Student Success Stories
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 Journeyperson 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.