NSCC, Junior Achievement partner to promote entrepreneurship

Media Release

Tuesday May 16, 2018 

NSCC, Junior Achievement partner to promote entrepreneurship

Halifax, NS – Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia (JA) have signed an MOU to explore opportunities and benefits offered through a partnership to promote entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia.

“Students and graduates must see themselves as entrepreneurial thinkers within their communities,” says Sheri Williams, manager, NSCC Entrepreneurship. “NSCC and JA can help by providing the resources and tools they need to help realize their potential.”

Through the sharing of resources and expertise, the two organizations will increase cooperation and collaboration for the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem across the province to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. As stated in the One Nova Scotia report, to rebuild the province, especially in rural regions, the role of business and entrepreneurial initiative are crucial parts of education.

“Introducing kids to careers in their communities and getting them more attached to the labour market early will only benefit them and the province over time,” says Shakara Joseph.  “By transferring knowledge, sharing resources and providing support, this partnership is a great way to make those introductions.”

The first event supported by the new agreement is World of Choices, which brings students together with mentors working in related fields, industries and professions and helps clarify career and educational pathways for participants. NSCC will host the event at campuses across the province from May 8 to 24.

 May 8- Lunenburg                          May 16- Ivany
May 10- Marconi                             May 17- Truro
       May 11- Burridge                             May 24- Kingstec

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About NSCC

NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120 plus programs in five academic schools — Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology — reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC's primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia. 

About Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia

JA Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on three educational pillars: financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. JA recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas. For every $1 invested into JA programs, $45 is created in economic prosperity.

Contact information:

Billy Comeau
NSCC Communications Advisor

Shakara Joseph
COO,  Junior Achievement Nova Scotia

From Here to There: Breton Cousins, JA Alumni

Breton Cousins, Alumni 2008 Memorial High School, Sydney Mines

I graduated from Dalhousie in 2013. Majored in Political Science.

After graduation I worked for a company called the Hub Halifax for a year as their Operations Manager. Hub Halifax is an incubator for social enterprises, not-for-profits and advocacy groups.

From there I worked as Communications Director for Andy Fillmore’s campaign, the Federal Liberal Candidate in Halifax, for over a year. He won the election, and asked me to work for him, so I moved to Ottawa and now I work as a political staffer on Parliament Hill. Mostly doing political communications work and legislative affairs. It’s the best!!

Junior Achievement was very influential. It taught me a fair deal about community organizing, messaging, and marketing – all useful skills for political work. Frankly, the greatest contribution it made to my life is to connect me to some of my best friends that I still have today. I’m always running into folks from my JA days, even today a fellow achiever works down the hall from me in another MPs office.


From Here to There: Amy Donovan, JA Alumni


Amy has a BA and a Master’s Degree in Anthropology from Dalhousie, and is working on a second Master's in Creative Writing through Memorial University in Newfoundland. 

I've been working for Parks Canada in between, doing a few different things, mostly interpretation - guided hikes and whatnot. I am currently in Ingonish doing that. I've also worked quite a bit with the Springtide Collective, a public interest group working to revitalize democracy in Nova Scotia - I mostly did graphic design work. And I've done a bunch of research work at Dal and MUN, mostly linked to my Anthropology MA."

I was first involved with JA when I joined Company Program while attending Memorial High School in Sydney Mines in 2008. JA gave me lots of skills, but I think what I've used the most is the self-taught graphic design work I began doing for my JA company (and have been doing freelance for various clients for a few years).  JA has really helped me today with my social confidence in networking-type scenarios - that's been super helpful.

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