SAINT ANDREWS – For more than four decades, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) has been a driving force in New Brunswick’s economic and social prosperity. NBCC’s programs, services and initiatives support the aspirations of individual learners, further the opportunities of the labour market and, in collaboration with partners, enable solutions for the challenges of communities and industry.
One of those partners is Innovatia, a Saint John-based company offering learning solutions, documentation services and technical support to a global clientele. For years, Innovatia has partnered with the St. Andrews Campus of NBCC in a mutually beneficial relationship.
“The St. Andrews Campus has always been a source for our recruitment needs,” said Lynn Smith, Recruiting Manager at Innovatia. “There have been years that we’ve hired the entire class of Information Technology: Network Analyst graduates.”
Providing employment for NBCC graduates is just one of the ways that Innovatia partners with the College. The company provides industry information to students each year through in-class presentations, offers practicum opportunities for students and supports applied research projects. In return, NBCC provides a steady stream of qualified graduates to fill Innovatia’s human resources needs.
“We have ongoing needs and each year, come spring, there is a definite view to NBCC to see what resources we can obtain,” said Smith, who is herself an alumna of NBCC.
In celebration of the partnership between the College and the company, NBCC St. Andrews has awarded its first Industry Partner Award to Innovatia. The award recognizes the company’s consistent and dedicated support of NBCC learners and alumni.
“It is a nice recognition of our longstanding mutual support,” said Smith. “It’s a good partnership for both parties.”