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In 25+ years of training, we have received many comments and compliments about the training that we provide. None are more important to us as those made by our students. Below are just a few.

Rewarding is how I like to describe my time at ICA! As a graduate from the Human Resource program I can say their academics and over all layout of the program is well designed. Your professors want to know you as a person and they take time to work with you in any way possible. Not only do you obtain the skills for your future career but, most importantly you gain the confidence to better prepare yourself in the workplace!

Magdalene Walsh,
Human Resources Class of 2014

After completing the two year Massage Therapy Program at Island Career Academy, I must say it has been an amazing chapter in my life that I will never forget. The MT program is an intense two years and you have to want it, work hard and put the time and effort into it but, believe me, it's 100% rewarding and worth it in the end. I was offered a few job opportunities before graduation in which one lead me to Element's Hair Studio, where I reside at now full-time and love every minute of it! 

ICA has the best staff and over all a wonderful atmosphere to be in. I really enjoyed my time there. And Although I was in the Massage Therapy program, EVERY instructor and staff made me feel welcomed every day. Everyone is VERY approachable and down to earth and with small class sizes, it allows for more one on one and the best part, you're known by name, not by student number! Choose Island Career Academy, I'm glad I did! 

- Tulsa Lawrence
Massage Therapy Class of 2015

 

My time at ICA taking the Massage program was a life changer. The instructors were fabulous and always willing to go above and beyond to help you learn the content. The administration were always friendly and great to answer any questions I had. Not only did I walk away with an awesome rewarding career, I walked away with so many new friendships. Not only with classmates but instructors as well. My 2 years there were among the hardest but the best! Will always recommend ICA to others.

- Elizabeth Harpell
Massage Therapy Class of 2015

I took the Community Residential Workers course last year. I was older going back to school so you can image how nervous I was. The staff there went out of their way to make the year a great one. They were very helpful. The class size was small, so you got the attention you needed and got to know your classmates and teacher very well. We were all there to support one another. Once I finished my 210 hours of practical training at the end of the year, I was hired immediately and I have been working steady ever since. I am really enjoying my work; the decision to go back to school was one of my best decisions. The staff at Island Career Academy is still there for me, when I need them. I would definitely recommend ICA. It is a great school!

- Janet Chiasson
Community Residential Worker, Class of 2014

Two years ago I was hit with a life choice for a future career. Going back to school after 20 years. The staff and my instructor went above and beyond to make my experience there not only an educational one but an enjoyable one as well. I not only gained the skills and education required to fulfill a career dream, I also made a few great friends along the way. Enrolling in ICA was by far one of the best choices I ever made.

- Allison Mackenzie
Community Residential Worker, Class of 2014

Coming from a fitness background and knowing my fair share about sports related injuries, when I heard about the first massage therapy program being offered in Sydney, I knew right away that it was something I wanted to pursue. The MT program more than fulfilled my expectations, and I was offered a full time job before graduation. The Small class sizes offered more hands on experience, making the transition into the real work world easier. ICA has a welcoming environment with friendly staff and I would recommend it to anyone.

- Adam Walsh
Massage Therapy, Class of 2014

My name is Tammy Jessome and I graduated from Island Career Academy with my Massage Therapy Diploma, June 2014. It is a two year course that has led to a very rewarding career. I work for CBI Physiotherapy in North Sydney, Sydney and CBU. I love my Job!! I went back to Island Career Academy because I took my CCA course in 2008 and knew that this school looks after the students and can help that person find the career choice for them.

- Tammy Jessome
Massage Therapy, Class of 2014

My time at ICA taking the Massage program was a life changer. The instructors were fabulous and always willing to go above and beyond to help you learn the content. The administration were always friendly and great to answer any questions I had. Not only did I walk away with an awesome rewarding career, I walked away with so many new friendships. Not only with classmates but instructors as well. My 2 years there were among the hardest but the best! Will always recommend ICA to others.

- Elizabeth Harpell
Massage Therapy Class of 2015

Upon my completion of the ECE program I have to say I couldn't be more pleased. Due to the support and professionalism of the instructors, the staff, and the ICA child center I now feel confident in the fact that I am more than ready to jump right in and start my new career. As well the support does not end there, we can contact the staff or instructors whenever we need further assistance or guidance and they will be there for us.

