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Cape Breton Partnership Newsletter Features Jennifer Flynn, Mactech Distance Education

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Jennifer FlynnJennifer Flynn, a native of New Waterford, is an artistic soul who enjoys spending time with her family. Flynn has always lived in Cape Breton, citing the island’s people and scenery as a reason to stay true to her roots, saying, “I’ve never seriously considered leaving Cape Breton. We have one of the top ranked destinations in the world here. The ocean scenery is second only to the friendly people. Being here with my extended family and friends is really important to me.”

Having specialized in Graphic Design and Multimedia, Flynn gained six years of experience before she joined the team at Mactech Distance Education, in 2001. She began her HomeED career as an instructor and in 2013, she moved into a Public Relations and Communications Management role.

Mactech Distance Education has been in operation for 25 years. From its offices in North Sydney, Mactech provides career training to students across Canada. During its operation, the college has steadily grown, educating more than 15,000 Canadians to date. True to Cape Breton’s culture of understating achievements, Flynn says that Mactech has been modest about its accomplishments. “Even with our CTV’s advertisements, some islanders don’t realize how close to home ‘HomeED’ really is. We’re working to change that.”

Jennifer Flynn’s daily duties typically consist of developing articles, advertising and marketing materials, liaising with media and other organizations, and managing Mactech’s involvement in community initiatives. As Mactech becomes more present in the community, Flynn is working on a partnership with Transition House to deliver free occupational training to women who are victims of violence in Cape Breton.

When asked where she sees herself in five years, Flynn says she expects to be growing in her new position. “I am always building my education with software training and certifications,” she adds. On the business side of HomeED, Flynn will be focusing on increasing public awareness of what the college does and what it stands for: that a quality education should be available to anyone who has the ability, desire and ambition to improve their skills for growth and success.

Flynn’s perspective is that it’s not only the education that is important, but also the end result. The hopeful outcome of education is a career. “It’s amazing the profound effect education can have on a person’s confidence and ability. I’ve seen people enter the college as shy, withdrawn students, and as a result of the experience, grow into savvy dynamos, prepared to enter the workforce. It’s nice to work somewhere that you truly believe in what you are accomplishing.”

As a long-standing business in Cape Breton, Mactech Distance Education applies itself to raising awareness of the great services it provides as well as the meaningful volunteer work its staff performs locally. “We are proud of the efforts and dedication our employees have been involved to help make Cape Breton a better place for all residents to live and work,” Flynn says. “In celebration of HomeED’s 25th year in business, we will be hosting a gala Anniversary event to celebrate our success and continued growth.”

Mactech Distance Education, also known as HomeED, has been known as an innovator in distance learning for 25 years. Mactech is the only nationally accredited and ISO 9001:2008 certified college in Canada.

For more information about The Cape Breton Partnership, please visit capebretonpartnership.com
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Meghan
Very nice! Keep up the great work, Jen!