSCC program is called ‘work-integrated learning’. March is National Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning Month - learn more about what work-integrated learning is all about.
Smarts, strength and resilience At 52, Christine MacKenzie enrolled in Welding Inspection and Quality Control at Pictou Campus, returning to the classroom after more than 30 years in the workforce. Today, she is a Certified Welding Inspector and a committed life-long learner.
Shipbuilder achieves childhood career dream during pandemic Unique Jones-MacKenzie achieved a childhood dream when he became one of 20 graduates from the Pathways to Shipbuilding Program for African Nova Scotians, which concluded at the Halifax Shipyard during the global pandemic.
Sharing Black stories, amplifying Black voices More than five years ago, Radio Television Journalism students at Ivany Campus began investigating a generations-old injustice in the historically-Black community of North Preston. Second-year student Matthew Byard and his fellow continue this work today.
A virtual exchange When COVID-19 required Culinary Management students and faculty to cancel a planned NSCC International trip to the Philippines for the Culinary Cup, an international culinary competition, all was not lost. Students and faculty organized a virtual, culinary exchange that would bring the tastes of Nova Scotia to the Southeast Asian nation.
Building a legacy Antonia Wareham graduated from the first Pathways to Shipbuilding Program, offered in partnership with Women Unlimited in 2015. Today, she's a Red Seal Welder at the Halifax Shipyard and a mentor to others.
Two-Eyed Seeing Kieran Wasuek Johnson spent her summers discovering nature alongside Mi'kmaw Elders on the Bras d'Or Lakes. Today, she's a camp mentor who weaves traditional knowledge and formal training to protect, discover and experience Unama'ki.
From the ground up André Rosnok completed his Carpenter apprentice technical training and Red Seal Exam at Marconi Campus. Today, he's leading the team of skilled workers building the campus's new home in Downtown Sydney.
Turning the tides Neil Laamanen is helping small- and medium-sized businesses bring their ocean innovations to life at SEATAC, the College's technology access centre – including a 3D metal print that’s become a world tidal sector first.
Standing on guard Trinidadian army veteran Davis Whittle came to Canada in search of new opportunities and to complete the Criminal Justice program at NSCC. He's now a Correctional Officer at the province's largest correctional facility.
Compassion for learning With support from generous donors, Rebecca Lombardo and nearly 500 other students were loaned laptops to support their continued learning and connect them to virtual support services at the College during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
3 ways to help someone choose the right career Choosing a career path can be daunting. Job-seekers can often focus on getting “a job” as opposed to “the job.” You can help them make the best decision.
5 top jobs and the college programs that can get you there There’s a lot to think about when choosing a career. While it’s most important to choose a path that matches your interests and skills, knowing the employment opportunities is important. Here are some of Nova Scotia’s most in-demand jobs and the college programs that can get you there.
10 things you won't believe our alumni are doing today There are thousands of NSCC grads making an impact across the province, country and world. Meet 10 alumni who are making a name for themselves near and far. Their accomplishments are sure to impress.