Nova Scotia Community College
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|Type||Public Community College|
|Students||11,000 full-time, 11,000 part-time|
|Location||13 campuses and three community learning centres throughout Nova Scotia, Canada
44.6692° N, 63.6134° W
|Campus||Halifax, Dartmouth, Amherst, Springhill, Kentville, Bridgewater, Sydney, Stellarton, Shelburne, Port Hawkesbury, Truro, Middleton, Lawrencetown, Yarmouth, Digby, Wagmatcook|
|Affiliations||CBIE, CCAA, ACCC, AUCC|
The college delivers over 120 programs in five academic schools—Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries], Health & Human Services], and Trades & Technology]—reflecting the labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia.
NSCC includes four specialized institutes: the Nautical Institute, the School of Fisheries, the Aviation Institute, and the Centre of Geographical Sciences.
Educating over 24,000 students a year (full- and part-time), NSCC provides the majority of technical and apprenticeship training in the province of Nova Scotia.
The President of NSCC is Don Bureaux.
In 1872, the Halifax Marine School was established. While it would later become the NSCC Nautical Institute], at the time, it represented the first vocational and technical education institution in the Province of Nova Scotia. It was the first in a number of specialized training institutions around the province that offered education in areas such as agriculture, surveying, engineering and navigation.
In 1987, the (then) Department of Vocational & Technical Training, published a White Paper recommending the creation of a community college system for Nova Scotia. The establishment of this system, it argued, would bring technology, vocational and upgrading institutions together under one umbrella, and allow for the development and coordination of college programs and services at a province-wide level. This would work to meet both pan-provincial and local economic and applied education needs.
In 1988, Nova Scotia became the last province in Canada to create a community college system bringing 16 institutions together in one college system. In name, it became the predecessor to NSCC; however, it would be several years until NSCC was established in its current form.
In 1992, two more campuses joined the college system from their respective school boards, and in 1995 the closing Nova Scotia Teacher’s College became an NSCC site.
NSCC became autonomous from the Province of Nova Scotia in 1996 by incorporating itself as an independent institution with a Board of Governors (An Act Respecting Collège de l’Acadie and 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.
Campuses and locations
- Dartmouth, N.S.
- Middleton, N.S.
- Lawrencetown, N.S.
- Yarmouth, N.S.
- Digby Learning Centre – Digby, N.S.
- Springhill, NS
- Amherst, N.S.
- Halifax, N.S.
- Kentville, N.S.
- Bridgewater, N.S.
- Sydney, N.S.
- Stellarton, N.S.
- Shelburne, N.S.
- Port Hawkesbury, N.S.
- Wagmatcook, N.S.
- Truro, N.S.
NSCC's Nautical Institute offers Transport Canada-approved marine training for students who want to start or advance their career at sea. Students learn in specially designed marine facilities, including a wave tank, free-fall lifeboat and fire training centre, and with state-of-the-art simulation equipment for navigation and engine room training. The Nautical Institute is part of the College's Strait Area Campus. The predecessor of the Nautical Institute is the Halifax Marine School.
School of Fisheries
The Aviation Institute] is located on Pleasant Street at the Dartmouth Gate building (former Moirs Plant).
Centre of Geographic Sciences
The Centre of Geographic Sciences] (also known as COGS) in Lawrencetown is Canada's largest geomatics-focused learning environment.
CCKC - 88.9 The Platypus
The Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth is home to an online radio station that brands themselves "The Platypus". The station is managed by students of the Radio, Television & Journalism program.
- Dennison, J. D., & Gallagher, P. (2011). Canada's community colleges: A critical analysis. UBC Press. Pages 62-63
- Archives, Nova Scotia (2007-03-19). "Nova Scotia Archives - Search Library Catalogue". novascotia.ca. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
- "Nova Scotia Community College: 5 Year Organizational Review" (PDF).
- Lowry & Froese (2001). "Transitions: Becoming a College Teacher" (PDF).
- "Nova Scotia Nautical Institute". Historica Canada.
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