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Recent grads paying it forward to empower future students

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The 2020 class during an event to announce a $228,476 federal investment to NSCC Akerley Campus, for the Pathways to Shipbuilding for African Nova Scotians project under the new Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness program

The Black Empowerment to Success Award

The 2020 class from the African Nova Scotian cohort of the Irving Pathways to Shipbuilding Program is paying it forward. The group, made up of 20 grads, is behind an initiative to set up a new award – The Black Empowerment to Success award, that will be available for African Nova Scotia students attending Akerley Campus.

“As part of our time at the Akerley Campus, we were supported by faculty, our family inside the classroom, and the combination of community programs and efforts. We are now looking to give back that same support and effort,” Juno Keizer, a representative of the group says.

Deion Parsons, another program participant adds, “It is important to recognize the determination and discipline it takes to accomplish goals. We hope to make a difference for someone in the same way so many others have for us.” 

This award will support two students, one male and one female, who identify as African Nova Scotian. Successful applicants must have a financial need, be enrolled in a part-time or full-time Diploma program at NSCC Akerley Campus, and maintain a grade of 80% or higher.

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