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NSCC, Junior Achievement partner to promote entrepreneurship

May 16, 2018 – Media Release

Halifax, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia (JA) have signed an MOU to explore opportunities and benefits offered through a partnership to promote entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia.

"Students and graduates must see themselves as entrepreneurial thinkers within their communities," says Sheri Williams, manager, NSCC Entrepreneurship. "NSCC and JA can help by providing the resources and tools they need to help realize their potential."

Through the sharing of resources and expertise, the two organizations will increase cooperation and collaboration for the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem across the province to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. As stated in the One Nova Scotia report, to rebuild the province, especially in rural regions, the role of business and entrepreneurial initiative are crucial parts of education.

"Introducing kids to careers in their communities and getting them more attached to the labour market early will only benefit them and the province over time," says Shakara Joseph, director, Strategic Partnerships at JA Nova Scotia. "By transferring knowledge, sharing resources and providing support, this partnership is a great way to make those introductions."

The first event supported by the new agreement is World of Choices, which brings students together with mentors working in related fields, industries and professions and helps clarify career and educational pathways for participants. NSCC is hosting the event at campuses across the province from May 8 to 24.

May 8 - Lunenburg Campus May 16 - Ivany Campus
May 10 - Marconi Campus May 17 - Truro Campus
May 11 - Burridge Campus May 24 - Kingstec Campus

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 plus 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.

About Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia

JA Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on three educational pillars: financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. JA recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas. For every $1 invested into JA programs, $45 is created in economic prosperity.

For More Information

Billy Comeau, NSCC
NSCC Communications Advisor


Shakara Joseph
COO, Junior Achievement Nova Scotia