Centennial College News Feed https://www.centennialcollege.ca Centennial College News Centennial opens office in Chongqing, China Centennial College has opened its fourth international education office in China in response to growing interest in Canadian study opportunities. The new office will be used to market the college in Chongqing, one of China’s five major population centres, which is home to more than 30 million people. With consistent support from the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, the Canadian Consulate General in Chongqing, and assistance from the Chongqing municipal government, partners and agents, Centennial’s Chongqing office will facilitate new opportunities for student recruitment, partnership and corporate training. Centennial College began marketing in China in 1996, which resulted in 15 students travelling to Canada to study Centennial’s hospitality program the following year. Today, there are almost 1,500 Chinese visa students enrolled in Centennial’s diploma, degree and graduate certificate programs in Toronto. Over the past 17 years, Centennial has established strong partnerships with the central and provincial governments, universities, colleges and industries across China. To date there are 21 Chinese institutions collaborating with Centennial on joint academic programs, teacher and administrator training, university and college leadership training, language training, faculty and student exchanges, and more. Centennial staff members are employed at the college’s four offices in Beijing, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Chongqing. With China serving as a successful model, Centennial has established international resource centres worldwide, including offices in India, South Korea, Mexico, Panama, Turkey, Dubai and Australia. Approximately 5,000 visa students from 90 countries are currently studying at Centennial’s Toronto campuses, making it the leader in international student recruitment among Canadian colleges. At the same time, Centennial is developing pathways for Canadians to study abroad. In the recent past, 42 faculty and administrators have taught or provided program management in China, and eight Canadian students have travelled to China for internships since last year. Some 20 students and faculty will go to Chongqing next summer for language and cultural studies. Recognized as a leader in international education, Centennial received two gold awards of excellence for internationalization in 2013, bestowed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-opens-office-in-chongqing-china/ Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:15:34 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-opens-office-in-chongqing-china/ Winter driving continues to stress out Ontarians, says survey Ontario drivers have a love-hate relationship with snow tires: they love how they make winter driving so much safer yet they hate putting them on their cars, suggests a new survey commissioned for Centennial College's School of Transportation. Seventy-nine per cent of Ontarians who drive say snow tires create a safer winter driving experience, with 87 per cent correctly understanding that even all-wheel-drive vehicles need them. But only 53 per cent of drivers in the province install them on their own cars. The usage rate of winter tires is similar between the sexes: 52 per cent of men versus 55 per cent of women. However, 47 per cent of women say they get nervous and stressed about driving in the winter while only 28 per cent of men admit they are uneasy driving in snow and ice. Eastern Ontario drivers are the most likely to install winter tires, with 69 per cent installing them each year, by far the highest rate and perhaps influenced by the fact neighbouring Quebec is the only province to legally require drivers use winter tires. The vast majority of Ontario drivers know they should use winter tires but only half do so, says Stephen Leroux, Centennial College automotive professor. This truly is a conundrum for all road users. Other survey results include: To avoid driving in snow, 43 per cent stayed home from work or school, 38 per cent cancelled a social engagement and 20 per cent missed a medical appointment; 40 per cent of male drivers strongly agree they are confident in their winter driving skills, compared with 16 per cent of women; 42 per cent of drivers whose personal income exceeds $100,000 a year are strongly confident in their driving skills; 44 per cent of drivers 18 to 34 say winter driving makes them stressed, dropping to 31 per cent for those 55-plus. In addition to installing four matching snow tires, Ontario drivers ought to have licensed mechanics ensure their cars are ready for winter, says Leroux. This is a small price to pay for potentially saving your life and the lives of your passengers, not to mention other motorists. Additional winter driving tips: Batteries older than four years should be replaced before the frigid cold weather arrives; Replace wiper blades after three years, top up washer fluid reservoir; Change engine coolant after five years to ensure the best heater performance; Pack an emergency kit, including food, and keep mobile phones charged. Centennial College operates one of the largest transportation technology schools in Canada and is Canada's transportation training hub. Every year, more than 2,000 automotive apprentices complete their in-class training, educated by a faculty of highly skilled professionals recruited from the automotive industry to teach on the latest equipment and vehicles. For program information, visit the School of Transportation. About the Survey From Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013, Vision Critical conducted an online survey among 805 randomly selected adult Ontario residents with registered drivers licenses who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error, which measures sampling variability, is +/- 3.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20. SOURCE: Centennial College https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/winter-driving-continues-to-stress-out-ontarians-says-survey/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:46:22 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/winter-driving-continues-to-stress-out-ontarians-says-survey/ Student-produced documentaries now on Rogers TV Centennial: The Journal on Rogers TV is a collection of exciting documentaries produced by students in the Broadcasting and Film Program at Centennial College. Airing on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough In their documentary production classes, students tackle a range of topics including biography, social justice, entertainment, lifestyle and other everyday issues. These are stories that represent the diversity and richness of our world. As the projects become more challenging, the students then produce a weekly half-hour web-based news magazine show called The Journal. The Journal is shaped by fourth semester students. It’s a thought-provoking mix of entertainment and news programming. Students rotate through various roles including show producer, field production, writing, producing, directing, shooting and editing. You can see more at centennialondemand.com/centennialtv. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/student-produced-documentaries-now-on-rogers-tv/ Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:37:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/student-produced-documentaries-now-on-rogers-tv/ Centennial's Aerospace Centre cleared for take-off Centennial College will receive up to $26 million from the Ontario government to relocate its aviation programs to the former de Havilland aircraft manufacturing centre at Downsview Park. The welcome news was announced Tuesday, October 29 by Premier Kathleen Wynne during a tour of the Ashtonbee Campus aircraft hangar, along with President Ann Buller, Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. The investment is seen as the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario. The former de Havilland plant will be renovated to provide new classroom, workshop and hangar space, and will house an innovation and research working group that brings together industry leaders and academic partners, including University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University, York University, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems, MDA Corporation and Sumitomo Precision Products Canada Aircraft, Inc. Centennial currently trains more than 300 aircraft technicians and avionics technicians annually. The move to Downsview, which is anticipated to take place by September 2015, will provide a much larger teaching space with access to working runways. Enrolment is expected to grow to more than 900 students, as the programs' graduates are in demand in Canada and around the world. The College will be working with the Ashtonbee Campus community to determine what will end up in the hangar. In his 2012 review of the Canadian aerospace industry, the Hon. David Emerson identified a need for an aerospace training and research hub in Ontario to maintain Canada’s fifth-place ranking in the industry. Globalization, competition from emerging economies and a diminishing skilled workforce are looming challenges. There are also opportunities: some $3.2 trillion in new commercial aircraft and $661 billion in business aircraft will be ordered over the next 20 years worldwide as operators look for more efficient and environmentally sustainable aircraft to update their fleets. The Downsview Aerospace Cluster for Innovation and Research (DAIR), which involves Ontario’s best educational institutions and aerospace technology leaders, has an ambitious plan to recast the former military airbase as a global aerospace hub that would function as an innovation incubator and attract new investment. Already, Bombardier has selected Centennial College as its trainer of choice, helping to prepare its existing and future workforce with new skills required in the assembly and maintenance of its aircraft. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-aerospace-centre-cleared-for-take-off/ Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:38:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-aerospace-centre-cleared-for-take-off/ OMNI-TV's Lucy Zilio visits Centennial Volvo/Mack Truck Lab OMNI Television host Lucy Zilio paid a visit recently to Centennial College's Ashtonbee Campus to take a look at our Truck and Coach Technician program. Lucy dropped in on a class in the Volvo/Mack Truck Lab, where Centennial teaches a modified apprenticeship program (MAP 32) in conjunction with the manufacturer. All the students in the class are already hired by a truck dealership, and come in to Centennial for 32 weeks of in-class training. Trucks today are complex machines with plenty of high-end electronics to manage diesel engine performance and emissions, among many other things. Our technician graduates are highly skilled - exactly the kind of professionals the industry is looking to hire. Have a look at the video Lucy and her OMNI Television team recorded in our special lab! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/omni-tvs-lucy-zilio-visits-centennial-volvomack-truck-lab/ Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:04:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/omni-tvs-lucy-zilio-visits-centennial-volvomack-truck-lab/ Here We Grow Again! New Student Residence Coming Centennial College has grown rapidly over the past several years and demand for student housing has outpaced the capacity of our existing 340-bed facility on Progress Avenue. Research shows that a lack of access to a residence is an impediment for students living just outside a reasonable commuting distance from campus.  Recently, Centennial approved Knightstone Capital Management as the successful bidder to undertake the planning, financing, construction and management of the new residence at Progress Campus, known as the Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre. Other key partners in the project include Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group.  Like the Story Arts Centre in East York, the new residence will be a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. There will be space for 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. Each resident will have his or her own bedroom. There will also be communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate. The residence floors will be highly secure and inaccessible from other parts of the building.  The eight-storey building will dedicate the ground level to our Culinary Arts Centre, complete with seven labs, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms. The labs will be naturally lit with enormous glass panels so that those passing by can see our students learning in our professional facilities. A conference and banquet centre on the top floor will be serviced by the kitchens below, with space for 425 guests in the conference centre and up to 600 students in the labs and classrooms. The facility will be LEED Gold-certified with a focus on sustainable “green” practices as they apply to the hospitality industry.  The new building will be much more than a residential building. It will promote the “living learning” experience and the opportunity for students to engage in a wide range of extra-curricular activities – this is what differentiates campus living. Canadian Campus Communities has a strong track record of creating an academic orientation, focused on student growth in four distinct areas: intellectual, cultural, recreational and social development.  The $85-million Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre will be built at the south end of Parking Lot 1 located close to Progress Ave. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring, with occupancy slated for the summer of 2016. The building will displace 150 parking spaces, which will be accommodated in Parking Lot 7 at the east end of campus.  The new residence is the latest initiative in Centennial’s implementation of its ambitious Strategic Campus Plan, which has already seen new buildings constructed at Progress and Ashtonbee campuses, and extensive renovations made to existing facilities. In addition, preliminary design work has begun on our Aerospace facility at Downsview Park. All together, this work represents $330 million in capital investments – the majority of it already expended or underway. You can look forward to hearing more details about our exciting Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre as plans become finalized and approved.  To view the Site Map and Floor Plans, click here. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/here-we-grow-again-new-student-residence-coming/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:08:29 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/here-we-grow-again-new-student-residence-coming/ Survey finds Canadians more concerned with saving green than being green Toronto, April 3, 2014 — Canadians support renewable and alternative energy as much today (63 per cent) as they did five years ago. However, when it comes to lowering their household energy usage more than half (54 per cent) of Canadian consumers are driven by saving money and not by being green, shows a new survey commissioned by Centennial College’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. “Regardless of what is driving them to be more environmentally conscious, it’s fantastic to see that Canadians are supporting renewable and alternative energy,” says Dr. Patrick Kelly, dean of Centennial’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science.  Ontarians’ response to the introduction of time-of-use smart meters, which offer lower electricity rates during off-peak hours, shows just how effective financial incentives are for changing consumer behaviour. More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of the Ontarians surveyed say they do their laundry during off-peak hours. This compares with only 31 per cent for the rest of Canada. When asked about the financial impact of Canada’s cold winters, 54 per cent of Canadians agree that high energy bills as a result of the 2013/2014 winter had a significant financial impact on their household. So how did consumers stay warm?  This winter, 64 per cent of the 1,510 Canadians surveyed say they put on a warm sweater or grabbed a blanket to avoid turning up the thermostat (by gender: 70 per cent of women and 58 per cent of men). When it comes to electricity, more than half (57 per cent) of Canadians have bought energy saving bulbs, such as compact fluorescent bulbs to lower energy use and save money, but 65 per cent say the newer LED bulbs are still too expensive even though they know the LED bulbs pay for themselves quickly and save a lot of money over the years. Other survey results include: ENERGY STAR ratings are a top selling point for 62 per cent when buying electronics and appliances. 69 per cent of Canadians say that renewable/alternative energy will be vital to the economy in the future. 67 per cent of Canadians say governments must invest in this sector or else the country will fall behind the rest of the world. …2   63 per cent of Canadians say they support sustainable and renewable energy as much now as they did five years ago. The rise in base electricity prices has made 32 per cent of Canadians less supportive of renewable/alternative energy, led by 37 per cent in Ontario. Only 22 per cent of respondents say they opt for the “air-dry” setting on their dishwasher, which saves electricity by not heating the dishes to dry. “For Canada to be a sustainable country in the future, we all need to do our part now and that includes making renewable and alternative energy more accessible to Canadians,” says Kelly. “We also need to continue to educate consumers on how to incorporate modern energy technologies in their day-to-day lives to foster a sustainable environment and economy for the future.” Additional energy saving tips: Set your dishwasher to AIR DRY to save electricity. Unplug all appliances when not using. Invest in a home energy monitor.  Switch all lights to LED bulbs. Buy appliances with ENERGY STAR ratings. Centennial College’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science is illuminating the path to Ontario’s energy future. Through its Centennial Energy Institute (CEI) the school provides the critical job skills for the new energy economy and provides clarity to those seeking to implement modern energy technology. CEI provides technical, operational and strategic guidance on the adoption of sustainable energy and environmental practice to promote a successful and healthy future.   For more information, visit Centennial College School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. About the Survey From March 19th to March 20th 2014 an online survey was conducted among 1,510 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/survey-finds-canadians-more-concerned-with-saving-green-than-being-green/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:32:37 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/survey-finds-canadians-more-concerned-with-saving-green-than-being-green/ Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project officially opened Centennial College marked the opening of the first phase of its bold Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project with a special ceremony on April 1 attended by about 100 guests and students. Centennial graduate and Toronto automobile dealer Ken Shaw Jr. provided the opening remarks, along with Centennial College President Ann Buller. The 40,500-square-foot Library building, which is the signature piece in the rejuvenation of Centennial’s oldest campus, forms the new gateway to the college property, which is located near Eglinton Ave. East and Warden Ave. The trestle-inspired building centralizes registration and other student services on the ground level, and accommodates a contemporary library on the second floor.  In addition to the gateway building, the original campus gym gained a naturally lit second level to make room for weight training, exercise studios and related amenities. The two-storey gym opened last fall, and the library building opened in January of this year.  Significantly, no government funding was required to support the $40.6-million Phase I construction budget; the college is footing the bill out of its own revenues. The Centennial College Student Association has donated $4 million towards construction from its own budget.  The additions are welcome updates to Centennial’s sprawling campus, which dates back to 1969. Ashtonbee Campus is home to Centennial’s School of Transportation, the largest transportation technology training centre in Canada, as well as selected programs in community services, general arts and sciences, and English-language training. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-officially-opened/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:39:24 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-officially-opened/ Centennial College Music Celebration Concert, April 26 To mark the completion of the inaugural year of our Music Industry Arts and Performance program, the faculty and students are pleased to present their very first Centennial College Music Celebration Concert on Saturday, April 26 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (TCA). This special year-end concert will feature four music ensembles performing a variety of music styles. Centennial's unique program - which can turn a passion for popular music, world music or indigenous music into an exciting and sustainable career - was launched last fall with strong interest from students looking for a program rooted in music studies other than classical or jazz. The concert will also showcase Centennial's new partnership with the Toronto Centre for the Arts (formerly the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts) located on Yonge St. north of Sheppard Ave. The Centre, which is owned by the City of Toronto, has several superb performance spaces, including the George Weston Recital Hall where our Celebration Concert will take place at 7 PM.  We warmly invite everyone to see and hear our talented students perform in our exciting new space. You can purchase tickets ($19 each) to the Centennial College Music Celebration Concert from the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office or from Ticketmaster. Come see and hear a whole new side of Centennial College! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-music-celebration-concert-april-26/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:46:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-music-celebration-concert-april-26/ Centennial wins Paramedic competition Pictured from left: Dean Rahim Karim, Chair Richard Kinchlea, students Justin Mlynaryk, Jenna Kororan, Igor Bilokon and Kaylee Swierenga, and professor David Ramsey. Two student teams from Centennial College's Paramedic program earned first and third-place wins in the student division of the 2014 National Paramedic Competition. Some 29 student and professional teams from Ontario and New Brunswick took part in the competition this year, hosted by Durham College. Participants were marked on their knowledge and skills demonstrated by working on volunteer patients in five stressful accident scenarios, including a golfer struck by lightning and a snake-bite victim. For their total score, the teams also wrote a knowledge test. Centennial students Jenna Kororan and Justin Mlynaryk collected the first-place trophy, while Igor Bilokon and Kaylee Swierenga won third place; all are second-year students in the Paramedic program. The popular two-year program prepares students to take the Ministry of Health exam for Advanced EMCA, the required certification for all paramedics in Ontario. Centennial's courses are taught by paramedics who are actively working in the sector. Centennial's reputation in the field is second to none: 96 per cent of graduates work as Primary Care Paramedics. The winning Centennial team members were formally recognized at a special event at Morningside Campus on April 16.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-paramedic-competition/ Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:41:08 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-paramedic-competition/ Eco Volunteers pick up almost 2 tonnes of trash Centennial College's Environmental Student Society (ESS) hosted its 16th Annual Spring Clean-up and Rehabilitation Day on Saturday, April 26, which attracted some 250 eco-minded volunteers who got down to the business of cleaning up the Highland Creek watershed adjacent to Progress Campus. By the end of the day, our selfless greenies collected almost 2 tonnes of trash that was hauled away by the City of Toronto! Centennial students, graduates, faculty, staff and administrators and their family members and friends, along with some local community groups including the Boy Scouts braved the chilly temperatures to descend into the ravine and pick up trash and recyclable materials such as pop bottles, fast-food containers, cardboard and more. The plastics, paper and glass added up to 600 kg net, while the assorted other trash added up to 1,160 kg net. The anticipated rain held off and our volunteers were rewarded with a free barbecue lunch and some great draw prizes. The Centennial College Student Association Inc. opened up its Student Centre as a marshalling area and CCSAI volunteers helped with the work, too. A great day was had by all! Local MPP Mitzie Hunter came by to present the Centennial College volunteers with a special certificate for their community-oriented work. The Environmental Student Society's annual Spring Clean-up and Rehabilitation Day was part of a wider initiative to tidy up green spaces in the City of Toronto after a long and bitter winter. The day also closed out Earth Week activities around the city and the province. A big Thank-you to all the volunteers who helped out! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/eco-volunteers-pick-up-almost-2-tonnes-of-trash/ Thu, 01 May 2014 08:38:28 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/eco-volunteers-pick-up-almost-2-tonnes-of-trash/ G20 Youth Forum Update Four Centennial College students have been selected to join a Canadian youth delegation participating in the G20 Youth Forum being held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany from May 7 to 11. The Forum is an international project that brings together 200 of the best students in the fields of international relations, economics, finance and law who are eligible to become young heads of state or ministers in the national youth delegations at the Forum. Centennial College Paralegal student Amanda Ashley Hooper is a women’s empowerment ambassador who will be presenting her social action proposal examining the root causes of violence perpetrated against women. Melissa Airall and Janice Grant from Centennial’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture will be engaging in panel discussions regarding food security and employment conditions for young people. Souphaphone Souphommanychanh is already in Germany, completing the final semester of her International Business program as part of an exchange program between Centennial and Reutlingen University. With her observer status, she will listen in on panel discussions involving youth leaders, leading politicians and prominent business people. The purpose of the G20 Youth Forum is three-fold: to involve young leaders from all over the globe in resolving the more pressing economic and social problems of the moment, to establish an intercultural dialogue, and to build business partnerships and friendships. Conference round-table discussions will be themed around economy and finance, law and human rights, international relations, social policy and medicine, the environment, technology, education and the humanities. All sessions are conducted in English. The Official Closing Ceremony of the G20 Youth Forum 2014 was held in the Congress Centre on May 10. Ceremony participants presented the final results, summing up their three days of work by addressing the following questions: How to avoid economic crises and deal with hunger and unemployment? How to protect human rights? How to live together in peace? What will the future look like? The discussions were neatly summarized in the final report click here to see the final report The G20 itself is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s 20 major economies, which together account for 85 per cent of the gross world product, 80 per cent of world trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. The G20 has a strong Canadian connection: former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin proposed the G20 in 1999 as a forum for cooperation and consultation on matters related to the international financial system. By Resham Karfa https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/g20-youth-forum-update/ Fri, 02 May 2014 09:56:20 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/g20-youth-forum-update/ ‘The Big Race’ earns an IABC Gold Quill Award The Centennial College students who created The Big Race publicity campaign last year to highlight transit needs in the Toronto region have won enormous recognition from the public relations industry, earning a Gold Quill Award in the audio-visual category from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The Big Race was a web video series that focused on the need to improve transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The eight webisodes examined how transit impacts accessibility and employment issues, and how urban congestion can negatively affect residents’ quality of life. The Big Race followed three contestants as they completed challenges while navigating Toronto’s complex regional transit system. The competitors were Mitzie Hunter, then-CEO of CivicAction, local community advocate Dave Meslin, and Kendell Duthie, full-time student and mother of 2-year-old Bea. Senior industry evaluators reviewed The Big Race campaign against IABC’s global seven-point scale of excellence for strategic communication planning and implementation. The students’ project clearly demonstrated they had made a difference for their client, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Beyond being a collaborative student project, The Big Race was supported by community leaders such as CivicAction and Metrolinx, which welcomed student participation in identifying transit solutions. The race examined elements proposed in The Big Move, a 25-year, $50-billion integrated regional transportation plan for the GTHA. “I have been so impressed with the group of students behind The Big Race web series,” said Mathew Bertin, Community & Stakeholder Relations Specialist at Metrolinx. “They have done an excellent job of capturing the social issues behind transit, and demonstrating that the Big Move represents transformation across our region.” Congratulations to the following Centennial College students and graduates who will be attending IABC’s 2014 World Conference in Toronto to collect their Gold Quill on June 9. From the Corporate Communications and Public Relations program: Nadine Bukhman, Belinda Dodaro, Giulianna Fericelli, Juliet O’Farrell, Igor Rakic and Meaghan Savage. From the Broadcasting and Film program: Ryan Liu, Nick Aliwalas, William Maltez, William (Luke) Romberg, Garri Gonzaga, Ivan Lapis, Eric Shum and Graciene San Jose.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-big-race-earns-an-iabc-gold-quill-award/ Thu, 08 May 2014 11:37:35 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-big-race-earns-an-iabc-gold-quill-award/ Public Relations students collect more recognition Gold ACE Award: Horizons Student Campaign of the Year (from left): Jentzen Brown (instructor), Maria-Teresa Andreacchi, Fiona Somerville, Lindsey McCulloch, Jill Burkes, Margaret O'Donoghue and Michael Riverso. Centennial College's Corporate Communications and Public Relations students continue to earn big awards from the industry, which recognizes Centennial as a source of talented corporate communicators and public relations specialists. Centennial students took home two Gold ACE awards and one Bronze ACE at the annual Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto ACE Awards Gala on May 7. It's the second year in a row that featured Centennial College as the only public relations program recognized in the student awards, The Centennial student team Horizons consisting of Maria-Teresa Andreacchi, Fiona Somerville, Lindsey McCulloch, Jill Burkes, Margaret O'Donoghue and Michael Riverso won Gold for their publicity event working for the charity Horizons for Youth. Also winning Gold was Team #CANit made up of students Chrissy James, Zerina Derveni, Ayla Altila, Kathryn Debattista and Jasmina Vransevic, which prepared their advocacy work for the charity Dixon Hall. Team Phony Party working for the charity Kids Help Phone won Bronze; they were made up of students Samantha Kamiel, Jessica Strople, Hannah Yardley and Meg Scrimgeour. All three special events were the final assignment in the college program's Event Management course. Thanks to Centennial instructors Melanie Dulos and Jentzen Brown for mentoring and leading our students. And there's more good news: student Amanda Patterson collected the CPRS Toronto Student of the Year award at the same gala presentation. This is the second year in a row that a Centennial student took the CPRS Award (Hannah Sunderani earned it last year), which makes Centennial a highly decorated school, having won three CPRS Student Awards out of the past four years. In a separate event hosted by the  International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Corporate Communications and Public Relations student Megan Henry has won the IABC Toronto Student of the Year Award. Congratulations to all of our proud winners! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/public-relations-students-collect-more-recognition/ Wed, 14 May 2014 14:27:50 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/public-relations-students-collect-more-recognition/ Transportation students bring home some precious medals Part of the winning School of Transportation student team at the Ontario competition in Kitchener-Waterloo: (top row from left) Ryan Green, Danylo Michalkoff and Kenny Lam; (bottom from left) Khizar Muhammad, Brent Ng, Roland Laurence, Steven LeMagueresse and Daniel Kidd. There’s something to be said for consistency: All three Centennial College School of Transportation students who had won gold at the provincial Skills Canada competition in May went on to earn medals at the national-level competition in Toronto in early June. Student Ryan Green won gold in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician contest, while Steven LeMagueresse in Collision Repair and Daniel Kidd in Automotive Painting both won earned a second-place silver finish in competitions with students from across Canada. With his gold medal win, Green is eligible to qualify for the World Skills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015. Back in May, Centennial College was well represented in the winners’ circle at the 25th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition, which drew almost 2,000 student competitors to impress the judges and crowds gathered at the Manulife Financial Sportsplex in Waterloo. Competitors vied for gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of hands-on skills contests, including such specialties as computer animation, culinary arts, carpentry, auto-body repair, masonry and aesthetics. Centennial’s School of Transportation was a dominating force in the post-secondary automotive trades. In addition to gold medal wins by Ryan Green, Daniel Kidd and Steven LeMagueresse to qualify for the nationals, Centennial student Adrian Tantalo collected a well-earned silver medal in the Collision Repair competition. Bronze medal winners included Danylo Michalkoff in the Truck and Coach Technician skills competition and Khizar Muhammad in the Aircraft Technician category. Honourable mentions included School of Transportation students Kenny Lam and John Santarcangelo (Auto Service), Brent Ng (Auto Paint), Roland Laurence (Heavy Equipment), David Bousfield (Truck and Coach) and Naresh Paray (Aircraft). Congratulations to the entire Centennial student team –and the college faculty and staff who volunteered at the events –for a great showing in 2014! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/transportation-students-bring-home-some-precious-medals/ Fri, 16 May 2014 11:50:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/transportation-students-bring-home-some-precious-medals/ Centennial students win award for outdoor play app Centennial College International Business Management students Jayapriya Narayanan and Sampada Suryavanshi won the ANZ Highly Commended Team Award in the Global Enterprise Experience Competition for their team’s submission, “Kidz Tech.” Their innovative gaming application uses a digital avatar to reward outdoor play and encourage children to be physically active. The awards ceremony took place on May 21 in the New Zealand Parliament, which sponsored the international competition. The Global Enterprise Experience competition brings together students from around the world to work in teams of six to eight online to create business ventures that tackle social and environmental issues. The Centennial students’ team included participants living in New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. Each team relied on cloud computing to communicate with their members and exchange information.  Kidz Tech encourages children to be active and develop a habit of playing outdoors. Once an account is set up, children use the animated interface to personalize their own avatar. The character can be grown stronger and healthier by logging actual outdoor activity, such as playing basketball, soccer or running. The app will have voice commands and voice recognition for children with special needs. Scheduling a group game or an activity is also possible in the app and helpful reminders can be sent to prompt children. Based on the inputted data, points are calculated and used to upgrade the avatar’s health and “super powers.” Each level will have its own exciting in-app features to keep children engaged. Based on market demand, each feature will be released at the respective level for a nominal charge. The Kidz Tech proposal was recognized as a viable and appealing tool to help children break free from their indoor video games and to play outside. Jayapriya Narayanan was also the recipient of the Highly Commended Journal Award in the same competition. The pair was assisted and coached by Centennial College School of Business professors Kathie Leslie and Tulsi Dharel. Congratulations to all the members of the Kidz Tech team for their excellent work! Photo caption: From left to right are: Kathie Leslie, Jayapriya Narayanan, Sampada Suryavanshi and Tulsi Dharel. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-win-award-for-outdoor-play-app/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:34:12 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-win-award-for-outdoor-play-app/ Centennial student wins architecture award Architectural Technology student Gilbert Nacu earned a first place finish in the Individual Category of the 2014 Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences Student Awards for his bold design entitled The Edge. The assignment called for a multipurpose residential complex with retail space, which Nacu embraced in the form of sleek twin residential towers situated on the site of the old Lake Ontario shoreline in downtown Toronto. His design incorporated a number of environmentally sustainable features including strategically placed wind turbines to capture wind energy, solar panels on the podium and townhouse rooftops, green-roof installations on the towers and an evaporative cooling system that utilizes the water feature (fountains) on the property. The concept proposes a mixed-income community, since one of the towers will contain subsidized residential units. Gilbert Nacu received transportation and accommodation to attend the awards ceremony at the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) in Montreal last month. Also attending was professor John Romanov from Centennial’s Architectural Technology program. The first-place award included a monetary prize and a one-year Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences membership. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-student-wins-architecture-award/ Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:17:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-student-wins-architecture-award/ Ontario Ministers announce Youth Jobs Strategy success at Centennial Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus played host to Ontario Ministers Brad Duguid and Reza Moridi on July 18 as they announced Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy having already surpassed 20,000 job opportunities created for young people wishing to break into the employment market. The Ontario government is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy to help connect youth with the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to succeed in today’s workforce. The strategy – which is already ahead of schedule – is helping thousands of young people across the province find work, build skills and start their own businesses. Minister Duguid noted that 95 per cent of Youth Employment Fund clients who have completed their job placements have either been retained or gone on to further employment – a success rate far higher than the government had originally anticipated. Centennial’s Ashtonbee Aircraft Hangar provided the backdrop as the ministers shared the good news with the assembled media. A group of pre-apprenticeship students from Centennial’s Automotive, Autobody and Truck & Coach Technician programs were on hand to view the media announcement along with faculty and staff. Centennial College plays a pivotal role in the Youth Jobs Strategy by delivering specialized, funded programming for youth looking for relevant training and education. The college has been awarded a total of $867,775 in Campus-Linked Accelerator funding over two years to help young entrepreneurs connect with investors and industry. In addition, Centennial received $497,000 through the Youth Skills Connections program to train 83 youth in a 16-week program to meet the hiring needs for Bombardier and other aerospace firms. Bombardier Vice President Graham Kelly was in attendance and articulated his company’s support for the training program and the ongoing partnership with Centennial and the government. The training program is scheduled to begin this fall. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ontario-ministers-announce-youth-jobs-strategy-success-at-centennial/ Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:36:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ontario-ministers-announce-youth-jobs-strategy-success-at-centennial/ New Reading Week begins this fall at Centennial Centennial College is instituting the common 14-week semester starting this fall. Adopted by many universities and colleges, this academic model incorporates a pause in the middle of each semester to provide a beneficial one-week break to students. Our new Fall Reading Week provides time for studying, completing assignments, seeking academic advising and taking advantage of workshops for tutoring and remediation. Recent research suggests a mid-semester break is essential to relieving student stress and may help promote good mental health. At Centennial, our new Reading Weeks will align with major statutory holidays that fall on Mondays in each semester. This amounts to Thanksgiving in the fall, Family Day in winter, and Canada Day in the summer semester. These breaks will not always fall after week 7, but may occur in weeks 6, 7, or 8, depending on the calendar year. Note that Centennial’s traditional Winter Reading Week will take place in February from now on, rather than in March. Here are the exact dates of Centennial’s Reading Weeks for the 2014-15 academic year: Fall Reading Week – October 13 to 17 Winter Reading Week – February 16 to 20 Summer Reading Week – June 29 to July 3 We hope our students will take advantage of the new Reading Weeks to get caught up on course assignments and get a jumpstart on work to come – or simply to relax, regroup and relieve stress! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-reading-week-begins-this-fall-at-centennial/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:51:51 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-reading-week-begins-this-fall-at-centennial/ Executive-in-Residence pays it forward Dr. Aditya Jha with the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, at the Order of Canada investiture on May 7, 2014. Like so many successful men and women, celebrated entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist Aditya Jha started from modest means. He was born in southern Nepal in 1958, and was raised along with his three brothers and two sisters in a village that straddled the border between India and Nepal. His father, a lawyer, practiced in the district court of Sitamarhi, India. Possessing the ability and the smarts to pursue post-secondary education, Jha earned a science bachelors degree from Hans Raj College, Delhi University. He went on to do a masters in statistics at Kurukshetra University, as well as a post-graduate diploma in computer science. “Having come from a Nepalese village, I can tell you that education is the primary factor that can elevate people out of poverty. It is the key contributor to economic development,” Jha points out. To further his understanding of computer technology, he became a computer systems research scholar at Jawaharial Nehru University. In 1984 he traveled to France to acquire mainframe computer training with CIT Alcatel. He returned to start his computer career in India and subsequently worked in Singapore, Australia and several Southeast Asian countries.  Equipped with considerable skills and knowledge acquired in the industry, Jha relocated to Canada in 1994 and joined Bell, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become general manager of ebusiness and product marketing. “I got a shot at shaping my destiny by learning at Bell Canada. Once I learned all that I could, I decided to start my own company,” Jha recounts. With four other partners, he co-founded Isopia Inc., a Canadian software company that flourished quickly. It was so successful, their company was purchased by U.S.-based Sun Microsystems in 2001 for more than $100 million divided between the partners. With the proceeds of the sale, Aditya started Osellus Inc., another software firm with offices in Toronto and Bangkok. He invested the remainder of his windfall in several diverse businesses, including a candy factory in Hamilton, Ontario, that owner Cadbury Adams Canada had planned to close. Jha subsequently saved more than 150 jobs after renaming the venture Karma Candy, owing to his belief in life-altering karma. With careful cost-cutting, more efficient production and outreach to new clients, Karma Candy became a triumph. “There’s no recipe for success, but there are definitely ingredients for success,” Jha explains when asked how he manages to turn dross into gold. He’s quick to emphasize that his early days at Isopia were difficult ones as they struggled to perfect the right products and services. Success rarely comes easily, he underlines. While thriving in his adopted country, Jha also pursued business opportunities overseas. He spearheaded a niche Indian IT services company, and has interests in restaurant chains in Thailand and India, as well as Canada. He also leads TransCard Capital Inc., which provides real estate investments and financial services to the tourism industry in Latin America, especially the fledgling economy of Cuba.  The latter begins to hint at the other side of Aditya Jha, that of a tireless philanthropist and social activist. He rejects the notion that philanthropy is just another form of charity.  “Charity is paternalistic; it doesn’t agree with me. The definition of philanthropy is beyond charity,” Jha says. He argues giving back to society pays dividends in terms of advancing an equitable society that can nurture goodness in people. Jha has been generous with both his money and his time. He sponsored a unique initiative with the Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation to nurture entrepreneurship within aboriginal communities. His charitable foundation (www.poafoundation.org) created endowments at four Ontario institutions – Ryerson, Trent and York universities, as well as George Brown College – and he chaired the UNICEF Canada India HIV/AIDS campaign. For his efforts, Jha became a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was given an honorary doctorate by Ryerson University in 2009. He was named a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant, South Asian Philanthropist and Top 30 Most Influential Indo-Canadian, among numerous other community service awards and recognitions. Most recently, Dr. Jha was named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Centennial College’s School of Business, a unique position Jha has been serving with enthusiasm. “Centennial has a huge population of international students who can relate to me,” he says. “I want to share my perspectives and experiences, so that I can affect their learning directly. Connecting with students provides a glimpse of the possibilities they can attain.” Why give college students the benefit of his wisdom and not university students? Jha believes universities already get the best professors and students. He wished to share his knowledge with people who could appreciate his perspective. “I admire colleges because they really teach. I can have a more visible impact at college. We need to help international students, in particular, more than we’re doing now, such as by providing more aggressive internship programs for them,” he says. Jha is encouraged by the programs he sees at college, particularly new initiatives in entrepreneurship and leadership. He wants to see “impactful engagement” both at colleges and at high schools to capture students’ imagination. “Universal healthcare is wonderful. So how about universal post-secondary education with public and private support? Imagine all the bursaries replenished by the recipients who benefited from them.” He views education as a public resource, like a library that sees its collection restocked constantly. Ironically, given his own extensive university education, this highly successful businessman wants parents to give Canada’s colleges a good, hard look.  “Colleges have better employability statistics and help graduates find their way,” he says. “There’s a misplaced sense of importance placed on university.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/executive-in-residence-pays-it-forward/ Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:44:37 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/executive-in-residence-pays-it-forward/ Barry O'Brien named new School of Business Dean Centennial College has appointed Barry O’Brien, a leader with excellent experience garnered in both the commercial and academic sectors, as the new Dean of the School of Business.   “Mr. O’Brien has demonstrated strong entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills, attributes that we find especially appealing as Centennial moves ahead with a curriculum to impart these same skills to our own students,”says Ann Buller, Centennial's President and CEO. “We’re delighted to have him here helping to reshape the School of Business.” O’Brien served at the director level in various capacities at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario from 1997 to 2014. He was responsible for the implementation and coordination of a broad range of programs related to government relations, marketing, sales and purchasing. Among his accomplishments he initiated and managed Canada’s first commercial wine auctions; through this program he developed the LCBO’s first overseas sales channel in China.  In addition, O’Brien has been employed by York University since 2003, where he was a course director and taught a variety of courses in business, government relations, business strategy and international commerce. In 2013 he received two awards for excellence in education for consistently receiving exceptional evaluations from his students. A passionate advocate of community service, Mr. O’Brien was chair of a record-breaking LCBO United Way campaign and championed international disaster relief initiatives through the Canadian Red Cross. His own education includes a Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University, Halifax (1995), Masters of International Security Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts –History from St. Francis Xavier University (1991).  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/barry-obrien-named-new-school-of-business-dean/ Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:48:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/barry-obrien-named-new-school-of-business-dean/ New Residence coming to Progress Campus To address the need for new student housing, Centennial has begun construction of its eight-storey Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre at Progress Campus. The college’s rapid growth created unprecedented demand for accommodations at its old 340-bed facility, a former hotel on Progress Avenue that was renovated to become Centennial’s first residence in 2001. The striking new building takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. There will be space for 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. All residents will have their own private bedroom. There will also be communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate. The residence floors will be highly secure and inaccessible from other parts of the building.  The new residence will also provide teaching space by dedicating the ground level to Centennial’s Culinary Arts Centre, complete with seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms with capacity for up to 600 students. The naturally lit kitchens will serve a conference and banquet centre on the top floor, which can accommodate up to 425 guests. The facility is targeting a LEED Silver certification, which involves focusing on sustainable green practices as they apply to the hospitality industry. The $85-million Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre will be located on the main campus driveway close to Progress Ave. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, with occupancy slated for the fall of 2016. Knightstone Capital Management is undertaking the planning, financing, construction and management of the project. Other key partners include Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group. To view the Site Map and Floor Plans, click here. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-residence-coming-to-progress-campus/ Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:50:13 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-residence-coming-to-progress-campus/ Centennial volunteers raise money for ALS Twenty-eight Centennial College students, faculty and administrators braved a cold wind and chilly temperatures on September 11 to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, raising $372 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. The challenge involved seven special victims, including Chef Robert Rainford, who got the full ice bucket treatment, while the entire group of students and staff got sprayed by a water truck. The special delivery was arranged by the Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI). CCSAI president Deepika Gangwani challenged the student associations of Seneca, Durham and George Brown colleges, as well as the Durham Enactus Club. The ALS Challenge was part of a fun day on campus for new and returning Centennial students. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised the profile of the dreaded disease, as well as millions of dollars in research funds this year. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-volunteers-raise-money-for-als/ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:09:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-volunteers-raise-money-for-als/ The Great Escape author wows American audience Renowned author and Centennial College professor Ted Barris recently returned from a speaking trip in the U.S., where he had the opportunity to highlight his retelling of the Great Escape story, captivating his American audience as much as it had Canadians last fall when his book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story was released. His travels had taken him to Colorado Springs, Colorado, home of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where American members of the Stalag Luft III Prisoners of War Association gather for their annual reunion in late August. The three-day event featured screenings, panels and presentations recounting the infamous Stalag Luft III POW compound near Zagan, Poland. Professor Barris was asked to deliver the keynote presentation, based on his bestselling book. It was from the Stalag Luft III prisoners of war camp that Allied aircrews conceived their great escape, made popular by the 1963 Hollywood film that portrayed the American inmates as heroes. But thanks to Barris’s extensive research and interviews with WWII veterans, he was able to determine that the celebrated escape was engineered by a number of Canadians, which included the tunnel planner, three of the four principal excavators, the chief of security, one of the intelligence chiefs, one of the forgery chiefs, the organizers of the sand disposal team, the duty pilot and the custodian of the secret shortwave radio. At the formal banquet that closed the reunion, organizers presented Certificates of Honor for what the association called service above and beyond. They chose to recognize five civilians, including Mary Elizabeth Ruwell, an archivist at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Ben van Drogenbroek, a Dutch researcher; Val Burgess, an American oral historian; Marek Lazarz, the director of the Stalag Luft III Museum in Poland – and our own Ted Barris. “It was my first-ever participation in veteran commemorative activities in the U.S. and the recognition was startling and humbling,” he said of the experience. His hosts were delighted with his book, which has brought valuable and renewed attention to the Stalag Luft III story. Barris received a copy of his certificate to take home, while the original will be housed permanently at the U.S. Air Force Academy archives in Colorado Springs. Ted Barris teaches journalism at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre in East York. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-great-escape-author-wows-american-audience/ Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:30:40 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-great-escape-author-wows-american-audience/ Centennial College Alumni Reception Ceremony in Beijing Centennial College: Educating for Global Success In order to further Internationalize our Education Institution, Centennial College is hosting the first ever Alumni Reception in China, themed “Centennial College: Educating for Global Success” in Beijing on October 25, 2014.  This upscale event will make Centennial College the first Canadian public college ever to host an official alumni reception in China, asserting our leadership in International Education and reinforcing our promise to prepare graduates for success in a global context.  Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College will head the college’s leadership group to present keynotes and address alumni at the reception.   The event will showcase the remarkable achievements of both our institution and alumni and reveal Centennial’s vision for future development.  Join us as we initiate an effective platform for alumnus to network, build partnership and exchange, and enhance the alumnus sense of belonging, awareness, pride and participation in school and community volunteer and philanthropic activities. In addition, officials from the Chinese Ministry of Education and Canadian Embassy, representatives from Centennial College partner institutions in China, outstanding recruitment agencies and major media outlets in the field are invited to join the festivities. Centennial College looks forward to a wholehearted welcome for our alumnus in Beijing!  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-alumni-reception-ceremony-in-beijing/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:26:31 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-alumni-reception-ceremony-in-beijing/ The 47th Annual ASCC Conference Hosted by Centennial College Join us as Centennial College hosts the 47th Annual ASCC Conference. The event will be held downtown at the Toronto Hilton Hotel from October 19 to 21. Enjoy an amazing collection of sessions, speakers and activities looking at the future of College education in Ontario.   https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ascc-conference-2014/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:08:53 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ascc-conference-2014/ Centennial hosting mayoral debate - October 6 Leading candidates Olivia Chow, John Tory and Doug Ford will be on hand at Progress Campus next Monday, October 6 to answer questions posed by Centennial students, staff and local residents. Centennial is a key stop on this fall's debate circuit, since the college's main campus of 10,000 students was to be served by the proposed Scarborough LRT line. Transit has emerged as the primary election issue among Torontonians. Our debate will be moderated by award-winning author, journalist and Centennial professor Ted Barris. It will consist of policy statements from the three leading mayoral candidates, followed by questions posed by Toronto Star, Toronto Observer and Torontoist reporters, as well as an open-mike opportunity for students, staff and local constituents to ask questions. The debate is sponsored by Centennial's School of Communications, Media and Design. We're thrilled to organize this debate and provide a forum for the residents of Scarborough and the Centennial community to hear from the candidates about their vision for this city, says Nate Horowitz, Dean of the Story Arts Centre.  The debate will take place on Monday from 7 to 9 pm in Lecture Theatre L1-02 in the Library Building at Progress Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Students, staff and residents will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available in E1-29 where the proceedings will be shown online. Community broadcaster Rogers TV will be live streaming the debate on cable 10 and 63. It will also be available online on http://CityNews.ca/live. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-hosting-mayoral-debate-october-6/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:57:30 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-hosting-mayoral-debate-october-6/ Who has seen the wind? Fresh on the heels of the David Suzuki inspired Blue Dot Tour, I suited up for a 64-metre climb (watch the video here) to see the world below – the world I know. As my climbing partner Chantel McKie – a third-year Environmental Protection Technology student – and I reached into the vastness of the blue-grey sky, I waved to my fellow Centennial College professor Carol Preston indicating that we had made good on our promise to do better back in May at the college’s E3 environmental symposium. Bullfrog Power generously sponsored our participation in the 2014 TREC Climb the Turbine campaign to bring greater awareness of the benefits of renewable energy and the need to mitigate climate change. Our mission was to stand atop the Windshare Cooperative Windturbine, built by a Dutch firm in 2002, and celebrate Toronto Hydro’s free-standing, engineering marvel on the waterfront. Saturday, October 4 started out cool and rainy, but as our climb time neared, the skies miraculously cleared and the sun came out to cheer us on. Exactly 193 ladder rungs later, Chantel and I emerged to enjoy a sublime view of Toronto, the kind a movie location scout would write home about: the majestic, late 19th century CNE buildings that were once purveyors of agricultural and technological cool; the infinite, gleaming pixels of sunlight in the canal of Ontario Place; and the chain of islands sheltering our gorgeous harbour, flush with trees bearing the autumn splendour. Taking in the elements and being mindful of an experience both humbling and empowering, we were living the truth. Centennial’s Environmental Protection program and the Environmental Student Society have been passionate about what to do at this existential juncture: overcoming the obstacles that prevent the rapid deployment of clean tech and green infrastructure for sustainable living. “The greatest challenge we face today, with respect to creating a world powered by renewable energy, is purely social,” our guide, Sean Magee (Director, Bullfrog Power Builds), put it succinctly. “The technology exists. What we need to create is a will to act!”  Chantel, who was chosen by her peers, commented at the ground-level party afterwards: “ I’ve been fascinated with wind turbines since I did the GCELE at Walpole Island. This experience was an eye-opener and it renewed my love of this planet and how I want to preserve it for future generations.” If we’re going to talk the talk, we’ve got to walk the walk. But this isn’t about just us. It’s about a fundamental shift to see the world through our children’s eyes. It’s going to take deep empathy.  It means transcending the biological imperative to have only our own offspring prosper, because all our children play under one sky. It’s the only sky we’ve known and depended on, so let’s demand the right for a pollution-free sky that impacts our well-being and our legacy. As I climbed down the wind turbine, I wondered “Which way does the wind blow?” For me, the environment is the great common denominator. If our understanding about how we are to interact with the world is taken from the next generation’s perspective, we have a chance of slowing down this runaway train called climate change. It’s simply illogical to think otherwise.  Written by Marc Yamaguchi, English faculty with Centennial College’s School of Advancement      https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/who-has-seen-the-wind/ Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:18:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/who-has-seen-the-wind/ Groundbreaking ceremony marks new Centennial residence Centennial College marked the beginning of construction of its Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 15. The planned building at Progress Campus combines residences for 740 students with a dynamic Culinary Arts Centre teaching facility on the ground floor, and conference and events space on the top floor.  The blend of residential, teaching and event space promises to make the mixed-use building a popular destination. At eight storeys tall, it will be the highest building at Progress Campus and easily visible from the busy 401 highway. The residence will feature two- and four-bedroom suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. All residents will have their own private bedroom. There will also be communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate, including a yoga studio and a movie screening room. Our partners have worked very closely with us to design a vision of residence life that will offer students far more than a place to lay their heads, Dr. Craig Stephenson, Centennial's Vice President , Student and Community Engagement, told the audience. Students coming from Etobicoke or Collingwood, for instance, could be living next to someone from Panama City or Seoul. They will not only get to know each other as potentially lifelong friends, they could also get involved in a number of programming activities ranging from international affairs groups, cultural nights, study and fitness-focused groups. The striking building concept takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. The Culinary Arts Centre includes seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant, cafe and eight new classrooms with capacity for up to 600 students. The conference and events centre located on the top floor will accommodate up to 425 guests. The building will be LEED Silver-certified with a focus on sustainable “green”practices as they apply to the hospitality industry. The $85-million Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre will address student demand for accommodations beyond the former hotel on Progress Avenue that was renovated to become Centennial’s first residence in 2001. Construction is scheduled to commence this fall, with occupancy slated for September 2016. Knightstone Capital Management is undertaking the planning, financing, construction and management of the project. Other key partners include Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/groundbreaking-ceremony-marks-new-centennial-residence/ Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:22:06 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/groundbreaking-ceremony-marks-new-centennial-residence/ Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations now on campus Centennial College is joining other progressive organizations in supporting environment sustainability and green transportation in our community by providing four electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations in our Visitor parking lots. The two installations at Ashtonbee Campus and two at Progress Campus are now operational. Parking permit holders and visitors can use the spaces to recharge their vehicles. Permit holders can do so at no cost, while visitors (non-permit holders) will need to pay for the parking space as they would normally be required to do. Electricity is provided at no cost to users. However, the charging spaces are limited to a maximum of 3 hours of use. The college asks users to please move their vehicle to another parking location once they have completed recharging their car within the 3-hour timeframe. Campus Security will be monitoring use and duration to ensure that access remains fair and equitable.  The EV spaces were added to the parking lots as part of Centennial's ongoing commitment to smart stewardship of the environment and a truly sustainable college. We encourage our employees and students to consider purchasing an electric vehicle the next time they are looking for a new car. Every major manufacturer now has an EV model in showrooms and government grants are significant in reducing the acquisition costs. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/electric-vehicle-ev-charging-stations-now-on-campus/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:52:03 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/electric-vehicle-ev-charging-stations-now-on-campus/ Centennial ranked among Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges Centennial's ARIC and the School of Community and Health Studies jointly organize a mock disaster exercise every year to test the emergency preparedness of Toronto hospitals and first responders. Centennial College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) is ranked among Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges again this year, solidifying Centennial’s reputation as a go-to partner to help businesses commercialize their new products and services. ARIC has been connecting industry partners with research-oriented faculty and students through joint projects since 2004. According to Research Infosource Inc., applied research between colleges and businesses is enjoying welcome growth in Canada. In total, the 16 Ontario colleges on the Top 50 list attracted $48.1 million of research income in 2013, a 37.2 per cent gain over the 2012 results and significantly above the 30.8 per cent national growth rate. In total, 14 of 16 Ontario colleges posted growth in research activity, including Centennial, which reported $3.94 million in research income. “Fiscal 2013 was a solid year for Ontario’s colleges,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource Inc. “These are still early days for college research, and for this reason, we expect to see a high level of annual variability in research funding.” Canada’s 50 leading research colleges posted a record total of $152.8 million of research income in 2013. ARIC collaborates with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario that require support for developing or enhancing new products or processes. ARIC provides these SMEs with access to Centennial’s facilities, laboratories and other resources. More importantly, ARIC connects them with human resources in the form of students, who acquire relevant career experience and contacts through their participation. Employers, students and faculty work together to create, develop and launch market-ready solutions to assist both new and established enterprises. ARIC’s areas of expertise include health sciences, information and communications technologies, and environmental science. The scope of the projects can be broad, including sustainable energy, children’s media, aviation and aerospace, business and entrepreneurship, and just about everything in between. ARIC has a history of success with its projects, and the Applied Research and Innovation Blog outlines some of the good-news stories. By partnering with local businesses, Centennial stimulates economic development. It connects SMEs to students with energy and ideas, and provides them with a source of talented employees. Students gain a direct line to work experience, networking and employment. They get to see what the workplace is really like in a way a class can’t teach, and apply what they learned in class to the real world. Centennial has enjoyed success and recognition as a crucial participant in Ontario’s applied research programs, and will continue to do so as part of its mission and values. Learn more about ARIC and their current projects. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-ranked-among-canada-s-top-50-research-colleges/ Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:22:47 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-ranked-among-canada-s-top-50-research-colleges/ COLTS return to cross-country running championships After a 26-year absence, the Centennial COLTS cross-country running team is returning to the CCAA Nationals XC Championships, thanks to the excellence demonstrated by our participating students this year. Saed Griffith (in the Biotechnology program), Svetlana Martynova (Interactive Media) and Gabriel Torres (Social Service Worker) qualified to compete on November 8 at the CCAA National Cross-Country Championships hosted by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. The team competed against the top six athletes from 20 colleges to qualify. Needless to say, going to the CCAA Championships requires dedication and plenty of hard work. Each student adhered to an intense schedule of one to three hours of training per day, six day per week, while attending classes and completing course work. The students, along with running coach Sean Squires, will be heading to Calgary next Wednesday to represent Centennial College and the province of Ontario in competition with the best cross-country runners among Canada’s colleges. Congratulations to the team for their success thus far, and let’s cheer them on in Calgary! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-return-to-cross-country-running-championships/ Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:41:19 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-return-to-cross-country-running-championships/ Centennial launches report on kids branding themselves using social media Youth branding themselves using social media to achieve #instafame: research report Kids are building online networks with millions of followers on Instagram, and are capitalizing on those followers for financial gain. Boys using #toolpick have rapidly become the hyper-sexualized attention seekers most thought was the domain of girls. And many kids have given up all privacy online in their quest for fame, opening themselves up to exploitation and bullying. These are some of the unsettling findings of a year-long research study about youth, celebrity and online culture by the kidsmediacentre at Centennial College. Titled #Instafame and the Epidemiology of a Selfie-Curated Culture, it explores the social media phenomenon of youth seeking fame and fortune online through the use of savvy marketing techniques typically employed by commercial brands. “#Instafame is fame you build yourself and the kidsmediacentre has spent the last year looking at how youth are using social media and selfies to build a personal brand,” explains Debbie Gordon, Director of the kidsmediacentre, a research centre and think tank focused on children’s media. In its study, researchers asked the hard questions: How is it so many youth have more than 100,000 followers? What are the risks of living large and chronicling all your personal details online? Do youth care about privacy or does #thirst trump all? Digital literacy ignored Centennial College researchers talked to middle- and high-school students who confirmed that despite years of digital literacy taught in schools warning them of the importance of privacy settings, the lessons are being ignored as youth use shoutouts, retweets, likes, follows, strategic hashtags, GIFs and selfies to brand themselves. “Many youth have learned the more you reveal, the more controversial your posts; the more you hashtag, the more effective your marketing,” says Gordon. Yet, for many of the youth in the kidsmediacentre research, the real-life consequences of online sharing that reveals too much personal information are all too apparent, says Gordon. “They include cyber bullying, stolen identities and personal images being used by corporations without permission. But they see the democratization of media, ubiquity of pocket technology, unaware parents and the easy lure of #instafame as real choices being made by their peers.” Blame Kim and Miley Researchers discovered a complicated, multi-causal matrix of reasons behind this fame-crazed culture: young people have had a front-row seat watching Disney stars and YouTubers grow their brand through social media. They’ve seen Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Kendall Jenner and Tyler Oakley offer such strategies as #followforfollow and #spamforspam to monetize their brand and collect regular paycheques from Google. On a positive note, researchers also discovered that savvy young people do have limits and boundaries, understanding that the digital footprint they leave can last a lifetime. But for the lonely, the vulnerable and the insecure, the attention and praise that come with posting revealing photos can be irresistible. Youth call this type of post a #thirstrap, and say this behaviour is now more the norm than the exception in youth-colonized social media spaces like GIFboom and Instagram. About the researchers In addition to Debbie Gordon, co-authors of this research include Centennial graduates Kayla McNally, Jess Westlake and Felix Chan. Research funding was provided by Centennial College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre as part of a fellowship grant. The mission of the kidsmediacentre is to explore children’s media futures. This research initiative is an example of how Centennial College is leading the conversation regarding issues of importance to its students and its community, as articulated in its Book of Commitments. For more information: www.hashtaginstafame.com https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-launches-report-on-kids-branding-themselves-using-social-media/ Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:49:28 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-launches-report-on-kids-branding-themselves-using-social-media/ Centennial wins silver in Paralegal Cup Mooting Competition From left: Student Peter Balatidis, instructor Omar Ha-redeye (Coach), student Reid Jackson and professor Michelle Pinto (Coach). Centennial College Paralegal students finished well in the Paralegal Cup, an Intercollegiate Mooting Competition hosted by Humber College, with one pair of students taking home silver. The event represented the first ever mock court competition specifically designed for Ontario college paralegal students.  Centennial's School of Business entered three teams and had a very successful showing with all of Centennial's teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Students Peter Balatidis and Reid Jackson proceeded to the finals against Seneca College. The pair earned second place overall and were awarded the Michael Turvey Memorial Award.   The Intercollegiate Mooting Competition was held at Humber's Lakeshore Campus on November 1 and 2. The event involved four rounds of mooting (arguing a case) on the Saturday, with the playoff rounds held on Sunday. Practicing legal professionals including judges, lawyers, paralegals and law professors evaluated the competitors.      https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-silver-in-paralegal-cup-mooting-competition/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:54:39 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-silver-in-paralegal-cup-mooting-competition/ Subaru donates unique "boxer" engine to Centennial Centennial College School of Transportation professor Robert Paul (left) with students in the Motive Power Technician postsecondary program pose with a 3.6-litre Subaru boxer six-cylinder engine cutaway donated to an engine lab at Ashtonbee Campus. Subaru Canada, Inc., in partnership with their parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., made an educational donation of a 3.6-litre Subaru boxer six-cylinder engine display to Centennial College's School of Transportation this week. The cutaway engine will help students in the various School of Transportation programs understand the benefits and operation of a horizontally-opposed engine layout.   It is always great to know that the underlying educational purposes of our display pieces can live on further at educational institutions, such as Centennial College, said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. Learning tools, such as the engine display donated, allow us as a Canadian automotive brand to give back to the postsecondary institutions that enrich aspiring automotive industry personnel. The Subaru boxer engine combines a smooth balance with power and efficiency. Horizontally-opposed engine configurations embrace a low centre of gravity and outstanding weight distribution, which instills other benefits, such as increased passive safety and vehicle stability. The Subaru boxer 3.6-litre engine donation will be used in our Motive Power program to show students what a flat-six engine looks like and how it functions, said Alan McClelland, Dean, School of Transportation. We are grateful for Subaru's kind donation and know that it will help our students gain an appreciation for different types of engine architecture.  Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 90 authorized dealers across Canada. Toronto's Centennial College operates the largest transportation technology training centre in Canada, and has enjoyed almost 50 years of support from major manufacturers. It is industry partnerships that enable Centennial's School of Transportation to continue to provide an exceptional automotive technical education to its students and apprentices. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/subaru-donates-unique-boxer-engine-to-centennial/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:59:20 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/subaru-donates-unique-boxer-engine-to-centennial/ Continuing Education Partners Evening - Nov. 26 Wednesday, November 26 2014, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Progress Campus Bridge                   Industry partners will be on hand to share invaluable information on: pathways to designations industry trends career guidance the benefits of belonging to an association...and much more! All accounting students are encouraged to attend the special information session on the CGA and CPA Merger led by Catherine Miller, CPA. 6:00 - 7:00 pm, L1-02  There will also be a general information session on, Exploring Continuing Education at Centennial College. Register for a Winter 2015 Continuing Education course before December 19 and be eligible to win one of three, four month passes to the Athletic and Wellness Centre! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/continuing-education-partners-evening-nov-26/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:51:47 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/continuing-education-partners-evening-nov-26/ Centennial Chef wins People's Choice award Centennial College's Chowder Chowdown winning team includes (from left): Michael Hanley, Diana Gomez Bolado, Chef Thomas Heitz, Kleyr Balingit Ombao and Eric Loucks. Congratulations to Chef Thomas Heitz of Centennial’s Horizons Restaurant, who earned the title of People's Choice winner at the recent Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown hosted by Toronto’s historic Distillery District. The fifth annual competition challenged 11 local chefs to create a tasty and “ocean-friendly” chowder, since the event is organized by the Vancouver Aquarium to raise awareness of sustainable seafood practices in Canada. Chef Heitz served a Lake Superior trout chowder together with a Mill Street Brewery Belgium-style beer and an Ontario Brie cheese, which was the overwhelming crowd favourite, garnering almost two-thirds of the audience vote. Helping him with his creation were Centennial culinary students Diana Gomez Bolado, Eric Loucks, Kleyr Balingit Ombao and Michael Hanley. “Chowder is such a nostalgic thing. If you mess with chowder too much, people will hate you,” he told the Scarborough Mirror. “The trick was finding out how to take something that was so nostalgic and give it a little twist.” He credits the assistance of his keen Centennial students for the recipe’s success. Industry judges selected Chef Kendall Collingridge of the restaurant Hooked as their choice chowder maker. Born in Lahr, Germany, Chef Heitz's affectation with food was influenced by the European culinary focus on fresh ingredients. Coming to Canada he had the opportunity to explore new, globally inspired cuisines while working at several renowned Ontario resorts and restaurants. He loves frequenting farmers markets for locally grown produce, knows the local fish mongers and butchers by name, and refuses to keep a microwave oven in his own kitchen at home. The annual Chowdown event, which takes place in four Canadian cities during the month of November, is designed to draw attention to the consequences of overfishing and destructive industrial fishing methods. Proceeds from the competition go to support the Vancouver Aquarium and its Ocean Wise program, which aims to educate consumers about sustainable seafood.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-chef-wins-peoples-choice-award/ Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:02:04 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-chef-wins-peoples-choice-award/ Centennial students bring B-ball joy to Jamaican town One of the amazing aspects of studying at Centennial College is the opportunity for students to try a Global Citizenship & Equity Learning Experience (GCELE) as a way to participate in applied social-justice learning by travelling overseas to acquire leadership skills and create some positive development in a remote and often impoverished rural community. GCELE service-learning projects prepare students to be agents of positive social change in our increasingly interconnected global society. Last year, a group of Centennial students travelled to Jamaica to participate in a GCELE chiefly to help construct a new addition to the Mount Airy All Ages School. Our students also had the opportunity to visit the Negril All Ages School and the literacy camp operated by the agency Power To Be. It was there that our students noticed that Negril's kids had only a rusty hoop on a pole to aim basketballs at; there was no net and no backboard. It didn't look like much fun. The Centennial students hatched a plan to get a proper backboard and net to Negril by the following year. They donated the funds to do so and passed the baton along to the students preparing for the 2014 Jamaica GCELE excursion. The group managed to take advantage of WestJet's Humanitarian Baggage allowance to carry additional baggage intended for school supplies. Although the backboard was not technically considered school supplies and did not comply with the size regulations for extra baggage, WestJet did allow our students to take this extra piece of baggage at no cost (let's hear it for WestJet!). The students arrived in Jamaica with their precious cargo this summer and immediately set about installing the new basketball gear. The locals were thrilled with the net and a lot of breakout games of basketball ensued. Our Canadians were heroes. We'd be remiss if we didn't name everyone responsible for this wonderful initiative. From the 2013 GCELE group: students Viriendra Rodney Aodan, Junke Wang, Adrian Castro, Tacia Bogaert, Olive Alleyne, Nimal Nadarajah, Akeem Raphael, Kenny Cheng and Centennial staffers John Oughton, Karen Naidoo and Andrea Muir. From the 2014 GCELE group: students Dhruv Lad, Heather Lodge, Shannika Pitter, Merav Seror, Adekunle Enigbokan, Karwan Ali, Jessica Agyem, Ana Miranda, Charlotte Wiebe, Zhengyao (Ryan) Zhu and staffers Patricia Lee, Andrea Muir and TJ Taylor. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-bring-b-ball-joy-to-jamaican-town/ Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:02:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-bring-b-ball-joy-to-jamaican-town/ Centennial Culinary students assist with Gold Medal event Third-semester Centennial Culinary students Michael Nakhla (left) and Kazem Khajeh (centre) help to dish out the fare at the recent Gold Medal Plates fundraising event in Toronto. A team of more than 60 student volunteers from Centennial College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts participated in the Gold Medal Plates fundraising event in support of Canada's Olympic athletes at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 12. Led by faculty members Sam Glass and Terry Port, first- and third-semester culinary students assisted 10 of Toronto's top chefs in the preparation and service of more than 700 plated portions each. Under the direction of faculty member Janice Hill, Centennial's Hospitality students were responsible for the serving of the Judge's table, while the school's Event Management students, under the direction of professor Bob Dallas, supported both live and silent auction sales, along with logistics. The evening was truly an opportunity for experiential learning for all the students involved, one in which theory comes to life - complete with all the real-world pressures and problem-solving it entails. The students and faculty were extremely well received. The event also allowed Centennial to get the college brand out at a high-profile community event. Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada, Gold Medal Plates features the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team, and subsequently nation-wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships. The goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada’s high-performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has received tremendous support and accolades across Canada, and has generated a net total of more than $8.2 million in funds for Canada's Olympic athletes! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-culinary-students-assist-with-gold-medal-event/ Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:30:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-culinary-students-assist-with-gold-medal-event/ Centennial and Wavefront help businesses harness the Internet of Things Centennial College is partnering with Wavefront, Canada's Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization and Research, to provide seminar and innovation space at its Progress Campus where entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises can tap into Wavefront's expertise to help them bring their wireless concepts to market. Wavefront's Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) provides new businesses implementing wireless technologies with workshop training and hands-on support from Wavefront's experts. Centennial will also provide a wireless zone, one of several popping up across the country, to offer mobile developers a Device Rental Library to facilitate app testing over multiple platforms. Both initiatives are designed to take advantage of the explosive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) – all of the devices, such as home thermostats and surveillance cameras, that use an Internet connection to communicate and function. The number of connected devices in Canada is expected to grow by 30 per cent annually over the next four years, reaching 114 million connections by 2018. Increasing demand for machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions has businesses and developers poised to benefit from new growth opportunities. Centennial's wireless zone will provide the use of M2M accelerator kits to businesses looking to commercialize their product and service concepts and enter new markets. Wavefront's linkage with Centennial's Centre of Entrepreneurship will facilitate the delivery of training and course content to benefit local entrepreneurs and businesses; Progress Campus is well situated to serve Markham's high-tech commercial sector. Additionally, Centennial students with an entrepreneurial bent will have ready access to expertise and advice. Students may also get involved in applied research projects to assist commercial clients of the centre. Vancouver's Wavefront (www.wavefrontac.com) is receiving funding of up to $9.5 million over the next five years from the National Research Council Canada through the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) to expand the reach and capacity of its programs aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises in the mobile and IoT sectors. For more information about Wavefront at Centennial, contact Nathan Robinson at 416-289-5000, ext. 2551. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-joins-wavefront-to-help-businesses-harness-the-internet-of-things/ Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:52:49 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-joins-wavefront-to-help-businesses-harness-the-internet-of-things/ Centennial College opens two offices in Mexico Centennial College has opened its first international education offices in Mexico, with locations in the central business district of Mexico City and Cancun that will serve the growing number of prospective students contemplating a Canadian college education. By working closely with the Canadian Embassy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, municipal government, partners and agents, Centennial's offices in Mexico will facilitate new opportunities for student recruitment, partnership and corporate training. Mexico City is the country's capital and largest city, home to more than 21 million people, making it the most populous Spanish-speaking city in the world. Dr. Sergio Alcocer Martinez de Castro, Undersecretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Sara Hradecky, the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, chaired the inauguration ceremony at the flagship Mexico office. Also attending was Brad Chapman, CFO and VP of Business Development at Centennial College and Ing. Hector Arreola Soria, General Coordinator of Technological Universities and Polytechnics, Ministry of Education. Centennial College began marketing in Mexico in 2009, which resulted in 18 students travelling to Canada to study various programs at Centennial's Toronto campuses. Today there are 91 visa students from Mexico enrolled in Centennial's diploma, degree, graduate certificate programs, as well as the English Language Learning (ELL) program in Toronto. Over the past five years, Centennial has established strong partnerships with governments, universities and colleges across Mexico. To date there are more than 24 institutions collaborating with Centennial on teacher and administrator training, university and college leadership training, language training, faculty and student exchanges, and more. In addition, Centennial has received more than 15 students with the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships.  Conversely, Centennial is developing pathways for Canadians to gain international experience in Mexico. Some 20 Centennial students and faculty will go to Mexico next summer for language and cultural studies, and 15 business students have traveled to Mexico to learn Spanish and experience Mexican culture while completing their international internships. Centennial's new offices in Mexico City and Cancun follow a successful model of established Centennial College international development centres worldwide, including offices in China, India, South Korea, Panama, Turkey,Vietnam and Jerusalem. With 5,500 international students from 132 countries, Centennial supports the largest international enrolment among Canada's colleges. Recognized as a leader in international education, Centennial received two gold awards of excellence for internationalization in 2013, bestowed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Centennial's newest international office is located in the New York Life Tower, Suite 2659,Paseo de la Reforma 342, Col. Juarez, CP0660 Mexico City. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-opens-two-offices-in-mexico/ Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:29:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-opens-two-offices-in-mexico/ Planned online service outage - Dec. 29 Due to construction of the Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre at Progress Campus, there will be a planned four-hour electrical outage on Monday, December 29 between 7 and 11 AM. This will allow crews to make critical electrical connections safely with the power off. The outage will impact all of Centennial's online services, including the main website and myCentennial. The college's telephone system will likely be inoperative during this time. Please return to the college website later in the day to access our online services. We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause. As a reminder, all Centennial College campuses are closed from noon on December 24 and will reopen on the morning of Monday, January 5. There will be no in-person services available on campus during the holiday break. We wish you all the best for the holiday season and a happy New Year! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/planned-online-service-outage-dec-29/ Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:30:24 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/planned-online-service-outage-dec-29/ Second Career Open House, March 5 Join Centennial College for its Second Career FREE Information Night. If you have been laid off since January 2005, you may be eligible for Second Career!* Learn about the Second Career process at Centennial College and the range of programs and services available. Hear from a Second Career panel and take part in a workshop on “Returning to School as a Mature Student” from one of our Career Counsellors. When: Thursday, March 5, 2015           6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Auditorium (Room L1-02)            Library and Academic Facility Building            Progress Campus, 941 Progress Avenue Attend for your chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards one Continuing Education course at Centennial College. Register online today. For more information, please call the Employment Training Centre at 416-289-5123. Session will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Space is limited so sign up today! Free parking and chances to win great prizes! Visit the Second Career site to learn more.  *Second Career is a provincial initiative to assist those who have been laid off. The Ministry is providing up to $28,000 for tuition, books, other instructional costs and transportation to eligible participants. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/second-career-open-house-march-5/ Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:19:55 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/second-career-open-house-march-5/ New program examines the business side of fashion Centennial College’s School of Business is launching a two-year diploma program this fall that immerses students in the business of fashion. The curriculum is tailored to reflect the changes reshaping the fashion industry today, including globalization, corporate upheaval and technological innovation.   Students of Centennial’s new Fashion Business and Management program will gain an understanding of fashion product development from the ideation stage to sourcing materials and manufacturing. Courses will also focus on marketing, retailing, finance and human resources, as well as the culture of fashion.   “We are extremely excited about this program and its currency and relevance,” says Amy Morrell, Chair of the School of Business. “One of its distinct benefits is our emphasis on ethical, sustainable and innovative practices that are increasingly being embraced by the fashion industry globally.”  Along with business management fundamentals, students will learn about current design trends and technologies used to predict fashion sales, as well as consumer psychology concepts. Students will have the opportunity to put their lessons into practice in an industry field placement during their final semester. “Almost every successful designer has someone who helps steer the business side of fashion: Yves Saint Laurent had Pierre Bergé, and Marc Jacobs has Robert Duffy,” says program coordinator Leesa Butler. “Our program will help build similar careers for students.” Centennial’s Fashion Business and Management program is accepting applications now for classes commencing in September 2015. Visit our program page for more.  Contact: lbutler@centennialcollege.ca https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-program-examines-the-business-side-of-fashion/ Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:35:13 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-program-examines-the-business-side-of-fashion/ Centennial's culinary school gets a makeover Pictured are (from left): James Smith, Chair of Culinary Programs and Operations; Michelle Caine, Chair, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts; and Dean Joe Baker. A dynamic new team at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is shaking up Centennial College's culinary arts programs with the goal of making the Scarborough school the go-to destination for culinary skills. Spurred on by Canada's food service and hospitality industries, the school has undergone a Renaissance to refocus and produce more graduates with the right skills set demanded by employers. Innovation and entrepreneurship are also embedded in the curriculum, in response to emerging and ongoing trends in the sector. It's all being led by seasoned restaurateur Joe Baker, who is the school's new Dean. Joe has put together a fabulous team of chefs and instructors recruited from the industry to bring the latest thinking into Centennial's classrooms and labs. Even the facilities of the school haven't escaped scrutiny: rising out of the ground at Centennial's Progress Campus is an eight-storey Student Residence and Culinary Arts Centre, which will give faculty and students great new kitchens and serving space to work in. It's quite a transformation in a few short years. Read all about it in this feature story in the January issue of Food Service and Hospitality magazine.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-culinary-school-gets-a-makeover/ Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:59:58 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-culinary-school-gets-a-makeover/ Bus in Accident Has Centennial Advertising You may have seen on the news this morning that a bus wrapped in our Centennial Colts banner was in an accident. The bus lost two wheels on the Gardiner Expressway. Thankfully, there were no injuries. There was however, a significant amount of damage to a mini-van hit by one of the tires. The bus was carrying flight attendants to the airport to catch a flight. It is important to note that this is not our bus, nor was it being used by Centennial at the time of the accident. The bus is owned and operated by Proway Tours and Transportation a company that Centennial has used to charter buses for the past four years.  The relationship with the company is twofold; we wrap a bus as part of our marketing strategy, and we charter buses when needed.  Anyone who books a bus with the company could be transported in the Centennial-wrapped vehicle. If the rotation works, our own varsity teams do use this specific bus, but that is actually quite rare. Safety was a very important consideration when the company was selected, and until now, there have been no major incidents – the buses have always been well maintained and professionally operated. This is a serious incident, and we will be reaching out to the bus company to better understand what occurred here and to be reassured that they are maintaining their fleet at or beyond industry standards. We will post an update on all of our social media channels, and will be monitoring social media to watch for any worries or misconceptions about the accident. