Nova Scotia Community College

Posted at 10:25 am on October 18, 2017

It’s a chance for high school students to get an up-close look at the next step in their academic career, college.  The Nova Scotia Community College is holding its annual Open House at all 13 campuses on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At the NSCC’s Strait Area Campus Principal Tom Gunn, expects more than 500 students for tours.  Gunn says it has a variety of programs.
On Open House day, students who apply in person will be entered to win a one thousand dollar credit towards an NSCC education at each campus.
Gunn says there will also be a ceremony at 4:30 in the library to celebrate the life of former MP and cabinet minister Allan J. MacEachen.  MacEachen played a role in the establishment of the Nautical Institute, which is part of the NSCC Strait Area Campus.
The Principal of the NSCC Pictou Campus in Stellarton Dave Freckleton, says the Open House gives prospective students a good glimpse of the programs that are available.
Freckleton says all are welcome to the Open House whether it’s students finishing high school or adult learners looking at a career change or to upgrade their education for today’s work place.
Visitors to the Open House in Stellarton will also get to tour a new wing which houses its cabinet making, carpentry, automotive and heavy duty equipment repair programs.

Posted at 8:45 am on October 6, 2017

The Nova Scotia Community College Foundation has officially kicked off the public phase of its $25 million fund-raising campaign for scholarships and bursaries.  Over the past couple of years, the foundation has quietly raised more than $21 million towards that goal.  The most recent gift was 6.5 million dollars from Pictou County’s Sobey family.  With Thursday’s kick-off of what it calls “Make Way-The Campaign for NSCC”, the foundation has launched community fund-raising campaigns at its 13 campuses, including Stellarton and Port Hawkesbury.
NSCC President Don Bureaux says it wants to ensure bursaries and scholarships are available to students facing financial hurdles.
In the last school year, the NSCC Foundation awarded one thousand scholarships and bursaries, and helped 850 students with urgent aid.  However, it received more than 16-thousand applications for awards.  The foundation says funds raised in this campaign will mean more resources to support students.

Posted at 12:32 pm on September 21, 2017

Pictou County’s Sobey family has made the largest ever donation in the Nova Scotia Community College’s history; $6.5 million.
The Donald R. Sobey Foundation will provide four million dollars for bursaries for students who have never considered a college education as an attainable goal.  It is being funded through a personal gift by Rob Sobey.  More than 80 bursaries valued at $2,000 will be provided annually once the endowment is fully funded.
The Sobey Foundation will contribute $2 million for food services education, including busaries. Sobeys Culinary Centres at six campuses including Port Hawkesbury and Stellarton will be upgraded.
Frank, Heather, Karl and Ann Sobey will donate $500,000  in memory of their parents.  Students in financial need studying at NSCC’s Pictou and Marconi campuses can apply for the Doe and Bill Sobey Inspiration Awards to help cover tuition and expenses.