Renovations Begin At NSCC Kingstec Campus

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

October 27, 2003 11:33 AM

Students and staff at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
Kingstec Campus will see improvements to their campus beginning
today, Oct. 27

More than $13 million in renovations at the Kingstec Campus are
part of construction and renovation projects at all 13 NSCC
campuses. The renovations are part of government's $123-million
investment in NSCC, announced earlier this year and designed to
offer more education and learning programs to more students
closer to home.

"Current and future students and staff of Kingstec will benefit
greatly from the renovations and upgrading that has begun today,"
said Premier John Hamm. "NSCC is playing a critical role in
preparing a job-ready workforce that will help to create a
prouder, stronger Nova Scotia."

The investment is part of the government's skills initiative,
Skills Nova Scotia. It involves working with partners to upgrade
people's skills from basic literacy to the use of the most
advanced technologies so they can further their success in
education and the workplace. The investment in NSCC will support
a multi-year plan to strengthen NSCC, enabling the college to
modernize facilities, increase student capacity, and enhance
skill-driven learning programs.

"Our mission -- Building Nova Scotia's Economy and Quality of
Life Through Education and Innovation -- reflects our commitment
to helping Nova Scotians acquire the sophisticated knowledge and
skills needed for success in the modern labour market," said Ray
Ivany, president, NSCC. "Embarking on an exciting new phase in
NSCC's development will provide greater access to applied
learning opportunities throughout the province."

Over the next seven years, 2,500 additional students -- an
increase of 30 per cent -- will enter the college at its rural
and metro campuses.

There are two significant new construction initiatives involved
in the work at Kingstec Campus. One will create a new two-storey
"campus commons" and front entrance of the building. It will
house a student commons area, the Centre for Student Success, an
open access IT Lab, a new library, a business centre, customized
training offices, modern, flexible classroom space and a new
horticulture facility. The atrium will be located at the south
end of the building facing the corner of Belcher Street and Mee
Road and will add much-needed new student learning space inside
while modernizing the look of the campus outside.

The second major addition is a trades wing with state-of-the-art
trades shops. Renovations in the existing space will focus on
promoting and emphasizing the special programs offered at
Kingstec Campus, including early childhood studies, health and
human services programming, tourism and hospitality, and
business.

The renovations will create seats for an additional 469 students.

"The renewed Kingstec Campus will provide a student-centred
environment that supports success and encourages lifelong
learning," said Paul Goulden, principal, NSCC Kingstec Campus.
"This development is essential, not only for the learners who
will influx the labour market with the skills Nova Scotia
requires, but it also provokes a new view of learning in Nova
Scotia, one that includes a national calibre community college."

Work on the NSCC Kingstec Campus is scheduled for completion in
2006.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Renovations to build a new campus commons, a new trades wing

and update campus facilities started at the Kingstec Campus of

the Nova Scotia Community College today (October 27th).

     More than 13 million dollars in renovations will upgrade

student learning areas and create seats for an additional 469

students.

     The renovations are part of the government's 123-million

dollar investment in the community college announced earlier this

year to offer more education and learning programs to more

students closer to home.

     Premier John Hamm says current and future students and staff

at Kingstec will benefit greatly from the renovations and

upgrading.

     NSCC is playing a critical role in preparing a job-ready

workforce that will help to create a prouder, stronger Nova

Scotia.

     Work at the Kingstec Campus is scheduled for completion in

2006.

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Contact: Sara Napier
         Nova Scotia Community College
         902-491-6781
         Cell: 902-222-5471
         E-mail: sara.napier@nscc.ca

         Leanne Strathdee
         Department of Education
         902-424-0011
         Cell: 902-471-4549
         E-mail: strathld@gov.ns.ca


kjd         October 27, 2003         11:31 A.M.