It is graduation time across the province and more than 8,800 students will take their first step toward continued education and training, or enter the workforce.
The minister and staff at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education are proud of all students, and wish those who are graduating this year all the best as they pursue new challenges and opportunities.
“Graduation is an exciting and rewarding time for our students,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “The continued success of our graduates in their pursuits and goals reflects the time and dedication teachers, parents, communities and staff have invested to support and guide them academically, personally, and professionally.”
Each year, about:
— 46 per cent of graduates pursue post-secondary education
— 24 per cent attend community college
— seven per cent pursue educational opportunities at another learning facility
— 11 per cent join the workforce
— 12 per cent are undecided upon graduation.
Like many graduating students, Glace Bay High School’s Shane Breen said she is going to miss all the people she has met along the way.
“I have been with most of these people for 13 years, and I might never see some of them again,” said Ms. Breen. “But I am looking forward to more independence. I plan to study sciences at Mount Saint Vincent University while continuing to work.”