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bus-in-accident-has-centennial-advertising/ Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:59:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bus-in-accident-has-centennial-advertising/ Centennial receives new mental health funding Centennial College, together with Georgian College, has been granted $680,000 to continue developing a mental health case management system over the next two years. The funding will be used to help students with mental health and addiction difficulties, develop substantive partnerships with external agencies, and re-think how the college can optimize supports for students. Mental health issues on Canadian campuses have garnered a lot of attention in recent years, a need that has compelled institutions and governments to do more to serve students. Fully 70 per cent of mental health and addiction issues start when people are young, so identifying and treating them early helps individuals get back on track to achieving their full potential.  The renewed support is part of the third round of Mental Health Innovation Funds (MHIF) approved and underwritten by the Ontario government. MHIF funding is intended to assist students with mental health or addiction concerns who are transitioning to post-secondary education. Centennial's project will enhance, design and implement a case management service approach to students with mental health and addictions issues during their entire time as a student, beginning from Grade 12, transitioning to post-secondary, and throughout their journey from student to graduate.  In addition to Georgian College, our partners include the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and Malvern Family Resource Centre. The funding will enable us to continue to define best practices in the post-secondary sector concerning mental health case management. Centennial will work with a wide range of groups, including high school counsellors, social workers and community providers, to enhance collaborations and extend the circle of care beyond our campuses.   https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-receives-new-mental-health-funding/ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:26:12 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-receives-new-mental-health-funding/ Continuing Education classes this evening as scheduled Despite our weather-related closure this morning, Centennial College will be offering Continuing Education classes this evening as scheduled. However, evening classes related to full-time programs will not be offered. Campus libraries will also remain closed this evening. All full-time classes, campus services and Child Care Centres will resume normally on Tuesday morning. For further updates, please check the main website (centennialcollege.ca) or Twitter @CentennialEDU https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-continuing-education-classes-running-as-scheduled/ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:01:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-continuing-education-classes-running-as-scheduled/ Auto tech students will be at the Canadian International AutoShow Feb. 12 Automotive tech students from 20 Ontario high schools will test their knowledge and mechanical expertise in a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow on Media Day, Feb. 12. The two-member student teams will have 120 minutes to diagnose and repair 12 new Volkswagen Jettas deliberately rigged with identical operating problems by Centennial College’s automotive tech instructors. The teams will also shift between five workstations to test their analytical skills in electrical, steering, suspension and brakes, engine measurement and mechanical, and waveform analysis. Centennial College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) have been running the competition at Toronto’s auto show for the past 16 years. The students, all of whom are studying automotive service technology in secondary school, will be vying for big prizes including scholarships, tools, textbooks and General Motors vehicles for their school shops. The top-ranked team will represent TADA at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York in April. Toronto students have been a formidable force there: a team from Central Technical School beat all of the U.S. teams and collected prizes worth $250,000 in 2008. A Northview Heights Secondary School team placed second in 2009. The Toronto Automotive Technology Competition enjoys outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Toromont, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, ShockLock, TecMate and Centennial College. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/canadian-international-autoshow-media-day-feb-12/ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:08:40 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/canadian-international-autoshow-media-day-feb-12/ Skating for everyone this Valentine's Day Canada's winters can get cold, but they do have their advantages, including ice skating. If you can walk, you can skate, and if you can skate, you can have fun. If you're looking for something to do with a special someone this Valentine's Day, ice skating an excellent way to get closer. Sometimes literally, if you accidentally take a tumble. The Environmental Student Society (ESS), one of Centennial College's longest-running student clubs, keeps this tradition alive by creating a natural outdoor ice rink in the nearby Morningside Park, a tradition now in its third year. The rink's formal opening will take place February 14, from 11 AM to 4 PM, perfect for a mid-afternoon Valentine's Day activity. It's not just for couples, though, but for the entire community, so your family and friends can come out, too. Lunch, hot chocolate, apple cider, and a fire pit will keep the mood cozy. If you don't own skates, don't worry. The ESS will be supplying 50 skates of different sizes, and the International office will be loaning 50 more. If you're an international student, and want to see what this skating thing is all about, there will also be a special International Student Skate Day Saturday, February 21, 11 AM to 4 PM. But please remember: the rink is available for use at your own risk, the same way a swimming pool is without a lifeguard. Users must take care and ensure young ones are adequately protected, and helmets are strongly advised for children. The chief sponsor of this venture is the Morningside Home Depot, giving the ESS $2,000 in support and wood to make the frame and support structures. The Scarborough Princess Auto has donated shovels for the rink, and burners for the hot chocolate, apple cider and warm food. Meanwhile, graduate student Mark Tymecki and Layfield Environmental provided and installed the Geosynthetic liner in the frame. Local city councillor Paul Ainslie endorsed the project and asked City staff to allow college volunteers to access the water and hoses at the park to flood the rink surface as needed. The ESS, the Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI) and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science provided the volunteers to assemble the boards and dutifully come out at night to flood the rink repeatedly – and always during the coldest weather. Their efforts were rewarded with a rink that has been called one of the best natural ice rinks in the city by City Rinks, a local advocacy group. Graduate Phil Wolfraim, who used to play on the Centennial College hockey team, has been helping with the rink flooding. He recently skated on the rink and pronounced it very solid. So, if you're looking for a good winter activity this coming weekend, consider hitting the ice, though hopefully not literally. For more information on the rink and its creation, have a look at the official website. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/skating-for-everyone-this-valentines-day-courtesy-of-the-environmental-club/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:01:58 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/skating-for-everyone-this-valentines-day-courtesy-of-the-environmental-club/ Women's basketball team named OCAA Team of the Week The Centennial College Colts women's basketball team has been named Team of the Week by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, thanks to some brilliant playing recently. OCAA Championship host Centennial had not dropped a regular season game in 2015, winning the first four games of the year. The team has dispensed with competing college teams from George Brown, Seneca, Fleming and Durham. The Colts improved to 9-3 with a key 71-69 overtime win over Durham last week. Second-year post player Samantha Reid grabbed 26 rebounds in the win. Unfortunately, the Colts dropped their first loss of the 2015 season when it visited defending champs Algonquin College in Ottawa on the weekend of Feb. 7. The game did not end as hoped for as the Algonquin Thunder handed Centennial a 63-47 defeat. Despite the loss, the Colts Women's team members remain positive on their post-season outlook. With only three games remaining in the season against Loyalist, Georgian and St. Lawrence colleges, the team is optimistic about making a run in the championships. Currently, the Colts sit in third place in the East Division and are ranked fifth in the province. Team captain and leader Sam Smith, a previous Women's Basketball Player of the Week, is second overall in ball control stats and seventh in shooting stats. Centennial's next home contest is against Georgian College on Wednesday, February 18. On that night, the Centennial Colts will honour their graduating senior players as part of the celebration. Graduating Seniors from all varsity sports will be presented with a commemorative action poster. The presentation will be made between the men's and women's games. Come join us at the Del Gym at Progress Campus for a great night of basketball! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/womens-basketball-team-named-ocaa-team-of-the-week/ Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:20:53 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/womens-basketball-team-named-ocaa-team-of-the-week/ Centennial Colts runners enjoy indoor success Centennial College held its first-ever indoor track meet on Saturday, February 7 at Scarborough's Variety Village sports facility. Students from Centennial, Fleming, George Brown, Humber, Seneca and University of Toronto Mississauga competed in men's and women's events for 600 metres, 1000 M, 1500 M, 3000 M and 4x800 M Relay. While only in its second year of existence, the 21-member-strong Centennial Colts was not only the largest team but also the most successful with 10 podium places (first, second or third), followed by perennial favourites Humber College with nine podium finishes. Centennial runners finished first in Women's 600 and 1000 M and second and third in Women's Relay. On the Men's side, the Colts captured first and second in Men's 600 M, first, second and third in the 1000 M and third in the Relay. Sean Squires, coach of the COLTS Indoor Track team, was thrilled with the results, noting that Centennial's students had trained very hard to prepare for the Feb. 7 meet. The COLTS Indoor Track Team is now preparing for the final indoor meet of the year on March 7, again at Variety Village, hosted this time by George Brown College. Go Colts! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-colts-runners-enjoy-indoor-success/ Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:38:24 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-colts-runners-enjoy-indoor-success/ High school students win big at Autoshow From left: Centennial College President Ann Buller is pictured with auto tech teacher Yonas Lijiam and winning students Michael Macut and Alex Morrison from Philip Pocock Secondary School. Two automotive technician students from Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga beat out 18 other Toronto-area high school teams to win a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow on Feb. 12. Michael Macut and Alex Morrison performed a number of timed technical tasks and worked on a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College's School of Transportation. By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Macut and Morrison won tools and equipment from sponsors, as well as a new General Motors vehicle that will be used as a teaching aid in their school's auto shop. Scarborough's Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School finished second, thanks to the efforts of students Arvin Mendoza and Jan Schymanski, while Antonio Malatesta and Manvir Panesar from Mississauga's St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School earned third place. The automotive labs of all three schools will receive a vehicle from General Motors Canada for training purposes. Centennial College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) have been running the competition at Toronto’s auto show for the past 16 years. The students, all of whom are studying automotive service technology in secondary school, help underscore the importance of the skilled trades to Canada's vast transportation industry. In addition to the winning students who were recognized, teacher Magid Masoud of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Secondary School earned the Gerd Reisenecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for the late Centennial professor and TADA member. Centennial's Toronto Automotive Technology Competition receives outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Toromont, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, ShockLock, TecMate and Centennial College. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/high-school-students-win-big-at-autoshow/ Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:31:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/high-school-students-win-big-at-autoshow/ Community Skate Date this Saturday, Feb. 21 Canada's winters can get cold, but they do have their advantages, including ice skating. If you can walk, you can skate, and if you can skate, you can have fun. If you're looking for something to do outdoors this month, ice skating is an excellent way to get closer. Sometimes literally, if you accidentally take a tumble. The Environmental Student Society (ESS), one of Centennial College's longest-running student clubs, keeps this tradition alive by creating a natural outdoor ice rink every winter in Morningside Park, just south of Morningside Ave. and Ellesmere Rd. The rink's formal opening took place on February 14, Valentine's Day, but there's a second community skate date set for this Saturday, February 21 from 11 AM to 4 PM. The date is designated for Centennial's many international students who may not have tried skating before, but it's also open to the entire community, so your family and friends can come out, too. Lunch, hot chocolate, apple cider, and a fire pit will keep the mood warm and inviting. If you don't own skates, don't worry. The ESS will be supplying 50 skates of different sizes, and Centennial's International office will be loaning 50 more. Technically, our community rink is available for use at any time, but please remember you use it at your own risk, the same way a swimming pool may be available for use without a lifeguard. Users must take care and ensure young ones are adequately supervised; helmets are strongly advised for children. The chief sponsor of this venture is the Morningside location of Home Depot, giving the ESS $2,000 in wood and materials to make the frame and support structures. The Scarborough retail location of Princess Auto has donated shovels for the rink, and burners for the hot chocolate, apple cider and warm food. Centennial graduate student Mark Tymecki and Layfield Environmental provided and installed the Geosynthetic liner in the wooden frame. Local city councillor Paul Ainslie endorsed the project and asked City staff to allow college volunteers to access the water and hoses at the park to flood the rink surface as needed. The ESS, the Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI) and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science provided the volunteers to assemble the boards and dutifully come out at night to flood the rink repeatedly – and always during the coldest weather. Their efforts were rewarded with a rink that has been called one of the best natural ice rinks in the city by City Rinks, a local advocacy group. Graduate Phil Wolfraim, who used to play on the Centennial College hockey team, has been helping with the rink flooding. He recently skated on the rink and pronounced it very solid. So, if you're looking for a good winter activity this coming weekend, consider hitting the ice, though hopefully not literally. For more information on the rink and its creation, have a look at the City Rinks official website. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/community-skate-date-this-saturday-feb-21/ Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:16:01 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/community-skate-date-this-saturday-feb-21/ Svetlana Martynova an up and coming running star Svetlana Martynova, a rising star on Centennial’s newly established running team, earned gold with a time of 2:12.86 in the 800-metre race at the Ontario Indoor Track and Field Championships held at York University on February 15. She competed in a field of formidable athletes representing universities and colleges from across the province to emerge victorious in her event. Svetlana is a 24-year-old student originally from Russia studying Interactive Media Management at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre in East York. Although she has only been at the college for a short time she has already left her mark, setting a new Ontario College indoor record for the 1000-metre event at the inaugural COLTS Invitational extramural indoor track meet held at Variety Village recently. Her time of 2:55:00 was eight seconds quicker than the previous record for the distance. With times like these, Svetlana is the fastest female runner on the COLTS Cross Country and Indoor Track teams. Svetlana also placed well in an Invitational event at Montreal’s McGill University recently. Last fall, she earned second- and third-place finishes in two Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) Cross Country events. Her performance at the OCAA provincials earned her a spot at the CCAA National Cross Country Championships, which took place in November. Martynova placed in the top 25. Svetlana is set to graduate this year and is looking forward to a career in media and advertising. In addition to her running success, she performs well in the classroom, earning an Academic Athletic Scholarship with a high GPA. A journalism graduate from Moscow State University, Svetlana came to Canada in 2012 to continue her studies in the media field. Beyond running, she enjoys a healthy lifestyle by participating in many outdoor activities, including skiing, wake surfing and skydiving. There’s no question Svetlana is an athlete on the move. Come out to Scarborough’s Variety Village on Saturday, March 7 to see her and her teammates race at the George Brown Invitational Extramural event. You can witness Svetlana defend her title in both the 600m and 1000m races; she is also scheduled to anchor the Women's 4 x 800m relay team. Race times begin at 1 PM.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/svetlana-martynova-an-up-and-coming-running-star/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:47:36 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/svetlana-martynova-an-up-and-coming-running-star/ Centennial College reaches out to Everest students Centennial College is reaching out to students formerly enrolled at Everest College locations in Ontario. The Toronto-based public college is inviting Everest students to contact Centennial to explore individualized pathways into the college’s own career-oriented programs. Last week the superintendent of private career colleges, the independent regulator that governs schools such as Everest and others in the province, suspended the chain's licence to operate in Ontario. Recent students of Everest College are encouraged to contact Centennial's Enrolment Services Centre at 416-289-5300 to explore their options for further studies. Students will be connected with program representatives who can help assess the value of prior learning and its applicability to Centennial’s own programs. This process does not guarantee an offer of admission. Each caller will be assessed on an individual basis. Please note, if you were funded through Second Career, you will also need to connect with the Employment Training Centre at Centennial. For more information on Second Career at Centennial, call 416-289-5123 or email employmenttraining@centennialcollege.ca. Centennial College offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs on a full- and part-time basis in business, media, community and consumer services, engineering technology, health care and transportation. Programs promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education and industry placements. Centennial enrols approximately 19,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners annually. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-reaches-out-to-everest-students/ Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:36:48 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-reaches-out-to-everest-students/ Culinary students victorious in 'Battle of Ontario' On Saturday, February 21, six Ontario culinary colleges competed in the Battle of Ontario at Niagara College as part of Decadence, an event celebrating two very appetizing consumables: chocolate and ice wine. Our Centennial College student team of Ashley Middlestadt and Breanna Spence took home top honours for their creation, “Casablanca-style Ontario Lamb Leg Ragout. The culinary competition required each team to produce 150 portions of an appetizer to be served at a cocktail reception. The contest rules stipulated that each team would use a protein and condiment to be determined at a random draw in advance of the competition. Our team drew Ontario Lamb Leg and Good Earth Good Honey. They worked tirelessly over the past couple of months practicing and perfecting their recipe in the kitchens of Centennial's Culinary Arts Centre. Once at Niagara College, the students had eight hours to prepare their dish. Much to the pleasure of a very discerning crowd of five judges recruited from the culinary and hospitality industry, our students received many accolades on the taste and presentation of their lamb dish, which was served with “Good Honey” Candied Garlic, Pistachio Phyllo Basket, Preserved Lemon Yogurt and Harissa Oil. Congratulations to our very talented students, Ashley and Breanna, who have made the Centennial community immensely proud. A big thank-you goes to the many chef faculty who supported them, including Chef Sam Glass and Chef Terry Port (pictured). https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/culinary-students-victorious-in-battle-of-ontario/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:19:13 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/culinary-students-victorious-in-battle-of-ontario/ Centennial COLTS host 2015 OCAA Women's Basketball Championships, March 5-7 This year, the Ontario College Athletics Association has awarded Centennial College the prestigious honour of hosting the 2015 Belairdirect OCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. The top eight teams in the province will compete for a gold, silver or bronze medal as they showcase their talent and compete for athletic success. Centennial's Athletics and Recreation department, in partnership with the Athletics and Wellness Centre, and the School of Communications, Media and Design are proud to put on this exciting event. As the tournament host, the Centennial College Women's Basketball team is automatically entered in the Championship. Our Colts women's team performed exceptionally well this season, finishing third in the conference and are ranked fifth in Ontario with a record of 10 wins and four losses. Players will showcase their individual skills, teamwork and athletic ability in the hopes of being selected by the All Star committee, who will be announcing the Player of the Game, as well as the Tournament All-Star Awards. All games will be streamed live by our Broadcast and Film students and hosted by students of Centennial's Sports Journalism program.  Centennial staff, faculty, and students can attend games by presenting their Centennial College ID cards. Games will be played at the Athletic and Wellness Centre at Progress Campus at the following times: Round-robin games are at 1 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM and 8 PM on Thursday and Friday. Centennial's first game is on Thursday, March 5 at 6 PM. Semi Final and Medal games will be held on Saturday, March 7. Semis are at 10 AM and noon. Bronze and Gold Medal matches will be at 5 PM and 7 PM. Come out and support our Colts Women's Basketball Team as they strive for gold! Let's go COLTS! For more information, please visit the Athletics and Recreation Office at the Progress AWC. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-colts-host-2015-ocaa-womens-basketball-championships/ Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:27:34 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-colts-host-2015-ocaa-womens-basketball-championships/ Marking International Women's Day, March 8 Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College, and Deepika Gangwani, President of the Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI), unveiled a special plaque at Progress Campus on March 6 in advance of International Women's Day, a global day of recognition and celebration marked in developed and developing countries alike. Centennial College installed a permanent plaque at each campus as a tribute to the 14 women who were killed in 1989 at the École Polytechnique, an engineering school affiliated with the University of Montreal. The Montreal Massacre galvanized the Canadian women's movement and led to stronger gun control laws, the establishment of the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, and needed changes to emergency response protocols. It also inspired the international White Ribbon Campaign started in 1991 by men in London, Ontario, to raise awareness about the prevalence of male violence against women. Each year, men within Centennial's community support and participate in the college's own White Ribbon Campaign. In addition to memorializing the victims of École Polytechnique tragedy, the commemorative plaques will also serve as a reminder of Centennial's commitment to non-violence, and to the provision of a safe and respectful learning, teaching and working environment for everyone. International Women's Day dates back to the early 1900s when women in North America and Europe began to lobby for more rights and better working and living conditions.' President Ann Buller's International Women's Day message:  I’ve been thinking about women’s lives in the world today.  Have you ever reflected upon your life and realized the randomness of some of the key elements that make you who you are? You did not choose your parents, you did not choose your country of birth, and you did not choose the neighbourhood in which you grew up. As children, we did not choose many of the critical interactions that have shaped who we see in the mirror. We did not choose to be born with wealth and privilege, any more than we chose poverty. For women and girls, our place of birth has a profound impact on our opportunities and ambitions. In many parts of the world, females are barred from school. Girls are married as young as age 5. As a girl, you could be raped  to cure a man of AIDS – the younger the child, the more powerful “the cure.” The fact that after the rape these men are never cured is of course seen as a weakness of the child’s. One must try again. As a girl grows - crushing her sexuality, mutilating her body, raping her as revenge against some familial slight, selling her to the highest bidder - all are options available in many countries. What a sordid and diabolical menu. Why does this matter to us? I offer two compelling reasons. We are a College that believes in, teaches and tries to live our global citizenship values. We choose not to ignore, but to engage. We must not only give voice to those who have been silenced, but we must endeavour to create the conditions where our frail interpretations are replaced by their authentic fray and cry and celebration. We must offer leadership until what these women and girls need from us, is followership. And even in the leading, we must never co-opt what was never ours; we cannot assume we have the answers, but it is a moral imperative that we feel compelled to work with a global community to find them. Look around Centennial and what do you see? I see the potential for Canada – a ripe mixing of cultures, languages, and religion. Representatives of a spectrum of the socio-economic strata; those whose lives can be described as privileged, and those who are breaking through barriers imposed by poverty, violence, and sometimes, by culture and religion. We have set ourselves up to be the place where this experiment that is our country can unfold – and that comes with a special responsibility.  It is in Canada’s best interest, and in our own, that we are mindful of this privilege and that we protect its fragile shell with vigilance. Centennial College's Statement of Respect, our Diversity and Inclusion policies, our Sexual Misconduct Policy, our Violence Prevention policy – all of these make clear what we expect of each other. Our global citizenship and social justice work is the enabler, the great catalyst for teaching our students, and ourselves,  how a College of great plurality can create a community with so much in common. Centennial needs to be a place of learning – of debate, of challenge, of pushing boundaries. Ideas, even controversy, must not be shied away from. However, we cannot, we will not abide hate, or violence. I am proud to work in a College where we actively focus on leadership, on issues of social justice, and of working for non-violent solutions to some or our communities’ most pressing problems. I am honoured to stand with the women and men in our College who state categorically that violence against women will not be tolerated. In a powerful statement of anti-violence, we chose to feature the names of the 14 women murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on plaques unveiled at each campus last Friday. That horrific event in 1989 is emblematic of so much that we must remain vigilant against: gun violence, targeted violence against women, male disenfranchisement that mutates into a hatred that breeds anger so deep, that violence is the outcome; and finally, the violation of educational institutions as safe havens. Canada’s institutions must reflect our values and our vision for our country, which means they should allow for debate, and freedom of expression, and ideally, understanding and compassion. Our plaques read: “Centennial College is committed to upholding the rights and freedoms of all and acting against all forms of violence perpetrated against individuals and groups within our community.” I’ve been thinking that with our focus on social justice and global citizenship, our College community really can make the world a safer place for girls and women.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/marking-international-womens-day-march-8/ Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:40:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/marking-international-womens-day-march-8/ Bombardier aircraft assembly course graduates acquire immediate employment Centennial College launched a Structural Assembly training course in partnership with Bombardier Aerospace in January with the goal of preparing a class of graduates to work in the aircraft maker’s Toronto assembly facility in Downsview. On March 5, 40 graduates crossed the stage and collected their certificates of completion – and walked into their first job. All 40 grads received job offers right away, a happy outcome for students preparing to work in manufacturing. Some 26 course grads will be joining Bombardier Aerospace directly, while the other 14 grads have received job offers from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a subcontractor to Bombardier also involved in aircraft assembly in the Toronto area. Bombardier and Centennial signed a memo of understanding that designates Centennial College as the aircraft maker’s trainer of choice, helping to prepare its existing and future workforce with new skills required in the assembly and maintenance of the next generation of Bombardier aircraft.  The private-public partnership was formed to address the skills gap that could hinder productivity gains by Canada’s burgeoning aerospace industry. The partnership is seen as an important first step towards establishing an aerospace education and training campus in Downsview Park in January 2019.  Support for Centennial’s Structural Assembly training course has been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Centennial College will be offering a new class of Structural Assembly training in August. For details, contact Janna Erichsen at jerichsen@centennialcollege.ca. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bombardier-aircraft-assembly-course-graduates-acquire-immediate-employment/ Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:08:04 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bombardier-aircraft-assembly-course-graduates-acquire-immediate-employment/ Centennial wins two CICan Entrepreneurship Awards Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning (left), and Sharon Mooney, Manager, Centre of Entrepreneurship, hold Centennial College's two CICan Entrepreneurship Awards in Quebec City, March 9. Centennial College has earned two CICan Entrepreneurship Awards for its work in two distinct categories: Entrepreneurship in the Community, and College and Institute Entrepreneurial Ventures. Centennial representatives were on hand to collect the awards at the Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium in Quebec City on March 9. Centennial won for its outstanding Ontario Self Employment Benefits (OSEB) program in the Entrepreneurship in the Community category. The college’s Centre of Entrepreneurship (COE) has successfully delivered the program since the Centre’s founding in 1987. The work has supported more than 3,600 unemployed and under-employed individuals by helping them to start and operate a new business. The intensive and hands-on 10-month-long OSEB program is undeniably effective: 98 per cent of the program’s graduates are in business and meeting their revenue generation targets. Because of its stellar performance, COE has grown to become the largest provider of the OSEB program for Employment Ontario in the Toronto region. OSEB graduates have gone on to establish profitable enterprises in such varied sectors as fruit importing, landscaping, pest control, tourism and independent film and television production, to name only a few. COE has helped thousands of individuals turn their lives around and be in business for themselves – not only creating their own jobs, but also creating employment for others, strengthening regional prosperity and deepening Centennial’s impact upon community economic development and social inclusion. In the College and Institute Entrepreneurial Ventures category, Centennial’s Residence and Culinary Arts Centre, currently under construction, celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship at every level. The eight-storey building is the product of a unique 3P venture: private sector partners will recoup their investment by operating the residence, while Centennial subleases the academic and conference floors that will house the Culinary Arts Centre and Conference Centre. The ground level will include seven kitchen laboratories, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms. The naturally lit kitchens will service a conference and banquet centre on the top floor. The professional facilities present real-world entrepreneurial opportunities for students, who will prepare scrumptious meals for the restaurant and host various events in the conference and banquet centres. With this exemplary experiential learning, students will compete in the marketplace and gain invaluable business skills that will position them for career success. The residential floors will accommodate 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. There will also be communal kitchens, lounge space, a meditation room and a screening room where students will congregate. Since a large proportion of Centennial residents are international students, the new building – set to open in fall 2016 – will foster rich cultural exchanges. The CICan Entrepreneurship Awards recognize leaders from Canadian colleges and institutes, agencies, foundations and partners in economic development supporting business start-ups. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the national organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics at home and internationally. It champions the innovations, applied research, international development, and the employment and entrepreneurial opportunities that are created by its member institutions. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-two-cican-entrepreneurship-awards/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:12:19 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-two-cican-entrepreneurship-awards/ Baking students earn silver and bronze medals Centennial College Baking and Pastry Arts Management student Michelle Shariff and her award winning wedding cake For Centennial College students Michelle Shariff and Brittany Robson, competition is no easy feat, but neither is it new to them. Last year the duo from the Baking and Pastry Arts Management program entered the Baking Association of Canada’s Bakery Showcase and brought home the cake, literally. This year, entering as novices in the Wedding Cake category, Michelle and Brittany brought home silver and bronze wins, respectively, at the Culinary Arts Salon, which took place on February 28 at Toronto's Direct Energy Centre. The Wedding Cake competition required participants to create a two-tier cake in any configuration and shape, but it was required to be entirely handmade from raw ingredients. Michelle took her inspiration from a visit to the lush greenhouse at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto - a respite from the grey, frigid weather this season. “I had recently gone to get away from winter and loved being surrounded by all the colours and greenery. So when it came time to choose a theme, a botanical theme seemed perfect. I love painting and so I decided to paint the flowers [on to the cake],” she says Centennial College Baking and Pastry Arts Management student Brittany Robson and her award winning wedding cake The revered competition provides the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and products, gather and share concepts, and raise the level of professionalism for individuals, teams and the industry. With specific and measured judging criteria and strict competition rules and scoring, Michelle and Brittany’s work were subjected to the highest standards imposed by the same judges who preside over the esteemed Culinary Olympics. Congratulations to Brittany and Michelle for their outstanding work, and to Chef Vita Giglio for her mentorship. Their success is a testimony to the great things happening in Centennial's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/baking-students-earn-silver-and-bronze-medals/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:31:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/baking-students-earn-silver-and-bronze-medals/ What I Like About Myself board When Nickza Dalas created the What I Like About Myself board in the Ashtonbee Tunnel, her goal was to embrace diversity and inclusion. A second-year student in the Social Service Worker program , Nickza’s idea was the winning entry in the Ashtonbee Tunnel Idea Creation Contest. She got the inspiration for the board from a TED Talk video of Candy Chang, who developed the Before I Die chalkboard in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help unite the community. What I Like About Myself is a chalkboard that stands 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide and is open to anyone who wants to write a positive message in expo marker about, well, what they like about themselves. In hopes of inspiring the Centennial College population, Nickza has demonstrated what she likes about herself by writing “Kindness towards others, drive and stubbornness.” on the board. Nickza first tested this idea in high school, helping boost the self-confidence of her fellow classmates. That mural now permanently resides on the Victoria Park Collegiate Institute walls. In just fifteen short minutes, Nickza brought me back to relive her high school years, where she explained the impact that one of her teachers, Ms. Karthiga Dharmananda had made on her. “She kept telling me that I was a star,” she says, “and she eventually made me believe it.” Shortly after that conversation, Nickza made the decision to become increasingly involved in student life, becoming the VP of Prom Committee and CEO of a sweatpants entrepreneurial venture. She grew, learned and soaked in all the experiences along the way. “Without a doubt, Centennial College is one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada,” boasts Nickza. “Our outstanding school represents more than 100 ethno-cultural groups within our four existing campuses.” She hopes to utilize the board as a tangible substance to unite the intangible, bringing together a stronger sense of community and embracing diversity at Centennial College. “Centennial College is the most diverse population that I have ever been in,” she adds.“We all are really different! People can use this board as a wake-up call.” Creating awareness on diversity and inclusion isn’t the only thing Nickza hopes to accomplish with the board. The desire to spread positive change through energy is also close to her heart. “It really does work,” says Nickza. “The best place to start is in smaller communities. I hope that it will spread outside of our Centennial College community.” Feelings of overwhelming joy and happiness hit her when she saw students taking selfies with the colourful board. This What I Like About Myself board is a unique form of communication, a crucial skill in Nickza’s Social Service Worker program. Most of her classes are based around how to effectively talk to people through counselling, probing, open-ended questions etc. “Without communication,” she explains, “it would be nearly impossible to reach any sort of goals.” Goals, drive, ambition and a bit of stubbornness positioned Nickza to win the contest. If you haven’t already scribed a message on this board, come on down today, Monday March 16th 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Cafeteria in B Block. We want to hear what you like about yourself!  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/what-i-like-about-myself-board/ Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:27:20 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/what-i-like-about-myself-board/ Colts Men's Soccer win silver at OCAA Championship The Centennial Colts Men’s Soccer Team proved to be in great form this year, sweeping three indoor invitational tournaments and earning the silver medal in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men's Indoor Soccer Championship at Redeemer University in Hamilton. The gold medal went to Humber College, having defeated the Colts 1-0. Centennial's second-place finish in men's indoor soccer was the best outcome in more than 16 years. Ironically, the Colts also lost to Humber in the gold medal match in 1999!  The Colts was the only team in the round-robin pool to win a game, going 1-0-2. In the semi-finals, Centennial faced the George Brown Huskies and prevailed 2-1 in a very exciting contest. The Colts were up early in a seesaw battle, when Captain Mark Tarazhi turned a defender and fired one home. However, the George Brown rivals waited until the last minute of the game to draw the equalizer. The Colts battled for another 10 minutes of overtime play, which did not produce a winning goal for either side. It was not until the end of the penalty shootout that Centennial emerged victorious. Goalkeeper Peter Katsaras came up with a big save and then on the last Huskies' penalty kick the opponent missed the net, sending the Colts team and their fans into a frenzy as Centennial advanced to the gold medal game.   In the final match of the championship, the Centennial Colts kicked off against the Humber Hawks. It was not until late in the game that Humber broke the deadlock and scored the lone goal, which won them the game and the Ontario championship. The Colts had battled hard and created two opportunities late in the game that could have changed the headlines, however they were unable to follow through. Peter Katsaras was named the top goalkeeper of the championship, and Centennial teammate Tyler Dill was named a Championship All-Star player. Ultimately, the Colts were able to build on their success of last year, which had produced a bronze medal finish.  Congratulations to the Colts Men’s Soccer Team on a job well done - and for bringing home a silver medal after a 16-year drought! Come celebrate the Men's Indoor Soccer Silver Medal win on Monday, March 30 at 12:30 PM in the Student Centre at Progress Campus. Come and meet the team! Go Colts Go! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-mens-soccer-win-silver-at-ocaa-championship/ Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:06:00 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-mens-soccer-win-silver-at-ocaa-championship/ Mock disaster simulation Mar. 28 On Saturday, March 28, Centennial College’s Morningside Campus will be transformed into a small community that will have a “real bad” day.   More than 250 students will play their professional roles in staffing mock police, fire and paramedic stations, a long-term care facility, social services office and a hospital during a severe weather scenario that will end with a tornado and black-out.   An additional 150 doctors, nurses, emergency responders and other professionals will be on hand to play roles and mentor students as they deal with mass casualties, wandering dementia patients, a building collapse and other crisis calls.  The exercise marks the 12th year that the School of Community and Health Studies has conducted a mock disaster to enhance its students’ experiential learning, a core belief of Centennial College.   “We add something new every year,” says Richard Kinchlea, Centennial’s Chair of Emergency Management and Public Safety. “We want to continuously include more students and career programs. This year we will have a fully staffed emergency operations centre tasked to coordinate resources and make sense of an overwhelming situation.” Mock disasters, or emergency exercises, are regularly run by cities, agencies and businesses to evaluate their response to different emergency scenarios.  At Centennial, the students learn some of what they may expect to face in their careers should a disaster occur, and how to better prepare for critical decision-making.   “We try to provide a realistic disaster environment,” Kinchlea says. “There is no smoke or car wrecks, but more than 100 ‘patients’ are made up with various injuries and everyone knows the community of Morningside is at risk.” Please view the following short clips of this years Mock disaster simulation on our Instagram page: Video 1 Video 2 https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/mock-disaster-simulation-mar-28/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:02:15 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/mock-disaster-simulation-mar-28/ Centennial's Updated Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence Policy Centennial College has published its updated Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Procedures on its College Policies webpage. In November, college presidents voted unanimously to create a policy and protocol that would be available at all colleges by March 31, 2015. A draft version was publicly released in January and there have been consultations throughout the province to finalize the documents. Building on our existing policies and practices, Centennial's policy and procedures provide precise definitions of sexual assault and sexual violence, set clear standards for reporting and responding to incidents of sexual violence, and establish clear processes for complaints and investigations. They also set clear definitions and provisions protecting confidentiality for those involved throughout the process. This will help ensure that our campuses are safe, that everyone knows their rights and responsibilities when it comes to sexual assault, and that effective and immediate support is available for survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence. Centennial played a leadership role in the development of the policy and procedures that were announced by Colleges Ontario (the advocacy organization for the province’s 24 colleges) which formed the basis for each college's policy. The Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures were developed through consultations with students and student leaders throughout Ontario, legal experts, the Ontario Women’s Directorate, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, government officials and others. All Ontario colleges based their policy and procedures on the provincial template, developing their documents in support of the action plan on sexual violence announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne on March 6. Work will continue to be done to ensure the initiatives at each college fulfill the expectations and requirements of the premier’s action plan. Centennial staff and student leaders provided valuable input into our updated Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures to ensure that they reflect our College community’s needs, and our Board of Governors reviewed and approved the final documents. We are grateful for everyone’s feedback and suggestions. Centennial is currently working on next steps, including new education and training at the College and the development of new awareness and prevention initiatives. A new page on our website is currently under production and will be available within the next week or so. Safety remains a top priority at Centennial College. With support from our students and staff, we will continue to raise awareness of this important issue and the role we must all play in preventing sexual violence. For more information on the Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures, please contact: Kevin Rajpaulsingh Director, Student Life 416-289-5000, ext. 2145 krajpaulsingh@centennialcollege.ca https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-updated-sexual-assault-and-sexual-violence-policy/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:21:02 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-updated-sexual-assault-and-sexual-violence-policy/ Colts Cricket team wins tournament gold After a number of years of trying to reach the summit, the Centennial College Colts Cricket team has transcended the mountain to earn a gold medal in the latest OCCCR Cricket League tournament. The Colts were led by team captain and MVP of the year, Anand Erramilli, and coached by Jay Patel, a Centennial alumnus and former Student Association President. The OCCCR Cricket League is a tournament-based sport of the OCAA whereby teams participate in a number of tournaments over the season and then are ranked according to their performance. The seeded teams, including Centennial, were invited to the championship play-off tournament recently in London, Ontario. Going into the tournament the Centennial Colts were ranked third behind tournament series leader Sheridan College and second-place Humber. Earlier this season the Colts had won the Sheridan Invitational Tournament and were looking for another championship to add to their tally. The Colts drew OCCCR Cricket League Championship hosts Fanshawe College for the quarter-final match; Centennial emerged victorious by a score of 37-35. Then they faced off against Georgian College. This time the Colts' bats ran hot, defeating Georgian by a score of 49-29. With this momentum the Colts entered into the final Championship gold medal game, facing the #1 seeded Sheridan Bruins. As fate would have it, Centennial was able to best their opponents by a score of 45-42 runs to collect the gold. Congratulations to our remarkable team! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-cricket-team-wins-tournament-gold/ Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:44:37 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-cricket-team-wins-tournament-gold/ Centennial receives $1.75m for research into wearable healthcare technology Centennial College has been awarded a $1.75-million federal grant to establish the Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH), which will contribute to the east GTA’s innovation ecosystem in the rapidly expanding wearable technology sector. Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, visited Centennial’s Progress Campus on April 10 to speak about the need to spur more development of innovative technology in partnership with industry. The funding is part of more than $40 million in grants directed to 34 Canadian colleges for applied research provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation Technology Access Centre program. WIMTACH will enhance the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises to become more productive, competitive and innovative by seeding exceptional learning opportunities for students and highly skilled jobs for graduates. Ontario has become a development hub for digital healthcare technologies that are wearable, interactive and mobile. It is home to 42 per cent of Canada’s medical tech industry, which supplies world markets with a broad range of products and services in bioinformatics, diagnostics, imaging, mobile apps and e-health systems integration. “Through the NSERC TAC investment, we can expand our capacity and proven expertise in delivering new technology development and commercialization services to businesses in this sector,” says Trish Dryden, Associate Vice-President, Research and Corporate Planning at Centennial. “With our innovation partners’ support we will engage our faculty, staff and student expertise from 120+ programs to provide breadth and depth to ensure WIMTACH’s success in terms of economic prosperity and social innovation.” As one of Canada’s top research colleges (Research Infosource Inc., 2014), Centennial College has a successful record of college-industry collaboration in innovative technologies with the help of talented faculty, staff and students contributing to projects managed by the college’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC). Over the past five years, Centennial has assisted in the development of 40 products in the healthcare market alone. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-receives-175-million-for-research-into-wearable-healthcare-technology/ Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:34:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-receives-175-million-for-research-into-wearable-healthcare-technology/ Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project Wins Architectural Award Centennial College’s striking Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project was selected to receive an Award of Honour for Excellence - New Building from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The SCUP Excellence in Architecture Awards is a U.S. juried competition which recognizes projects that demonstrate how strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success, and careers that inspire. Centennial's sprawling Ashtonbee Campus received a thorough makeover last year with the addition of the glass-enclosed “gateway” building on Ashtonbee Road. The trestle-inspired building centralizes student administrative services on the ground floor and provides space for a contemporary library on the second level. The addition is a welcome update to Centennial’s oldest campus, which dates back to 1972. The SCUP awards are open to North American professional service providers and institutions that have prepared designs for two-year and four-year colleges, universities, academic medical and research centres, and public or private institutions. This year the jury received 126 entries, of which seven were submitted by Canadian institutions. The jury awarded seven Awards of Honour and 14 Awards of Merit. Centennial's Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project was the only Canadian submission to receive an award. MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), the Toronto-based firm that designed the new Ashtonbee building, submitted the nomination to SCUP on behalf of Centennial. MJMA representatives will be on hand to accept the Award of Honour for Excellence at the SCUP Conference in Chicago on July 13. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-wins-architectural-award/ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:40:36 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-wins-architectural-award/ DDSB College Applicants Update Centennial College is aware of the current labour disruption at secondary schools in Durham and Peel regions, and the potential impact of other ongoing labour negotiations around the province. We are sensitive to concerns that mid-term marks may be delayed as the strike continues; any potential impacts to current applicants will be minimized. Every effort is being made to ensure applications continue to be processed and offers of admission are issued. Centennial College is committed to promoting access to postsecondary education, and will do everything we can to ensure current applicants are not disadvantaged by the current labour situation. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will update applicants as events unfold. Ontario's public colleges are working at the provincial level with the Ministry of Education and Colleges Ontario to develop a contingency plan that will allow high school students to complete the admissions process. For more information please check our website or the OCAS website. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ddsb-college-applicants-update/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:21:02 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ddsb-college-applicants-update/ Centennial President invited to meet Indian PM Narendra Modi On April 15, some 10,000 people flocked to Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto to see visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in person. Being the first such visit to Canada by an Indian PM in 42 years, it proved to be an auspicious occasion with the enthusiastic crowd giving the popular head of state a rock-star welcome. Among the dignitaries on hand to greet the Prime Minister was Centennial College President and CEO Ann Buller, the only Canadian college or university president invited to meet Prime Minister Modi at the Coliseum. Ann Buller had her photo taken with both Prime Minister Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Centennial College has a strong presence in India as a major Canadian college that is partnering with Indian schools and industries to bring new programs and skills to a country that views Canadian scholarship as a desirable benefit. Centennial maintains a permanent International Education office in Bangalore, India, which serves Indian students wishing to study at Centennial’s Toronto campuses. More than one thousand Indian nationals do so every year – and the number is growing. Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is immensely popular in his homeland and among the millions of diaspora that live outside of India. He earned a reputation for fostering economic development during his premiership of Gujarat, an industrialized Indian state that was made more business-friendly and prosperous in his 12 years of rule there. He has since pursued the same development principles nation-wide as prime minister. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-president-invited-to-meet-indian-pm-narendra-modi/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:32:59 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-president-invited-to-meet-indian-pm-narendra-modi/ Predicting technology trends is no easy assignment Think young people don’t read books anymore? Think again. “Girl Online sells 20 times more copies in print than it does in e-book sales,” explained Duncan Stewart, Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Research for Deloitte Canada, at a recent presentation at Centennial College.  It’s a significant number because Zoe Sugg, the author of the bestselling novel, is a popular fashion and beauty vlogger and Internet personality based in the U.K. She is best known for her Zoella channel on YouTube, which attracts millions of subscribers. So why would her printed book vastly outsell digital copies, given her audience? That’s just one of the things that keeps Stewart up at night, contemplating today’s rapidly changing technology and how it impacts the people who interact with it. He noted that while young people continue to consume digital content in escalating quantities, they also appreciate the tactile qualities of holding a book. “Something this good deserves to be read in print,” Stewart’s daughter said to him when asked why she was toting around an old copy of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Research has shown that we retain what we read on paper better than we remember the same content on a tablet or computer screen, Stewart explained.  Stewart is a globally recognized speaker and expert on the forecasting of consumer and commercial technology, as well as media and telecommunications trends. Working worldwide and across all industries, Duncan advises clients on the impact of new and existing technology, and demographic and regulatory changes to their business strategies. When Google Glass arrived last year, he predicted sales would be a disappointing 4 million units – a pessimistic forecast rejected by many. In reality, only 40,000 units were sold to consumers. Stewart did note, however, that wearable technology is finding its way into workplaces with specific enterprise functions that companies will find indispensable. Incidentally, wearable technology related to healthcare is something Centennial College is actively researching. There’s no separating a teenager from his or her smartphone, but Stewart remarked that when students are asked what their next planned technology purchase is, it’s not a phone, but a new laptop computer. He explained that even young people could appreciate the difference between devices for content consumption and those intended for content creation. “You can’t write a 2,500-word essay on a smartphone,” he reminded his audience of Centennial professors and administrators. Some 1.35 billion smartphones will be sold in 2015, but 1 billion of those will be purchased by people who are simply trading their phone for something with a bigger screen or better camera. The prevalence of mobile devices is cutting into television viewing in a big way, said Stewart. Almost 50 million Americans watch an average of just 18 minutes of TV daily, many of them young and college-educated. “Youth don’t have the media habits that they used to. They’re watching 25 per cent less TV than three years ago, the steepest decline in the industry,” Stewart said. Sports broadcasts remain the lone holdout; fans young and old continue to watch major-league sports on TV, though they don’t always have the patience to sit through a four-hour NFL game (that’s why broadcasts are shifting cross-platform to mobile devices). “Phablets,” or smartphones with large display screens, are growing exponentially in sales, particularly in countries such as India and China where a smartphone may be the only digital device in a household, so it has to do everything. Stewart noted that giant phones were not even on the radar a year ago – indicative of how quickly things are changing. Change is the one constant in the technology field, which is why Stewart, who is based in Toronto, travels the world to make sense of the latest trends and draw insights. Among other things, he sees high-tech commercial drones doing a lot of remarkable work in industry both cheaply and quickly, and the Internet of Things (IoT) being a major trend in homes soon. So why, exactly, are teenagers drawn to books when they’re so deeply immersed in digital technology? Stewart smiled broadly when he answered, but he was adamant the response is accurate: “They love the smell of books.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/predicting-technology-trends-is-no-easy-assignment/ Fri, 01 May 2015 15:35:42 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/predicting-technology-trends-is-no-easy-assignment/ Retiree Chuck Gullickson inducted into CCAA Hall of Fame Retired Centennial College Athletics Director Chuck Gullickson (right, with Centennial retiree Willy Mueller) is photographed at the Athletic and Wellness Centre (AWC) official opening in October, 2011. Former Athletics Director Chuck Gullickson, considered by many to be the original Colt of Centennial College, is being inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame for his outstanding service to the CCAA over the years. “Chuck is one of the most recognizable and respected athletic professionals that has been associated with the CCAA,” said Jim Bialek, President of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. “He continues to be active in these circles by way of his ongoing appearances at national events, most recently as a presenter at the inaugural CCAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Banff last year,” said Bialek. A native of Naicam, Saskatchewan, Chuck began a successful football career with the Saskatoon Hilltops in 1956, which led to a scholarship at Western Michigan University where he earned a B.Sc. and M.Ed. Chuck would graduate to professional football in 1963 by suiting up for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. Chuck joined Centennial in its nascent days as a faculty member in the groundbreaking Recreation Leadership program in 1968. Chuck went on to serve as the college’s Athletic Director and then advanced to Director of Student Life, rounding out three decades of leadership at Centennial before retiring in 1998. At the same time, he was the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) President and held a number of executive positions in Ontario. He was recognized for his contributions by being inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 1993. Chuck also served as President of the national CCAA and is credited with moving the association forward on many fronts. Chuck, who was inducted into the Centennial Colts Hall of Fame in 2013, was instrumental in establishing Centennial’s athletic and recreational programming. He challenged his staff and student athletes to be the best they possibly could. Today, his ideals, beliefs and work ethic are upheld by Joan Healey, Centennial’s Varsity Coordinator. “Chuck was the architect of the Athletics and Recreation program at Centennial throughout the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s,” said Healey. “He is a true champion of the quality of the student experience at every level – at Centennial, the OCAA and CCAA.” Chuck is often sought after for his ideas, opinions and communication skills. He was progressive in his leadership and actions, and possessed a great sense of fairness. Since 2000, the Chuck Gullickson Fair Play Team Award is presented annually at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is a national sports organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport. On June 9, the CCAA will induct six new members into its Hall of Fame, including Chuck Gullickson. The ceremony will be hosted by St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/retiree-chuck-gullickson-inducted-into-ccaa-hall-of-fame/ Thu, 07 May 2015 13:29:48 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/retiree-chuck-gullickson-inducted-into-ccaa-hall-of-fame/ Centennial students garner medals at Ontario Skills Competition Centennial's Skills Ontario student team gathers in Waterloo after the medals presentation on May 6, backed up by their hard-working faculty from the Schools of Transportation, and Engineering Technology and Applied Science, shown in the top row. Centennial College was well represented in the winners’ circle at the 26th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition, which drew more than 2,000 student competitors in 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, much to the delight of the large crowds that gathered at RIM Park in Waterloo, May 4 to 6. Competitors sought gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of hands-on skills contests, including such specialties as computer animation, culinary arts, carpentry, auto-body repair, masonry and aesthetics. Centennial’s School of Transportation was a dominating force in the post-secondary automotive trades, and students from the college’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science also did well. Centennial competitors who ascended the Olympics-style podium included: Sean Crawford - Gold in automotive service Colin Bailey - Gold in collision repair Brock Peel - Silver in heavy equipment James Cook - Silver in automation and controls James Rickard - Bronze in refrigeration Jinming Dong - Bronze in electronics “Seeing the commitment of our staff and the enthusiasm of our students makes me so proud to be part of the Centennial team,” remarked Alan McClelland, Dean of the School of Transportation, who was on hand for the medals ceremony. “This competition is really about celebrating the excellence of all young people entering the trades, but I can't help but get excited when the students climb the podium.” Gold medal winners Sean Crawford and Colin Bailey qualify for the Skills Canada National Competition that will take place in Saskatoon at the end of May. Winners of the national contest move on to take on the best skilled tradespeople in the world in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in three months’ time. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-garner-medals-at-ontario-skills-competition/ Fri, 08 May 2015 10:26:59 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-garner-medals-at-ontario-skills-competition/ Centennial’s Kateryna Kravchenko wins architectural award Kateryna Kravchenko, who hails from the Ukraine and is finishing up her Architectural Technology fast-track program at Centennial College, has won first place in the Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS) Student Awards for her imaginative building design called the Nautilus Centre. Kateryna is the second Centennial student to win the award in as many years. Gilbert Nacu earned first prize at the 2014 OAAAS Student Awards for his bold site plan entitled The Edge, which incorporated retail space and environmentally sustainable features in his design for a multipurpose residential complex. For Kateryna, architecture represents both a family affair and a personal interest. “It’s because of my father,” she says. “He’s an architect in the Ukraine.” She sees architecture as a way to put her artistic skills to work. “I like drawing, and I like to create interesting things,” she continues. “For me, architecture is creating buildings and unusual shapes. It’s more than just drafting.” After receiving her bachelor’s degree back home, she ventured to Canada to take a post-graduate program at Centennial. It was the option of a shorter program with faster entry into the workforce that attracted her to the college. “I chose Centennial because it had the most convenient program for me,” she explains. “They had a post-graduate program, so I wouldn’t have to study another three years.” Her Centennial program enhanced the artistic ability she already possessed with more practical skills. “This program was a big help for me, because I already had the creative side from my program back home,” she explains, “but here I got what I needed, and it was the construction side. So now I can create any building, I think, because I know how it works from the inside.” “I always start with visualization,” Kateryna says of the approach she used to create her winning Nautilus Centre. “I get some shapes from my mind. And then I started to search how the building could be built.” For that, she turned to the knowledge her program had given her. “We learned a lot about how a building can be built, and what you need, what materials, how to create shapes.” With credit for her previous studies, Kateryna was permitted to enter the second year of the three-year program at Centennial. The Nautilus Centre was a labour of love for Kateryna, something she spent most of the semester creating. “During this last semester, all the time I was drawing, drawing, drawing. This building was always in my mind.” Her devotion would pay off when one of her professors, John Romanov, selected her work for the OAAAS competition. “John helped me a lot with this project,” she says, “I was so excited about that, because he remembered my project throughout the semester and always helped me with it.” “Before the competition, I didn’t sleep for about two days,” she admits. She needn’t have been anxious. Kateryna took the first-place award, which includes a $1,000 monetary prize, a one-year OAAAS membership, plus accommodation and transportation to attend the awards ceremony at the annual OAAAS Conference, which took place this year on May 8 in Hamilton. At the moment, Kateryna is looking forward to her Centennial graduation ceremony in June, and is postponing her return home for awhile longer. “I’ll stay in Canada for a few years to get some more experience and more information about how architecture, building and construction works here,” she says. “Then I want to go and take all my knowledge and skills back home.” She’s counting on the award, and the benefits that come with it, to help her advance her career, including pursuing the valuable networking opportunities. “I met some interesting people there, some architects, and I got to know some of them. Maybe I became a little bit recognizable,” she says of the exposure that the awards ceremony afforded her. “That was the main reason why I tested myself there: to make myself known.”   In the meantime, her work will become even more well known when it goes on display along with the other 2015 OAAAS Student Awards winners at the Doors Open Toronto event at the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) headquarters May 23-24. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-kateryna-kravchenko-wins-architectural-award/ Wed, 20 May 2015 11:39:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-kateryna-kravchenko-wins-architectural-award/ Centennial students sweep CPRS Toronto public relations awards again! Winning Centennial College student team for Talk is Cheap 7.0 with Barry Waite (middle) and professor Donna Lindell (left). Students of Centennial College’s popular Public Relations – Corporate Communications post-graduate certificate program once again took top honours at the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Ace Awards held in Toronto on May 20, winning six awards in various categories.  Jessica Grace Chong took home the CPRS Student of the Year award. A Centennial student has earned this honour for the third consecutive year, and in four out of the past five years. Four awards – one gold, one silver and two bronzes – recognized the success of student-organized public relations events that supported various charities in Toronto. The four Ace Awards include: Special Events (non-student category): Bronze for Art Haus Student Public Relations Campaign of the Year: Gold: Talk is Cheap 7.0 Silver: Wilki Night Out Bronze: More Than Just A Brew Barry Waite, chair of the School of Communications, Media and Design at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre, was honoured with the prestigious Lois Marsh Award for outstanding leadership, support and involvement in the profession. In his acceptance speech, Barry called his ability to work and impact future PR professionals “life changing.” Waite is also acting program coordinator for the college’s new Bachelor of Public Relations Management four-year program, and the former coordinator and professor for the certificate program. “We couldn’t be more proud of our students and of Barry,” said Nate Horowitz, Dean of the School of Communications, Media and Design. “These awards are a reflection not only of the quality of students we attract and produce, but also of the extraordinary commitment our faculty has to superior experiential learning. Our entire faculty has a depth and breadth of industry experience that benefits all of our students.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-sweep-cprs-public-relations-awards-again/ Thu, 21 May 2015 11:39:07 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-sweep-cprs-public-relations-awards-again/ Centennial College recognized on national stage Centennial College's CICan Award winners in Winnipeg include (from left): Sharon Mooney, Trish Dryden, Lorne Hilts and Anna Serbina. Centennial College collected several national awards at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) 2015 Awards of Excellence gala that took place at CICan’s annual conference in Winnipeg on May 26. The awards recognize the best practices and leadership demonstrated by public colleges and institutes from across Canada. CICan’s first prize for Innovation in Applied Research was awarded to Centennial College and its Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC). With double-digit growth in research and innovation activities, Centennial has established itself as a leader in fostering partnerships with industry and community organizations to advance innovation and applied research, which can lead to successful commercialization of new products and services. Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning, was on hand to receive the award. Centennial earned the silver award of excellence for Best Program in recognition of the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits program delivered by the college’s Centre of Entrepreneurship. Sharon Mooney, Manager of the Centre of Entrepreneurship, received the award on stage. This is the second win for Centennial’s OSEB program, which was recognized with a CICan Entrepreneurship Award at the Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium in Quebec City in March. Anna Serbina of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science collected the silver award in the Student Leadership category. Anna has just completed her final year of study in Centennial’s Energy Systems Technology Co-op program and will be graduating in June. She's well known in the school for her leadership initiative as President of the Student Society affiliated with the Energy Systems programs. Among the Teaching Excellence award winners was Centennial faculty member Lorne Hilts of the Recreation and Leisure Services program, who won bronze. Last fall, Lorne was named the 29th annual recipient of Centennial’s George Wicken Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence after students nominated him enthusiastically. Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics, of which Centennial College is a member. The association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving more than 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The association also operates in 29 countries around the world. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-recognized-on-national-stage/ Wed, 27 May 2015 15:52:50 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-recognized-on-national-stage/ Ashtonbee Campus renewal wins another award The Ontario region of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction honoured Centennial College's Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project with its Award of Merit as part of its annual awards recognizing innovation and excellence in the design and construction of steel structures. The stunning campus addition on Ashtonbee Road is clad in triple-glazed curtain wall (glass) and an innovative system of asymmetrically mounted stainless steel panels. The result is an elegantly proportioned structural steel truss system that supports 40,000 square feet of new library and program space in a 90-metre-long continuous edifice that physically adjoins the existing campus building, which dates back to 1972. The Ashtonbee Campus Renewal project was developed by Centennial and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) of Toronto. The project also includes a 5,500-square-foot second-floor addition to the existing gymnasium in structural steel, as well as 48,500 square feet of renovations to existing spaces. The project team included: EllisDon Construction, Benson Steel, INFocus Detailing Inc., Stampa Steel Erectors Ltd. and Blackwell Engineering. The Ontario Steel Design Awards of Excellence & History of Strength gala was held in Toronto's Distillery District on April 26. In addition to the Award of Merit, the Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project recently earned an Award of Honour for Excellence - New Building from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), a U.S.-juried competition that recognizes projects that demonstrate how strategic planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success and careers that inspire. Centennial's project was the only Canadian submission to receive the American award this year. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-wins-another-award/ Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:37:57 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-wins-another-award/ Automotive student wins silver in national competition From left: Centennial College Auto Service Technician student Seaton Crawford and Autobody Repair Technician student Colin Bailey on the Skills Canada podium in Saskatoon, May 30. After winning first-place gold medals at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo recently, Centennial College Auto Service Technician student Seaton Crawford and Auto Body Repair Technician student Colin Bailey earned invitations to the Skills Canada National Competition, which took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, between May 27 and 30. The Ontario contest, which drew more than 2,000 student competitors in 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, saw a total of six Centennial College students win medals in skills tests ranging from collision repair to refrigeration and electronics.  At the national level, Seaton and Colin had to compete with the very best skilled students from across the country who, like themselves, won gold in their provincial competitions. Seaton Crawford prevailed in his automotive technician skills demonstration, winning a second-place silver medal for his efforts - making him one of the most skilled young persons in his field! Colin Bailey unfortunately did not medal this time around, but did represent Centennial admirably in the autobody skills contest.  The success of Centennial's student competitors, recruited from both the School of Transportation and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, hinge on the extraordinary effort by a number of Centennial faculty who assisted in their preparation, and who acted as judges or as National Technical Committee members. Our thanks to faculty members Angelo Spano, John Dixon, Roy King, Stephen Leroux, Daniel Chudy and Dave Weatherhead. These dedicated professors work tirelessly to ensure their students and apprentices taste success in their provincial and national contests.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/automotive-student-wins-silver-in-national-competition/ Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:41:11 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/automotive-student-wins-silver-in-national-competition/ Centennial’s Sports Journalism students dive into the Pan Am Games Centennial College Sports Journalism student Joe Narsa at the Pan Am Games Water Polo event. With Toronto hosting the Pan Am Games this summer, Malcolm Kelly had an experiential learning opportunity land right on his doorstep. As the founder, program coordinator and a professor of Centennial’s Sports Journalism postgraduate program, Kelly enjoys seeing his students immersed in big sports events. “Students receive strong training in the classroom, but if you only stay in the classroom, you don’t really pick up the skills and confidence you’ll acquire in the field,” he says. That’s why his students spend a good part of their one-year program chasing down sports stories at events both close to home and far away – wherever the spirit of competition brings athletes together. For the Pan Am Games, Kelly split his program in half, sending 15 students to work at Post Media/Sun Media to generate social media stories and traditional print/web stories about the myriad competitions being hosted in and around Toronto. The other half went on to CBC Sports – the official broadcaster of the Games – to work as social media reporters and writers. “CBCSports.ca has brought our grad students in as digital interns at the Games where they are using Twitter, Instagram and, for the first time, Periscope,” Kelly says. Centennial College Sports Journalism student Pamela Kiss at the Pan Am Games Tennis event. Periscope is the popular live-streaming video app that links with Twitter to give users a unique perspective on events. It’s rapidly becoming a useful tool in journalism, as the CBC is discovering. Kelly himself is a long-time CBCSports.ca freelance journalist, in addition to his teaching responsibilities at Centennial. His involvement in the industry allows him to seek out opportunities for his students across all media platforms, with spectacular results. Centennial’s students can look forward to covering baseball spring training in Florida, and assignments at the National Swimming Championships and the para swim championships, among many other opportunities. In 2012, CTV engaged the entire program to assist with home-based coverage of the Summer Olympics. “Because ours is an intense, one-year postgraduate program in sports journalism, we draw mature students with college or university diplomas who are keen to hone their skills in this specialty,” says Kelly. “With a median age of around 25, our class is already at the next level, seeking that big gain in confidence that comes with working with a major news organization.” Keep your eye out for ongoing coverage of the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games this summer – some of which will be gathered, written and analyzed by Centennial’s Sports Journalism students. As a résumé builder, it doesn’t get much better than this. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-s-sports-journalism-students-dive-into-the-pan-am-games/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:31:06 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-s-sports-journalism-students-dive-into-the-pan-am-games/ Canadian Government supports Centennial's new Aerospace Campus From left: Andrew Petrou, Director of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, Centennial College; Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre; the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance; Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto; and Brad Chapman, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development, Centennial College. The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the GTA, announced funding of up to $18.4 million for Centennial College’s Downsview Park Aerospace Campus under the federal government's New Building Canada Plan on July 22. He was joined at the historic de Havilland Building at Downsview Park by Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, City of Toronto Mayor John Tory and Brad Chapman, Centennial's Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development.  We are deeply grateful to the Canadian government for its show of confidence in our vision to build a state-of-the-art Aerospace Campus on the site of the historic de Havilland building at Downsview Park, said Ann Buller, Centennial College President and CEO, in a prepared statement. On these solid bones will rise a spectacular repurposed building that will house our existing aviation programs and related aircraft and technology, as well as new aerospace laboratories and research space to foster the next generation of advanced aircraft. Canada is inextricably tied to the evolution of flight and space exploration. With this new facility, Centennial College will enjoy an expanded role in that effort. The announcement puts into place the third and final major funding commitment that allows Centennial College to begin construction at the Downsview Park site this fall, with occupancy slated for late 2017. The project involves extensive renovations to the de Havilland Building, which will include the construction of new teaching facilities, laboratories and office space for research and development related to structural aircraft assembly, manufacturing and maintenance, research in navigation and more. Centennial selected MJMA | Stantec (Architects in Association) to prepare the design for the de Havilland Building in conjunction with design consultants Stantec. The Aerospace Campus will facilitate the relocation of Centennial's Aircraft Maintenance programs, aircraft and equipment from the Ashtonbee Campus Hangar in Scarborough, which in turn will be renovated to provide additional instruction space for existing programs. The Aerospace Campus project is expected to cost $55.4 million, which is supported by the $18.4 million federal contribution, $25.8 million in Ontario government funding and $11.2 million from Centennial College and the college's partners and donors. The new campus is the first phase in the development of an Aerospace Hub at Downsview Park, which will consist of two additional elements: the relocation of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and the creation of an Innovation Centre to bring together academic and industry partners to catalyze new research and development initiatives. Establishing the Aerospace Hub is the mandate of the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) consortium, which represents leading academic and industry organizations from Canada's aerospace sector. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/canadian-government-supports-centennials-new-aerospace-campus/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:56:02 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/canadian-government-supports-centennials-new-aerospace-campus/ HYPE summer program provides an inspiring learning experience More than 120 young people celebrated their achievement at a special graduation ceremony on August 12 after spending their summer participating in Centennial College's HYPE program – Helping Youth Pursue Education – a tuition-free learning experience that can open doors to higher education and rewarding careers.  Over the past six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, participated in seven career-oriented courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, digital media, introduction to computers, and baking & entrepreneurship.  “Our program promotes education attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in under-served Toronto neighbourhoods primarily in the east end of the city,” said Anthony Bertin, manager of Centennial’s Community Outreach Office. “More than half of the youth participating in HYPE come to it through recommendations from past participants, family members and friends.” The graduation festivities were punctuated by a big thank-you to TD Bank Group for being the exclusive financial partner of HYPE. In 2014, TD committed to investing $250,000 over three years to support this diverse program. In addition, TD provides student workshops to promote financial literacy and increase awareness and competency in personal financial management.  “Centennial’s HYPE program is an invaluable community service that encourages youth to explore their potential and always strive for more,” said Mohamed Manji, Vice President of Everyday Banking, TD Canada Trust, and member of Centennial's Board of Governors. “We’re very proud to support an initiative that gives young people opportunities they may not otherwise enjoy. The return on investment is immeasurable when you’re shaping the future of our communities.” Centennial works with local community service agencies to identify youth who could benefit from the program, which includes free transportation, meals and learning materials. One-third of the more than 1,000 young adults who have graduated from HYPE since its inception in 2004 have gone on to post-secondary education. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hype-summer-program-provides-an-inspiring-learning-experience/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:33:23 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hype-summer-program-provides-an-inspiring-learning-experience/ Centennial College to tackle cybercrime with Lockheed Martin From left: Patrick Kelly, Dean, School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science; Brad Chapman, CFO and VP Business Development, Centennial College; Kate McNamara, Director Canada IS&GS Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin; Charles Bouchard, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Canada; and Andrew Petrou, Director, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, Centennial College. Centennial College is developing programming in the area of cybersecurity with support from global technology company Lockheed Martin. With a rapidly growing need by government and industry around the globe to protect computer networks and IT infrastructure, Lockheed Martin is providing funding to develop a cyber curriculum that will provide Centennial students with the necessary skills to enter the burgeoning cybersecurity sector. Charles Bouchard, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Canada said: “Our Information Systems & Global Solutions business provides innovative information technology and communications technology solutions to customers in both the public and private sectors. “All of our future success — and our nations’ technological advantage — depend on highly trained, highly capable technical talent. We must inspire young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers by showing them the positive impact that they make on the world. Our donation may not only help develop potential future cyber intelligence analysts, but will also help students who are just starting to build a broad base of knowledge – whatever career path they decide to take.” “Our mission is to educate students for career success, added Dr. Predrag Pešikan, Chair of Information & Communication Engineering Technology, Centennial College. Our students, faculty, programs and services demonstrate that we value diversity and recognize the benefits that diversity can bring in the fight against cybercrime. Working with industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin in the development of programs ensures Centennial’s curriculum maintains a high degree of workplace relevance, which is a tremendous benefit to both our students and employers.” Lockheed Martin Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, is the Canadian-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin Canada specializes in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 850 employees at major facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Dartmouth, Calgary and Victoria, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-to-tackle-cybercrime-with-lockheed-martin/ Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-to-tackle-cybercrime-with-lockheed-martin/ Ryan Green wins bronze medal in world skills ‘Olympics’ in Brazil Ryan Green, a student of Centennial College’s Motive Power - Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program, has earned a bronze medal at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil, in August, making him one of the world’s best young construction equipment technicians. Green was one of some 1,200 competitors from around the world invited to Brazil to test their skills and knowledge in an Olympic-style competition in 50 distinct trades ranging from stone masonry to rapid prototyping. To get there, Green had his skills tested at the college level and then at competitions in both Ontario and Canada-wide contests. In May 2014, Green was one of three Centennial College School of Transportation students who had won gold at the provincial Skills Canada competition in Waterloo, Ontario, which qualified him and fellow students Daniel Kidd (Automotive Painting) and Steven LeMagueresse (Collision Repair) to take part in the nationals in Toronto. Green went on to win gold again in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician contest, while LeMagueresse and Kidd both won and earned a second-place silver finish in their competitions with students from across Canada. The first-place finish automatically earned Green an all-expenses-paid trip to Brazil to compete in WorldSkills in 2015. Green travelled to São Paulo accompanied by Centennial professor Angelo Spano. As Ryan's coach, Spano arranged for a variety of training activities with program professors and equipment distributors in the heavy equipment sector. In the year between competitions, Green began working for heavy-duty equipment supplier Toromont CAT as part of their service team, which allowed him to further hone his skills and knowledge. Ryan Green just completed his final semester of his program earlier this month. He also managed to win a Toromont CAT Scholarship for his academic performance at Centennial. Green is the second School of Transportation graduate to win at the WorldSkills in recent years. In 2011, Ryan Gomes earned a bronze medal in Aircraft Maintenance at the WorldSkills London competition. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ryan-green-wins-bronze-medal-in-world-skills-olympics-in-brazil/ Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:58:12 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ryan-green-wins-bronze-medal-in-world-skills-olympics-in-brazil/ Samsung and Centennial College write a new chapter in education with the Samsung Tech Institute TORONTO, ON, September 18, 2015 – In a move designed to foster innovative new approaches to continuing education, today Samsung Electronics Canada and Centennial College announced a landmark partnership to bring the Samsung Tech Institute to Canada. The new education program will train students to understand, diagnose, and service select Samsung home appliances as certified Samsung product technicians. The new initiative will be known as “The Samsung Pathway,” and will integrate two new courses into Centennial’s Electronics Engineering Technician Diploma curriculum. Students will receive a unique certification from Samsung Electronics Canada as an industry recognized qualification, beyond their diploma. The Samsung Pathway will provide an exclusive framework of knowledge that will directly impact the careers of graduates*, and aligns with recent government initiatives to promote jobs in skilled trades, a recent area of focus for provincial education programming. Centennial will begin offering the first classes for the new program this September. As part of the partnership, Samsung has created a Branded Digital Services Lab stocked with Samsung home appliances to help bring the practical components of the program to life. As well, each school year, Samsung will update the lab to maintain its technological relevance and to ensure students are learning on the best and most recent technology Samsung has in the Canadian marketplace. “At Samsung, we hope to inspire Canadians to pursue their passions and reach their full potential,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada. “This new partnership with Centennial College allows us to engage with tech savvy students, who will get closer to our brand as we help foster a next generation of Samsung experts.” The Samsung Tech Institute will offer select graduates co-op and apprenticeship opportunities along with their newfound expertise. In addition, three $1,000 Samsung Scholarships will also be offered to top students for achievements in academics. “Partnering with an innovative technology company like Samsung is a logical progression of the real-world learning opportunities we provide our students,” said Ann Buller, President and CEO, Centennial College. “Samsung products are used and enjoyed in millions of Canadian homes, and the additional training will serve as a tremendous asset to Centennial graduates moving forward in their careers.” Established in 1966, Centennial College is one of Toronto’s leading technology colleges. The Electronics Engineering Technician Diploma emphasises a focus on digital electronic communications, medical equipment, microcontrollers, mobile applications, computers, and transceivers. Recent industry sales comparisons have shown Samsung is Canada’s number one Home Appliance Brand** for the twelve months ending December 2014 and the individual months of January 2015 to April 2015, inclusive. The Samsung Tech Institute will aim to increase the number of qualified Service Technicians and Samsung brand ambassadors within Canada for this line of products, and will ensure superior customer service for Samsung consumers. Furthermore, current technicians will have the opportunity to study within the program, developing their industry knowledge and increasing their career potential. With the first round of graduates set to enter into the work force in 2016, this is an exciting movement for students, Centennial College, Samsung consumers and the Samsung Electronics Canada brand. About Samsung Electronics Canada Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiatives. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of the top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion. About Centennial College Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college. It primarily serves the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and four satellite locations. Centennial is best known for its record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. It currently supports enrolments of 19,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners. For more information, visit www.centennialcollege.ca. *Post-graduation employment or higher earnings not guaranteed. **Reference to Home Appliances means major appliances (full-size refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, ovens, cook-tops, washing machines and clothes dryers) and is based on dollar sales between 2014-2015 in Canada as measured by The NPD Group, Retail Tracking Service in its 2014 and 2015 Retail Tracking Service reports. For more information please contact: Paul Cartwright North Strategic for Samsung Canada paul.cartwright@northstrategic.com https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/samsung-and-centennial-college-write-a-new-chapter-in-education-with-the-samsung-tech-institute/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:57:24 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/samsung-and-centennial-college-write-a-new-chapter-in-education-with-the-samsung-tech-institute/ Centennial culinary team takes home a bronze medal Donning their new, green culinary uniforms, Centennial College’s Culinary students wore their colours loud and proud this past weekend (September 19-20) as they competed in the Taste of Canada Cooks the Books competition and took home the third-place Bronze medal for their dish Egg Drop Pho. Taste Canada Cooks the Books brings together culinary students from across the country to compete for the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs. The event showcases the talent of Canada’s next generation of chefs, honours cookbook authors and brings some of this year’s outstanding submitted cookbooks to life. Teams are paired with a Taste Canada culinary author and challenged to recreate a recipe from the author’s cookbook, along with their own signature garnish. Centennial’s team, represented by Culinary Skills - Chef Training students Gregory Gooden, Bianca James and Susan Lee, was paired with Chef Matt Basile, of the food truck Fidel Gastro’s and author of Street Food Diaries. From his cookbook the students faithfully recreated his recipe for Egg Drop Pho, a mouth-watering rendition of the famous Vietnamese noodle soup. Under the tutelage of Chef Rene Chauvin, the students mastered the recipe at Centennial’s Culinary Arts Centre and recreated the dish in front of a full audience gathered at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto with Chef Matt Basile himself. For their efforts students Gooden, James and Lee walked off stage as Bronze Medallists of the 2015 Taste of Canada Cooks the Books culinary competition. The first-place winner was the Pius Culinary Institute of Montreal, with Toronto’s George Brown College finishing second. A special thanks to Chef Rene Chauvin, Coordinator, Culinary Skills - Chef Training, for guiding the Centennial team to a bronze win, and Chef James Smith, Chair, Culinary Arts and Baking Programs, for his unwavering support. Visit the web pages for programs offered by Centennial’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-culinary-team-takes-home-a-bronze-medal/ Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:14:59 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-culinary-team-takes-home-a-bronze-medal/ Centennial named first test centre for PTE Academic Pearson, the world leader in educational publishing, has selected Centennial College as the site of its first North American test centre for PTE Academic, the leading computer-based English language proficiency test used for study abroad. Representatives from Pearson and Centennial, led by Emma Stubbs, Senior Vice-President of Pearson Language Testing and Centennial College Vice President Academic Sandra Murphy, gathered at the Assessment Centre at Progress Campus to cut the ribbon to the college's specially equipped language testing lab on September 23. Pearson developed PTE Academic in response to feedback from higher education institutions to meet the need for an English language test that more accurately measures the communication skills of international students in an academic environment. Launched in 2009, PTE Academic is the fastest-growing English test on the market, having been adopted in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its benefits include: PTE Academic is a fair test: Highly accurate computer marking means consistent scores and no potential for examiner bias. PTE Academic is secure: Palm-vein scanning, randomized test forms and data forensics ensure universities know your test score is really yours, and mean that your score is safe. PTE Academic tests real-life language: Prepare for life abroad as you listen to university lectures and respond to questions about life on campus with our real-life test of academic English. PTE Academic is unlimited: You can send your scores to as many institutions as you choose - there are no additional fees for extra score reports. PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single three-hour test session. To complete the PTE Academic test at Centennial's Assessment Centre, candidates use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information. PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic content, so test subjects will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. They will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so they will be exposed to different types of accents encountered in everyday life. PTE Academic was created after years of research by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. Pearson's advisory group created the Global Scale of English, which builds upon the Common European Framework and helps to show greater levels of progression for English learners. PTE Academic employs a layered approach to security, incorporating innovative test design and delivery, advanced identity management, secure proctored delivery, automatic results validation and data forensics. Centennial's Assessment Centre at Progress Campus has begun administering the PTE-A. For more details, please contact the Assessment Centre at 416-289-5000, ext. 2598, or email assessmentcentre@centennialcollege.ca. