Graduates of the Atlantic Canada Study and StayTM program Enter Nova Scotia’s Labour Market Well Prepared

(Photo: 2019 Program Retreat)

HALIFAX – Sixty-two international students will successfully graduate from EduNova Cooperative’s award-winning Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia program—despite a year of uncertainty.

The graduation will include program testimonials and the presentation of graduation certificates to students. Halifax MP Andy Fillmore, the Honourable Lena Metlege Diab, Nova Scotia Minister of Immigration, the Honourable Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Peter Ricketts, President of Acadia University, and René Arseneault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages will be among the special guests in attendance to celebrate the future of these international graduates in our province.

Cohort four of the program began in October 2019 with students set to graduate on July 9, 2020—formally concluding this year’s program.

The Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™– Nova Scotia program is designed to help participants in their transition from ‘student’ to ‘professional.’ With support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Department of Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), students participated in program tasks, workshops, volunteer events and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

With the onset of COVID-19, EduNova adapted this year’s programing offering support entirely online. Students also participated in the ‘Navigating Uncertain Times’ webinar series. The goal of the webinars was to assist international students in navigating the unprecedented times and assist them in building positive momentum while remaining grounded and focused on career resiliency, self-care, health and wellness, financial literacy, and pathways for moving forward.

Retention targets were exceeded in 2018-2019, with a regional retention average of 96% of international student graduates from the cohort remaining in Atlantic Canada. This year’s 62 graduates represent students from 10 post-secondary institutions across Nova Scotia. They will join over 500 alumni who have graduated from the Atlantic Canada Study and StayTM program across the Atlantic region and represent a group of globally minded talent eager to enter the labour market and build lives in Nova Scotia. “As a result of the program, I was able to develop effective strategic plans to achieve my career goals based on insights and the useful guidance received,” wrote Ploynapas (Ploy) Jirarungroj, Bachelor of Business Administration (Co-op), Mount Saint Vincent University.




Event Details:

Date: Jul 9, 2020

Time: 04:00 PM

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Media Contact:

Jane Gaffney

Communications and Projects Coordinator

EduNova Co-operative