Mastering the mainframe

07/02/17

When contestants representing more than 400 schools from across North America went head to head in the 2016 IBM Master the Mainframe Contest, two first year NSCC Information Technology Programming students emerged in the top one percent of the more than 4,000 participants. Michael Robinson (Institute of Technology) and Elliott Siewert (Truro Campus) each received an honorable mention and two digital awards for their ability to perform extensive programming, while innovating on the mainframe to solve real life situations encountered by experienced developers. “From what I heard before the contest, I knew it would be challenging and near impossible to complete,” says...

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Government investment supports new Trades and Innovation Centre

02/02/17

“A place for innovation, collaboration and realizing entrepreneurial ideas. It’s where we hope some of the magic is going to happen,” says Pictou Campus Principal David Freckelton of the new Trades Innovation Centre.   The new development, now under construction at Pictou Campus, is a result of the $15.2 million Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), a federal and provincial investment that supports projects which modernize post-secondary research facilities and improves their sustainability. The Pictou Trades Innovation Centre is one project out of the three investments granted to NSCC through SIF.   Innovative in design and delivery Aligned with the College’s mission –...

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Natural Resources Environmental Technology students get hands-on learning in the field

31/01/17

For Jenna MacEachern, few things can compare to being outdoors, especially when it offers an opportunity to help preserve vital habitat in the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed. Jenna is one of eight first-year Natural Resources Environmental Technology (NRET) students who conducted an extensive baseline survey of the Mary Harper Nature Reserve during fall 2016. Drawing on her GPS and mapping training at the Wagmatcook Learning Centre, Jenna gathered data about the 24.3 hectare property that will aid the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust in its efforts to conserve the land for future generations. “For example,” Jenna says, “we came across a black...

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Fleeing Syria

26/01/17

As his town was bombed, Syrian-born Mohammad al Masalma took to the streets—leading a group of volunteers equipped with blankets, food, first aid supplies, offers of shelter and other essentials—in an attempt to help ease the suffering of his community. “We woke up one morning and saw people on the sidewalks with their bags, some clothes and children crying,” says al Masalma. “The regime had bombed their area. They had nowhere to go.” Spies throughout the city saw the volunteer aid group’s efforts as a slight against the regime and issued a stop order.  “They would do random sweeps throughout the city looking...

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