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Callum Mireault

For NSCC alum Callum Mireault, the pull of Nova Scotia Community College is almost as strong as the pull of the ocean.

"I wouldn't be where I am without NSCC," says Callum during Our Ocean Playground Education Day in Halifax, where his appearance was sponsored by the NSCC Foundation’s Alumni Engagement Fund.

A featured speaker at the event, which drew 750 junior and senior high students from across Nova Scotia, the Cobourg, ON native was among the first students in NSCC's emerging Oceans Technology Advanced Diploma program (he found the program through a Facebook ad). He graduated from NSCC in 2015 after earning his BSc in marine biology from Dal.

"I went in with a pretty open mind, for the applied skills. I just said 'Give me everything you got!' " says Callum, whose internship included time in the far north with ArcticNet. "Right from the get-go, it became very clear that I could really hone my skills in underwater photography … to think that this is what I get to do for the rest of my life is astounding to me."

He's now doing his Masters degree in geography at Memorial University, but expects to be back in Nova Scotia during breaks – possibly on the Ivany Campus furthering his research into sea potatoes (NSCC's Craig Brown is one of his advisors) – and maybe beyond.

"I'm really excited to see where the program goes. It offers such broad skills and knowledge, and NSCC is really finding a niche market with advanced diplomas."

"I went in with a pretty open mind, for the applied skills … I wouldn’t be where I am without NSCC."
Callum Mireault
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