As opportunities in sciences, trades and technology continue to grow, NSCC and the Nova Scotia Government are working to ensure women interested in pursuing careers in these traditionally male dominated sectors are able to do so.
Thanks to a new $100,000 endowment fund supported by the province, women will have further access to training in sciences, trades and technology at NSCC. The fund, announced in March at the NSCC Kingstec Campus greenhouse, will ensure women studying at NSCC in those fields can apply for assistance for years to come through the Bread & Roses Bursary.
"We're thrilled that the Bread & Roses Bursary program will continue to allow women in science, trades and technology programming to pursue their education here in Nova Scotia," says Jane Davies, executive director of the NSCC Foundation, which manages the fund. "This fund truly helps women pursuing a career in these vital sectors by helping ensure they can meet their educational costs like tuition, child care, transportation, school supplies and other necessities.
Since its inception in 2009, the Bread & Roses Bursary program has helped 55 women study in science, trades and technology at NSCC.
For the past five years, female students in technology, trades and science-related fields at NSCC could apply for the $1,000 bursaries. However, the funding had to be secured and approved each year. This year, the province, Encana Corporation and the Canadian Auto Workers Union are contributing a total of $25,000 for Bread & Roses bursaries. Additionally, the new $100,000 endowment fund will protect long-term funding for the bursary program.
"The Bread & Roses Bursary has been an enormous help to me in continuing my education here at NSCC," says Courtney Madore, a Horticulture and Landscaping Technology student at Kingstec and recipient of the bursary. "The award gave me the financial assistance I needed to pursue this career and it really has meant the world to me."
"With a demand for skilled workers just around the corner, the time is now to increase and advance women in trades and technology careers,” says Education Minister Ramona Jennex, who made the announcement at Kingstec on behalf of Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “This sustainable funding will help encourage women to pursue careers in trades and technology through NSCC, today and into the future.”
NSCC is grateful for the contribution from its partners – the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Encana Corporation and the Canadian Auto Workers Union.