Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation — transforming Nova Scotia one learner at a time. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 130 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services and Trades & Technology.
In 1987, the (then) Department of Vocational & Technical Training, published a White Paper recommending the creation of a community college system for Nova Scotia. 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 the College 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. Since then, NSCC’s network of campuses has evolved into a province-wide, community-based, community college, with polytechnic, applied arts and health science educational programs.
NSCC believes that the future of Nova Scotia lies in the power of learning. As a result, the College is committed to the success and fulfillment of every student – in education, in career and in life. The College’s interconnectedness with the province’s communities and labour markets means that when NSCC students succeed, Nova Scotia succeeds. As a result, the institution is focused on ensuring a high-quality learning experience that enables graduates to drive the workforce the province’s communities and economies need to thrive.
Each year, a dedicated team of 2000 employees welcomes 20,000 students through a suite of full-time, part-time, online, continuing education, customized training and apprenticeship options. For each learner — in programs such as Energy Sustainability Engineering, Oceans Technology, Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources Environmental Technology — the NSCC-experience is hard-wired to industry. Through applied-research projects to uncover innovative solutions for industry's real-world problems, technology-enhanced educational spaces and required work experience opportunities, NSCC grads are prepared to transition to local and global workforces quickly and successfully. As a result, in an annual survey of its graduates, the College found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 93% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.
Strengthened by the intersection of industry innovation and educational excellence, NSCC’s Innovation & Industry Engagement team — including pan-provincial Community Innovation Leads — works to identify and build the customized training solutions that industry partners need to compete in the global marketplace and develop the talent required for the jobs of the future.