Host to many events and organizations
COLUMN BY KEVIN QUINLAN
Often over the summer, I meet people in town and they ask “are you on vacation now?” As the official academic year at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) – Truro campus is over, people wonder if everyone on campus is off until classes resume in the fall.
Well, like ducks on the water, while it looks pretty serene on the surface, below the feet are still busily moving.
As convocation closed one academic year, we have already moved into preparing for the fall, especially the return of staff and faculty from summer vacation and the start of a new academic year.
Student recruitment, admissions, interviews, requests for program and college information, planning and more comprise every summer day.
It’s also a chance for the facilities management team to move ahead with construction projects and campus maintenance so that we are ready for September.
In addition to our ongoing campus-based work, we host many events and organizations on campus every summer.
We are home to NSCC’s summer Community College Education Diploma Program (CCEDP), a professional development initiative for employees, primarily faculty, who come to Truro for three to four summers and stay in residence over a three-week period.
CCEDP is unique in that members of the college teach the courses to other employees. Faculty, academic chairs, campus principals and members of the NSCC executive often give their time to teach each summer.
This is much of what makes NSCC the place it is, a community of lifelong learners from students through to staff and faculty.
For the past two summers, we have hosted English as a Second Language (ESL) summer camps in partnership with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board.
Every week in July and August the school board brings about 130 international students, aged 8-16, from across the globe to our campus for a unique learning experience. ESL teachers deliver classroom training, while camp co-ordinators provide field trips that offer participants a geographical, social and cultural awareness of Nova Scotia and its people.
Another annual event is ‘Business is Jamming,’ a summer camp for local African Nova Scotian youth. This program promotes the importance of education and personal development with a business focus. Needless to say, these groups of young and energetic learners bring a wonderful cross-cultural presence and vibrancy to Truro and our campus community.
With September just around the corner, we’re also busy preparing for the new academic year and returning and new students. This involves prepping programs, the campus and preparing to have new and current faculty and staff return and ready for another marathon, so to speak.
Like our 12 other locations across the province, NSCC Truro is a busy place in the summer. I like to think of this time of year as an annual refresh that allows everyone to be re-energized and excited for another great year.
Of course, we do all this to offer the best possible learning experience to our students. I can’t wait to meet the new group and see returning friendly faces again in September.
Kevin Quinlan is the principal of the Nova Scotia Community College – Truro campus. His column appears regularly in the Truro Daily News.