NSCC Alum spends four decades doing job she loved

Pictou Campus sorry to bid long-time administrative assistant good bye

NSCC Alum spends four decades doing job she loved

Pictou Campus administrative assistant, Virginia Morgan, celebrates her retirement after four and a half decades supporting the College.

“I have to say I’ve truly had the best job in the world.” ~ Virginia Morgan

Fast Fact

There were 33 employees at the Pictou campus when Virginia Morgan started working there; today there are more than 100.

When Virginia Morgan first entered Pictou County Vocational as a high school student, she never imagined she would spend the next 45 years at that same location, transforming from a young student to a long-serving, valued employee.

“When I see a student coming toward me at the first of the year, I still see myself. It’s such a memorable time. And I get so excited for them at graduation because I’ve never left,” says Virginia, who was enrolled in a two-year secretarial program when she was offered full-time work at the school doing what she loved – office work that led to her role in Accounts Payable.

Virginia retired in the fall of 2016 from her position at what is now NSCC’s Pictou Campus, having changed from a vocational institution two decades ago. She will no doubt continue that connection as an NSCC is Me Alumni ambassador.

“As an alum, I’m so excited to see what the future holds for the college. The opportunities are unimaginable,” she says.

She felt her calling to her profession at a young age. “I always played store – I asked for a cash register one Christmas,” she says with a chuckle. Her starting pay at the time? About 85 cents per hour.

Not only did the pay scale evolve, so too did the school. The Pictou Regional Vocational School with 96 graduates in 1973, grew from a single building site to a renovated, three building community college campus – with a new Trades Wing on the way and a 2016 graduating class of 323.

In all those years, this mother of two boys has never lost her enthusiasm for NSCC, having happily dealt with deliveries, purchase orders, data entry, and mail sorting – and logging 15,000 steps a day (she always took the stairs) as she travelled every inch of the campus with her mail cart.

“I know where every can of paint is. I know where every roll of toilet paper is. I know who sells it to us and how to get it,” says Virginia. Before her last day on Sept. 30, colleagues frequently referred to her invaluable institutional knowledge, telling her ‘Retirement denied!’

Each year she was on the job, Virginia also mentored office administration students from the campus who were interested in learning the ropes. She has no doubt some of those graduates were among the many applicants for her job.

“Because I love it so much, my enthusiasm would rub off on them.” Virginia adds, “I have to say I’ve truly had the best job in the world.”

14/10/16

“I have to say I’ve truly had the best job in the world.” ~ Virginia Morgan

Fast Fact

There were 33 employees at the Pictou campus when Virginia Morgan started working there; today there are more than 100.

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