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The new comprehensive campus of the Nova Scotia Community College
in Sydney has been named Marconi Campus in recognition of the
pioneering work in wireless technology conducted by Guglielmo
Marconi in Glace Bay and surrounding areas in the early 1900's.

Jack Buckley, president and chief executive officer of the
college, said Marconi Campus combines the operation of the Sydney
Campus on Prince Street, scheduled to close in July, and the
Adult Vocational Training Campus-Cape Breton at the AVTC site on
the Glace Bay Highway. It will serve the training needs of
students and employers in industrial Cape Breton.

"Marconi Campus represents the commitment of the community
college to offer quality and accessible in business, applied arts
and communications, industrial trades and technologies, health
and human services and other areas as well as customized training
programs," Mr. Buckley said.

He said the college was particularly pleased that the Marconi
Towers Foundation has fully endorsed the request to use the
Marconi name for the campus. "The name reflects the college's
mission to provide high level training and to utilize the latest
technology in delivering full-time, part-time, extension and
customized training programs and courses."

David Parkes, president of the Marconi Towers Foundation, said
"given that Marconi's success was based on a solid foundation in
education, along with his long association with Cape Breton, I
believe he would be proud to have his name associated with this
new institution."

In 1996-97 Marconi Campus will offer 20 full-time programs, a
number of evening/part-time programs and courses and will
continue to expand its activities in providing specialized
training for business, industry and community organizations in
the area, principal Mike Kelly said.

A ceremony to launch the new name of the campus will be held in

It was in 1900 that Guglielmo Marconi, a native of Bolonga,
Italy, received a patent covering "tuned" telegraphy, enabling
messages to be sent on a specific wavelength. He began his
experiments with trans-Atlantic transmission. After initial
experiments in Newfoundland, he arrived in Cape Breton to inspect
locations for transmission sites. In December, 1902, the Glace
Bay site sent the first unbroken transmissions to a receiver in
Cornwall, England.


Contact: Mike Kelly  902-563-2450

trp                     May 16, 1996 - 11:58 a.m.