Financial support helps student manage NSCC program

Nick Richards looks forward to new career, providing for his family

Student Success
Nick Richards is on his way to completing a diploma in Construction Management Technology, thanks to the financial support he received along the way.

After eight years with the Royal Canadian Navy, Nick Richards' future was uncertain. With no work, and a new family, bills began to pile up, which forced him to declare bankruptcy. He thought about going back to school to train for a new career, but was not sure how he could afford it.

Making the decision to return to school

"I decided to take a leap of faith," Nick says. "I had heard about the Construction Management Technology program at NSCC's Ivany Campus and it seemed like a perfect fit for me. I enrolled, but the first day was very stressful because I did not know how I was going to pay for it."

The answer came that same day when instructor Chris Davison encouraged his students to look into financial awards available through the college. Nick applied for every award he could. His efforts were rewarded when he was named as the recipient of the Construction Curling Association Scholarship and Bird Construction Award.

Financial assistance makes graduating possible

"Those awards really restored my faith in humanity," Nick says. "Without that kind of assistance, I might have quit the program. It was clear to me that people at NSCC really cared about me, and it lit a fire under me to succeed."

Nick is on his way to completing his program and is looking forward to launching his new career. "This would not have been possible without the support of NSCC," Nick says. "This is the beginning of something great. I feel it."

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