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NSCC launches $25-million Make Way Campaign to support access to education, student success

October 5, 2017 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – The NSCC Foundation kicks off Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC in communities throughout the province today. The goal of the campaign is to raise $25 million to support student success at Nova Scotia Community College, through student aid, innovative learning opportunities, instructional equipment and centres of expertise.

Special launch events are planned at NSCC's 13 campuses and learning centres. Money raised will remain in the local area and be invested in campus-specific priorities.

"Make Way has been engaging business and community leaders for the past two years, garnering tremendous response from people who care deeply about helping students and creating a better province for everyone," says NSCC President Don Bureaux.

"We know that 36 per cent of NSCC students are the first generation in their family to attend post-secondary. Make Way will ensure that even more students have the financial resources to access a potentially life-changing education."

In 2016-2017, the NSCC Foundation awarded 1,000 scholarships and bursaries, and helped 850 students through unforeseen circumstances with urgent aid. However, it received 16,000 applications for awards that same year. The funds invested in the College through Make Way will mean more resources to support students like:

  • Samantha, a 30-year-old single mother in Yarmouth who was working in hospital housekeeping but yearning to do direct patient care. A bursary allowed her to enrol in the Continuing Care program at Burridge Campus
  • Ryder, a recent university grad, who was feeling the financial strain of pursuing additional post-secondary training via the Advanced Diploma in Marine Geomatics from NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences, but received help in the form of an entrance bursary
  • Dana, who had to make a mid-life career change after a workplace injury. While studying Occupational Health & Safety at Marconi Campus, she thought she would have to choose between continuing her program and ensuring she had a roof over her head. NSCC's Urgent Aid Fund helped her through that rough spot, which assisted her in reaching graduation in June 2017

Make Way leverages the belief that education has the power to transform lives. At NSCC, we know that when students succeed, we all succeed. In areas of the province where NSCC is a community and innovation hub, that success means improving the economy and elevating quality of life. 

The campaign began quietly when The Joyce Family Foundation generously donated $4.6 million to NSCC in June 2015. Recently, members of the Sobey family committed $6.5 million to Make Way, pushing the total pledged to date past $21 million.

"The NSCC network represents the economic future of our province," says Rob Sobey, Make Way Chair. "We want to facilitate opportunity and change, through education."

The Campaign Advisory Team also includes NSCC President Don Bureaux; Irene d'Entremont, President, ITG Information Management Inc.; David Hoffman, Co-CEO, Bragg Group of Companies; Scott McCain, President, JSM Capital Corporation; and Robbie Shaw, Chairman, DynaGen Technologies.

About the NSCC Foundation

The NSCC Foundation is dedicated to helping students in financial need and improving access to education. In 2016-17, we invested more than $1.02 million in our students, harnessing the generosity of donors and industry partners to provide scholarships and bursaries, urgent aid, innovative programming, state-of-the-art instructional equipment, extraordinary learning opportunities and enhanced learning through our centres of expertise. The NSCC Foundation is grateful to our donors and sponsors for focusing their investments on students at 'Nova Scotia’s college' – a smart and strategic funding approach that creates a better future for our entire province.

About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120+ programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

For More Information

Skana Gee, Communications Advisor
NSCC Foundation & Alumni Relations
902-491-3214 (o)
902-223-5234 (c)

Kathleen Cameron
NSCC Manager, External Relations


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