Slam poet returns to shine in Social Services


“I may not ever reach the stars, but that doesn’t mean I can’t shine” – Just Shine Looking to combine his passion for storytelling with his desire to help others, Andre Fenton is returning to study at NSCC for a second time. The award-winning filmmaker, slam poetry artist and NSCC alum will begin the Social Services program at Waterfront Campus this fall.    While learning filmmaking and communication skills in the Screen Arts program, Andre thrived. “If you love doing what you’re doing, you’re going to love every second of it,” he says. “I hadn’t really had a learning environment like that...

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Family completes Adult Learning Program with honours


Laken Betts never made a conscious decision to drop out of school. Struggling with bullying and anxiety, and feeling bored by her schoolwork, she just gradually stopped going. “I always had it in the back of my mind that I would get my education one day,” she says. “I thought about correspondence courses or home schooling, but I never followed through with any of that.” Her brother, Dakota, and her mother, Juanita Priest, could relate to the challenge of getting back on track. Each had left school for their own reasons, and each had given thought to completing Grade 12. But it...

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Out of the Arctic and into refrigeration


Two-time NSCC graduate, Wallace Donovan, has learned it’s never too late to change course and go back to school. In 1994, Wallace completed the Culinary Arts program at Marconi Campus and later became a certified Red Seal chef. Working in his hometown of Ingonish, Cape Breton, Wallace had difficulty sustaining his career as a chef in a seasonal position. An ad in a local newspaper seeking chefs to work in the Arctic enticed Wallace to move there in 2010. Over five years, he worked in the kitchens of a hotel cooperative organization in three communities of Nunavut: Rankin Inlet, Cambridge Bay and...

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Students solve tuna research challenge


Anna MacDonnell was wrestling with a 400 to 1500lb challenge. The DFO fishery technician was trying to collect tuna samples to determine the health of the population, but the size of the fish was making it a difficult task. “I’d be exhausted by the end,” says Anna. “The part of the tuna researchers need is the otoliths, which is essentially the ear bone. In order to extract it, I have to open an extremely large head, hold it and run a chain saw down it.”   Anna needed something to hold the head in place while she worked. She and her colleagues tried to...

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