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Adult Learners Ready for More Education Workplace

By on October 22, 2019

first_imgThanks to her hard work and support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, Colleen Mary Kingsbury is one of 37 adults in the Sydney area who are closer to a better career. Ms. Kingsbury is a 44-year-old hair stylist who discovered a passion for health care creating wigs for oncology patients for the past 14 years. Knowing job opportunities in health care are limited without further education, she decided to go back to school to earn her Nova Scotia high school diploma for adults. “In the beginning, I was petrified to return to school, but once I got into the swing of it, I absolutely loved every single speck of the experience,” said Ms. Kingsbury. “Learning was actually fun. I can now help my children with their school work and I have an improved confidence in my abilities.” “Because of my new-found confidence, I have applied to the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at the Nova Scotia Community College where I hope to fulfill my dream of becoming a nurse.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is an initiative of the Department of Labour and Workforce Development. Since its inception in 2001, over 4,700 Nova Scotians of all ages and backgrounds have graduated with a high school diploma for adults. Over 400 will graduate this year. “The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning responds to a real need of Nova Scotian adults,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Graduates of the school have improved their education, which prepares them for greater success at home, in the community and in the workforce.” “I congratulate Ms. Kingsbury and all adult learners who return to learning to upgrade their skills. They are making a better life for themselves and their families, and ultimately, they are contributing to the continued prosperity of our province.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their literacy skills or complete their high school diploma. Programs are tuition-free and offered at more than 150 sites across the province in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations. Ms. Kingsbury will graduate with honours at the Nova Scotia Community College Marconi Campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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