Beekeeping course generates considerable buzz


Lauren Park may be a classically trained musician, but the sound of the bees at her Annapolis Valley apiary is music to her ears. “I do think that having the ear of a musician helps me a bit when I am in the field,” says Lauren, who is also President of the Nova Scotia Beekeepers’ Association. “Bees buzz at a slightly different pitch if they’re in a good mood or a bad mood, and when a hive has lost its queen bee, they sound different again.” The ability to gauge the mood of a hive is one of many skills that Lauren is...

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Slam poet returns to shine in Social Services


“I may not ever reach the stars, but that doesn’t mean I can’t shine” – Just Shine Looking to combine his passion for storytelling with his desire to help others, Andre Fenton is returning to study at NSCC for a second time. The award-winning filmmaker, slam poetry artist and NSCC alum will begin the Social Services program at Waterfront Campus this fall.    While learning filmmaking and communication skills in the Screen Arts program, Andre thrived. “If you love doing what you’re doing, you’re going to love every second of it,” he says. “I hadn’t really had a learning environment like that...

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Family completes Adult Learning Program with honours


Laken Betts never made a conscious decision to drop out of school. Struggling with bullying and anxiety, and feeling bored by her schoolwork, she just gradually stopped going. “I always had it in the back of my mind that I would get my education one day,” she says. “I thought about correspondence courses or home schooling, but I never followed through with any of that.” Her brother, Dakota, and her mother, Juanita Priest, could relate to the challenge of getting back on track. Each had left school for their own reasons, and each had given thought to completing Grade 12. But it...

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Out of the Arctic and into refrigeration


Two-time NSCC graduate, Wallace Donovan, has learned it’s never too late to change course and go back to school. In 1994, Wallace completed the Culinary Arts program at Marconi Campus and later became a certified Red Seal chef. Working in his hometown of Ingonish, Cape Breton, Wallace had difficulty sustaining his career as a chef in a seasonal position. An ad in a local newspaper seeking chefs to work in the Arctic enticed Wallace to move there in 2010. Over five years, he worked in the kitchens of a hotel cooperative organization in three communities of Nunavut: Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay and...

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