Helicopter donation to support student learning


A major donation from the Canadian Coast Guard to NSCC will help Aviation Institute students take their learning to new heights. The centre recently secured one of ten surplus MBB BO 105 helicopters from the federal government. The news was announced in May by Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour, during an event at the Aviation Institute. “Students from Nova Scotia Community College will benefit from the Government of Canada’s donation,” he said. “There is nothing like being able to provide students with the opportunity to grow and develop their skills by learning on real Coast Guard assets.” The donation is welcome...

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New award honours PR grad Maggie McFarlane


Maggie McFarlane was passionate about her family, education, and pursuing a career in public relations. Now, a bursary in her name aims to foster those values at NSCC. “Maggie loved formal education. She said she’d be happiest to stay enrolled in school forever,” says Mark Lewis, Maggie’s widower. A Sudbury, ON native, Maggie enrolled in the Advanced Diploma Public Relations program in pursuit of a new career, shifting gears from her previous work as a librarian and researcher. “Maggie was a devoted mother and wife,” he says. “She joked that she would leave her kids with a fully stocked library, and she did....

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A new pathway for career opportunities for African Nova Scotians at the Halifax Shipyard


A new program launched in April will provide 20 African Nova Scotians with an opportunity to study welding at NSCC and secure careers with Halifax Shipyard building the Royal Canadian Navy’s future fleet. A collaboration of industry, academia, government, and African Nova Scotian community partners, Pathways to Shipbuilding for African Nova Scotians is an Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence program. It will include a 14-week program comprised of personal readiness, academic refreshers, and essential skills training with career exploration focused on welding and metal trades. Upon successful completion of the readiness program, students will begin the pre-apprenticeship welding diploma program at...

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Using GIS data to build accessible, interactive maps


Working towards a psychology degree, Vanessa Campbell says she often found herself thinking more about her geography and cartography electives than she did about the degree’s core classes. “I heard about the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) while I was in university,” says Vanessa. “Some NSCC instructors came to my class to introduce the Geographic Sciences Advanced Diploma. I remember it being incredibly interesting. I immediately started looking into COGS and Geographic Information Systems.” From Kensington, PEI to Lawrencetown, NS It was the change and opportunity for pure learning that Vanessa was longing for. After completing her degree, the PEI native made a...

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