Bigger means better for students at the North Nova EducationCentre in New Glasgow. More than 900 students in Grades 10 to 12 attend the $21-millionhigh school which was officially opened today, Nov. 24, byPremier John Hamm and Education Minister Jamie Muir. “This is a wonderful school,” said Premier John Hamm. “It offersour students a much greater choice in course selection, andprovides excellent opportunities for them to learn and shapetheir future careers.” Prior to the opening of North Nova, students in the area attendedone of three schools, Trenton Middle/High School, East PictouRural High School or New Glasgow High School. Students could select from up to 60 courses at their formerschools. At North Nova they can choose from more than 120 courses. Amongthe newer courses and programs available are an enhanced finearts program which includes film and video production techniques. Also new to many students are enhanced core French and Frenchimmersion, and advanced courses in English, math, physics,biology and chemistry. The school also boasts an Occupational Preparedness Program inwhich students can study automotive care, food services, forestryand retail merchandising. “We’re now able to meet the needs of more students at a criticaltime in their lives,” said North Nova principal Eileen English. “The expanded course offerings, increased student population andmodern facilities offer some fantastic opportunities, bothcurricular and extra-curricular, for the students of North Nova.” A partnership of local community groups and individuals raisedabout $1 million dollars for enhancements, including a largergymnasium and the construction of a 350-seat theatre/auditoriumat both North Nova and the Northumberland Regional High School inAlma. Construction was completed in September 2003.