Mayor says residence is much needed help to housing students in town

PORT HAWKESBURY: The Mayor of Port Hawkesbury calls the recently announced residence for the Nova Scotia Community College Strait Area Campus absolutely wonderful news.

The $7 million, 20,000 sqaure-foot, 51-bed residence for the Strait Area Campus was announced by provincial officials in April as part of new capital projects for the NSCC.

Following May’s regular council meeting on May 7, the town’s mayor, Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, said when the idea was established three-years-ago, there was a tremendous need for rooms for students as they were displaced outside of the town while attending NSCC.

“In 2015, we just weren’t meeting the demands of the students, there was a shortage identified of about 160 rooms, so this residence will provide 51 beds.”

Chisholm-Beaton said she thinks the residence will meet some of that demand and bridge some of that gap, but acknowledges there still is a need for another 100 spaces.

“This is going to keep more students in town, and I think that’s exactly where we want to be.”

Adding the residence to NSCC, particularly the Nautical Institute, Chisholm-Beaton said will result in the campus becoming more competitive on the Canadian and global scale, as professionals are coming in for very specific training in a short period of time.

“Without the residence, they would have to try to do the legwork themselves to try and find a place to stay,” she said. “So it’s going to add a tremendous amount of value to our Nautical Institute by having that competitive advantage that exists elsewhere in Canada.”