Representatives from Cape Breton University (CBU) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) will gather on Thursday, October 16, 2014, to sign two articulation agreements that will make it easier for college graduates to become university graduates.
“CBU has always valued prior learning and our very core philosophy is that we recognize the value of learning which has occurred at partner institutions,” says Dr. David Wheeler, President of CBU. “This is the future of post-secondary education in Nova Scotia, where institutions facilitate a continuous pathway for students from a certificate to a diploma, to a bachelor’s degree and on to a Master’s degree for those with that ambition.”
The articulation agreements give most NSCC Business Administration and Tourism Management Diploma graduates the option to transfer their credits to CBU for up to 50 per cent of the credits needed to complete a Bachelor of Administration or Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management. With two more years of study, NSCC graduates can now receive a degree from CBU.
”NSCC has more than 50 similar agreements with post-secondary institutions,” says NSCC President Don Bureaux. “With each one, we’re providing Nova Scotians with more opportunities to realize their potential and enter the workforce in an industry they’re passionate about.”
These articulations agreements reinforce the growing strategic collaboration already underway between NSCC and CBU. With the support of the Province of Nova Scotia, the two institutions have recently created an entrepreneurial incubation centre called the Island Sandbox. The Island Sandbox will give students with entrepreneurial aspirations a resource to collaborate with their peers, receive mentorship from business people, and participate in research and programs to take their ideas along the journey to development.
“The Island Sandbox is a strong signal that our post-secondary institutions are prepared to contribute actively to the development of the Cape Breton economy together,” adds Dr. Wheeler. “The Sandbox project is just the start of a much larger relationship with our colleagues at NSCC on the promotion of entrepreneurship.”
“Projects like the Island Sandbox and the pathways created by articulation agreements are examples of how post-secondary institutions are working collectively to help shape a healthier and more prosperous province,” says President Bureaux.
With an increasing number of university graduates also pursuing post-secondary diplomas, it is expected that other agreements between CBU and NSCC will be implemented in the future.