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Employer spotlight: A Q&A with Atlantic Towing With offices across Canada and beyond, Atlantic Towing is a leader in marine transportation services and a long-time employer of NSCC graduates. Find out why in this Q&A with Atlantic Towing's Kat Rooney.
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Video: A day in the life: Natasha Adult Learning Program student Natasha shares a day in the life as an NSCC student.
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Employer spotlight: A Q&A with Esri Global leader in geographical data technologies and software, Esri is a long-time employer of NSCC graduates. Learn why from Derek Weatherbe, Product Engineering Director for ArcGIS Enterprise at Esri and NSCC COGS alum.
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Video: A day in the life: Emma Join Emma on board a research vessel in Halifax Harbour during an Oceans Technology field experience excursion.
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Employer spotlight: A Q&A with Podstarter Based in Halifax, Podstarter helps creators launch podcasts. In this Q&A, learn why Podstarter is proud to hire NSCC graduates to help meet the demands of a growing industry.
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Employer spotlight: A Q&A with Iris Communications Get to know Sean Lewis, NSCC alum and co-owner and partner of Iris Communications, a strategic communications agency in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In this Q&A, Sean shares why Iris Communications hires NSCC graduates.
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Employer spotlight: A Q&A with Shannex A leader in senior home care, retirement living and nursing home care, Shannex hires NSCC graduates. Find out why in this Q&A.
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First year Game Development students win big at Global Game Jam A group of first year Game Development students from NSCC Truro Campus won an award at the 2024 N.S. Global Game Jam for their game Troubleshoot.
Mackenzie is a Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Techniques student pictured seated at a work table in the Cabinetmaking workshop. She is using a measuring tape to inspect a wood joinery project.
Video: A day in the life: Mackenzie Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Techniques student Mackenzie shares a day in the life as an NSCC student.
Brianna Barton and Chaweewan Saengkhunnatham named NSCC Co-op and WIL students of the year.
NSCC names 2023 Co-op and WIL Students of the Year NSCC named Brianna Barton and Chaweewan Saengkhunnatham the 2023 Co-op and WIL Students of the Year.
2024 NSCC Cumberland Campus graduates Genevieve and Scott MacKay.
NSCC valedictorian graduates alongside daughter NSCC Cumberland Campus valedictorian Scott MacKay graduates alongside his daughter Genevieve MacKay in June 2024.
Cornella is an ASL English Interpreting student. Cornella faces another student who is seated and is translating into American Sign Language.
Video: A day in the life: Cornella Cornella shares a day in the life as an American Sign Language / English Interpretation student at Ivany Campus.
A group of Natural Resources Environmental Technology students stand outdoors in a forested area wearing safety vests and holding clipboards. Mitchell stands in the centre of the photo.
Meet Mitchell Langford Mitchell was unhappy with his career path and decided it was time to make a change. He completed his high school diploma through the Adult Learning Program and is now a Natural Resources Environmental Technology student, tapping into his connection with the natural world.
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Video: A day in the life: Chelsea King Follow along with Chelsea, Marine Navigation Technology student as she participates in the Marine Skills Competition.
Keith Cusson, an NSCC graduate certificate program grad, works with a colleague on a large drone.
Stand out with a graduate certificate Graduate certificate programs are developed to deepen your knowledge and build on skills you've already gained in previous studies.
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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.
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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.
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Breaking barriers In February 2023, Hadia Bedoui, an Electrical Construction and Industrial student, clinched a bronze Abilympics medal in Metz, France.
Mashud Zebo, an NSCC graduate, stands in front of the green wall at Institute of Technology Campus and smiles.
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.
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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.
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Small class sizes mean big results Learn how our expert faculty and small class sizes ensure students get the best applied educational experience in Nova Scotia and beyond.
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January 2024: Start at NSCC Find a program starting in January 2024 and apply today.
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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.
April Googoo, standing in a subdivision in Wagmatcook where she and her uncles are building houses.
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.
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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.
Women Unlimited grad Krista Langille stands next to Megan Miller - whom she mentored - at an Irving shipbuilding facility. They wear safety glasses and hard hats. Krista points to the distance with her right hand.
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.
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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.
Olivia stands atop a red shipping container on the deck of a ship.
A day in the life: Olivia Ferguson Join Olivia for a day in her life at sea on a cargo ship as she completes her 365 days of sea time.
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Video: A day in the life: Nduka Ahilaka Follow along with Nduka as he welcomes new students to campus on the first day of Orientation Week.
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Financial awards for Mi'kmaq and Indigenous students We offer dedicated awards for Mi'kmaq and Indigenous students, as well as many more open to equity-deserving groups.
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7 reasons why you should attend NSCC Open House NSCC Open House takes place on October 19. Discover all that NSCC has to offer.
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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.
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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.
Bryden Surette in the machine shop at NSCC Kingstec Campus.
Grad builds on precision machining skills Driven by a passion for craftsmanship and a desire for hands-on learning, Bryden Surette was drawn to the Precision Machining program at NSCC.
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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.
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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.
Melanie stands in front of an under-construction shed.
A day in the life: Melanie Rose Catch up with Melanie, a Housing Construction Fundamentals student as she takes advantage of a fully-funded program to change her career.