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-named-first-test-centre-for-pte-academic/ Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:44:13 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-named-first-test-centre-for-pte-academic/ Centennial College is collecting winter coat donations Centennial College has joined several leading Toronto organizations to help with the 2015 Winter Coat Drive on behalf of The Children’s Breakfast Clubs, which aim to collect 30,000 new and gently used winter garments to distribute to children in the Greater Toronto Area. Centennial representatives, including President Ann Buller, were on hand at the campaign media launch at Toronto's Union Station on September 29. Centennial is an enthusiastic supporter of The Children’s Breakfast Clubs, which operate 24 breakfast clubs that provide free nutritious meals to children living in the GTA. Seeing a new need, the Clubs have increasingly been involved in collecting and distributing winter coats to families with children.  At Centennial, the initiative began with students in the college's Child and Youth Worker program who received an assignment to form a not-for-profit company to begin collecting coats for kids. They formed their companies, named them, set goals, policies/procedures, chose people for positions and began working on the task. The students embraced their assignment and accomplished a lot this past summer, collecting well over 1,500 winter items on their own. It was relatively easy to expand the project to assist The Children’s Breakfast Clubs. Centennial can make a huge impact by helping to meet or even exceed the collection goal. We will be accepting coats and/or other winter items (including mitts, scarves, hats, snowsuits, pants, etc.) until October 9 at the following campus locations: Campus Room # Contact Person Progress Campus E2-11 Ann Vasilopoulos ext. 2375 Ashtonbee Campus C-206 Bruna Simmonds ext. 7450 Story Arts Campus 101 Savita Sugrim ext. 8612 Midland Campus Suite 300 Leonora Risbert ext. 7540 Pickering Learning Site C-104 Andrew Mundy (905) 831-6077 ext. 202 Residence Front Desk Phil Lim ext. 6291 Morningside Campus 352 Christine Dell’Elce ext. 8069 Eglinton West Site 124 Eglinton West Site 124 Eglinton West Sit Later in October, Centennial will be opening a distribution centre at the Student Residence at 940 Progress Avenue so that local families can come and collect their winter items at no cost. Please help to support the Clubs' Winter Coat Drive - and thank you for your generous donation! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-is-collecting-winter-coat-donations/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:19:45 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-is-collecting-winter-coat-donations/ Architecture student recognized for sustainable design Architectural Technology student Faiyaz Khan was selected as a finalist of the 2015 Sustainable Design Awards (SDA) for his elementary school design that respects the sensitive watershed of the building site at the edge of Scarborough’s Rouge Park Conservation Area. The 5th annual SDA competition celebrates postsecondary students who view their formal education through the lens of environmental sustainability. An expert panel judges the broad range of design submissions for their commercial, cultural, social and environmental value. The jury typically divides the $10,000 in prize money into three cash awards and one or more honourable mentions. Third-year Centennial student Faiyaz Khan did not finish in the top three, but he was recognized for his exceptional work, garnering an honourable mention. His project will be publicly displayed for six weeks at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, which hosted the awards presentation on September 24. Khan’s project situated an elementary school on an environmentally sensitive site flanked on two sides by natural protected areas with a ravine that contains a perennial stream. The building site presented an opportunity to incorporate water management features and to establish a teaching environment in the form of a self-contained hydrologic cycle. “Incorporating visible sustainable technologies will provide teachers and students with an opportunity to contemplate and interact with natural systems, giving rise to inspiration and creative thinking towards problems, with solutions that are truly sustainable because they are roused by the natural environment,” he wrote in his submission. “Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I did gain some tremendous experience and I made some great contacts,” Khan recounted after the presentation. “The feedback that I received from the panel was that my school project was very feasible and that the current trend in sustainable design is to move from sustainability as a word to an idea that’s embedded into daily life.” Just being one of the finalists of the 2015 Sustainable Design Awards amounted to a top honour in the postsecondary sustainable design community, noted Khan. This is the second consecutive year that a Centennial student was nominated among numerous competing universities and colleges – a reflection of Centennial’s strong emphasis on sustainable design in its architecture programs. Photo by Teodora Mladin https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/architecture-student-recognized-for-sustainable-design/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:29:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/architecture-student-recognized-for-sustainable-design/ Centennial partner Clear Blue Technologies wins Mind-to-Market Award Clear Blue Technologies was named the winner of the prestigious Ontario Centres of Excellence Mind-to-Market Award at OCE's annual general meeting on October 22. The award celebrates the best OCE-supported research collaboration between the business and research communities resulting in the commercialization of leading-edge ideas. Clear Blue has developed advanced technology to power, control, monitor and proactively service solar and wind-based systems such as off-grid outdoor lighting, mobile power and security. Clear Blue has partnered with Centennial College and George Brown College on a number of research and development projects related to the company's Smart Off-Grid technology. Ventures like Clear Blue are examples of what can be accomplished through Ontario’s innovation ecosystem,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE.  “They are bright and fearless representatives of the talent in this province who are serving to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.” The support of OCE and our ongoing partnerships with George Brown and Centennial colleges have provided Clear Blue with resources and expertise that have been critical to our success,” said John Tuerk, co-founder and head of Power Systems at Clear Blue. “The benefits we receive from working with the schools also outlast the specific projects, as we have hired a number of the students as permanent employees. Since 2011, faculty and students from Centennial College have assisted Clear Blue in environmental, electrical, functionality and communication testing of its solar and wind controllers, using outdoor installations at the college's Progress Campus. The partnership has allowed Centennial to update its energy lectures and labs to include testing methodologies, providing students with applied research skills and industry exposure. We're thrilled with Clear Blue Technologies' big win, said Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Applied Research & Corporate Planning at Centennial. Working together, Centennial has helped to accelerate this innovative Canadian company's capacity to bring its technology to global markets sooner. Our collaboration has also created employment opportunities for a number of our students and graduates. Clear Blue Technologies combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions.  The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-partner-clear-blue-technologies-wins-mind-to-market-award/ Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:37:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-partner-clear-blue-technologies-wins-mind-to-market-award/ Centennial College unveils off-grid electric vehicle charging station Centennial College and its partners, Grasshopper Solar and Siemens Canada, cut the ribbon on the college’s new off-grid electric vehicle charging station at Progress Campus on November 5. The station allows electric vehicles to recharge using energy harnessed from the wind and sun, rather than power from conventional electrical sources. The installation began a few years ago as a demonstration site for the college’s wind turbine and tracking solar panel technology, which were set up to allow students to become familiar with the equipment and monitor their performance. The turbine and the solar panel generate electrical energy that is stored in a battery bank that originally powered an artificial load. Last year, Centennial faculty and students suggested the equipment could be put to good use by powering the electric cars that come on campus daily. Siemens Canada donated its Level 2 (240-volt) electric-vehicle charging station and Grasshopper Solar provided the interface that connected the storage batteries to the charging system. The initiative involved the college’s engineering technology students, who helped to plan and assemble the station and maintain the equipment. Centennial offers programs in Electrical Engineering Technician, Construction Maintenance Electrician and Energy Systems Technology. It's a great day for Centennial when we can bring in major industry partners to help us establish true 'green' technology for the benefit of drivers, while helping to train our students for a bright future in renewable energy, said Patrick Kelly, Dean of Centennial's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. The college's new off-grid charging station is available free to use by owners of electric vehicles who have access to the college's parking lot at Progress Campus in Scarborough. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-unveils-off-grid-electric-vehicle-charging-station/ Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:58:50 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-unveils-off-grid-electric-vehicle-charging-station/ Men’s Cross Country team wins bronze at championship The Centennial College Men’s Cross Country Running team collected well-earned bronze medals at the provincial championship hosted by Sault College on Saturday, October 31. The trail at Crimson Ridge Golf Course in Sault Ste. Marie, dubbed the Grizzly Bear, was designed by 2004 International Triathlon world champion Sherri Smith. The course is a gut-buster that was made even more challenging by the cold, wet weather on Halloween. The slippery course sent two runners to hospital, and it was much longer and steeper than what most were accustomed to running. It was Centennial Colts forerunner Gabriel Torres who surprised everyone by running a consistent race, coming in 10th out of a field of 100. The Colts men managed to improve their personal times despite the gruelling conditions. Lugei Juma placed18th, besting his own times by 18 seconds, as well as Ryan Linklettter, who ran his fastest time of the season. Rookie Matthew Lozano improved to 29:41, sevens seconds off his season best time. Saed Griffith came in at 30:10 managing to crack the top 30, and Maxim Kuntz placed 37th to round out the men’s team. The Colts women’s team racked up a positive team finish of 9th place overall. It was Alyssa Daragay who crossed the finish line first for the Colts in 26th place with a time of 23:25, followed by Bailey Debruin-Stam in 28th timing 23:39. Kate Perkins came was in 51st place (25:44) while Ana Gabriellla Lopez Castro (26:23) was 58th, Lanise Lywood 59th (26:44) and Erin Maitland was 62nd (27:37). The Centennial Colts have been making great strides since the beginning of the season. In their first meet of the year at Fanshawe College, the men’s team placed third. They followed that up with a second place finish at Sault. The Colts men’s running team placed 4th at St Lawrence and earned themselves a 6th place ranking on the Canadian National Top 10 (later downgraded to 8th). The Colts men’s team will now head back to St Lawrence College, Brockville Campus, on Nov 13-14 for the National Championship. The team is currently ranked 5th place having moved up a few spots after their positive Provincial Championship finish. Go Colts! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/men-s-cross-country-team-wins-bronze-at-championship/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:10:58 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/men-s-cross-country-team-wins-bronze-at-championship/ Centennial finalist in Ontario Export Awards Centennial College was named as a finalist at the Ontario Export Awards in the Services division, part of the annual gala presentation that took place this year on November 24 in Toronto. The Ontario Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards recognizing the innovative approaches and success of export-oriented companies.  Centennial was nominated for its success as a major destination for international students. For four consecutive years the college has been ranked first in the province and in Canada in the recruitment of international college students. More than 24% of Ontario’s international students attend Centennial College, generating $180+ million to the local economy. Education exports to more than 130 countries make up 65% of the college's revenues, qualifying Centennial as a true service industry leader. Centennial College’s International Education department focuses on preparing transnational graduates, both incoming and outgoing. The department recruited 5,677 international graduates from more than 130 countries, and sent 4% of Centennial's domestic students abroad for service learning and global citizenship experiences related to their career studies. In addition, more than 300 domestic students provide support to international students through the college's Ambassador Program and earn credits towards their Leadership Certificate. Centennial did not win its category, but the nomination did raise awareness of the strong activity it has cultivated in international education. Presented by CanadianManufacturing.com, the Ontario Export Awards are a division of the Canada Export Awards, which has been hosting provincial ceremonies in Alberta and British Columbia for more than a decade. Last year (2014) was the inaugural year for the awards program in Ontario and the response has been overwhelming. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-finalist-in-ontario-export-awards/ Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:34:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-finalist-in-ontario-export-awards/ It's time for MIAPalooza! Looking for something to do in the city this month? Centennial's Music Industry Arts & Performance (MIAP) students are making waves. Come and hear what the buzz is all about! Here are four opportunities to catch our music students in performance at venues around Toronto in December. Ticket prices vary by venue (one is free!) MIAP Clash Monday, December 7 Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West (west of Dufferin St.) Doors open at 6:30 PM, concert starts 7:30 PM Free Vocal Showcase Friday, December 11 The Central Bar, 603 Markham St. (near Bloor and Bathurst) Doors open at 6 PM  MIAPalooza! Sunday, December 13 Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. (just north of Sheppard Ave.)  Second Floor; doors open at 5 PM, concert begins at 5:30 PM Rhythm & Sound Saturday, December 19 The Music Gallery, 197 John St. (north of Queen St. at Stephanie St.) Doors open at 3:30 PM, concert starts 4 PM; break at 6 PM, concert resumes 7:30 PM https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/its-time-for-miapalooza/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:43:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/its-time-for-miapalooza/ Teachers that make a difference: Amy Gaudaur wins the Wicken Award Centennial College’s goal of providing students with practical, skill-based education and experience informs the instructors we get to teach our programs. They’re always professionals with experience in the industry of their choice, ready to pass their life experience on to students. More than that, the college looks to recruit instructors who can go outside the mould, and challenge the barriers of education. That’s the case with Amy Gaudaur, a professor in the Child and Youth Care Program and this year’s winner of the George Wicken Memorial Teaching Excellence award. It’s an award chosen by students, meaning her class recognized her drive and commitment. Amy has been teaching at Centennial for the last five years, and teaches courses focusing on mental health, advocacy and law, and working with traumatized children and youth, passing on the knowledge that she learned as an industry professional. Lifelong learning Amy was actually a Centennial College alumni, who returned to teach a new generation after gaining experience in the field. I graduated from Centennial’s Child and Youth Worker Program, she says. I worked in the field at residential care facilities for kids, for the school board, and I still work in a hospital setting. I’ve dabbled in quite a few areas related to child and youth work, and I always supervised a CYC field placement students at my workplaces, so I stayed connected to the college. Teaching was something she’d always wanted to get into, and she jumped at the chance to get involved with it at Centennial. I think it’s something I always had a passion for, she says. Since I was younger I wanted to be a teacher. I worked for over a decade in the school system as a child and youth worker with teachers. I have a love of learning. Expanding the curriculum. One of the most important elements of Amy’s philosophy toward teaching is how important it is to give students learning opportunities outside of the lecture hall, and to give them the chance to contribute to social justice along with their education. I think students learn outside of a classroom, she says. It’s for students to see that learning isn’t just confined to a textbook and notes. Centennial College really values being a global citizen, and it’s something I’ve always valued, so I try to install that with the students. To that end, Amy has helped her students take part in a number of extracurricular ventures, some of which she lists. I’ve been on GCELE’s to Kenya and Arizona/Mexico with students, she says. They came back and screened a documentary, and I supported them. I’ve worked with Me to We to bring the Kenyan Boy’s choir to Centennial College, I participated in Random Acts of Kindness, and I helped bring native dancers to the college. I love the quote, ‘be the change you want to see in the world, she says of her motivations. Bringing ideas of social justice and cultural events just makes for a richer learning experience for the students, and those are things I’m passionate about, she says. I don’t just want to be the teacher you see on Mondays at 10:30 PM. I want to be the teacher you see in the hallways, or at different events, or bringing in speakers, and just looking outside our program and engaging with the college community. When you’re getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning to come here and make breakfast for a Random Act of Kindness Event, it has to be important to you, she says. In addition to her extracurricular efforts, she embeds an assignment in every course she teaches, worth about 20 percent, that students can present any way they want, in order to respect their diverse strengths, something she wishes she had during her education. I found that I’m a different learner, she explains, so in school I found when I was asked to produce some assignments, they didn’t speak to my strengths. What’s Next When I first heard that I won, I was very excited. It was a huge honour to even be nominated Amy says. It was really an opportunity to reflect on the last five years, and think about the next twenty. This is what I’ve achieved in five years, and now I’m going to set some new goals. Those goals include her looking out for opportunities with the rest of the CYC faculty to engage and expand the Child and Youth Care program, and keep it relevant, as well as get a Master’s degree part-time, in order to keep learning. I don’t like to stay still with something. I like to grow and learn and challenge myself, she says. And she’ll continue to pass that learning onto her students. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/teachers-that-make-a-difference-amy-gaudaur-wins-the-wicken-award/ Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:24:38 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/teachers-that-make-a-difference-amy-gaudaur-wins-the-wicken-award/ Two Paramedic students save a life at marathon finish line Running 42 kilometres in a marathon race is a gruelling test for anyone, even those in peak physical condition. For 29-year-old Gregg Lowe, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon he finished last October turned out to be a death-defying feat. He suffered a heart attack as he crossed the finish line, which rendered him unconscious and lying lifeless on the pavement.  It was two Centennial College Paramedic students, Laura Holden and Quentin Ha, who witnessed Lowe's collapse and immediately jumped into action, making them the first responders on the scene. “Things were happening so quick, I honestly wasn’t really sure what was going on,” Ha told CTV News in an on-camera interview. “I don’t think we had time to kind of get nervous about it,”added Holden in the news report. “We kind of just went into it and did what we were taught. I didn’t really think about it until after.” The two students performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the runner, until Toronto paramedics arrived and restarted Lowe's heart with a defibrillator. Lowe was then rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital, where he remained for more than a week before being released with a small defibrillator implanted in his body. On Nov. 10, Lowe, a professional actor, visited the City of Toronto ambulance station to personally thank the students and the paramedics who saved his life. “It’s not every day that you get to say thank you to the person who saved your life,”Lowe told CTV. “I think it’s so important that their work is acknowledged and just to have the opportunity to shake their hand and say thank you.” Quentin Ha and Laura Holden are second-year Paramedic students at Centennial's Morningside Campus. The pair acted as first aid volunteers at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon which took place on October 18. On December 9, Centennial College President Ann Buller visited the Paramedic class at Morningside to publicly thank Ha and Holden for their quick-thinking professionalism, and showed her appreciation by presenting a small gift to each of them. It's more than just being at the right place at the right time, she said of their life-saving action. You both made us so proud! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/two-paramedic-students-save-a-life-at-marathon-finish-line/ Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:18:45 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/two-paramedic-students-save-a-life-at-marathon-finish-line/ Colts Men's Cricket team on a hot streak Centennial College's Colts Men's Extramural Cricket team cemented its remarkable success in 2015 when it returned this fall to dominate on the pitch, just as it did in the spring when it won gold in the Ontario Colleges Committee on Campus Recreation (OCCCR) Cricket League tournament. The Colts opened the fall season with a silver medal finish at the end of August, when 10,000 spectators watched the 2015 Totally Cricket Canadian College Cricket National Championship live stream out of King City, Ontario. The Colts dominated Thunder Bay and the University of Toronto Scarborough, then defeated the York Lions in an extra over. They went on to defeat Ryerson in the semis before succumbing to the Waterloo Warriors in the finals. Centennial excelled in the tournament's sportsman categories, with Anand Erramilli winning Best Batsman and Hardik Patel named All-Rounder. At the Humber North Indoor Cricket Invitational, the Colts' cricket bats ran hot. Centennial beat Sheridan 31-30 and went on to overthrow George Brown 53-35. The team then bested Humber Lakeshore 54-21. In the semis it was University of Toronto Mississauga that succumbed to Centennial by a score of 39-38. The Colts only needed 4.1 overs to complete the task of handing Humber the defeat and winning the invitational. The Colts hosted their own tournament at Progress Campus on Friday, November 13 – a date that proved unlucky for the opposing teams. The Colts defeated Humber Lakeshore by a score of 77-42. Centennial went to bat first and completed the 77 runs in five overs, leaving the Humber Hawks to play catch-up. They were unable to score as many runs as the Colts hunkered down to ensure the win to end it in 4.2 overs. At the conclusion, Centennial had amassed a 10-0 record and had won two indoor championships. The Colts went on to win their third cricket invitational, hosted by Georgian College, in early December. The Colts first defeated Seneca 68-53 in five overs, before losing to Sheridan 52-42. The team remained in high spirits and dominated Fanshawe 49-29. In the semi-final round the Colts played the Georgian Grizzlies, beating them 53-51. They faced Sheridan one again in the final. The Colts batted for 55 runs in the full five overs, while the Bruins were only able to amass 38 runs, allowing the Colts to take the game and another championship trophy.  The next tournament will be held on January 29 at nearby Seneca College. The Centennial Colts aim to keep their hot streak alive and add another championship trophy to their groaning shelf. Go Colts go! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-mens-cricket-team-on-a-hot-streak/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:01:28 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/colts-mens-cricket-team-on-a-hot-streak/ Apply now for tuition-free pre-apprenticeship training starting in March Interested in pursuing a career as an automotive or heavy truck service technician? Centennial College is offering two pre-apprenticeship training programs to help students improve their literacy and job-search skills, as well as assist in arranging a job placement at an auto repair shop, car dealership or truck repair facility.  Centennial’s Automotive Service Technician, and Truck and Coach Technician pre-apprenticeship programs are designed to ease entry into the field as an apprentice. More than 90 per cent of last year’s participants were successfully placed with an employer - the first step in starting an apprenticeship. The programs are tuition-free thanks to funding by the Ontario government. Participants are required to pay a small deposit on textbooks (deposits are returned when the program ends) and students who successfully complete their studies are given a starter set of tools to keep upon completion of their work placement. Students may be eligible to collect employment insurance or Ontario Works while at college. Graduates will receive course credit for Automotive Service Technician Level 1 or Truck and Coach Technician Level 1. To be eligible for entry, candidates must have their grade 12 diploma or equivalent, possess an Ontario driver’s licence and be available to attend full-time classes for 36 consecutive weeks.  Apply now for classes that begin on March 7. Space is limited. For details, call Janna Erichsen at 416-289-5000, ext. 7256, or email jerichsen@centennialcollege.ca. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/apply-now-for-tuition-free-pre-apprenticeship-training-starting-in-march/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:49:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/apply-now-for-tuition-free-pre-apprenticeship-training-starting-in-march/ Toronto Raptors recognize Centennial graduate and volunteer Kareem Rodney is a Centennial College alumnus who enjoys giving back to the community through his love of basketball. Then one day, basketball gave back to him. Rodney has been awarded the Citizen Canada Community MVP Award by the Toronto Raptors for his involvement in Centennial’s Beyond the Rim program, which teaches kids some academic skills while having fun on the basketball court. Rodney originally enrolled in Centennial College’s International Business program in 1999, but spent a lot of his time in the campus gym playing basketball. His obsession with the game eclipsed his studies and he sheepishly admits he dropped out of his business program. Fortunately, Rodney found a job and worked for several years. “In 2008 when the recession hit I got laid off, so I said I’d use the opportunity to come back to school,” Rodney recounts his return to Centennial. “I came back in 2009 for Business Marketing, and while taking it, one of my professors, Verne Kennedy, saw that I played basketball, and he asked me if I’d heard of the Play It Smart program.” Rodney immediately warmed up to Play it Smart, which targets 7- to 13-year-old kids living in vulnerable Scarborough neighbourhoods. “We’re serving at-risk communities and we’re trying to get them out for an hour of education, where we do mentoring, we do academics, and then we put them in the gym for an hour.” Rodney explains. It was new funding from Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE), managers of the Raptors team, that prompted the program’s name change from Play It Smart to Beyond the Rim, and which also led to Rodney receiving his award. It all started with yet another responsibility for him: Working in the Raptor’s Junior Academy, which MLSE assigned him after seeing Beyond the Rim’s success over the past six years. That success led to him receiving the Citizen Canada Community MVP Award in front of 20,000 people at the Raptor’s game against the Phoenix Suns on November 29. The award was presented to him by Norman Powell, as seen in the following video: “It was amazing just getting nominated,” Rodney says of the win. “I didn’t do this thinking I was going to get any sort of award, but it does feel great to be honoured for the volunteer work I’ve been doing for the past six years.” He notes his volunteer role came about after he realized he wasn’t as young as he used to be. “When I came back (to the college) in 2009, I was a little bit older,” he admits, “so I was playing, but I just couldn’t keep up. I said to the athletic director at the time, I really want to be involved. So we launched something called the Student Athlete Academic Success Program, where I actually was helping out tutoring and mentoring varsity players.” On top of that, he also teaches a rep team of 11-year olds. “It’s just for love of the game. I love being around basketball, I love young kids, I’m a father of a one-year old, and I just really like being a role model. I’ve been coaching on my rep team for four years now, and it’s all about seeing them come out and putting a smile on their face. That’s what keeps me going.” There’s a more personal reason for his commitment, too. Rodney wishes Beyond the Rim had been around when he first started college: “If I had this program back in the day, I wouldn’t have flunked out,” he says, adamantly. “When I was growing up, I wasn’t rich in any way, and this program is completely free for children, so if I had that, I would have been in a better place when I came to college the first time.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/toronto-raptors-recognize-centennial-graduate-and-volunteer/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:47:06 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/toronto-raptors-recognize-centennial-graduate-and-volunteer/ Centennial College to let apprenticeship training contract in Saudi Arabia lapse Centennial College will not be renewing an apprenticeship training contract it is delivering in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when it lapses on April 13, 2016. Centennial College commenced training in Saudi Arabia as an adjunct to the successful contract the college’s School of Transportation had with General Motors Middle East. As with all of its international work, Centennial adhered to the strict business practices required by the Ontario government in relation to contract procurement and entrepreneurial activities, and complied with the rules and regulations required by the Saudi Arabian authorities, including partnering with a local entity to help deliver the training. Contrary to media reports, Centennial College did not - and would never - bar women from entering the program in Saudi Arabia. Training eligibility is determined solely by the employer, and not by the college. Students in the apprenticeship program are referred for training by their employers, a process that is identical to what occurs in apprenticeship programs in Ontario. It is unlikely that there are any women in the automotive field in Saudi Arabia - ironically, the same situation the industry faced in Canada decades ago. Even now, the percentage of women in the automotive trades in Canada remains stubbornly low. Centennial is proud to serve a diverse student group that reflects its communities, and the college will continue to encourage, recruit and support women in the skilled trades. Apprenticeship training in Saudi Arabia represents an immaterial portion of the international activity that Centennial College leads all over the world. Centennial continues to welcome students from Saudi Arabia at its Toronto-area campuses to experience the richness of a Canadian education. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-to-let-apprenticeship-training-contract-in-saudi-arabia-lapse/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:19:47 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-to-let-apprenticeship-training-contract-in-saudi-arabia-lapse/ Hackathon challenges students to create healthcare apps Centennial College Software Engineering students were challenged by two regional hospitals to create smartphone apps that could provide low-cost healthcare solutions at a two-day hackathon event on January 27 and 28. Representatives from The Scarborough Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre laid out concepts for six helpful apps that teams of students had to design, code and test in a high-pressure hackathon. Hackathons have become popular on many college campuses, encouraging computer programming and software students to collaborate on innovative ideas in real-world tests to create usable software applications. The software apps Centennial students were asked to produce included a game to create awareness of calcium levels in diet; an app to perform hand hygiene audits in hospital settings; software that allows hospital employees to report their absence; an app to capture hospital improvement opportunities; an anti-smoking app; and a communications system to replace age-old pagers still used by some health professionals. Some 33 Software Engineering students worked in eight teams to design the mobile apps, interactive games and software solutions. At the end of the second day, the teams presented their solutions to a panel of judges from the two hospitals, as well as Centennial’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. The winning student team designed the hospital improvement opportunities app, while the team with the employee absence app finished second, and the anti-smoking app team ranked third. Gift cards worth $1,000 were awarded to the winning teams. All of the students received a consolation gift and a Certificate of Participation. The hackathon was organized by WIMTACH (Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare) at Centennial College, along with SmokeBomb Entertainment Inc., a WIMTACH industry partner. Centennial College’s WIMTACH assists small- and medium-sized enterprises to become more productive, competitive and innovative by seeding learning opportunities for students and highly skilled jobs for graduates. WIMTACH was established to help Ontario expand its development hub for digital healthcare technologies and products and services in bioinformatics, diagnostics, imaging, mobile apps and e-health systems integration worldwide. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hackathon-challenges-students-to-create-healthcare-apps/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:49:42 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hackathon-challenges-students-to-create-healthcare-apps/ ACCEL helps entrepreneur succeed with the EVO Kickstarter Centennial College works to connect both alumni and current students to success in whatever they aspire to. Among the avenues the college aims to support are entrepreneurship, which is why we launched ACCEL, the Accelerator for Centennial Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders. It takes potential entrepreneurs with ideas and links them to mentors and resources in the GTA. One such entrepreneur is Andrew Ranjan, a Centennial College alumni who partnered with ACCEL to develop his product, the EVO, which is currently being Kickstarted. As you can learn in the Kickstarter video, EVO is designed to be a one-stop all-purpose accessory for your smartphone, combining a charger, battery, a Bluetooth tracker, a remote, and SD Card reader, and a stand. It’s a replacement for the pile of accessories your phone usually requires for a fraction of the price. Inspiration Andrew Ranjan was a Centennial alumni who enrolled in our Computers and Communications Networking program, before moving on to work in I.T. The EVO was a side project, something born from his hobbies. This is my passion, tinkering with electronics, Andrew says. I solder stuff, take things apart, put them back together, and this was a side project I was doing. He'd create the EVO as a result of trying to fuse multiple phone products together. Initially it was nothing more than me wanting to combine a regular USB cable with a full charger, he continues, because it didn't exist on the market. I observe people every day at work or wherever I go carrying around USB cables and chargers, he says, and some people actually fear not having a USB cable with them, and their phone dying. It's funny, but it's true that in the world we live in, smartphones are an essential part of our daily lives. It grew in the making, though, into what would become EVO. The core of it was to simplify your daily life by combining all your accessories into one, he adds. You just take EVO with you, and forget about everything else, because you don't need anything else. I built an initial proof of concept, and then partnered with an engineering company in Toronto, Andrew explains. We made the first prototype, and iterated on it a few times, then arrived at the final version, where we're at now. ACCEL lends a hand ACCEL reached out to Andrew first, through email. According to Andrew, the timing was fortunate. I was at a stage where I needed some help from mentors, he says, and some advice on the business process itself, to validate my thinking. What's different about ACCEL is that they're much more hands-on, Andrew explains, and that's something I needed at that point, that personal feedback on your progress as you try to get your business on the road. Among his mentors was David Cowdery, who helped him market his product, among other things. It's not just about business, Andrew says. David got hands-on involved with our day to day activities, including design. He's one of the main reasons we arrived at this new design. It's good to have someone else with experience and common sense to point out very simple things. He'd also help Andrew produce his Kickstarter video, and other marketing materials. As an entrepreneur, you need every single skill set, Andrew says. You need to be a marketer, you need to be a finance person, you need to have legal skills, you need to have interpersonal and public speaking skills. All of those are basic necessities, but what I would say Centennial offers that other Accelerators don't strive as much is common sense about real businesses. What's next According to Andrew, Kickstarter as a source of funding was always the plan going into ACCEL. We didn't want to go into equity right away to get initial capital, he explains. We have to go to the manufacturing phase, and Kickstarter seemed to be the way. They'll be filling orders in August or September, then looking for a partnership with Amazon to get it out in stores. Past that, he has ideas for other products, though EVO is his main focus at the moment. We have a couple of different products in the line, he says, having to do with energy and making our spaces more connected using bluetooth, but with EVO itself, our next phase is manufacturing. We are fully prepping that, getting the modifications ready, getting the designs for the circuit board ready, and testing. You can visit EVO’s Kickstarter here. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/accel-helps-entrepreneur-succeed-with-the-evo-kickstarter/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:04:36 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/accel-helps-entrepreneur-succeed-with-the-evo-kickstarter/ Baking Association of Canada, Ontario Chapter, establishes $100,000 endowment to support commercial baking students The Baking Association of Canada - Ontario Chapter has established a $100,000 endowment in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at Centennial College. The endowment will fund scholarships for students that will help them overcome financial barriers and promote academic and career success in the field of commercial baking.  We are truly committed to a legacy of nurturing educational relationships through our scholarship to the baking programs at Centennial and to the students who will one day be the future of our industry, said Dan Peroff, Chair, Baking Association of Canada –Ontario Chapter. The partnership with the Baking Association of Canada (BAC) is a key example of collaboration between industry and education to give incoming students the opportunity to become well-trained professionals in a thriving sector of the Canadian economy.  Centennial College has enjoyed a close relationship with the Baking Association of Canada since 2013. The member-run organization has been an annual donor to Centennial's baking programs that are geared to careers in the commercial baking industry. Members of the BAC - Ontario also serve on the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts scholarship campaign cabinet as part of Centennial's $50-million fundraising initiative, IMPACT. We value the relationship we have developed with the Baking Association of Canada, said Joe Baker, Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. This generous gift will enable working dreams to become living realities for our students and promote the incredible opportunities in the commercial baking industry. In September 2016, Centennial will be opening a spectacular new facility for the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts that will feature several state-of-the-art experiential learning environments. The new commercial baking lab will be named in honour of the Baking Association of Canada –Ontario Chapter.  The lab will be used exclusively by students enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts Management and Baking Pre-Employment programs. It will feature equipment typically found in large-quantity production baking facilities, making it a truly unique learning space that will prepare Centennial graduates to be work-ready. Based in Toronto, the Baking Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the Canadian baking industry. It is governed by its provincial members who represent various areas of the industry, including retail, in-store and wholesale/ commercial baking companies, along with the allied trades. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/baking-association-of-canada-establishes-100000-endowment-to-support-commercial-baking-students/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 11:26:25 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/baking-association-of-canada-establishes-100000-endowment-to-support-commercial-baking-students/ Motive Power programs offer apprenticeship training levels 1 and 2 Students contemplating a career in the automotive, heavy truck and coach, and heavy duty equipment trades have a new route to get into the field that combines classroom instruction with valuable hands-on training in the workplace.  Centennial College's Automotive, Truck and Coach, and Heavy Duty Motive Power Technician diplomas now offer equivalency for levels 1 and 2 apprenticeship in-school training as part of the programs, which means students can complete their in-class training requirements at college before they go out to find an employer to sponsor them in the workplace.  The benefits to students are considerable: when they graduate from their two-year program, students can immediately sign an agreement with an employer and register as an apprentice. Employers don't have to accommodate their return to college for some time, though apprentices will return for eight weeks to get their Level 3 training after working for two or three years. Motive power apprentices typically need to work for three to five years after completing the in-school training before they can earn their technician's license.  The School of Transportation at Centennial College is Canada's transportation training hub with more than 3,000 apprentices in the automotive, truck and coach, and modified apprenticeship programs. Programs are supported and reviewed by the industry to ensure quality and learning outcomes. Centennial's partners include General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Canadian Tire, Volvo Truck, ATSSA and Air Canada.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/motive-power-programs-offer-apprenticeship-training-levels-1-and-2/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:15:20 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/motive-power-programs-offer-apprenticeship-training-levels-1-and-2/ Student Awards Night a glittering success Pictured above with multiple scholarship winner Shanika Walters is Centennial graduate and donor Christopher Rowland of ShipCanada.ca. Every March, Centennial College recognizes its scholarship recipients and the generous donors who support them with a grand dinner and presentation. On March 7 and 8, Centennial students, donors, employees and volunteers celebrated our most successful year ever for philanthropic scholarships and awards at the 2016 Student Awards Night. The gala event, hosted by CBC News Network anchor Suhana Meharchand, was so large that it was spread over two evenings in order to disburse the record 399 scholarships totalling more than $430,000. Centennial's Impact Campaign is making its mark with strong growth year over year, given that there were 270 awards totalling $250,000 last year. The funds are a compelling incentive for students, especially for those who face endemic barriers to higher education. Among the newly established funds in 2016 are the WJ Pallett Scholarship, Samsung Electronics and the Baking Association of Canada –Ontario Region Scholarship. On a night when every student present is a star, Shanika Walters, one of Centennial's HYPE graduates, distinguished herself by being recognized with no less than four awards: the Mary-Anne Chambers Scholarship, the Richard Johnston HYPE Scholarship, the Robert & Margaret Haden Scholarship and the ShipCanada.ca Scholarship. The HYPE program (Helping Youth Pursue Education) is a tuition-free summer learning experience that demystifies college and serves as an introduction to Centennial's programs and future career paths. HYPE has given many young people like Shanika the confidence to return to school by helping to overcome the economic and social barriers that may have interfered with school attendance in the past.    Impact is the largest ever fundraising campaign in Centennial’s 50-year history. Fittingly, the fundraising goal is $50 million, which is directed to student scholarships and college capital projects. You can learn more about our Impact Campaign and how you can get involved here: www.centennialcollege.ca/impact. For a complete list of our scholarships, the donors who funded them, and the recipients who were honoured to collect them, please see our 2016 Student Awards Night booklet.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/student-awards-night-a-glittering-success/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:26:23 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/student-awards-night-a-glittering-success/ Centennial College $1.4 million gift from guard.me International Insurance™ guard.me International Insurance has donated $1.4 million to Centennial College, a major gift that will enhance Centennial’s international endowment fund and support overseas student initiatives. As a longtime supporter of Centennial College, guard.me International Insurance has an established history not only as a partner providing student insurance, but also as an endowment donor since 2013. This new gift will continue to increase the endowment and offer new support to Centennial’s Global Experience Office (GEO) and Global Citizenship & Equity Learning Experiences (GCELE) initiatives. Both programs typically take place outside of Canada and give students a unique opportunity to advance their academic, personal and professional goals. While GEO participants are able to earn academic credits by studying and applying curriculum from their area of study, GCELE participants become global citizens by volunteering on humanitarian projects. We admire the tremendous work Centennial College is doing in the field of international education, and encouraging students to expand their academic and personal learning goals, said guard.me President and founder, Keith Segal. The GEO and GCELE programs have pioneered groundbreaking initiatives and promoted inclusivity, communications and cross-cultural partnerships that benefit international and domestic students. We are thrilled to support the program! The generous gift from guard.me International Insurance will enable even more students to become socially conscious global citizens and will equip them with key skills and competencies sought by employers in an increasingly globalized society. We are committed to providing distinctive learning experiences that enrich students’ lives and expose them to new possibilities, stated Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College. This generous gift from our friend and supporter, guard.me International Insurance, will enable us to provide more new and exciting comprehensive global learning experiences to students. Lack of funds and financial support is most commonly cited as the reason why students do not seek out international experiences. Over the past five years Centennial has sent close to 500 participants on 50 global learning experiences. The college offsets many of the international travel costs, thanks in part to donations by partner organizations such as guard.me International Insurance. Centennial’s goal is to increase the number to 600 students by 2017. The guard.me International Insurance gift supports the Impact Campaign, Centennial’s most comprehensive fundraising campaign in its 50-year history. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-14-million-gift-from-guardme-international-insurance/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:09:54 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-14-million-gift-from-guardme-international-insurance/ Centennial College students stay 'Up All Night' for mental health Millennials who are currently entering or adjusting to the workforce are stressed –really stressed. Three-quarters of millennials (aged 18 to 34) report losing sleep due to stress and one-third of them rank their overall stress level as eight out of 10 or higher. This number is almost 2.5 times higher than what was reported by their parents’ demographic, aged 55+. The results are from a survey conducted earlier this month for Up All Night, a Centennial College student initiative.  “Up All Night is designed to get employers and students talking about the issue of mental health and wellness, so that we can get a better understanding and appreciation of each other’s perspectives,” said Erin Griffin, a student organizer. The 12-hour event, being hosted at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre on March 31 at 7 p.m. to April 1 at 7 a.m., is part of Project Fusion, an annual partnership with CivicAction that aims to generate conversation on urban issues and engage the next generation of change agents.  “Employers need to wake up to the fact that this new generation of workers has needs that will be very different from their predecessors, said Evan Luke, a public relations student working on the campaign, who also represents the student voice on CivicAction’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council. “The high stress level of this age group demonstrates that the issue of mental health in the workplace will continue to gain importance as millennials transition from school to work.” CivicAction, a city-building organization focused on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, will be moving forward this year with an initiative to mobilize employers and employees to better support their colleagues’ mental health.  The survey, hosted on the Angus Reid Forum, found that compared to those aged 35 and over, millennials were more likely to describe experiencing a “great deal” of stress, especially regarding their future plans (43 per cent versus 19 per cent). Stress about future plans was most likely to cause millennials to lose sleep (48 per cent), followed closely by school-related stress (44 per cent). It is important to note, however, that while millennials may be experiencing the physical and emotional effects of stress and sleep loss, they don’t seem to be too concerned about it. The age group identified irritability (59 per cent), trouble focusing (56 per cent), anxiety (50 per cent) and feeling withdrawn (34 per cent) as symptoms of this sleep loss; however, they were also twice as likely to say they had no health-related stress compared to those over the age of 35. While millennials may not be concerned about their physical health, experts agree that physical and mental health are intrinsically linked. “Making physical health more of a priority can go a long way,” said Centennial College counsellor Eric Dunn. “Very solid evidence suggests that exercise helps us regulate our mood. Sleep well, guess what? You're a better student! Eat well and we feel better. A nourished body and brain work better.” Student-voice key to the discussion “Some have described the impacts of stress as the ‘second-hand smoke’ of this generation,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction. “Students, an important set of voices on urban issues and the workforce of our future, need to be part of the conversation and solutions. This is a great initiative that contributes to both.” Donna Lindell, faculty supervisor for the initiative, agrees. “The students at the Story Arts Centre are to be congratulated for their hard work and determination to address this issue in a meaningful way. The students involved have shown tremendous leadership in making this campaign happen.” Up All Night highlights Proceeds for the event on March 31 will go to fund a Yellow Is For Hello Friendship Bench, and associated mental health awareness campaign, which will encourage more peer-to-peer conversations about mental health and connect those suffering in silence with available on- and off-campus support services. The bench will be installed at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre. Donations can be made at www.upallnight.myevent.com.  The all-nighter will feature A speed-networking session between employers and students;  An expert panel moderated by Centennial College journalism professor Ted Barris featuring representatives from Bell, CivicAction, Sam Fiorella, founder of the Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench, and student rep Evan Luke; A workshop on peer help and suicide prevention by Sam Fiorella; Live music and dance performances by students in the college’s music and dance programs. About the Student Campaign: Project Fusion The campaign –including the survey, a magazine, website and the event –are all part of the School of Communications, Media and Design’s co-curricular program called Project Fusion, a student-led, student-executed initiative that aims to generate conversation through various story-telling disciplines around one of CivicAction’s issues of focus. The campaign is a collaborative effort, with contributions from students in many of the school’s programs including public relations, journalism, graphic design, arts, music, dance and interactive media management.  About the survey The online survey was conducted from March 11 to March 15, 2016, with 1,135 randomly selected adult Ontario residents who are Angus Reid Forum panellists. The margin of error is +/- 2.9%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Ontario. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. About Centennial College and the Story Arts Centre Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. With a full-time enrolment of 19,000 students, Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. Visit www.centennialcollege.ca.  The Story Arts Centre is home to the School of Communications, Media and Design, offering programs such as public relations and corporate communications, advertising, journalism, broadcasting and film, animation, art and design, and performance programs such as music and dance. About CivicAction For over a decade, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. CivicAction builds partnerships and takes action through campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca or follow CivicAction on Twitter @CivicActionGTHA. For more information, to attend Up All Night, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Donna Lindell Faculty  dlindell@centennialcollege.ca Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 8738  Stephanie Murphy Media Relations smurph38@my.centennialcollege.ca Tel: 519-636-8353 Twitter: @scmdupallnight Facebook: Up All Night www.StoryArtsUpAllNight.com https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-students-stay-up-all-night-for-mental-health/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:09:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-students-stay-up-all-night-for-mental-health/ Centennial College honours its very best athletes Capping off another year of remarkable success by student athletes wearing the Centennial Colts colours, Centennial College Athletics and Recreation hosted its 49th annual Athletic Awards Banquet on April 1 at the college's Athletic and Wellness Centre, Progress Campus. It was an evening filled with excitement, school spirit and personal accomplishment with more than 200 student athletes and supporters in attendance, 23 of which will be graduating this spring. The Colts celebrated some great achievements in the 2015-2016 season, which included a national ranking by the Men’s Cross Country team to go along with their 8th place finish nationally, as well as an OCAA Provincial Bronze Medal. Both Men’s and Women's Indoor Soccer teams captured the East Division titles, as well as one East Division Tournament Championship title in Ladies Singles for Badminton. The 2016 Male Athlete of the Year was Tyler Dill from the Colts Men's Soccer Team. From his rookie year he has grown into a confident young man with direction and purpose, and his commitment to practice and games inspired others to do the same. A second-year Recreation and Leisure student with a 3.00 GPA, Dill is the leading goal scorer for the Colts Indoor Soccer team. He was also named the Men's Indoor Soccer Most Valuable Player. Female Athlete of the Year is Sweet Marie Cunanan, who proved to be a major factor in the rebuilding of the Women's Basketball program. As the team captain Cunanan helped to lead the team on the court as the top stats leader in all categories for the team. She was awarded the OCAA Athlete of the Week last October, as well as being chosen as the 2015-2016 Women's Basketball Team MVP and Team Captain, with a 4.2 GPA in her second year of Police Foundations. Cunanan was named as an OCAA and CCAA All-Academic All Star. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-honours-its-very-best-athletes/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:29:51 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-honours-its-very-best-athletes/ Science Minister announces $2-billion investment fund at Centennial College The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, announced the federal government has opened the application process for a $2-billion fund that will improve research and innovation infrastructure at universities and colleges across the country. The 16.5-metre-tall living green wall at Centennial College's Progress Campus formed the backdrop to the announcement, where the minister met with students and faculty from the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science and reviewed some of the applied research projects they've worked on over the past year. Unveiled as part of the 2016 federal budget, the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and enhance the environmental sustainability of these facilities. By improving our college and university facilities, we are supporting innovation, scientific research and entrepreneurship in Canada, which translates into sustainable economic growth and support for all Canadians, Duncan told the crowd of students, faculty and dignitaries assembled at the Progress Campus Library on April 6. The investments will support economic activity across Canada and help Canada's colleges and universities develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally. Colleges and universities are hubs for innovation that leads to breakthrough products, and they're catalytic in leading social innovation that transform communities, said Ann Buller, president of Centennial College. Our graduates are being prepared to tackle solutions to some of the country's, and the world's, most pressing problems. An investment in this diverse and vibrant sector is an investment in nation building. The federal government will cover up to 50 per cent of a project's eligible costs. The remaining funding will come from other partners, including provincial and territorial governments and the institutions themselves. Colleges and universities have until May 9 to submit their applications for funding. Among the projects displayed by Centennial students was a solar-powered pump that moves water to higher elevation storage tanks as a form of stored energy; a two-axis motorized solar tracker that keeps solar panels in perfect alignment with the sun; and an artificial head that can mimic the impulses of the human brain to help create new medical aids.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/science-minister-announces-2-billion-investment-fund-at-centennial-college/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:03:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/science-minister-announces-2-billion-investment-fund-at-centennial-college/ Paul and Gerri Charette scholarship establishes $1.2-million endowment Former Bird Construction CEO and President Paul Charette and his wife Gerri have made a record donation to Centennial College to help establish a $1.2-million endowment to fund new scholarships in the college's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. The Charettes' $600,000 donation to create the Paul and Gerri Charette Full-Tuition Scholarship is the single largest gift by individuals in Centennial's history. The college will match the donation to complete the $1.2-million endowment. The full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to Centennial students in the Architectural Technology and Environmental Technology programs. We wish to recognize and reward deserving talent in the fields of architectural and environmental technology, said Mr. Charette. It is our responsibility to encourage students on their academic journey, and we want to ensure capable individuals who are motivated to enter these fields may do so unencumbered by the cost of education. In addition to giving to health, community and cultural organizations, the Charettes are committed supporters of education, particularly the community college system. The couple has a commendable history as Centennial College donors, with a keen interest in assisting students from families that have never had a member graduate from college or university. Mr. Charette, who serves on the Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada, attributes his career success to the education he received at Red River College in Manitoba. We're absolutely delighted with the generosity the Charettes have shown towards Ontario's first college, said Ann Buller, Centennial's President and CEO. Their full-tuition scholarship –rare in the college sector –follows the recipients throughout their years in the program and creates a community of 'Charette Scholars.' There is no better legacy than one that instills success in others. For many students, the cost of education can stand in the way of attaining personal and career goals. With more than 90 per cent of Centennial students receiving some form of financial assistance, scholarships are crucial to helping students realize their career aspirations. The Charettes' endowment supports Centennial College's $50-million IMPACT Campaign to fund new scholarships, academic programs and capital projects. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/paul-and-gerri-charette-scholarship-establishes-12-million-endowment/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:04:28 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/paul-and-gerri-charette-scholarship-establishes-12-million-endowment/ Centennial leads GTA colleges in student and employer satisfaction Centennial College has made some remarkable gains in key satisfaction measures as part of a comprehensive survey of college students, graduates and their employers this year. In fact, Centennial now leads the six Greater Toronto Area (GTA) colleges in student and employer satisfaction. The numbers are revealed in the 2016 Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys, which are conducted annually on behalf of Ontario's publicly funded colleges, a government-mandated performance measure that helps allocate resources and plan for growth.  Centennial's overall Student Satisfaction rate - the average of four capstone questions - increased for the fifth consecutive year and reached 77%. This is an improvement of 1.7% over last year, and an increase of 10.1% since 2011. As a result Centennial is first in student satisfaction among Toronto’s public colleges. The individual capstone questions reveal more good news:  The percentage of students who indicated that they were satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the “knowledge and skills” imparted by their program increased by 0.4% to 86.6%;  Students who indicated that they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the “overall quality of the learning experience in their program increased by 1.1% to 79.6%;  Students’ satisfaction with “quality of facilities/resources” grew by 2.6% to 76.4%;  Students’ satisfaction with “quality of services” increased by 3.1% to 65.6%.  The results can be attributed to the extraordinary work taking place in Centennial’s classrooms, where updated curriculum and new approaches to teaching and learning strengthened the student experience; they reflect the work of committed service teams whose work engage students, and they reflect the improvements made to the physical environment at each of our campuses. The Employer Satisfaction rate increased significantly by 8.8% among employers that have hired Centennial College graduates. At 94.8% it is higher than the provincial average and it is the highest Employer Satisfaction rate among GTA colleges. Our Graduate Satisfaction rate improved by 3% to 77.8%, a result on par with other Toronto colleges.  Centennial College continues to work hard to improve the employment prospects of our graduates by executing strategies identified by the Graduate Employment Task Force. Some of the concrete actions being implemented to assist our diverse graduate population include:  Working more closely with key employers and industry leaders, convening our Circle of Champions and launching sector-specific councils; we’re also involved in the Scarborough Revitalization Initiative with the Rotary Clubs.  Fourteen programs completed a comprehensive program review.  Program Advisory Committees (PACs) are being revitalized, bringing more employers to Centennial to share their insights and their needs.  We've updated career planning and job search materials, and revisited our co-op education curriculum to be more responsive to both students and employers.  We increased partnerships between Career Services and the college’s Schools, hosting industry and community events to offer more opportunities to form connections.  We’ve expanded our English as Second Language training and provided more opportunities for students to practice their English language skills. We’ve increased our capacity to provide additional career services, including more mock job interviews, ‘Coffee & Company' Networking Week to introduce students to employers, and more resume writing workshops.  Broadening our dialogue with employers is fundamental to telling our Centennial College story and those of our remarkable students. They are motivated to do meaningful work and lead meaningful lives by contributing to the economic growth of Toronto and the province.  Our profound thanks to our faculty and staff for providing our students with the engaging and challenging learning experiences that ignite their passion and change their lives. We’ve managed to move the needle, and continue to learn much from our KPI survey results. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-leads-gta-colleges-in-student-and-employer-satisfaction/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:45:49 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-leads-gta-colleges-in-student-and-employer-satisfaction/ Centennial repeats National Engineering Month Student Challenge win The Centennial College student team of Emanuel Amaral, Marthe Angama, Manthan Patel, Genevieve Robinson and Daniel Soerensen won the National Engineering Month (NEM) Ontario College Student Challenge 2016 – the second consecutive year the Toronto college bested all comers in the multifaceted competition. The Centennial team took top ranking in a contest that challenged engineering technology students to put on events and activities tied to NEM's theme There Is A Place For You, and had them competing against one another for a $2,500 cash prize and complimentary student memberships. National Engineering Month is funded by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and supported by the association's local chapters. The winning team's event, Science and Engineering: Facing the Future, featured TEDx-style talks about interesting and relevant technical topics, a series of exhibits from companies, a number of research projects and other interactive elements such as a photo booth and scavenger hunt.  More than 350 high school students and people from the engineering technology community attended the all-day event on March 23 and were engaged in biotechnology, food science, robotics, mechanical and software engineering inventions and happenings that are truly revolutionizing the way humans do things and live their lives. Each year, the Student Challenge teams become more creative, innovative and insightful in their ideas and event execution, creating more engagement and deeper discussions for a growing audience. The Challenge is designed to inspire children, teens and adults to pursue careers in engineering technology by demonstrating how the engineering technician and technologist professions impact society. This year 13 teams from nine colleges – Centennial, Conestoga, George Brown, Humber, Loyalist, Niagara, Seneca, Sheridan, St. Lawrence – along with the support of faculty, volunteers and the OACETT chapter in their region put on 18 outstanding, outreach events during the month of March.   Check out the NEM website for more information. Watch the Centennial College National Engineering Month video for a glimpse Centennial's NEM Challenge event. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-repeats-national-engineering-month-student-challenge-win/ Tue, 03 May 2016 11:30:23 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-repeats-national-engineering-month-student-challenge-win/ Centennial's Skills competitors show their mettle Centennial College sent 30 students – its biggest team ever – to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo, Ontario, on May 2-4 this year, and they returned with 10 gold, silver and bronze medals. It's an exceptional result by any measure. Competitors were put to the test in a range of contests – such as robotics, culinary arts and automotive service – and judged on their skills related to their field, as well as their job interview and other related soft skills. In addition to gold, silver and bronze medals, some winners were presented with monetary awards, too. Centennial students representing three of the college's schools – Transportation, Engineering Technology and Applied Science, and Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts – were on hand to do their best. The medal-winning students included: James Mosco – Gold, Aircraft Maintenance Colin Bailey – Gold, Auto Collision Juan Suarez-Melo – Silver, Auto Collision Mason Norlock – Silver, Auto Painting Mathew Watts – Bronze, Auto Painting Seaton Crawford – Gold, Auto Service Tech Raha Bassidj - Silver, Auto Service Tech Anthony Mastronardi – Bronze, Heavy Equipment Rene Klein Horsman – Bronze, Electronics Armen Shirinian – Bronze, Automation and Control The annual skills competition features 67 skilled trades and technologies contests involving 2,100 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario, making it the largest skilled trades and technologies competition in Canada. An estimated 20,000 spectators took in the event over two days at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. Winners are eligible to move on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, New Brunswick at the end of May. Gold medal winners there will be invited to compete with the world's best in the 44th WorldSkills Competition that will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in October 2017. Our congratulations to all of the competitors and to the faculty and staff who assisted in their preparation for the Ontario Technological Skills Competition! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-skills-competitors-show-their-mettle/ Fri, 06 May 2016 09:08:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-skills-competitors-show-their-mettle/ TSH and Centennial partner to bring mindfulness therapy online Cancer patients at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) now have better access to mindfulness therapy, which reduces mood and anxiety symptoms, thanks to a new, first-in-Canada online therapy platform called iMindful. Created through a partnership between TSH and Centennial College, iMindful enables patients to access care on their own terms and on their own schedule –a welcome solution considering the unmet mental health needs of cancer patients.  The program features therapist-guided mindfulness modules, group chats, meditations developed by TSH therapists, and a yoga practice developed by TSH Psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Shin. It also provides links to therapist-approved online resources like the Mental Health App Library, information on sleep hygiene, and more. Patients can even use iMindful to book video appointments with their therapist, or message their therapist using video or private chat. We are finding new ways to empower cancer patients who may benefit from mental health support, said Faiza Khalid-Khan, Patient Care Director for TSH's Mental Health department. iMindful gives patients more control over their own treatment. For therapists, the platform is a useful tool for monitoring patient engagement, evaluating the effectiveness of the program on their patients, and analyzing metrics that help the Mental Health team tailor the program for patients. iMindful's group chat feature even flags trigger words typed by their patients, so that therapists can deliver appropriate support. With iMindful, we are building on our success with Internet-Assisted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT), which is available to patients experiencing anxiety and depression, said TSH Psychiatrist Dr. David Gratzer. Both programs directly support the hospital's strategic direction, 'Patients as Partners.' Our vision is to extend beyond the bricks and mortar of the hospital, and become an e-therapy hub for our community. The idea for iMindful originated at a two-day hackathon organized by Centennial College's Wearable, Interactive, and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH), where Software Engineering Technology/Technician students were challenged to create apps that could provide low-cost health care solutions. Centennial College has an incredible groundswell of innovative thinkers who mirror the talent and skill of those in our Mental Health department, said Alfred Ng, Director of Innovation and Performance Improvement at TSH, and the hospital's WIMTACH lead. With their expertise in health care technologies, it made perfect sense to collaborate with our neighbour. From there, the project was approved for funding from Centennial College via its College and Community Innovation grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Three students were hired to further develop the concept under the guidance of Mihai Albu, WIMTACH Researcher and Professor with Centennial's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. After meeting with members of TSH's Mental Health department to better understand patient needs, the students developed iMindful with a focus on interaction and engagement. The project was a great success: iMindful was named Best Web Application at Centennial's SETAS Technology Fair in April. Centennial College attracts a remarkable cross-section of young, brilliant minds from across the GTA and internationally, as well. We have a deep pool of talented, motivated students who work on our WIMTACH projects, said Mihai. I cannot emphasize enough the team spirit and the efforts of our students to exceed client expectations, as well as my own. I could not be more proud of them! iMindful is part of TSH's e-therapy model based on stepped care, and a referral to the program is required. Patients referred to TSH's psycho-oncology program are triaged by a mental health registered nurse into the most appropriate level of support, based on their level of distress. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/tsh-and-centennial-partner-to-bring-mindfulness-therapy-online/ Tue, 17 May 2016 13:12:34 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/tsh-and-centennial-partner-to-bring-mindfulness-therapy-online/ Centennial wins gold on the national stage Photo: (From left): Anthony Bertin, Manager, Community Outreach Office; faculty member Shannon Winterstein; Craig Stephenson, Vice President, Student and Community Engagement; Darryl Creeden, Director, Recruitment and Admissions, received the Gold Medal for Indigenous Education Excellence from Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. Once again this year, Centennial College has been recognized on the national stage for outstanding achievements in post-secondary education. Centennial representatives collected three medals at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Awards of Excellence 2016 gala that took place at CICan's annual conference in Quebec City on May 31. Centennial was the only CICan institution in Canada to earn two Gold Awards of Excellence this year. The awards celebrate the best practices and leadership demonstrated by public colleges and institutes across Canada in eight distinct categories, including Indigenous Education, Innovation in Applied Research, Internationalization, Leadership, Program, Staff, Student Leadership and Teaching Excellence. CICan's Gold Medal for Indigenous Education Excellence went to Centennial College for our Indigenous Strategy for Access and Participation, a comprehensive mandate that provides services tailored for Indigenous students, community outreach and the inclusion of Indigenous culture in the college curriculum. In addition to developing a variety of initiatives and services to support Indigenous learners, Centennial has promoted understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through the college's new Indigenous Studies: First Peoples in Canada Certificate, various research projects and co-curricular programs. The Gold Medal for Internationalization Excellence is again in Centennial's possession this year for its ongoing expansion of internationally focused higher education initiatives. In addition to developing numerous integration strategies and support programs for our 6,000 international students, the college has worked hard to promote applied global learning expeditions and to enhance classroom theory and skills to prepare Canadian students to participate in the global marketplace. By signing more than 100 Memorandums of Understanding and Memorandums of Articulation, Centennial has forged partnerships with institutions on every continent. The Silver Medal for Innovation in Applied Research Excellence was won by Centennial College and its Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) for collaborating with Clear Blue Technologies, an innovative sustainable-energy startup that has developed intelligent off-grid energy systems. Since the launch of their product in 2013, Clear Blue has secured 50 customers in Canada, the US, Germany, Dubai and Australia. As a direct result of ARIC's contributions, Clear Blue will boost its staff by 150% over the next two years. All of the Centennial student researchers on the Clear Blue Technologies project were hired after graduation. Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada's publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics, of which Centennial College is a member. The association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving more than 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The association also operates in 29 countries around the world. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-gold-on-the-national-stage/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:07:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-gold-on-the-national-stage/ 'Beyond the Rim' outreach program wins community award Centennial College has earned the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Community Service Award this year for the college's innovative Beyond the Rim program that offers neighbourhood kids some valuable life skills training coupled with fun and dynamic basketball skills development. Beyond the Rim, a completely free program, is offered in partnership with the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation and supported by Centennial's Athletics and Recreation department and Enactus Centennial. Youth between the ages of 7 and 13 living in three Scarborough communities are provided one hour of education and another hour of on-court play on Saturday mornings. The program helps encourage children to continue along a path of academics, as well as gain positive health benefits through basketball. The classroom lessons focus on empathy and self-awareness, environmental awareness and financial literacy, depending on the age category. A group of Centennial student coaches and volunteers mentor more than 60 boys and girls on average per week. This initiative is a great example of how CCAA student-athletes are giving back to their communities and making a significant difference in the lives of children and youth, while at the same time deriving the personal satisfaction and growth that comes from volunteering, said David Munro, CCAA VP Sport Development. The award was presented at the CCAA's Hall of Fame Banquet in Toronto recently. Kareem Rodney, the Colts Extramural Basketball Head Coach who is the lead on the Beyond the Rim program, was presented the Citizen Community MVP by the Toronto Raptors last November for his leadership. Rodney has been volunteering with the Centennial College program since 2009. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/beyond-the-rim-outreach-program-wins-community-award/ Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:03:09 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/beyond-the-rim-outreach-program-wins-community-award/ Ashtonbee Campus addition wins OLA New Library Building Award Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project is one of five new buildings to receive the 2016 Library Building Award, presented by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) on July 7. The OLA Library Building Awards showcase excellence in architectural design and planning of libraries in the province. The bold rejuvenation of Ashtonbee Campus was developed by Centennial College and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) of Toronto. Centennial’s stunning campus addition, which opened in 2014, is clad in triple-glazed curtain wall (glass) and an innovative system of asymmetrically mounted stainless steel panels. The result is an elegantly proportioned structural steel truss system that supports 40,000 square feet of new library and program space in a 90-metre-long continuous edifice that physically adjoins the existing campus building.  The Ashtonbee Campus addition is one of two Scarborough library buildings that earned acclaim from the OLA; the second one is the new Scarborough Civic Centre branch of the Toronto Public Library, designed by LGA Architectural Partners in a joint venture with Phillip H. Carter. The other OLA award recipients include the Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch (KPMB Architects), the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (Zeidler Partnership Architects in association with Snøhetta) and the Haliburton County Public Library (HavenCraft Designs). “The award recipients, along with their architectural firms, have created wonderful spaces that have become tremendous community assets,” remarked Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of OLA. “They have shown that libraries can be well-designed places for play, energy, serenity and excitement.”  The OLA Awards celebrate multi-functional library buildings that serve the needs of their communities and organizations, as well as committing to being environmentally friendly. In addition to the OLA award, Centennial’s Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project earned the following awards and accolades from juries in Canada and the U.S. over the past two years: 2016 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Award in Architecture – Merit Award   2015 Toronto Urban Design Award – Public Building in Context – Award of Excellence  2015 Society for College and University Planning AIA/CAE Excellence in Architecture – New Building – Honour Award  2015 American School & University’s Architectural Portfolio Award – Special Citation  2015 Association of Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) - Award of Merit    https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-addition-wins-ola-new-library-building-award/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:36:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/ashtonbee-campus-addition-wins-ola-new-library-building-award/ Hackathon creates new software in just 36 hours Six teams of Centennial College Software Engineering Technology students toiled for 36 hours to create new software applications as part of the college's latest hackathon held on July 7 and 8 at the Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre (WIMTACH) at Progress Campus. The participants were tasked with creating three distinct software apps in the allotted time: Facebook Messenger Bot for Event Support Services is a bot capable of interacting with Facebook users to manage specials events, such as a conference or a concert. Users can ask for help, directions, event schedules, announcements and other services specific to the event. Students utilized Facebook's Bot For Messenger API and natural language processing to provide a productive and useful navigation flow. Students Harshil Mehta, Yashkumar Patel and Shivam Patel came up with the best app to win the category. Facebook Messenger Bot for Emergency Services was created by students to analyze messages about an emergency sent by Facebook users and offer assistance. The user provides basic information about an emergency situation (for example, location, date/time, description), which the bot receives and analyzes for dissemination. Students Timothy Hitchcock, Raveena Tayal and Liavontsi Brechka made up the winning team. Automatic Data Reorganization Filter is a critical tool students created to analyze and reorganize incoming data to match the format required by the processing system. Team members Omar Akbar, Manmohan Singh and Angad Soni created the best filter app in this category. All of the students' solutions were scored based on functionality, modular design and creativity. Solutions were evaluated by a jury of engineers from CogniFrame Inc. and the research team from Centennial's WIMTACH. CogniFrame is a Toronto-based company offering machine-learning, intelligent data analytics and predictive platforms. CogniFrame algorithms help predict probability of outcomes using historical patterns coupled with new data. The firm focuses on lenders, educational institutions and event or location-based security services. During the hackathon, two software engineers from CogniFrame were present and helped the teams with expert advice. The two-day event provided students with a great networking opportunity to connect with industry professionals. CogniFrame invited interested students to submit their resumés for potential job openings at the company. Centennial's next hackathon is scheduled to take place in September. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hackathon-creates-new-software-in-just-36-hours/ Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:16:15 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hackathon-creates-new-software-in-just-36-hours/ Suzhou Centennial College faculty visit a success Faculty and administrators from the newly established Suzhou Centennial College (SCC) campus in Suzhou, China, arrived at Centennial College in Toronto on June 18 to receive some training and acquire a better understanding of how Canadian colleges operate. The SCC team from Suzhou, a major city located 100 km west of Shanghai, included directors from administrative and academic departments, as well as key faculty members who possess a high level of competence in English. Their training was delivered by the college's School of Business, School of Advancement, and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. They received instruction in academic framework and quality, student management and service, international education and communications, and IT management and applications. In their discussions about curriculum development, evaluation and quality assurance, classroom observation and the teaching management system, the SCC visitors received a solid foundation in the student-centred educational philosophy adopted by both Centennial College and Suzhou Centennial College in China. The visit wasn't all work and no play for the participants. During their month-long stay, the SCC training team took sightseeing tours of popular attractions including downtown Toronto and world-famous Niagara Falls. The excursions served to give the visitors an immersive experience in the multicultural society that is Canada. The SCC visit culminated with a graduation ceremony for the participants on July 14. President Ann Buller gave a heartfelt speech that emphasized the benefits of international education at Centennial College, and underscored the importance of global citizenship and leadership in higher education. Aaron Chen, the director of the Office of International Relations at SCC and training team lead, also gave a wonderful speech at the ceremony, which was attended by the college's executive management team and faculty involved in the summer training initiative. Suzhou Centennial College is located in the only international higher-education innovation zone in China, known as Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District. This fall, SCC will begin offering Centennial College programs in two-year Business Accounting, Financial Services and Software Engineering Technician, as well as the one-year Business Foundations program. For further information about Suzhou Centennial College, please contact suzhou@centennialcollege.ca. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/suzhou-centennial-college-faculty-visit-a-success/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:48 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/suzhou-centennial-college-faculty-visit-a-success/ A new generation of professionals: Centennial congratulates its first Samsung Tech Institute graduates Centennial College is always creating new programs and initiatives to connect students to sought-after careers. That's why in September of 2015, we partnered with Samsung to open the Samsung Tech Institute, designed to give Electronics Engineering Technology program students a set of useful, hands-on skills that would turn them into in-demand professionals. And the first group of those professionals is now ready to enter the work force, with 13 students being the first graduates from the Samsung Tech Institute, including Emilly Silva, an international student from Brazil. Coming to Canada I'm from Brazil, and I moved to Canada in 2010. I didn't speak any English, and came to study it, Emilly says. She'd initially come to Centennial College for Biomedical Engineering, but decide to change programs. I was actually in Biomedical Engineering, she says, and electronics is just where my passion lies, and the college said, why don't you change to electronics? So I switched. Last semester, the Dean came to class, and he talked about Samsung, and to be honest, it was a no-brainer. A company like Samsung, offering this course with the electronics engineering program? Filling a need Students enrolled in the Electronics Engineering Diploma program can choose to take the Samsung Pathway later in the program, which consists of two courses that are strictly dedicated to Samsung. The big draw is that they're taught in the Samsung Tech Institute at Centennial's Progress Campus, fully furnished with modern home appliances. At the beginning, they taught us about basic electricity, customer service, and most importantly, safety, Emilly explains. The second semester, they had us opening and disassembling the appliances, finding faults and fixing them, and if we didn't know what to do, the professor was there, guiding us. The Samsung Pathway was designed to train candidates for a job the market is actively looking for, since there's a shortage of home appliance technicians in the industry overall. In reality, it's a skilled trade, like plumbing, or electrical, or drywall installation. Post-graduation As for the future of these graduates, they're now going to be in demand. These students will be looking at jobs with industry leaders like Best Buy, or Leon's, or the Brick, as well as opportunities with smaller service centres, as well. Not only that, but Samsung itself will be looking to recruit some of them, taking two students as paid apprentices, starting in September, with Emilly being one of them. Samsung selected two students for a co-op position, and I was one of them, along with my friend Marvin, she says. We're starting in September, and I'm really excited. The hard work has paid off. As for the future, she wants to continue working with Samsung, but is also eventually looking to make her own way in the business world. I see myself at a company like Samsung, she says, working maybe as a technician with appliances, or in the electronics department. Maybe after that I'll apply it to my own business. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-new-generation-of-professionals-centennial-congratulates-its-first-samsung-tech-institute-graduates/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:18:34 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-new-generation-of-professionals-centennial-congratulates-its-first-samsung-tech-institute-graduates/ HYPE graduates advance to the next level The cheers were long and loud at Centennial's HYPE Class of 2016 graduation ceremony on August 11 at Progress Campus, where participants were recognized by their families and friends for their achievement. More than 100 young people committed most of their summer to participate in HYPE – Helping Youth Pursue Education – a tuition-free learning experience that can open doors to higher education and rewarding careers. Over the past six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, took part in six career-oriented courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, introduction to computers and digital media. The initiative promotes education attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in under-served neighbourhoods primarily in Toronto's east end. One-third of HYPE graduates go on to pursue full-time studies at college in the fall. I came to Canada in 2007 and it took me seven months to learn English, Marco Turcios, the class valedictorian, told the audience. He immigrated to Canada from Honduras. I didn't take school seriously for a long time, but I learned life is short and it is taken for granted. My motivation for coming to Centennial is my son, he told the enthusiastic crowd. I met some amazing people here in the program. Centennial introduced career counselling sessions to participants this year, and continued to offer help with student loan applications. The college also added HYPE Works Express – a one-week program designed to increase employment readiness for youth who have to work prior to full-time study, or who may have to work part-time during college. HYPE Works Express will be partially funded by TD Bank Group beginning in 2017. Centennial College Board of Governors member Gretta Vosper told the audience that former Toronto Mayor David Miller had attended the first graduation ceremony in 2004 and called it the highlight of his first year in office– a boast he shared with the Globe and Mail. The training initiative is rooted in Miller's Community Safety Plan, designed to bring programming to youth living in designated neighbourhoods. Community partners help to identify potential students, who are invited to apply to HYPE every summer. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hype-graduates-advance-to-the-next-level/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:52:57 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hype-graduates-advance-to-the-next-level/ Taxi driver training program coming this fall Centennial College has partnered with the Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) to deliver a driver training program this fall to all new taxi drivers in the City of Toronto. The collaboration is part of a service improvement initiative by Toronto's taxi companies. The taxi industry has asked Centennial College to develop a mandatory driver training program that will include an English assessment and lessons in customer service, cultural sensitivity, GTA road knowledge and defensive driving. The program replaces the City of Toronto's own driver training program, which ended on May 3. We're delighted to be a part of this new service initiative by the Toronto Taxi Alliance, says Barry O'Brien, Dean of Centennial's School of Business. We will be delivering 18 hours of vital taxi driver training in a quick and intensive format, giving every new driver a wealth of information that will allow them to serve Toronto residents and tourists courteously and professionally from day one. The curriculum and scheduling for the new program is in development, with training expected to begin early this fall at Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough. The program includes six hours of in-car driver training that will be provided by Centennial's contractor, Canadian Pro Drivers. The program fee is expected to be approximately $600, comparable to what the city had charged. Toronto's major taxi companies will require that every cab driver licensed since May 4 complete this training. Drivers licensed prior to May 4 who receive customer complaints may also be required to take this training. Other drivers may be interested in enrolling in the program, as well. News of Centennial's involvement in the taxi driver training initiative was warmly received by the insurance industry. We welcome this new training initiative with Centennial College and look forward seeing more of the details in the weeks ahead, says Philomena Comerford, CEO of Baird, MacGregor Hargrave Insurance. We expect this program will support professionalism and best practices in the taxi industry. Classes are tentatively scheduled to begin in October. For more information about Centennial's new Taxi Driver Training program, call 416-289-5000, ext. 7086 or 7105. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/taxi-driver-training-program-coming-this-fall/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:43:19 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/taxi-driver-training-program-coming-this-fall/ Centennial College sports journalism students travel to Rio to cover the 2016 Paralympic Games Watch our students' Paralympic Games coverage A team of 15 students from Centennial College's Sports Journalism post-graduate program will be in Rio de Janeiro when the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games open on September 7 to share the stories of Canada’s Paralympians and contribute content to multiple media outlets in Canada. In addition, five students have been selected to join the Canadian Paralympic Committee on an internship with its multi-media content team and will work closely with the organization, providing content to Canadian Paralympic Broadcast Consortium platforms including paralympic.ca, cbcsports.ca/paralympics and Facebook Live. “We’re very pleased with the calibre of the sports journalism students joining our content team for Rio,” said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “We are looking forward to supporting them in gaining invaluable professional experience while at the same time leveraging their talents to help us enhance awareness of the Canadian Paralympic Team through unparalleled storytelling across multiple platforms.” Another group of Centennial students will produce a daily internet television show featuring some of the action at the Paralympics, using the broadcast facilities at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre in East York (visit: www.torontoobserver.ca).  “Our program’s long-time belief in experiential learning has taken an extra step this time with our Paralympics project,” says Sports Journalism program coordinator Malcolm Kelly. “When you bring students out of the classroom and put them in a situation where they cover a real event, it speeds up the learning process tremendously.” Seasoned journalist and professor Tim Doyle, who runs the journalism programs at Centennial, will accompany the students to Rio, where they will enjoy full access to all of the Paralympic events and facilities. The games run from September 7 to 18. Kathy Barnes, formerly a senior editor at Sportsnet Connected, along with Canadian Olympic medalist and sports commentator Debbi Wilkes, are producing the online broadcasts from the campus newsroom in Toronto. It will feature highlights of Paralympic events, interviews with athletes, medal ceremonies and features produced by the college students. The Paralympics, launched in the United Kingdom in 1948 as the Stoke-Mandeville Games, brings together thousands of world-class athletes from around the globe every four years to compete in events ranging from athletics and swimming, to wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling and more. Approximately 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio to compete in 526 Paralympic medal events in 22 different sports. Para-canoe and para-triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time. “The Paralympic Games are a dynamic sporting event full of compelling stories and one of the things we hope to do is help bring the stories of these Canadian heroes back to their country, and indeed around the world,” Kelly says. “We will be focusing on these athletes as world-class performers in their own right.” Centennial underwrites the cost of the trip to Rio de Janeiro for its students to ensure no one foregoes the learning opportunity for financial reasons. Centennial College President Ann Buller is also accompanying the students to meet with her education counterparts in Brazil, a rapidly growing source of international students.  Centennial’s unique Sports Journalism post-graduate program delivers an intense year of study that immerses students in the fast-paced sports media industry. Centennial attracts some of the best sports media practitioners to teach in the comprehensive program, which began in 2009. The college offers three other journalism programs: a three-year undergraduate program, a two-year fast-track program and a joint program with the University of Toronto Scarborough. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-sports-journalism-students-travel-to-rio-to-cover-the-2016-paralympic-games/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:30:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-sports-journalism-students-travel-to-rio-to-cover-the-2016-paralympic-games/ Centennial College and Trent University announce new academic partnership A new collaborative partnership between Trent University and Centennial College was made official with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will lead to new post-secondary pathways for students of both institutions.  Signed by Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University, and Ann Buller, president and CEO of Centennial College at Trent’s Symons campus recently, the MOU outlines potential opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions, including: the creation of innovative student pathways, with particular focus on business and social sciences programming; potential opportunities for development of integrated joint diploma/degree programs, as well as data sharing. Particular focus of the agreement will be on projects between Centennial and Trent’s expanding Durham GTA campus, located in Oshawa.  Trent University is pleased to be establishing a new academic partnership with Centennial College, said President Groarke. We believe it will be highly beneficial for students at both institutions and look forward to collaborating on a range of programs that will allow students to combine the best of college and university education. Centennial is proud to be expanding our partnership with Trent, stated Centennial President Ann Buller. Working together, we are able to provide students with a more fulsome educational experience that gives them the practical experience, critical thinking skills and knowledge that today's employers demand. Committed to improving access to post-secondary education, the new partnership will expand on the already existing relationship between the two institutions, which includes transfer agreements into Communication and Critical Thinking, Bachelor of Arts, Computing Systems and Forensic Science at Trent.  About Trent University One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-and-trent-university-announce-new-academic-partnership/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:29:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-and-trent-university-announce-new-academic-partnership/ Centennial Mural Competition Winner As a part of Centennial College's 50th anniversary celebrations, the college commissioned an outdoor mural for our Progress Campus through an open call for online submissions by Centennial College students and alumni. Gavin MacDougall, a graduate of our Fine Arts Studio Program has been selected as the winner of the competition, for his piece entitled Dare to Achieve. He'll be awarded a $10,000 prize, but more importantly, will get to see his mural added to the exterior of our new Residence and Culinary Arts Centre.  Gavin was one of three finalists chosen from numerous submissions. The finalists were then challenged to come up with maquettes of their proposals, along with artistic statements about what they were planning to make. In August, the finalists presented their proposals, with Gavin's creation coming out on top. According to Gavin's presentation, Dare to Achieve uses the visual medium to show where we've been, where we are, where we're going, and, crucially, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, two hallmarks of the Centennial College community. The mural is going to be digitally processed, fabricated and installed on the side of our Residence and Culinary Arts Centre in early Spring, and will reflect both the positive energy of Centennial College as we celebrate 50 years of education, and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Look for the new Dare to Achieve mural to appear this Spring at Centennial College, courtesy of the college's own talent!  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-mural-competition-winner/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:21:57 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-mural-competition-winner/ Centennial College opens first learning site in China approved to teach Canadian curriculum Toronto's Centennial College is officially opening its first international learning site today in the city of Suzhou, located 100 km northwest of Shanghai, China. Suzhou Centennial College is the first Canadian institution registered and approved by the China government to deliver Canadian post-secondary programs and earn Canadian diplomas in China. The joint location was established in association with Suzhou University of Science and Technology and is approved by China's Ministry of Education. Suzhou Centennial College offers 18 programs, including four Centennial programs providing Canadian credentials in accounting, finance, software engineering and business foundations. All programs offer articulated pathways to Centennial's campuses in Toronto. New applied-learning programs will be added in the future, based on the China market and its need for new skills. The groundbreaking partnership is reciprocal, offering a unique opportunity for Canadian students to take a semester of their program in China. This will provide Canadian college students the option to internationalize their education and complete an internship abroad. While all Centennial programs are delivered in English, students can take optional Mandarin courses during their semester in China. Centennial College has already sent a faculty-led group of hospitality students to Suzhou for an immersive learning experience in Chinese cooking. Similarly, administrators and faculty from Suzhou Centennial College travelled to Toronto in June to learn about curriculum development, classroom observation and the teaching management system. The SCC visitors also gained a good understanding of the student-centred educational philosophy adopted by both institutions. Centennial College is celebrating 20 years of educational partnerships in China. Centennial receives approximately 1,300 students annually from China and has a long history of collaboration with Chinese post-secondary institutions. Coincidentally, Centennial is also marking its 50th anniversary today as Ontario's first public college, created under the direction of former Ontario Education Minister William Davis. Suzhou Centennial College is located in the only international higher-education innovation zone in China, known as Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District. Suzhou Centennial College stands as an excellent example of the Ontario Partnership Table, which successfully engages industry, education and government as dynamic partners. About Centennial College Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario's first public college primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. With enrolments of 20,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners, Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. It offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs in business, media, community and consumer services, engineering technology, health care and transportation.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-opens-first-learning-site-in-china-approved-to-teach-canadian-curriculum/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:08:29 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-opens-first-learning-site-in-china-approved-to-teach-canadian-curriculum/ Centennial College opened its doors on October 17, 1966! Centennial College opened its doors to a ramshackle, renovated former factory on Warden Avenue on October 17, 1966 –exactly 50 years ago! With the guidance of then-Education Minister William Davis, the Township of Scarborough made a home for the province's first College of Applied Arts and Technology. There are 24 public colleges across Ontario today. It took four months to transform the plant into the first college campus, but the work wasn't quite done. Professors had to contend with power outages and shout over the din of jackhammers and drills. Centennial came into being noisily. Despite the humble setting, 514 students enrolled in 16 new programs in business, technology, public relations, journalism, social services and early childhood education —the disciplines of the emerging service-based economy. For students for whom neither university nor the trades offered a good fit, Centennial College provided a welcome new path to a career.  To mark Centennial's milestone, college staff are serving cake, coffee and tea to students at its four campuses today to celebrate 50 years of teaching excellence and working with the community and industry partners to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The Toronto sign at City Hall is turning Centennial green to mark the special day on October 17. To thank the community, Centennial released its students, faculty and staff to Paint the Town Green on September 27. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across the city to lend a hand in 11 major Toronto parks with a variety of green initiatives such as planting trees, spreading mulch, recycling trash, painting fixtures and beautifying public areas. Centennial's partner schools in China, South Korea, India, Turkey, Panama, Brazil and other countries did the same. Centennial College has grown over the years: 20,200 full-time students (including 6,800 international students) and 20,000 part-time learners are currently enrolled in 250 programs and 1,000 part-time courses, including joint-degree and bachelor programs with partner universities and colleges. The 2016 Key Performance Indicators survey reveals Centennial has the highest student and employer satisfaction rates among the six public colleges serving the GTA. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-opened-its-doors-on-october-17-1966/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:15:07 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-opened-its-doors-on-october-17-1966/ Small Business Forum 2016: a showcase for budding entrepreneurs Every big business started out as a small business. That's what Mayor John Tory reminded attendees at the Enterprise Toronto Small Business Forum on October 25. In his welcome message, he chuckled at the claustrophobic, leak-prone and lacklustre offices Rogers Communications once occupied when he worked there as a young man three decades ago, long before the company grew into the juggernaut it is today. But every company's gotta start somewhere; even iconic Canadian brands faced challenges early on. The Small Business Forum, which drew thousands of would-be entrepreneurs to the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, featured not only exhibitors, but also panel talks and breakout sessions from industry insiders, such as PayPal Canada, the Toronto Board of Trade, and TruShield Insurance, examining issues pertinent to starting a business. Sessions included how to grow the digital workspace, generate sales leads, crowd fund, find the best small business research resources, and do business with government.  In keynote addresses, successful entrepreneurs such as Diana Goodwin, whose on-demand swim school AquaMobile has been profiled in The Globe and Mail, shared their early triumphs and hiccups. The speakers offered guidance regarding obstacles faced on the road from start-up to success. One such barrier is lack of online engagement, an issue Mayor Tory mentioned in his address. Kristal Tanunagara is a Digital Service Squad team member of Digital Main St., a program supported by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). The group provides small to medium-sized businesses with a “digital to-do list,” a guide as to what the next steps are to growing nascent businesses in the online world. They focus on social media, e-commerce issues, advanced tracking and engagement. Digital Main St. help narrow down the online world for entrepreneurs, and offer advice for which social media platforms to use and why. Kristal says they see everyone from start-ups to small brick and mortar businesses.  Vanessa D. from France is starting her own brick and mortar operation. The entrepreneur is taking the next step in her small business journey, and “just finished a marketing plan for her niche hair salon business, which will feature organic products.” She attended the Forum to look into what kind of mentorship or financing options were available to her. One such resource is Centennial College, which has been in the business of entrepreneurship for nearly three decades. Centennial was an exhibitor at the Small Business Forum, showcasing its programs to help small businesses. The college's Accelerator for Centennial College Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL) program is part of the institution's Centre of Entrepreneurship. ACCEL helps youth aged 18 to 29 start or grow their own business in the GTA, and the program is available to both students and non-students. The program takes potential entrepreneurs with ideas and links them to mentors and resources locally. The ACCEL program nurtures those with an entrepreneurial bent, including qualified alumni. Kinjal P. from Bahrain is a student in Centennial's International Business Management program and was unaware the college offered programs like ACCEL. She came to the Small Business Forum to learn more about exactly what's involved in starting her own enterprise. Kinjal says she has experience in the medical device import/export market, and while she has “nothing specific in mind” when it comes to starting her own business, she may continue in this vein when the time comes to take the leap. The Small Business Forum offered a range of exhibitors/booths, from large iconic brands such as Microsoft Canada, Ontario Energy Board, Rogers, and Sun Life Financial, to operations such as Key West Video, a small, privately-owned professional corporate video production company located in northwest Toronto. Whether it's to meet like-minded small business owners or get advice from organizations such as Centennial College, seek out mentors or raise capital, there's something for every budding entrepreneur at Toronto's annual Small Business Forum.  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/small-business-forum-2016-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:17:19 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/small-business-forum-2016-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Centennial breaks into Top 10 research colleges in Canada Centennial College is ranked in ninth place by research income in the 2016 Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges report, which represents a substantial rise from 12th place last year. With $5.44 million in research activity in 2015, Centennial is among the top 10 Research Colleges across Canada for the first time – a testimony to the hard work being led by Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Services (ARIES). In addition, Centennial is ranked second among large colleges for the number of students with paid applied research projects. Joining Centennial in the Top 10 list is Sarnia's Lambton College (ranked third nationally), Sheridan (sixth) and Niagara College (seventh) among Ontario colleges. Overall, Cegep de Saint Hyacinthe was ranked first in Canada with more than $10 million in research activity last year. Quebec's Cegep institutions took five of the top 10 research colleges in Canada. Overall, the combined research income of the 15 Ontario colleges actually shrank by 4.7 per cent in 2015, although Centennial bucked the trend by recording a 3.9 per cent increase in research income over 2014. What gives me the most pride is the fact that we had the second highest number of paid student researchers in the country, notes ARIES Executive Director Dr. Deepak Gupta. It speaks to our unique model we have built around ensuing student success with applied research. Some of the noteworthy research projects Centennial has led include Friendly Housemates, which matches college students with persons with intellectual disabilities to live together in a supportive arrangement that fosters independent living; the smart IV bag, an innovation that monitors fluid levels in hospital IV bags and alerts attendants when the bag needs changing; and the Macaw charge controller, the brainchild of Clear Blue Technologies. The Macaw device communicates vital hardware stats to the user regarding issues with the energy collectors (wind and solar) that power the firm's off-grid lighting systems. Working with the test installation at Progress Campus, Centennial students fine-tuned solar panel configurations using Macaw algorithms, and designed and prototyped the protective enclosure of its controller boards, factoring in corrosion, UV, humidity and other variables. It was invaluable research that helped to refine the equipment ahead of market release. In addition, Centennial's Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH) is a development hub for digital health technologies. With Ontario being home to 42 per cent of Canada's medical technology industry, WIMTACH assists small- and midsized enterprises to become more innovative with the help of college tech students and graduates. WIMTACH has become a big proponent of hackathons, which put bright college students and employers together in a room to solve industry problems in as little as 36 hours. In one example, Centennial Software Engineering students were challenged by two regional hospitals to create smartphone apps that can provide low-cost healthcare solutions. Over two intense days last January, students came up with a game to create awareness of calcium levels in diet; an app to perform hand hygiene audits in hospital settings; software that allows hospital employees to report their absence; an app to capture hospital improvement opportunities; an anti-smoking app; and a communications system to replace pagers still used by some health professionals. We are cutting through a lot of red tape when we do these hackathons, says Research Associate Vikramjit Singh. Product development is usually a slow, plodding process with lots of paperwork. Imagine how excited employers get when they see products created in front of their eyes. With projects like these, Centennial College is rapidly gaining a reputation for fostering rapid and innovative applied research that can benefit small and midsized start-ups and enterprises in the GTA and beyond. Centennial's latest ranking in the national Research Infosource report is proof positive that Ontario's first college is transforming lives and communities through learning. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-breaks-into-top-10-research-colleges-in-canada/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:28:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-breaks-into-top-10-research-colleges-in-canada/ Centennial's Aerospace Campus breaks ground at Downsview Park Centennial College officially broke ground at its unique Aerospace Campus with the help of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and federal Hon. Minister of Science Kristy Duncan, who wielded shovels in a time-honoured turning of the soil on November 21. Minister Duncan announced the project will receive $18.4 million in Strategic Investment Funds (SIF) from Ottawa, while the Ontario government has contributed $25.8 million, to relocate the college's aviation programs to the Downsview Park site. The project is the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario. The four-acre campus will serve as the new home of Centennial's aerospace technology programs in what is the historic site of de Havilland of Canada, an indelible part of Canada's aviation heritage. The project repurposes the de Havilland building, located at 65 Carl Hall Rd., with selective demolition and new construction to create approximately 138,000 square feet of instruction space. The $72-million project includes construction of a new hangar that is large enough to accommodate today's commercial jets. Centennial's School of Transportation currently trains about 300 aircraft technicians and avionics technicians annually at Ashtonbee Campus. The move to Downsview will provide a much larger teaching space with access to working runways for the first time. Enrolment is expected to grow to more than 900 students. Program graduates find employment across Canada and around the world. The new campus will house an innovation and research working group that brings together industry leaders and academic partners, including University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University, York University, Bombardier and others. The campus will anchor the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Cluster, which will work to maintain Canada’s fifth-place ranking as an aerospace supplier to the world. When the rehabilitation of the de Havilland building is completed in January 2019, it will offer classrooms, laboratory space, workshops, hanger space, offices, a library and food service under one roof. Students will be able to walk to the new Downsview Park TTC subway station, which opens late next year. The campus was designed by MJMA | Stantec (Architects in Association), the same architecture firm that penned the award-winning Library Building at Ashtonbee Campus. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-aerospace-campus-breaks-ground-at-downsview-park/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:51:38 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-aerospace-campus-breaks-ground-at-downsview-park/ WIMTACH Hackathon for Smokebomb Entertainment Centennial College hosted a 36-hour programming marathon, or hackathon, on November 11 and 12 at the college's Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH). Fourteen Game – Programming students from Centennial worked in four teams to create games using the Unity platform. Students were guided throughout the process by professors from Software Engineering Technology program. SmokeBomb Entertainment, an industry partner with WIMTACH, sponsored the event. SmokeBomb is an award-winning digital media production company creating groundbreaking original transmedia projects and engaging convergent extensions for television. Recent projects from SmokeBomb include the award-winning Totally Amp'd – the world's first app series for tweens on iOS – the Emmy-nominated Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs web series, the buddy road trip comedy Backpackers, and State of Syn, an innovative transmedia 3D motion comic. SmokeBomb challenged the students to create immersive and engaging game experiences using Unity game development framework and Virtual Reality devices. Students had a great networking opportunity with industry professionals, including two software developers from SmokeBomb who were on hand throughout the event to assist the teams with expert advice.  The students' solutions were evaluated by a judges' panel of software developers from SmokeBomb, as well as a research team from Centennial's WIMTACH. There was great food and refreshments on both days and all participants were awarded with gift cards. Here are the winners of our latest hackathon First place: Ilmir Taychinov, Jacky Zhang and Josh Bender Second place: Joshua Korovesi, Franco Chong, Jason Pearson and Kevin Luu Third place: George Savchenko, Elaine Mae Villarino and Angelina Gutierrez There are more Centennial College hackathons coming up in the new year! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/wimtach-hackathon-for-smokebomb-entertainment/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:15:53 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/wimtach-hackathon-for-smokebomb-entertainment/ Centennial College pursues new education partnerships on Ontario Business Mission to Japan A delegation from Toronto's Centennial College is in Japan with the Ontario Business Mission to forge new relationships with post-secondary education institutions and help promote Ontario, Canada, as a destination for Japanese students who wish to gain transnational skills and rewarding experiences in globalization. Demonstrating Japan's and Ontario's common commitment to postsecondary education, Centennial College representatives today signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Kanda University and Toyo University to create broader and richer opportunities for their students and faculty through academic exchange opportunities, research collaboration, learning symposia, curriculum licensing and a variety of joint programming opportunities. Centennial College welcomes new partnerships with universities in Japan, and looks forward to more opportunities in the future, says Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College. Students and faculty are enriched by the experiences they enjoy in Toronto – it is unlike any other big city in the world – and it is a major destination for international learners from every corner of the globe. Centennial College is located in Canada's largest city and the world's most diverse urban area, home to more than 230 nationalities, according to the United Nations. International students who choose to study in Toronto have the benefit of a remarkably cohesive, integrated and tolerant society. Toronto is also a major financial capital and an ideal environment for workforce development, where business is conducted in a stable and progressive climate. Among the Japanese corporations with which Centennial College is partnered include Honda Canada Inc. and Toyota Canada Inc., which oversee modified apprenticeship programs to train their automobile technicians at the college's massive transportation campus. Recognized as a leader in international education, Centennial received two gold awards of excellence for internationalization, bestowed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Last week, Centennial College won an Ontario Export Award for Services. Approximately one-quarter of Ontario's international students attend Centennial College, generating about $180 million for the local economy. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-pursues-new-education-partnerships-on-ontario-business-mission-to-japan/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:36:06 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-pursues-new-education-partnerships-on-ontario-business-mission-to-japan/ Centennial College wins 2016 Ontario Export Award Centennial College was honoured at the 2016 Ontario Export Awards presentation on November 22 in Mississauga when it was one of 11 Ontario businesses and organizations to earn an award for successful export-oriented products and services. Centennial won in the Services category, recognized for being one of the top schools in Canada when it comes to the recruitment of international students. Almost one-quarter of Ontario’s international students attend Centennial College, generating about $180 million for the local economy. Ontario's first college began international student recruitment in China 20 years ago, and today boasts an international student population of 6,500 students at its Toronto campuses. Selected from a field of more than 25 finalists, 11 Ontario businesses were honoured for pursuing growth in international markets. Toronto-headquartered outerwear maker Canada Goose Inc. took home the top prize as Exporter of the Year, while 10 other businesses located across the province collected awards in categories such as Clean Technology, Global Reach and Manufacturing and Resources. Highlighting the exploits of local businesses in markets from Brazil to Burkina Faso, the Ontario Export Awards pay tribute to organizations willing to venture into new markets and use trade as a gateway to growth. Extending across industries and including both rural and urban representation, the annual awards are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-wins-2016-ontario-export-award/ Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:54:03 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-wins-2016-ontario-export-award/ Syrian refugee children receive a helping hand The world watched in wonderment as Canada rolled out the welcome mat for Syrian refugees, who began arriving one year ago this month. Among the people waiting at the airport was Mubashir Khalid, an employee of Centennial College and a spokesperson for the humanitarian relief organization Humanity First. Khalid recognized the bewilderment and the weariness on the faces of the newcomers. He had made a similar trip to Canada with his own family three decades earlier, forced to flee Libya after the government abruptly banned foreigners from working there (Khalid’s family was originally from Pakistan). As a place of higher learning and one that is committed to teaching global citizenship and social equity principles, Centennial College had pledged to get involved directly with the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. This fall, Centennial's School of Advancement organized a Holiday Drive fundraising activity to provide backpacks to 50 children of Syrian refugees living in Toronto. Each backpack contains school supplies, mittens, scarves, hats, socks and gift cards. College employees flocked to buy raffle tickets to raise money for the gifts. The appreciative families gathered at the Humanity First food bank on Sunday, December 11 to collect their backpacks and celebrate with organizers. Centennial President Ann Buller helped to distribute the gifts and hug the children, many of whom were speaking some English after only a year in local schools. Also on hand were the Honourable Minister of Science, Kristy Duncan, and the Mayor of Vaughan, Mauizio Bevilacqua. The warmth and elation in the room were infectious. The event is just one example of what the college is doing to help Syrians resettle in Canada. Centennial partnered with the World University Service of Canada to sponsor a Syrian student refugee and furnish him with a one-year academic scholarship. Mohammad Barbor arrived in August to begin his studies in Marketing - Corporate Account Management, a graduate certificate program. By all accounts, the affable young man is doing well and is delighted to be residing in Toronto. Centennial has committed to providing 10 additional Syrian refugees with tuition waivers for one year of study, beginning next fall. The college has set up a platform for employees to donate funds that will support the Syrian refugee students so they can purchase food, clothing, and pay for other expenses. Centennial organized its Conversations for Social Change learning initiatives at each campus to further engage the college community as global citizens to address the crises of displaced people throughout the world. The campus discussion panels and mural project – even a unique Soup4Syria luncheon – were part of Displaced Persons Awareness Week, organized by the college’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion. It was an opportunity for Centennial students, some of whom had never known displacement caused by war and political strife, to hear first-hand what a refugee must contend with to survive. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/syrian-refugee-children-receive-a-helping-hand/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:12:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/syrian-refugee-children-receive-a-helping-hand/ High school automotive tech students get tested at the Toronto AutoShow Pictured from left: Marc Balagot and Ashton Sawh from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Canadian racecar driver Ron Fellows, and Hayden Bruce and Justin McCollow from Adam Scott Collegiate in Peterborough. Kneeling are first-place winners Ryan Gullage and Michael Lamanna from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham. Automotive tech students from 19 Ontario high schools had their mechanical expertise and knowledge tested in a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto on February 15. The two-member student teams were given 120 minutes to diagnose and repair new Volkswagen Golf Sportwagens rigged with identical operating problems by Centennial College's automotive tech instructors. The teams also rotated between five workstations to test their analytical skills in electrical, steering, suspension and brakes, engine measurement and waveform analysis. Two automotive technician students from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario, prevailed to take first place and the big trophy. Ryan Gullage and Michael Lamanna performed a number of timed technical tasks and scored the most points for their skills and knowledge. By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Gullage and Lamanna received tools and equipment from sponsors. Scarborough's Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School finished second, thanks to the efforts of students Marc Balagot and Ashton Sawh. Hayden Bruce and Justin McCollow from Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Peterborough earned third place. The automotive labs of all three winning schools will receive a vehicle from General Motors Canada for training purposes. Tech teacher Isaac Ozah of Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School earned the Gerd Reisenecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for the former Centennial College professor and TADA member. This is the Eighteenth year Centennial College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) have been running the competition at Toronto's auto show. Centennial College operates Canada's largest School of Transportation training centre at its Ashtonbee Campus. Toronto students have been a formidable force in the New York competition: a team from Central Technical School beat all of the U.S. teams and collected prizes worth $250,000 in 2008, and a Northview Heights Secondary School team placed second in 2009. The Toronto Automotive Technology Competition enjoys outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada and Toronto-area VW dealers, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Prona Tools, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, TecMate, Humberview Group and Centennial College. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/high-school-automotive-tech-students-get-tested-at-the-toronto-autoshow/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:45:27 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/high-school-automotive-tech-students-get-tested-at-the-toronto-autoshow/ International Team Effort To Tackle Global Energy Poverty There are many ways to define poverty, and they differ depending on where in the world you are, but when it comes to the basics – access to electricity, clean cooking facilities – they are the building blocks required to grow economies. And yet many people face challenges. Access to energy is a critical component of international development, and it’s incredible to think that more than a billion people on our planet have no electricity. As part of the College’s mandate to lead the conversation regarding what it is to truly be a global citizen, Centennial hosted a very special guest on February 17 to help transform words into action: Professor Thandwa Mthembu, Vice Chancellor of South Africa’s Durban University of Technology, a school that’s similar to Centennial in terms of full-time enrollment, as well as its forward-thinking vision. After introductory remarks by Dr. Rahim Karim, Centennial’s Associate Vice President, Partnership Pathways and Internationalization, Professor Mthembu briefly sketched his team’s research group on renewable energy and its contributions. Like Centennial College, the Durban University of Technology has wind- and solar-powered outdoor lighting systems installed and solar chiller units similar to ones currently being tested at Progress Campus.  Professor Mthembu touched on off-grid wind and photovoltaic hybrid system solutions to power local schools, and explained the energyDRIVE project, a customized mobile truck equipped with wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, “which takes the form of a roadshow,” travelling to rural schools and vocational/training colleges to build awareness about access to electricity. According to Professor Mthembu, it’s important to “raise awareness and give hope for the future” and the Vice Chancellor emphasized that we should be “doing things that have an impact that can be a model for the world.”  So where does Centennial come in?  The College’s Rwanda-born David Himbara, Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion, is a long-time friend of the distinguished visitor. He has written about how the College can champion the fight against global energy poverty, which affects over 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Mr. Himbara pointed out that while there’s much work to be done, those in positions of power are taking note, and that even the World Bank’s homepage focuses on the urgency of addressing energy deficits. As Himbara put it, “everyone has our conversation on top of their agenda.” He emphasized the need for access to renewables in developing nations, and the importance of replacing dangerous kerosene lamps, which are still being widely used.  Himbara rightly said that “Centennial has both the vision, and the capability” to help.   And resources do exist here, whether it’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-funded green energy projects through the college’s Applied Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services, or the valuable industry partnerships and connections the College has made.  It just so happened that one of our distinguished partners was on hand.   Robin Adamson, Director of Business Development, Microgrid & Hybrid Solutions at Canadian Solar Inc. was a guest speaker as well. Canadian Solar is a company that, as he put it, “made their mark in the world by selling energy modules.”  And they’ve been involved in similar ventures, such as tackling diesel offset issues in northern Ontario First Nations communities, a reminder that energy poverty really is a global phenomenon, and exists even in countries like ours.  Adamson emphasized that the technology is there. Canadian Solar has energy solutions for small communities that are “elegant and simple.” These involve installing solar and wind energy generation systems, and energy storage solutions, all managed and controlled from remote locations. He said as a public company, they’re interested in “building projects that work” and bridging the gap between need and financial requirements, which must involve partnerships with government at the federal level.  Finance, physical and political risks are obstacles they face when developing micro-grid technology networks. But Adamson emphasized the potential for installations and industry’s willingness to rise to the challenge.  These were some of the issues addressed in a post-talk brainstorming Q&A session, where participants from the industry and the institutional sides explored ways to implement innovative off-grid solutions for those who need it most, and tackling technical challenges like training electricians once module units are installed.    Professor Mthembu, was then given a tour of Centennial College’s research facilities, including WIMTACH, the College’s Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre for Health. Also, students from Centennial’s Accelerator for Centennial Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL) were given a chance to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to the visiting professor. International visits like this are important to tap into the available capacity and support, and to collaborate on a global scale for important long-lasting changes.  By Chris Lombardo https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/international-team-effort-to-tackle-global-energy-poverty/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:40:08 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/international-team-effort-to-tackle-global-energy-poverty/ 50th Anniversary celebration up for industry award Centennial College students in Vietnam cleaning a local beach during the Paint the Town Green celebration Centennial College's service-oriented Paint the Town Green celebration, which was organized to boldly mark the College's 50th Anniversary last fall, has been announced as a Canadian Event Industry Awards finalist, making it a hallmark of achievement in the event/meeting industry. Centennial's anniversary commemoration is being judged against the best in the business, which this year includes Providence Healthcare Foundation, WestJet Airlines, Canadian Tire Corporation, McMaster University and Economical Insurance. To mark Centennial's first half-century, the college cancelled classes on September 27, 2016, to release its students, faculty and staff to Paint the Town Green. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across the city to lend a hand in 11 major City of Toronto parks with a variety of green initiatives such as planting trees, spreading mulch, removing trash from waterways and nature trails, painting fixtures and beautifying public areas. With Centennial's growing international reputation, its partner schools in China, Korea, India, Turkey, Panama, Brazil and other countries released their students to make meaningful contributions in their own communities. In the spirit of the day, the president of Suzhou Centennial College near Shanghai, China, was thrilled to join his students and collect litter in the beautiful canal city of Suzhou. At home and abroad, the Paint the Town Green initiative was Centennial's way of giving back to the communities that helped it grow into one of Canada's most innovative public colleges. With photos of volunteers working all over the world rapidly accumulating on social media, Centennial was nominated for the industry award in the category of Best event produced for a corporation by an in-house team or planner. The awards program was established in 1997 as a platform for event and meeting professionals from each major discipline of the industry to be recognized for their talent, hard work and success. Since its inception, more than 625 Canadian professionals, including producers, designers, chefs, entertainers, caterers, marketers and planners, have been celebrated for their achievements in events. The Canadian Event Industry Awards is one the most rigorous and challenging award competitions in the world for event professionals. The category winners will be announced live at the Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala on March 30 at the Paramount Event Space in Toronto. All winning entries will be featured in an upcoming issue of Canadian Special Events Magazine.   https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/50th-anniversary-celebration-up-for-industry-award/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:45:23 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/50th-anniversary-celebration-up-for-industry-award/ “Design Sprint” addresses living with dementia Collaborative thinking often draws out the best ideas from everyone involved. There's no better example of this than caring for people with dementia – that devastating progressive erosion of cognitive abilities as people age. It's a condition that perhaps more than any other requires a cluster of support. Centennial College hosted a Design Sprint recently at the Progress Campus Event Centre, put on by the Canadian Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation, a solution accelerator focused on driving advances when it comes to coping with aging. The event, whose theme was appropriately, It Takes a Village, featured a community of clinicians, caregivers, researchers, policymakers, students, financiers and designers, along with seniors themselves, who came together to share ideas about best practices when it comes to caring for those with dementia. Programmers from Centennial College's Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH) acted as facilitators, as teams broke up into groups to tackle a host of challenges associated with aging and memory deficits, then swapped team members to see if fresh inputs could aid in solutions. Julian Goss is a designer, consultant and assistant professor in the Industrial Design department at the Ontario College of Art & Design University. He's been also working with Toronto's Baycrest Health Sciences for more than four years as part of his professional practice applying design thinking, methods and tools for geriatric care. Dr. Goss says that when it comes to the serious issue of dementia, it's important to promote support and embed new thinking and innovative solutions around brain health. And innovative approaches to care are required immediately. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada's Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, 25,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year, and it is estimated to cost the Canadian economy nearly $10.5 billion annually. The issue is so grave, Senators Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie and Art Eggleton recently urged Minister of Health Dr. Jane Philpott to adopt a National Dementia Strategy, as the number of Canadians with some form of memory impairment is expected to double over the next 15 years to a total of 1.4 million in 2031. Karen Waite, Senior Consultant for the Ontario Telemedicine Network, one of the largest telemedicine networks in the world, is hoping to take results from the Design Sprint and turn it into tangible results. This involves, according to Waite, determining the kinds of partnerships that are needed from the ideas that are percolating at the conference. Director of Service Design and User Insight at Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Paulo Korre concurred, and reported that he was hoping to highlight some of the challenges they didn't see, and get an interesting cross-pollination of ideas. Ultimately, events like these are all about ideas. For the likes of WIMTACH, who are frequently tasked to execute these, occasions like It Takes a Village, are vital first steps. WIMTACH research associate Vikramjit Singh says that discussions advanced were rich and valuable, and was impressed by the diverse perspectives. It's important to both get the word out about what healthcare innovations we are capable of exploring at Centennial, but also to find out what pressing macro issues pertain to healthcare. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/design-sprint-addresses-living-with-dementia/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:12:53 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/design-sprint-addresses-living-with-dementia/ Science Minister takes a walk into the future The Federal Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, came to Centennial’s Progress Campus on Thursday, March 16 for a campus tour that included visits to the college’s Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre for Health (WIMTACH) and the Samsung Tech Institute – the first such institute established in North America by the South Korean tech giant. Minister Duncan, who admits being a big fan of Ontario’s first college, was greeted by Centennial College President Ann Buller, as well as dozens of staff, students and student researchers. She was invited to personally try out a virtual reality exercise program in the WIMTACH labs. Minister Duncan enthusiastically volunteered and was thrilled with the experience. “For an exercise fanatic and a data fanatic, this is fantastic!” she told the crowd. Given what most people think of when they think exercise, the experience was pretty meta. The application, explained by WIMTACH Principal Investigator Dr. Pouria Tavakkoli and Research Associate José Lara, allows users to not only shed calories in a virtual environment (in this case, the cobblestone streets and thatched homes of various medieval European cities), but also to work out with a friend, who shows up as a digital avatar.  The hardware and software components, which include an ankle band and a gaming platform, work together as a form of personal trainer that adapts to an individual’s workout needs offering feedback in real time, along with machine learning. The Minister was thrilled to sample the technology, as various physical performance variables were measured in her trans-Atlantic sojourn, delivered via virtual reality (VR) headset and sensors.  “Young people need a solid STEM foundation so they can take on the knowledge-based jobs of the future,” she said afterwards, referring to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that can give students essential skills and knowledge. The education push by government and employers has implications for workforce development and future economic growth. So it’s no surprise she stopped by Centennial College, where students are being prepared for future careers – some of which don’t even exist yet. Another part of the WIMTACH demonstration involved an electronic tracking tool, developed in conjunction with a Toronto-area hospital. Centennial software engineering technology students designed and developed an Android-based mobile application to educate new mothers and improve maternal and child health care with the monitor. Also demonstrated were a virtual assistant and Windows-based exercise simulator for patients, and an e-Health screening tool to streamline patient and caregiver instructions. As part of her campus tour, Minister Duncan was shown an object-following robocar, as well as some of Centennial’s outdoor research projects, including solar panels that are part of an NSERC-funded green energy project led by the college’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) department. Minister Duncan came away suitably impressed with growing evidence that the knowledge-based economy entails practical partnerships with industry and experiential learning for students, both of which have enthusiastically taken root at Centennial College. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/science-minister-takes-a-walk-into-the-future/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:13:02 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/science-minister-takes-a-walk-into-the-future/ Employers: Are you ready to hire millennials? Millennials have high expectations for access to mental health services at work: survey  Thousands of post-secondary millennials are getting ready to graduate and will soon be the largest portion of the workforce in Canada. A new survey finds that they expect Canadian employers to have answers on how they will address workplace stress and mental health as they recruit and hire millennials. In fact, almost two-thirds of millennials expect access to mental health services at work – more than any generation before.  The survey is part of #MindYourBusiness, a Centennial College student/CivicAction initiative aimed at ensuring millennials (defined as those aged 18 to 34) are part of the conversation regarding mental health in the workplace. In addition, students have organized an employer-student event at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre, as well as a social media campaign to encourage employers to complete CivicAction's free online assessment tool MindsMatter. The assessment is a quick tool designed to help organizations know where they are at in supporting their employee's mental health and how to do more.  The campaign was part of a course in Centennial College's post-graduate public relations program that had students working with actual clients on a real campaign, part of the college's commitment to experiential learning.  The first step to entering the workforce is finding a job that is the right fit, said Lindsay Balbirnie, a Centennial College public relations student working on the campaign. We hope the survey results help shed some light on the mental health issues that matter most to us as we enter the workforce. The survey revealed that millennials:  are more likely (64 per cent) than Generation X (48 per cent) and Baby Boomers (42 percent) to enquire about mental health culture and services provided by employers when applying for a job;  are more interested than their older counterparts in learning about what mental health services are offered through job descriptions (22 per cent), interviews (24 per cent) and training sessions (25 per cent);  are more likely to use mental health services provided by a business than any other generation (43 per cent vs. 33 per cent for Generation X and 15 per cent for Baby Boomers). have greater expectations of having mental health services provided to them in the workplace (63 per cent) In addition, the survey revealed that women are twice as likely to consider resources and tools for mental well-being when they apply and accept a job. For example, 38 per cent of women look for sick days without penalty compared to only 29 per cent of men. Fifteen per cent of women consider meditation or de-stress rooms important whereas only eight per cent of men consider it important.  This research reveals that millennials expect more support for mental health in the workplace than previous generations, says Sarah Harris, director of communications for CivicAction. There's a real opportunity for employers to set themselves apart by being more transparent about what they offer to support their staff's mental health.  Overall, millennials are less aware of the mental health services provided by their employer than the Canadian population as a whole. Seventy per cent of Generation X's are aware of services provided, while only 63 per cent of millennials are aware of services. This means that employers need to take a proactive approach and inform new employees about all mental health services, resources and tools in their company.  According to the survey, employers should consider adding mental health services and tools to their job descriptions and advise potential employees during the interview process.  For information or to arrange interviews please contact:  Sirini Wijesekera Media Relations swijesek@my.centennialcollege.ca 416-821-9600 Elizabeth Wilkinson Media Relations ewilkin1@my.centennialcollege.ca 647-537-8538 https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/employers-are-you-ready-to-hire-millennials/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:50:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/employers-are-you-ready-to-hire-millennials/ Older Canadians are outdoors twice as often as millennials, survey shows Older Canadians are almost twice as likely as younger Canadians to regularly go outside for recreation, a survey shows. While most Canadians get outdoors at least once a week, 58 per cent of Canadians 55 and older get outside four or more times per week, compared to a third of Canadians aged 18-34. Part of the reason millennials (18-34) don't enjoy the great outdoors as much as others may be related to their busy schedules. Forty-seven per cent of millennials say that they don't have the time. This is nearly twice the number of Canadians aged 55+. To help address this, the Canadian Parks Council, a committee representing national, provincial and territorial parks, created The Nature Playbook to connect more Canadians with the natural environment. The Playbook suggests simple strategies and activities that make it easy for Canadians to incorporate nature into their everyday lives. The Nature Playbook is a collection of best practices. It's a guidebook that is meant to inspire action and eventually, widespread cultural change in Canada, said Chloe Dragon Smith, co-chair of The Nature Playbook working group. If we truly want to make a change for the next generation, millennials are an important audience. Another reason the Canadian Parks Council created The Nature Playbook is to encourage Canadians to reap the health benefits that nature provides. The survey showed that 86 per cent of Canadians purposefully go outside to reap nature's health benefits. The top reason Canadians go outside is to clear their heads. Connecting with nature is important for our health and happiness, said Dragon Smith. The Nature Playbook can help us all discover the best, most practical ways to get outdoors – no matter who you are or where you are in Canada. It's about finding and embracing what works for you. The Nature Playbook's strategies are: Bring children into nature at an early age. Find and share the fun in nature. See the urban gateway to nature. Embrace technology. Share cultural roots and ancestry in nature. Seek out diverse partnerships. Empower a new generation of leaders. This survey was developed as part of a broader campaign to raise awareness about The Nature Playbook in Toronto. It was organized by Centennial College post-graduate public relations and corporate communications students as part of the Storyworks course at the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design in partnership with the Canadian Parks Council. Additional Findings People from Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and B.C. are more than twice as likely to say that they do not have time to regularly go outside than people in Saskatchewan. Only 8 per cent of British Columbians say that they have to travel outside the city to connect with nature. Eighty per cent of Canadians say they are able to connect with nature within five minutes of their house. Seventy-one per cent of Canadians like to go running or on a walk when they go outside. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Alyssa Stewart Media Relations astewa51@my.centennialcollege.ca 1-902-303-5247 Rebecca Goss Media Relations rgoss@my.centennialcollege.ca 1-647-654-2547 https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/older-canadians-are-outdoors-twice-as-often-as-millennials-survey-shows/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:19:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/older-canadians-are-outdoors-twice-as-often-as-millennials-survey-shows/ Centennial wins award for its 'Paint the Town Green' celebration Centennial College’s Paint the Town Green celebration won the Best Event Produced for a Corporation by an In-house Team award at the Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala on March 30, recognizing it as an innovative special event. To boldly mark Centennial's 50th anniversary last fall, the college released its students, faculty and staff to take part in its Paint the Town Green environmental initiative. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across the city on September 27 to lend a hand in 11 major City of Toronto parks by planting trees, spreading mulch, removing trash from waterways and nature trails, painting fixtures and beautifying public areas.  With Centennial's growing international reputation, its partner schools in China, Korea, India, Turkey, Panama, Brazil and other countries released their students to make meaningful contributions in their own communities. In one example, the president of Suzhou Centennial College near Shanghai, China, was thrilled to join his students and collect litter in the beautiful canal city of Suzhou. At home and abroad, Paint the Town Green –the college’s principal corporate colour –was Centennial's way of giving back to the communities that helped Ontario’s first college to grow into one of Canada's most innovative institutions. With photos of volunteers working all over the world rapidly accumulating on social media, Centennial garnered considerable attention by the news media.  Centennial’s 50th anniversary event was judged against the best in the business in its category, which this year included Providence Healthcare Foundation, WestJet Airlines, Canadian Tire Corporation, McMaster University and Economical Insurance.  The Canadian Event Industry Awards were established in 1997 as a platform for event and meeting professionals to be recognized for their talent, hard work and success. The Canadian Event Industry Awards is considered one the most rigorous and challenging award competitions in the world for event professionals.  The special events, conferences and meetings industry is a rapidly growing sector in Canada that employs thousands of practitioners. Centennial's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts teaches programs in Special Events Planning and Event Management. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-award-for-its-paint-the-town-green-celebration/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:40:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-wins-award-for-its-paint-the-town-green-celebration/ 50th annual Athletic Banquet a historic milestone It was a historic night on Friday, April 7 as Centennial College celebrated its 50th annual Athletic Banquet by inducting three athletes, four builders and an entire team into the Hall of Fame. The night is an annual tradition to recognize the accomplishments of Centennial student athletes over the past season. Headlining this year's award winners were Male Athlete of the Year, Marko Curic, from the Men's Basketball Team, and Female Athlete of the Year, Mari Pikkov, from the Women's Volleyball Team. Curic was one of the three captains on the men's basketball team, and played a pivotal role as they went from last place in the OCAA East (6-14) last season, to third in the OCAA East (15-5) this season. The Colts battled their way into the OCAA Men's Basketball Championships in 2017. Curic was also a First Team All Star and averaged a team high 17.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. Mari Pikkov has led an incredible turnaround for the women's volleyball team in just their second year since coming back in the OCAA. The Colts improved by seven games from last year, finishing 10-8 this season compared to 3-17 the previous year. She led the Colts in digs per set with 2.17 and was named a Second Team All-Star. Cross-country runner William Chemno was named Centennial's Male Rookie of the Year, while women's basketball player Yasmeen Smith was named the Female Rookie of the Year. Chemno capped off an incredible debut season, finishing with a silver medal in the Nationals, becoming the first Colts runner to win an individual national medal. He also picked up the bronze in the Provincials as well. Meanwhile, Smith led her basketball team in points (14.4 ppg) and an OCAA leading 11.9 rebounds per game. Overall, 2016-17 was a successful year for Centennial as both varsity basketball teams, the women's volleyball team, badminton team, and the cross-country team all enjoyed resurgent seasons. The 2017 OCAA Championships for men's basketball brought a huge turnout to the tournament and ended up being a major success. The full list of award winners is shown here. MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Badminton: Jin Cheng Extramural Men's Basketball: Devean George Men's Basketball: Jahshua McFarlane Women's Basketball: Judy Ta Cricket: Zohaib Usmani Cross Country (M): Matthew Lozano Cross Country (W): Ana Lopez Castro Ice Hockey: Daniel Sherwood Men's Outdoor Soccer: Kareem Marzouk Men's Indoor Soccer: Paulo Fernandez Women's Outdoor Soccer: Christine Dumbrique Women's Indoor Soccer: Kali Zheng Men's Volleyball: Justin Smith Women's Volleyball: Emily Joe MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Badminton: Alishan Shalwani Extramural Men's Basketball: Amrit Singh Men's Basketball: Marko Curic Women's Basketball: Kayla Higgins Cricket: Shahjeb Padaniya Cross Country (M): William Chemno Cross Country (W): Kate Perkins Ice Hockey: Thomas Lalonde Men's Outdoor Soccer: Stephen Hwedieh Men's Indoor Soccer: Nigel Kamal Women's Outdoor Soccer: Sherine de Jong Women's Indoor Soccer: Rachel Morcos Men's Volleyball: Ethan Peter Women's Volleyball: Mari Pikkov For the Class of 2017 (Hall of Fame), the three athletes inducted were Nathaniel Allard, a two-time CCAA badminton medalist (2006); Lina Radziunas (1979) and Amanda Nicholson (1992). The four builders inducted were Dennis Macdonald, Paul Clarke, Steve McLaughlin and current varsity coordinator Joan Healey. And for the first time ever, an entire team has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 1983-84 Centennial men's basketball team was the first in Centennial’s 50-year history to win a national championship. The All-Academic Team Award is awarded to the team with the highest average GPA. This years' recipient, with an average GPA of 3.92, was the women's outdoor soccer team. 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Brown was the recipient of the Dennis Macdonald Honourary COLT Award for his service in which he went above and beyond this year, especially with the support and guidance of the basketball program. Centennial would like to thank all of the student-athletes, coaches, sponsors, alumni, family members, faculty members, administrators and staff that have made this year a success in the classroom and in athletics. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/50th-annual-athletic-banquet-a-historic-milestone/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:12:04 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/50th-annual-athletic-banquet-a-historic-milestone/ Centennial receives special 50th anniversary funds The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, came to Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus on April 7 to announce a special investment of $2,250,400 to help the college deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow. The announcement was part of the government’s “50 for 50” investment in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s college system. The provincial government is dividing a special one-time investment of $50 million among its 24 public colleges to help enhance the student experience. The funding is intended to be used for new technology, lab equipment and learning spaces.  “This investment will provide students at Centennial College with state-of-the-art materials including specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment and technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy,” Mitzie Hunter told the 100 students and staff who had gathered at the campus hub to hear the announcement. While the Ontario college system turned 50 years young in 2017, Centennial College President Ann Buller reminded Minister Hunter that Centennial is turning 51, since its opening in the fall of 1966 preceded the college system by almost a full year. She noted the first Centennial students were so thrilled that they marched on Queen’s Park, not to protest, but to thank then-Education Minister Bill Davis for their new education option. “We're delighted to receive this special investment to help enhance our learning environment at Centennial,” President Buller told the gathering. “This new capital will allow us to develop a renewable energy 'micro grid' that will connect the college’s clean energy assets, including our solar-powered electric vehicle recharging station. It's a unique project that will give us a stake in an emerging technology for our students to work on.” The special funding announcement was made as part of the annual Colleges Week, when the Ontario colleges interact with the Legislature in Queen’s Park to highlight the value of the public college system. The special $50-million investment will help colleges prepare more graduates for rewarding careers in the innovation economy. About 220,000 full-time students are enrolled at Ontario’s 24 public colleges. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-receives-special-50th-anniversary-funds/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:36:21 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-receives-special-50th-anniversary-funds/ Invention Convention a showcase for budding entrepreneurs When it comes to the next generation of innovators, we’re in good hands. Centennial College welcomed 7th graders from St. Nicholas Catholic, St. Maria Goretti Catholic, Fleming Public and Chief Dan George Public schools for an “Invention Convention” at Progress Campus on March 29.   The Invention Convention is organized by The Learning Partnership, a group best known for its Take Our Kids to WorkTM program that takes place every November. But it’s their Investigate! Invent! Innovate! or I3 program, which combines STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and workplace skills considered integral to success in the field. Coincidentally, they are key components of Centennial’s mandate as well. The Learning Partnership’s I3 GTA Program Manager Kristen Gilmour explained the group’s aim is to promote, support and advance publicly funded education in a venture where students are “asked to come up with a problem in their daily life, and then come up with a solution and create an invention that solves that problem.” That’s easier said than done, but the concept really captures much of what entrepreneurship entails, regardless of age. Diana Vecchiarelli, a 7th grade science and French teacher at Scarborough’s St. Maria Goretti Catholic School, had heard positive things about the I3 program through a colleague, then set up a workshop with The Learning Partnership. Her students worked hard for two months to come up with their inventions. “The students were very eager, enthusiastic, very motivated to learn, and to also take risks,” she said. The kids’ inventions ran the gamut of solutions to problems relating to bicycles, beverage temperature measures, heart monitors, night lights, cleaning products, ice cream scoops, phone protectors, and even an app to help tinnitus sufferers get a good night’s sleep. Despite their young age, the inventors’ presentations were sophisticated, often including market testing data, customer feedback and price-point justifications. Some of the attendees had prepared pitches worthy of Dragon’s Den, the entrepreneur reality TV series. Sue Pfeffer, The Learning Partnership’s National Program Manager for Entrepreneurial Adventure, noted that students taking part in these kinds of initiatives learn about the practicalities of running a business, including “entrepreneurship, brainstorming, collaborating, when things go wrong, how to pivot when things go wrong – all the things you’d learn as an adult. They learn a lot of language and math, and media literacy.” During their visit, the grade 7 students were given a tour of Centennial College, including the baking lab at the Hospitality School’s state-of-the-art facilities, the largely student-run restaurant, The Local, and the new corporate Event Centre. Since the day was all about entrepreneurship and innovation, the students made a stop at Centennial’s youth entrepreneur centre (called ACCEL) and even took in a VR demonstration at the Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH). The young visitors came away suitably impressed with all the real-world labs at Centennial, confident in the knowledge that budding entrepreneurs are well supported at the college level. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/invention-convention-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:15:37 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/invention-convention-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Centennial College leads GTA colleges again in 2017 Centennial College leads the six Toronto-area colleges in student and employer satisfaction again in 2017, according to the provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys conducted with college students, graduates and their employers. It's the second consecutive year Centennial leads the pack – and the first time the college leads the Six in terms of graduate satisfaction, too. The Ontario colleges' KPI surveys were developed jointly by the government, Colleges Ontario and student associations in response to the Provincial Auditor's 1996 recommendations for college accountability measures. The annual surveys require each of Ontario's 24 public colleges to administer the same questionnaires and methodologies to yield comparable data. Centennial's graduate satisfaction rate rose to 78.5%, the highest rate among the six GTA colleges (on par with Sheridan College), and very close to the provincial average of 78.8%. The employer satisfaction rate of 94.1% continues to outperform the provincial average (91.2%), as well as the other colleges in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Centennial's overall KPI student satisfaction rate – the mathematical average of four capstone questions that probe the learning experience and quality of facilities and services – declined marginally from 77% last year to 76.5% in this iteration. Despite the slip, Centennial still ranks first in student satisfaction among the six GTA colleges. The positive results are attributable to the extraordinary work taking place in the college's classrooms and labs, where updated curriculum and new approaches to teaching and learning strengthen the student experience. The KPI scores are the product of the committed faculty and service teams whose work engage students, build resiliency and support learning. The survey feedback also reflects the substantial investments Centennial made to enhance the learning environment at every campus. While there's room for improvement, the 2017 KPI results underscore the continued success Centennial College has amassed in its 50th year as Ontario's first public college. Centennial's Book of Commitments states that the college will make a bigger promise to students. The 2017 KPIs reveal Centennial is indeed doing so by directing more energy and resources towards giving graduates more opportunities to do meaningful work and have meaningful lives. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-leads-gta-colleges-again-in-2017/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:09:19 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-leads-gta-colleges-again-in-2017/ Technology Fair reveals students’ bright ideas Centennial College vaulted into the Top 10 Canadian Research Colleges ranking for 2016, the first time in the college’s history. There is no finer way to showcase the next generation of innovators at Centennial than with the Technology Fair put on by the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS). The college’s 6th annual fair was held on April 11 in the Event Centre space at Progress Campus. On display were nearly 50 “capstone” projects, which required students to solve challenging problems by designing and building their final products to demonstrate their solutions. The fair presented an opportunity to not only to show off their results, but to liaise with college staff, other students and even industry partners, including Honda Canada, the Canadian Navy, Pearson Education, Cimetrix Solutions, Balluff Canada, SMC and others on hand. The research projects spanned a wide range of technologies, from bio-remediation of heavy metals in soil, to wave energy capture devices, toothbrush sterilization solutions, remote video-sensing robots, flywheel energy storage devices, floating forest design concepts, remote-controlled lawnmowers, flour disinfectants and E. coli studies of beach sand. Staff members from Centennial’s Applied Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) department were among the judges. As ARIES Executive Director Dr. Deepak Gupta noted, “I’m continually amazed by what the students come up with.” Dr. Patrick Kelly, Dean of SETAS, congratulated participants and presented the 2017 Dean’s Award to Deesha Daswani and Anushree Ranade for their project, “Quantitative and Qualitative Assay of Toothbrush Dwelling Microorganisms.” The pair had compared fungal content of toothbrushes with silica gel absorption caps, versus those without. What drew the students to the investigation? “You start and end your day with a toothbrush!” remarked Daswani. Nidul Rathod and Sharon George were the Innovation Award winners for their research project, which examined the safety of Toronto beaches using the microbial load metric. “During the summer, we spend a lot of time at the beach, and we wanted to know just how safe it is. Sand is monitored for E. coli in the U.S., but not here,” George explained. The team found pathogen levels at the three east-end Toronto beaches tested (Woodbine, Scarborough Bluffs and Rouge) failed to comply with Health Canada standards. Rathod reported that the results are “alarming,” and they want to expand their research to test public beaches in the west end of the city. The ICET’s Chair Award (for electronics) went to Arlina Ramrattan, Kevin Burnside, Omid Khataee, Aaron Fernandes and Neil Reading for their Keanu project; the AMAT Chair Award (for automation) went to Ziren Tang, Feng Luan, and Cui Kai for their Solar Pest Lamp; and the ABES Chair Award (for environmental) went to Jelani Bartlett for Breaking Point Condominiums. Philip Weekes (of the Enactus Centennial club) is part of a team that won the Applied Degree Award, along with Ibrahim Khalid, Eric Desrochers, Neel Shah, Patrick Cumayas, and Umair Warsi. They were responsible for developing the Cyber X Store, “a student exchange platform which allows students to buy and sell textbooks.” Weekes said that unlike Kijiji, which has a limited geographic filter, their store can segment sales markets into campuses, so users don’t have to travel far to procure learning materials. Daniel Kerr-Cresswell showed off a security system his team built, complete with a motion sensor, that when tripped, sends a video or picture to the registered owner. Their team is developing “room mapping software, where a sensor gets coordinates back to scan a room, and you can import that into a 3D modelling program, and create a model from it.” The student projects garnered considerable attention from companies. Greg Soden, Industry Manager at Balluff Canada, had a booth set up at the fair and has hired Centennial graduates, as well. Balluff makes sensing and automation technologies, such as conductive, photoelectric, laser, RFID, pressure and linear transducers, used in manufacturing. Soden wants to “increase their visibility to students, so they could have a better idea of what technologies are important to Canadian manufacturers.” Judging by the amount of interest in the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science Technology Fair and the stellar results showcased this year, this ongoing initiative is destined to further strengthen the connection between engineering technology students, institutions and industry. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/technology-fair-reveals-students-bright-ideas/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:19:52 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/technology-fair-reveals-students-bright-ideas/ Centennial College partners with Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals to pilot paid internships Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has partnered with the Toronto branch of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) on a pilot project that will allow 12 graduating students to work in some of Toronto’s best restaurants and be mentored by some of the city’s most innovative chefs and restaurant managers. The CAFP Student Leadership Program has been designed to help recent graduates get real-world experience and provide mentor support to develop specific skill sets. CAFP is currently accepting applications from Centennial students that wish to participate in this unique pilot program. “The pilot will be for one year, and will consist of three consecutive internship placements of a four-month duration. These are paid positions with mentorship with the host chef,” explains Franco Naccarato, Vice-President Industry Liaison, Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals. Beginning in June and running until May 2018, students will work at three different operations and, most importantly, gain leadership development from three chefs and managers. “Batifole, Harvest Kitchen, Café Belong and the International Centre are the first four organizations to sign on, but there is already increasing interest from other leaders in this industry who pride themselves on being training grounds for the future workforce,” says Naccarato. “Our role as educators is to give students the skills they need to be successful in their careers,” says Joe Baker, Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. “But we know their future depends on their ability to transition into the workforce. We’re committed to working with organizations such as CAFP and their partners to help our students enter the industry immediately after graduation.  This partnership bundles leadership and mentoring into their first job, which will provide tremendous value to them for years to come.” Among other requirements, participating restaurants will designate specific skill sets/cuisine types that they can provide in-depth training in (i.e., butchery skills, classical Italian, French cuisine, charcuterie, pastry, etc.). Restaurants can choose which candidates get to work with them. The selection process may include interviews/cook-off competitions and/or recommendations from chef instructors. For more program details, contact Joe Baker, Dean, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (jbaker@centennialcollege.ca), or Franco Naccarato, Vice-President Industry Liaison, Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (franconaccarato@yahoo.com). Click here for more information about the programs of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-partners-with-canadian-association-of-foodservice-professionals-to-pilot-paid-internships/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:00:25 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-partners-with-canadian-association-of-foodservice-professionals-to-pilot-paid-internships/ Centennial receives NSERC research funds to help develop electric aircraft landing gear Centennial College has received $2.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to investigate the next generation of landing gear for energy-efficient aircraft. With the aerospace industry investing in weight reduction to make aircraft more fuel efficient, replacing heavy hydraulic systems with electric-actuated landing gear becomes an attractive goal for manufacturers. Ontario is a leader in global aerospace landing gear design and manufacturing, and a hub for aviation ingenuity. Centennial College is bolstering its capacity to innovate with Safran Landing Systems, one of the key industry partners in this applied research initiative. Safran Landing Systems is continually developing new technologies such as electrical actuation and additive manufacturing to ensure that we can meet the needs of our customers in the future, says Joseph Lan, Research and Technology Program Manager, Safran Landing Systems. NSERC funding is a key component of our near-term research activities in Canada and enables Safran to engage in collaborative innovation between not only Centennial but other Canadian industrial partners. We look forward to working together closely to develop this next-generation landing gear technology that will have a direct benefit to Centennial's faculty and students, and the Canadian aerospace industry. The $2.3 million research grant is part of a $37.4 million investment in 37 applied-research projects by the federal government agency, which recognizes the valuable role Canada's colleges play in research and innovation. Strong ties with their communities place colleges in a unique position to collaborate with local companies to develop innovations that strengthen economic growth and create new, sustainable jobs.  The NSERC funding is not only a collaboration between institutions and industry, but it supports a vital experiential learning opportunity for our students as they help develop more efficient and environmentally friendly landing gear technology, says Ann Buller, President of Centennial College. This research project is a prime example of the kind of collaborative work we plan to incubate at the DAIR research centre, which eventually will adjoin our aerospace campus in Downsview Park. DAIR is a consortium of industry leaders and academic partners intent on building a global aerospace hub in Toronto. The landing-gear research program is worth nearly $8 million in total, and represents the single largest applied research initiative in Centennial College's 50-year history. Centennial operates the largest transportation technology training centre in Canada at its Ashtonbee Campus, and is poised to open its aerospace campus at Downsview Park in January 2019. Watch Centennial's new Aerospace Campus Construction Live Stream. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-receives-nserc-research-funds-to-help-develop-electric-aircraft-landing-gear/ Wed, 03 May 2017 13:05:34 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-receives-nserc-research-funds-to-help-develop-electric-aircraft-landing-gear/ Centennial collects three CICan Awards of Excellence Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has announced the recipients of its 2017 Awards of Excellence as part of the association's annual conference in Ottawa, and Centennial College is once again a multiple winner having collected three awards on May 1. Lyle Williams, Adaptive Technology Specialist in the Centre for Students with Disabilities at Progress Campus, earned the silver award for Leadership Excellence by Non-Managerial Staff. Through numerous innovative adaptive technology projects, Lyle has helped students with disabilities eliminate barriers they may have encountered in the curriculum across all four campuses of the college. Student Ismail Nabih also collected a silver award in the category of Student Excellence. As a student governor, student ambassador and member of several committees and clubs on campus, Ismail has made a powerful impact on students overall and Centennial's reputation in the broader community. Once again, CICan recognized Centennial College for its outstanding work in the field of internationalization by winning bronze this year. The college's internationalization of programs and curriculum, the involvement of students and faculty in cross-cultural projects and activities, the establishment of Suzhou Centennial College in China and growing international student enrolments from 132 countries prompted CICan to call Centennial College a truly international institution. The recipients of our awards of excellence embody the best that colleges and institutes have to offer in a variety of sectors and disciplines, said Denise Amyot, CICan President and CEO. They are examples of innovation and dedication that make our institutions proud and contribute to the vibrant and welcoming culture found on campuses across Canada. Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada's publicly supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics. Its members offer more than 8,000 programs, working with industry and organizations to train 1.5 million learners of all ages at campuses serving more than 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. CICan and its members are committed to driving Canadian prosperity by being global leaders in applied education and partnered innovation. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-collects-three-cican-awards-of-excellence/ Thu, 04 May 2017 09:25:18 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-collects-three-cican-awards-of-excellence/ Centennial students win big at Ontario and Canada skills competitions Centennial College sent 42 students – its biggest team ever – to the Ontario Skills Competition on May 1 to 3 this year, and they returned with seven gold, silver and bronze medals. By any measure it's a great result for Centennial's team at what is Canada's largest skilled trade and technology competition.  Student competitors were put to the test in a range of contests – such as robotics, culinary arts and automotive service – and judged on their skills related to their field, as well as their job interview and other related soft skills. In addition to gold, silver and bronze medals, some winners were presented with monetary awards, as well. Centennial students representing three of the college's schools – Transportation, Engineering Technology and Applied Science, and Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts – were on hand to do their best against other post-secondary institutions in the province. Centennial's medal-winning students are: Colin Bailey – gold in Auto Collision Repair    Catherine Mathewson – gold in Auto Painting                         Ridwan Ally – silver in Truck & Coach Mechanic        YongLiang Rong – silver in Electronics                          Jose Renan Matienzo – silver in IT & Network Support         Aimann Balatayo & Ezra Frigillana – bronze in Mechatronics Team                       Matthew Chin – bronze in Refrigeration                                   The annual skills competition features 67 skilled trades and technologies contests involving 2,100 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario. More than 20,000 spectators took in the event over two and a half days at the Toronto Congress Centre. Great news from the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg! Gold medal winners Catherine Mathewson and Colin Bailey went on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the end of May. They were joined by Gerrit Den Ouden from the college’s Powersports Products Repair program. All of our competitors ended up doing a fantastic job at the nationals: Colin Bailey – gold medal in Auto Collision Repair Gerrit Den Ouden – silver medal in Small Outdoor Power Catherine Mathewson – bronze medal in Auto Painting Our congratulations to all of our competitors, and to the Centennial College faculty and staff who assisted in their preparation for both the Ontario Skills Competition and the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-win-big-at-ontario-and-canada-skills-competitions/ Tue, 09 May 2017 14:42:40 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-win-big-at-ontario-and-canada-skills-competitions/ Centennial's hospitality programs earn two national SMART accreditations Centennial College is among the first colleges and universities in Canada to receive Tourism HR Canada's SMART accreditation –and the only one to have two programs recognized for demonstrating tourism-related programming that exceeds industry standards. Centennial's Hospitality – Hotel Operations Management two-year diploma program and its Hospitality and Tourism Administration three-year advanced diploma program have been honoured with the organization's SMART + Premium status, which means the programs exceed basic tourism industry standards. The SMART Accreditation Program aims to provide an opportunity for post-secondary public or private institutions, and corporate training providers, to demonstrate that their programming meets or exceeds industry standards, but also provides benchmarks that tourism educators can use to assist them in continually improving their programs. Tourism in Canada is an $88.5-billion industry employing more than 1.7 million people, including over 500,000 youth. Tourism HR Canada works to improve the quality and mobility of the tourism workforce, and supply tourism businesses with the labour market intelligence they need to plan for and overcome their current and future human resource challenges. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-hospitality-programs-earn-two-national-smartplus-accreditations/ Fri, 12 May 2017 15:11:57 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-hospitality-programs-earn-two-national-smartplus-accreditations/ Girls Have App-titude! True fact: about three-quarters of programmers are men. And Centennial College is doing its part to address the imbalance. On May 15 the college hosted “Girls Have App-Titude,” a three-hour programming workshop that drew nearly 100 young women from nine Toronto high schools from across the city who are budding coders.   The event was put together under the auspices of Science Odyssey, an effort by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to get young women interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Girls Have App-Titude gave students a chance to see that coding can be a fun, creative and rewarding career. We already know this at Centennial College, where our Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH) features a number of talented female coders – student researchers who’ve already proven their aptitude (or “app-titude”) working on projects with key industry partners.   The Girls Have App-Titude event was co-organized by emcee Melanie Holmes, Community Outreach Coordinator, Women for Non-Traditional Careers, as well as the college’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES, which includes WIMTACH). Holmes greeted attendees, who had been shown around campus by Centennial student volunteers, with the hope that their “children will not have to come to events like these in the future!” – meaning that by then women will play an outsized role in the information technology sector. And it was a strong woman, appropriately, who kicked off the event. Centennial College President Ann Buller, who recounted busting gender stereotypes as a young girl by stealing her brother’s GI Joe action figures and leaving Barbie behind. “There’s nothing in her head!” Buller quipped about popular doll. President Buller urged students to pursue whatever career aspirations they chose, and to ignore the doubting “monster on your back.” Her message was underscored with stomping and cheering audience participation, and Buller closed with the pledge that all of the students “had the opportunity to make a real difference!” The young women then made their way to the college’s software engineering labs for some mobile app workshops, participated in a team coding challenge, had some lunch, and finally, enjoyed a draw for some Best Buy prizes. WIMTACH programmers and event facilitators Anjali Macwan, Taranjit Kaur, Avneet Khaira and Elaine Villarino enthusiastically shared their thoughts about working in the field. Macwan, a Centennial Software Engineering Tech graduate, said the school “taught her to know the things she should know,” while another graduate of the program, Elaine Villarino, touted her interest in interactive gaming and VR (virtual reality).  Efforts like Girls Have App-Titude, as well as events put on by the likes of Ladies Learning Code, and Women Who Code, are helping to get more women interested in computer programming. Together it should make for a bright future for women in the IT field, and help to redress the gender imbalance in this vital and rapidly growing industry. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/girls-have-app-titude/ Fri, 26 May 2017 13:27:06 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/girls-have-app-titude/ Research summit brings together great thinkers Together Towards Tomorrow was the theme of the Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship Summit (RISES), the annual showcase of ingenuity at Toronto's Centennial College. On June 6, RISES boasted the college's best and brightest, showing just how we got to be ranked among Canada's Top 10 Research Colleges. The day-long event, sponsored by Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), drew nearly 150 attendees representing staff, students, community and industry, to the Event Centre at Progress Campus. The summit featured compelling keynote talks that would rival any TED, as well as 28 rapid-fire breakout sessions with Centennial researchers using the PechaKucha presentation style (slideshow and description lasting just 6 minutes and 40 seconds) as a platform for their work. There was also a Marketplace, where Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER), the Centre for Global Citizenship, Education & Inclusion (GCEI), ACCEL, the campus-linked youth accelerator program for entrepreneurs, Enactus, Wearable Interactive Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH) representatives offered information about their services. We're the kind of college that this country and the world needs right now, said Centennial President Ann Buller in her opening remarks, reaffirming the College's commitment to driving innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Deepak Gupta, ARIES Executive Director, highlighted the significant changes to this year’s event, including the rebranding, the newly opened Event Centre venue and a mobile app. Taylan Tatli, Acting Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning at Centennial, called the day's presentations unbelievably diverse and leading edge. Featured research projects included: the next generation of electric landing gear for energy-efficient aircraft, solutions for colourblind microbiology students, a mobile app to support breastfeeding mothers, novel food allergen detectors, airbags to protect hockey players from concussions, solar absorption cooling system models, improving international students' classroom learning, and creating positive space training for marginalized communities, to name just a few. To launch the day, mathematician and technical Oscar winner Dr. Karan Singh, of the University of Toronto's Dynamic Graphics Project lab, blew away the audience with an engaging talk about where the Internet is headed – an immersive space, a fusion of users with technology – all by way of virtual reality (VR). Singh's proud parents were in the audience, having just arrived from India, as Singh explored augmented reality and what a digital world will soon look like. It was apropos given the summit theme. The attendees then split up into different rooms to take in Centennial staff and student presentations each representing a letter in the 'RISE' acronym – research, innovation, scholarship and entrepreneurship. Some of these projects were undertaken in partnership with industry, while others were funded by our essential funding agencies, NSERC and OCE, members of whom were on hand to represent their respective organizations. In her remarks, Dr. Kate Withers, Business Development Manager at Ontario Centres of Excellence, praised Centennial's WIMTACH, saying that the digital health centre consistently offers high quality deliverables. WIMTACH student researchers, who have impressed the likes of industry partners Scarborough General Hospital and the award-winning digital media firm, Shaftesbury Films, were well represented during the rapid-fire presentations.  Dr. Eric Blaise, ARIES' Innovation Program Manager for Aerospace and Surface Transportation, offered more details about the NSERC-funded electric aircraft landing gear project, which will be taking flight once Centennial's new Aerospace centre opens (interested readers can follow the progress of construction at the Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research hub) and other presenters covered a range of intriguing subject matter too numerous to detail here. The crackling post-lunch panel of impressive industry experts focused on how education and innovation dovetails with commerce. Ravi Seethapathy, former research head at Hydro One, chemistry professor and entrepreneur Dr. Cynthia Goh, Dr. Darin Graham of the Vector Institute, and Strategic Life Science's Dr. Alison Symington tackled a broad range of subjects including how postsecondary institutions are organized, technology revolutionized the energy grid, scientists become entrepreneurs, and DNA sequencing can be done at home. Vicki Saunders closed the show. Saunders, who has run multiple business ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley, was named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from EBW – Empowering a Billion Women, alongside the likes of Melinda Gates and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. In Canada, female entrepreneurs represent the fastest-growing segment in the small business sector, and Saunders founded SheEO, a global initiative to radically transform how we support, finance and celebrate female entrepreneurship. It's women entrepreneurs, Saunders pointed out, who presently receive only about 4% of total venture capital funding. Saunders hopes to change that, and outlined details of her Perpetual fund for five women entrepreneurs that is paid back over five years and once again made available to five new women. Event feedback included positive comments such as: the wealth of knowledge was amazing, and that it featured an eclectic mix of presentation formats. Next year's summit promises to be just as impressive and inspiring, with another outstanding array of special guests, industry representatives and committed Centennial staff and students. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/research-summit-brings-together-great-thinkers/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:03:41 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/research-summit-brings-together-great-thinkers/ Commemorative mural unveiled at Progress Campus Caption: From left:  Patrick Miksa, VP Academic Assets, Knightstone Capital Management; Shannon Brooks, AVP Corporate Services, Centennial College; artist Gavin MacDougall; Ann Buller, President, Centennial College; and Hon. Mitzi Hunter, MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood. To mark Centennial College’s 50th anniversary as well as Canada’s 150th birthday, the college commissioned an outdoor mural at the new Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre (CRCA) at Progress Campus. The winning design, entitled ‘Dare to Achieve’ by artist Gavin MacDougall, a graduate from Centennial’s Fine Arts Studio program, was unveiled on June 22. “Art that’s in the public domain tells a bigger story, and so we started the President’s Art Project as a way of getting that art out there,” Centennial College President Ann Buller told the audience that gathered outside for the unveiling. “It really does tell the story of courage, determination, and inclusiveness that has defined this institution for the past 50 years,” she said of the colourful mural. “Like the silhouettes in Gavin MacDougall’s work, we stand united in our commitment to helping every student not only to succeed, but soar, and that’s really what this image represents.” The mural competition was intended to show off the artistic talent of Centennial’s students and alumni. Thanks to Knightstone Capital Management Inc., which built the CRCA, the college was able to award MacDougall with a $10,000 cash prize. “The artwork speaks to the importance of education, community, cooperation, and diversity. Individual obstacles and limitations are overcome when people unite,” MacDougall told the crowd. He thanked the college, judges and the many people who helped bring the mural to life. “We build upon foundations established before us, and with guidance, instruction and determination, we move forward. Joining together, we rise above and dare to achieve.” President Buller and Gavin MacDougall unveiled the large panels with the help of the Hon. Mitzie Hunter, MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood, Patrick Miksa, Knightstone’s Vice President of Academic Assets, and professor/artist David McClyment. MacDougall’s five-panel mural was digitally processed, fabricated and installed on the north side of the residence building, where it will be on permanent display at Progress Campus. MacDougall’s work can also be found in Art Interiors in Forest Hill Village, Latitude 44 in The Junction, and Project Gallery in Leslieville. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/commemorative-mural-unveiled-at-progress-campus/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:10:55 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/commemorative-mural-unveiled-at-progress-campus/ Cyclists cross Canada to raise money for paediatric cancer Sean Squires, Manager, Centre for Academic Quality at Centennial College, and his cycling buddy Nir Meltzer have embarked on the greatest physical and mental challenge of their lives: a 6,600-km bicycle trip across Canada at a gruelling pace of 150 kilometres per day. They started in Vancouver on June 3 with the goal of raising money for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and the charity Meagan’s Walk to fund research into paediatric brain tumours. On July 5 their adventure brought them to downtown Toronto, where they wheeled up to the front door of SickKids Hospital with a police escort. Greeting them were dozens of friends, family members and colleagues from Centennial who wished to greet the pair and thank them for their hard work and determination that will see them complete the voyage to St. John’s, Newfoundland. “The plan is to visit all 10 provinces along the way, which is why we’re making the trip to Prince Edward Island to ensure we meet our goal,” Sean said at the hospital reception. The pair acknowledged the tremendous support they have received from the hospital and from total strangers along the way, many of whom know of the good work at SickKids and the importance of finding a cure for devastating paediatric brain cancer. “The ride’s been unbelievable. The kindness of people throughout this country…every single day something special happens,” Nir said of the hospitality the two cyclists experienced on the road. They have been provided with countless free meals and overnight stays, sometimes at community fire stations. “We’re sometimes given bunks at the fire station, but often we’d sit down for a meal with the crew and they’d get a call and leave us with a table full of food. And, yes, they really do slide down the fire pole to get to the trucks,” said Sean. By cycling from the west coast to the east, the pair tackled the hardest part – the Rocky Mountains – early in the trek. Climbing the steep slopes were hard, but Sean said learning to glide down the other side at a clip of 70 or 80 km/h on a fully loaded bicycle was even more harrowing. “Riding the Trans-Canada Highway on a bicycle doesn’t come easy. In some places, the shoulder of the road disappears and you have giant transport trucks whizzing by you and threatening to suck you into their vacuum. It’s a little scary at times.” The bicycles have held up well, and the switch to Kevlar tires reduced the number of flat tires immensely. The pair is taking a short break in Toronto to visit with family and friends before continuing on their journey through southern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces. They expect to finish in St. John’s before the end of July. To follow their progress on Twitter, go to @bikeforkids2017. The cyclists’ fundraising effort has collected almost $60,000 for Meagan’s Walk to date, with the end goal of $75,000 within reach. The funds will help researchers at SickKids find the cause for paediatric brain tumours, as well as continue in their efforts to provide excellent care to kids already afflicted by the disease. World renowned SickKids Hospital is the only facility in Canada with a program dedicated to paediatric brain tumour research. If you would like to support Sean and Nir through their Bike for Kids 2017 campaign, please visit: Bike for Kids 2017 campaign https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/cyclists-cross-canada-to-raise-money-for-paediatric-cancer/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:04:48 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/cyclists-cross-canada-to-raise-money-for-paediatric-cancer/ Summer HYPE graduation celebrates perseverance More than 100 young people committed a big part of their summer to participate in HYPE – Helping Youth Pursue Education – Centennial College's tuition-free learning experience that opens doors to higher education and fulfilling careers. Over six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, took part in seven courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, introduction to computers, digital media and culinary arts to get a sense of the career paths that may interest them. The initiative promotes education attainment by reducing the barriers to participation for youth living in under-served neighbourhoods, primarily in Toronto's east end. In addition to attending classes at no cost, participants receive transit fare and meals during the day to ensure they're fully fueled to learn. The HYPE Class of 2017 came together on August 10 to celebrate their achievement and to share some inspiring messages. The class valedictorian was Srimoloj Srianandan, a young man who lost his father at age 3, had witnessed civil war in his native Sri Lanka, and who got into trouble with the law when his family relocated to Toronto as a youth. It's great to stand in a room full of people who have your back, he told the class, who were accompanied by family and friends attending the graduation ceremony at Progress Campus. I listened to my brother, who told me to come here to Centennial to try a program. Now I work at Bombardier Aerospace. Srimoloj returned to Centennial over the summer to sample the college's automotive training program through HYPE. The program serves to demystify college for those who may feel intimidated by higher education – often after having had a poor experience in high school. For Srimoloj, the Thursday guest speaker series motivated him to try new things despite the setbacks he's had in his life. Listen to those who form your inner circle of family and friends, Anthony Bertin, manager of Centennial's Community Outreach Office, told the crowd, underscoring what Srimoloj had said about his brother. He praised the class for persevering to complete the program despite the distractions that summer brings. Congratulations for finishing what you began! Centennial continues to augment the benefits of the summer program, including HYPE Works, which offers mentoring, supported experience in job fairs, and skill credentialing workshops to increase employability. In addition, HYPE Works Express is a one-week program designed to increase employment readiness for youth who have to work prior to starting college. The program is brought to life through the support of TD Bank. According to Youth Outreach Coordinator Ahmed Bawah, about one-third of HYPE graduates go on to pursue full-time studies at college in the fall, while some will enter the workforce directly. Other participants won't come to a decision that quickly and will spend more time exploring their options, which Ahmed says is fine, too. HYPE appeared because you were ready, he told the graduating class. We will be here again tomorrow to help you. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/summer-hype-graduation-celebrates-perseverance/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:29:16 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/summer-hype-graduation-celebrates-perseverance/ Meet Ravneet Kaur, your Student Association President It takes a certain confidence to leave the comfort of home and travel to the other side of the globe to pursue higher education. Ravneet Kaur is grateful for the opportunity, spurred on by parents who encouraged her to try new experiences far beyond her native India to gain an understanding of the world and her potential role in it. “I actually didn’t want to go abroad. But my mother wanted me to study further and to be independent, instead of getting married at the age of 21 like my friends,” says Kaur, smiling. As the daughter of a business owner and a homemaker living in the bustling metropolis of New Delhi, Kaur is no stranger to the big city – India’s capital has a population of 22 million – so the notion of coming to Toronto did not deter her. Kaur had studied economics at the University of Delhi and graduated with a degree in commerce. But being studious was far from her only talent. Kaur adores swimming, skating, playing field hockey and her favourite sport: soccer. “I was playing at the national level in women’s football in India,” she says proudly. Kaur also enjoys dancing and choreography; in fact, she performed at the ceremonies of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. It was her mother who suggested studying overseas after completing her degree. “I did not work in India because the competition for jobs was so intense,” she recalls. “I wanted to find post-graduate studies in global business management, and it made sense to study that subject abroad.” Toronto came recommended as a learning destination and Kaur found her ideal program at Centennial College. “The two-year Global Business Management program fulfilled my business aspirations and, in addition, Centennial’s Leadership Passport credential and the Global Citizenship learning experiences sounded like amazing opportunities to round out my education, something the other colleges did not offer.” Kaur arrived in Toronto in August 2015 and quickly settled in her adopted home, first with a local family offering homestay accommodations, and then in her own apartment. Coming from New Delhi, the city seemed small by comparison. But it was her introduction to a Canadian college that surprised her. “There’s a heavy emphasis on final exams in India, while here there are lots of assignments throughout the year, so stress can be managed better. There’s also plenty of presentations in class, which build your communications skills and your confidence.” She enjoyed the interaction with her professors: “My teachers are approachable and helpful. In India, professors are held in high esteem and their status can make them less approachable.” Kaur also found the college’s online resources useful, rather than rely on paper handouts as she was accustomed to back home. One aspect of campus life that Kaur gravitated to quickly was the student government, which she viewed with familiarity. “In university in India, you have small colleges on campus with multiple student associations. There’s a strong tradition of voluntary work in student government in India,” she explains. “When you come to Canada and you don’t have family and friends nearby, the student association can play an important role.” Students from India clearly have some affinity for student government at Centennial, as Kaur found herself teaming up with compatriots from back home. She worked as a student advocate, learning about grade appeals and how to resolve other student issues. After a year of practical experience helping students, Kaur decided to run for president of the Centennial College Student Association Inc. (CCSAI) this past spring – which she won. Having graduated from her business program in June, she will spend the upcoming year serving the college’s 21,000 students and earning a paycheque. “I am going to build the advocacy structure further, and lobby government for food security and transit for students,” says Kaur of her new administration. She also would like to implement a better supplemental healthcare insurance plan that can pay for prescription drugs and other benefits. It’s important and responsible work that Kaur relishes. Student issues are more complex these days, especially in a college as diverse and globally connected as Centennial, where fully one-third of the college population is made up of international students. “Maybe a business graduate can do a better job of helping our students,” Kaur says. “I grew as a leader, encouraged by the Leadership Passport program I studied here.” Rather than pursue a career in banking as she had originally planned, Kaur would like to become a professional consultant who can help guide people and businesses to thrive in a changing environment. She intends to stay and launch her career in Canada. Needless to say, her mum is suitably proud. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/meet-ravneet-kaur-your-student-association-president/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:36:22 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/meet-ravneet-kaur-your-student-association-president/ Time capsules preserve Centennial’s first 50 years To help mark Centennial College's 50th anniversary, some 800 faculty, staff and representatives of the Alumni Association and CCSAI gathered at Progress Campus on August 31 to witness the burial of two time capsules filled with well wishes for the future, as well as mementos from the past and present. The weatherproof capsules – which resemble giant Thermos bottles – will be opened 50 years from now during the College's centennial year celebrations in 2066. Over the past year members of the Centennial community wrote messages to future generations on pieces of paper and inserted them into tiny glass bottles. Their messages in a bottle conveyed reminiscences about life at Centennial College, as well as family, friends, and hope and peace for the future. Congratulations on celebrating 100 years of excellence in education! reads the formal proclamation included in the capsule. Our hope is that you will reach out to the people for whom these notes are intended and invite them to become part of Centennial's 100th anniversary celebration. Accompanying the personal messages were some perfectly ordinary souvenirs from 2017, including copies of the Toronto Star newspaper, Maclean's, Time, Oprah and the Hockey News magazines, Blue Jays ticket stubs, a Centennial Colts jersey, a cell phone and a memory stick. Books included professor Ted Barris's Vimy Ridge, Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell, No Parrots in Space by students of the Children's Media program, and Fifty Years Bolder – an illustrated history of the college's first 50 years. A surprise late addition was a sign that identified Centennial's long-running radio station CKCC, which was a fixture at Warden Woods Campus, the college's original site. Graduate Mike Heindl, who volunteered to run the station in its infancy in 1968, had saved the sign from the wrecking ball in 2004, before the Warden Woods building was torn down to make way for a townhouse development. The encapsulated inscription ends on a high note: We hope you enjoy tripping down Memory Lane with us, and we wish Centennial continued success in the future. Here's hoping many of our present students will be on hand the day our time capsules are unearthed and their wondrous contents shared with future generations. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/time-capsules-preserve-centennial-s-first-50-years/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:33:59 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/time-capsules-preserve-centennial-s-first-50-years/ Centennial College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts first to receive Feast On® certification from the Culinary Tourism Alliance Centennial College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has become the first academic institution to receive Feast On® certification for its sourcing of local food and beverage products used in the academic programs, as well as purchased for the school's experiential-learning foodservice operations. Feast On is a certification program established by the Culinary Tourism Alliance that recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown and produced food and drink.  Using local food and beverage products is an essential part of the DNA of our school, says Suzanne Caskie, Chair of Culinary Arts at Centennial College. Where we source our food and how we educate our students about the value of supporting local producers reflect our mission of bringing social values into our curriculum as we prepare our graduates to be true leaders in the industry. Feast On has been a very successful foodservice certification identifying businesses as committed to Ontario producers as we are, says Rebecca Mackenzie, President and CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance. We worked alongside Centennial to support their goal of achieving the Feast On certification for their whole school food procurement. We hope other hospitality and culinary schools will set their local food and beverage sourcing goals as high, so we can continue to add educational institutions to our list of local food champions. Diners will be able to experience Feast On at The Local Cafe and Restaurant, the school's 7 days/week dual cafe and restaurant concept located at Centennial's Progress Campus. The Local is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, and for brunch on the weekends.  We will be participating in as many Feast On program benefits as possible through The Local so that our community can enjoy Ontario's bounty in our restaurant, says Caskie. Our students will have ample opportunities to turn these products into amazing food experiences.  Feast On certification is yet another reason for prospective students to choose Centennial's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, which boasts a striking, new 350,000-square-foot teaching facility incorporating eight classrooms, three culinary arts labs, two baking and pastry arts labs and a beverage-tasting room. The school operates an experiential learning ecosystem comprised of four unique components: a 90-seat restaurant, a quick-service cafe, an Event Centre and hotel-style guest rooms. As experts in food tourism development, the Culinary Tourism Alliance seeks to ensure that authentic food experiences become a significant economic driver for communities across Ontario, and a primary way for travelers to enrich their experience. Along with its member destinations, the Alliance is creating fruitful relationships in communities across the province – from the farm up – with innovative programs like Feast On. On a global level, the Culinary Tourism Alliance is leading efforts in research, education and product development to promote the growth of the industry. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-colleges-school-of-hospitality-tourism-and-culinary-arts-first-to-receive-feast-on-certification-from-the-culinary-tourism-alliance/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:41:53 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-colleges-school-of-hospitality-tourism-and-culinary-arts-first-to-receive-feast-on-certification-from-the-culinary-tourism-alliance/ Meet Centennial's 2017 Premier's Award Nominees Each year, Ontario's 24 public colleges are invited to submit nominees for the Premier's Awards, which honour the important social and economic contributions that college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. The Premier's Awards recognize graduates in six distinct categories: Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Technology and Recent Graduate. Centennial College is very proud to present our nominees – one in each category – for 2017. All have distinguished themselves by going far in their chosen field by calling upon their creativity, leadership and innovative thinking. Their work, and that of the other nominees, has helped to raise the profile of all Ontario college graduates! The awards program, launched in 1992 to mark the Ontario colleges' 25th anniversary, is administered by Colleges Ontario. This year's winners will be announced on November 27 in Toronto. Joseph Mancuso  Public Relations – Corporate Communications, 2014 Joe Mancuso is a social media strategist who builds clients' profiles and reputations, and is passionate about using his skills to do good in the charitable sector. Just three years after graduation Joe's career has been a remarkable climb, progressing from public relations to advertising and client relationships, and on to content marketing and social media strategy. This year, he joined the global investment firm Franklin Templeton Investments as a social media strategist, helping to build the company's Canadian presence. He previously worked as a senior content marketing specialist at Northbridge Financial, where he created digital strategies for three insurance brands. As a college intern, Joe launched his career with APEX public relations, where I pretty much said yes to everything and anything I was asked to do – a strategy that courted opportunities. In addition, Joe volunteers as a social media strategist for a variety of charitable groups, including the Invictus Games, Tree Canada, Casey House, the Christian Children's Fund of Canada, and Ready, Aim, Hire, which promotes solutions to youth unemployment. Tracy Schmitt Recreation Leadership, 1991 A motivational speaker since age 11, a team builder for more than 20 years, and soon-to-be author, Tracy Schmitt walks the talk of empowerment. She has climbed mountains in Nepal to bring school supplies to villages, captained tall ships as part of a leadership opportunity for youth, and competed in World Cup sailing. Tracy was born with limbs ending above the elbows and knees. Yet disability doesn't define her. As a freelance speaker, she motivates others to embrace possibility. Before launching her full-time career as a motivational speaker in 2015, Tracy was a leadership developer at Air Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart. She worked at the airline for eight years, helping management and unions find common ground. She helped drive restructuring plans that enabled Air Canada to maintain its high standards and morale during a difficult period of transition. At Shoppers, Tracy advocated problem solving during a tumultuous time of pharmaceutical reform. Tracy credits much of her success to the leadership skills she learned in Centennial's Recreation Leadership program. Sebastian Fuschini Business Administration, 1980 Sebastian Fuschini is a pioneer in the world of restaurant franchising. As a recent Centennial graduate with a business administration diploma in hand, he started at Pizza Pizza as a district supervisor in 1981. At the time, the company was 14 years old and operated 37 franchises in Ontario. In 1990 the firm formalized Sebastian's position of Vice-President of Franchising and made him an officer of the company. He was responsible for the company's growth and development, but still worked closely with individual franchise owners and knew their needs. Under his careful direction, Pizza Pizza flourished. He has been a key figure in helping the Canadian company spread across the country to its current 742 iconic franchise stores. Throughout the years, Sebastian has always had direct contact with new franchise owners, helping guide them in their business development. Sebastian also reaches out to the wider business community to help others learn about the benefits of franchising.   Margot Van Sluytman Publishing, Editing & Book Design, 1984 Margot Van Sluytman is a restorative justice advocate and author whose first book led her to meet the convict who murdered her father. The encounter set the stage for a career that has artfully blended writing and publishing with restorative justice. Her career path as a teacher of therapeutic writing, an award-winning poet and founder of a publishing house (Palabras Press) was founded on her college education in publishing, editing and book design. Margot has taught therapeutic writing to inmates, survivors of violence and people who work in the justice system. She has been invited across North America, Europe and South Africa to speak about the importance of poetry and narrative, and how they can shift our often limited understanding of what living justice means. Margot is also founder of the Sawbonna Project. 'Sawbonna' is a Zulu term that means I see you: I see our shared humanity. The project’s mission is to promote the inclusion of all voices in the social, criminal and restorative justice areas. Robert Theriault Ambulance & Emergency Care, 1984 Rob Theriault has over 30 years of experience working as a paramedic, researcher, educator and author. After graduation, Rob was hired as a paramedic by Toronto Ambulance Services, yet was inspired by one of his instructors to teach and write, too. In 1988 he created and ran a part-time ECG course at Centennial, which launched his teaching career. Rob led changes that have improved how paramedics learn, as well as the educational resources they use. He pushes the boundaries of digital and online technology to enhance learning. He developed curriculum at Georgian College and the Michener Institute, and created multimedia teaching tools used by paramedics internationally. A series of workbooks he developed can be used in conjunction with the 100 instructional videos he posted on YouTube. Rob created and taught online courses to paramedics living in remote regions, and developed the first online paramedic program in Ontario. In addition, he co-authored four studies in peer-reviewed journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine. Malcolm Sissmore Automotive Machinist Apprenticeship, 1986 Malcolm started in Centennial's Automotive Machinist Apprenticeship program right out of high school and received his provincial accreditation in 1986. Fresh out of college, Malcolm became plant manager overseeing 100 employees at Advance Automotive, which was Canada's largest engine remanufacturing facility at the time. His work took him overseas, where he was responsible for building an engine remanufacturing plant in China. In 1999 he returned to Canada where he transformed a company that made exhaust pipes for aftermarket muffler shops throughout North America. With the popularity of stainless steel components on new cars cutting into the business, Malcolm guided the firm to begin using its metal tube manufacturing capabilities to enter new markets – primarily the furniture and medical equipment industries – which saved the company and its skilled jobs. Since 2008, Malcolm has been an executive with Delphi Automotive Systems, one of the world's largest automotive parts producers with 168,000 employees globally. Malcolm is a sought-after industry speaker who shares his insights into future automotive technologies and their applications. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/meet-centennials-2017-premiers-award-nominees/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:29:09 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/meet-centennials-2017-premiers-award-nominees/ Academic Bargaining Update Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Wednesday, October 11, 2017  The union representing faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges has given notice that its members plan to go on strike starting Monday, October 16. During the strike, unionized faculty (professors, librarians and counselors) will not perform work-related duties, including contact with students. As a result, all daytime courses, including labs taught at College sites, and full-time online courses, will stop. Centennial is committed to providing every student with the opportunity to complete their year. We are considering all options for making that possible.  The faculty union will establish picket lines at our four campuses. Centennial College is first and foremost concerned with the safety of our employees, students and visitors. If you plan on visiting one of our campuses during the strike, please carefully read and adhere to our Guidelines for Crossing a Picket Line Safely and Respectfully. Throughout the strike, you can return to the College's website for regular updates, or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/academic-bargaining-update-wednesday-october-11-2017/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:45:07 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/academic-bargaining-update-wednesday-october-11-2017/ Centennial tops off its new Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation Centennial College topped off its Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation under construction at Downsview Park on October 11. Students, staff, dignitaries, and guests were on hand to sign a steel I-beam before it was hoisted and incorporated into the new hangar that forms the central feature of the rejuvenated former headquarters of de Havilland Canada. The $72-million project includes the hangar, which is large enough to accommodate today's commercial jets, as well as new classrooms, laboratory space, workshops, offices and a library. The campus is slated to open in the fall of 2018 and will have access to working runways for the first time. Centennial currently trains about 300 aircraft and avionics technicians at its Ashtonbee Campus hangar in Scarborough. By comparison, the 138,000-square-foot Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation will have enough instruction space to accommodate 900 students annually. The project, led by MJMA | Stantec (Architects in Association), involves repurposing the historic de Havilland building, located at 65 Carl Hall Road, with selective demolition and new construction. The Canadian government contributed $18.4 million in Strategic Investment Funds towards the new campus, and the Ontario government provided $25.8 million. The project is seen as the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario – an ambitious goal that was first outlined in the 2012 review of the Canadian aerospace industry by the Honourable David Emerson. Centennial's newest campus will anchor the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) consortium, which is working to maintain Canada's ranking as a major aerospace supplier to the world. DAIR brings together the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University and York University, as well as industry partners Bombardier, Safran Landing Systems, MDA, Canadensys, Pratt & Whitney Canada, FlightSafety, Honeywell and UTC Aerospace. The historic de Havilland facility is renowned for having built the Mosquito, a light bomber that was one of the fastest aircraft of the Second World War, able to attain 425 miles per hour at 30,000 feet. It was one of the few front-line aircraft of the era constructed almost entirely of wood, primarily balsawood, spruce and Canadian birch. De Havilland Canada's 7,000 employees assembled 1,134 of the remarkable Mossies to help in the war effort. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-tops-off-its-new-bombardier-centre-for-aerospace-and-aviation/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:03:12 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-tops-off-its-new-bombardier-centre-for-aerospace-and-aviation/ Unionized Faculty Now on Strike Sunday, October 15, 2017  Unionized faculty (professors, librarians and counsellors) are on strike beginning Monday, October 16.  During the period of the strike, these employees will not perform work-related duties, including contact with students. Therefore, all full-time (daytime, evening and weekend) courses have stopped.  Part-time (in class and online) courses will continue to run, with some exceptions, and those delivered by our university partners may continue to run. Throughout the strike, the College will remain open, with administrative and support staff reporting to work. For a list of programs that are affected by the strike (and exceptions), and to learn which services and events will continue, please read our Frequently Asked Questions. Before you head to any of our campuses, please carefully read and follow our Guidelines for Crossing a Picket Line Safely and Respectfully. Throughout the strike, we will provide you with updates via your myCentennial email, the studentHUB and our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We will post regular updates on the College website. You can also direct any questions you may have to the Centennial College Strike Hot Line 416-289-5226. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/unionized-faculty-now-on-strike/ Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:51:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/unionized-faculty-now-on-strike/ Centennial hosts ESL partners from Panama, the U.S. and U.K. Some 70 representatives from 33 partner institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada attended the Panama Bilingual International Conference hosted by Centennial College on October 10 and 11 to discuss their roles in helping the Central American nation develop their workforce through participation in the Panamá Bilingüe program. The project, endorsed by Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, will see as many as 10,000 professors from Panama study in Canada, the U.S. and U.K with the goal of becoming fluent in English as a second language. Some of the participants will acquire the skills to teach English to others. Panamá Bilingüe is part of an economic strategy to make English commonplace in Panama, predicated on the notion that knowing the language is a necessary skill to advance in a global economy. Centennial was chosen as the first college in Canada to receive students and has become an integral part of the project as the lead educational institution for Canada. The college received its first group of Panama Bilingual students sponsored by the government of Panama in January 2015, while the sixth group to study English Language Learning and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) programs graduated from Centennial this past March. Melida Renkwitz is Centennial’s Manager for International Office projects, and oversees recruitment of international students from Latin America, Western Europe, Africa and the U.S. She was responsible for bringing Panamá Bilingüe to Canada and Centennial College. I have been negotiating international business in Panama for more than 17 years, says Renkwitz. As a result I have a lot of business relationships with many organizations and educational institutions, which allowed me to bring the project to Canada. Centennial College is well known in Panama, having opened an international office there in 2012. In fact the Consul General of Panama, who addressed the conference attendees, is Maryorie Y. Bravo – a Centennial College graduate herself. Bravo studied English and business at Centennial before returning home. When I went back to Panama I also did diplomatic training, she explains. The President decided to send me to Toronto because I knew the city and I had studied international relations. In addition to separate funding for Panamanian students selected to study at Centennial through the Panama Bilingual program, Centennial College has been approved by the IFARHU Government of Panama Scholarships to receive 35 students for English Language Learning in 2018. The IFARHU scholarships are intended to meet the training needs of professional Panamanians in the areas of science, technology, research, economics, law, finance and other disciplines. You find professors here that teach you how to grow up as a person and as a professional, says Carlos Peréz, TEFL Management Graduate of Centennial College. This world needs people like the ones we found at Centennial College that make you believe in yourself and help you to raise your self-esteem. The Panama Bilingual International Conference included a campus tour, presentations from participating institutions and from the Panamá Bilingüe program, as well as a world-class reception at The Globe and Mail Centre in downtown Toronto on October 10. The second day included a half-day conference and lunch at Centennial’s Event Centre at Progress Campus, followed by a bus trip to Niagara Falls. Some of the partner schools include Michigan State University, Georgia Tech, Georgetown University, Edinburgh College and Leeds Beckett University, among many others. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-hosts-esl-partners-from-panama-the-us-and-uk/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:53:09 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-hosts-esl-partners-from-panama-the-us-and-uk/ Centennial culinary students take home the gold An all-female team of Centennial College culinary management students walked away with the gold medal at the Taste Canada Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto Hotel on October 30. Students Samantha Laval, Alexandra Zykova and Danielle Daza won first place for their dish, Seared Duck Breast with Fresh Horseradish and Sesame, taken from the award-winning cookbook Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm-Fresh Recipes. The culinary competition is an integral part of the 20th anniversary Taste Canada Awards, which are the nation’s only culinary writing awards. In addition to the cook-off, 24 Gold and Silver awards were handed out to authors of culinary books and food blogs. Hosted by Food Network Canada’s Noah Cappe, the Taste Canada Awards celebrate food and diverse food culture as told by Canada’s world-class culinary writers. This year, 147 books and blogs in both official languages were considered for awards. “The 10 student teams were each given a cookbook from the short list of nominated books, and they had to select a recipe to reproduce for the judges,” explains Chef Rory White, one of the two Centennial “coaches” who volunteered to assist the three students by practicing in college’s culinary labs after hours. Full-time faculty member Chef Rene Chauvin also helped groom the team for competition. The culinary contest, dubbed Cooks the Books, was held at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto on Sunday, October 29. Schools from Ontario and Manitoba were drawn to the event, including teams from Fanshawe College, Durham College and three teams from Liaison College, a private culinary school. The competition was presented in partnership with the Alberta Canola Producers Commission and sponsored by Summer Fresh and Ricardo Cuisine. “Ours was the only all-female team in the competition and they really shined to win the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs!” says White. Team members attended the gala presentation the next night to collect their award and some valuable prizes, including professional knives and KitchenAid appliances. “They brought home an awesome trophy, which we’ve put on display in The Local Restaurant at Progress Campus.” On the literary side, gold winners included James Walt, who wrote Araxi, and Naomi Duguid for her book, Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. Angela Liddon won gold for her book, Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes, as well as a second award for her blog OhSheGlows.com. Cookbooks continue to be a popular and lucrative segment for book publishers. The total number of books sold in Canada in the cooking category amounted to 1.3 million in 2016 for a total value of $43 million, according to BookNet Canada. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-culinary-students-take-home-the-gold/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:12:47 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-culinary-students-take-home-the-gold/ Centennial ranked eighth in Canada for applied research activity Centennial College continues to grow its applied research portfolio with a 17 percent rise in research income for a total value of $6,364,000 in 2016 – a healthy increase that places the Toronto college eighth in Canada, up from ninth last year, according to Research Infosource’s annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges. The Top 50 survey provides strong evidence that public colleges are making great inroads in applied research activity, often in partnership with commercial enterprises looking for assistance in pursuing research to bring new products and services to market. Together, the country’s leading colleges garnered a combined research income of $201.7 million in 2016, a gain of 20.2 percent over the previous year, according to Research Infosource Inc. “Significant growth can be attributed to the founding of our Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre for Health (WIMTACH),” says Dr. Deepak Gupta, Executive Director of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services at Centennial. “As a dedicated Technology Access Centre, WIMTACH has undertaken several projects related to digital health and innovation with a variety of companies and public health institutions.” “These projects include growing industry contributions and engage rising numbers of students who learn experientially through research and innovation. Our model is built on enabling student success, and it is exciting that we continue to be a Top-3 college in the country for students employed in research and innovation activities.” Centennial is ranked third in terms of the number of college students employed and paid for conducting applied research activities. The college had 205 students involved in applied research in 2016. Only George Brown (237 students) and Humber colleges (210) had more students employed in the country. It’s a key statistic that Dr. Gupta likes to see highlighted in the report. “I am delighted that we continue to transform lives and communities through learning,” he says, by offering real-world research work to students who gain a comprehensive understanding of how enterprises develop their ideas from back-of-the-napkin sketches into new, advanced products. “We continue to serve as an exemplary anchor institution contributing to innovation and economic development,” he points out. Toronto’s George Brown College led the Top 50 with $13.2 million of research income, followed by Fanshawe College ($12.3 million) and Lambton College ($11.0 million). Colleges reported a total of 2,845 active formal research partnerships with external organizations and had completed 2,766 research projects, a 12.8 percent improvement over the previous year. Research funds received from industry sources rose to $40.5 million, a gain of 8.4 percent over 2015. For more Infosource Top 50 results, please visit https://researchinfosource.com/. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-ranked-eighth-in-canada-for-applied-research-activity/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:06:49 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-ranked-eighth-in-canada-for-applied-research-activity/ Centennial College remembers Canada’s forgotten Jewish fighters While Remembrance Day ceremonies were held across all of our campuses November 10th, a special observance was held near the Story Arts Centre at the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch 10, to remember and to highlight, a particular group of forgotten people: Jewish-Canadian war veterans. Author and Journalism faculty member Ellin Bessner, who had nine members of her own family serve in the war, was inspired to explore the role of Canadian Jews in the war effort, and so, after the Marching in of Colours, and the singing of the national anthem by Jesse Feyen, the highlight of the ceremony commenced. Remembrance Day happens to fall on Holocaust Memorial week, when Jewish people worldwide remember the most well-known aspect of the Second World War: The Holocaust. What’s less well-known is the 17,000 Canadian Jewish servicemen and women who put on a uniform, and went over as liberators, to stop the holocaust, Ellin said to the assembled crowd. That story has never been told. That’s why she’s written a book, about it, too, entitled Double Threat: Canadian Jews in the Military in World War Two. Not only were they going to save the world for democracy, freedom and social justice, but they were also going to save their own people from annihilation, she continued. And, there was the danger that if they were shot down or captured, their fate would be very dark indeed, as Jews. But they went anyway. At the centre of the event was Ellin’s interview with 96-year-old Jewish-Canadian war veteran Morris Polansky, and Cantor Gordon Lindsay, nephew of a fallen WW2 pilot. Morris talked about experiencing anti-Semitism in Saskatchewan (It was not easy growing up in the bible belt) but enlisting anyway. It was not easy to stay back when all your friends had joined up, and some of them had already gone overseas, he said. He told a harrowing story about being was on a ship that was torpedoed, and of being left floating in the water. My concern was, were there sharks in here? He said. He ended it by recounting how sad he was to see the ship towed into a harbour the next day, and promptly sinking. And there went all my cigarettes and chocolate bars, he said, glumly. Gordon Lindsay, meanwhile, was named after his uncle, who served as a pilot during the war. He fell in love with cars, trucks and airplanes, he said. One thing he never stopped loving was airplanes and flying. He grew up in a family where this was frowned upon, though. When the war started, he was very keen to enlist. He put a Jewish star on his fuselage, when other people would put up Mae West, he added. Unfortunately, he’d sacrifice his life for his country, being shot down over the Mediterranean. The interviews were followed by the Last Post, and two minutes of silence, after which Cantor Lindsay sang a traditional Jewish prayer, El Maleh Rachamin. This was followed by the Act of Remembrance, the Rouse, the poem In Flanders Fields, and Cantor Lindsay leading the crowd in God save the Queen, before the sergeant-at-arms marched the colours out, along with the veterans. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-remembers-canada-s-forgotten-jewish-fighters/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:26:48 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-remembers-canada-s-forgotten-jewish-fighters/ Centennial College launches accessibility training course for taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers Centennial College is launching a new industry training course of interest to taxi drivers, as well as Uber and Lyft operators, who wish to earn an “accessible endorsement” on their vehicle-for-hire (VfH) licence.  The two-day course, taught at the college’s Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough, provides drivers with disability awareness, legal requirements and practical training on the proper methods for assisting passengers with disabilities and securing wheelchairs in vehicles. “Anyone who takes our training and completes our certificate can get an official endorsement from the City of Toronto recognizing them as an accessible driver,” says Janna Erichsen, Chair of Part-time Learning in Centennial’s School of Transportation. “We are one of only three organizations authorized by the city to teach the course.” Centennial worked with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario to develop an accessible vehicle curriculum that meets the strict standards set out by the City of Toronto’s licensing and standards department. All of the course instructors and classroom demonstrators have a “lived experience,” that is, possess a disability and have first-hand experience using accessible services. Centennial’s Accessible Vehicle Training course takes 12 hours to complete and is taught over a Saturday and Sunday to accommodate working drivers. Learners demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter by writing an exam at the end of the course.  The Accessible Vehicle Training course (CEAV-100) is running during upcoming weekends in December and in the new year. For information, contact Centennial College’s School of Transportation at 416-289-5207 and press 8. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-launches-accessibility-training-course-for-taxi-uber-and-lyft-drivers/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:12:52 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-launches-accessibility-training-course-for-taxi-uber-and-lyft-drivers/ College presidents from China get some Canadian exposure A group of 22 high-level Chinese college executives visited Centennial College in late November as part of the eighth annual Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) program that invites college leaders from China to come and learn how their counterparts in Canada deliver vocational education. The VELT agreement, signed between Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the China Education Association for International Exchange, paved the way for participants to examine “leadership in action” through the demonstration of best practices and strategies that Canadian college leaders employ in advancing experiential learning in the post-secondary education system. This year’s group of participants toured college facilities and heard about unique approaches to teaching and learning in a wide variety of disciplines. They were impressed by the close association Centennial has forged with employers, especially those related to the college’s many apprenticeship and cooperative education programs. As one dignitary noted through an interpreter, the group was “amazed” at how much emphasis Centennial places on hands-on learning through apprenticeship and co-op education. In addition, employers’ active participation in Centennial’s program advisory committees demonstrated to the visiting dignitaries that the college values employer input in curriculum design to ensure graduates attain job-ready skills and knowledge. The Chinese executives visited four distinct institutions as part of this year’s itinerary, including the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Bow Valley College, both in Calgary, and Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, in addition to Centennial’s Progress Campus. Centennial is the only college nationwide that has hosted VELT visitors every year since the program was established in 2010. The entire tour took three weeks, with the group returning to China on December 1 – but not before being recognized by Centennial at a small graduation ceremony on November 30, where participants were given certificates of completion. The group also had the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls and the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/college-presidents-from-china-get-some-canadian-exposure/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:04:31 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/college-presidents-from-china-get-some-canadian-exposure/ Students show off their skills at the Canadian International AutoShow Photo: The first, second and third-place student teams pose with Canadian race-car legend Ron Fellows after the TADA Technology Competition in Toronto last year. Automotive tech students from 20 Ontario high schools will show their love for automotive technology in a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow on February 14. The two-member student teams will have 120 minutes to diagnose and repair new Volkswagen Tiguans rigged with identical operating problems by Centennial College's automotive technology instructors. The students will also shift between five workstations to test their analytical skills in electrical, steering, suspension and brakes, engine measurement and mechanical, and in a new challenge this year, competitors will be tested on a highly realistic engine simulator provided by Electude. Last year, Ryan Gullage and Michael Lamanna from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham prevailed and took home the big trophy. Scarborough’s Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School finished second,thanks to the efforts of students Marc Balagot and Ashton Sawh, while Hayden Bruce and Justin McCollow from Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Peterborough earned third place.   This is the 19th year Centennial College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) have been running the competition at Toronto's auto show. The secondary school students, all of whom are studying automotive service technology, will be vying for big prizes including tools, textbooks and General Motors vehicles for their school workshops. The top-ranked team will represent TADA at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City. The Toronto Automotive Technology Competition enjoys outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada and Toronto-area VW dealers, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Prona Tools, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, TecMate and Centennial College. To view the competition, guests are invited to enter the Front Street doors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St. West) and follow the signs to the competition floor. Entrance is free on February 14. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-show-off-their-skills-at-the-canadian-international-autoshow/ Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:40:21 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-show-off-their-skills-at-the-canadian-international-autoshow/ Centennial awarded research funding for electric landing gear and smart app initiatives Centennial College has been awarded more than $1 million in research and innovation grants from the Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund (CARDF) to support research into innovative electrically actuated aircraft landing gear, as well as smart app initiatives. CARDF is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science in partnership with Ontario Centres of Excellence and Colleges Ontario. The $20-million CARDF program aims to drive increased industry/post-secondary collaborations while creating an efficient marketplace for industry to access innovation, productivity and commercialization services from the province’s public colleges. “Our province needs talent to continue to sustain its growing innovation eco-system. Investing in applied research and development is a step towards a brighter and more prosperous future for our province,” said Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “By bringing together colleges and the R&D sector, we’re creating opportunities for our students and ensuring they are ready for the jobs of tomorrow.” A major portion of Centennial’s funding is through CARDF Stream 1 for research into next-generation electrically actuated landing gear for commercial aircraft. Aerospace manufacturing is vital to Canada, contributing more than 211,000 value-added jobs to the economy in 2015. It’s especially important to Ontario, which builds 40 per cent of the world’s landing gear used by commercial airliners. Weight savings is key to developing next-generation landing gear technology that will minimize maintenance costs, improve fuel consumption and reduce airliners’ carbon footprint. Centennial is working with the landing gear supply chain to help address these challenges by developing additive manufacturing design, building and testing methodology to decrease the weight of aircraft systems. The project leverages existing investments and Centennial’s robust record of accelerating industry-led innovation. At the same time, the college is committed to training the next generation of aerospace innovators. Over the 30-month research program, the $1.0 million OCE CARDF Stream 1 grant will be matched with $250,000 in cash and $1,315,400 in-kind contributions from the college’s aerospace industry partners. The research will employ a number of paid students, ensuring that developing highly qualified and skilled personnel through industry-led innovation remains a priority. Centennial’s funded research will support six projects related to additive manufacturing using polymers and metals. Centennial has also been awarded funding from CARDF’s Colleges Voucher for Technology Adoption stream to develop the next generation of smart mobile and web apps powered by artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) support, cloud-based solutions and a gamified user experience. Replacing the traditional, rigidly structured apps, these smart apps will enable businesses to offer more interactive services and drive profits and user retention. For more information about CARDF: Ontario Enhancing Research Opportunities for College Students https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-awarded-research-funding-for-electric-landing-gear-and-smart-app-initiatives/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:09:22 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-awarded-research-funding-for-electric-landing-gear-and-smart-app-initiatives/ Centennial College adopts 'It's Your Shift' sexual violence and intervention training Centennial College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is integrating the industry's It's Your Shift Sexual Violence and Intervention Training program into its own curriculum to ensure its hospitality students are equipped to identify and intervene in instances of sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. It's a timely issue. The hospitality industry employs 450,000 people in Ontario and many are frontline workers in restaurants, bars, hotels and motels who may witness a patron who is at risk of sexual violence or harassment. Because the industry employs a large number of youth, females and newcomers, many employees are also vulnerable to sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. We feel strongly this certification is valuable and significant for our graduates to enter the industry with the awareness and ultimately the confidence to handle sexual harassment challenges they may face in the workplace, says Amanda Tarrant, Manager, Strategic Operations, at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. These tools will be embedded into our curriculum and reinforced during field placements in our operations at The Local Café and Restaurant, and Event Centre. SHIFT training, which is available online at no cost to all employees in the hospitality and tourism industry, includes five online modules with a dedicated module for supervisors, managers and owners, along with job aids, resources and guidelines for the workplace. The program was developed by the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association in collaboration with Tourism HR Canada (THRC) and Ontario Tourism Education Corporation (OTEC). It is essential that we prepare students, who are our future workforce, with the skills and knowledge they need to create the zero tolerance workplaces of the future, says Victoria Behune President & CEO, Ontario Tourism Education Corporation. Centennial College is leading the way in understanding that this is an important issue and should be part of their students' toolkit as future hospitality leaders. OTEC is extremely proud to have developed this timely training program and to partner with Centennial College to make It's Your Shift available to its students. SHIFT training is seen as instrumental in changing the culture within the hospitality and tourism industry. Starting in January Centennial will be integrating SHIFT into all full-time hospitality programs so that every graduate will receive all the online training and retain the certification. Integration of this new industry resource better equips graduates to be strong leaders in creating healthy and inclusive environments in the workplace. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-adopts-its-your-shift-sexual-violence-and-intervention-training/ Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:54:38 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-adopts-its-your-shift-sexual-violence-and-intervention-training/ St. Brother Andre Catholic High School students win auto skills competition Two automotive technician students from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School prevailed over 17 other Toronto-area high school teams to win a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow. Christopher Giuga and David Vecchiarelli performed a number of timed technical tasks and worked on a new Volkswagen Tiguan that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Centennial College. It’s the second consecutive year that a team from the Markham, Ontario, school won the big trophy. By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Giuga and Vecchiarelli received tools and equipment from sponsors. Scarborough’s Woburn Collegiate finished second, thanks to the efforts of students William Chee and Rishivaran Raveendran, while Kjanseh Mohan and Thanuraj Pathmanathan from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School earned third place. The automotive labs at all three schools will receive a donated vehicle from General Motors Canada for training purposes. Teacher Franco Ferrari of Woburn Collegiate earned the Gerd Reisenecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for the former Centennial College professor and TADA member. Centennial operates Canada's largest transportation technology training centre at its Ashtonbee Campus. The 19th annual Toronto Automotive Technology Competition received outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), the Canadian International AutoShow,Volkswagen Canada and Toronto-area VW dealers, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Prona Tools, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, TecMate and Centennial College. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/st-brother-andre-catholic-high-school-students-win-auto-skills-competition/ Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:59:04 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/st-brother-andre-catholic-high-school-students-win-auto-skills-competition/ Pharmacy Alumni gives back through job creation Pharmacy technicians fill an essential and fundamental health care role in Canada, ensuring that medication is safely and effectively dispensed to patients. Centennial College's Pharmacy Technician program gives students the theoretical and practical skills needed to succeed in this career, thanks to a mixture of classroom learning and hands-on experience in Morningside Campus's medical labs. The professional job-related skills are further enhanced by work placement opportunities within the program. The Pharmacy Technician program has produced its share of accomplished alumni, including Gerald Tan. Gerald attended Centennial College for the Pharmacy Technician Program, and it would eventually lead him to his current job at the Regional Municipality of York under the Infectious Diseases Control Division as the Supervisor for the Vaccine Inventory Program. Centennial's education helped get him there, and now he's giving back to both alumni and the job market by creating new opportunities for pharmacy technicians. Career Connections I wanted to get into the pharmaceutical industry, but I felt that I wasn't ready to go through the university route during that time in my life, so I went through the college route to test the waters in that industry, Gerald says about his decision to come to Centennial College. That decision would eventually connect him to his current career with York Region, managing the storage and distribution of over $25 million worth of publicly-funded vaccines. I graduated from the program in 2007. Afterwards, I immediately gained employment at the University Health Network - Princess Margaret Hospital's inpatient and daycare pharmacy, he continues, and while I was there I reflected on what I could do to further develop my professional career. He would pursue his educational studies in Public Health and Safety at university, before graduating with honours and obtaining a bachelor's of applied sciences degree. After I graduated from university, I worked as a certified public health inspector at the Regional Municipality of Durham by enforcing provincial Acts, Regulations, and Municipal by-laws to protect the health and well-being of the public he says. I then noticed a public health job opportunity at the Regional Municipality of York for the Supervisor of Vaccine Inventory. It turns out that his Centennial College education in combination with his Ryerson University education left him perfectly qualified. My two professional careers and educational experiences have supported my transition effortlessly into the role of the Supervisor in Vaccine Inventory, he says, as I have proven expertise in the mandated public health programs and services, pharmaceutical inventory control and management processes, and innate leadership and supervisory capabilities. What the Pharmacy Technician program did to prepare me for this position was the drug inventory management component, aseptic technique courses and community and institutional dispensing practices, he says. This program helped me with my current position because it allows me to apply my knowledge in the safe and equitable distribution of vaccines by placing safeguards during the distribution process to prevent unnecessary vaccine wastage within our organization and at health care provider facilities, and to ensure that vaccines remain potent and viable. In time, Gerald would give back to the college and its graduates in an extraordinary way: Helping create new job opportunities for pharmacy technicians. Creating Jobs Gerald would briefly come back to Centennial College to teach both theory and laboratory courses, but his major contribution to the field is helping provide pharmacy technicians with employment by creating a unique position at York Region. This new position involves ensuring publicly-funded vaccines are dispensed and distributed to community healthcare providers and internal public health clinics, ensuring that vaccines are stored at optimal levels and handled appropriately and conducting mandatory annual cold chain inspections as per accountability agreements with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Although we are not a licensed pharmacy, our vaccine inventory depot runs very much like a pharmacy and I know that a pharmacy technician has the skill set that will effectively improve our current drug inventory practices, Gerald explains. Although my pharmacy technician career is in my past, I am still able to remember and utilize what I have learned from my job experiences and I believe that pharmacy technicians will be an ideal and complementary fit to my team. They will take on significant roles and responsibilities in York Region's vaccine inventory program, he says. Currently, I'm working with Human Resources to develop a job description, because there has been no pharmacy technician role in regional government that I am aware of. I'm positive other public health units will be interested in what I have created and may follow suit. It's a unique role for a pharmacy technician and one that Gerald considers important. Typically, pharmacy technicians work in the private community retail sector, institutional facilities such as hospitals, and large pharmaceutical companies, Gerald says. I hope to encourage pharmacy technicians to apply for this new and upcoming position at the Regional Municipality of York. As an alumnus of Centennial College, I am honoured and privileged to have represented the Pharmacy Technician program throughout my careers and I will promote the profession to other public health units in Ontario. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/pharmacy-alumni-gives-back-through-job-creation/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:12:29 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/pharmacy-alumni-gives-back-through-job-creation/ Accounting for success: Akhy Bhowmik thrives at Centennial College's The Business School Centennial College is all about connecting you to the industry of your choice, while offering a variety of programs that’ll fit your needs as a learner. And if you want to get into the accounting industry, we offer several different accounting programs, with many different pathways to success. No matter the educational path you want to take, our accounting programs give you the technical and practical skills you need to succeed in the industry, as taught by faculty that know the field of accounting from personal experience. For example, Akhy Bhowmik is a mature student looking to break into the accounting industry, who ended up taking two different accounting programs at Centennial College, beginning with Business Accounting, using it as a stepping stone to switch into the co-op version of Business Administration: Accounting. She’d then be connected to the industry through an eight month co-op work term with a major accounting firm, and connected to Centennial College through ARIES (Applied Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Services). Now, her program’s almost finished, and she looks back at how far she’s come, and what brought her here. An international education Akhy came to Canada from Bangladesh  for her children’s education. Canada has one of the world's best education systems with outstanding programs in virtually all fields and I feel fortunate that we had this opportunity she says. Once I got here and started exploring different options, that’s when I thought of advancing my career and how I could develop myself to become a part of this diverse and multicultural job market. She'd studied accounting previously, and wanted to continue her education as a mature student through Centennial College, thanks to positive word-of-mouth from the local community. She’d initially taken our two-year Business Accounting program, before transferring to our three-year Business Administration Accounting program, with its co-op component, as it was not enough to only acquire classroom knowledge, but at the same time essential to step into the workplace and apply theory to practice, to contribute to the fulfillment of her career goals. Classroom versus Co-op Being a mature student, the two-year program helped me remember what the accounting curriculum is actually about, Akhy says about Business Accounting. They gave me a foundation that made the transition easier and quicker when I transferred to the three year program. So, why the move? As I was progressing through the two-year program, she explains, my academic advisors and  experienced professors looked at how I’d been performing as a student, and they believed I’d do better in a co-op program that involved an extra year. When I got into the co-op program, she says, I received great support from the co-op department. They prepared us for the job market, facing those interviews, preparing the resumes and cover letters. That's something that I feel is extremely necessary as a newcomer to Canada. We have the theoretical and practical knowledge and can apply our expertise in the respective areas, but Canada has its specific requirements and techniques of preparing us for the competitive job market. Gaining real experience Through the co-op program, I  had the opportunity to work and learn alongside a wonderful team of professionals for eight months, Akhy says. She worked in the transfer pricing department, getting to practise her accounting knowledge in the real world. The experience improved her research, analytical and report-writing skills. Her practical experience would continue after that, as she’d work part-time at Centennial College’s Applied Research department, ARIES, while finishing her final courses. Later, I had the opportunity to work at Centennial College as a Student Researcher with the ARIES Team, she says. Akhy would help them with research and evaluation on grant management software, budget tracking and creation of worksheets on educational and research surveys. She’s working there to this very day, though her time as a student will soon be up. Looking to the future Akhy’s nearly done her program, but is already looking into great career prospects with the help of resources available at Centennial College, including its career fairs, and its job board, HireCentennial. As she prepares to enter the industry, Akhy is grateful for the knowledge and skills she’ll have with her from Centennial. One valuable thing would be the classroom knowledge I’m taking with me, she says. Additionally, I would say that my decision of getting into the co-op program was very wise, and the support I got from the co-op department and from my co-op advisor were great. Following in her footsteps Akhy has good things to say about the two different Accounting programs she took part in, and recommends each of them for different types of students. Someone who doesn’t have an accounting background, but who is dedicated and hard-working, I’d suggest they go into the two-year program, she recommends. They can get a feel of what the program is all about, and develop a great foundation in accounting, along with essential skills. If you're someone who already has an accounting background, with additional skillsets that the job market seeks, I definitely recommend that you go ahead with the three-year co-op program, she says. No matter what you take, though, you're in for a great education. Centennial has been very positive for me, from every aspect, in terms of academics, in terms of getting experience, and building some great networks, too, Akhy says. All the knowledge and skillsets I developed at Centennial College have helped me achieve my career goals. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/accounting-for-success-akhy-bhowmik-thrives-at-centennial-colleges-the-business-school/ Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:23:24 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/accounting-for-success-akhy-bhowmik-thrives-at-centennial-colleges-the-business-school/ Girls' STEM workshops explore career options Women historically have been underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, commonly known as STEM. To help address the gap, more than 250 grade 7 and 8 girls from Toronto District School Board schools came to Centennial College to hear dynamic speakers and attend hands-on workshops at the Girls’ STEM Equity Conference on Wednesday, February 28. As society strives towards developing global competencies for all students, this exciting day represented a chance to address the barriers and biases that deny girls equity of opportunity in STEM careers, as well as demystify some of the technology that drives future careers. The inventive workshops took place in various labs at Centennial’s Progress Campus. Among the subjects explored in the workshops were digital coding using Makey Makey, filmmaking techniques, rethinking recyclable packaging, robotics and hydraulics, autonomous vehicle controls and more. Students had a lot of fun operating simple robotic arms, learning about the impact of disposable plastics on the environment, writing apps and other exercises designed to ignite their curiosity in technology. The day was organized by the faculty of Centennial’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, in consultation with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The workshops were led by Centennial College professors and STEM educators from the school board who teamed up to offer a unique learning experience. The day was promoted as an opportunity to encourage a bond between young women as they explore non-traditional career options. Participants got an enthusiastic welcome from Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College, as well as from Centennial’s Gina Marshall, Associate Vice-President - Learning Innovation, Teaching Excellence & Academic Quality, Carlene Jackson, Associate Director, TDSB, and Colleen Russell-Rawlins, Executive Superintendent, TDSB. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/girls-stem-workshops-explore-career-options/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:01:49 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/girls-stem-workshops-explore-career-options/ The secrets to success with Starleeta Brown At Centennial College, we help our students achieve success. We also motivate them to achieve more than just academics and become involved in our college community. Starleeta Brown is a successful Centennial College alumni who conquered the barriers she faced to succeed and thrive as both a student and as a member of the Centennial College community. Starleeta has accomplished a lot in her time at Centennial College, having become an alumnus twice, as well as volunteering her time with the college as a peer mentor, a leadership member, a part-time ESL teacher's assistant, all while working in the human resources industry and being a single parent to her daughter. She's just completed her final Human Resources Management exam and is already planning to continue on with Centennial College. Here's the story of her success, and what drives her. Challenges Starleeta initially pursued photojournalism at another college outside of Toronto but left due to what she felt was racial discrimination. My safety was at risk, so I came home, and I left the program, she said. I just took the scholarship and left. Then I sat down for two, three years, and didn't know what to do, moving from dead-end job to dead-end job. During that time, she'd end up having a little girl and becoming a single parent. That's when everything changed. I needed to do something for myself, so I started going to recruitment agencies, she explains. I got recruited to work for the property management company I'm at now and have been for the past five years, going on six. I have a wonderful mentor and boss named Adriana Otani, and she realized that I have a gift with people that I didn't even know I had. Coming to Centennial Adriana would point Starleeta towards pursuing a human resources education, since understanding the field better and acquiring skills would help her advance in her career further. Initially, she was hesitant because it meant more time away from her daughter, but Adriana convinced her it was an investment in her future. She said in the end, education is something that cannot be taken from you, Starleeta explains. No matter where you go, it's a valuable attribute to have. So I accepted the offer, and decided to go back to Centennial College, as I had previously been there in 2010 for the Hospital Records Clerk program. Getting Involved In contrast to her previous college experiences, Starleeta found Centennial College's diverse, inclusive community to be warm and welcoming, and this led her to being more involved in the college's community. I realized in my first year that this is where I needed to be, she says. I never felt so at home in my entire life at any school, and it became apparent to me that if I can do this, others can do this. If I'm sitting beside a 50-year-old man that works at Bell Media, and an 18-year-old who's never had any hands-on work experience, and they're doing it, why can't I? So I started to push myself a lot more because my daughter's my motivation. I began to network with other professors and faculty members, like Mary Devine and President Ann Buller, she continues, and I began to network with the Centennial College Alumni Association, because I was already an alumnus from the Hospital Records program, however, I never had explored it until I met Danique Williams, who is part of the communications faculty of Centennial College and also a member of the Centennial College Alumni Association. She's a very intelligent and bright woman who pushed and motivated me to become more active in the community. Starleeta's involvement in the community would include volunteering as an ESL Teacher's assistant. That came from Michelle Muscatello, when I took her Recruitment and Selection class, she explains. There was an individual who had a language barrier where he spoke Filipino and could read English, but when it came to speaking English, he would kind of shut down. Starleeta worked alongside him, and help bring his grades up, which gained her recognition, and would lead to further volunteer opportunities. Centennial College faculty said you have something about you, some kind of gift where you motivate students to excel and reach their full academic potential, Starleeta says, and this is leadership, so I got moved into the leadership and mentorship department, where I started doing orientations at Morningside for campus newcomers. Work Ethic Starleeta attended Centennial College part-time, so she could continue working while she learned, Human Resources Management, something she recommends to help jumpstart your career. If you can do the little jobs for the first two years, you will get hands-on experience, she explains. When you're a full-time student, you have the knowledge part, but not the experience, which makes you less valued by employers. In addition, working while she was in school meant she managed to become debt-free by not owing OSAP or bank loans, and instead obtained scholarships and bursaries offered through Centennial College. Between her classes, her job, and all her volunteer activities, Starleeta kept herself incredibly busy, and worked through it with sheer determination. In order to make money you have to be persistent, she says about her methods. You need concentration, you need determination. It wasn't all work, though, and she also advocates that students take time for themselves every once and awhile. If you want to make time for yourself, she says, you go to the Centennial College Alumni Association and you take one of those trip options, like Mexico, and you go on those and enjoy yourself. I know from personal experience with the Centennial College Alumni Association's recent trip on the MSC Divina cruise ship back in February, you will find the true meaning of the term Centennial First, Alumni Forever! Words of Wisdom Starleeta just graduated from Human Resources Management, and still works at the property management company as the Human Resources Administrative Assistant. Using the knowledge I've gained from school I've gotten a little more empowerment in my position, she says. However, she's not staying still and is already planning to come back to Centennial this summer, to learn to become a teacher. I'm hungry, and I will be taking the teacher's course, she explains. Centennial College faculty have said it would be a phenomenal way for me to retire, and I could always turn around and teach my craft. She's already taking the plunge on May 2, wasting no time. My grandma Una Smith always said, in the time it takes to look behind, you do not see the hole ahead of you, meaning always strive for excellence and do not settle for less, she says, explaining her momentum. Believe in yourself. If I can do it, you can do it, she says of her motivation. Concentration and determination equals evolution. And when you begin to change and formulate into something that's different and unique, people will reach out to you, and you won't have to brand or market yourself. They'll want you because you're different. So, my advice is to work hard. Another key to success: Finding a career you're passionate about. It's what you want to do and what you feel is right, she says. Don't put yourself in that office job if you know you don't like it. You're not going to perform to your full potential. Find something that you love to do! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-secrets-to-success-with-starleeta-brown/ Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:51:52 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-secrets-to-success-with-starleeta-brown/ Bringing culture to the community: Francess Cowan creates the Africentric Arts camp No matter the program, Centennial College encourages its students to become agents of positive social change and offers them the skills and tools to make that social change happen. Francess Cowan is a student in our Bachelor of Public Relations Management program learning all about how to get a company’s messages out to the world. Over summer break, she’d use the skills she picked up in the program to create Africentric Arts, a camp dedicated to bringing African culture to African children in the GTA, something she wished existed, but didn’t. She’s now expanding the camp using her skills, and support from the college, and will even be hosting a special camp day during the March break, on March 16th at Progress Campus. Here’s how she used what she learned to found the camp. Coming to Centennial “I put two and two together,” Francess says of her decision to take public relations at Centennial. “My strongest skill is writing. Anything that had to do with poetry, writing, or English.” “I was in university, not doing much in science, trying to have a bachelor’s in science, but, because I wasn’t interested in it, I wasn’t doing very well,” she continues. “I decided that I’d find a degree program that has to do with writing.” “I didn’t know much about public relations other than the fact that I’d just started watching Scandal, and found out about Olivia Pope, who’s a public relations person,” she admits. Filling a cultural gap “I had a professor teaching non-profit organizations who did a career session with us, where she mentioned that in order to do PR, you have to know your own strengths,” Francess says. “So, I sat back and realized that most of the things I’ve been good at, that I love and enjoy doing, have to do with children. They have to do not with office work, but work in the community.” After that, the inspiration for the camp would come from her own child. “The idea of the Africentric camp really came from my nine-year-old daughter,” Francess says. “I went up to her, and was all excited, and told her that she was going to go on a vacation to Africa. Her response was really mind-blowing, because she said, nope. I was really heartbroken because she knows I’m African, her dad is African, we expose her to African food, culture, and community, but why she had that negative intonation to going to Africa really baffled me.” It turned out that it had to do with western cultural perception of the continent. “I asked her why she did not want to go,” she continues, “and she told me about children starving, how it’s poor, and it goes back to that being all the representation in the media that you see and hear, because she has no real experience whatsoever. So I said, I’m going to change that, because where I came from, while there was poverty in Africa, I was not in poverty. I actually enjoy Africa, the culture, the tradition. You cannot just have one perspective of Africa. I’m going to give you the full thing, and then you make the decision.” She searched for a camp that would give her daughter experience in African culture, but couldn’t find anything, and so, in the spirit of many great inventors, she decided to make her own.  Using her Public Relations skills Francess would reach out to members of the local Sierra Leone community, of which she was a member, and receive a warm response, including volunteers and logistical support. More importantly, she put the skills she’d been learning in the Public Relations program to use.  “All the marketing, all the design, and everything, the good thing about being in PR is that it taught me all about that,” Francess says. “I know how to use various platforms to design my own stuff, and the social media was a big thing, so I know how to get audience attention. Also, my business courses came in handy, because I did project management, and that helped me stay focused in my work. If I hadn’t done PR, I wouldn’t have been able to pull this off. Even just learning how to form a relationship with organizations and people came in handy and reaching out to media. I got two interviews with radio stations.” “I didn’t realize how much work it would take, but once I started, I couldn’t stop,” she says. Keeping it going “After the summer, I went back to school and told my professor what I’d done, and she was excited,” Francess says. “She directed me to the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion, because they’d give me a grant to help me continue.” She’d go on to work with the Centre, to have panel discussions at the school, and use the support and funding to expand the camp to further events. “We’re planning on a March Break event,” she says, talking about the March 16th event, featuring fun activities for local kids to take part in. “It’s going to be here at the Event Centre. It’s a one-day activity for kids.” Looking to the future Francess is almost done her schooling, graduating this April. She plans to use the skills and support she’s acquired to keep Africentric Arts going.  “My vision is to have this not just as a seasonal thing, but to have a specific location, offering this service to children,” Francess says. “I also want to see this continue as an afterschool program, where kids can be mentored, and get help with their homework.” No matter what shape Africentric Arts will take, Francess will anchor it with a strong vision of what its message is: “Embrace your identity, to be proud of who you are, and to be inspired to do more and be more in society.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bringing-culture-to-the-community-francess-cowan-creates-the-africentric-arts-camp/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:28:28 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bringing-culture-to-the-community-francess-cowan-creates-the-africentric-arts-camp/ Student researchers get a primer in aircraft landing gear The Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) at Centennial College recently hosted the Landing Gear Training program in partnership with Safran Landing Systems. The training is supported by the $2.3 million funding received from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to research landing gear technology for energy-efficient aircraft. By developing electrically actuated landing gear, which weighs less than traditional hydraulic systems, future aircraft will be lighter and more fuel-efficient, reducing the carbon footprint of commercial flights. The three-day program was attended by Centennial students and faculty from the Advanced Manufacturing and Automated Technology department, student researchers from the Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) department, as well as industry partners and engineering interns from Safran Landing Systems – the world's largest manufacturer of aircraft landing gear. The objective of the training was to familiarize the research staff and faculty on landing gear design and technology. Kyle Schmidt, VP of New Product Development and Research and Technology Engineering at Safran Landing Systems, presented a preview of what to expect and where the focus must lie for the research process. Presentations by nine other industry experts provided an overview of landing systems, certification requirements, components, energy absorption, safety/reliability, suspension and retraction, materials, actuation, control systems and the technical aspects of landing gear technology. One of the main goals of the program is to provide experiential learning opportunities to Centennial College students. A total of 16 students have been hired on to work on the landing gear project; these students will take what they learned at the training sessions and apply it to their research work. “I learned so many things. I didn’t know much about landing gear and (the training) helped give me a basic understanding about them,” said Automation and Robotics student Krina Gandhi, who is in her Professional Training Year. “I found (the training) very helpful and it was a good learning experience for all of us.” ARIC Project Coordinator Erika Oliveira, one of the organizers for the training program, was also on hand. “The training provided a basic understanding for the students from which to build upon in their research, and further the technology for a more efficient and environmentally friendly landing gear solution,” said Oliveira. “This was a unique opportunity for students to get input from industry experts and a great showcase for the Centennial College-Safran Landing Systems partnership.” The program is just one of the initiatives that ARIC has pursued to push innovation and ingenuity at Centennial College. Through the partnership with Safran Landing Systems, many students will be able to learn on the job and make a strong contribution to the research of new landing gear technology. By Pierre Ross https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/student-researchers-get-a-primer-in-aircraft-landing-gear/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:08:01 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/student-researchers-get-a-primer-in-aircraft-landing-gear/ Sports Journalism students shine in the Florida sun Photo by Richard Lautens Since its inception in 2010, Centennial College’s Sports Journalism post-graduate program has been teaching the profession’s best practices and preparing students for careers in the ever-evolving world of sports media by encompassing print, radio, television, websites, podcasts, social media – and whatever comes next. One of the unique features of this immersive, hands-on program is the opportunity to make the annual trek to Florida to cover baseball’s spring training camps, where students literally apply their skills in the field to build their confidence while interviewing players and filing stories to deadline. We focus on the rookie leagues and Low-A baseball teams that form the farm-team system for major league baseball, says program coordinator and faculty member Malcolm Kelly, who created the program and its real-world learning opportunities. And it’s not solely about baseball, either. Students also cover the University of South Florida NCAA women’s softball, the University of Tampa baseball and swim teams, and the lacrosse team at Saint Leo University, where a lot of Canadians play. There’s also practice-round PGA golf on Tuesdays, which some of our students follow diligently, Kelly notes. The big draw for fans, of course, is the start of spring training by the Major League teams. The class trip to Florida illustrates the college’s ongoing belief in experiential learning. It’s the first major experience for our Sports Journalism students, and it’s amazing how much they grow in one week in March. Students are responsible for filing a story, photo and social media posts every day, and the content is shared with the Canadian Baseball Network, published on the school’s Toronto Observer website, and a few go to Sportsnet.ca for uploading to the cable channel’s popular website. Each student will have a chance to prepare one story for the network, Kelly says, adding that the opportunity to contribute to a national sports outlet is a powerful motivator for the students. The annual spring trek was established in 2012 after Kelly wondered out loud what it would be like to take students down to Florida to witness the excitement of young ball players trying out at professional training camps. In a way, the nervous energy on the field is something the Centennial sports journalism students can relate to. When I first floated the idea, I was encouraged by the tremendous support I received from the partner MLB teams in Florida, as well as the schools down there that were happy to host us and support what we were trying to do in terms of a teaching opportunity, says Kelly. One notable outcome has been the growing partnership Centennial College has cultivated with Sportsnet and its parent company, Rogers Media. The broadcasting conglomerate recently announced a $75,000 gift intended to enhance training and development for Centennial students enrolled in the Sports Journalism program. Spread over two years, the funds will be used to support multimedia and digital media training during the 2018 spring training experience, and to fund scholarships for students who have excelled academically while in the program. For Kelly, the donation represents a validation of all the sweat and tears invested in the program since he first talked about a journalism program focused solely on sports reporting with an element of professional placement. Thanks to remarkable industry support, Kelly gets to see the extraordinary growth his students experience under the Florida sun every spring. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/sports-journalism-students-shine-in-the-florida-sun/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 14:09:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/sports-journalism-students-shine-in-the-florida-sun/ Part time-learning leads Aisha Mahmoodallah to start her own coding business Aisha Mahmoodallah had already been to school, and had a job, but wanted to pursue another interest: Coding and web development. Centennial College had the solution for her, in the form of part-time courses in the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science that led her to pursue her passion without putting her life on hold. Centennial College actively supports women entering science and engineering fields, and Aisha would take .net development courses at the college, then branch out to another form of success: Starting her own web development business, Sugarcode. Here’s how, with the college’s help, she got to pursue her passion and create her own career as a women in the tech industry. History “I was working full-time, and I already had a degree in molecular biology, and so I wasn’t looking to go back to more school,” Aisha says. “I wanted an entryway into something new, something I was passionate about that I discovered through my work.” That thing was coding, which she had gotten into while in the workforce “I was working in the pharmaceutical industry,” she continues, “and it was a lot of repetitive data analysis, so I started writing little programs using Visual Basic, like macros in Microsoft office.” Eventually, that job would end, leaving her with a desire to continue her coding. “I left it feeling a sense of frustration about the way they were so opposed to the use of technology,” she says. “So I ended up getting a job with my uncle, who has a geotechnical engineering business, and they didn’t have much for me to do, so I started helping out, because they do similar data analysis there.” Eventually, that desire to learn more about coding would bring her to Centennial College, where she’d learn part-time, so she could keep her job while picking skills up. Woman in technology “Programming was something I always had a feeling about, an interest in, but I never thought I could do it,” Aisha says. “Taking that course showed me it’s so easy to break it down and do it step by step.” She never perceived any issues being a women in a STEM field, either, and takes the view that anyone can achieve success in the world of technology, if they’re willing to put the effort in. “If anyone is willing to sit down and learn how to do something with passion, there’s no stopping that person,” she says. “I ended up taking two courses,” Aisha explains, “an advanced and introductory course, with Mike Oullette, who was so enthusiastic and passionate about programming. I learned how to do some really cool things with C# for document formatting and data analysis.” “It was really good to have somewhere to go and just practice, get feedback, and talk about the problems that I was having,” she says of the course. “When you’re new to programming, you get a lot of exceptions, you run into a lot of things that can just stop you in your tracks.” More importantly, though, the courses would give her time to create projects of her own. “At the end of the advanced course, we had a project to just make something with what we learned,” she says, “and I was able to use that to make an add-on for Microsoft Office that allowed the company to create report formats dynamically, and that would save people a lot of time.” “Going to college is totally different, and I really appreciated the practical environment of it,” she says of the whole experience. “It made me kind of wish I went to Centennial College right out of high school.” Making it on her own After completing her courses at Centennial, Aisha would take a daring next step: Starting her own business, Sugarcode, in 2014. “I wasn’t really sure about how to go about getting a job doing what I knew how to do,” Aisha says about the beginnings of Sugarcode. “I didn’t really know how to present it, and I didn’t really have a portfolio, so I made some websites, because I was around a whole bunch of people that needed websites. I just did it for them, and then that grew into a self sustaining business.” “Someone in my position, with so much education and passion for what I do, it was a natural step for me,” she says. “It wasn’t easy, but it was natural, especially in this type of economy.” “At the end of the day, I’m doing exactly what I want to do with my time and my knowledge,” she says. “I get to do what I’m the very best at.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/part-time-learning-leads-aisha-mahmoodallah-to-start-her-own-coding-business/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:06:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/part-time-learning-leads-aisha-mahmoodallah-to-start-her-own-coding-business/ The Remarkable Mission of Mark Coote Mark Coote has been Centennial College’s representative in India for the past decade, having worked to establish the college in the minds of Indian students intending to study overseas. He reached out to India’s education agents to help promote both Centennial and Canada as worthy destinations. Coote garnered a lot of success in his travels – until he was diagnosed with incurable head-and-neck cancer last fall. What is remarkable is that his devastating diagnosis did not knock the wind out of his sails. Instead, it re-energized and compelled him to do more with the limited time he has left. In a heartfelt letter written to his agents, Coote outlined why he wished to create a meaningful legacy. As Centennial College’s Regional Manager for South Asia, the Middle East and English-speaking Africa, I was privileged and blessed to travel to numerous parts of the world. While many places are wonderful and breathtaking, none of them have the soul and spirit that you find in India. My love for India started the first time I arrived in September 2007. I simply could not believe how a country with so many religions could be so peaceful. That’s when I learned that it is the nature of the Indian people that allows such diversity to thrive, and someone like Mahatma Gandhi to use peaceful means to gain independence. It was a revelation to me. My love for India never wavered throughout the nine years I travelled to the sub-continent. Unlike many others, I did not focus on the India that people in the west often fixate on, such as the vast number of people and the poverty. Instead, I focused on the goodness of the people, their incredible generosity, resiliency, humbleness and huge hearts. This is the reason why, after I was diagnosed with an incurable disease in September, I decided to set up a scholarship fund for Indian students keen to study overseas. With a poor prognosis, I revised my will and donated $30,000 of my estate to Centennial College to establish the Centennial International Desi Academic Scholarship fund under which benefactors could be recognized for their donations. Since Coote wrote his letter, the Centennial International Desi Academic Scholarship fund has accumulated $342,300 in a few short months to support Indian women studying at Centennial. He explains why the scholarships are provided exclusively for women. “Only about 30 per cent of our Indian visa students are female,” Coote points out. “In India, there is significant inequality between the genders. Investing in a daughter is not seen as a priority. And it will take a long time for attitudes to change.” “I think we as a society owe it to the next generation of Indian women to recognize them for their efforts and encourage their educational pursuits. It’s time that we build up their self-confidence and make others aware of their accomplishments. I want their families, friends and fellow students to be proud of them, so that they can take this pride and do the extraordinary.” The consultants who worked with Coote in India donated much of the impressive total. It’s enough to furnish some 60 recipients with a $1,000 cheque for the next five years. Coote’s personal donation will form an endowment, meaning the sum will be invested to generate enough money for an annual scholarship award in his name into perpetuity. The scholarships already have begun to find their way to recipients: 58 young women were recognized at Centennial’s Student Awards Night on March 27. The delighted recipients gathered around Coote for photos at a special luncheon on April 18, grateful to be receiving funds to offset their expenses. Coote, wearing a traditional kurta, was beaming. “I have to thank Centennial College for allowing me to travel the world and to see places I never would have discovered on my own. And to thank India for being a gracious and generous host during my time there,” he says cheerfully. Coote started his career working with private colleges such as DeVry and Herzing prior to joining the public college sector, first George Brown College and then Centennial College in 2007. Coote has a diploma in Business Administration from Humber College, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ryerson University and an MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta.  His education and work experience did not entirely prepare him for his adventure in India. There was a lot to learn by trial and error while crisscrossing the sub-continent and his “teachers” were many. Now home in Mississauga, he has settled into a routine of medical appointments and visits to the college. Coote is philosophical about his deeply personal mission, to which he is committed for the time he has left. “What has taken root, I hope, is inspiring to all. A Canadian college working with educational consultants in India to assist deserving students to fund their education is a beautiful thing. If this is my legacy then I will rest in peace knowing that my efforts made a difference in the lives of so many young Indian women.”  Centennial College would like to thank all of the agents who have generously contributed to the Centennial International Desi Academic Scholarship fund, founded by Mark Coote. The fund has allowed us to recognize and support more than 300 deserving female Indian students for their academic successes. To date, 69 students have been supported through this fund. We are so very grateful to the following agents for their contributions to this scholarship fund, and to Mark’s legacy: Canam Consultants Ltd. Cango Consultants Inc. Career Abroad  Canadian Education Centre ASK HarGee Inc. Charms Education and Immigration Geebee Education PVT Ltd. Global Opportunities P. Ltd. Global Strategic Business Consultancy Jain Overseas Services PVT Ltd. Kanan International PVT Ltd. Kanth’s Immigration (KIEC) Megamind Consultants Inc. Santa Monica Study Abroad Winny Consultants Inc. Crayons Consulting CUIC India, Ludhiana Enbee Education Centre Private Ltd. Eduwings  Nova Education Consultants PVT Ltd. Saamved Education and Immigration Sunrise International Chopras Education Group If you are interested in contributing to the Centennial International Desi Academic Scholarship, please contact Fiona Ghosh Bedlington, Senior Development Officer, Annual Giving, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 3558 or fbedlington@centennialcollege.ca. