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Earning her Grade 12 diploma through the Nova Scotia Community College’s Adult Learning program not only sets the stage for Tatiana Poltavets’ future, but opened a door to qualify for a Literacy Nova Scotia bursary to use towards her future studies.
PUGWASH – Right now, for Tatiana Poltavets, the world is up for grabs. There are no dead end streets and the future is wide open.
Polatvets, who was just named recipient of a Literacy Nova Scotia bursary, is graduating from Nova Scotia Community College’s Adult Learning Program at the Cumberland Campus in Springhill, earning her the much-needed Grade 12 diploma she needed to change her life path after dropping out of high school more than ten years ago.
“I was working and felt I was going nowhere,” Poltavets said. “Mentally, I felt stuck.”
Finding herself heading towards the employment-insurance line in February of last year, Polatvets learned of the college’s Adult Learning Program, which offered Poltavets an opportunity to finish her high school studies at her pace. Juggling between work and school was not going to be an easy task and decision would have to be made.
“I tried working full-time, eight-hour shifts, but in May of last year I decided I would have to focus on it full-time,” Poltavets said. “It was really nerve racking, intimidating, but I learned so much and it became easier and there were a lot of volunteer opportunities… it’s such a comfortable course. I recommend taking the time off to dedicate yourself to it.”
The pros outweighed the cons to getting her education, Poltavets said, and now, with a June graduation ahead of her, she’s in a position to choose any career path she wants. Poltavets decided the next step for her would be to continue with the benefits she’s found at NSCC by enrolling in the campus’ electrician program. It’s the career move she’s wanted and had to earn and says it offers her a future that will take her into retirement more comfortably than what she was finding before earning her Grade 12 equivalent.
“I feel more validated now,” she said. “I wanted to change my career path and now I can.”