Adult Learners Graduate at NSCC in Sydney Blaise Brown of Sydney is leaving his mark at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Marconi campus. Mr. Brown, 44, returned to school to complete his Grade 12, and to celebrate his experience, he painted a colourful, fantasy mural at the campus. “One of my math instructors asked me to do a to-scale mural as a project, and as I painted it, more of myself emerged,” said Mr. Brown. “I painted based on what I’d learned in my life. The fact that I even did a drawing in such a public place is proof of the confidence I’ve gained through education.” He plans to return to NSCC in the fall to take the metal fabrication program. Mr. Brown is one of nearly 50 students graduating today, June 11, from NSCC’s Marconi campus with the high school graduation diploma for adults, part of the Adult Learning Program. The Adult Learning Program is sponsored by the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, which co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults wanting to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Blaise, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “By creating a welcoming and supportive learning environment to acquire a high school diploma, adults can access new possibilities and achieve a solid foundation for future success,” said Mike Smith, NSCC’s dean of access. “NSCC is proud to partner with the Department of Education in this progressive initiative that will improve the lives of many Nova Scotians.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.