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-remarkable-mission-of-mark-coote/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:13:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-remarkable-mission-of-mark-coote/ Putting shoes on a Dragon: Kamaj Silva takes his business to Dragons' Den Dragons' Den, for those that haven’t seen it, is a Canadian CBC Television show about startup businesses, where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a real group of investors, and try to make a deal. Since Centennial College focuses on practical skills and business training, it’s no surprise that we’ve had alumni become entrepreneurs, and go on Dragons' Den before. The latest Centennial grad to put his business ideas to the test is Kamaj Silva. His big idea is SNEAKERTUB, the world’s first subscription service for sneakers, delivering a new mystery shoe every month. We’ll see how he did on November 16th, but for now, here’s his road to the Dragons. Coming to Centennial “I originally came to Centennial because I liked cartoons, movies and TV shows, they were the basis of why I got started,” Kamaj said. Because of this, he didn’t take business or entrepreneurship but instead enrolled in our Children’s Media program. “At the time, no other college had a similar program,” he says of his decision, “and I know to this day, because I’m in touch with my colleagues, that it is still the leading program for kid’s entertainment studies, and there’s a lot of Centennial graduates that work in the industry.” From shows to shoes So, how did he go from making shows to selling shoes? It began with his graduation in 2011, and the Children’s Media program’s internship component. “I first interned at Phase 4 Films through one of my professors,” Kamaj explains. “Based on that internship, I performed really well at Phase 4 Films. They hired me full-time as a children’s media marketing coordinator and I was later promoted as promotions manager. I worked there for close 1 ½ years. I then went to Entertainment One as their marketing manager, and was there for close to three years, and then, suddenly, one day, eOne films decided to axe about 300 people, and my team was one of the teams that got laid off.” That would prove to be the beginning of his new career: Bringing shoes to the masses. “On my way back home in a taxi,” he says, “I was plotting my next move, and starting my own business had been in the back of my mind for a long time, and it was the perfect time to start it up.” Behind SNEAKERTUB SNEAKERTUB is the world’s first and only sneaker subscription service, delivering monthly curated packages of mystery sneakers and accessories to subscribers, and works with Puma, Saucony, New Balance, Supra and Palladium boots. “I’ve been a fan of fashion and sneakers for a long time,” Kamaj says, explaining where he got the idea. “I’m also a fan of subscription boxes and like the idea of receiving something that’s a mystery gift in the mail every month. So, I looked around to see if there was anything similar to SNEAKERTUB, and there wasn’t, so I wanted to test it out because I thought it was a great idea that no one else was doing. I wanted to be the first to market with it.” Despite it not being what he studied in school, he found that his Centennial College Children’s Media education still significantly helped him. “For SNEAKERTUB, we do a lot of videos and photo shoots for social,” he says, “and a lot of promotional stuff, so a lot of the production background, a lot of the practical things they taught us at Centennial still help me.” Another thing that helped: The business pitching aspect of the program. “We’d be pitching a lot of TV programs,” he says, “and that helps me to this day, because as an entrepreneur and independent business, pitching goes a long way. I pitch a lot. I pitch to sales reps, I pitch to new brands, I pitch to investors.” Eventually, he’d use that training to get onto Dragons' Den. How to enter the den “Every pitcher that goes on Dragons' Den has to audition,” Kamaj explains. “What they do is post an open call for auditions, then at the beginning of March, they hold auditions all around the country. The producers hear around 1,500 pitches over a month and a half, from all across the country. You first pitch your product to the producer, and it’s a mock Dragons' Den interview. From that, you get selected to actually pitch to the Dragons on camera. There’s a lot of people pitching to the Dragons on camera, but not all of those episodes get picked up for broadcast.” He was one of the chosen ones to pitch on camera, something he credits to both his commitment, and the skills Centennial gave him. “My passion for the business,” he says, “and knowing my business inside out helped me prepare for pitching to the Dragons, because obviously a lot of people seen on Dragons' Den turn up, and the Dragons roast them if they don’t know their business, so I didn’t want to be one of those people. Still, you don’t actually know what’s going to happen until you get in there.” “For whatever business you start, you have to have a passion for it, because an entrepreneur’s journey is not an easy journey,” he says. “There’s a constant hustle and grind. You have to be prepared for that, and prepared to not give up when the going gets tough.” “Centennial helped me in becoming the person I am today,” he adds. “Centennial gave me a lot of confidence in myself, and the courses weren’t just written or exams. Centennial is not a traditional education method, there’s a lot of practical stuff that goes into the courses.” Kamaj isn’t allowed to say how he fared on the show, but we can all find out when the episode airs on Thursday, November 16th at 8 pm, on the CBC. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/putting-shoes-on-a-dragon-kamaj-silva-takes-his-business-to-dragons-den/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:18:08 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/putting-shoes-on-a-dragon-kamaj-silva-takes-his-business-to-dragons-den/ How to get a global education for a global career: Laura Bunce and Interactive Media Management These days, so much of our shopping, business, health, banking and other essentials take place online. This means that a great user experience is more important than ever. How do you create it? You put people first. That’s the role you learn in Interactive Media Management, a postgrad program at Centennial College. The program teaches students how to create delightful interactive digital experiences for everything from websites to self-driving cars. It’s a surprisingly creative career, too, with plenty of room to leave your own artistic mark on the media you design. In fact, that’s why Laura Bunce decided to study Interactive Media Management, using her studies to pivot to a career that makes use of both her creative and analytical skills. Over the one year program, she designed her own app, participated in a summer internship program, and took her education abroad, travelling to Denmark as part of a special Centennial College program. Here’s her story. It can be your story, too. Coming to Centennial Before entering the digital media world, Laura studied environmental engineering and worked as a noise scientist, but she was craving a more creative position. She was motivated to find a career that fit her better, but she admits that leaving the one she had was a tough process. “Leaving a career to do something new can be quite stressful and definitely scary,” she says, “But I think that if you’re pursuing your passion, that people will always be excited for you, and it’s definitely something that you should do.” As for her choice of Centennial College, Laura received a recommendation from a friend who went to the school for public relations. “He told me it’s one of the best decisions he’s made in his career, and that it gave him a new level of business insight,” she says. Learning to put the user first “It’s mostly focused on the whole idea of user-experience design and putting the user first,” Laura says of the Interactive Media Management program. “I struggled the most with content,” she says of the challenges of the program, “coming from an engineering background, I put math in front of language for five years as I was studying. So to come back and have my writing scrutinized was tricky, but I really felt my writing improve over this past year.” And what she found the most useful? “Thinking about what the problem is in terms of how you’re going to change someone’s life,” she says. “How are you going to make a piece of their day better by fixing it? How am I going to affect them by giving them this product?” Eventually, she’d get a chance to design a product of her own. Making her own app “In the first semester, you learn the basics of how to build an interactive tool or program,” Laura says, “and the second semester, you get to build whatever you want, and it’s called your senior project.” In her case, she’d develop an app called Breadcrumbz, which lets travelers mark locations they’ve visited with “crumbs.” The user can then leave a short description, a picture, the date they visited and use tags to describe what’s there, and also tag it as a favorite. “I’ve done quite a bit of traveling,” she explains. “We were just talking about how unique the experience is when you go, but how you tend to forget where you went the next couple of years. How easy would it be if you just left crumbs as you traveled?” “Right now, it’s a high fidelity prototype that’s not actually coded, so the next step would actually be to get a coder to develop it,” she says. “I have to look more into funding and resources. I know there’s some opportunity through Centennial College and the ACCEL program.” In the meantime, though, there’s something a bit more pressing: Her field placement. Learning in the field The Interactive Media Management program runs for nine months and is followed by a 10-week field placement. Laura managed to snag one at Ontario Nature, where she’d get a chance to use her newly-developed media skills. “Ontario Nature is an environmental charity that tries to protect wild species and wild spaces,” Laura explains. “The reason I was really excited to come here is because I have an environmental background.” “What they’re doing over the summer is a total revamp of their website,” she continues. Laura has helped with the design process by auditing the current website, monitoring analytics, creating user personas and providing her insight on best user experience (UX) practices.   Taking her education global Three weeks into the internship, though, she’d depart for another unique opportunity. Her education would take her to Denmark, to be part of a Centennial College Faculty Lead Internship Program (FLIP) called Beverage Marketing Summer School. She’d had to apply for it through the college, and was selected from a pool of students to go on the journey. For two weeks, she’d test her skills in a real-world situation, working with a team of Canadian, Danish and Belgian students to create a marketing strategy to help Muskoka Brewery break into the Danish beer market. It was a real problem for which they needed to provide a real solution. “The coolest part was getting to work in a small group with people from a different culture,” she says. “There are so many little things we do differently. There’s a lot of collaboration culturally, and often we’d stop working to have conversations, and I learned so much about Danish culture working there.” “The project was a little difficult in terms of the timeline,” she adds. “To only have about two weeks to put together a whole go-to-market strategy… but I got the sense that our teachers were taking elements from each of us that I thought would be successful and sending it back to the brewery.” “Now,” she says, “I can’t look at something in a store without thinking of someone in a room saying: Would this product do well in Canada? What part of the store should we put it in? Those things weren’t in the forefront of my mind before.” What’s next Laura’s now back in Canada, is nearly finished her internship, and looking to get into the job market, with strong ideas of where she wants to go. “Right now, I'm looking to get a user experience design position,” she says. “ I'm most interested in doing something related to strategy if I can. I would try to do something environmental, but that’s not necessarily a priority. In the next five to ten years, I want to work in a senior UX role, maybe do some freelance consulting.” One thing that’s making it easier on her is how applicable her education is to a whole bunch of different careers. “My experience coming from engineering and going into user experience, I thought I was going into a whole different world,” she says, “but UX fits well with almost anything. It’s just a way of thinking that’s giving you a different perspective. It’s been a really powerful course for me, and I think it’s going to take me places.” By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-to-get-a-global-education-for-a-global-career-laura-bunce-and-interactive-media-management/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:22:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-to-get-a-global-education-for-a-global-career-laura-bunce-and-interactive-media-management/ How recreation and leisure can be used for social good. There's more to the world of recreation and leisure than sports. People who play together are happier and healthier, and recreation is a pathway to both better interactions and better communities. You can do some very real good in this field.  Brittnei Lacrette's goal was to get a career helping vulnerable people, something she didn't think recreation and leisure could lead her into. But spending time in Centennial College's Recreation and Leisure Program proved the opposite, and led her into employment with the long-term care facility, Sienna Living at Fountainview , in the east end of Toronto. Here's how she turned her misgivings into the start of a successful career, just like you can do, too. Changing her mind  Brittnei's goal was always to have a career helping people, which is why she initially planned to get into Community and Justice Services. However, she wound up in Recreation and Leisure due to being wait-listed, only to discover that it fit her career wishes as well, something she hadn't expected.  It was something that I fell into, that wasn't planned, she says. But once I got into the program and heard about all the different opportunities and areas that recreation could lead to, I decided to stick with it, and it became a very big passion for me.  What made it into a passion was the fact that she could still accomplish her goal of helping people. I thought recreation was more of a municipal thing, she says, keeping children and youth active, but I learned that you could work with seniors, or adults with disabilities, and help them live their life fully. That's what made me feel more compassionate towards the field. Learning in the field  Out of everything she'd learn in the program, Brittnei gained the most knowledge from the two field placements she took part in.  For my first year, I did my field placement in Ajax in a long-term care facility, Brittnei says. That was for six months, I believe, and that was my first real experience working with seniors. I spent a lot of one-to-one time with them, speaking with them, hearing their stories, and that grew.  For my second-year placement, she continues, I chose another long-term care facility in Pickering, and it was the same thing. I got to spend a lot of time with the residents, and learn to facilitate programs with them. I helped with a program called the Living Dreams program, where we'd pick one specific senior, and try to grant a dream or wish for them. I was able to get a donation of dentures for a senior with low income, for example, and another one of the wishes was just to go to the Red Lobster restaurant. I'd help them feel good about themselves, and that passion keeps growing. Creating a career  After graduation, Brittnei had to turn her education and experience into a job.  I started applying to jobs within the last two months before graduation, in March, she says, explaining her post-school career. So, I graduated in April, and I got the job here in Fountainview in September. It was a long time to wait, but it worked out very well.  Not only did her experience help her, but the fact that our long-standing Recreation and Leisure program has created generations of professionals also came in handy.  The manager of Fountainview at the time was also a graduate from Centennial, Brittnei says. She knew where I was coming from, she knew the professors, and had a good relationship with them. I got a reference from them, and it helped my career get started.  I'm currently an Activation Aide/Volunteer Coordinator, a full-time recreation aid/volunteer coordinator, so I run programs for seniors, she says of her current job. I work in the Alzheimer's/dementia unit, so I spend a lot of time keeping them stimulated, keep them from exhibiting responsive behaviours, such as exit-seeking, things like that. I also recruit and coordinate our volunteers.  A typical day starts at 8:30 am, during which Brittnei assists with breakfast, takes care of the in-house pets, facilitates four different programs and completes administrative tasks.  What I like best is spending individual time with the seniors, she says. I call them our forgotten treasures, because we often don't spend as much time with them as they need, and they don't get as much warmth and love as they need, so I try to spend as much time individually with each person as I can, and give them that warmth and human connection that they often miss out on. Advice for others  I would tell them to always remember why they got into the field in the first place, and always hold on to that, Brittnei says as words of wisdom from her experience. Her specific reasons were helping people, which she considers to be the main aim of the Recreation and Leisure program.  It's really important for everyone to remember that recreation is about making each other smile, she says, and I think that's something that's really important to remember and always hold on to, and that's what the whole field is about. Whether it's working with children or with seniors, it's about making that person smile and enjoy their life to their fullest ability. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-recreation-and-leisure-can-be-used-for-social-good/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:30:02 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-recreation-and-leisure-can-be-used-for-social-good/ Students in their own words: Mohammad Barbor on marketing yourself for a career Mohammad Barbor studied Marketing with Centennial College, specifically a Corporate Account Management graduate certificate program. From there, he moved onto Bell Canada, working as a Sales Consultant. The program, along with Centennial College's Career Services and Co-operative Education department helped him along the way, but it was his sense for marketing that formed an important part of his job-hunting, and ultimately, career-finding strategy. Here’s what he had to say about his journey to a career. On how his classes prepared him for his career… In the first place, I’m going to talk about the Career and Employment course that I took in the first semester. It was a really necessary and important course to take, because it provides all the information students need to learn about and be prepared for the job market. On how Career Services helped him get the job… The Career Services Centre did a great job. The products the Centre offers are very helpful, like checking my resume and cover letter, and doing a mock interview. The career advisors in general were helpful, especially Sureka Kulasingham, who was really supportive. She kept following up with me and also suggested a lot of openings for me to apply for. On his own personal tips for career success Your résumé, cover letter and the rapport you build during the interview are your precious products and brand, so you have to learn and practice how to promote these products and sell yourself in the best way to the employers. While doing the job hunting, it’s not wrong to focus on industries and fields that exactly match your education and expertise, but also broaden your choices to get your foot in the door so you can improve your skills strengthen your knowledge. Always work hard, do your best and be patient, because you’ll get it. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-mohammad-barbor-on-marketing-yourself-for-a-career/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:35:16 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-mohammad-barbor-on-marketing-yourself-for-a-career/ How an award-winning Recreation and Leisure student went to work on play Building a better community happens when people are healthy and active. That's what Recreation and Leisure Services is about: Keeping the community happy and active. Recreation and Leisure services is one of Centennial College's longest-running programs, enduring for nearly 50 years, thanks to it being constantly updated to stay relevant. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is a strong emphasis on practical skills and fieldwork, getting you out of the classroom and into the communities you'll be serving. Over the years, we've produced a number of notable graduates, and a soon-to-be rising star is Ian Campbell, who's managed to win both the Bob Secord Student Leadership Award, and the Jonathon and Sarah Mitchell Award in his time with us. He's currently in his final semester, doing a field placement working in the College's Athletics and Recreation department. Here's how he got to where he is, and how Recreation and Leisure set him up for success. Origins For Ian, recreation and leisure has been a part of his life since childhood. One of my first jobs was emulating my older brother and sister, he says. They both worked for the City of Markham in camps, so that's what I always strived to do. When I was 14, I became a volunteer, then counsellor in training, then a counsellor and then a supervisor, so I kind of worked my way up through recreation, with summer jobs throughout high school,” he says. Ian initially went to university for kinesiology, but found it didn't fit him, and so he went back to working for the City of Markham, until he heard about Centennial's program. I knew a couple people who had done the program, he says. They'd loved it, and a few of my supervisors had done the program as well. I also knew [program coordinator] Lorne Hilts. I did a leadership camp, and he came in to teach. It was the right time to do it, and this was the place for me, he says. Developing skills Despite being a veteran of recreation and leisure, Centennial's program still had things to teach Ian. I came into the program knowing more than the average person, because of my extensive background in recreation, Ian says, but the program in class really helped me think about the things I'd done. You do things, and you don't really think about the theories behind them, so that was really helpful for me. He also enjoyed the program's most practical component, its field placements, and the variety they offered him. We do about 850 hours over two years, Ian explains, where you learn from someone who's done the job. You're just fully in there, like a full-time employee. A rewarding part is just meeting people. You meet people with similar goals, and ambitions for the future. It was about exploring something you might not have thought you could do before, he says, talking about the first of his two placements. I was in Markham, at a place called the Centre for Dreams, which is a daytime program for adults with developmental disabilities, and that was unlike anything I'd ever done before. I loved it, it was amazing. As for his second placement? I got lucky enough to be placed here, Ian says. His current placement at Centennial College's Athletics and Recreation department is a typical example of what someone working in the recreation and leisure field does. I'm one of the intramural coordinators, he explains of the position, so we do a lot of the promotions for intramurals, trying to get everyone aware of what's going on. We going out there, setting up booths, playing games with the students, just getting them excited to play intramurals. We've run a bunch of events, he concludes, like a ping pong tournament, laser tag, rollerskating, bowling, snow tubing, and setting up varsity games, getting all the equipment ready. A lot of behind the scenes stuff. Awards and opportunities Before even graduating, Ian's hard work in the program would receive recognition, as he'd win three awards for his skills: The Bob Secord Award, the Jonathon and Sarah Mitchell Award award, and the Leaders of Tomorrow Certificate. The Jonathon and Sarah Mitchell Award award was for his high grade point average in the third semester, which took him by surprise. We do a lot of group work, so it's really a team effort, Ian says about his win. It was awesome, because it was a nice reassurance that I'd been putting in hard work, and working hard with my classmates. The Bob Secord Student Leadership Award, meanwhile, is given to an Ontario recreation student that monumentally achieves things in the Rec and Leisure sector. For the last 11 years in a row, Centennial's program has managed to snag the award, and Ian continued that tradition, also winning a Leaders of Tomorrow Certificate at the same time. That was a big, big honour, he says about the Bob Secord Award. I know Centennial College has been winning it for a long time, and a lot of amazing people have won it for them, so it was an honour to be a part of that as well. A couple people that have won it, I'm friends with, or have been mentors or supervisors for me, and I'm just following in their footsteps. When he wasn't winning awards, Ian also got the chance to attend Leadershape, a one-week trip up north with fellow students to learn leadership skills. We went through a lot of workshops, sessions and simulations to get to know yourself, what you stand for, your values, and to get you thinking of the future, the world, and what kind of vision you have for yourself, what kind of dream you want to achieve, he explains. What I really loved about Leadershape was that there was a ton of people who didn't know each other and came from different cultural backgrounds. We came together and all became a tight family. It's really what Centennial is all about: People coming together to make things work. Looking to the future I've always wanted to get into municipal recreation, because that's what I've always worked in, Ian says about his post-college career. I think that working in a community centre, helping provide programs is what I want to do. But there's so many jobs in recreation.I love working with children, I think I want to do that. As for other students planning to follow in his footsteps? Do your work and get to know your teachers, he says. The teachers are amazing here, they have a ton of experience, they've lived it, they practice what they preach, they're there for you, I don't think I've ever had this much support from teachers ever. Just come and make the most of it. Get involved in school. Don't be afraid of the hands-on. It teaches you a lot about yourself and that you're capable of doing so much. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-an-award-winning-recreation-and-leisure-student-went-to-work-on-play/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:42:04 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-an-award-winning-recreation-and-leisure-student-went-to-work-on-play/ From Struggles to Success: Javon Williams and the path to a career No matter who you are or where you’re from, you deserve an education. At Centennial College, we believe in removing barriers to education and have many success stories as evidence. We provide the resources, and our students make it happen with their determination. Javon Williams is one such success story. A resident of the Malvern area, Javon faced barriers to career and education in his youth, which ended in his incarceration. Determined to make his education and career work out anyway, he enrolled in Centennial College’s HYPE program. Next, he moved on to our Digital Visual Effects program, and then to a career with Vice Media, among other things. His work can be seen on his website, Visuals by Von, and its Instagram page. His transformation and experiences through the college are a true story of persistence and the value of an inclusive environment. Here’s the story of his journey. Coming to Centennial Unique to Centennial College, the HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Education) program gives young people new confidence to return to school. We provide a six-week on-campus, tuition-free learning experience that includes transportation and food costs to reduce as many barriers as possible to postsecondary education. “When I came into HYPE, I was 19, but before that, before HYPE, I was incarcerated,” Javon says. “I did a month in Central East, and when I came home, it was house arrest for four years, but … I got a bail variation so I could go to HYPE.” Javon would use HYPE to successfully transition into full-time studies, and enrolled in the College's School of Business Entrepreneurship program. “Our business teacher taught us how to write our own business plan, how to work in a team, how to develop presentations, all that stuff,” Javon says about the Entrepreneurship program, “and every Thursday, we’d have a big workshop with every HYPE student, and they’d teach us financial literacy, personal development, gaining confidence in yourself, all types of stuff.” “A lot of it helped me,” he continues. “With the financial literacy, I learned about budgeting, and with the business program, I learned a bit more about accounting, how to take care of my finances and how to present myself in a room of people who don’t have the same background as me. It taught me to be comfortable being uncomfortable.” After two years in that program, Javon decided to make a change, transitioning into a field where he could embrace his true passion. Making video “When I was in high school,” Javon says, “I used to film my boys freestyling, and make videos on movie maker. Later, I learned Premiere Pro. I started my own video production company, called Fluental Films, and I used to shoot music videos and make webisodes. I learned all of that by myself, on Google and YouTube.” “I stopped doing music videos because I found that it wasn’t profitable, and I started doing photography,” he adds. “I started another company, Visuals by Von. Right now, that’s growing.” In 2015 Javon switched programs, enrolling in Digital Visual Effects at Centennial’s Story Arts Centre. “When I heard visual effects, I thought it could better my craft,” he says. “What sold me was all my teachers come from the industry, they’re still in the industry.” Digital Visual Effects is a new program at Centennial College taught at the Story Arts Centre. The campus has labs equipped with modern hardware and software, giving students the industry-standard techniques and core skills used by professionals to make photo-realistic visual effects. Javon learned 3D modelling, some animation, photo manipulation, compositing, rendering, texturing and more. He particularly liked working with his fellow students. “We would have all-nighter [work] parties,” he says, “and that’s what I liked about it. The class had about 13 of us, and we’d stay all night, bring food, everyone would work, and no one’s leaving till everyone’s done, and then we’d go to class the next day and do it again. Now my class has worked on Fast and Furious 8, Spider-Man and King Kong.” Javon also found time to work on his companies while in school. “The campus is open 24/7,” he explains, “so any project that I would do, I’d be thinking of it like, this will look good on my website or my portfolio.” How to make a career happen Before he’d even graduated (the first in his family to do so), Javon would be employed with Vice news media and also involved with Toronto's Remix Project. Javon learned about Vice from a colleague from the equipment room, Cecilio, after expressing his concern about getting an internship. Cecilio had met a man from Vice during a workshop. Javon contacted Vice, asking to meet to talk about how he got where he was and how Javon could get there. Javon was surprised when he received a reply to his email. “He said ‘Come at ten o'clock on Wednesday.’ I came at nine-thirty,” Javon says. “I was ready. I asked him questions, then he asked if I wanted a job.” Soon, Javon was working as an assistant video editor. “I’ve worked there since April as an intern,” he says “It’s amazing. The culture is nice. You don’t feel like you’re at work because you’re creating.” The Remix Project Javon’s other major effort at the moment is the Toronto Remix project. “Remix Project is a HYPE program for creators,” Javon explains, “so they specialize in music production and creative business. I’m in the photography stream. They give free space in a studio, and we have to do ten hours a week of free time working on a project, basically like our own little office. Then they have workshops on industry connections, how to get into the industry, making pitch decks and how to brand yourself. “Once every month,” he continues, “we sit down with our mentor, and we create a nine-month plan on how to get where I’m at to where I want to go. Me, I want to have my own art and photography exhibit.” “I’ve covered events like Manifesto and Afro Fest,” he says, “and right now I’m working with a concept project. Basically, I’m planning a shoot that’ll be good for Puma, for Rihanna’s new slippers. I’m learning to be a creative director.” “Right now, everyone needs a photoshoot,” he says of where his companies are at now, “so I’ve scaled back on visual effects, and I’m just pushing the photography.”  What happens next? “I just look at myself like, I’m just a young guy from the hood, trying to do good, trying to change the community a little bit, but I had to change myself, too,” Javon says about his career and life so far. “It’s all coming true,” he says. “I remember sitting down in my cell, and I planned this all out. To finally see it come true five years later, it’s crazy. Right now I want to focus on growing my brand. I want to work for big clients.” “Invest in yourself, believe in yourself, and definitely shoot your shot.” By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/from-struggles-to-success-javon-williams-and-the-path-to-a-career/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:47:06 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/from-struggles-to-success-javon-williams-and-the-path-to-a-career/ Students in their own words: Maitri Patel on the secrets to career success Centennial College offers you practical programs that connect you to the career you want. But we do more than just teach. We help you get into that career with our Career Services and Co-Operative Education department, who can provide you with job search resources, and can help you with your resume and your job interview skills. Maitri Patel is an example of the College and Career Centre’s success. Maitri took the Advanced Biotechnology Fast Track program in April of 2017. Advanced Biotechnology teaches you the scientific principles behind microbiology, and you learn how to test for and identify microorganisms. In practical terms, you learn how to see what substances biological things are made of. Maitri was able to turn these skills into a career, with help from the college’s Career Centre, works at Gay Lea Foods as a Poison Control Technician, an important role ensuring their food products are safe to consume. Here’s how she got to where she is, and how the college helped here On how her Centennial College education prepared her for her career… “Centennial College upgraded the knowledge that I had and expertized my skills through different projects and experiments. Working up to date with accuracy and precision is what I acquired from this college.” On how the Career Services and Co-operative Education department helped her get the job… “Centennial College Career Services helped me in developing my resume as well as making me prepared for an interview with the company by taking a mock interview. I owe a deep gratitude to career service advisor Kathy Devine, who followed up with me during and even after the interview.” On her personal secrets to success… “The success of finding a job that best suits my qualifications comes down to the efforts made in achieving it. Also, LinkedIn played a very important role in getting me this job. For those who are graduating, I would say that the journey of job search is not full of troubles. All you need to do is be confident, trust yourself, prepare yourself for any challenge on your way and remember that life is full of possibilities.” By Anthony Geremia and Maitri Patel https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-maitri-patel-on-the-secrets-to-career-success/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:51:19 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-maitri-patel-on-the-secrets-to-career-success/ Public Relations, Yoga, Martial Arts, and Success: Urvil James Villaruel Every modern organization needs a recognizable brand to survive and professional communicators to help maintain that brand. A modern professional communicator has to do a lot of different things, and Public Relations at Centennial College teaches you a lot of those skills by treating the discipline as art for storytelling. Urvil James decided to use that storytelling for good; tying it into something unexpected: Martial arts, yoga, marketing and philosophy. He went from learning how at our Pickering Learning Site, to applying it. And that’s not even the only thing he’s involved in. Here’s the story of his journey, how Centennial College helped make it happen, and how others can follow in his footsteps. How Martial Arts relates to Public Relations Urvil James initially completed a university marketing degree, and while there, he would discover that marketing had an unusual connection to martial arts and yoga, which he would then connect with public relations. “I noticed that, while I was completing my marketing degree, a lot of it correlated with people’s personalities, opposed to what they were teaching us about mathematics and statistics,” he says, “So I decided to pursue yoga and martial arts to figure out what makes people tick on a less scholastic, less institutionalized level.” “During that time, I was working as an instructor,” he says, “and I said I might as well get my public relations, because that’s what I already do as a marketer, on top of being an instructor, and the worlds are very parallel. They both deal with shaping narratives, but you can’t really shape a narrative in the marketing world unless you have the credential, or the exact know-how in order to shape it.” A small, local campus Urvil James would go on to take Centennial College’s Public Relations program after hearing positive buzz about it online. Due to its close location, he’d chosen to take the program at our Pickering Learning Site, a satellite campus for students who don’t want to make the trip into the city (Centennial also offers the program at its East York campus.) “I really liked it,” he says about the Pickering location. “Because of its close-knit size, it allowed us to gain one-on-one attention. We got to know everyone. Everyone within my group had the same classes, so it was kind of Elementary School-ish and we built bonds.” “The biggest challenge was stepping outside of my comfort zone,” he says of his experience in the program itself. “They made you do exercises on presentation skills, for example. That was very difficult, because I’m not a big fan of public speaking, even though I’m an instructor.” “But then the biggest plus would be learning to shape stories effectively because that’s what we do as marketers,” he says. “How do I push what I believe onto you and make you believe it, too?” “I’d say the design course was the most useful,” he adds. “It was really good because it taught me about InDesign, and then I just took the principles from there and expanded on them myself. The writing course was also essential.” Three different companies After graduating, Urvil James would go on to become a busy man, using his skills to enhance and even start a new venture. His first venture was GottaLightMyFire.com, a consulting company that he built in Hong Kong while being a part of the Ontario Global Edge program in university. “While I was there, I developed this idea of helping smaller companies, because we had to help small businesses in Hong Kong and learn to market them,” he says. “From there, it just grew and grew. Now it’s evolved further because public relations has allowed me to work more in the social media world.” His second business is his own yoga martial arts studio, formed due to continuous practice, belief, and his connection to marketing. “I primarily do all the marketing, but I also instruct,” he says. It’s all still in the same avenue of shaping stories.” “I started to notice that there was a big spiritual component to martial arts,” he says, explaining his thoughts behind Persistence Academy, “but most martial arts schools are lacking in it. I've even coined the phrase ‘From Outer To Inner World.’ The outer world relates to martial arts, where it’s like, protect yourself, learn how to carry yourself. But then how do you handle the internal component, the inner world? That’s where yoga comes in, because it’s a self-reflection. Most people don’t actually take the time to pursue self-reflection. We’re so caught up in our outer world.” Through the company’s charitable wing, Persistence Karma Projects, the Academy also does charity work to raise money for at-risk and orphaned girls in Peru. His third major project is a website called TnB Theories. “It was built off of my own inspiration and desire to practice,” he explains. It’s a blog site where he would post five new things that inspired him each day. “Over time, it just blew up into a huge following.” It’s not about following him “Follow your intuition and your inspiration,” Urvil James says as advice. “Don’t focus on what I do, focus on what you do, because all I did was continuously follow my gut instinct and inspiration. A lot of people are so caught up in comparison and want to be rich and famous, but they don’t know what it takes to get to that point, and even if they’d really like it. So, don’t look at something I’m doing, look for something that you want to do and do that.” By Anthony Geremia and Urvil James Villaruel https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/public-relations-yoga-martial-arts-and-success-urvil-james-villaruel/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:57:02 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/public-relations-yoga-martial-arts-and-success-urvil-james-villaruel/ Our professional Financial Planning students show off their skills Centennial College works to give its students a chance to practice the skills they've picked up in real-world settings, leaving the classroom to test their abilities as they launch their careers. Such is the case with our Financial Planning post-graduate program. Offered by the School of Business, this Graduate Certificate program gives business students the skills they need to help people figure out their future, at least where the money is concerned. Becoming a financial planner means that you help people shape their lives, as they plan how to put their kids through school, own the home they want, retire, or simply live the best life they can. By becoming a financial planner in Centennial's program, students are learning how to help make these dreams come true. Not content to just teach the students in the classroom, the program sent three students to a special case study competition, to prove their worth. The Canadian Institute of Financial Planning (CIFP) Case Competition at George Brown College took place on March 4, and three students from our Financial Planning post-graduate program, Carolina Perozo, Lina Diaz and Luciana Galindo, took part. The students tested their skills against other Ontario colleges, and in the end achieved second place out of nine competing teams. Training for the competition On the day of the competition, Carolina, Lina and Luciania were given a fictional financial case, and tasked with creating and presenting a financial plan while under a strict two-hour time limit. They needed to solve the problems, then deliver the solution, and were marked on how they solved it, and how they presented their solution. They had to help someone plan the financial side of their life, like what they'd be doing in their eventual careers. To prepare for the competition, the three students were first given a practice case, which they presented to their two coaches, program instructors Tracey Britt-Thorne and Deborah Williams. I learned the things I needed to learn last semester, Carolina says of the preparations. This semester, these two teachers that were coaching us had experience in the field, and were telling us all of their personal experience from having worked as financial planners and advisors. This couldn't have been possible without the coaches help, Lina asserts. They taught us everything we need to know about not only the competition, but also for the way you have to face that kind of situation in real life. Last semester, we learned all the theory, so this semester, we were prepared to face things like this. For the test case, the trio was given two fictional clients, Nikkala and Jerome, who had the goal of retiring. The team was tasked with creating a financial plan for them based on their info, and presenting it as though the couple was in the room. In the space of 20 minutes, the team outlined their current financial status, talked about their goals, their plans to have kids, and discussed education and insurance. They then talked about their retirement plans, and recommended solutions to them (Right now, you need to get rid of your credit card debts, said Luciana). They then moved on to risk planning, tax planning, and summed up their recommendations, before moving onto a Q and A, followed by feedback from the instructors. One of the things our coaches told us during our preparation is that the way you convey the message to the clients is important, the way you stand up there, talk to them and explain why your advice was best, Carolina says. That would become very important during the actual competition. An unusual case That weekend, they did it all over again, helping another fictional couple plan for their retirement. They're facing retirement, and they need to know if they have enough money to retire at 65, Carolina explains of the final case study at the competition. They have a lot of property, and they have three children. This time, though, there was a difference. The most important thing we had to say to them was, do you have the money, yes or no? Lina says. And they didn't have the money to do all the things that they wanted to do, retire, give the property to their children. We needed to analyze and say that to them. We had to come up with a strategy that was completely different from the other teams, Carolina continues, because we were able to say to the clients, this is not going to be possible, so you need to be realistic, and we need to make some adjustments to your plan and to your goals, otherwise you're going to get none of them. Winning the silver In the end, their unorthodox approach worked, netting the trio a silver medal. I didn't expect it, Carolina admits. I knew we were good, but there were nine other teams competing, and the competition was tough. After this experience, I started thinking that I can be good at this, Carolina says. All the financial advisors we've met have said we can help people, and that's the key for this career, if you want to follow this path. You can help people, you can give your advice to people, and that's going to make you feel really good. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/our-professional-financial-planning-students-show-off-their-skills/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:57:29 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/our-professional-financial-planning-students-show-off-their-skills/ Students in their own words: Ravena Bandiera on the steps to getting her career moving Ravena Bandiera is a recent graduate from Centennial College’s Food Science Technology Fast-Track Program, who came here to upgrade her knowledge from her Bachelor’s degree in Food Engineering and to gain experience in laboratory analysis. Since then, she’s managed to turn her education into a career and is currently working as a Quality Assurance Technician at Sonora Foods. Looking for guidance, Ravena went to Centennial College’s Career Services to find help with her resume and cover letter, but found more than that, receiving help with both motivation and interview skills. Here’s more of what she learned, in her own words. On the skills our Food Science Technology program gave her… “Centennial College provided me with knowledge and experience I needed to be ready for the job market. During the four-semester program, I had the opportunity to upgrade the knowledge I gained from my Bachelor's Degree in Food Engineering, and also gained experience by performing different types of laboratory analysis.” On writing the perfect job application… Keep working hard on your search. Instead of sending the same resume and cover letter to a thousand job postings, find a position that really attracts you, and adjust your papers to what the job requires. I was hired on my first interview, and when I applied for this position, it took me over two hours working on my cover letter and resume. Less than 24 hours after applying for the job, I received a phone call asking me to go for an interview. Exactly a week later after the interview, I got a job offer with a salary above what was expecting. My advice is to make every job posting that you select special, take your time, work hard and the employer will notice you!” On the special things Career Services gave her… “Refine your skills, learn how to present yourself, and practice for interviews. The Career Service Department will assist you with that! Schedule your appointment as soon as possible. I was looking for guidance, someone that could help me with my resume and cover letter. I found more than this. I found support with words of motivation, precious tip on how to present myself in an interview, for instance. I recommend this service to everyone who needs to develop better strategies to find employment.” On her essential strategies for career success… “I knew I had to be patient and believe that something very good was about to come.” ​By Anthony Geremia and Ravena Bandiera https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-ravena-bandiera-on-the-steps-to-getting-her-career-moving/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:52 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-ravena-bandiera-on-the-steps-to-getting-her-career-moving/ Overcoming barriers to education: Chantelle Fogarty-Griswold finds her success No matter who you are, you're entitled to an education, regardless of the barriers life may set up in your path. At Centennial College, we believe in helping students overcome those barriers, and assisting them in achieving their educational and career goals. Such is the case with Chantelle Fogarty-Griswold. She has severe spastic cerebral palsy, but at 26, enrolled to be a distance learning College student, and now studies Professional Writing at our Story Arts Centre campus. Here's how she got to where she is. Deciding on education While Chantelle had wanted to attend a post-secondary institution for some time, her cerebral palsy had been a barrier, with some institutions outright refusing to enroll her. I kind of gave up on the idea of higher education, because I live with severe muscle spasms, and chronic pain, she says. That would change, though. My parents were driving me back up to camp, and I don't know how we got to the topic of college, but we did. she says. I thought about it a lot at camp, and spoke to some of my friends and counsellors about it. When I came home, I went online, did some research, found Centennial College, and I made an appointment with the Centre for Students with Disabilities. I made an appointment with a Learning Strategist all on my own, she continues, explaining how the CSD works. In that meeting, I explained to the Learning Strategist that I want to do my program through distance learning. The Learning Strategist set me up with an Individual Student Profile that listed all the accommodations I would need to succeed in my program. Then she told me to go register for my first college course. As for her career choice, it would be born out of a desire to help others like herself. All my life, I knew I wanted to go in a field of study where I could help individuals with special needs, but because of all my health conditions, I didn't know how, she says. When I looked at the courses at Centennial College, I found this course called Professional Writing. I just knew that was the way to help advocate for individuals with special needs. The tools for success Chantelle credits services provided by Centennial, like Prep Smart to help with her transition from high school to Centennial. Centennial College has accommodated my cerebral palsy in many ways, she says. My Learning Strategists have been able to speak to my professors to extend my courses past the deadline, CSD has always advocated on my behalf to give me extra time on tests, quizzes and assignments, and they have provided me with assistive technology.         Doing distance learning is important, she explains, because if I am having bad days where I can't work, I don't need to worry about missing classes and falling behind, and I can work in the comfort of my own home. Chantelle is currently in the second year of her program, and takes her courses online through Ontario Learn. Despite that, Professional Writing has still given her plenty of opportunities for practical experience. As part of my second semester, my class was encouraged to find a publication, write an article and have it published before the end of the semester for extra marks, she says. I took this assignment very personally. I searched for a publication and I wrote an article for Bloom, an online parenting magazine at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. By May, my article was published. Spreading her message Centennial College has helped me in so many ways with my dream of becoming a writer, Chantelle says, by supporting me and advocating on my behalf to make sure I succeed in all aspects of my education. Chantelle hopes to use this education to spread activism and awareness of Cerebral Palsy through her writing. I have a passion to write, she says. I have a passion to advocate for myself and others with special needs. We talk so much about what people with disabilities can't do. We do not often talk a lot about what they CAN do. I have an aspiration to write a book about my life with Cerebral Palsy, she adds, and I plan to write a lot more to advocate for individuals with special needs. One day, she'll spread her message, and for now, Centennial College will continue setting her up for success. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/overcoming-barriers-to-education-chantelle-fogarty-griswold-finds-her-success/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:24:16 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/overcoming-barriers-to-education-chantelle-fogarty-griswold-finds-her-success/ Students in their own words: Helena Pieroni on being an International Student, never giving up, and career success Helena Pieroni is a student in our Practical Nursing program, who plans to graduate in December 2017. She’s already obtained work at ParaMed Home Health Care as a Home Caregiver. Even with the skills practical nursing gave her, it was a long road to getting a career, especially as an international student unfamiliar with the Canadian job market. However, she managed to succeed thanks to the college’s career services, and sheer determination. Here’s how she made it work, in her own words. On the skills the Practical Nursing program gave her… “Clinical placements really put me face to face with the reality, but I realized that even little details in class or in the lab gave me the background to test my skills and improve them. For example, in helping a client with ambulation, I have learned  “why, when and how to ambulate impaired clients with safety and, most importantly for me, the good outcomes of this action for the client. It appears so simple, but it is not simple for who cannot move, permanently or temporarily. It requires sensitivity to support client as they deserve.” On the challenges of being an international student looking for work, and how the Career Centre helped her out… “As an international student, I had no idea how to get a formal job in Canada. I got some information from friends and family, but I did not know that there was a professional process to follow.” “In my first time at the Career Service Department, I brought my resume, as I had done in my country, and it was the first alert that I knew nothing. But it was a wonderful experience, because Sureka was so kind and delicate, and said to me it does not work in this way. So, we started to work on my resume and cover letter. I did not know how important a cover letter is, or a “thank you” email. “Actually every single phase of getting a job is important. Proof of that was when I went to my first interview without being prepared for it. It was horrible, a catastrophe. I felt exposed to a situation that could be prevented because I could have booked a Mock interview and be prepared. I know it does not guarantee you get a job, but self-confidence is fundamental in an interview. And you can acquire it through of training, as I did.” On how the community helped her succeed… “I have had some angels in my life in Canada, like a senior who took the bus every day with me and a PSW in my clinical placement. They told me the same thing: “Never give up.” On having the right attitude for career success... “I am a perseverant person, but many times I almost give up. I had dedicated a lot of time doing a cover letter and resume for each position that I had applied, and I had felt unmotivated after dozens of non-answers. I got to thinking I am not capable of getting a job. I really did not know what I was doing wrong. Indeed, there was nothing wrong with me. As with fishing, sometimes you pull nothing.” Some advice for her fellow students… “My tip for graduating students is to share my angels’ tip, “never give up.” And do visit Career Services, they can help you. It is free, they are receptive and they can give to you chance to do your best. I am real proof of that.” By Anthony Geremia and Helena Pieroni https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-helena-pieroni-on-being-an-international-student-never-giving-up-and-career-success/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:11:12 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-helena-pieroni-on-being-an-international-student-never-giving-up-and-career-success/ Students in their own words: Phillip Cortes on the steps to getting your career going At Centennial College, our programs give you the practical skills employers are looking for, clearing the way for you to get the rewarding career you want. We’re even here to help you with that last step, turning your skills into a career, thanks to our Career Services and Co-operative Education centre, where you can receive help on your resumé, practice your job interview skills, and access resources like the college’s own job board. Philip Cortes is a recent graduate from Centennial College’s postgrad Project Management program who made use of the college’s resources and found career success with Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited as an Associate Project Leader. In Project Management, Phillip learned how to handle large projects in a timely, cost-effective manner through practical learning and an experiential field placement. The program gave him the skills he needed to succeed, and Career Services upgraded his resume and cover letter, as well as giving him the tools to discover and apply for the jobs he wanted. Here’s what he learned in the process, in his own words. On how Centennial College prepared him for the job… “My experience at Centennial has given me the skills and knowledge needed to coordinate multiple projects at my company.  More specifically, the Project Management program taught me skills such as scheduling, procurement, and business communications, all of which are invaluable in my current job.” On how Career Services helped with his job search… “The staff in the Career Services department helped me by reformatting my cover letter and resume, and by suggesting additional ideas of how to target companies and people during my job search.  Their online job board, HireCentennial, was also very helpful in applying to positions.” On what specific steps led to his job search success, including networking… “Targeting my resume and cover letter to the specific employer and persistence has led to my job search success. I would tell graduating students to never give up on their job search and use all the resources they can.” “Go to job fairs and networking events.  Make sure to use all the resources available at Centennial, such as practice interview sessions. Ensure your resumes are well written and contain keywords from the job posting you’re applying to. And lastly, stay positive and don’t give up.  Every interaction you get from a possible employer gets you a little closer to your goal.” ​By Anthony Geremia and Philip Cortes https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-phillip-cortes-on-the-steps-to-getting-your-career-going/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:18:38 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-in-their-own-words-phillip-cortes-on-the-steps-to-getting-your-career-going/ Jesse Preston conquers barriers to find success At Centennial College, we lead students to do great things. We’re also all about overcoming barriers to education, assisting our students through institutions like the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). Jesse Preston came to Centennial College for Business and Project Management. He also has dyslexia, a disorder that makes reading words and numbers difficult, and that impeded his education before he came to the college. The CSD helped him succeed by giving him tools to overcome his own challenges, and the School of Business gave him the education and resources to excel and connect to a rewarding career. Now he gives back through his work with Epilepsy Toronto, helping people overcome barriers to his employment. Here’s how he got there. Overcoming barriers Jesse’s early life plans were very different from where he is now. Due to seemingly poor academics, he first went to a business technical institute to study trades, until he encountered his own personal barrier that changed everything. “I found out I have dyslexia, and I couldn’t read a ruler, hence trades were probably not the best place to be,” he says. Specifically, his learning disabilities included dyslexia (reading), dyscalculia (math), and dysgraphia (writing), as well as ADHD. An even worse barrier: He wasn’t getting help for them, and they’d been the reason he hadn’t been able to get his academics to college level. “I wasn’t properly accommodated for most of the time I was there,” he says. That all changed, though, when he came to Centennial College. “I actually had no interest in going to college,” he admits, “but some family members and influential people in my life convinced me to go back to college. So I looked at this program for Ontario Basic Skills (now known as Career and College Transition) and connected with the Centre for Students with Disabilities.” “Initially, I was going to walk in there and demand my rights, and I didn’t have to,” he continues. “I walked in, and the counsellor there turned around and said, I’ve read your assessment, what accommodations would you like? No one had ever bothered to ask me that before.” They’d set him up with counselling, learning strategies and adaptive technology like tape recorders, Dragon NaturallySpeaking software and a reading program called Kurzweil. He was also trained in how to use them, a skill he still uses in his career today. A path into business “I’m a person that believes that people should have a chance to show their potential, and up until Centennial College, I didn’t have that chance,” Jesse says. “As I said, they didn’t really accommodate me in high school and I left there with a really bad taste. Centennial was the first place to give me a chance to show my potential.” After upgrading his learning skills, Jesse studied Business Administration, and then switched to General Business so he could do a Project Management postgrad. The reason for his choice has involved a project he’d been a part of during Ontario Basic Skills that had been a complete disaster. “One thing that we walked away with an appreciation for is that we needed education and we needed training,” he says. “I had decided that business and management was a way to accomplish that.” “Business is all about solving problems to me,” he continues. “Every business exists to address a problem, and that’s the reason why I picked business.” He wasn’t content to just learn during the program, either, spending time mentoring for the Centre for Students with Disabilities, creating a mentoring club called the Access Club, and worked with the CCSAI to develop a business plan for its spa operation. “For the SASS Spa, I implemented all the project management techniques I was learning,” he said. As for now? “A lot of the courses I took in human resources, recruiting, professional selling, that were from general business, I use those on a day to day basis. Many of the tools and applications from project management, I still use.” Giving back “I wanted to help people, and I was missing the stuff I was doing with the CSD, supporting people with disabilities,” Jesse says of his career choice. Jesse currently works at Epilepsy Toronto as a Job Developer and Facilitator, connecting people with disabilities to careers. “I go out to the employers, find out what their needs are, what kind of skills they’re looking for, what kind of people they’re looking for, and then I go back to my pool and find candidates that match and make introductions,” he explains. “In addition to that, I do a lot of setting up of people with mentors and do a lot of information sharing. An outcome of that is I introduce people to hiring managers and many people get jobs. So essentially what I do is non-profit recruiting, with a specialty in epilepsy, as well as learning disabilities, ADHD, and dyslexia.” He lists an interesting example of his recent work to explain what he does. ”We set up a really cool accommodation where we had a person with glaucoma, and a severe memory disability,” he says. “His vision and writing were atrocious, to the point where he couldn’t even read it. The problem was that he got a job answering phones, and he’d take a message, but no one knew what he was writing, and he wouldn’t remember what it was.” “We set him up with a tape recorder and Dragon NaturallySpeaking software,” he continues, “and any time he answered the phone, he’d turn the tape recorder as a backup, and turn Dragon on.” “I get to show people’s potential. That is the best part,” he says. “There are times when I didn’t even do anything except pick up a phone and make one introduction, and I got someone a job. There’s nothing like going from watching people that couldn’t succeed because no one’s given them a chance, to seeing them succeed and reach their potential.” The importance of volunteering When it comes to advice for others looking to follow in his footsteps, Jesse has one important recommendation: Volunteering. If Jesse hadn’t volunteered, he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do that crucial early work with the CSD and SASS Spa at Centennial. “Basically, my career wouldn’t have gone anywhere,” he says. “Just be open to learn, even if it’s a short-term loss in money, just to get that experience.” “If you go out there to be known as a professional,” he adds, “and you learn how to do that better, then people will eventually hire you. At the very least, you’ll make a bigger impression.” “Learn as much as you can,” he finishes. “Because at the end of the day, we’re all unique and we’re all shaped by the experiences we go through in life.” By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/jesse-preston-conquers-barriers-to-find-success/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:39:36 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/jesse-preston-conquers-barriers-to-find-success/ Caring for our youngest: Deborah Matthews-Phinney’s career in Child and Youth Care Centennial College has spent 50 years setting alumni up for rewarding careers that contribute to the social good. Deborah Matthews-Phinney’s career is one of caring for the youngest members of society, as a child and youth care worker. We set her lengthy career up for success, and Deborah would eventually return the favour, taking what she learned back to Centennial to train new generations of child and youth care professionals. Here’s her story. A history of care Deborah attended Centennial’s old Warden Woods campus, learning how to become a child care worker in the program that would eventually evolve into our current Child and Youth Care Program. I grew up in eastern Ontario, in a family that really believed in giving back, she explains. My parents came from poverty in Britain as immigrants to Canada, and my entire family has gone into helping services. This was 30 years ago, when going to college was still relatively new, and for me, I came up to Toronto, saw Warden Woods Campus, and decided I wanted to live in the city and be in this program. Even back then, this program had a phenomenal reputation. She would graduate in 1986, the beginning of a long and fruitful career. I really feel as though my training at Centennial prepared me for what turned out to be more than 25 years as a career in children’s mental health, she says. My focus for all that time has really been on the wellbeing of children, youth and their families, working in a variety of settings, from young children to kids with autism, as a frontline worker and as a manager. I’ve worked in all children’s mental health centres of one sort or another, particularly with kids who were very misunderstood, she continues. Often these were kids struggling in school, with behaviour that prevented them from becoming successful. I made it my entire career’s work to really try to understand the unique needs of each child, and try to figure out the recipe to make them successful. My most rewarding times are when I see children shine, and when they tap into their incredible potential, which is why it was so easy to make the transition into teaching. Giving back to the school During her career, Deborah would continue working with the school that set her career up, helping future generations along her path. At first, she was an advisor, but would eventually come back to teach. For many of those years, I sat on the advisory committee for the Child and Youth Worker program at Centennial, she says, and I provided a whole host of field practicum opportunities for students. In the early 2000s, I began teaching part-time at Centennial, to supervise students in their field practicum and teach the seminar that went alongside the field placement. For me, making the move to teaching full time was really a way for me to continue that journey of children’s mental health. I believed in the work, and I really wanted to continue to develop the young people that would be the future of our field. Eventually, she would begin teaching full time in the Child and Youth program at Centennial in 2010. Making the move to full-time has been remarkable, she says. It is incredibly rewarding to be in the classroom with students. Every single day, I get to see their excitement, and that promise for a whole new generation of child and youth care professionals, who are all dedicated to improving the lives of others, particularly children and youth. Special projects Centennial College does a phenomenal job of giving opportunities to students and staff to really take things as far as they can go, Deborah says. The opportunities are endless. Outside of the classroom, Deborah accompanied Centennial students on three GCELE trips, two to Kenya, one to Nicaragua. Each one was incredible and unique, she says. Our primary goal was to support the plan for the local community to bring education to children in these rural communities, particularly girls. Our focus was in building schools, so we were laying brick and digging up ground every day. She’d then work with Suzanne Kanso, a student she went on the trip with, to bring Semi Sweet-Life in Chocolate, a documentary on fair trade, chocolate, and child labor to Progress Campus. Finally, she’d also work with the CCSAI in 2016 to host the World Water Day event at Progress Campus. Our focus in that was to really increase awareness at the college of global water issues, and we planned a number of interactive events that really inspired participants, she explains. Anyone that walked across the bridge, or was given a water timer from the event was really inspired to think about what they could change or what they could do to improve our understanding and use of this incredibly precious resource. Lifelong learning It’s been a long, successful road for Deborah, and she’s not finished yet. She thinks of herself as a lifelong learner, and continues to develop her skills. I did decide to go back to school in my 30s, and I did an undergraduate degree in my field, Child and Youth care, she says. It was Centennial College itself that gave her the motivation to do so. I was not a strong student in high school, she admits. Centennial inspired me to believe that I could be successful. Then I went on and finished my master’s in education a few years later. That idea of lifelong learning is something that I got from Centennial College, and I don’t believe I’m finished yet. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/caring-for-our-youngest-deborah-matthews-phinney-s-career-in-child-and-youth-care/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:01:00 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/caring-for-our-youngest-deborah-matthews-phinney-s-career-in-child-and-youth-care/ Moving with technology: Patrick Kelley keeps us up to date Centennial College works to set its graduates up for success by having them study under experienced professionals. So who better to take charge of educating Centennial students than our own alumni, closing the loop? Patrick Kelly started out studying Electronic Engineering, entering the tech industry in the 80s. Years later, he'd return to us, and now works as the Dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS), helping train the next generation of tech students, making sure our programs keep up with the ever-changing world of technology. His history It was the early 80s when I came to Centennial and took the Electronic Engineering Technician program, and graduated in Electronics, Patrick says of the beginnings of his career. It was my first post-secondary experience, and it really opened the door to a career path into the electronics field. It was an entry-level position at the time, but I was working with a circuit board company once I graduated from Centennial. After that, he'd work with A.C. Nielsen, the company responsible for figuring out ratings for television, which would give him the chance to travel North America and Australia while in his mid-20s, before he decided he needed to further his learning. The college diploma really opened the door to all of that, he says. When I was at A.C. Nielsen, I decided that to progress through the ranks, I needed to go back to school. He'd go back to University, and get a Bachelor of Commerce before deciding to get re-involved in education. I was out of school, I had my bachelor degree, and that's where I entered the educational field, he says. I had the technical background, the Diploma from Centennial, plus my Bachelor's degree in Business. He'd work as an instructor, and come to Centennial in 2001 as the Chair of Information Systems. While there, he'd continue to bulk his skills up with a Masters of Education, something the college supported him with. I was working full time, with a young family, doing my masters, he explained. I was able to obtain a sabbatical through Centennial College for ten months, right at the end of my dissertation, and it really allowed me to focus and write the last three chapters of that dissertation. As far as balancing work and school, without that sabbatical, it would have been difficult to complete, so it was a huge gift. After that, he became chair of Applied Biological sciences from 2007 to 2012, when he finally became the Dean of SETAS. I saw a lot of change in the department, brought in a lot of new programs in a number of different areas across the school, and the Dean's position came up in 2012, so I applied, he says. Since 2012, the school has experienced tremendous growth, both domestically and internationally. We've added many new programs and subsetted some old ones. We've had tremendous growth and enrolment, and also new staff members. It's just been a great time to be at the college, and SETAS specifically. How things have changed Having been in the tech industry since the 80s, Patrick has seen vast changes, something he makes sure is incorporated into the programs at SETAS. Certainly technology has changed astronomically, he says.  When I studied in the early 80s, it was all about mainframe computing, and there were no cell phones or internet per se. That's why for all our programs, we bring in Program Advisory Committees twice a year, made of industry experts from various sectors right across the school. Technology has changed so much, he continues, and will continue to change going forward, but what I've found is those general employee skills, like leadership and time management and communication skills don't seem to change, they're the one constant in the workplace. Where we're headed When it comes to the future of technology and engineering, Patrick looks to what the school is shifting its focus to as a sign of things to come. Some of the new programs we're bringing in point to where things are going, he says. Mobile Applications will continue to grow, there will be huge need for cybersecurity, another big area is renewable energy and sustainable design. We're very excited about that, creating a fourth department to address those needs, the Department of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Design. For Advanced Manufacturing, he continues, we'll see a move towards smart manufacturing, meaning the use of sensors, and really to improve efficiencies in manufacturing. That's going to be needed to ensure Canada remains competitive in that area, and certainly we're excited about our aerospace programs, with the new facility at Downsview Campus opening in January 2019. A point of pride For now, Patrick will continue working to keep the programs in his school fresh and relevant, something that he enjoys. Certainly in developing new programs, there's a lot of satisfaction, he says, because you're woking with a team across the college, and working with our industry partners, really taking a look at what future needs and skillets are.” Another thing he enjoys? Seeing students graduate from the college into success, like he once did. Every year when we have those convocations, and we see those students coming across the stage, then afterwards getting together with the family members, to me that really keeps me grounded, and that's why we're all here. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/moving-with-technology-patrick-kelley-keeps-us-up-to-date/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:04:24 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/moving-with-technology-patrick-kelley-keeps-us-up-to-date/ No Parrots in Space: Centennial students create a children's book to teach diversity Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at Centennial College that we believe should be taught to future generations, especially children. No Parrots in Space! is a Unique children's book created for our 50th anniversary that teaches these invaluable lessons. The book was created through collaboration by alumni and students from our Children's Media program, who got to show off their skills by teaming up to write and illustrate the book from scratch. Not only was it a showcase of what students can do, the book was thematically in line with the college's values, featuring diversity and inclusiveness as its main message. Sold for $10, all proceeds from the publication go entirely to student scholarships. Over the course of eight months, the team of writers and artists worked tirelessly to create something educational, memorable and positive for children to read. Here's how Centennial College students used their knowledge to put the book together, and how it reflected the values of the college itself. Creation It all started with Suzanne Kanso, a Children's Media alumni who would move on to become a 50th Anniversary Project Assistant for the college. She pitched a book to celebrate the college's 50th anniversary, making use of her education at the Story Arts Centre. To find a team of writers and artists to make it, she went to the Centennial community. I reached out to alumni from my year of graduation, 2014, and colleagues from the 2016 program, Suzanne says. I presented the opportunity to them, and we rallied up. During one of our classes, Suzanne came in and asked who'd be interested in helping with a book project for the school's 50th anniversary, so I was interested in that, and a few other people from the class were interested, says Daniel Sharestrom, one of the book's writers. When she said that, I figured I should join, adds Max Gorokhovski, another one of the writers, partially to start working on my portfolio, but also I just liked the idea of doing something like that, because everyone liked Pixar in the class, and it sounded like we might do something that skews a lot towards that. Also, it was very open, so I was just curious and excited to see what could come of that. A challenge In the end, the team consisted of six authors, three illustrators, and a professor from the Children's Media program serving as editor, making it an unusual creative process. A book is usually one author, with one vision, and that's how you see it grow, Suzanne says. But in our creative processes, everyone's throwing in ideas, and it added a meaningful twist. No Parrots in Space! had many versions and story plots, she says. Initially, we had Caucasian lead characters, but as we progressed collectively as a team, our Centennial and children's book objective became unified - we knew what direction the book should embody – that of diversity and inclusivity. Basically what we did was, we all had our own input with the story, and we went back and forth on the details, Daniel says. I personally came up with the idea of having two separate worlds collide, and we fine-tuned that from there. We got together a couple times a month for about eight months, as we came up with ideas, we storyboarded the whole thing out, and we workshopped ideas, he adds. Eventually, it got to the point of editing and debating over individual words. It took us awhile, but I'm very proud of the final product. Each of us had to write 15-20 titles, Suzanne says as an example, and decide as a group what we liked, just as a title. Coordinating and managing everyone's schedule was very difficult. Between school, full-time/part-time work, personal lives, a lot of commitment was required, she admits. It was a little bit tricky to work with so many other writers, Daniel says. Usually, the other things I've written, I've written by myself or with one other person, so it was an experience learning to write by committee. There were definitely some parts where we disagreed. Between six people, it really delved into the minutia, says Max. At points we were arguing about Oxford commas, and if to have them or not, which is ridiculous, but in the end, it helped out, and everyone got a say in it. Because of the challenge, we got to figure out what actually mattered, and what didn't. A diverse message The challenge was to mobilize experiential learning in our creative practice as children's storytellers. We wanted to ensure that our messaging to our youngest catalysts implored an active desire to change, build and construct a better future. That ties into Centennial's vision of transforming lives, and through our main protagonists Ali and Neelu. We have Ali and Neelu as non-Caucasian, because we wanted to be very reflective of the Centennial community, Suzanne says. We wanted to focus on inclusivity, fostering a space for creativity and exploring one's identity. We, as storytellers, came from various backgrounds, so it was imperative our fictional kids did too, she adds. We wanted to break stereotypes and empower kids through character representation; we had one kid wear the hijab, another kid with big beautiful curls, a boy in a wheelchair playing basketball, an introvert kid being an extrovert in his own way, and plenty more. In the story, Ali is very strong-willed, the leader of his pack, and wants to play games about space. Neelu, meanwhile, wants to introduce non-space elements, and brings a parrot into the picture. Initially, Ali rejects her ideas, but comes around as the story progresses. He's afraid of exploring new things, and, if we based it on a bigger scale, new cultures, Suzanne says. When Neelu comes in, she's very suggestive in her method of play, because we wanted to focus on a positive learning space. Throughout the book, the kids start realizing that this new form of play is actually very fun, and they really enjoy it, because they tap into their own creativity and imagination; they start to discover themselves, other forms of play, and the world around them, she adds. When everyone is allowed to be who we are, and we come together as a community, then it becomes a much better place. That's what we want to advocate for, she says. Where to go from here The book's first launch was at the Centennial College 50th Anniversary Gala, where Ontario's Representative of Her Majesty The Queen- Honorary Lieutenant Governor, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, stopped in a second time for more copies of our children's storybook.  Once we had it in our hands, it was something very empowering for us as artists, Suzanne says. Seeing what we've accomplished, seeing the expressions of joy and content on my colleagues' faces at our first book launch, the sense of accomplishment they had in their eyes that finally after eight months we published our first book, is something to pride yourself on as a grad from the Children's Media program, because you want to see the fruit of your seed. This was something they could proudly add to their portfolio. I didn't realize the quality of the materials that they were going to be using, Max says.I thought it was going to be more like the softcover/softback kids colouring books you see, but when I saw the hard cover, and the thickness of the pages, I felt really happy to see that's the kind of support we had behind us. I didn't actually see the illustrations until the day that we sold them at Centennial's 50th anniversary, Daniel says. So I got there, and saw this amazing book in my hands, and I'm flipping through it the same as the customers, amazed, and it’s got my name on it, which is more amazing. I've had the opportunity to read it to my nieces and nephews, and the response I’ve gotten from them has been very heartwarming, so it's been a great experience. Since then, they've had a book signing at an event in Toronto called Positivi-tea, had requests from faculty and community members to have the book translated into Spanish, French and Arabic, and are now looking at selling copies of No Parrots in Space! at the TIFF Kid's book store. I had a colleague of mine donate 50 books, and asked me to pay-it-forward in the way I see fit, Suzanne adds, so as an 'Agent of Change,' my mandate was to reach out to the school I once taught English at in Mexico and partner with them. Today, No Parrots in Space! has proudly become part of their English curriculum. My next pay-it-forward mission is donating copies to the Children's Book Bank and Sick Kids Foundation. Importance In this day and age, the message of this book can be really impactful for kids, Daniel says. They can learn that other people can have valid opinions, and it's okay to think a little differently, or be a little different. I'm hoping to see Centennial or the Children's Media program do something like this again in the future, Max adds, something that uses the talents of the students in the programs if they're willing to put in the effort and show the value of the students and the work or programs that they're doing. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/no-parrots-in-space-centennial-students-create-a-childrens-book-to-teach-diversity/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:05:20 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/no-parrots-in-space-centennial-students-create-a-childrens-book-to-teach-diversity/ A long road of success: Réal Carré's life in Recreation and Leisure Centennial College's 50-year history is that of setting its graduates up for long, rewarding careers. Réal Carré is one such alumni. Réal took our Recreation and Leisure program in the 1970's, and managed to jumpstart a career in the industry that spanned over 40 years, which he finally just retired from. Recreation and Leisure is one of Centennial College's oldest programs, stretching back to the college's founding. While it was a different time, his story isn't terribly different from that of the students in the program today. A small town Réal comes from the town of Matachewan, located in northeastern Ontario. It's a very small community, approximately 250-300 people living there, Réal explains. He initially graduated high school with an interest in welding, but soon found himself pulled into recreation, out of concern for his community.  There wasn't a whole lot there beyond a little ball field, and an outdoor rink that was later abandoned, he says. I got myself involved in volunteering my services in that community to revive the outdoor rink, and got a bunch of young folks together in the community, because certainly temptations were there in regards to not having much to do, and getting into trouble. Soon enough, he'd decide to turn his volunteer work into a career. Coming to Centennial I can still see myself in the Kirkland Lake public library of all places, Réal narrates. I'd pulled out hard-copy information on educational institutions that specialize in careers in sport and leisure. I put my finger on Centennial College in Scarborough. He'd get in contact with the college, and begin encountering what would be a trend: The kindness of the school's faculty and students. I heard back from Scarborough, at that time there was a huge amount of people applying to get into the course, and the vast majority of them would be called in to do a personal interview, he says. I got this call from Centennial, and they said to me, 'I know you're living way up north, so I don't think I need to bring you in for a personal interview. I'll do the interview over the phone with you.' So we engaged in a conversation about my interests, and they said to me, 'you know what, if you're really interested in coming to Centennial College, I will grant you approval over the phone, no need to come down.' The big city Canada was far less interconnected in the 1970s, meaning that Réal had never been to a large city like Toronto, and had an experience similar to an international student today, having quite the culture shock when he arrived. I took the train into Toronto, he says, landed at Union Station, and if you could only picture this little Frenchman from this small community up north coming out of Union Station and looking at this gigantic city, I just wanted to turn around and get back home. In fact, I brought a map with me, trying to see where Scarborough was, and thought initially that I could walk from Union Station to Scarborough, not realizing how big Toronto was. Generosity would help him out again, though. I didn't even have a place to stay at the time, he says, but a second-year student was nice enough to house me at his place for a few days until I could find a posting for accommodation. So many times, having left this small community for this large city, I felt like I needed to go back home, he admits, but another little voice told me stay there, be persistent, it's the right thing to do. In School Réal attended Centennial's old Warden Woods campus in 1974, graduating two years later. Aside from the practical learning he received in Recreation and Leisure, he credits the program with helping him come out of his shell at a time when he was too nervous to even present to people. The two-year program at that time gave all students, including myself, opportunity to socialize, and make presentations in front of smaller and larger groups, he explains. But more importantly, the school directly helped him get his career going, thanks to its field placement. I was very fortunate at the time, in my second year I was able to secure a placement in the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, he says. That experience was absolutely phenomenal. It really gave me that work experience that was necessary to carry on. And it turned into a full-time opportunity. Kickstarting a career I did my placement for that full year, and was fortunate enough just prior graduation to secure a job with East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club as program supervisor, Réal says of his career. I worked with them for a few years, then an opening came up at the West Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, and was able to be successful in that venture as program supervisor and executive director. Réal would work there from 1976 to 1981, before heading back up north, becoming a Recreation Program Supervisor and Assistant Director in the town of Royside all the way up until 2000, when he became the Director of Recreation for the City of Greater Sudbury. He'd work there until his retirement in April of 2016. If you add everything up, he says, I was hovering close to 40 years of full-time employment in the field of recreation. Looking back and forward A lot of people have asked me since I retired, whether I miss my work, Réal says, now that it's over. I don't miss the politics, but I miss the staff, we were very close, and I miss the variety of projects that I involved myself in while I was there. The best part about the field of recreation is being able to make significant impact in the quality of life of the residents that live in these communities, he adds, through looking for opportunities to increase and improve recreational facilities. In the last 15 years of my career, I was able to get new facilities made and upgraded in Sudbury. He's proud of both his big and small accomplishments in the industry, as well. There was a lot of major projects, but while they're important, I also felt it was critical to look at improvements to neighbourhoods, neighbourhood parks and communities, he says. And that, in my view, is just as important as building a new arena. Having spent almost 40 years watching the industry change, he has a good idea of where it's going, too. People are more busy, and so put a greater value on family time. As we move forward, we were taught people would have more disposable time, and that was really embedded in our minds, he says. When you look at folks today, the way the economy is, people are taking second jobs to keep up demand. Instead, people who use their time use it wisely, and try to embed a lot more family time. When you look at those opportunities, you have to set up recreation to be a family activity. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-long-road-of-success-réal-carrés-life-in-recreation-and-leisure/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:10:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-long-road-of-success-réal-carrés-life-in-recreation-and-leisure/ Martin Baron's long, changing road to success Martin Baron is currently the Director of Operations for the Australian branch of Sodexo, a management company that counts food catering among the many things it takes care of. Martin is responsible for annual budgets in excess of $70 million, but before that, his long career began at Centennial College in 1986, when he took part in our Hospitality program. Some things never change, and he managed to turn that program's knowledge into a successful career, like our current students do. Here's how he got where he is today, and how Centennial helped. Coming to Centennial I had started in the industry fairly early, Martin says. My first job was with McDonald's at the Metro Toronto Zoo. Despite the stereotypes, it was a job he actually enjoyed. The group of people I worked with were really outgoing and customer-orientated, he says. This gave me a good introduction to the business. Once I had worked in the hospitality industry for the first time, I was hooked. From there, he'd start taking steps to make it into his career, eventually coming to Centennial College's Hospitality program, after spending a few years working in the trade and deciding he wanted further education. Even though it was 1986, the backbone of the program was similar to our current version of the program. There was a focus on practical and theory at the time, Martin says. Your days were split between hands-on learning such as cooking classes, bartending training, oenology (wine) class then you could have a hospitality law class or statistics. The classes were very small, maybe 20 – 30 people maximum so there was lots of opportunity to ask questions of the instructors. The instructors we had were all from the industry. The main difference today is our focus on modern technology and business culture, and our brand-new facilities at the Culinary Arts Centre. The key for me was the strong base of knowledge I left the college with, he says of his time in the program. This gave me a great foundation and really gave me a lot of flexibility, which many companies are looking for in new managers. The more you can do, the more opportunity you have to be successful and advance through the business. The other thing is that because of the structure of the classes and the team atmosphere that was encouraged, it allowed me to really learn to think on my feet, another strong asset any business is looking for. A global career Martin is currently the Director of Operations at Sodexo's Australian branch, and has been with the company for 30 years, thanks to connections made through Centennial. I actually won an award at the end of my second year and it was sponsored by a company called Saga Foods, Martin explains. This lead me to do my placement with them in my final semester and the rest, you can say, is history. Through a series of purchases, Saga Foods would eventually become a part of Sodexo. Sodexo is a services management company, Martin explains. While he started off in catering, the company itself evolved from a single service offering to a broad variety of operations for companies today. Not only do we manage dining services and hospitality, we manage construction projects, grounds maintenance and more. The key is learn to manage, and if you do that, you can manage almost any type of business. Over the past 30 years I have lived in eight different locations across Canada, Martin says, from Alberta to Nova Scotia. Presently I am on a global transfer working in Perth, Australia. It is the largest contract our company has ever signed, he says, worth about $200 million per year. To say the company has faith in Martin's skills is an understatement. For those following I would say be flexible and be willing to learn, Martin advises, looking back at his career so far. Sounds easy, but this is a very fast-paced business and world. Things are constantly changing. Be a change agent, not a blocker, and you will have a long career in Hospitality. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/martin-barons-long-changing-road-to-success/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:23:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/martin-barons-long-changing-road-to-success/ Bringing diversity and inclusion to the college: Yasmin Razack and Global Citizenship Education Centennial College is a school of the world. We bring in a diverse student body from across the globe, and give that body a worldly perspective. To do this, we have a team of Global Citizenship Education and inclusion officers, led by Yasmin Razack, Centennial's Director of Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion, responsible for helping everyone in the College's diverse student body feel welcome and accepted, as well as providing them with a global perspective of social justice. Here's how she got to where she is, and why inclusion and a worldly perspective is important to her. Motivation The daughter of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, Yasmin initially sought to become a lawyer and activist, thanks to experiencing discrimination at a young age. I think purpose drives passion, Yasmin says. When I was in grade six, I was bullied, but I still kept up my grades and got to go to enrichment. I saw the power of how education can transform minds, and I was exposed to a lot of different people who worked with communities to mobilize change. It became a purpose in my life to ensure that people had the educational tools to overcome their ignorance, or to grow, or to connect more with people by removing the biases and individual boundaries we put up because of lack of knowledge and understanding she continues. When I saw the injustices that were going on, I just decided that education is where I needed to be. Coming to the college I've always worked in post-secondary, Yasmin says of her lengthy career. I began at York University, then I went to Mexico. I did a public relations internship there, came back, and that's when I started my Masters of Education, worked at the Canadian Hearing Society, then I got a job at the University of Toronto. From there, I worked at Harmony Movement, a social change organization, and I was the director there. And that's when I got a job at Seneca as Diversity Officer, and the position came up here for Dean of Equity. I I never thought I'd get the interview, but I did. Fast forward, and here I am as the director. She'd been eager to join Centennial College ever since attending a cultural symposium held by the school and witnessing its commitment to global citizenship, through college president Ann Buller giving a speech about the college's commitment to social equity. I saw Ann Buller give a speech, she says, and she had shaved her head for her sister, who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the time. Everyone at the college had this value of global citizenship and equity every time they spoke, and with what they were doing. I was so impressed with the symposium. At the college With close to 20,000 students, 187 cultures and 200 languages represented at the college, Yasmin's department has their work cut out for them, but they consider it important. You can't imagine coming here from another country, not knowing anything about where you are, the people, the culture, et cetera, Yasmin says.You have people that have lived here for one or two years, and people that have lived here all their life all coming here. She sees the department having two major roles: Inclusiveness and Education. Everyone needs to get along. That's the inclusion side, she says of their first job. Our area works with all others to ensure that there's an inclusive working and learning environment, so that if you come here, you can to be whoever you are, whether you're LGBTQ, or you're from a specific religious background, and feel safe and included. The second area is around the Signature Learning Experience (SLE), the transformative learning experience, she continues. We also work with international on Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experiences (GCELEs). Centennial's Signature Learning Experience means students receive insight on principles of social justice, global citizenship and equity in their education, in addition to career skills. Meanwhile, the GCELEs help students prepare for the global economy by giving them a chance to accompany their instructors on a trip overseas to build, learn from and assist people living in underserved areas. When faculty and staff come back from GCELEs, they are partners with their students for life. The transformation that occurs is remarkable, Yasmin says. I’ve seen it work, in our undergrads, students and staff, and that’s been the most rewarding aspect. And her proudest achievement?  