Student Success Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.