Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) was built with one clear mission – to build Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation.

With this clear mandate informing NSCC’s programming mix, programs offered at NSCC are closely aligned with current and emerging labour market needs in our province. This results in a pool of graduates who are highly sought after to fill critical vacancies. NSCC boasts some impressive statistics with 93 per cent of the students being from Nova Scotia, 92 per cent remain in Nova Scotia upon graduation, and 83 per cent of the graduates are working in their chosen field of study.

As new students prepare to embark on their learning journey in September, it’s exciting to see how their efforts will be rewarded, at times even before they graduate from their programs. NSCC has seen a growing trend of students being hired into employment even before fully completing their studies.

Emma Singer has recently graduated from NSCC’s Criminal Justice program. However, unlike the majority of graduates that day, Singer had to get a ‘day off’ from work to attend the convocation ceremony. She was already hired by the Department of Justice in the spring after her second successful work placement. NSCC faculty worked creatively with Singer to support her employment opportunity, while still ensuring she completes her studies on time.

A first-year Game Development student Alec Cameron not only has exceptional artistic and coding skills, but also developed his networking skills as part of required coursework to get himself known in industry. During his five-week work experience at a game development company in Bedford, Cameron leveraged the skills he gained during his first year in the program helping him land a fulltime job as a 3D artist at that same company. He is now using Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and working closely with his faculty so that he can continue in his developer position and still complete his second year coursework through learning contracts.

An employment opportunity presented itself to Irina Heimerle recently. She is a first-year IT Web Development student who has been working as a paid developer over the summer. Her employer has been so impressed they have just asked her to stay on in a part-time capacity while she continues her second year of study with the intention to hire her fulltime in spring 2019 when she graduates with her diploma.

Such success stories are a frequent occurrence at NSCC. Demand for students having skills gained at the college are at an all-time high. Bright futures and opportunity abound for the next crop of learners embarking on their learning journeys this fall. Seats are still available in several programs including Continuing Care, where learners are often hired part-time following their first industry placements in November. Several other programs including Law and Security, Community Recreation, Academic and Career Connections, and the Adult Learning Program are still open for admission.

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