I'm most proud of the Global Academy, she says, which is a competition for students to develop a social innovation to bring about social change. In the past two years, the competition has seen students develop exercise bicycles that can power a building, and a cost-effective way of giving remote communities access to clean drinking water. Looking to the Future I do think that in the future, because Centennial is so innovative, we're going to be partnering with industry more and more to ensure we're truly global in our education offerings, with that utility of social innovation and social entrepreneurship at the forefront, she predicts. We have a great, dynamic team, and that team is really driven by purpose and passion, and works with the entire community. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bringing-diversity-and-inclusion-to-the-college-yasmin-razack-and-global-citizenship-education/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:24:03 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bringing-diversity-and-inclusion-to-the-college-yasmin-razack-and-global-citizenship-education/ Jim Pagiamtzis's lifelong journey of education Education is a lifelong journey, and some people don't want to stay still. At Centennial College, we set our alumni up with transferrable skills that let them move around if that's what they wish. That was the case with Jim Pagiamtzis, who graduated from our Business Management program in 1994, and moved on to a varied, successful career in areas as diverse as marketing, public speaking, and even acting. He used his business knowledge as a platform to pursue a variety of interests on his long, colourful journey, and regularly uses his skills to give back to Centennial College, the school that helped set him up. Here's his story.  Coming to Centennial  I go to my guidance councillor and say, I want to become a scientist. She says, scientist? Science doesn't pay, Jim says about his unusual path into Centennial College. He'd eventually come and take Business Management at our Progress Campus, something he calls a logical choice. It was a cool program because of how I'd go to school and learn on the go, and Centennial College was one of the first schools where co-op was being tested. He'd take part in two co-op placements, working for companies while he took classes. I went to school, and I worked for a company called Oshawa Foods, he explains. I got to work for four months there, and make some really good money, so I did two co-op work terms. I had to beat other students out to get into the program, he continues, discussing how in-demand the position was. Three people interviewed me for Oshawa foods! There was a lot of competition. I'm very grateful that I had that choice, because it helped me later on to understand the world of business, and it allowed me to come out of college with no debt. My work ethic definitely improved from being in business, understanding numbers and accounting, he says, reflecting on what he learned that would later benefit his career. My accountants love me. Understanding numbers, expenses, and investments helped me. Later on, I realized working independently and working with a team were two of the greatest assets, he adds.  When you don't have a strong team, things can fall apart.  A varied career  Jim says had a long, varied career, always trying his hand at new things, from the conventional to the unusual, all grounded in what he'd learned in Business Management. After Centennial, for ten years, I worked in the shipping and receiving area, he says. Then, from 2003 to 2011, I worked in the logistics area for FedEx, and at that time, I started a mentorship that had a big impact on me personally and professionally. And then in 2007, 2008, I actually wrote a couple articles about my experience volunteering, which I did quite a bit. A year later, I wrote articles for the Toronto Public Library on mentorship and networking and marketing.  Jim's passion was always in public speaking, though, something he'd finally get to do in 2012, after leaving the logistics industry.  I got hired by a social media company called Constant Contact, he continues. I spoke on email marketing, in that industry for about two years in Toronto, which was my dream, to speak full-time and get paid. His love of public speaking would also motivate him to help bring the Public Speakers Association to Toronto in 2013, which he calls another adventure onto itself. It let me do something bigger than me, by giving me speakers to plug into, he says. In 2016, some great things happened, he adds. I taught at a private school in Richmond Hill, teaching the future leaders between ages 8 and 13 the power of presentation skills through speaking. It was a great thrill. After that, in May, I got back into the acting industry, he says, surprisingly. He did background acting, and got to appear in documentaries, received a small role in A Girl Without A Song, and even had lines in a Matt Damon movie, 'Downsizing,' which will debut in December. I got to go behind the scenes, see how things work, he says. I have a fascination with directing my own movie in the near-future.  Then I got hired for the Sigil marketing company here in June, he says, and it's been a great experience to come in every day and enjoy what I do. The stuff I do doesn't take a lot of my time, but it's all things I'm passionate about.  People want you to succeed, but you have to listen and learn, he says as advice to anyone looking to pursue a similar path. My three areas of what I live is: Learn, Speak and Socialize. I'm constantly learning, always reading, I read books every week. Being a good communicator, and socialize. Try to understand social media. We didn't have Linkedin or Facebook in '94. There was only phones and McDonalds! Giving back to the college I've done a lot of great things with Centennial over the years, Jim says. I constantly run into alumni here on my journey, and I continue to look for opportunities to give back to the college.  I'm grateful to go back and do what I do, he explains, and I encourage others to do the same. It's the least you can do to help out your fellow alumni.  I reached out to Centennial and did a couple articles for Centennial's Ascent Magazine, for the Athletic and Wellness Centre, which was just in blueprints, he says. I've also done events for the teachers there, like participating in a speaker's event in 2011, I went back to Family Days, and there were other Centennial grads I met along the journey. Philosophy on success Because I was working nights for FedEx, during the day I had nothing to do, so I made myself do something, he says, explaining why he was involved in so many ventures. There's more to it then that, though.  It's all about making the time, he says. It sounds like a lot, but it happens over years. It didn't happen all this year, it didn't happen all last year, it happened over time. You got to make time to do things, and I'm glad I've made that time. It allows me to empower others and share the vision of what Centennial College is doing now.  We all go on a journey, and we all make decisions, and I happened to go on a journey that set me on an extraordinary path. But there's nothing wrong with a regular path, he says. Life can't be exciting every day, but I try to make it as fun as I can.  By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/jim-pagiamtziss-lifelong-journey-of-education/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:29:04 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/jim-pagiamtziss-lifelong-journey-of-education/ Derek Chan overcomes challenges to teach martial arts While used to close-quarter combat, martial artist Derek Chan didn't expect to be pushed out of his comfort zone. But that's exactly what ACCEL, the Accelerator for Centennial College Entrepreneurs and Leaders, did for him. Armed with a graphic design diploma from York University in 2008, Chan didn't anticipate the market headwinds after graduation, the bad times as he calls it, which made employment in his field difficult. He jokes that as a result, he was forced into entrepreneurship. It's a common refrain from many entrepreneurs, and that's when his brother stepped in, suggesting that Chan check out Centennial's ACCEL program, designed for youth aged 18 to 29 years. Chan had already launched the now two-year old Ko Fung Martial Arts studio to teach Wing Chun, a centuries-old martial art system that focuses on economy of movement and simultaneous defense and attack. And while his business had been up and running for a year before joining ACCEL, he credits Centennial's mentors for fine-tuning it. At the outset he was strictly an instructor, while competing in regional martial arts competitions. However, there were challenges he had to face outside of the gym, including differentiating his business in a crowded segment and overcoming his shyness. There are lots of self-defence practitioners out there, not to mention many different types of martial arts, as well as fitness centres. ACCEL lends a hand Chan says ACCEL mentors, such as Earnest F. Rutherford, helped him focus on value propositions and the human touch when dealing with potential customers. It's something Chan took to heart: People need to see that you're sincere in your efforts to help them.  In order to distinguish his business from seemingly countless others, Chan is focusing on the holistic side, the meditative/contemplative facet that's as important to martial arts as the purely physical aspects of learning sequences of motion. After asking himself, 'Is it merely teaching people to defend themselves, or is it also incorporating mind, body and spirit?' Chan says he discovered what he really wanted from his business. Now, Chan has pivoted slightly to become a wellness coach, citing the importance of reconditioning one's mindset. There's no better example of this than his shyness. During his ACCEL experience, the natural recluse was required to introduce himself to dozens of people en masse, in often uncomfortable circumstances. Chan says mentor Michael Yarde would drag him into the college cafeteria and tell him to say hello! out loud. Chan says this was a very valuable learning experience and that he was fortunate to build on his skills by going to a lot of conferences where, again, he was forced to talk to people. Chan, now a comfortable public speaker who offers seminars, says that if at least one or two people in a room listen to what he is saying, and they got something out of it, he believes he has done his job. His most humbling, inspirational, and yet intimidating test of his public speaking abilities was teaching self-defence to residents of Ernestine's Women's Shelter. He figured he could use his skillset to give back to the community, and in June 2016, volunteered his services to the shelter's clients, teaching them the core principles of self-defence. What's next? Chan's studio, Ko Fung, means highest potential and Chan is on his way to reaching his. He's optimistic that once the wellness and coaching side of his business is developed, he'll be able to hire staff, but for now he's a one-man operation. Being an entrepreneur is fun. It gets you travelling and meeting people, says the 29-year old, who concedes that despite the challenges, the career path he's taken was for the best. Entrepreneurship gets you travelling and meeting people. Each client is like a new project. We have no doubt he'll succeed. After all, he shares a birthday with Bruce Lee, the world-renowned martial artist, actor, philosopher and cultural icon. You can read about Derek on the Ko Fung Martial Arts Studio website. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/derek-chan-overcomes-challenges-to-teach-martial-arts/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:33:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/derek-chan-overcomes-challenges-to-teach-martial-arts/ Testing photovoltaic reliability for a brighter future Centennial College has been working on a solar module reliability project in tandem with electronics manufacturing giant Celestica, giving students a chance to get a more robust understanding of photovoltaic (PV) panel reliability. The initiative, funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), involves collecting real-time data to build models that better predict electrical performance. A photovoltaic system uses solar panels comprised of solar cells, which generate electricity when exposed to the sun. PV systems allow for the direct conversion of photons (contained in sunlight) into electricity without any moving parts, a no-pollution energy solution that's in high demand. The working partnership between Celestica and Centennial allows students to gain access to real PV models and data, expanding upon information that's been gleaned from the classroom. To remain competitive in the solar space, PV modules need to be built to withstand adverse outdoor conditions, especially in Canada, as efficiency typically degrades by a few percentage points every year, depending on the manufacturer. To test Celestica's PV modules, Centennial researchers are installing an array of measuring devices at the college's Progress Campus. Student researcher Gaurang Alaiya, who earned an Advance Diploma in Energy System Engineering Technology at Centennial, cites his Centennial Primary Investigators' passion about the project as inspiration, saying his experience working on it has been terrific. Gaurang, who is part of a one-year co-op work term, tells us the team has developed a system to record different weather variables such as pressure, irradiance, temperature and humidity. These data points are collected throughout the day, on four different locations on the modules. Charge controller, wiring and battery efficiency are being investigated as well, using voltage and current censors. All of this has taken place under the helpful guidance of Celestica, which has been involved in making sure the installations have been up to industry standard. Celestica engineers were impressed with the quality of the installation, and Gaurang tells us that going forward, there are even opportunities to connect the PV system to Centennial's electrical grid. Principal investigator Mihail Plesca, says polycrystalline PV panels were procured from Canadian Solar in Guelph, as well as Celestica, and that the latter is looking forward to analyzing future data once the grid connection is made. He tells us that there are opportunities for developing further opportunities with Bluewater Energy, which is involved in building energy-independent mobile offices and modular homes. Having this kind of technology on campus provides a wealth of opportunity for collecting real-world performance data on new module designs for fixed-angle applications, information that is extremely critical to Celestica's customer reliability and potentially beneficial to Centennial as well. Data will prove useful when evaluating new experimental innovations. The PV solar module reliability project shows the benefits of connecting college students with employers doing real-world product research, and allowing them to network with engineers and other professionals. And the work is blossoming: Centennial College was named one of Canada's top 10 research colleges in 2016 by Research Infosource Inc. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/testing-photovoltaic-reliability-for-a-brighter-future/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:41:59 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/testing-photovoltaic-reliability-for-a-brighter-future/ Social Justice Through Communication: Margot Van Sluytman and the Sawbonna Project Centennial College stands for social justice, and we enable our students to advance the causes they're passionate about, no matter the route they take. Margot Van Sluytman was a graduate of our Publishing - Book, Magazine and Electronic program, who went on to achieve great things, partially in response to her father's murder. Her publishing and writing career was defined by using writing to overcome the trauma in her own life, and enabling others to use their writing in a similar way. Not only that, but she's extended her respected influence into social justice worldwide, looking to help improve the way we treat our victims and offenders. Here's her story. Publishing at Centennial I'm from what used to be British Guyana in South America, Margot says, and in Guyana we didn't have television, we had books and radio, so I always loved stories. I started writing when I was 11 or 12. I was given a small journal, and I wrote in there. Eventually, she'd seek to turn it into a career, and Centennial College would be there to help make that possible. I decided to go to Centennial after I spent a year and a half at university, she explains. I went there for English and philosophy, but I didn't really like the vibe of university. I chose Centennial because a friend of mine had mentioned this book editing and publishing program, and it was fairly new when I started. So when I left university, I chose that. I've always loved writing and reading, and the idea of publishing my own work just felt right, she says of her decision to take part in the program. It was a really good program, because we had editing courses, design courses, we took English, photography, art, everything to do with publishing. Post-school career When I graduated, I first worked for a small press, and part of that happened because of Centennial's placements, Margot says of her post-school career. I was there for about a year. I applied to another publishing company, and worked freelance, but it wasn't artistic and personal to me, she continues. She'd work a number of different careers, live in Venezuela for a time, get married, and have children, but eventually return to publishing, starting her own press in 2003. Called Palabras, it was an outlet for her work, and the skills to make it happen came directly out of Centennial College. However, there were also personal reasons for her publishing work that framed her entire life and career. I See You My Dad, Theodore, was murdered in Canada when I was 16, and that's another aspect to how writing has been very important to my life, Margot explains. I wanted to meet the offender who murdered my Father, and that was always a driving factor. This desire would inform her publishing career, which was based around writing as an outlet for trauma. I created courses on how to write for healing, she explains, and I published books based on the skills I learned at Centennial. One of the books, Dance With Your Healing: Tears Let Me Begin To Speak, received an international award. Because of that award, the man who murdered my Dad contacted me. His name was Glen Flett, and they then shared an experience she described as having a very, very powerful healing. Since our meeting, she continues, I've been invited into jails across Canada offering a path to restorative justice and healing: through sharing my personal journey after violent crime. We talk about coping with grief and loss and self esteem. So, I did end up writing a book about my process of how I got to the point of meeting Glen, she says. It's entitled Sawbonna: I See You. I learned that word from Glen, during one of our conversations she explains. It's a Zulu word that means 'I see you: I see our shared humanity.' The way that I spell it is not the most common spelling, but I use it because I learned it from Glen. Two years after I met Glen, I published, The Other Inmate: Poetry for Your Restorative Practices, she continues. It is poetry, with therapeutic writing specifically for victims, offenders, people that work in healing centres, shelters, prisons and halfway houses. Both books are used at universities in criminology courses. The Sawbonna Project for Living Justice Margot's story of meeting with Glen has resulted in her being interviewed many times, and travelling around the world; even allowing her the chance, earlier this year, to meet Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu while on a trip to South Africa. There I was walking down the street, with Desmond Tutu, for a coffee and a two-hour conversation, she says, proudly. It's all in the service of her goal of social justice for victims and offenders, in the form of the Sawbonna Project for Living Justice. The Sawbonna Project is the name of the project I created for it. It means I see you, we see each other, and we can navigate the terrain of justice through the place of our shared humanity. I'm currently involved in making connections with federal and provincial/territorial governments in order to shift policy from being retributive (tough on crime), to a restorative and reconciliatory framework, Margot explains. Through the sales of my books and my talks, I fund the project, she continues. I'm simply sharing a story that I didn't make up, and sharing a story of possibility; it disarms people. We all need to be seen, we all need to be addressed as humans. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/social-justice-through-communication-margot-van-sluytman-and-the-sawbonna-project/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:48:44 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/social-justice-through-communication-margot-van-sluytman-and-the-sawbonna-project/ Breaking Barriers Rick Foren never thought he was breaking gender barriers. But he was. After graduating high school in the mid-1970s, he decided to enter what was traditionally a female dominated field – nursing. I'd always wanted to help people and health care has so many different ways to do that, he says. Yes, at that time nursing was seen as an unusual choice for a man, but it was something I really wanted to do. Following nursing school he worked as a Registered Nurse at Centenary Hospital (now Rouge Valley), eventually specializing in mental health and psychiatry and earning a CPMHN (Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse) designation. Despite being one of the few male RNs, Rick rarely encountered overt sexism. However, he did run into a few gender stereotypes. Men are assumed to be physically stronger than women so I was often given the heavier patients to lift, he says. And when a patient got aggressive, my female colleagues would automatically stand behind me. It was pretty funny really because at 5' 3 and 120 lbs I was usually smaller than them! During his five years with the Hospital, Rick encountered many Centennial nursing students and met several of the College's faculty. He liked interacting with them. Here were highly experienced nursing professionals who were so committing to the profession, he says. They wanted students to receive the best possible training and had interesting ideas to create the finest facilities. I was ready for a new challenge within the nursing field and Centennial College presented that challenge. Rick applied for a Professor of Nursing position at Centennial and in 1989 became part of the faculty for what was then a three-year diploma nursing program housed in the old Warden Woods campus. It was a learning experience for all of us, he says. We had to be creative with the space and had limited equipment. But I think we did a good job – mainly because everyone worked together. Over the next 24-years, Rick was part of a changing program and a changing College. The three- year diploma in nursing became a four-year BScN program and several diploma and certificate programs in related health fields were added. Cramped spaces were replaced with a new campus containing state-of- the-art laboratories and equipment. There were also significant changes in student demographics. Back then, students were predominately Caucasian and female, he says. But we became increasingly diverse and more men were realizing that nursing was a great career. By the time I retired in 2013, approximately one third of Centennial's nursing students were male. Those students are what made Centennial College special, says Rick. Many of them struggled to overcome many barriers and it was so rewarding to see them graduate and enjoy successful careers. It was even more rewarding when they came back to say thank you. Hopefully we inspired them…they certainly inspired us. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/breaking-barriers/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:48:48 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/breaking-barriers/ Counting Back There were few options for high school students in the early 1940s. Canadians were still recovering from the deprivations of the Great Depression and hundreds of thousands of the young men and women were either being conscripted or volunteering for military service as World War II escalated. Families needed wages and the country needed workers. So, like most of her generation, 15-year- old Marj Jeffries (Chouinard) left school and found her first job in a publishing house in downtown Toronto. But she remained a student, learning on various jobs and taking evening courses, earning a BA, then a CMA and an MBA. She developed a successful career in accounting and finance, eventually becoming a departmental supervisor of accounting at Canadian General Electric. While working full time and pursuing her education, Marj also raised three children. But despite all her accomplishments, Marj had a secret ambition. What I really wanted to do was teach, she says. I didn't have the opportunity to go to Teacher's College, so lacked the experience or training to be hired in the school system. But Marj had the ideal experience and training for a new form of postsecondary education. After seeing an advertisement for business instructors at what would be Ontario's first publicly funded college, Marj applied. After an interview at the Dean's office ─ a desk in the middle of an open floor surrounded by equipment and construction workers ─ Marj took a chance. In the summer of 1966, she joined a handful of other professionals from various industries on the second floor of renovated munitions factory in Scarborough. And so began the scramble to launch Centennial College in time for the fall semester. I was given the text book and had about a month to develop the course, she says. But it was no problem because the material was so familiar. What I found tricky was how much material to cover in one lesson. It took some experience with the students to learn that. Marj worked at Centennial for the next 25 years, retiring in 1991. But she'll never forget those first weeks. Most, but not all, classrooms were complete so instructors competed with the clamour of construction still going on, she says. By the late 1970s, Centennial had several campuses and business classes were held at the Progress, East York and Ashtonbee campuses. For a while, we were teaching at Progress and Ashtonbee on the same day, which occasionally made it tricky getting to class on time. she says. Those early years made us all pretty adaptable. Now 91, Marj enjoys living in Muskoka year-round, with summers at her cottage, and spending time visiting with her children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren (many of them in sunny California). She has never regretted her decision to join Centennial College. I enjoyed working with the students, she says. They came from so many different backgrounds and cultures. But most had goals and worked hard. We not only gave them the specific skills and knowledge they needed to enter their chosen fields, we gave them the confidence they often needed to succeed. It's nice to know I played a part in helping a few people. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/counting-back/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:53:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/counting-back/ A woman on the road to success: Shaddeah Perrotte When your car breaks down, who do you call? With the number of cars circulating in the GTA, becoming an expert that repairs vehicles will put you on the fast track to a lucrative career. More importantly, anyone with the right drive can become a transportation expert. Shaddeah Perrotte was one such example, an international student who recognized her passion for working on cars, and came to Centennial College to realize that passion thanks to our Motive Power program. A childhood dream Ever since I was a little girl, I was always interested in cars, Shaddeah says. I'm originally from Grenada, and back there my dad owned a garage, where he does body work. So I was always in the garage with him, trying to repair things and help him, so that got me interested in mechanical auto work. The automotive world wasn't just something she grew up with; it also fit her preferred kind of work. I love being hands-on, she says. If I had a desk job, I'd fall asleep at the desk. A trip to Canada would soon show her the way to that hands-on career. When I finished schooling back in my home island, I came here on vacation, and I said, you know what, maybe I should try and apply for school up here, she says. So I spoke to a friend of mine. She was attending Centennial College for business, so I asked her about the school, and they had what I was looking for. Despite being an international student, Shaddeah had no problem adjusting to life in Canada. Because I used to come here on vacation when I was smaller, it wasn't that new to me, she says. It was like a second home. A career in motion Shaddeah would study Motive Power at our Ashtonbee campus, practicing vehicle repair and diagnosis in one of Canada's largest transportation training centres. Motive Power at Centennial College teaches you everything about the inner workings of a vehicle, through theoretical and practical training programs designed to teach you trade skills. You can use this training to kickstart an automotive apprenticeship, since it meets the requirements for Level One and Level Two in-school apprenticeship training. We had studied both practical and theory, so we covered everything, she says. Engines, transmission, electrical, alignment, brakes, everything. You also had to learn the business part of it, too. This practical experience would connect her to her dream career before even graduating. While I was in school, I was looking and found a position, she says. I used to work part-time while in school, and now I'm here full-time doing my apprenticeship. It's a private shop, a small shop, G R Auto Care. They don't limit me to anything, she gushes about her position. Brake jobs, oil changes, engines, transmissions, they allow me to do everything. They're also supportive of her entering the transportation industry as a woman, something she hopes to encourage other women to do. People don't judge me, or say I can't do things, she says. In the shop here, they treat me the same as the other guys here. They're nice to me, they speak to me, they ask me what made me get into transportation, and I try to be an inspiration to the women that come here, to make them say, maybe I should get into this. Driving to the future When asked where she wants to take her career, Shaddeah just laughs, saying, I want to get my licence, then maybe even take over this business here! More importantly, she encourages any other student, be they international, a woman, or both, to go right ahead and enter the field. Trust me, just go for it, she says. People say what they want to say, but at the end of the day you're doing it for yourself and nobody else, and if you're truly passionate about it, go for it. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-woman-on-the-road-to-success-shaddeah-perrotte/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:54:53 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-woman-on-the-road-to-success-shaddeah-perrotte/ Talented entertainer acquires new skills Mahesh Halkeri is an accomplished dancer and entertainer who turned to studying Event Management to hone his creative energy into a marketable skill. He credits his parents for giving him the confidence to shine on stage – after all, his mother is a professional singer-musician and his father is an entrepreneur in the hospitality industry back home in India. I've had a passion for dance since I was five years old, says Halkeri, who performed in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, among other events. After completing high school in his native Mumbai, he did a bachelor's degree in marketing and mass media communications. He explains his choice as a way to explore the creative side of business. I realized I enjoyed organizing large dance and entertainment events as I grew older. As part of my college years, I did a correspondence diploma in event management, too, he recounts. Event management is the fastest-growing category in hospitality, whose festivals and conferences bring high-value tourism to cities and regions. In my second year of college I got the chance to manage a major television event on India's Zee TV, he says. He worked on the season four grand finale of the popular show Dance India Dance as the front stage manager, coordinator and artist manager. It was a huge responsibility for a young man who was barely 20 years old, yet Halkeri thrived in the high-pressure world of live television and event management. But despite his early success, he felt he needed to widen his horizon. By the end of my third year of college, I wanted to study the event industry abroad. Specifically in North America, where the industry is more developed than in India. His research led him to Centennial College in Toronto. Halkeri knew Toronto was a major business centre in North America and a crossroads for many cultures, where he could learn about diversity and how to cater to travellers from all over the world. He found a kindred spirit in Bob Dallas, the Event Management program coordinator who encouraged him to enrol at Centennial College. Centennial's one-year graduate certificate program teaches students everything from event planning to full execution. Students get to work alongside hospitality and culinary team members to develop their skills and gain a one-of-a-kind experience in the only dedicated experiential learning site for event management in Canada. Centennial students can join the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the International Special Events Society as student members, which opens doors for young people wishing to enter the industry. Halkeri arrived in Toronto in the fall of 2015, and quickly discovered Canadian studies introduced a new level of engagement and practical learning he did not receive in India. The faculty have different skills to impart to us, it was really amazing exposure, says Halkeri. The small class – just 22 students – allowed the faculty to connect us with professional networks outside of the college. I realized the importance of volunteering in the events that the faculty emphasized. I've worked 15 big events to date, says Halkeri. One volunteer opportunity turned into a part-time paid position when he was hired as a stage manager for Hidden Talent Canada. Buoyed by his success, professor Dallas encouraged Halkeri to apply for an industry scholarship award available to American and Canadian students of events management. With the professor's endorsement, he was selected to receive the Donald S. Freeman Jr. ESPA Conference Scholarship Supporting Continued Excellence in Convention Services out of 70 highly qualified candidates from across North America. The scholarship included an invitation to attend the annual Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) conference, which took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, in January. It was Halkeri's opportunity to witness the inner-workings of a conference, including planner interactions, room set-ups, pre-convention meetings and more. I got to see the different sectors involved in event management behind the scenes, he says. I even got to deliver a speech to 300 working professionals! Halkeri notes the trip brightened his resumé by demonstrating first-hand experience with onsite management of a professional conference. It also got his name circulating in the industry, which will help with future job prospects, he says. Halkeri is getting ready to pursue his events production internship over the summer to cap off his year at Centennial. Then it's off to another school to study arts management, providing him with a closer look at the exhibitions, concerts and festivals that will broaden his skills further. This is my best chance to explore diversity and the different perspectives of the industry, he says of his next adventure. He underscores that his Centennial College experience has done wonders in preparing him for his career. Events management is a major growth industry because people like to be served, he offers by way of explanation. Only those who are passionate about the business will thrive in it. College is the perfect platform to give you an edge to step into the industry. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/talented-entertainer-acquires-new-skills/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:00:45 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/talented-entertainer-acquires-new-skills/ A Life of Learning Les Miscampbell may be officially retired after almost 30 years as a Professor of Management Studies at Centennial College, but that doesn't mean he's not still working hard helping students prepare for successful careers. As president of the Centennial College Retirees Association (CCRA), Les and about 150 other retired faculty and staff raise scholarship funds to help Centennial students complete their education. This is only one of the ways the CCRA supports the college and their students. Les understands how difficult obtaining a post-secondary education can be for many people – and how life changing. I dropped out of school at 16 and found myself pushing a broom around a factory, he says. I quickly realized that I needed more education if I wanted to do something with my life. So while working his way up to a supervisory position, then into progressively higher management positions, Les attended night school for what seemed forever, eventually earning a number of professional designations in the Operations Management field and a M.A. in Leadership and Training. But Les acquired more than business qualifications. He acquired a love of learning and an interest in teaching. By his mid-thirties he'd held several management positions in the automotive and furniture industries and had started teaching Production and Inventory Management in the evenings. I enjoyed the students and the whole academic environment and decided I wanted to pursue teaching full time, he says. That happened in 1981 when Les joined Centennial College's business faculty. During the next 29 years as a Professor of Management Studies, he also acted as a Program Coordinator, Acting Departmental Chair, led a special project on student success and finally served as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for Centennial's Centre of Organizational Learning and Teaching (COLT). I made the right decision to join Centennial, he says. Over the years I had many opportunities to participate in the College's growth and it was the perfect environment for someone who believes in lifelong learning. There were continual industry and technological advances to master and the College made it possible for me to pursue my graduate degree. I was 60 when I graduated. But back in 1981, Centennial was a very different place. I remember teaching in the mezzanine over the gymnasium where a curtain divided my class from a marketing class, he says. Students sitting near the curtain could often take in two classes at once! The nearby ping pong tables would add entertainment for everyone when the curtain would occasionally go up as players scrambled to retrieve errant balls. Les has seen big changes since then, but perhaps the most dramatic has been in student demographics. Centennial became more and more diverse and faculty often had to change their teaching methods because many students had language challenges and other issues he says. I also noticed my jokes started to fall flat because not everyone shared the same cultural references! Despite almost three decades of change, one thing remained constant for Les. I never missed a graduation or student awards event, he says. And I always had the same advice to students for career success…never stop learning. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-life-of-learning/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:01:59 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-life-of-learning/ Dynamic couple making their mark in event planning “Twenty-four-hour party people” is not only a great movie title, but it turns out to be a rewarding career, too, especially for married couple Rakshitha “Rax” Suresh and her partner, Sagar Irakal. They both completed Centennial’s Event Management program and parlayed their knowledge into their own business that’s making its mark. Born in India, Suresh pursued a triple major in media studies, psychology and literature in a university in Bangalore. Her intense studies earned her an internship at J. Walter Thompson, one of India’s top advertising agencies. “They gave me the assignment of organizing a global investors conference, which drew 60,000 participants! Imagine planning for that many guests,” she smiles. It was her first introduction to event management and Suresh was hooked. After graduating, Suresh joined a small event-planning firm in Bangalore, where she was asked to coordinate international events for A-list firms such as Porsche and Seagram. While she had learned a lot about event planning on the job, she wanted a proper credential and she wanted to earn it outside of India. Her plans to study in England were dashed when the U.K. government suddenly banned foreign students from working, so she set her sights on Canada. In Toronto, Suresh found Centennial’s post-graduate program in Event Management intriguing. The highly focused program prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing event industry, whose festivals and conferences are proven catalysts for high-value tourism and economic activity worldwide. The program would do more than educate Suresh and her partner, though. The connections they’d make at college would lead directly to their own business, which they called Decor and Decibel. Here’s how Centennial set them up for independent success. Even though the couple had garnered invaluable work experience in India, they were surprised by Centennial’s emphasis on risk management; that is, the contingencies that have to be planned in case things go wrong – such as a fierce thunderstorm interrupting an outdoor event. “Risk management is so important in Canada; event organizers plan for every emergency and eventuality. In India, it is not really part of our planning,” says Suresh. Equally important were the career connections Centennial’s program would provide the pair facilitated by professors such as program coordinator Bob Dallas. “Bob’s been a very good support for us because he introduced us to the best companies in the industry,” Irakal says. “I went on to one of the best audio-visual companies, Rax went on to one of the best decor companies.” “Bob takes time to learn more about you, to give you individual assistance, know what your needs are and cater to them,” Suresh adds. “Because we’d already had experience in the industry and we could skip a step and move up, he started introducing us to people.” Dallas wasn’t the only one. Almost every Centennial lecturer they met would provide a connection, including Penni Holdham. “Penni had a company of her own called The Display Connection Inc.,” Suresh explains. “She took us to her warehouse one day as part of the course and she asked if I’d work with her. I decided to work with her because of the knowledge she had.”  After graduating from Centennial in 2013, Suresh worked with Penni, picking up additional skills on the job. It wasn’t long before an exciting opportunity presented itself. “Penni wanted to retire out of her business, and she was looking for a buyer,” Irakal explains. “Rax was helping Penni look for that buyer. One day while we were talking, we said, why don’t we buy it, because she’s already working there and she has knowledge of all the inventory.” The pair decided to collaborate on the business with their different, but complementary, skills. “Rax is already good at decor and visualizing creative things, and my technical and practical skills are strong,” Irakal says. “You can create beautiful things when AV and decor go together, so that’s why we started Decor and Decibel.” After returning to India to get married, the couple sorted out their permanent residency in Canada and registered their business in August 2015. Their new venture attracted plenty of clients, due to the reputation Suresh had built up while working at The Display Connection. “That was very surprising and very nice. Once the industry knows you and what you are capable of, they’ll let you do your thing,” says Suresh. Decor and Decibel specializes in themed events, although they’re also starting to see a lot of individual requests for birthday parties and smaller events. “It’s very important to not have pre-conceived notions,” Suresh says of her career. “The more open-minded and accepting you are, the more accepting the industry is. You need to network, be open, talk and mingle.” “Students should look for opportunities, because opportunities are all around you,” Irakal adds, “and you need to understand when you’ve got to grab it.” “Don’t run behind the money,” Suresh advises, “run behind the opportunity! Because if one job is paying you $25 and one is paying you $13, but you can learn from it, you should go that way first to gain your experience. Once you have that experience and knowledge, your value will automatically go up.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/dynamic-couple-making-their-mark-in-event-planning/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:09:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/dynamic-couple-making-their-mark-in-event-planning/ Telling Stories Canada has long been known for producing innovative and internationally successful children's entertainment. Today, hundreds of television programs, websites, games, books, toys and educational DVDs are produced across the country. In my opinion, it's much harder to create quality programs for children than it is for adults, and it's really hard to do it for adults, says award-winning producer and writer Lawrence Mirkin. It's harder because for many children, what you make may be their first experience of the dramatic arts, so there's an added responsibility right there. You need to tell a good story well and artfully, but you are also educating in some way. And you also need to be mindful of child development so that the work also is true to the developmental stage of your audience. Larry is the Former Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee for the Children's Media Program at Centennial College, a post-graduate program he and other industry professionals and educators helped develop. The program not only allows students to learn about various traditional and new media, it hones their storytelling talents, business skills and production management abilities. Since 2008, the Committee has guided the program to reflect industry and societal changes. Larry also teaches A Survey of Children's Entertainment, an introduction to classic works for children in many forms, including books, films and television. Centennial's Children's Media Program took two years to develop and I'm proud of the work we've done, he says. The program attracts incredibly talented students and a good mix of instructors … from wizened veterans like me to younger professionals. Larry isn't wizened but he's certainly got an impressive resume. He's produced more than 200 television programs for adults and children, including Fraggle Rock and the Jim Henson Hour, and has worked on many more as writer or executive story editor. He's also acted as consultant for dozens of projects, including the feature films Labyrinth and The Witches. His productions have appeared on CBC, Showcase Television, CTV, APTN, and TVO in Canada, and NBC, PBS, and HBO in the United States, as well as internationally. Larry has won or been nominated for many honours, including the Emmy, the Gemini, the Ace, the Youth Media Alliance Award, and the International Emmy. But Canadian children's television was the furthest thing on Larry's mind when he graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from the Yale School of Drama. It was theatre. And it was while working as the literary manager of the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in the mid-70s that he met John Hirsch, the legendary Canadian director who was then Head of CBC Drama. He invited me to come to Toronto and join CBC Drama as a story editor, says Larry. I knew nothing about Canada or about television, but John was a real artist, so I came to learn from him. He literally changed my life. Larry soon became a CBC Drama producer and over the next few years he steered a number of award-winning programs. However, his career took another turn in 1983 when Jim Henson asked him to work on a program that had been shot, but not yet aired. Something called Fraggle Rock. Twelve episodes had been shot, but they were looking for a producer who was good at developing screenplays. he says. Jim Henson had heard that I knew how to work well with writers so he brought me in. That was the start of a long and wonderful relationship. Larry became the show's producer and, as he told the Toronto Star in 2015, "As much fun as you would think it was doing the show, it was more fun. After Fraggle Rock and The Jim Henson Hour, Larry continued developing and producing a variety of theatre dramas and television programs for all ages. Then, in 2007, he was contacted by Centennial College to join an advisory committee that was developing a children's entertainment program (now called Children's Media). I already knew Joan Lambur who was the first Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee and she introduced me to Nate Horowitz, Centennial's Dean of Communications Media and Design, he says. The original committee had some of the top people in the industry from both Canada and elsewhere, and we all felt that if we did this correctly, the program would be well received by the industry. It was … and the industry has responded with many field placement and networking opportunities for our students. In a very short period of time we had many graduates working throughout the industry. I'm very proud of our alumni and their contribution to the lives of children. In addition to his continued involvement with Centennial, Larry remains one of Canada's busiest television writers and produces. After more than 40 years in the entertainment industry, he has no intention of slowing down. After recently producing the second season of Hi, Opie! a series about the joys and challenges of kindergarten from a child's perspective for marblemedia, The Jim Henson Company, TVO and other networks, he is currently producing the third season of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That for Portfolio Entertainment and PBS. I still enjoy what I do, he says. Any form of children's media must be infused with a sense of joy and beauty, laughter and meaning and I love the challenge of doing that. It's why I do it and why my students do it. We get to carry that sense of joy, beauty, laughter and meaning with us and celebrate the kid still inside us. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/telling-stories/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:10:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/telling-stories/ Mechanically Inclined Back in 1966, John Pesce was quite content forging a career as a Mechanical Designer at Northern Electric, later to be renamed Nortel. It was a great place to work, he says. Northern Electric was a high technology leader at that time and I learned a lot. I began in their London, Ontario, location right after graduating from Ryerson in 1961 then later moved to the Bramalea office. However, things were about to change. That summer, John saw a newspaper advertisement for instructors at a new applied arts and technology institute that would soon open in the east end of Toronto – Centennial College. I ran my finger down the list and saw they were looking for an instructor for a two-year mechanical drafting technician program, he says. I'd thought about teaching in the future so I decided to apply. He got the job. When John arrived that September, only course outlines had been developed so he had no time to prepare a detailed teaching plan. We began almost immediately and I taught all the drafting classes and ran the labs, he says. They were often planned on a day-by- day basis! Fortunately, we were all new and we helped each other. Everyone worked their butts off but still managed to have fun. It was a fantastic atmosphere. Despite the challenges, John and his students quickly settled in and the following year, new faculty took over and John turned his attention to developing and teaching the second year of the program. Within a few years, both a two- and three-year drafting technician programs were available and John's role continued to grow. Within three years he was program coordinator, a position he held until he assumed the role of Acting Chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology in the early 1980s. In 1985 he was named Chair, where he remained for the remainder of his career. During that career, John saw his profession transform. Everything was done by hand in the 60s and 70s but the advent of CAD (computer-aided design) software and CNC (computer numerical control) technology for metal machining changed the industry, he says. But one thing never changed – our students were always in high demand. In the early years, many had jobs waiting for them after they graduated. John credits the program's advisory committee for helping to keep Centennial's mechanical engineering programs relevant. They told us what the industry currently needed, what would be needed and what changes were happening, he says. The mechanical drafting programs also employed a project approach whereby students selected something to design and build then, in different classes and labs, presented their ideas, designed, built, tested and managed their project before presenting a final written report of their results. They had to do it all, he said. By the time they graduated, they understood all aspects of the industry. In 1996, after almost 30 years with Centennial, John decided to retire. I knew I'd been at the College a long time when a student came up to me and said that I'd taught his father! he laughs. But I stayed with Centennial for three decades because it was so rewarding and so enjoyable. I worked with wonderful people and we had really great students. I'd do it all over again. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/mechanically-inclined/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:16:55 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/mechanically-inclined/ Going the Extra Mile Growing up on a dairy farm near Stratford, Ontario, Harvey Willows didn't have a clear career path. I only knew I wanted a job where you actually showered before you went to work! he says. So after high school, Harvey got a job in a local bank. A co-worker suggested that he might do well working for the same company as her husband so he applied and a successful career in accounting began. But it wasn't always easy. As his career progressed, so the need for more qualifications increased and Harvey spent several years at night school earning a CGA designation and a business degree from York University. His hard work paid off and he eventually became financial controller for a large company in Toronto. With his own career established, Harvey decided to help other people acquire their accounting designations and began teaching night courses at a variety of schools and colleges in the Toronto area. I liked teaching much more than accounting, he says. It agreed with my personality and I knew how important these classes were to so many people. When he heard Centennial was looking to add to its business faculty, Harvey decided to take the leap and in 1986 became Professor of Accounting and Financial Services, adding Coordinator of Financial Services to his duties some years later. In January 2014 Harvey retired from the College with no regrets. I had many opportunities at Centennial and made many close friends, he says. Of course Centennial was much smaller when I began and the Financial Services staff and faculty were a close knit group. We used to joke that we'd still come to work even if we weren't paid! It wasn't just the faculty and staff that made Centennial special for Harvey – it was the students. I saw what it took for many of my students to be there, he says. They didn't come from wealthy backgrounds and often had families to support. In addition to being full-time students they often worked long, long hours in low paying jobs. They sacrificed a great deal to get an education. During his early years at Centennial, Harvey remembers berating a student who was constantly late for a morning class. It was disrupting and I told him so, he said. The student apologized and explained he'd been driving a taxi all night. I never again criticized a student for being late. Determination and motivation has, over the years, defined the Centennial student – and Centennial faculty and staff. Our students went the extra mile to succeed, he says. So we wanted to go the extra mile to help them make that happen. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/going-the-extra-mile/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:18:51 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/going-the-extra-mile/ Centennial prof and student wrench at Targa Newfoundland With a lot of hard work and scraped knuckles, Scarborough’s Hume Media racing team enjoyed a very successful campaign at Targa Newfoundland this September – thanks, in part, to the technical skills of Centennial College professor Garrett Nalepka and student Alex Walsh, who toiled to keep the team’s BMWs and Minis running during the grueling five-day race. When the dust settled and the 14th annual auto rally around the island concluded, Hume’s team cars finished second, second and third in their respective divisions. Team honcho John Hume Sr. and co-driver Ron Bartleet managed a fifth-place finish in the Modern class with the fourth car. The three podium finishes earned Hume Media the Jerry Churchill Team Trophy for the best outcome by a team. Punctuated by driving rain, wind, cold and just a glimpse of sun, the rally began and finished in the city of St. John’s, involving 1,600 km of paved and gravel roads and 40 high-speed stages. Typically almost one-third of the vehicles that start the race do not finish due to mechanical failure. Having skilled technicians on hand is key to completing the race. That’s where Centennial’s automotive experts came in. “We had more than a few technical and mechanical items with all four vehicles to keep them well occupied all week,” says Hume Sr. of the professor and student who put in long hours to maintain the cars. “They kept us in the race to be sure. And they assisted other teams, as well,” Hume adds. Garrett is a professor at Centennial’s School of Transportation, and has experience supporting a Dodge Viper racing team in the World Challenge B Series. This is his second time wrenching at Targa Newfoundland – he assisted Hume Media during their best podium finish ever last year. Garrett was joined by Chrysler Co-op automotive tech student Alex Walsh this year, who was equally keen to get some rally experience. “There are some very challenging competitors this year and our team had to push the two Targa division cars much harder than we would like to,” says Garrett, who admits the early morning starts and late night repairs made for a exhausting routine. “The vehicles have four to six rallies a day and must travel the week’s required 1,500 km transit from rally to rally. We cannot use a trailer.” Typical fixes involved suspension adjustments and repairs. The team’s Minis had to be raised on their suspensions to minimize damage on Newfoundland’s rough roads. A lot of repairs were done after hours in hockey arenas set up as makeshift garages. Garrett and Alex had to fabricate parts often with hand tools, relying on some inventiveness as well as technical knowledge. In the end, skill and perseverance prevailed and the Hume Team cars – which bore Centennial College logos – crossed the finish line with excellent scores. The team also managed to raise $19,000 towards multiple sclerosis (MS) research from generous donors – a great outcome that amounts to a win for everyone. Final standings for Hume Media Racing John Hume Jr. and Justin Crant driving a 2004 BMW M3 – 2nd in Modern class Craig MacMullen and Nicole Troster driving a 2013 MINI GP – 2nd in GTE class Norm Haas and Christina Kroner driving a 2006 MINI GP – 3rd in GTE class John Hume Sr. and Ron Bartleet driving a 2002 BMW M3 – 5th in Modern class https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-prof-and-student-wrench-at-targa-newfoundland/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:21:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-prof-and-student-wrench-at-targa-newfoundland/ Coming Full Circle Most people's professional lives are full of twists, turns, zigs and zags but Ellen Bull's career is a circle, ending where it began – at Centennial College. That career began in 1975 when Ellen graduated from Centennial's nursing diploma program. She immediately joined Scarborough General Hospital as a RN, eventually becoming a Clinical Educator, Nurse Manager for the Burn Unit and Plastic Surgery, and finally Director of Critical Care and Emergency. When Centennial College decided to add a critical care program, it turned to the expertise of Scarborough General Hospital staff and Ellen became part of the planned new program's advisory board. I enjoyed helping develop the program and always had an interest in education, she says. When the opportunity arose to join Centennial College, I saw an opportunity to branch out in a new direction -- and have a bit more work life balance. Ellen started teaching Nursing and Paramedics at Centennial College's original Warden Woods campus in 1988. There were no big labs, old equipment and not enough natural light, she says. But the program was – and still is – progressive. Faculty encouraged each other to keep current, try new things and think outside the box. Within a few years Ellen became the Paramedic program's coordinator, then of Chair of Allied Health and eventually Chair of Collaborative Nursing. She also worked to develop a college faculty orientation and a quality review program in Centennial's Centre for Instructional Development (CID) and served as Chair of Allied Health and Nursing for Continuing Education. I was really fortunate, she says. I was on founding committee for the University of Toronto Scarborough and College's paramedic joint degree program, went to Shanghai to help build a bridging program for Chinese pharmacy students and led a Signature Learning Experience to Honduras where we worked with a local health clinic. Centennial's Signature Learning Experiences allow students to develop leadership skills and explore social justice issues by participating in service-learning projects around the world. While juggling increasingly busy work and home lives, Ellen also continued her own education, attending classes every weekend for three years until she completed her Masters Arts in education. Teachers have to be excellent learners, especially teaching health care, she says. We have to stay abreast of emerging technologies, the latest equipment, advances in nursing and holistic medicine, changes in policies and procedures and new education theories. At Centennial, we learned – and laughed together. Although Ellen has been part of many changes at Centennial, she's most proud of the transition to degree status for the Nursing and Paramedic programs and the mass casualty or mock disaster simulation which involves more than 300 first responders, health care practitioners and students every year. Ellen stays involved with Centennial and former colleagues as Treasurer of the Centennial College Retirees Association and at professional meetings and conferences. Centennial gave me so many opportunities and experiences, she says. I'm enjoying retirement but I'd do it all over again! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/coming-full-circle/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:24:36 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/coming-full-circle/ The Sporting Life Athletics is an important part of student life at Centennial. There are dozens of recreational, wellness and intramural programs as well as state-of- the-art sports and fitness facilities at four campuses. That’s a far cry from the late 1960s when the College began building an athletics program from the ground up – literally. “When I arrived as a faculty member in the new Recreational Leadership program in September 1968, Centennial’s athletic facilities were still under construction on the first floor of the old Warden campus,” say Chuck Gullickson. “We didn’t get in until October which required us to use external facilities for at least a month.” And the finished product was creative to say the least. “We were located in what had been an industrial building and the old loading dock had been turned into our new gym,” he says. “The lower level was the gym floor and offices and lockers were on the upper deck. It was makeshift and minimal, but Centennial wasn’t alone. Most of the new colleges back then were in a similar situation.” The less than perfect facilities didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the growing student body and it soon became clear that improved facilities and more organized recreational and competitive athletics programs would be needed. In 1974, Chuck became Athletic Director, taking over from Centennial’s first Athletic Director Dennis McDonald who’d held the position since 1968. Chuck remained in the position until he retired in 1998 (his title changed to Director of Student Life in the late 80s.). “I never thought I’d stay for 30 years but I was with Centennial during a time of tremendous growth and innovation. We never had the chance to sit on our hands! It was always challenging, interesting and exciting.” Born in the small prairie town of Naicam, Saskatchewan, Chuck attended Western Michigan University on a football scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science and Education in 1963. He then returned to Regina where he briefly taught high school before returning to Michigan to complete a Masters in Education Administration. In 1966, He then taught at WMU for two years before accepting a teaching position with Centennial’s new Recreation Leadership program. “I’ve always valued that opportunity to return to Canada and be part of a new and progressive educational institution,” he says. Chuck considers his involvement in helping bring about new athletic facilities at the Progress Campus one of his most significant achievements. “We were fortunate to have a president, Douglas Light, who was a strong advocate of recreational and intramural programs,” he says. “He was instrumental in the College building great new facilities at the Progress Campus and the gymnasium there bears his name to this day.” The move to the new facilities in 1979 began a golden era in Centennial athletics. During the 80s there were as many as 16 intercollegiate programs a total of three athletic facilities and numerous provincial and Canadian championships including a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) bronze medal men's hockey, silver in women's volleyball and gold in men's basketball in 1984. “Programs constantly changed to meet changing student demographics,” he says. “We listened to what students wanted and diversity would be represented by cross country running, badminton, and cricket.” Chuck not only had a significant impact on Centennial athletics and recreation, but also on provincial and national sports. He spent more than 30 years volunteering with both the Ontario Collegiate Athletic Association (OCAA) and the CCAA serving in a variety of leadership positions. In 1999, he joined the CCAA as director of marketing, before retiring, once again, in 2002. Today, he is a member of both the OCAA and CCAA Hall of Fames. “I consider myself very fortunate to have worked with many gifted and dedicated athletes, super coaches and professional colleagues who did most of the heavy lifting.”. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-sporting-life/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:32:05 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-sporting-life/ Imade Emwindaru: Centennial College’s 2015 Citizenship Award Winner Centennial College enables its students to find both personal and professional success, not just with our programs and courses, but with opportunities for personal growth outside the programs. The school gives recognition to students who take these opportunities, and one such student is Imade Emwindaru. A graduate of the Child and Youth Care program at the college, she was presented with the Centennial Citizenship Award, given to graduates with a reputation for mature interpersonal relations, a record of active participation in student activities and good academic standing. Here’s how her journey led her to the award. Finding a path After I graduated from high school, I went and took Social Service Worker at another college Imade says of her prior education. I didn’t feel like I was ready to be in the field. After that, I just worked retail for two years, and was looking for a job like crazy, and decided it was time for me to go back to school. However, she decided to make an adjustment to her career aspirations by aiming to become a Child and Youth Worker. I’ve just always been drawn to children and youth, and they have been drawn to me, she says. Children and youth are our future, and they are the path that we should be focusing on, because they’re the ones that make the future. Even with social service, I found myself always working with kids, but because it was social service, I didn’t have the skills to work with them, she continues. I knew how to play with them, but I didn’t know the importance of a therapeutic relationship, or how to deal with disruptive behaviour. There was a personal angle to the choice, too. I come from a background where I had social workers and child and youth workers intervene in my life, she says. and I probably wouldn’t be where I am without them, or at least they tried to help me in any way possible. Child and Youth Worker What struck Imade the most about Centennial’s program was how relevant the skills it taught would prove to be. Every course in my program helped me out in the field, she says. In all my placements, there wasn’t a time when I couldn’t use it. These field placements, aside from giving her the chance to use the skills she learned in class, would teach her additional ones. I was fortunate to have three placements, one in each year, she explains. In the first year, I was in a behavioural class, and it dealt with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and behavioural issues. For my second year placement, I was fortunate to do it at Children’s Aid Society in their residential program. And my last one, which was really outstanding, I got to do at CAMH, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. I did everything from teaching children social skills, to helping children deal with their anger and a whole bunch of other things. There’s only so much you can learn in class, she adds, and once you go out in the real world, if you can’t apply it, it doesn’t work. So, I took a lot of things from class that I was able to try out there, and vice versa. It really rounded up my professional skills. But there was more to her education than simply the program, and she chose to take advantage of the other opportunities presented to her, as well, including going on a GCELE (Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experience) trip to Arizona and Mexico. My experience with the college has been the most rewarding, she says. The school offers so much. I got to do a GCELE, which was the biggest eye-opener ever. It really assured me in what I wanted to do in life, and gave me more of a drive and more of an understanding of things that are going on globally, so when Centennial says they create global citizens, they’re telling the truth. In the end, it was her involvement with these extra activities that would lead her to receiving the Centennial Citizenship Award. Getting the award One of the friends I made from the GCELE program nominated me and said some really great things about me, Imade explains. It was just amazing, because we were only together for about 14 days, and we’ve remained close friends ever since. While the Centennial Citizenship Award was presented to her at her convocation, she didn’t initially recognize the significance until afterwards. Even after I received the award, I didn’t realize that it was based out of the whole school, she admits. It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re recognized for all these things. I think it was my interpersonal skills, she says about her win. I find I have a good relationship with pretty much everybody, even the faculty. I’m always reaching out to them. I did not necessarily know that there was a reward system behind all of the things I did, but Centennial gave me so many opportunities to do and be a part of, and I took advantage of them all. My confidence level is up there, she says about the award, so I feel there’s nothing I’m not capable of doing. These awards have reassured me on my career path choice. Looking to the future I will be continuing my education, so I’m going to get my bachelor’s in social work, Imade says about her plans. In terms of being in the field, I have made good relationships with my placement at CAMH. I’m still in contact with them, and that’s going really well. I also recently got a job with the city. Imade advises other students pursuing the same education to venture outside their course and pursue the additional opportunities for growth the school offers, as she did. Centennial is a school that has a lot to offer, and you’d be crazy to pass any of these things up, she says. Take part in anything and everything. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/imade-emwindaru-centennial-college-s-2015-citizenship-award-winner/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:35:13 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/imade-emwindaru-centennial-college-s-2015-citizenship-award-winner/ A Part of History In the summer of 1966, Canadians from coast to coast were getting ready for the country's 100th birthday celebrations the following year. But on the second floor of a renovated factory in the east end of Toronto, a small group of people had other things on their mind. They were in a race against time preparing to open the first publicly funded postsecondary college in Ontario – Centennial College. Christine Wolch was one of that small group. Hired as general administrative support, she worked closely with the rest of Centennial's small staff – literally. Faculty and staff were all together in one office so we got to know each other quite well, she said. And because the entire College was on just one floor, we also got to know the students well. We really did feel like a family. During the first few weeks, the noise and dust from ongoing renovations only added to the excitement. Those first students and small group of faculty and staff knew they were breaking new ground and Christine felt especially fortunate. I really lucked into my first job with Centennial because I didn't have a lot of business experience, she says. I married and started a family quite young. But by the time my  four boys were all in school I was ready to work again. And work she did. Christine soon became part of a new student aid area where her responsibilities grew as rapidly as the College. In just a few years, more and more programs were added, new campuses opened, and the student body increased from just 514 to thousands. And the requests for financial aid grew accordingly. By 19XX, Christine had become Centennial's first Director of Student Financial Aid and Awards, a position she held until she retired in the mid-1990s. Financial aid for students was relatively new in the late 60s and early 70s, she says. We were not only creating a new type of post-secondary education, but making it available to young people who would otherwise not be able to take advantage of it. Over an almost 30 year career, Christine saw that new form of education expand across the province and Centennial itself establish campuses across the east end of Toronto – and around the world. She also helped hundreds of thousands of Centennial students obtain the financial support they needed. Now in her eighties, Christine is more focussed on her 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. But she has fond memories of her years at Centennial. I really enjoyed working at Centennial and my contact with the students, she says. It was very rewarding. It was also exciting to witness the College growing and growing and growing. And it all started on that cramped second floor in the east end of Toronto…. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-part-of-history/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:35:38 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-part-of-history/ The Time of her Life As a teenager living in Niagara Falls in the mid-60s, Christine Whyte had no idea what she wanted to do with her life. It was a different time and a young woman's options were limited, she says. I only knew I didn't want to be a secretary. It was while working as a tour guide at the recently opened Skylon Tower that Christine heard about the field of public relations. One the management employees thought I had the right personality for public relations and encouraged me to pursue a career in that area, she says. Christine could hardly believe her eyes when saw an ad in the local paper for a new college opening that fall in Toronto – one that offered a two-year course in communications and public relations. It sounded perfect for me, she says. I applied right away! That fall, Christine moved to Scarborough and became one of Centennial College's first students. She found herself attending classes on the second floor of what had once been a munitions factory It was something to behold, she says. Walls were still going up around us and no one really knew what to expect. But there was such a sense of excitement and anticipation. Despite no extra curricula activities, no student council, no events and few amenities, Christine remembers everyone having a wonderful time. There were only about 500 students and between classes everyone seemed to gather in this small, smoky cafeteria – everyone seemed to smoke in those days, she says. There weren't that many students in my course so we became a very, very close knit group. And I met students from other programs. Christine remembers that students also got to know their instructors very well. Classes were small and we learned from people who were working in our field of study, she says. Both faculty and staff were very accessible, which was good because the courses weren't easy! I think quite a few students were surprised at how difficult the curriculum was. After graduation, Christine became a tour guide at Queen's Park, a job she loved. She married and decided to be a full-time parent when her daughter, Alana, was born in 1974. Christine returned to the workforce in the early 80s, working in a variety of jobs before becoming Manager of Volunteers and Community Relations with an inner city social agency. There she dramatically increased the number of corporate volunteers and initiated a Presidents Week whereby company presidents delivered meals on wheels to thank their employees for participating and expand their company's philanthropic profile. In 1995, Christine moved back to Niagara Falls where she pursued a career as a tourism councillor for the next 11 years until returning to Toronto. My daughter and her family were in Toronto and I wanted to be closer to them, she says. During her career, Christine obtained two more diplomas at two other community colleges, but she considers herself first and foremost a Centennial grad. The faculty were incredible, the staff helpful and the students so enthusiastic, she says. It was such a warm, friendly atmosphere. I now realize how fortunate I was. In 1966, I just knew I was having the time of my life. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-time-of-her-life/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:38:59 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-time-of-her-life/ The Language of Success After teaching mathematics in elementary junior high schools across Ontario for almost 12 years, Brian Leibel was ready for a change. So, he took the three-semester Computer Languages diploma course at Centennial College's East York Campus, geared to adults looking to change careers. I'm a logical person; so naturally I loved it, he says. This was back in 1981; it was a large mainframe, punched cards, and COBOL, RPG II, JCL, and IBM Assembler languages. I still have some old punched cards – they make great bookmarks! The Information Technology (IT) faculty and staff were friendly and very capable, and my fellow students were motivated and enthusiastic, he says. Although I was aiming for a new career as a computer language programmer, I starting thinking that teaching computer languages at the postsecondary level would be something I'd enjoy. He mentioned this to one of his favourite Centennial Instructors, who encouraged him to test the waters by teaching a night class first, which he did while working full-time as a COBOL programmer for an insurance company. Ironically, about nine months later a full-time position for a Computer Language instructor came up at the East York Campus, he says. It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Brian applied, was hired, and never looked back, retiring in 2003 after 21 years at the College. Returning to teaching was an easy transition, he says. I already had teaching experience and loved the new subject matter. And Centennial's East York School of Business IT department was housed in what had been the Toronto Teachers' College where I had trained as an elementary school teacher in 1963. East York Campus was a wonderful place in which to work. Just two storeys built around a courtyard with a gorgeous pond. And the place had lots of light. When the School of Business was moved to Progress Campus in 1989, Brian admits it was a big adjustment. We had been spoiled with the beauty of the environment and relaxed nature at East York Campus, he says. The physical surroundings may have changed, but the enthusiasm of the Business faculty and staff remained. We IT Instructors constantly worked together to stay at the forefront of technology, and develop new courses, he says. I developed a course in C++, an emerging language in the 80s, and was the first at the College to teach it. I also developed and taught three Continuing Ed courses: Visual Basic for the Internet, C for the Internet, and C++ for the Internet. I was very proud of the work I put into them. Brian may have enjoyed teaching at Centennial, but he was no pushover in the classroom, developing a reputation for being strict. I think I had a good sense of humour and a good rapport with my students, but I didn't let them get away with certain things, like being late with assignments without a legitimate reason, he says. It was part of my job to prepare them for the working world where a missed deadline could get you fired. It's no surprise that Centennial's IT students were in high demand after graduation. They got good jobs and did well, Brian says. Centennial gave them marketable skills and hopefully the confidence to succeed. I am very glad to have been part of that. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-language-of-success/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:43:17 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-language-of-success/ President Ann Buller addresses Class of 2015 President and CEO Ann Buller is asking the Class of 2015 to “find your voice” in a heartfelt YouTube address urging this year’s graduates – at Centennial College and every college and university in Canada and beyond – to distinguish themselves by pursuing a life well lived. The 10-minute video address is a compelling and personal appeal by Ann directed at new graduates, counselling them to follow a path free of bitterness and hate, and to give something back in a demonstration of leadership that’s “not about being famous…but about taking action to benefit the lives of others.” As many Centennial employees can attest, Ann is a passionate public speaker who has often moved audiences with her inspiring words and insightful observations. Born in Scotland, Buller arrived in Canada as a young girl with her family and lived the immigrant experience. A college graduate herself, she was the first in her family to pursue a postsecondary education. Feel free to post a comment on Centennial's YouTube channel. The video is also being posted on the Centennial College blog page, along with numerous social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Google Plus and Pinterest. Short video excerpts will be featured on Instagram. You can get involved by sharing Ann's inspiring message and help make it popular! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/president-ann-buller-addresses-class-of-2015/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:53:21 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/president-ann-buller-addresses-class-of-2015/ Second Career Success: Katherine Bontje on coming back to school It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’re at in life, education is always a right and a career is always within reach. College can connect you to that career, and it’s up to you to choose when to make that connection. Katherine Bontje chose to attend Centennial College while in her 50s, hoping to finally develop a rewarding career. She would return through “Second Career,” a government-funded initiative that helps laid-off Ontario residents come back to school and become more employable. Eligible candidates can receive up to $28,000 towards tuition, books, transportation and living expenses on a case-by-case basis. She attended Centennial’s Recreation and Leisure Services program, graduated in 2013, and found her dream job shortly thereafter. Here’s how it happened. Her history “I quit school in 1974, in my grade 12 year, and went out to work full time,” Katherine explains. “In the 1970s, you could get jobs fairly easily.” She attempted to return to high school in the 1980s, but family responsibilities precluded those plans. “I have two sons,” she says, “My youngest son had a brain hemorrhage when he was a baby, so everything in our lives became centred around that for quite awhile.” “When my kids were young,” she says, “I did whatever jobs I could do, especially as a single parent, to get food on the table and a roof over our heads.” It would turn out that her life of caring for her children would be the key to her future career success. Going back to school Katherine would eventually complete her high school diploma, and use that to further her career, but the modern job market would soon demand that she needed further education. “In 2011, when I came to the school,” she explains, “it was because I’d been out of work for a year. I’d begun to think, what can I do? Well, I do have 20 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities, since I live that.” With her children a bit older, but with that same need to provide for herself and them, she decided to use her experience as an educational foundation. “What do I want to do that’s going to bring me happiness?” She asked herself. “I love working with people with special needs, I just find that I get so much back from them.” While visiting Centennial’s Employment Training Centre, it was suggested that she look into the Recreation and Leisure services program, which she ultimately chose to attend. The Program As noted, Katherine returned to school through the Second Career initiative. The Government of Ontario assisted her journey by providing cash for tuition, books and living costs while attending classes. It’s designed to give mature students wishing to start a new career a way to ease the financial burden. “It was exciting and scary at the same time,” Katherine says about returning to college after so long. “Once I’d finally made up my mind to come, I got quite excited about it. I really loved school, and the people in my program were incredibly supportive.” She credits an empathetic group of peers with getting her through her classes, since by its very nature, continuing education attracts a wider variety of students. “I wasn’t the only one who was older in the class,” she explains. “There were some people who were in their 40s, and one person who was in their 50s like I was. We formed a group very quickly and really supported each other throughout school. We all had families, so there were different challenges for us.” “You need to involve your family,” she adds. Her family told her quitting was not an option, and backed her up the whole way. “Because I had that kind of support,” she continues, “I was able to do it.” In the end, she’d meet these challenges head-on, and turn them into a rewarding career. A Second Career “The job I have now was actually my first-year placement,” Katherine says. “They told me it was the first time they’d ever offered a student a summer job.” She now works for Chapter 21, a privately run day program for adults with developmental disabilities. “It’s for adults who have finished school, but who need to have a structured program as a part of their life,” she explains. “It’s a very interesting place to work. No two days are the same.” “It’s wonderful to have a career where you love going into work every day,” she adds. Deciding to give back, Katherine has spoken at Centennial’s Second Career night, where she tells prospective students that returning to school is a great experience. “You’re never too old to learn something new,” she tells them. “I discovered I have a love of learning. And I wish I’d known that when I was 20. I always encourage people to go back, but go back with your eyes open.” Learn more about pursuing your Second Career at Centennial. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/second-career-success-katherine-bontje-on-coming-back-to-school/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:11:13 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/second-career-success-katherine-bontje-on-coming-back-to-school/ Centennial helps young business people make the shoe fit Centennial College doesn’t just teach skills. It also enables students with ideas to develop them, and make them into reality. Such is the case with Andrew Palillo and Sameer Vadera, a pair of School of Business graduates who are launching Save our Solez. Save our Solez aims to fill a unique niche: After a long night of partying at a nightclub, women have a tendency to ditch their heels and go barefoot. Seeing a need, the pair is creating a series of vending machines to be placed outside nightclubs that sell comfortable flats to whoever may need them, perfect for wearing on the walk home. Centennial College’s School of Business proved to be the place where the seeds of this idea were allowed to grow, and led to the success of the pair’s business venture Origins For Andrew, business was a natural extension of his background in the workforce. “I was working for Direct Energy,” he explains, “and I was doing door to door sales. They put me in a management role pretty quickly, where I built up a team of about eight guys. After that, I understood the business side of things, like running a team and management. That’s when I decided I should get some education, and that’s why I came to Centennial.” For Sameer, it was simply a matter of enjoying the profession. “Things are always changing, and you have to adapt on the spot, and that’s quite fun. I saw that Centennial had a really good marketing program, and it was close to home, so I chose Centennial for that reason.” “Centennial was pretty well known for their business programs,” Andrew also says. “I asked around, and that’s what most of my family and friends were saying, that Centennial’s business programs were really good. That’s what pushed me there.” The idea We party a lot,” Sameer admits, “and we go to the clubs often, so we know what will stand out in the crowd and what will look nice.” It was in these nightclubs that the pair first noticed the problem of women leaving the club barefoot, having discarded their high-heeled shoes out of discomfort. “The general idea of selling the flats in night clubs, that was the idea,” Andrew says, an idea he came up with the summer before he came to Centennial. “It just became me starting to ask people,” he continues, “if they sold them, would you buy them? After hearing that, I thought this was something I had to keep running with. It’s an idea that’s been on the back burner since then.” Centennial Helps While in his International Business Management program, Andrew was tasked with creating a business plan for one of his classes. This provided him with the opportunity to develop the idea in a setting that gave him the tools to learn now. “There was a project to build a full business plan,” he explains, “from finding suppliers, to what your promotions are going to be. We were just throwing ideas out at each other, and we didn’t have one that we wanted to run with. So I proposed my idea, because I’d been thinking of it for awhile. We decided to go with it, and the project went well.” In the end, the chance to make the business plan would prove instrumental when the business became a reality. “Getting that solid groundwork done for our business was really huge in letting us move forward with the company,” Sameer says, “and figuring out what our next steps needed to be.” There were other opportunities that Centennial gave the pair, and Sameer, who studied marketing, is particularly proud of his participation in the Ontario College Marketing Competition (OCMC), an annual event where marketing students compete against other schools to devise business solutions on the fly. “Any students in Centennial that are doing business or marketing should definitely get into the OCMC,” Sameer recommends. “I think that was one of the best experiences of my life, actually.” “It brings what you learn in class to real-life and puts you in real-life scenarios,” he continues, “so what you’re learning in the book can be put into action in real life right away on the spot.” Partners Andrew took the idea, then brought it to me,” Sameer explains post-Centennial, “because he needed help finding a manufacturer and stuff like that, which I had a lot of contacts with. So we partnered up, and took it from there.” Each of them praises the other, seeing the partnership as natural. “Andrew’s one of my best friends,” Sameer says. “We both went to high school together, we went to Centennial together, we’ve known each other for the last ten years. He brings a lot to the table that I might not, but then I have other things I bring to the table that he might not have, so it’s a good partnership we have.” “I bring a lot of connections that have helped us get the ball rolling on manufacturing, graphic design, and printing,” he continues. “I also had some help from an uncle who orders clothing and shoes from overseas and gets them manufactured, so he helped us a lot on the way to get that done.” “Sameer is one of my close friends,” Andrew says back. “I knew that he was the motivated type. I knew he had the entrepreneurial spirit in him as well.” “I have a very strong sales and marketing background,” Andrew he says of his own abilities. “I’m not afraid to approach anybody. I did door to door sales, so I know what rejection is, and I’m not afraid to knock on 100 club owner’s doors to get that one who’s going to take that product.” The future “Right now,” Sameer details, “we’re starting our first machine on February 28, at a nightclub called SETonKing. We have a ladies night that we’ve sponsored to get a buzz going, and have a little grand opening. Our goal is to have five machines up and running in Toronto nightclubs by the end of the month, and ten machines around the city by the end of the year.” And after that? “We want to expand into trade shows, weddings, train stations, and event centres,” Sameer continues. “Places where people dress up and do a lot of walking and are maybe wearing the wrong shoes. Maybe we can fix that problem for them where they are.” Andrew talks even bigger about the future of Save our Solez, about international expansion. “We’re going to start in Toronto,” he boasts, “and then we’re going to head outside of the GTA, to the busier places in Ontario, like Hamilton and Ottawa. We have friends out in Calgary who love the product and want to get it out there. We have a couple friends in the US that would be the next step after that. Then, Sameer has family in Europe, and Istanbul who are actually club promoters.” Advice When asked what advice they’d give to current students, both stress making use of Centennial’s resources to create a solid foundation of knowledge. “Gather as much information as you can,” Sameer says, “and definitely learn from other people’s mistakes. If someone’s made that mistake, there’s no reason for you to make that mistake as well, so do your research to find the mistakes, and save yourself some money or time.” Andrew concurs with this, and mentions how they’d initially had trouble importing resources, because “We just went with somebody who was referred to us, and we could have gone and pitched a few more manufacturers.” In other words, question everything, and do the research. Inspiration “We put a lot of hard work into it,” Sameer says of Save our Solez. “We wanted to make a product that people would like and enjoy. Not just a product that would sell, but a product that would give a lot of help. Hard work does pay off.” “Don’t let the idea slip away,” Andrew says as his own advice. “It was an idea for so long, but I never thought it was a bad idea, and that’s why after three or four years of it just being an idea in a business class, it’s a product now that’s ready to be sold. Stay motivated, and believe in the ability to do something.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-helps-young-business-people-make-the-shoe-fit/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:51:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-helps-young-business-people-make-the-shoe-fit/ How your school connects you to professionals: Hannah Burgé A hallmark of education at Centennial College is its instructors. Whenever possible, the college puts students in front of industry professionals with real-world experience to pass on. Such is the case in the school’s Music Industry Arts and Performance Program, designed to not only nurture and grow musical talents but to give students a taste of the business side of the industry. Of course, this requires knowledge from people who’ve been in the musical game. Hannah Burgé knows a thing or two about the music industry, being a classically-trained pianist, a touring member of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and jazz vocalist since 2004. On top of that, her debut album, Green River Sessions, which blends jazz and world elements, was released in December, 2014. It was this real-world experience that would lead the school to actively seek Hannah out. “I received a phone call from Jenna Burke,” Hannah explains, referring to another member of the program’s faculty, “who had been working with Jesse Feyen, the program lead. They saw some of the things I had done listed on social media platforms, and my performance history. Jenna reached out to see if I’d be interested in working at the school.” The college’s efforts to hire professionals like Hannah were due to an expansion in the Music program. According to Hannah’s (unofficial) estimation, “the program ballooned this year, there’s a 100 per cent increase in students.” While releasing an album and simultaneously teaching is quite the challenge, it’s a challenge Hannah is use to, simply due to Green River Sessions’ long gestation period. The 2008 recession scuttled early plans for a release, causing her to slowly work on it until 2013. “I’ve been working on this record for a long time,” she explains, “so I’ve been releasing an album while raising children, while completing a Master’s Degree, and while teaching at the college. The vision and the dream of this record has kept me inspired for the last five years.” While not intentional, Green River Sessions wound up becoming a Centennial affair, with music performance instructor Paco Luviano serving as a producer, and audio engineer, Ron Skinner, recording the original band performances at CBC Studios. From performer to teacher “I teach vocal education,” Hannah explains of her role at the school. “I have a number of students and I teach them vocal health, performance practice, and musicianship training.” She sees it as a natural extension of her musical career, and a way of giving back for the support she received over her life. “I think that they go hand in hand,” she says of musicianship and teaching, “and I was fortunate enough to have really excellent education from a number of great musicians in the industry; I feel I’m falling in line with mentors who went before me.” “I had a very inspirational high school music teacher,” Hannah admits, “and I was planning to be just like her. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I found that my interests had veered towards performance, and I received words of encouragement from people already in the business.” In the classroom, she emphasizes the same “music-and-business” message of the MIAP program. “Every musician is an entrepreneur,” she states firmly. “When I was in an undergraduate program schools were not teaching the business aspect. After I finished my first degree, I started business training, then marketing, then registered for inter-and-intra-personal relationship courses, and conflict management training.” Her vocal classes are part of a program that aims to combine all of these needs in one place: “Frequently, students learn these skills separately,” she continues. “They’ll take a class in theory, business, technology, and a class in their instrument of choice. No one course is a be-all-end-all, everything works together.” “I try to give the students a holistic view,” she adds. “Students are more aware than ever of how to reach out to their peers through social media in order to promote a performance. But, they are still asking the question: “how do you become a truly great performer?” She, along with the rest of the instructors in the program, are aiming to answer that question. Wise Words Being a recording artist herself, Hannah aims to pass real-world wisdom to her students. “It all matters,” she says, “everything you do matters. When you take music training, you use it. When you learn about social media, through online training or classes, and when you take English Literature courses, everything adds to who you are becoming, and what you can present through your music.” “Get all that you can get,” she says to her students. “You have more time now than you ever will in your whole life –practice as much as you can, learn as much as you can, get as much training now as you can, because you will need it all, and this is the perfect opportunity.” By teaching students the lessons acquired from her experiences, Hannah will become a part of that opportunity. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-your-school-connects-you-to-professionals-hanna-burge/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:11:18 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-your-school-connects-you-to-professionals-hanna-burge/ 'Resilient' professor earns Centennial's top teaching honour Recreation and Leisure Services professor Lorne Hilts is the 29th annual recipient of Centennial College's George Wicken Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence. He was nominated by his students for the award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to inspiring students in the same manner as the award's namesake, the late George Wicken. Lorne Hilts joined Centennial in 2011 after 15 years of working in the recreation sector, primarily for the Recreation and Culture department of the City of Vaughan. Originally intent on becoming a teacher, recreation programming appealed to him as it combines teaching with team-building and other aspects of recreation leadership, along with outdoor play – a big bonus for fun-loving Lorne. When Centennial professors Sandy Foster and Jim Boduch approached Lorne to provide their college students with field placements at his city department, he readily agreed. Taken by his high energy and enthusiasm, the profs eventually suggested that Lorne come to teach in the college's Recreation and Leisure Services program. The career change meant taking a cut in pay, but Lorne recognized it would be immensely fulfilling to convey his passion for recreation leadership. I teach people how to teach other people and guide them in activities, he explains with a big grin. Ive never come to work and had it feel like a day of actual work. In his teaching position at Centennial, Lorne regularly brings in industry guests to help his students network in the field. He’s also helped to expand the co-op program, teach in Centennial’s community HYPE program, and worked on the international exchange program to broaden students’ horizons. It’s a remarkable career for a teacher who had wrestled with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) as a student for years. Channeling his abundant energy into something he loves, he recognizes the challenges his own students are struggling with and has helped many of them to overcome formidable obstacles. Lorne always embraces new teaching methods, invites feedback from students, and offers extra assistance with assignments. I will push you to the end of the earth to have you do well, he told one student who was struggling to keep up with course work. Lorne cares for each student’s success, and it shows every day he comes to class. He has the word Resilient tattooed on his right arm – a favourite word of his mother, who taught her son to persevere during some very difficult times he had to endure as a young man. Everybody deserves a second chance, he says of his students, who come into his program bringing all kinds of experiences, good and bad. Lorne helps them direct their energy in a very positive way that helps build local communities. He wouldn’t have it any other way. With his selfless dedication to his students, professor Lorne Hilts is very deserving of this year's award. The Wicken Award Dinner has been held annually since 1985 in honour of George Wicken, a Centennial English professor who was highly respected for his dedication to his students and to the teaching profession. