The new five storey, glass-enclosed Nova Scotia Community College(NSCC) metro campus will bring 1,800 students to the Dartmouthwaterfront, starting in 2007. Details and features were outlinedtoday, June 14, by Premier John Hamm and Ray Ivany, president ofNSCC. “Investments in learning are investments in a strong economy andpersonal self-fulfillment,” said Premier Hamm. “The new NSCCcampus will create seats for 1,000 more Nova Scotians to get theeducation and training they need to be successful in learning andin life.” The new metro campus is part of a $123-million investment in theNSCC announced by the province last spring — the largest singleinvestment made by the provincial government. Renovation andconstruction projects are underway at NSCC campuses in PortHawkesbury, Kentville, Stellarton, Truro, Yarmouth, Springhill,and Dartmouth (Akerley). “Compared to the rest of Canada, college is a newer educationaloption in Nova Scotia, and it is an essential one in order toensure a diverse Nova Scotia labour market with all of the skillsrequired for our growing economy,” said Ray Ivany, president,NSCC. “In fact, 40 of the 50 fastest growing occupations in NovaScotia can be achieved with college education. The progress ofcollege development is exciting — it will support Nova Scotia’seconomic viability, and in the process, modernize thinking aboutcollege education, and profile the contribution it makes to theeconomy, students and communities.” Construction for the new campus will begin in August and thestructure will be ready for occupancy in 2007. The $50-million,267,000 square foot, five-level building will accommodate 1,800students enrolled in programming from NSCC’s five academicschools — access, applied arts and new media, business, healthand human services, and trades and technology. The new Metro Campus will be located on the slopes of theDartmouth waterfront, with access to the campus from PleasantStreet. An entrance on the south side of the building willprovide convenient access from a path leading to the Woodsideferry, a five-minute walk from the campus. The five-levelbuilding is designed to take full advantage of harbour views withextensive use of glass on the harbour side. The campus devotes the best spaces and the best views to studentsand their learning, including a large learning commons andlibrary. Most of the mature trees on the Pleasant Street side ofthe campus will be preserved in a park-like setting, and therewill be an outdoor terrace on the harbour side of the buildingadjacent to the cafeteria. The contribution of college is well documented by graduatesuccess rates, including the fact that 95 per cent of employedNSCC graduates are living and working in Nova Scotia. Through links with industry, NSCC has modified over 50 per centof its more than 100 programs in the last five years, to helpaddress the skills shortage in the province. By 2007, 10,000 students will enter the college every year, atits 13 campuses. College development planning has been underway since 2001. Asteering committee consulted with students, staff, faculty andcommunities to collect input and ideas on NSCC’s futuredirection, and develop a master plan. This investment is part of the province’s Skills Nova Scotiainitiative which involves training and skills upgrading, frombasic literacy to the use of the most sophisticated technologies.