Nova Scotia Community College

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Coordinates: 46°7′34.67″N 60°9′58.01″W / 46.1262972°N 60.1661139°W / 46.1262972; -60.1661139

Nova Scotia Community College
Type Public Community College
Established 1988
Affiliation non-denominational
President Don Bureaux
Academic staff
Students 10,000 full-time, 12,000 part-time
Location 13 campuses and six community learning centres throughout Nova Scotia, Canada
Campus Urban - Suburban
Locations Halifax
Port Hawkesbury
Colours blue     
Affiliations CBIE, CCAA, ACCC, AUCC

Nova Scotia Community College, commonly referred to as NSCC, is a community college serving the province of Nova Scotia.

The college delivers a diverse range of programs in the schools of Trades and Technology, Health and Human Services, Applied Arts and New Media, Business and Access. The college has 13 campuses located across Nova Scotia and six community learning centres.

The NSCC organization includes four nationally recognized specialized institutes [1]: the Nova Scotia Nautical Institute, the School of Fisheries, the Aviation Institute, and the Centre of Geographical Sciences[2] a world-renowned leader in Geomatics training. The college has a growing commitment to applied research [3], and has recently embarked on an ambitious international program [4].

Educating over 25,000 students a year, the NSCC provides the majority of technical and apprenticeship training in the province of Nova Scotia. Their President is Don Bureaux. Their College Register is Patsy MacDonald.


Originally Nova Scotia's post-secondary specialized training and vocational institutes operated independently, however on 1 April 1996, the Nova Scotia Community College was created by an act of the provincial legislature as a means to centralize administration, coordinate funding and remove program duplication (An Act Respecting Collège de l'Acadie and the Nova Scotia Community College). Since then, the NSCC network of campuses has evolved into a province-wide, community-based, community college, with polytechnical, applied arts and health science educational programs.

Schools and programs[edit]

The new Dartmouth waterfront campus, nearing completion in 2006.
The Cumberland Campus in Springhill, Nova Scotia.
Forrester Hall at the Truro Campus in Truro, Nova Scotia. This building used to be the Nova Scotia Teachers College until 1997, when the building was turned over to the NSCC.

The NSCC is organized into five academic schools, each headed by a Dean. Schools are further divided into programs, headed by an Academic Chair.

  • School of Access
  • School of Applied Arts & New Media
    • Applied Arts
      • American Sign Language/English Interpretation
      • Applied Communication Arts
      • Deaf Studies
      • Digital Animation
      • Graphic and Print Production
      • Graphic Design
      • Interactive and Motion Graphics
      • Music Arts
      • Music Business
      • Photography
      • Radio & Television Arts
        • Broadcast Journalism Specialization
        • Radio Performance and Audio Production Specialization
        • Television Production Specialization
      • Recording Arts
      • Screen Arts
      • Writing for Publication
    • Information Technology
      • Computer Electronics Technician
      • Computer Service Technician
      • Computer Network Technology
      • Information Technology
        • Programming
        • Systems Management and Networking
        • Web Development
        • Database Management
    • Geomatics (Centre of Geographic Sciences)
      • Survey Technician
      • Geomatics Engineering Technologist
      • Marine Geomatics
      • Remote Sensing
      • GIS and GIS for Business
      • Cartography: Digital Mapping
      • GIS Technician
      • Planning: Land Information Technology
      • Geomatics Programming
      • Applied Geomatics Research Group
  • School of Business
    • Business Management
      • Business Administration
      • Office Administration
      • Medical Office Administration
      • Financial Services
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Human Resource Management
      • International Business
      • Public Relations
    • Applied Business Technology
    • Tourism & Culinary
    • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • School of Health & Human Services
    • Health
    • Human Services
  • School of Trades & Technology
    • Construction
    • Transportation
    • Technician/Technology
    • Natural Resources
    • Manufacturing
    • Energy
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing


The Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth is home to an online radio station that brands themselves "CCKC The Platypus".


Community Learning Centres

  • Amherst CLC
  • Digby CLC
  • Liverpool CLC
  • New Glasgow CLC
  • Tatamagouche CLC
  • Windsor CLC

In 2003, the provincial government announced a significant capital investment in NSCC with $123 million (CAD) announced for renovations to existing campuses, as well as construction of a new $50 million (CAD) campus on the Dartmouth waterfront.

Special institutes[edit]

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