- Lyne MacKinnon
Early Childhood Education, Class of 2015

From the point of view of a mature student, my choice in choosing Island Career Academy was based on a few factors. I first attended Island Career Academy many years ago and was successful in finding gainful employment. With the changing times, my career took a turn. Since my first Island Career Academy experience was such a success, it was my obvious choice to return. I now have become a successful Community Residential Worker graduate, again gainfully employed. The staff and administration went above and beyond for me personally. They have helped me to succeed and for this, I give my recommendation, thanks and gratitude.

- Terry Clark
Community Residential Worker, Class of 2014

In choosing to return to school at 39 to become a CCA, Island career sure made my decision an easy one. The very first day I walked into the building I felt like I belonged. From my many bumps in the road the instructors and staff have stood by me in helping with my success. If you are considering a rewarding career and you are here reading this, you have made the right choice. This truly was one of the best experiences. Callie and Sandra could not have made a program so fun and rewarding.

- Tena Moore
Continuing Care Assisting, Class of 2014

Honestly, this school is fantastic! At the Island Career Academy, you're known by name and everyone is there to help each other out. I had a lot going on my first year there and in the end, I was told to not give up and I was back in a heartbeat. I took paralegal/legal-assistant and graduated in June 2012! Absolutely love this school! Thanks for everything!

- Kayleigh Coffin
Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Class of 2012

I just want to thank all staff at Island Career Academy for a great year! My experience here has been amazing and I would highly recommend the school to anyone looking to further their education. :) Thanks!

- Alicia MacIntyre
Human Resources, Class of 2013

I have worked as a Community Residential Worker for eight years in Ontario. When I returned home to Cape Breton, I wanted to continue working in the field. I felt that I needed the educational piece. After doing my research, Island Career Academy was my school of choice. Attending Island Career Academy has played an important part in expanding my knowledge and understanding of adults with special needs. I have already secured employment on casual bases just six months into my program. With my experience and now with my educational background, I feel confident I can make a positive difference in the lives of the people I will support. I highly recommend Island Career Academy.

- Beth Campbell
Community Residential Worker, Class of 2013

Not only did Island Career Academy's CCA program and its tremendous staff have us walking out of school with employment, it also gave us the education and confidence to excel in a career we love.

- Rob & Becky Poole
Continuing Care Assistant, Class of 2012

Island Career academy is a wonderful school with great instructors as well as administrative staff! I would highly recommend the CCA course to anyone thinking about taking it! I really enjoyed the course and the instructors were amazing!

- Christa MacIsaac
Continuing Care Assistant, Class of 2012

Island Career Academy offers an excellent Early Childhood Education, (ECE) program. The instructors are committed to teaching and I received a great education. I was even offered a position in the ECE field before I finished the program. I started working immediately upon finishing my diploma. Attending Island Career Academy was a rewarding and wonderful experience.

- Rosemary MacLean
Early Childhood Education, Class of 2010

One of the first things Henry Johnston said the very first day at Island Career Academy to the Pharmacy Tech class he repeated at graduation ten months later "We'll always be there for you". And he definitely meant that; fifteen months after graduating I was about to start a new job as a pharmacy tech and I wanted to brush up on pharmacy software so I called the school and the very next day I was back in my old classroom with my former instructor having a mini tutorial. This made me more confident starting my new job and I would highly recommend Island Career Academy to anyone, because they are there for you.

- Melanie McCormick
Pharmacy Technician Program, Class of 2010

Island Career Academy was a fantastic choice for me, not only were the instructors there for you, they went out of there way to help. I came out of the Continuing Care Assistant course with not only a job, but a career doing what I love. Many thanks to Island career Academy.

- Marina Timmons
Continuing Care Assistant, Class of 2010

As a mature student I was a little nervous returning to school. Island Career Academy put those fears to rest right away. The CCA course was excellent. I felt so comfortable and prepared for my new career. The staff was all great and taught me exactly what I need to know.

- Sheila Laidlaw
Continuing Care Assistant, Class of 2009

Enrolling at Island Career Academy was one of the best decisions I have made. The faculty is focused on ensuring that, not only Support staff and instructors are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They are always available for extra help or to answer any questions.

- Angela Mercer
Community Residential Worker, Class of 2008

Enrolling at Island Career Academy was one of the best decisions I have made. The faculty is focused on ensuring that, not only are you learning the curriculum appropriately but, they are also very adept at teaching in such a way that regardless of your age or education level you will be instructed to suite your learning style as everyone learns different.

- Shannon Campbell Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Class of 2008

I feel the program is well put together; the faculty is always available and our Instructor far exceeds her duties as an instructor. She is our mentor in & for many reasons.

- Denise Coadic
Pharmacy Technician, Class of 2008