Col­lege cam­pus a main­stay in Car­bon­ear

Owner/prin­ci­pal Mar­garet Drover mark­ing 25-year as­so­ci­a­tion with Keyin Col­lege

The Compass - - KEYIN COLLEGE -

Mar­garet Drover says her path to be­com­ing owner/prin­ci­pal of the Car­bon­ear cam­pus of Keyin Col­lege is a very straight­for­ward one.

Her po­si­tion as a Busi­ness In­struc­tor at the Dis­trict Vo­ca­tional School had been made re­dun­dant, she had four chil­dren, a new home and a pas­sion for teach­ing.

She be­gan her as­so­ci­a­tion with Keyin Col­lege 25 years ago as its man­ag­ing co-or­di­na­tor, and be­came fran­chise owner of the Car­bon­ear cam­pus in 1992.

A quar­ter-cen­tury later, this in­sti­tu­tion of higher learn­ing con­tin­ues to evolve and ma­ture, and the cam­pus and its peo­ple are more like an ex­ten­sion of Mar­garet’s fam­ily. “I still love what I do,” Mar­garet stated re­cently dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion at the cam­pus, which is lo­cated in the for­mer St. James ju­nior high school on Lemarchant Street.

The cam­pus started off with just eight sec­re­tar­ial science stu­dents in 1988, but has grown ex­ten­sively over the years, and most re­cently saw the open­ing of a new trades school on Goff Av­enue in Car­bon­ear.

In Septem­ber, the cam­pus will wel­come some 200 stu­dents, and of­fer 11 train­ing pro­grams.

So what’s been the se­cret to suc­cess for the Car­bon­ear cam­pus?

An abil­ity to re­spond to the needs of the mar­ket­place, said Mar­garet.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the trades school in 2011 is the lat­est ex­am­ple of this, with a large en­rol­ment pro­jected in the steam­fit­ter/pip­efit­ter pro­gram in Septem­ber. The in­tro­duc­tion of the Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety pro­gram in 2008 is an­other ex­am­ple, and grad­u­ates are now work­ing all across Canada.

The col­lege is also a sig­nif­i­cant em­ployer in the re­gion, pro­vid­ing gain­ful em­ploy­ment to more than 20 pro­fes­sion­als.

Mar­garet speaks highly of her “great team,” and added: “I’m very proud of the work we do, both at the cam­pus and in the com­mu­nity.”

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