Adult Learners Graduate

first_imgScott McCallum is now ready to fulfil his lifelong dream ofhelping people. Scott is graduating today, June 5, with the NovaScotia High School Diploma for Adults. He is one of more than 40students graduating from the Adult Learning Program at the Truro,Cumberland and Pictou campuses of the Nova Scotia CommunityCollege (NSCC). For Scott, returning to school boosted his confidence,communications skills and job prospects. “My future plans include enrolling in the human services program,and in two years I hope to begin my career by working with thehomeless,” he said. “The experience and education that I receivedat NSCC enabled me to find a job right on campus for the summer,and I look forward to taking another course in the fall.” The Adult Learning Program is supported by the Nova Scotia Schoolfor Adult Learning, which funds and co-ordinates a range ofeducation programs for adults wanting to improve their readingand math skills or complete their high school diplomas. “The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning gives adult learners atremendous opportunity to return to learning so they can secure abrighter and rewarding future,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “It’s all part of our provincial skills initiative to helppeople get the education and training they need to be successfulin the home, workplace and community.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments ofEducation and Community Services. “Ensuring NSCC is accessible to all Nova Scotians who want topursue formal learning is key to the province’s economic,community and social development — that is what the AdultLearning Program represents,” said Mike Smith, NSCC’s dean ofaccess. “By creating a welcoming and supportive learningenvironment to acquire a high school diploma, adults can accessnew possibilities, and achieve a new foundation for futuresuccesses. NSCC is proud to partner with the Department ofEducation in this progressive initiative that will improve thelives of many Nova Scotians.” This year, more than 4,100 Nova Scotians were enrolled inprograms supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than170 sites across the province. The programs for adults aredelivered by the Nova Scotia Community College, UniversitéSainte-Anne, five regional school boards and community-basedlearning organizations. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of theprovincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, whichinvolves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy tothe use of the most sophisticated technologies.last_img