$550,000 goal

NSCC King­stec aims to raise money for stu­dent suc­cess through Make Way Cam­paign

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Kirk.starratt@kingscountynews.ca

Ef­forts are un­der­way lo­cally to make post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion more ac­ces­si­ble and give Kings County stu­dents the tools they need to suc­ceed in the Nova Sco­tia job mar­ket.

The Nova Sco­tia Com­mu­nity Col­lege (NSCC) Foun­da­tion has launched the pub­lic phase of the Make Way Cam­paign at cam­puses across the prov­ince. It will run un­til June 2018.

King­stec cam­pus prin­ci­pal Ja­son Clark said the NSCC would be invit­ing peo­ple to con­sider the com­mu­nity col­lege as a phil­an­thropic op­tion and iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial donors dur­ing that time­frame. Do­na­tions can be made a sin­gle time or over sev­eral years, like some of the ma­jor do­na­tions they’ve al­ready re­ceived.

Clark said the pub­lic launch in Oc­to­ber was a way to make some con­nec­tions in the com­mu­nity and with staff to gar­ner more sup­port. Each cam­pus has its own fundrais­ing goal with King­stec hop­ing to raise $550,000 for cam­pus-spe­cific pri­or­i­ties. This will mean more re­sources to sup­port de­serv­ing stu­dents who will go on to con­trib­ute to the prov­ince’s eco­nomic and so­cial ad­vance­ment.

“The thing that makes me the most ex­cited about it is that all of that money stays right here at King­stec,” Clark said.

He said funds would be al­lo­cated as the donor wishes in a way that the gifts could have the great­est im­pact. Stu­dents at­tend­ing King­stec over the com­ing years will ben­e­fit in the form of bur­saries, stu­dent aid and in­vest­ments in pro­gram­ming and state-of-the-art equip­ment, help­ing pre­pare stu­dents for jobs in their cho­sen fields.

The over­all goal of the prov­ince-wide cam­paign is to raise $25 mil­lion to sup­port stu­dent suc­cess through stu­dent aid, in­no­va­tive learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­struc­tional equip­ment and cen­tres of ex­per­tise.

Clark said the cam­paign has al­ready done very well so far prov- in­cially, rais­ing $21 mil­lion. The cam­paign kicked off with a gift of $4.6 mil­lion from the Joyce Fam­ily Foun­da­tion and the Sobey fam­ily re­cently do­nated $6.5 mil­lion.

Clark said these and a cou­ple of other large do­na­tions gave the cam­paign a lot of mo­men­tum and the fo­cus is now mov­ing to a more lo­cal­ized cam­paign in com­mu­ni­ties where cam­puses are lo­cated.

Serv­ing the prov­ince through a net­work of 13 cam­puses, the col- lege of­fers 120 pro­grams in five aca­demic schools: ac­cess, busi­ness, IT and cre­ative in­dus­tries, health and hu­man ser­vices and trades and tech­nol­ogy.

In 2016-2017, the NSCC Foun­da­tion awarded 1,000 schol­ar­ships and bur­saries and helped 850 stu­dents through un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances with ur­gent aid. How­ever, the foun­da­tion re­ceived 16,000 ap­pli­ca­tions for awards dur­ing that aca­demic year.

The NSCC is com­mit­ted to build­ing Nova Sco­tia’s econ­omy and qual­ity of life through ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion. Pro­grams re­flect labour mar­ket needs and op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In an an­nual sur­vey of its grad­u­ates, the col­lege has found that 87 per cent are em­ployed, most in their field of choice, with 92 per cent of those em­ployed liv­ing and work­ing in Nova Sco­tia.

KIRK STARRATT

NSCC King­stec Prin­ci­pal Ja­son Clark says the cam­pus hopes to raise $550,000 in sup­port of stu­dent suc­cess as part of the NSCC Foun­da­tion’s Make Way Cam­paign.

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