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Make Way celebrates generosity of donors, partners

March 05, 2019 – Media Release

Dartmouth, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the NSCC Foundation are thrilled to announce that Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC has surpassed its provincial fundraising goal, while efforts continue at campuses around the province through March 31.

Make Way aimed to raise $25 million to support students, through scholarships, bursaries and urgent aid; as well as through extraordinary learning opportunities, leading-edge instructional equipment and centres of expertise.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, partners and supporters across Nova Scotia and beyond, Make Way has already secured more than $30 million in contributions to help students on their NSCC journey.

“I’m a big believer in NSCC, and the life-changing impact it has on students,” says Rob Sobey, Chair of Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC.

“When I was approached about chairing the Make Way Campaign, I felt honoured and excited. I knew it was an amazing opportunity to help NSCC students,” he adds. “We’ve been taking our message to business leaders, community members, industry partners – and, boy, did they come through.”

NSCC’s first province-wide fundraising initiative, Make Way began in 2014, with a $4.6-million gift secured shortly after from the Joyce Family Foundation, funding bursaries and urgent aid. The Campaign launched publicly in October 2017, shortly after the College’s largest gift ever – $6.5 million collectively from members of the Sobey family – was announced.

“Employees, students and community members have rallied to the cause at our campuses across the province. The efforts and enthusiasm of volunteers, and the response to it, has been inspiring,” says Michelle Bussey, Director of Development, NSCC Foundation. “We have really felt the support of community. And we’re confident that these connections will make a lasting impact on students, their families, and Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life.”

For Melissa Latter, a Continuing Care student at NSCC’s Pictou Campus and single mother of three, that support translated into a bursary that helped her return to school. “It’s extremely comforting to know that some of my financial obligations will be softened,” she says. “I want my children to grow up knowing that you should always follow your dreams. Thank you for helping make my dreams come true.”

About Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC

Make Way is NSCC’s most ambitious province-wide campaign to date, opening doors to education by raising more than $25 million to help students succeed. Through the generosity of donors, partners and sponsors, we are supporting students with scholarships, bursaries and urgent aid, as well as innovative programming, leading-edge instructional equipment and centres of expertise. Make Way is helping secure a strong future by investing in those who will propel Nova Scotia forward.

About Nova Scotia Community College

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 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 93% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

About The NSCC Foundation

The NSCC Foundation is a registered charity and the philanthropic arm of Nova Scotia Community College. We are dedicated to improving access to education and helping students in financial need. With the support of the College, 100 per cent of all donations go directly to supporting students. We believe in NSCC’s Vision that we are “transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time.”

For more information

Skana Gee, Communications Advisor
NSCC Foundation & Alumni Relations
902-223-5234 (c)
Niki Toomey, Communications Advisor
NSCC Marketing & Communications
Nova Scotia Community College
902-476-1004 (c)

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