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Important academic update

April 23, 2021 – Anna Burke

Good afternoon everyone:

On this first full day of heightened Public Health restrictions, public school closures and with growing case numbers in our province, I know there are a number of questions about wrapping up our winter term and preparing for spring/summer courses and work placements.

Public Health has deemed learning and working essential activities and on-campus/in-person learning at NSCC can continue. Student Services will continue to be delivered both online and in-person. As has been the case throughout this academic year, our continued cooperation around following public health protocols (distancing, masking, sanitizing and staying home if you’re unwell) still offer us the best protection against the spread of COVID-19 as individuals and as a community.

With that said, there are circumstances that may make it difficult to attend learning and working activities in-person and we want to ensure we support people through this uncertainty as best we possibly can.

Winter term

The term officially concluded yesterday (Thursday, April 22). Some students are wrapping up coursework and other requirements and some are working to complete supplementals by the deadline of May 25. These activities can continue.

Spring/Summer term

All courses and milestones scheduled for the spring and summer terms will continue as planned, including work placements. A reminder that students have until the end of the Spring and Summer term (August 4) to withdraw without academic penalty. Students should reach out to their faculty or student services advisor to work through any challenges that may impact your progress in your course(s).

Work Placements, Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

A number of employer partners are working through what the new restrictions mean for them and we understand this may impact work placements. At this time, work placements as graduation requirements are not changing. We will monitor and assess this closely over the coming days and weeks and work with students and employers on solutions where issues arise. If there are changes to your planned placement due a change in employer or personal circumstances, please connect with your faculty, faculty advisor or placement coordinator.

Apprenticeship

Technical training at NSCC locations will continue as scheduled. The NS Apprenticeship Agency has cancelled all apprenticeship exams in the Halifax Area and is advising those affected to contact their Industry Training Consultant.

Skills Canada – Nova Scotia Competitions

Organizers decided to suspend all Skills Canada – NS competitions. These exciting annual competitions involve so many dedicated students and faculty at NSCC and we know this was a difficult decision for our partners at Skills Canada – Nova Scotia.

Convocation

As noted in a previous update, Convocation will be a virtual ceremony in October. This date will allow students additional time to complete graduation requirements and celebrate with the Class of 2021.

Looking ahead to 2021-22

We are finalizing our program delivery plans for the upcoming academic year and look forward to sharing these plans with you in May.

Once again, as a learning community, we find ourselves answering a call to adapt and find our way forward through uncertainty. You have all inspired me with your dedication to your work and studies – and, most importantly, with your commitment to your safety and the safety of our communities. Please know that we will be closely monitoring provincial updates and public health directives and if further changes are needed, we will reach out with updates.

Stay safe, be well and please remember that supports for students and employees are available.

Anna

Last updated on: August 18, 2021 11:57 AM