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A day in the life: Ellen MacIntyre Spend a day with Ellen, a participant in Women Unlimited, as she explores future career options in trades.
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Launching a label Music Business grads have created their own record label business and are already signing local artists.
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2022 Graduate Survey Results Within one year of graduation, 96 per cent of NSCC students find employment, with 83 per cent in a field related to their program.
Shaun stands on stage in graduation gown and stole and delivers his speech. An ASL interpreter stands beside him.
Video: A day in the life: Shaun Day See how one NSCC valedictorian spends a day in the life on Convocation Day 2023.
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A day in the life: Leonardo Silva Experience a day in the life of Business - Hospitality student Leonardo Silva as he attends class and works at Fresh 21.
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Watch a recorded program info session Our recorded sessions offer an overview for each program in an easy-to-follow format.
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Watch a recorded virtual info session From the comfort of your home, view a recorded webinar to learn about NSCC.
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A day in the life: Gabriel Bajao Follow along with Gabe, a Business - Tourism student at NSCC as he goes on a fam tour with his class to Nova Scotia's South Shore.
Andrea sits on a hospital bed next to a male mannequin wearing a hospital robe.
A day in the life: Andrea Dovick Get a sneak peek into the life of a continuing care student at NSCC’s Annapolis Valley Campus and see how she balances school with family life.
Ribi, a young woman from Kenya, stands in front of the glass walls of the NSCC Student Association offices.
A day in the life: Sharon Ribi Olal Read about a day in the life of Ribi, a business administration student at NSCC Ivany, as she goes to class and participates in student life on campus.
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A day in the life: Kailey Graves Get an inside look into a day in the life of Kailey – a geomatics engineering technology student and mom of two in the Annapolis Valley.
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6 reasons you should attend NSCC Virtual Open House Read about the reasons you should attend our Virtual Open House March 28 - 31, 2023.
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Teli Ktuapsimk Read about how Mi’kmaq Early Childhood Education program students spend a weekend learning to use culture, land and language to process and heal.
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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.
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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.
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A natural storyteller Stephanie Joline is part of a new generation of filmmakers using their art and influence to share the stories, voices and experiences that are often forgotten.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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6 reasons why you should attend NSCC Open House Read about 6 reasons to attend Open House on October 27, 2022.
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How to combine college and university Learn how to use your NSCC diploma to get a head start on a four-year university degree.
An NSCC Graphic Design graduate sits in a home office and looks at the camera with a slight smile.
New programs respond to rapidly changing economy Explore NSCC’s new programs that will prepare you for the jobs of tomorrow, today.
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A new career in tech Sandrico Provo’s decision to go back to school for IT Programming at NSCC helped him find a tech career in Nova Scotia that he loves.
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Upgrading courses or marks We offer a few ways to upgrade your high school courses or pick up the missing credits you need for post-secondary study.
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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.
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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.
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Attend Virtual Open House, March 29 - April 1 Learn all the reasons to attend our Virtual Open House in spring 2022.
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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.
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Video: The Future is Youth (FIY) program Learn all about the Future is Youth (FIY) program and becoming an NSCC grad.
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Video: Turn your passion for music into a career Whether you want to be in front or behind the stage, NSCC gives you the skills to get ahead in this highly competitive space.
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Why you should take Music Business Whether you’re an artist or a fan, get the practical skills and business knowledge you need to build or grow a career in the music industry.
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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.
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It's the small things The small things we do each day can have a big impact on our mental wellbeing. Explore some of the small things you can do to feel your best.
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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.
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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.
Compassion for learning
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.
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Study while you work to advance your career in behavioural interventions Study while you work to advance your career in behavioural interventions.
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African Nova Scotian ECEs are needed now, more than ever before Jaden Dixon is a second year student in the Africentric Early Childhood Education program offered at the Akerley Campus.
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Africentric Learning Matters The importance of Africentric learning and the positive influence it can have on students.
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Disability Supports and Services professionals are in demand Disability Supports and Services graduates are in high demand in Nova Scotia. Enter a rewarding career.
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Is a career in Disability Supports and Services right for you? If you have these strengths, it may mean you’d enjoy a career in disability supports and services.
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Nova Scotia needs early education gurus According to Nova Scotia Labour Market Information statistics, the province needs trained leaders in early childhood education.
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Caring careers for caring people Are you a caring person looking for a career in Nova Scotia? Here are three programs to consider.
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Photography grad heads to Paris through articulation agreement NSCC Photography grad heads to Paris through articulation agreement.
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Share your passion NSCC instructor Erin Moore helps her students grow and change as journalists and as people.
An man wearing a chef's jacket and tall chef's hat stands in a commercial kitchen. Five chefs in pill-box caps and white chef’s jackets are gathered around the other man and appear to be listening to something he is saying. Jars can be seen on the workspace in front of them.
Yes, Chef! Chef Gilles Godin teaches the next generation of cooks how to keep their skills and their knives sharp.
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5 ways to make your student awards application stand out NSCC offers over 700 scholarships, bursaries and awards. You can help make your application stand out by following these steps.
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6 easy habits for sustainable living Wondering how you can help the planet? Try these tips at home, school, and work.
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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.
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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.