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June 17, 2021

NBCC teaming up with Microsoft, JDI to spur digital literacy

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) is teaming up with Microsoft Canada and J.D. Irving Limited to help students, alumni, and professionals in New Brunswick and across Canada to build their digital literacy skills.

Starting this month, and running until the end of September, free virtual courses will be offered so that Canadians can learn the fundamentals of enterprise resource planning (ERP) using Microsoft Dynamics 365. This fundamentals certification offers learning for a variety of people at different stages of their careers ranging from students to IT professionals and developers who want to build on their broad understanding of business applications and how they work. This training will be of interest to employees working in organizations that use Microsoft dynamics, students, recent graduates, and people changing careers who want to make the most of Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps to move to the next level.

“As we move into post-pandemic recovery and resilience, workers will need increased digital literacies to understand and leverage operational systems to future proof their careers and our industries,” said Mary Butler, President and CEO of NBCC. “With the collaboration of Microsoft Canada and J.D. Irving Limited, we’re pleased to provide this training to help our economy withstand the next workforce disruption.”

As customers demand faster response times, higher quality products, and exceptional customer service and relationships, businesses are leveraging technology to transform their operations and to help them stay competitive. Dynamics 365 Fundamentals (ERP) certification offers learners the ability to deepen their knowledge in business operations and finance applications to enable Canadian organizations to maintain a competitive advantage by improving customer experiences and maximizing productivity by making data-driven decisions.

These Dynamics 365 courses are just the beginning of the training to be offered by NBCC through Microsoft Canada Skills Program. Future courses will provide certifications in data analytics, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing technologies.

“As the Canadian economy rebounds from the pandemic, it’s critical that future and current workforces are equipped with the digital skills they need to be successful,” said Jason Hermitage, Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Microsoft Canada. “As part of our commitment to closing the digital skills gap, our collaboration with NBCC and J.D. Irving will help drive digital literacy across Canada.”

J.D. Irving Limited sees tremendous value in the certifications being offered and looks forward to having access to a homegrown tech talent pipeline.

“Microsoft and NBCC are a quality combination of talented people and world-class technology,” said Doug MacAskill, Vice President of Information Technology at J.D. Irving, Limited. “As the largest employer of NBCC graduates in the province, we are proud to have on our IT team 65 NBCC grads who are making valuable contributions in advancing our digital journey at JDI.”

Those interested in the Dynamics 365 course can register online.

About NBCC:

With six campuses across New Brunswick, NBCC contributes to New Brunswick’s social and economic prosperity by supporting the aspirations of individual learners, seizing the opportunities of the labour market, and collaboratively solving the challenges of communities and industry.  In addition to more than 90 certificate and diploma programs, NBCC also provides specialized and customized training to meet the needs of specific sectors and communities.  Find out more information on NBCC programs by visiting:


Tanya Greer, Lead, Strategic Communications