Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC): Academic & Career Connections (ACC) for Indigenous Learners
Nova Scotia Community College’s School of Access in partnerships with First Nations communities and industry partners delivered customized 18 month training programs for Indigenous students within their own communities. The goal of the program was to assist Indigenous learners to prepare for and successfully transition into NSCC post-secondary education and training leading to improved employability opportunities.
The first 8 week of the program, called Academic Skills for Success (ASKS) emphasized basic academic upgrading in the essential skills students would need to meet NSCC admission requirements (i.e., math, communications skills, reading, writing, etc.). For many students it was a reintroduction to education and the programs were customized based on the specific needs of the learners. Curriculum was delivered within the community on-line and face to face with an on-site community based tutor available to the students.
Upon completion of ASK students went into a full 2 term program (Sept.- June) called Academic & Career Connections (ACC). During this transitional year long program students were able to get the required academic credits they needed to get into the post -secondary program of their choice and also have the opportunity to explore their career options. Students could select from a variety of course, choosing those that best fit the needs of their individualized educational goals.
These programs were delivered in cooperation with Industry partners and provided participants with customized courses that would allow them to transition into specific trades, training, and work experience opportunities.
Again ACC courses were offered on a face to face basis and/or on-line within the Indigenous learners own community with academic support offered by a community based tutor.
Lynn Meloney, Nova Scotia Community College
5685 Leeds St. Halifax, NS B3K 2T3