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 32. Like every George Wicken Memorial Teaching Excellence Award recipient, Lorne Hilts automatically receives the Board of Governors' Teaching Excellence Award, reflecting Centennial College’s commitment to the strategic goal of teaching excellence. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/resilient-professor-earns-centennials-top-teaching-honour/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:24:13 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/resilient-professor-earns-centennials-top-teaching-honour/ Meet Centennial’s Premier’s Award Nominees Centennial College’s 2014 Premier’s Award nominees (from left): Sergei Petrov, Piotr Mierzejewski, Robert Theriault, Laura Arndt and Chaitanya Pettukola (not shown is Domenic Serafino). Each year, Ontario presents awards in six categories to acknowledge the social and economic contribution college graduates make to the province and throughout the world. The awards were launched in 1992 to mark the 25th anniversary of the province's colleges. The Ontario government is pleased to partner with Colleges Ontario, which administers the awards. Submitted by all 24 of Ontario's public colleges, the nominees demonstrate outstanding career success related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their community. Presented here are Centennial College’s six nominated graduates for 2014, drawn from the fields of business, community services, arts and design, technology, health sciences and recent graduate. We’re especially proud of each and every one of our graduates! Domenic Serafino Business Administration (Marketing), 1981 Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Venus Concepts Domenic Serafino has played a key role in creating new standards in the medical aesthetics industry. His company, Venus Concepts, is a world leader in providing non-evasive, pain-free skin tightening treatments. Before forming Venus Concepts, Serafino was partner and president of Syneron, Canada’s largest laser distribution company. Under his leadership, Syneron grew from zero to $1.3 billion market capital in less than five years and held almost 80 per cent of the Canadian aesthetic device market. As Venus Concepts’ key spokesperson, Serafino has appeared on numerous television shows including Rachel Ray, The Doctors, Real Housewives of Vancouver and CNN. Laura Arndt Developmental Services Worker, 1984 Director of Strategic Development, Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth For 30 years, Laura Arndt has dedicated herself to serving children, youth and the disability community, with a strong focus on community development and social justice. As director, strategic development, Ontario’s Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Arndt helped author the Feathers of Hope report that identified issues raised by First Nations youth from 65 remote Ontario communities. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was so impressed with the report that Arndt and the First Nations youth were invited to present at the commission’s last national event and their report was entered into the national archives. Sergei Petrov Broadcasting and Film, 2006 Founder and Executive Director, Scarborough Film Festival After completing Centennial’s Broadcasting and Film program, Sergei Petrov marshalled his considerable skills to work in Toronto’s busy film and television industry. His work led him to the Canadian Film Centre and eventually to the film festival world, first as a filmmaker, then as a staff participant for TIFF, HotDocs and other festivals. Petrov envisioned his own bold project: a film festival planted in the relative obscurity of suburban Scarborough. He wanted to bring challenging films to the people and inspire them to tell their own diverse stories. With 5,000 attendees this year, the Scarborough Film Festival has taken root in the community. Robert Theriault Ambulance and Emergency Care, 1984 President, Ontario Paramedic Association After a harrowing car crash that changed his life’s trajectory, Robert Theriault came to Centennial in 1983 to study ambulance and emergency care. He went on to work in British Columbia and then trained as an elite critical care flight paramedic. He staffed Air Ambulance helicopter Bandage One for 10 years, after which he began teaching in primary, advanced and critical care paramedic (Flight) programs, as well as contribute to texts and original research. He continues to work saving lives as a part-time advanced care paramedic, while serving as president of the Ontario Paramedic Association. Piotr Mierzejewski Computer Programmer Analyst, 2010 DB2 SQL Compiler Developer, IBM Piotr Mierzejewski began working with IBM’s Center for Advanced Studies as a Prototype Developer in May 2009, a placement position that was a core part of his Centennial program. In recognition of his work on IBMs Extensible Markup Language (XML) Index Advisor, he received the 2009 IBM Center for Advanced Studies Innovation Impact Award. After graduating in 2010, IBM hired Mierzejewski full time as a DB2 SQL compiler developer. Most significantly, he has proposed a patent, currently in the innovation disclosure status stage, which has the potential to lower the cost and time required to analyze and address customer problems. His patent is pending, as they say. Chaitanya Pettukola Digital Animation, 2006 CEO/Co-Founder/President, Bitebank Media Not yet 30, Chaitanya is the co-founder, president and CEO of Bitebank Media. The company provides affordable, customized, user-friendly solutions to dentists, allowing dental firms to create and manage professional websites that promote their services. In 2012, Bitebank branched out into the medical industry with Medbank, which expanded Bitebank’s services to provide physicians with the same web applications offered to dentists. Today, Bitebank is an award-winning company that has achieved 99 per cent customer retention. Over the past five years, the company has swelled to nearly eight times its size, from 20 employees to 150 employees (and growing) today. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/meet-centennials-premiers-award-nominees/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:30:29 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/meet-centennials-premiers-award-nominees/ ‘Hamilton Social Experiment’ garners worldwide attention It was an astonishingly bold experiment that ends in a way that took its creators by surprise. In the wake of a horrific shooting in Ottawa that saw a soldier standing on guard at the National War Monument murdered in broad daylight, shaken Canadians were left trying to comprehend why an unarmed soldier had been executed in one of the world’s most peaceful capitals. Devin Giamou and his colleagues set out to learn how the mood of the nation had changed after the high-profile shooting. The Centennial College Broadcasting and Film student had been previously contacted by York University film student Omar Albach about working on videos that explored people’s behaviour. Both young men had developed YouTube channels where they had uploaded their own work. The present situation demanded a collaborative effort. “We both have a natural curiosity to see how people respond to certain dialogue and situations,” explains Giamou. They decided to test Canadians’ reputed tolerant attitudes by staging a bigoted rant in a public place and film the reaction from bystanders. In a further twist, they chose to do it in downtown Hamilton, the hometown of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the young army reservist who had been gunned down only a few days before. Born and raised in nearby Ancaster, Giamou knew Hamilton well, a tough blue-collar city known as Canada’s steel town. “We shot everything in two hours. We picked two bus stops downtown that seemed busy,” Giamou recalls of the “Hamilton social experiment.” He met Zack Ghanen, another York student, for the first time at the film location. Ghanen showed up sporting a beard and wearing traditional Muslim robes. “Zack and Omar encouraged me to be overtly racist in terms of what I said,” says Giamou, who enjoys acting as well as working behind the camera. “It was all improvised dialogue; we had no script to work from.” The chillingly bigoted comments he spewed at Zack at the bus stop immediately caught the attention of bystanders, who did not hesitate to defend the Muslim man. It was awful and tragic, but I don't think that's any reason to persecute someone just because of what they're wearing, one woman is heard saying to Giamou, referring to the Ottawa shooting. Her comments, and others, differentiated between the actions of a mentally disturbed shooter and the peaceful followers of a major religion. The three-minute video reveals a surprise ending that nobody saw coming, least of all Giamou. “I had been speaking to one man when the other stepped forward out of nowhere and punched me in the face,” he recalls. The video concludes with Giamou, nursing a bloody nose, being interviewed by a police officer (no charges were laid). Their risky project rewarded the three students with a striking video testimonial to Canadians’ unwavering defence of their multicultural society, one that has garnered three million YouTube views as of this writing. For his part, Giamou credits his Centennial College education for his appreciation of social equity issues. The mandatory course, Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action, introduced him to the social problems and global connectivity that makes everyone a potential active participant. As Giamou experienced first-hand, there are no passive bystanders – especially in Canada’s steel town. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hamilton-social-experiment-garners-worldwide-attention/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:35:23 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hamilton-social-experiment-garners-worldwide-attention/ Centennial prof contributes to Targa Newfoundland wins Scarborough’s Hume Media racing team had its most successful year at Targa Newfoundland this September thanks, in part, to the technical skills of Centennial College professor Garrett Nalepka, who worked hard to keep the team’s three cars running during the tough five-day race. When the dust settled and the 14th annual pursuit around the island province concluded, Hume’s three-car team finished first, second and second in their respective divisions. The race began and finished in the city of St. John’s, involving 1,800 km of paved and gravel roads and 40 high-speed stages. Typically almost one-third of the vehicles that start the race do not finish due to mechanical failure, and many of the cars that do finish are held together with duct tape. Having a skilled and inventive technician on hand is key to completing the race route. That’s where Centennial’s Garrett Nalepka comes in. “Garrett was a huge asset to the team. Without him we would not have had those two second-place finishes we managed to pull off with the 2006 Mini GP and the 2004 BMW M3,” said team leader John Hume Sr. Garrett is an automotive tech professor in Centennial’s Chrysler program, and has experience supporting a Dodge Viper racing team in the World Challenge B Series, which tours a lot of U.S. tracks. This was his first experience wrenching for a rally event. “I’ve never been in a race that lasted five days! It’s all about endurance and keeping the cars going and keeping the drivers safe,” says Garrett, who admits the early morning starts and late-night repairs made for a grueling schedule. He was the lone technician on the team, responsible for keeping three race cars running. “Typical fixes involved suspension adjustments and repairs. The Minis had to be raised on their suspensions to minimize damage on the rough roads,” he explains. A lot of repairs were done after hours in hockey arenas set up as makeshift garages. Garrett had to fabricate parts in some instances, since his minivan could only carry so many spare parts. And he largely worked with hand tools. “We had a few breakdowns in and between races,” Hume explained. “Garrett was there each time to get the cars back into action without missing a beat. His ability to think and react instantly on the fly saved us from missing any race legs and hence losing any unnecessary penalty points.” In the end, skill and perseverance prevailed and the Hume Team cars crossed the finish line with excellent scores. The team also managed to raise $23,000 towards multiple sclerosis (MS) research from its generous donors – a great outcome that amounts to a win for everyone. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-prof-contributes-to-targa-newfoundland-wins/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:39:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-prof-contributes-to-targa-newfoundland-wins/ HYPE program opens doors for local youth Almost 120 young people sacrificed a bunch of sunny days during an all-too-short summer to participate in Centennial College's HYPE program – Helping Youth Pursue Education – a tuition-free learning experience that can open doors to a bright future. Over six weeks this summer, the students aged 17 to 29 participated in seven career-oriented courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, digital media, green energy, and baking and entrepreneurship. In addition to free tuition, participants received transportation, learning materials and lunch at no cost. “For some, taking part in the HYPE program is the first positive school experience they’ve had in a long time,” said Anthony Bertin, manager of Centennial’s Community Outreach Office. “Our initiative promotes education attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in under-served Toronto neighbourhoods primarily in the east end.” The HYPE Class of 2014 was recognized for their achievement at a special graduation ceremony at Centennial’s Progress Campus on August 7. Class valedictorian Nicole Glean addressed the students and their family members in attendance, who cheered as Nicole recounted her own educational journey. “In such a short time, I’ve accomplished more here than in my whole life. I mended my past experiences, rose above them and figured out where I want to be,” she told the supportive crowd. “I’m coming back in September to study Hospitality Management!” TD Bank Group announced a $250,000 commitment to support the program over the next three years. In addition to helping fund the program, TD provides student workshops to promote financial literacy and increase awareness and competency in personal financial management as the exclusive financial partner of HYPE. “The HYPE program provides a free learning experience to youth and encourages them to recognize and strive for their potential,” said David Sloan, Senior Vice-President and Ombudsman, TD Bank Group and past Chair of the Board of Governors of Centennial College. “We are very proud to support such a program allowing youth the opportunities they may not otherwise have access to – because when we invest in our young people, we are investing in the future of our communities.” More than half of the youth participating in HYPE come to it through recommendations from family and friends. Centennial also works with local community service agencies to identify young people who could benefit from the program, which includes free transportation, meals and learning materials. One-third of the more than 1,000 young adults who have graduated from HYPE since its inception in 2004 have gone on to post-secondary education. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hype-program-opens-doors-for-local-youth/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:10:33 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/hype-program-opens-doors-for-local-youth/ Former HYPE students join Italy trek Centennial College's well-regarded HYPE – Helping Youth Pursue Education – program allows young people aged 17 to 29 years to sample a free learning experience over the summer that could lead to a productive future. It promotes education attainment by reducing barriers for youth living in under-serviced neighbourhoods. This spring, three former HYPE participants were part of a group of Centennial esthetician students who travelled to Italy with faculty to receive some advanced training at RVB Laboratories in Bologna. RVB is the Italian company that supplies the Esthetician lab at Centennial; it offered to subsidize the trip to help make the cost affordable for students. Aliya Samuel, Autumn Lachapelle and Amanda Bourque originally attended a HYPE class in esthetics and then returned in the fall to enrol in Centennial’s two-year Esthetician program. Not only did they complete the program at the top of their class, they volunteered their time and newfound knowledge for a number of causes at the college and in the community. At the end of the fourth semester in their work practicum, all three students were hired by their employers after garnering amazing feedback from the high-end spas where they had been placed. In the northern Italian city of Bologna, all of Centennial’s esthetician students impressed their hosts with their knowledge and professionalism. After the training sessions at RVB Laboratories were completed, the group travelled on to Rome, Florence and Venice for some sightseeing fun and to gain an appreciation of Italy’s remarkable history. For some youth, taking part in Centennial’s HYPE program may be the first positive school experience they’ve had in a long time. For Aliya, Autumn and Amanda, their brief introduction to college enticed them to come back and launch a personal journey that saw all three embrace promising careers as estheticians. Candidates for Centennial’s tuition-free HYPE program are nominated by social workers and community agencies serving selected Toronto neighbourhoods. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/former-hype-students-join-italy-trek/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:16:06 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/former-hype-students-join-italy-trek/ Professor Ted Barris shares Libris Award with astronaut Chris Hadfield Centennial College journalism professor and author Ted Barris has won this year’s Libris Non-Fiction Award along with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. Barris won for his ambitious historical account, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, while Hadfield won for his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life On Earth. Barris was on hand to collect his award presented at the Libris gala in Toronto on June 2. “Through nearly 40 years as a professional writer and 17 books, I have received applause and praise from the Canadians whose lives and accomplishments I’ve tried to capture in print,” he said. “Thanks to this Libris Award, now the acclaim comes to the word-pictures I've created, their accuracy and their style. I am humbled and proud at the same time.” Barris acknowledged his editor, publisher (Dundurn), book retailers, his relatives and his extended Centennial College family for their support.  Despite the popular Hollywood movie of the same name, The Great Escape is not an American story. It’s a Canadian story – thanks to Barris’s extensive research and interviews with veterans of World War II. The tunnel planner, three of the four principal excavators, the chief of security, one of the intelligence chiefs, one of the forgery chiefs, the organizers of the sand disposal team, the duty pilot and the custodian of the secret shortwave radio inside Stalag Luft III were all Canadian. Professor Barris set the record straight when he was a guest on Peter Mansbridge’s interview program last fall. The Libris Awards honour the outstanding achievements made by Canadian authors and editors, sales reps and distributors, booksellers and publishers. Winners are nominated and voted on by members of the Canadian bookselling community, using such criteria as media attention, strong sales and increased traffic to bookstores. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden won Fiction Book of the Year and best author. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/professor-ted-barris-shares-libris-award-with-astronaut-chris-hadfield/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:21:50 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/professor-ted-barris-shares-libris-award-with-astronaut-chris-hadfield/ Funeral Home looks to Marketing students for advice David Garvie and Helen Trans of Ogden Funeral Homes speak to Centennial's Marketing students about their consumer analysis work (photo credit: Chen Feng). The challenge before them was not an easy one, but Marketing students in professor Danica Lavoie’s Consumer Analysis course were up to the task: research the needs of multicultural consumers with respect to funeral services. Because funeral homes, like any other small business, can benefit from smart and targeted marketing initiatives. It all started in 2012 when David Garvie, the general manager of Ogden Funeral Homes, a well-respected and longstanding family-owned business in Scarborough, contacted professor Lavoie. His e-mail stood out in a way few e-mails do. Written in a friendly, chatty style that immediately captured Lavoie’s attention, Mr. Garvie wanted to offer Centennial College students an opportunity to work with Ogden Funeral Homes on some of its marketing challenges. Like its surrounding community, Ogden’s customer base had changed a great deal over the past few decades. Mr. Garvie explained that it was not unusual for Ogden to be hosting families from four or five multicultural groups, with different rituals and expectations, all at the same time. Keen to work with a college located in his local community and to tap a diverse student base, Mr. Garvie and professor Lavoie sat down over lunch at the college’s student-run Horizons restaurant last November to discuss what could be done. Mr. Garvie was as delightful in person as he was in his e-mails, and it did not surprise the professor to learn that he had been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and had been voted by the audience as one of the happiest people in North America! They agreed to start with a research project, focused on the consumer behaviour of various multicultural groups. The students rose to the occasion, conducting in-depth interviews with people who had purchased funeral services in the previous two years. The results were remarkable. Professor Lavoie described the assignments her students produced as some of the “most interesting marking I’ve done in a decade.” The interview subjects included people from the Caribbean, Filipinos, Hindus and others who detailed their customs and rituals involved in honouring the deceased. Recommendations brought forth from these interviews included having catering facilities on site, allowing the burning of incense, providing translation services and offering an online funeral service portal that would allow anyone in the world to “attend” through Skype. In addition, the students focused on the Ogden Funeral Homes website, comparing it to those of competitors and suggesting enhancements. Their recommendations included the addition of a search bar and a “live chat” function, minimizing the need for scrolling, and adding a virtual tour and digital donation box. The students’ work was forwarded to Mr. Garvie, who was suitably impressed. He offered to speak to the students, along with colleague Helen Trans, in class about their findings and recommendations – not to mention bring some pizza and refreshments. It all made for a highly engaging and entertaining hour in professor Lavoie’s class in March, where students were given feedback regarding their recommendations and Ogden Funeral Homes’ plans for implementation of some of their suggestions. In addition, Ogden Funeral Homes made a generous donation to ENACTUS, an entrepreneur-focused student club on campus as a gesture of appreciation. Professor Lavoie and Mr. Garvie are already making plans for another collaboration between Ogden Funeral Homes and Centennial College that will benefit this important business partner in the community and the Centennial students who are learning to sharpen their marketing skills in a real-world application. For more information about Centennial's School of Business programs, click here https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/funeral-home-looks-to-marketing-students-for-advice/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:28:03 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/funeral-home-looks-to-marketing-students-for-advice/ Centennial College building wins architecture award Centennial College’s Athletic and Wellness Centre at Progress Campus has earned a Governor-General’s Medal in Architecture for 2014, one of 12 awards given out across the country to honour excellence in Canadian architecture each year. The Athletic and Wellness Centre (AWC) was proposed and undertaken by the Centennial College Student Association Inc. as a replacement for the college’s outdated DEL Gym. The expanded state-of-the-art recreation facility features a new 18,000-sq-ft gymnasium, squash courts, a climbing wall, 80-metre indoor running track, wellness treatment centre, cardio-fitness area and two aerobic studios. The design work was awarded to Kongats Architects, the same Toronto firm that had earlier designed the Student Centre adjoining the Progress Campus gymnasium. The striking two-storey building also won a Governor-General’s Medal in Architecture when it opened in 2002. “Not too many student associations can claim to have undertaken two buildings that have won Governor-General’s Medals for Architecture – pretty special,” principal Alar Kongrats wrote upon hearing the announcement of this year’s award winners. Construction costs were wholly financed by the CCSAI. Centennial students held a plebiscite and voted in favour of a special development levy added to their fees to raise funds for the building – much as they had voted a decade earlier to see the Student Centre built. The AWC, which opened in 2011, is operated by the students and generates additional revenue in rental fees. The building was featured in the 2014 remake of the film RoboCop. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-building-wins-architecture-award/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:32:25 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-building-wins-architecture-award/ Heritage Site Management Program Wins Award Centennial College's unique Culture and Heritage Site Management program has been selected as the recipient of the Scarborough Museum's 2013 Award of Merit. Established in 1999, the City of Toronto presents the Award of Merit to individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to museum programming and development. Culture and Heritage Site Management supports museum professionalism, and the program is receiving the award for its inspiring commitment to the museum and this community, said Madeleine Callaghan, Scarborough Museum Curator. This terrific program has worked in partnership with Scarborough Museum and provided us with solid internship support over the past two years. The interns have done exceptional work in public programming and exhibits. I hope that this rewarding partnership will continue in the years to come. Centennial's School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culture faculty pointed to the work of two Centennial alumni, Jessica Chase and Natalie Lem, who were placed at Scarborough Museum over the past two years for having contributed to both the reputation of the local museum and to the college's profile in the community, calling them excellent representatives of our program. Each December, an organization, company or individual that provides outstanding support to the museum and the Scarborough community is presented with the Award of Merit during the Museum's popular Desserts by Lamplight evening, which takes place this year on Dec. 14 at the museum, a well-preserved rural home. Constructed in 1858, the Cornell House was originally home to Charles Cornell, his wife Matilda and their eight children. In addition to reflecting Scarborough's rural history through school programs and tours, the museum is a genuine community resource, a place where youth and newcomers to the area may develop interests, skills and friendships. Scarborough Museum is located at 1007 Brimley Road, just north of Lawrence in Thomson Memorial Park. Scarborough Museum is one of 10 public museums operated by the City of Toronto. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/heritage-site-management-program-wins-award/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:39:41 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/heritage-site-management-program-wins-award/ Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence Centennial College President and CEO Ann Buller has been named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence for 2013 by Women of Influence magazine. Now in its third year, the Top 25 showcases the achievements of the most influential Canadian women working in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services and the public sector. Ann Buller is recognized for her outstanding work leading Ontario's first public college, which has been shaped by her belief that colleges must meet the economic and social inclusion imperatives facing our communities and our nation. Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO of Centennial, Ann was the first female Vice President and Chief Learning Officer at the Nova Scotia Community College. In addition to her work at Centennial, Ann chaired the Governing Toronto Panel, which made recommendations on how to structure governmental powers under the province’s City of Toronto Act. More recently, Ann has lent her time and expertise to a number of boards and committees beyond Centennial, including as national chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. Ann is also the national chair of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, and vice-chair of Invest Toronto. Ms. Buller joins a diverse selection of women from many backgrounds, educational levels, skill sets, professions and interests. Candidates were chosen based on previous award recognition and their work on various boards, funds raised, business deals initiated and led, and published work. Celebrating their success underscores their importance as role models for Canadian women and girls. All 25 winners will be profiled in the winter issue of Women of Influence magazine, and at a special speakers' luncheon in December. Women of Influence Inc. is North America's leading organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women. It produces and hosts the renowned Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series, RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, in addition to publishing the Women of Influence quarterly magazine. For more information, please visit Women of Influence. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/canadas-top-25-women-of-influence/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:44:30 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/canadas-top-25-women-of-influence/ Centennial College among Canada's top 50 research colleges In an inaugural ranking of Canada's colleges involved in research, Research Infosource Inc. revealed that 15 Ontario colleges are on the Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges List, including Centennial, which ranked third among Ontario colleges and 12th overall on the nation-wide list. Ontario’s leading college was Sheridan College, which ranked 6th on the national list, posting $4.6 million of research income. Seneca College finished 8th ($4.4 million) and Centennial College ranked 12th on the list with $3.3 million in research income. Together, the 15 Ontario public colleges captured 29% of the national college research income in the 2012 fiscal year. Two Alberta colleges led the way in the national ranking: Calgary's SAIT Polytechnic ($9.8 million) and NAIT - Northern Alberta Institute of Technology - in Edmonton ($6.3 million) were the two top research income earners last year. The combined research income of Canada’s 50 leading research colleges was $117.3 million, which represented a substantial 30.7% increase in research funds over the previous year. The number of faculty involved in research also grew to 1,731 individuals, representing a welcome increase of 15.2%. “Canada’s colleges are important and growing research performers in the country’s national system of innovation,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource, in a media release. “Colleges are clearly on the move, as evidenced by their strong year-on-year growth.” At Centennial, research activities are coordinated by our Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) under the direction of Dr. Deepak Gupta and with the oversight of Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President Research and Corporate Planning. ARIC collaborates with industry partners to create the best teams and infrastructure to carry a research project to completion. Industry sectors that have engaged Centennial include: sustainable energy and environmental sciences, aerospace, wireless networking and digital media, health and life sciences, culinary science, and children's entertainment. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-among-canadas-top-50-research-colleges/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:48:09 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-among-canadas-top-50-research-colleges/ Olympian returns to Centennial to coach volleyball Former Olympian and Centennial College alumnus John Child has been named as the coordinator of the college’s newly restored men’s and women’s volleyball programs. It’s a fitting homecoming for Child, who played varsity volleyball at Centennial’s DEL Gym while studying business administration, honing his skills for what would become his Olympic victory just five years after graduating in 1991. Under the direction of varsity coach Janus Packoski, Child would learn the techniques and discipline of a winning team member. The Centennial Colts volleyball team beat out 29 other colleges to win the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Championships in 1988. During his formative college years, Child would distinguish himself by winning Centennial’s Male Athlete of the Year award twice. After graduation, Child traded his gym gear for business attire and put his 4.0 GPA to good use managing his father’s car rental business. Despite the long hours at work and his dedication to raising a young family, Child couldn’t shake his interest in volleyball. He would become an eight-time Canadian National champion and three-time Olympian in beach volleyball, capping his sports career with a bronze medal win at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, along with team mate Mark Heese. The winning duo would go on to grace boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Pops cereal – an awe-inspiring honour for Canadian Olympians! In addition to 15 years of professional beach volleyball, John has played indoor volleyball for many years. Child transitioned from being a celebrated player to an outstanding coach who has garnered experience mentoring everyone from young beginners to aspiring Olympians. Child was the head coach of the Havergal College volleyball program, and more recently established a new volleyball club in Leaside, which he oversees as technical director. This fall, he returns to Centennial to coach a fresh squad of college players. “It’s a great honour to have John return to his alma mater and continue to mentor the next generation of student-athlete volleyball players,” says Steve McLaughlin, Centennial’s Manager of Athletics. “Having a former Olympian of John’s stature head up our new volleyball program is exciting for everyone involved. John is an exceptional and inspirational athlete who enjoyed a legendary playing career at Centennial. Most recently, John was named to Centennials’ inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame in April.” “I am pleased to join the team at Centennial and bring my expertise to the Athletics Department to coordinate and lead this new initiative,” says Child. “I look forward to building and developing a program that will bring back volleyball to Centennial.” After a 20-year absence, Centennial will begin club play this year in preparation for rejoining the OCAA in 2014-2015. Child will name his complete coaching staff in the near future. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/olympian-returns-to-centennial-to-coach-volleyball/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:52:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/olympian-returns-to-centennial-to-coach-volleyball/ Desire to learn leads to desire to teach Like all young boys, Vishal Singh aimed to have a cool job when he got older, such as a firefighter or a jet pilot. Maybe both. Growing up in the Caribbean nation of Guyana was certainly no impediment to dreaming big. But parental pressure being what it is, Singh was compelled to think more practically, so it was computer science that he “fell into” to appease his mother and father. Thanks to hard work, he had the opportunity to study at Queen’s College in Georgetown, considered one of the country’s best schools, followed by two years of computer science at the University of Guyana. “There was a narrow selection of careers in Guyana, however, which meant computer science jobs were saturated with candidates,” Singh points out. At the same time, the political situation in the country had become very tense, prompting the family to emigrate. “Dad’s side has lots of relatives in Toronto, so that’s where we went,” says Singh. As teachers, both his parents qualified for self-sponsorship in Canada; their skills gave them enough points for permanent residency. The family landed in Toronto in 2006. “Despite the fact it was spring and the locals were wearing short sleeves, we put on our winter clothing. It was cold!” Singh says with a smile. Beyond adapting to the weather, Singh’s parents had to adjust to Canada’s sometimes unkind labour market. The last thing the local economy needed, it seemed, was more teachers. His father found a factory job to make ends meet, while his mother worked as a cashier. It’s not an uncommon story for many new immigrants. “The move was very hard for our parents,” says Singh. “They had to give up every penny they had for the sake of their two boys.” The comfortable nest egg they had built back home evaporated quickly. “The currency exchange destroyed their savings,” he notes. Singh began looking for a school in Toronto where he could resume his education in computer studies. He chose Centennial College partly for its reputation, and partly due to the fact the college was familiar with foreign education credentials. “I enrolled in the Computer Engineering Technology program because Centennial recognized some of my course credits from the University of Guyana.” He found the practical college courses informative and interesting, but sees the benefits of having a university education, too. “Both college and university are very effective at teaching, but in different ways. University emphasizes theoretical knowledge, while college teaching is done in labs with the technology in your hands. The practical college approach is a little more fun,” he admits. As part of his program’s co-op education work term, Singh went to Sears Canada to perform vulnerability assessments on the retailer’s servers to analyze its network security risks. The work was challenging, which required him to learn quickly on the job. With some excellent work experience under his belt, Singh returned to Centennial to pursue a degree in Software Systems Design – one of the first degree programs offered by an Ontario college. He graduated with a grade point average of 4.037, the third highest GPA in the program’s history. It was while Singh was still studying at Centennial that he became aware of a new Bachelor of Education in Technological Education program offered by York University. Because of the college’s affiliation with York, he was eligible to enter the program seamlessly. The idea of being a teacher, like his parents, intrigued him. “There are not a lot of teachers who are technologically savvy at the high school level,” says Singh. Despite the surplus of new teachers who can’t find work today, it’s anticipated there will be a shortage of technology teachers in many school boards. “The pay scale for a software engineer is much higher than that of a high-school teacher. But the connection you make with students is far more rewarding,” says Singh. The program put him in front of grade 10, 11 and 12 students to teach, and he’s encouraged by the feedback he’s received from students and fellow teachers. Singh also volunteers to tutor high school students in mathematics, English, computer science, biology and physics at Pathways to Education, a program for youth from low-income families. Not surprisingly, many of the new immigrants in the program took an instant liking to Singh, whose journey from Guyana parallels their own. Singh credits Centennial for putting him squarely on his path to success. Professors such as Nina Jagaric and Ilia Nika provided him with plenty of guidance and insight early on, showing him that a college education opens doors to other opportunities, be it working at a national IT centre, earning a degree or transferring into a major university. To the surprise of no one, especially his parents, Singh managed to do all three. He’s so delighted with the way his formal education has unfolded, he wants to inspire other immigrants and Canadian students to follow in his confident footsteps. “I migrated from Guyana to Canada in 2006, and I have been granted numerous life-changing experiences and opportunities because I enrolled at Centennial College.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/desire-to-learn-leads-to-desire-to-teach/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:08:16 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/desire-to-learn-leads-to-desire-to-teach/ A humble shoemaker rises to the challenge Tezera Ketema is a shoemaker extraordinaire who took it upon himself to revive an industry that has largely vanished from Canada. Like those of many immigrants, his is a compelling story of personal setbacks and successes. Tezera fled the oppressive military junta of his Ethiopian homeland in 1980 and travelled to England, where he studied footwear design at Cordwainers' Technical College (known today as the London School of Fashion). Upon graduation, Tezera relocated to Kenya to work as a product development manager at a shoe factory before being recruited to set up a new manufacturing plant in Zambia. Considered “stateless,” according to his UN travel documents, Tezera yearned for a permanent home and elected to apply to Canada. He and his wife were accepted as immigrants, arriving in Toronto in 1989. With his experience Tezera quickly found work in a small shoe factory in London, Ontario, before moving to Elmira to work for an orthopedic shoemaker as a pattern cutter. Not long after that, he was interviewed by the Bata shoe company and was hired as a technical designer. For his successful implementation of CAD/CAM technology both in the design office and manufacturing floor, Tezera earned Bata’s crystal shoemaker’s award. But the industry was undergoing profound change, and by the mid-1990s Bata found it difficult to compete with low-priced footwear imported from Asia. Bata closed its product development department and Tezera was laid off. Tezera knew that if he wanted to continue in his field, he had to start his own firm and do things differently. Recalling an award-winning project he had completed in England, which had him design orthopedic footwear for disabled children, Tezera decided to launch an orthopedic-shoe manufacturing company. The orthopedic shoes available at the time were often clunky and poorly designed with little regard for aesthetics. He was convinced that this niche market could be better served. His Podo-Pal footwear would not only address clients’ medical needs, but would be aesthetically pleasing and could be worn like off-the-shelf products. Centennial College's Self Employment Assistance (SEA) program provided Tezera with the necessary knowledge and advice to start his own business. Under the guidance of his professor and mentor after graduation, Tezera started making attractive orthopedic footwear he sold by word of mouth to physicians. His reputation for creating high-quality shoes grew and, in late 2005, Podo-Pal was selected to design and manufacture footwear for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes attending the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Podo-Pal supplied more than 500 pairs of athletes' boots, more than 120 pairs of Paralympic boots and 50 pairs of boots for Canadian Olympic officials. Thanks to Tezera’s impeccable design skills and craftsmanship, the Canadian Olympic team was selected as one of the best-dressed teams of the 2006 Winter Games. What helped Tezera succeed in his business venture was not just the SEA program with its relevant in-class training, but the post-graduation follow-up and mentoring by a Centennial professor, which helped him to revise his business model on the fly. The need for multifaceted support was paramount: his venture created financial constraints, which impacted his family life and exacted an emotional toll. The professional guidance he received from Centennial after graduation had an enormous role in getting Podo-Pal, and Tezera, through the precarious first year of business start-up. The relationship continues to this day. His firm is working with Centennial College and the University of Waterloo to develop 3D image processing software used in the design and manufacturing of orthopedic appliances, including texture mapping for foot analysis. The technology promises to reduce ulcerations and increase mobility, especially for elderly clients and patients with diabetes. Today, Podo-Pal employs four full-time and two part-time employees, as well as two contractors, working in the company’s Scarborough location. Tezera’s interest in 3D foot mapping promises to reduce the cost of manufacturing custom-fit products, and raises the prospect of exports of Canadian-made shoes to many nations including, ironically, China and India. Tezera credits his small business training and mentorship provided by Centennial College for his upward business trajectory. His personal motto, which could serve to guide most any new business owner, is “persistence and focus.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-humble-shoemaker-rises-to-the-challenge/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:12:36 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/a-humble-shoemaker-rises-to-the-challenge/ ‘Lego spaceman’ takes the next step in education When Scarborough high school students Asad Muhammad and Mathew Ho bought a balloon online and used it to send a plastic Lego man to the edge of space, they never thought their feat would capture worldwide attention. But it did. “People thought it was a stupid idea, so we kept it quiet while we worked on it,” says Muhammad, who helped his longtime friend find the materials to launch a Styrofoam box filled with four used digital cameras into near-space. Their photos were published in the Toronto Star last year, and became a sensation on the Internet. “We weren’t the first to do this. That’s why we reached into Mathew’s box of Lego blocks and pulled out the little man and put him in the camera shot. We wanted to be different.” They even printed a Canadian flag and made sure it remained visible. The four cameras, two taking still photos every 30 seconds and two shooting video, took some spectacular pictures on the way up. Muhammad estimates the balloon burst in the thin atmosphere at about 90,000 feet (24 km), and the box fell back to earth tethered to a homemade parachute. “We went to Fabricland and bought some rip-stop nylon, then borrowed my mother’s sewing machine to sew the panels together. It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to work!” says Muhammad. Remarkably, the entire project cost them about $500. He sent his own cell phone into space, since it had a GPS tracker. After their 15 minutes of fame, the Agincourt Collegiate grade 12 students were inundated with offers to pursue studies at various universities – but the pair had already made plans. Ho was set on studying business commerce at the University of British Columbia, while Muhammad was deciding between the engineering school at the University of Toronto and the Aviation Technician program at Centennial College. “I was already leaning towards Centennial, but after we were invited to tour the hangar at Ashtonbee Campus, I was certain I wanted to take the program there,” says Muhammad. His mother wanted Muhammad to attend university, but he managed to convince her that he was making the right choice, and that he would be happier working on aircraft and challenging his mind with mechanical wonders. “I remembered how much I enjoyed working with my hands in auto class, taking things apart and learning how they worked. I knew I would not be happy sitting at a computer and studying engineering theory.” Muhammad enrolled at Centennial’s School of Transportation last fall. He relishes both the hands-on work he performs on real aircraft in the campus hangar and the theory he is learning in class. Muhammad recognizes the skills he is learning can be applied in other areas. “Airplanes are made up of all kinds of systems, including electronics, air conditioning and even entertainment systems, and once you can understand how they work in a plane, you can apply your knowledge in other industries, too.” Muhammad enjoys the camaraderie with the professors he sees every day; many of them have come from the aviation industry and have worked long hours in a field that is both glamorous and demanding. Muhammad is realistic about the challenges that lie ahead. “Aviation is a specialized field and one of the best careers you can get into. But you really have to love it. Attention to detail is paramount: every bolt you turn on an aircraft has to be documented so that the inspection is flawless.” Many lives are dependent on the proper maintenance procedures being followed exactly as prescribed. “You have to like the industry and the rules that come with it. And the odd hours of work. You have to have a passion for what you’re doing,” he says. In his second semester of the two-year program, Muhammad is still learning the various systems that make up a modern aircraft, such as the hydraulics that lift and lower the landing gear. The first year in Centennial’s Aviation Technician program is a common one with all students getting a good grounding in the technology before choosing between two distinct disciplines in the second year: Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics Maintenance. The former examines an aircraft’s mechanical systems, while avionics involves specializing in the maintenance and repair of an aircraft’s many electronics systems related to everything from communications to radar. Muhammad has yet to decide between the two. His goal after graduating is to land a job with a small aircraft company that will allow him to accumulate the shop hours he needs to write his Canadian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licence. After that, he will be set to work anywhere he wants as an aircraft technician. “The best thing about having a Canadian licence is that it is recognized by almost every country in the world, so the sky is truly the limit,” he smiles. Given his recent adventure launching a Lego spaceman, it appears Muhammad has already tested that limit. For more information about Centennial’s School of Transportation, visit: centennialcollege.ca/transportation https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/lego-spaceman-takes-the-next-step-in-education/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:16:45 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/lego-spaceman-takes-the-next-step-in-education/ Opportunity Never Stops Knocking Growing up in the north of England, Barrie Morgan never dreamed he'd become a teacher – much less a college professor in Canada – and not at 62. But he shouldn't have been surprised because when opportunity knocked Barrie always opened the door. His first professional opportunity came while working for a bank in his home city of Newcastle upon Tyne. I applied for a teller position in Ghana, Africa, he said. I was young, single and saw a chance for adventure. I was hired and had an incredible experience living in a very different culture. At the end of his two-year contract, Barrie returned to the U.K., got a job as an account manager in a large manufacturing company, married, and started a family. His company soon offered him a new position measuring productivity and creating more efficient work processes and systems -- and Barrie set off on yet another path in industrial engineering. After 16 years, Barrie learned his office would be relocating to the south of England. My wife and I had visited Canada on holiday and loved it, he said. We decided that if we were going to pick up and move, why not to Canada? In 1977, the family found itself in Toronto where, for the next 20 years, Barrie continued his career as an industrial engineer in one of the major banks – until he was downsized. He began networking, joined the Canadian Society of Industrial Engineers and served on its board. It wasn't long before opportunity once again knocked with a phone call from another CSIE member. He couldn't continue teaching his night class at Centennial College, he says. He was in a bit of fix so I agreed to take over. I'd never taught before but I really enjoyed it. Before he knew it, Barrie was assigned more night classes to instruct and then four-day classes in the coming semester. And so, at age 62, Barrie became a Centennial College professor. Centennial was wonderful, he says. Everyone worked together and I really felt I was part of a team – unlike some of my previous positions. I met great people and made lasting friendships but it was working with the students – especially those who found themselves on academic probation – that was truly rewarding. Mandatory retirement in 2002 didn't slow Barrie down. He continued as a contract instructor for the next seven years. During that time, he went to Chennai, India to help the College open a new campus and, through the Centennial's International Division, spent several weeks teaching business courses in Kazakhstan. He also joined the Centennial College Retirees Association, creating their first website and later serving as President until passing the baton to former colleague Les Miscampbell in 2014. In 2009, Barrie was asked to establish an online distance learning program for a private career college. And so a fourth career as an educational consultant was born. Now in his late 70s, Barrie is having the time of his life continuing developing and teaching online distance learning courses. All thanks to Centennial. The College gave me a wonderful new career and many incredible opportunities, he says. Joining Centennial was my greatest career move. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/opportunity-never-stops-knocking/ Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:11:35 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/opportunity-never-stops-knocking/ Lisa White joins Centennial as new Registrar Centennial College will have a new Registrar as of April 9. Lisa White will be joining Ontario's first college to help recast the institution's Enrolment Services. Drawing from nearly two decades of progressive leadership roles and masters-level study, Lisa brings a wealth of experience that will help define and deliver new registrarial-related processes, programs and initiatives at Centennial. Lisa is currently the Director of Student Recruitment and Admissions at Durham College. A graduate of Trent (BA with Honours) and Athabasca (MBA) universities, Lisa began her registrarial career at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), participating in the institution’s inaugural start-up, direction, growth and management. In her role at Durham College for the past eight years, she oversaw the transformation of recruitment and admissions processes, policies and systems. Lisa also managed the ancillary services at Durham College and UOIT, representing both institutions when it came to working with the residences, Tennis and Ice Centre, printing services, Campus Book Stores and Conference Services. As the institutional lead for Enrolment Services at Centennial College, Lisa will manage the successful realization of domestic recruitment drives, student communication plans, community outreach, conversion campaigns, financial supports, ancillary fee oversight, client service operations, data management and security, Ministry pilot projects, system reviews and program enhancements, as well as several initiatives for underrepresented students. Lisa will play a pivotal role in visioning and enabling Centennial’s philosophy and approach to Strategic Enrolment Management, continuing the good work that began with former Registrar Tom Nault. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/lisa-white-joins-centennial-as-new-registrar/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:23:42 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/lisa-white-joins-centennial-as-new-registrar/ Two Centennial grads see their work recognized at the Academy Awards Centennial graduate Jiayin Wang (right) with the Oscar for Visual Effects, along with Double Negative's VFX supervisor Paul Lambert holding a British BAFTA Award. Centennial College Graphic Design graduate Jiayin Wang had her hands full holding the golden, and heavy (4 kg), Oscar statuette after her team and employer, Double Negative, won the Academy Award for Visual Effects for their production work on the movie Blade Runner 2049 presented during the 90th Oscar Night on March 4. Jiayin had contributed to the film as a computer graphics (CG) artist, one of dozens who designed and crafted the intricate digital effects that make the dystopian world of Blade Runner 2049 so visually compelling. She had relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, to join Double Negative, where she worked for almost two years before winning Oscar recognition. Double Negative is one of the world’s leading visual effects and animation companies for feature film and television, with studios in London, Vancouver, Montréal, Mumbai, Chennai and Los Angeles. Founded in London, England in 1998, the firm now employs more than 2,500 people working around the globe. A second Centennial College graduate also knows the thrill of holding an Oscar this year. Nikita Lebedev worked as a lead modeler on The Shape of Water at the MR. X digital studios in Toronto. He concentrated specifically on the water creature’s haunting face and its communicative expressions that left audiences awestruck. Nikita is a graduate of Centennial’s Animation - 3D program who has since returned to share his knowledge and skills with students in the program as a professor. He is regarded as a great teacher – in addition to thriving as a working artist in the industry. The Shape of Water led the 90th Academy Awards, winning best picture and best director (for Guillermo del Toro), as well as Oscars for production design and original score. MR. X employed 1,500 people in Toronto to provide 600 detailed VFX shots in the final film, adding up to a full hour of footage. MR. X operates studios in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Los Angeles, and recently added a location in Bangalore, India. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/two-centennial-grads-see-their-work-recognized-at-the-academy-awards/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:50:42 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/two-centennial-grads-see-their-work-recognized-at-the-academy-awards/ What do millennials want civic leaders to address? Affordability, transit and employment 74 per cent of GTHA millennials willing to leave if issues unresolved Toronto, March 21, 2018 — Affordability, transit and employment are the top three issues millennials living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area care about, and nearly three-quarters are willing to leave their municipalities if these issues are left unresolved. This according to a new survey of 1,605 Canadians by Maru/Matchbox on behalf of students of Centennial College’s public relations and corporate communications program and CivicAction, a not-for-profit that creates collective action on big urban challenges. Set out to uncover what millennials care about, the survey also looked at how young people intend to generate community impact. The results will be considered as CivicAction informs its agenda for the 2019 CivicAction summit and will be key conversation starters leading up to the provincial and municipal elections. “These results send a clear message to the leaders of today about what issues the future leaders of tomorrow care about,” says Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction. “As the largest generation to walk the planet, millennials will reshape urban life with their values and outlook.” “We are millennials asking millennials,” says Beata Carissa, one of six public relations and corporate communications students at Centennial College working on the ‘Your City, Your Way’ campaign, which also includes a video, a speaking competition and a social media strategy. Millennials, aged 18 to 37, often get a bad rap for being ‘click activists’ or ‘slactivists,’ but the survey results debunked this myth: More than two-thirds (69 per cent) of millennials in the GTHA plan to vote in an election within the next year. Though the number of non-millennials in the GTHA is higher when it comes to voting (80 per cent), millennials and older generations are equally likely to sign a petition, volunteer for a charitable cause, discuss political issues face-to-face and online, and attend a political meeting or speech. Millennials in the GTHA scored higher in less traditional forms of civic activity compared to their older counterparts, including willingness to boycott a product (36 per cent vs. 29 per cent) and attend a protest or demonstration (22 per cent vs. 14 per cent). Millennials in GTHA also reported that they have discussed political issues face-to-face (35 per cent) more than they have online (19 per cent). When asked what prevents greater participation in civic activity, millennials say they do not have time (56 per cent), they have no interest (31 per cent), and they do not know how to get involved (31 per cent). About the survey: From March 7 to March 11, 2018, an online survey was conducted among 1,605 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. Out of these 1,605 adults, 173 were millennials living in the GTHA. The margin of error for the total sample — which measures sampling variability — is +/- 2.4%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. About Centennial College and the Story Arts Centre: Established in 1966, Centennial College is Ontario’s first public college, primarily serving the eastern portion of the GTA through four campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and partnership building. With a full-time enrolment of 22,000 students, Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. www.centennialcollege.ca The Story Arts Centre is home to Centennial’s School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design, offering programs such as public relations and corporate communications, advertising, journalism, broadcasting and film, animation, art and design, and performance programs such as music and dance. About CivicAction: CivicAction is a premier civic engagement organization that brings together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. CivicAction builds partnerships and takes action through campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca or follow CivicAction on Twitter @CivicActionGTHA. Please watch the video with interviews of millennials supporting the survey (video file available upon request).   For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact: Jennifer Bull Student, Media Relations jbull7@my.centennialcollege.ca Tel: 905-903-4240 Jeff Junke Communications Manager, CivicAction jeff.junke@civicaction.ca Tel: (416) 309-4480 x 533 Donna Lindell Faculty Supervisor, Centennial College dlindell@centennialcollege.ca Tel: 416-289-5000 ext. 8738 @Centennial_CCPR     https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/what-do-millennials-want-civic-leaders-to-address/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:57:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/what-do-millennials-want-civic-leaders-to-address/ The Story Behind our Active Attacker Response Video It starts as a typical day at Centennial College, with students talking in the courtyard, walking in the hallways and sitting in the library. Suddenly, the music turns ominous and you see the active attacker entering the College with a weapon. This is the opening scene of Centennial College’s new instructional video, Active Attacker Response Procedures. The College community got a sneak preview of the video, before its final cut, on February 13 as part of the winter 2018 Lockdown Drills messaging. The video focuses on teaching students and staff about the critical DEFEND option recently added to Centennial’s active attacker procedures. The new video emphasizes how the College community can work together to increase the chances of survival in the event there is an armed attacker on campus. If it looks convincing, it’s because the weapons and the police officers are real, with one officer playing the role of the attacker. “I learned that one of our partners in Toronto Police Services was looking for buildings to conduct weekend training scenarios for its officers, and I thought it was a good opportunity for Centennial,” says Ron White, Manager, Life Safety & Security Services, Planning and Operations. As Life Safety and Security began planning for the training segment, they realized there was further potential to benefit the College. They had been developing a new emergency procedures strategy that included a training video to introduce its new EVACUATE – LOCKDOWN – DEFEND active attacker options. Ron White and Marc Buzzeo partnered with Marketing and Communications to develop the video script, storyboard, production and execution of the video. Along with the new communications materials that will help the College community understand the new active attacker options.  “We invited Police Foundations staff and students to participate in the training exercise, warning them that the police would be acting as if it were a real active attacker scenario,” adds Marc, Emergency Management & Compliance Consultant. “It gave the students a great opportunity to make a direct correlation between what they are studying and what a real-life scenario looks like.” The EVACUATE – LOCKDOWN – DEFEND options are part of Centennial’s evolving emergency procedures, giving the College community more choices for how to best respond to – and survive – an attack. In addition to the video, Life Safety and Security has put up new Active Attacker awareness posters on its campus safety boards and in common spaces throughout our campuses. The posters use pictograms to demonstrate the College’s new Evacuate – Lockdown - Defend procedures. In addition, Life Safety and Security has updated our classroom Emergency Procedures signs outlining the College’s fire, active attacker and sexual assault reporting procedures along with a comprehensive list of emergency phone numbers. Life Safety and Security will continue to partner with Toronto Police Services and other subject matter experts in their quest to keep us safe. Learn more about our Active Attacker Response Procedures by viewing the final Active Attacker Response Procedures video on the College’s YouTube page. .hs-responsive-embed-youtube { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 Aspect Ratio */ padding-top: 0px; } .hs-responsive-embed-youtube iframe { position: absolute; width: 100%!important; height: 100%!important; } https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-story-behind-our-active-attacker-response-video/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:40:21 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-story-behind-our-active-attacker-response-video/ If you were the last of your species, what would you say to the world? Laura Humphreys is an Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant student who joined Centennial College’s Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experience trip to Laikipia, Kenya in May 2017. With the news that the world’s last surviving male northern white rhino died this week, Laura reflects on her visit to the Ol Pejata Conservancy where she met the 45-year-old gentle giant named “Sudan” last year. Scientists hope to save the species from extinction by developing in vitro fertilization techniques specific to the white rhino. Laura’s account is an edited version of her recent blog.      “If you were the last of your species, what would you say to the world?” This was a question posed by one of our Centennial College teachers at our end-of-the-day campfire on our Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experience (GCELE) in Laikipia, Kenya. His question provoked a lot of conversation, as that same day we visited the Ol Pejata Conservancy, which is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa.  It’s home to the last two female northern white rhinos and was home to the last male northern white rhino, Sudan. As I reflected on the death of Sudan, this remarkable and gentle creature, I thought to myself, “if we gave Sudan a microphone and he had the ability to share his knowledge to the world, what would he say as a representative of his near-extinct species?      Our leader from Rift Valley Adventures, Joyce, said that the destruction of rhinos is in large part due to habitat destruction and pure ignorance. She explained to us how poachers kill rhinos so they can “benefit” from their horns. Supposedly, these poachers profit from the rhino horns as many consumers believe it to be an aphrodisiac and use the horns for medicinal purposes. Even Joyce was choked up as she described that these huge, wonderful animals are killed for no more than a few centimetres of their body. As the CEO of Ol Pejeta, Richard Vigne, explained, Sudan was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for raising global awareness of so many species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. These rhinos would be extinct if it weren’t for the effort of people like the Ol Pejeta Conservancy workers. It was quite evident that they were in love with these animals. As I reflected on what they said, I thought to myself that despite all of the hate and anguish in the world, there are still good people who want to help advocate for those who cannot. With the mere size of these rhinos, they could kill a human being just by walking on them, yet as I observed the conservancy workers interact with them it was quite clear that humans and animals can, in fact, live in harmony. This reminded me of how fragile our relationships with animals are and of the integral role we play in advocating for their survival. If I were to place myself in Sudan’s large shoes, I would want the world to see my sadness and learn my story. I would want them to spend even just five minutes with me and learn as many facts about me as they can. I can recall a professor I once had in university explain to me that the more you know about something you are scared of, the less you will be scared of it. Sudan’s near-extinction is in large part due to ignorance. People simply did not take the time to understand and educate themselves about this species. I would want my audience who is listening to learn about how I, as a rhino, contribute to the world and to encourage them to love all that this world has to offer. Take that extra time to understand the unknown, and to always continue educating yourself on stories like this. By better understanding the root causes of destruction, I would only hope that something like this never happens again. Compassion will save the world, that I am confident. I encourage you to research Ol Pejata Conservancy’s mission and to spread to word of their efforts to save so many wonderful animals. You are the start to something incredible, and you can and will make a difference in this world one step (or in Sudan’s case, one large step) at a time. Rest in peace, Sudan. It was a true privilege to have met you. By Laura Humphreys https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/if-you-were-the-last-of-your-species-what-would-you-say-to-the-world/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:25:53 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/if-you-were-the-last-of-your-species-what-would-you-say-to-the-world/ Building international partnerships at Suzhou Centennial College Keen to immerse themselves in the language and the culture, the first students sponsored by the government of Panama to study Mandarin have arrived at Suzhou Centennial College in China. Centennial’s learning site in the famous canal city near Shanghai has earned a prominent role as the educational partner selected by the Panamanian government for the training project. The Institute for Training and Development of Human Resources (IFARHU) in Panama initially awarded 50 scholarships; 30 students will study Mandarin at Suzhou Centennial College for one year and 20 will study for 18 months. The education project attracted more than 3,000 scholarship applications from Panamanian professionals working in the disciplines of science, technology, research, economics, law and finance, among others. “The country needs to continue training youth to be a facilitator of trade, unity and diplomacy,” says Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama. “What a joy to see that the country invests in you, in training, so that you can prepare Panama, open doors, roads and, above all, allow Panama to strengthen relations with Asia by using the language,” he says, tweeting the photos. China and Panama officially established diplomatic relations in 2017, resulting in the inclusion of Panama in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), an ambitious infrastructure plan to better connect China with markets in Asia, Europe and Africa. Additionally, China is the second largest user of the Panama Canal, and Panama is China's largest trading partner in Central America. Centennial College celebrated 20 years of expanding partnerships with Chinese post-secondary institutions, government and industry in 2016. Centennial is also a significant educational partner to the government of Panama. It is the lead institution in Canada for the Panama Bilingual Program and has received eight groups to study English Language Learning (ELL) and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Canada since 2015. IFARHU has also sponsored 35 students to study English and five students to study supply chain and business operations at Centennial’s Toronto campuses. Suzhou Centennial College was selected by the Korean Global Practical Training Program to promote university students’ employability. Four students from Hanyang Women's University in South Korea have successfully completed a semester exchange at Suzhou Centennial College, including internships at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Suzhou Industrial Park. “We see this campus as an opportunity for students to learn about how business is done in the east,” says Virginia Macchiavello, Executive Director, International Education at Centennial College. The Suzhou Centennial College learning site forms part of the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District, which ensures our students are supported by strong partnerships and are well connected with industry in China. Learn more about Suzhou Centennial College https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/building-international-partnerships-at-suzhou-centennial-college/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:58:18 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/building-international-partnerships-at-suzhou-centennial-college/ The secret to a healthy career in the Pharmacy world with Vincent Le At Centennial College, we make it easy for driven students to find success in their careers, and we provide the tools for them to achieve the career they want. Vincent Le was one such student in our Pharmacy Technician program, who’d go on to ace both his federal and provincial licencing exams and become an active member of the Program Advisory Committee, shaping the future of the Pharmacy Technician program and the generations of students to come. He’s now practicing his profession at both St. Michael’s Hospital and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). And he achieved this all in a space of only three years, thanks to his determination and the Pharmacy Program’s dynamic curriculum that adapts and evolves to new standards, providing students with the most current practices, experience and opportunities to excel in the profession. Here’s what Vincent accomplished, and how you can follow in his footsteps. Choosing a path “Before I picked this program, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I was working as a pharmacy assistant at a Loblaws Pharmacy before I came to Centennial,” Vincent says. “What made me pick Centennial was that it had its Global Citizenship and Equity Program, and I thought that was kind of interesting. Having that skillset incorporated into Centennial’s programs was something I felt was beneficial.” He’d later find out that he picked a career with a real need for qualified professionals as well, making it easier to find many opportunities after graduation. “Right now, there’s a shortage of technicians,” he says about the pharmacy industry. “We have many graduates, but few are actively pursuing licencing. I think in the pharmacy profession there is around 16,000 pharmacists in Ontario, but only about 4,000 technicians.” “Currently many of us can work multiple jobs just because of this shortage,” he continues. “There is plenty of opportunities in this evolving profession for new graduates.” A program full of experience “In the pharmacy program, you have to be well-rounded,” Vincent says of his time at Centennial. “You can’t focus on just one aspect of the profession as you must be able to deal with various situations and practices within your scope of practice. Centennial has faculty members coming from different elements of the profession, some work in a community setting and deal more with patient interactions. Others get expertise in an institutional setting such as a hospital and interact with other healthcare professionals such as nurses. Myself and many students reap the experiences instructors bring to the classroom and we take it forward when pursuing registration.” Aside from the experience of the faculty, Vincent also enjoyed the program’s many opportunities for industry experience through field placements and connections, which would directly lead him to employment. The road to employment During the program, Vincent was placed at a major hospital in downtown Toronto. “St. Michael’s Hospital was running a summer Pharmacy Technician student intake in support of Centennial’s program and developing the future Pharmacy Technicians graduates,” Vincent says. “Many Centennial graduates end up being kept on through this summer program or hired after their field placement. I got an interview with St. Michael’s, along with two other Centennial students, and all three of us were hired for the summer and remained at St. Michael’s since.” “During fourth semester,” he continues, “we went out on our field placements, which includes an institution pharmacy site for a month, and a month in a community pharmacy. That’s when I went to CAMH, and after a month there, they were really impressed by how I quickly learnt and adapted to their policies and procedures as a student. They’d offer me a position with the condition that I was to pursue licencing after graduation.” Since graduating, Vincent continues to work at St. Michael’s to complete his Structured Practical Training (SPT) while preparing for his licencing exams to complete his professional registration. “Centennial prepares and provides you with the skills and expertise for your licencing exams,” he says. “From graduation to being registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists, took me about eight months. I remained at St. Michael’s Hospital as a Certified Regulated Pharmacy Technician and pursued other opportunities of employment to embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning. I reconnected with CAMH and inquired if they had any openings and was offered a casual position which I gladly accepted.” Since his licencing, Vincent has been a regulated technician for about seven months. But that’s not all he’s been up to. Giving back While he was still a student, Vincent began influencing the future of the Pharmacy program by being part of the College’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC). “The Program Advisory Committee are external experts that sit down with faculty and college members to provide information such as industry practices, requirements and standards,” he says. “We provide guidance and help evaluate the College programs to reflect what is currently happening in the industry keeping the curriculum relevant to industry needs.” “I wanted to join the PAC,” he says, “because having work experience prior and during the program I wanted to voice my opinion on how the students would fare in the industry and what changes would benefit the progression of the Pharmacy Technician program at Centennial for future students.” Vincent continues to remain on the committee as an industry advisor. “They’ve asked me to stay on as a full member,” he says, “and I decided to stay as I continue to explore my profession and learn to give back to the program.” Looking to the future “When I was studying, we had an open lab where students could attend and ask questions to instructors, work with students on projects, or practice their sterile preparation techniques,” Vincent says. Despite his two jobs, he’s also now supervising that open lab time, for a very specific reason. “The reason I wanted to become an open lab teaching assistant or supervisor, is because I want to pursue an instructor’s position in the future,” he says, “because I feel like I can pass on my knowledge and positively influence the next generation of students.” While he seems incredibly busy, Vincent says it’s possible for a determined student to follow in his footsteps. “My advice is to start early,” Vincent says, “and always keep striving forward, even though there could be some setbacks. There were days where it felt like there were too many tests and assignments, not to mention the stress of, after graduation, I need to complete the set of licencing exams, then its all done.” “The most important thing is to start early, right now. If you wait, the same opportunities that I accomplished may dwindle as more Pharmacy Technicians enter the profession.” By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-secret-to-a-healthy-career-in-the-pharmacy-world-with-vincent-le/ Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:14:55 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-secret-to-a-healthy-career-in-the-pharmacy-world-with-vincent-le/ School of Transportation adds Coast Guard helicopter to fleet Centennial’s School of Transportation has taken delivery of a donated Canadian Coast Guard helicopter, one of nine the agency has retired from service and offered to aircraft maintenance training institutions around the country.  The Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm (MBB) 105 helicopter was trucked to Ashtonbee Campus at the end of March, where it will remain until the college’s new Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Downsview Campus opens this January 2019. The bright-orange Coast Guard helicopter is fully functional and the engine runs, which makes it a valuable asset to the School’s Aviation Technician programs.  “The aircraft will not be flown, but students will be able to operate the engine for testing and demonstration purposes,” says Alan McClelland, Dean of the School of Transportation. The donated helicopter was delivered with spare parts and the associated ground support equipment. The MBB helicopter is a welcome addition to the School’s fleet of aircraft that students meticulously disassemble and assemble to learn the inner workings of every component. The college’s current pair of turbine rotary-wing aircraft (Bell 47 and 206 helicopters) has been in use in the Ashtonbee Hangar for more than 25 years, and are rapidly reaching the end of their training life. Centennial College has been running its Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics Technician training programs since the 1960s, when the School was located in a cramped downtown facility on Wellesley Street. The aircraft programs moved to the newly built Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough in 1972. The School has graduated more than 4,000 aircraft technicians to date, many of them working across Canada and around the world.   Centennial is the only college in the Greater Toronto Area providing aviation maintenance-related training programs. When the $72-million Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation opens in the former de Havilland Canada headquarters at Downsview, the new campus will provide enough hangar space to accommodate expansion of the programs to meet global demand. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/school-of-transportation-adds-coast-guard-helicopter-to-fleet/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:43:07 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/school-of-transportation-adds-coast-guard-helicopter-to-fleet/ Centennial College Frees the Tampon! At Centennial College, accessibility is important. All students require access to the resources they need to make their days at school healthy and productive. There was a gap in what we provided that was recently closed, thanks to Free the Tampon, an initiative meant to provide feminine hygiene/menstrual products in woman’s washrooms at no cost. These free dispensers are something that’s not common, making the college a trailblazer for equity of access. It all started with Lyle Williams, an Adaptive Technology Specialist, and Keri Banka, a Disability Assistant Technician, who both work at the Centre for Students with Disabilities. They noticed the problem, then kicked off a quest to fix it.  “I have never seen free dispensers,” Keri says. “Some places I’ve worked, there’s a basket where women put extra stuff in, but that’s about it. And it’s not sustainable.” Making it happen Free the Tampon was a proposal submitted to the College’s Social Action Fund (SAF) as an opportunity to increase awareness about the inequity of washroom hygiene and work towards funding access to feminine menstrual product dispensers in woman’s washrooms.  Unfortunately, the SAF committee felt this project was beyond the scope of the SAF.  However, the SAF team did recognize the importance of this initiative and suggested it to be funded via another method within the college. In their research, Keri and Lyle talked to Tyrone Gangoo in the Facilities Department, who gave them an idea of pricing and what efforts were involved in making it happen. Tyrone then raised the issue to Shannon Brooks, Associate Vice President of Corporate Services who decided to convert the college dispensers from paid to complimentary. Shannon recognized this inequity of access to menstrual products and made them available in washrooms free across the College.  The second initiative to extend free access to menstrual products through all spaces at Centennial began with the Student Association’s Transforming the Future Fund (TTF).  Another Free the Tampon proposal was submitted to TTF, requesting an awareness initiative as well as the funding of free menstrual product dispensers to be installed across all CCSAI facilities. Penny Kirlik and the CCSAI team recognized the importance of this initiative and decided to convert their dispensers from pay-based to complimentary.  “This was a huge win,” Lyle says. Why it’s important Keri and Lyle believe Free the Tampon has fueled a conversation about access and equity for hygiene products in public washroom facilities.  “It is arguable that most men do not have to question whether a washroom facility will be stocked with the products required for use,” Lyle says. “Men are not charged with payment of any hygiene products when accessing on-campus washroom facilities, however, women at Centennial were required to bring/pay for personal hygiene products related to menstrual.” This project provides women with access to free menstrual products in washrooms. “In many cases, women have to plan ahead, bringing necessary hygiene products - possibly concealing these products, have money on their person if necessary, borrow from a washroom mate, etc,” Keri explains. Having access to complimentary dispensers has alleviated many of these challenges to women’s washroom hygiene. “We give condoms away for free at the school,” Keri adds. “Tampons are a mandatory need for women.” This project also supports the needs of those with socioeconomic limits on purchasing menstrual products.  “I paid $17 one time for 10 at the airport,” Keri says as an example, “because I didn’t have any on me. I should have been paying $4.” This is a particularly crucial issue as these products are an essential need. The cost associated with the acquisition and use of these products can be financially burdensome. Menstrual products should not be an added cost for females in the public space. Centennial is one of the first Canadian institutions to make access to menstrual products a free service on campus.  This speaks to Centennial’s vision of equity and inclusivity. What’s next? The next step is complimentary dispensers in every washroom, regardless of gender, which means supporting trans-inclusivity by making them available in men’s washrooms as well. It’s just about hygiene. Having personal hygiene dispensers available in the inclusive washroom works towards eliminating potential discrimination from washroom selection choice and provides an inclusive environment for accessing necessary products in washroom use. “It’s a great thing for Centennial to pave the way with,” Keri says, “especially since feminine hygiene products stopped being taxed as a luxury item in 2015. So it’s something bigger, part of a movement that Centennial should be proud of.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-frees-the-tampon/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:21:52 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-frees-the-tampon/ Financial Planning Students Win Gold at the Eastern Regional Financial Planning Case Challenge Students Simone Hudson Bernard, Augusto Barbosa Arreas and Stanley Emenike of Centennial College’s Financial Planning program won a gold medal at the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning (CIFP) annual competition for the Eastern Region on April 7. The trio beat out seven other college teams to finish first and advance to the national contest against the Western Regional winners in June. The CIFP Case Challenge provides students with an opportunity to take what they have learned in their financial services programs and demonstrate their financial acumen. The event requires competitors to interact effectively in team situations, analyze real business and financial planning problems, develop appropriate solutions, and present these solutions to a panel of Certified Financial Planners. “Our students demonstrated sound technical knowledge, complemented by a polished presentation and the ability to create a genuine connection with the judging panel,” says Mary Devine, Chair of Accounting, Financial Services, Math and Economics at The Business School of Centennial College. The Business School hosted the Eastern Region Challenge this year. “I am very grateful to our faculty coaches and seasoned industry professionals, Debbie Williams and Lyle Van Every, who spent several hours with the students over the past two months in preparation for the Case Challenge. Kudos to all our program faculty who have contributed to the academic success of these students,” she added. Centennial’s one-year graduate certificate program uses instructional materials from the profession to deliver financial planning courses. A balance of theory and hands-on training allows for effective interaction. Students receive most of the educational requirements to challenge the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam and is a pathway to the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) credential. The Centennial College team will now compete in the 2018 CIFP Case Challenge National event against Red River College, which won the Western Regional Challenge. The event will be held at the CIFP Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 10 to 13. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/financial-planning-students-win-gold-at-the-eastern-regional-financial-planning-case-challenge/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:11:09 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/financial-planning-students-win-gold-at-the-eastern-regional-financial-planning-case-challenge/ Putting his business skills to work: Ahmed Bafagih creates his own business with GizmoGrind Centennial College equips its students with the skills they need to make their career dreams come true, and Ahmed Bafagih is one such success story. Ahmed came to Centennial College for our three-year Business Administration Accounting program. It connected him to a career, but he still wanted more. Using the skills the college taught him, he created his own business, GizmoGrind, which makes buying and selling your tech easy. It’s been three years, and he’s seen a success that he credits to Centennial College’s business programs. Here’s how he got to where he is, and how you can follow in his footsteps. Coming to Centennial “I had come from a trip back home in Dubai,” Ahmed says. “My uncle there was an accountant, and he was doing really well. So I thought, man if I was an accountant, I’ll do well like him. I was 18 at the time. So I joined [Centennial’s program], and it was awesome.” “The professors were the highlight for me,” Ahmed says of his time in the Accounting program. “Before that, I hadn’t met professors who were responsible for my education who were at that level. It opened my eyes to what education can bring, what it can do to you, how it can transform you as a person.” A path to employment Connecting himself to a career wasn’t a problem for Ahmed, who was employed before he had completed the program. “I got a job before I even got my diploma, at one of the largest mortgage banks in Canada,” Ahmed says. “It was decent pay, I was really happy, everything was good, and you’d think I’d stick with that career.” With employment secured, however, he decided to branch out and become independent. “The freedom of working for yourself was still calling to me,” he says. “I pulled the trigger and just handed in my resignation. Three years later, here I am. It’s still a very young business, but we’ve seen success, we’re making some money, putting some away, it’s good.” GizmoGrind “When I was in school, I got an OSAP loan, but it wasn’t enough. I needed some cash, I was living the student life, so I came up with the idea to sell smartphones,” Ahmed says. “I paid my OSAP that way. Before I even graduated, 90 percent of it was paid, and I had pocket change to live my life.” “I’d been selling smartphones on Kijiji, and I realized there was a gap on the market,” he continues. In his eyes, first-party carriers sold too low, and Kijiji was a hassle. That’s where his business idea came in. “GizmoGrind is a unique way for people who want to upgrade their phone, or if you have a broken smartphone, replace it,” Ahmed explains. “If you have a device you want to sell, the traditional method was fumbling about with classified ads, but with our service, you get a shipping kit brought right to your door,” he continues. “The whole business is online. You choose your device, you see a quote, how much we’ll pay for it, and the condition that you’ve chosen. It’ll automatically generate a quote, the box arrives at your home, and you have everything you need to ship your device back to us. You don’t need to pay a penny, you slip your phone inside a box with the instructions provided, once we receive it, we make a payment. Usually, it takes one to two business days, and no dealing with ads, scams, or meeting people face to face.” Now, they serve some of Canada’s largest organizations and are partnered with OneTreePlanted.org to plant one tree for every device sold to them. How Centennial helped “Going through the process of college, and upgrading my mind, allowed me to take that leap,” Ahmed says about the creation of GizmoGrind. “A lot of people have their dreams, but just can’t make that move. It’s just liberating.” “Cost Management Accounting was big for me, operation-wise,” he says, naming his favorite courses in the program. “It helps me smooth out the kinks in our day today. It helps me understand numbers. I find myself always coming back to this Auditing class, too, because it helps you see things on a statistical level. It helps me make better strategic decisions using statistics.” Advice from an expert “Look for advice from people who will give you the most critical feedback,” Ahmed says when asked what he’d have to say to others looking to start their own business.   A lot of times, we’re blinded by the shine of prospect. But to get real feedback is truly something worth its weight in gold.” “Soak up every second of your classes,” he continues. “You leave the classroom, you think to yourself, finally, I’m done, but then, you live your life constantly interacting with the world and realizing that I’m interacting this way because of the experiences I had in college.” “Embrace the struggle, embrace the grind,” he concludes, “and at the end of all that, you reap the benefits.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/putting-his-business-skills-to-work-ahmed-bafagih-creates-his-own-business-with-gizmogrind/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:12:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/putting-his-business-skills-to-work-ahmed-bafagih-creates-his-own-business-with-gizmogrind/ Centennial marks Canada-China Year of Tourism by sending students to Suzhou, China Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is leading a unique travel and learning experience to China to help mark 2018 as the Canada-China Year of Tourism. The trip will give 12 selected Centennial students first-hand exposure to China’s food, hospitality, and tourism industries to help them prepare professionally for the continued surge of inbound visitors to Canada from China – considered to be the world's largest tourism source market and greatest spenders in international tourism.  Centennial professor Michael Bertuzzi and chef technician Monzur Islam will lead the trip, known as a Faculty Led International Program (FLIP), beginning April 30. It includes 10 days in and around the Suzhou Centennial College campus near Shanghai, China, with highlights including: Multi-day hands-on instruction in Chinese culinary culture, theory, and techniques preparing a variety of regional dishes. Field study of Chinese culinary, hospitality and tourism industries through educational touring and partner site visits in Suzhou and Shanghai.  Food & Beverage and Hotel Operations work experience in a hotel setting. Production of a collaborative cultural and culinary event with students from Suzhou, as well as local business and government leaders. “What makes an education in tourism from our college unique is the access students have to the global learning environment,” says Suzanne Caskie, Chair of Food and Tourism Studies at Centennial. “With our campus in Suzhou and our incredible team of internationally trained and experienced faculty and staff, our students are just as prepared for tourism careers locally as they are internationally. When blended together, international food and tourism can create inspiring learning experiences.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang officially declared 2018 the Canada-China Year of Tourism in September 2016. Some 610,000 Chinese tourists visited Canada that year and spent $1.5 billion, or an average of $2,438 per visitor. China is now Canada's third-largest tourism source market behind the United States and the United Kingdom. “The 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism represents a unique opportunity to further grow the numbers of Chinese tourists coming to Canada,” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “Centennial College has had a long-standing relationship with China and is once again demonstrating that the true sustainability of this relationship is enhanced through shared cultural and educational experiences. Through this great opportunity, the students will gain valuable experience as we prepare for the arrival of more Chinese travelers.” Centennial College has grown a reputation for extensive partnership building since it was established in Toronto in 1966. The Suzhou Centennial College learning site is helping to build new international partnerships. “We see this campus as an opportunity for students to learn about how business is done in the east,” says Virginia Macchiavello, Executive Director, International Education at Centennial College. Suzhou Centennial College is the first Canadian college approved to operate in China by the Ministry of Education and by the Ministry of Education, Jiangsu Provincial Government. High-quality Canadian education programs delivered at Suzhou Centennial College offer ministry recognized Ontario College credentials from the Centennial College Business School, School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, and School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts.   The groundbreaking partnership is reciprocal, offering opportunities for Canadian students to take a semester of their program in China. The Suzhou learning site offers Centennial students the ability to internationalize their education through a semester exchange, internship or Faculty Led International Program. While all Centennial programs are delivered in English, students can take optional Mandarin language and culture courses at SCC during their semester in China. For more information: www.centennialcollege.ca/Suzhou https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-marks-canada-china-year-of-tourism-by-sending-students-to-suzhou-china/ Fri, 27 Apr 2018 11:40:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-marks-canada-china-year-of-tourism-by-sending-students-to-suzhou-china/ Gear up and enjoy the ride at Centennial College Everyone has their own reason for learning how to ride a motorcycle. For some, it’s the rebellious feeling they get when they sit on a motorcycle wearing a black leather jacket, while for others it’s the freedom they experience while they cruise away from their normal routine on those long, never-ending roads. Learning how to ride a motorcycle can be fun and it need not be as complicated as some may think. The best learning experiences are when individuals learn in a collaborative and hands-on training environment, and this is exactly what the Motorcycle Rider Training program at Centennial College offers. The Canada Safety Council approved course focuses on imparting the best safety education to riders, and at the same time boosts their skills and confidence on two wheels. “Developing the right attitude in riders is very important,” says Michael Raber, chief instructor of Centennial’s rider training program. “One of the most important lessons we teach in this course is to develop a defensive mindset while riding motorcycles. This is not only important for your own safety, but also for others around you,” he adds. The course is a combination of theory as well as practical riding sessions closely supervised and evaluated by instructors certified by the Ministry of Transporation (MTO). It’s an amazing opportunity for passionate riders to connect together to share and learn from each other's experience. The program, which is delivered in a weekend format, takes place on the grounds of Centennial College away from busy streets. “During the training, riders are put in live scenarios where they are required to think meticulously, be proactive and react as they would do in real-life situations,” says Raber. One of the unique features of the course is its inclusivity, which means it can be taken by anyone irrespective of their level of expertise in motorcycle riding. Many lessons and skills that are learned in the course are transferable since the same principles can be applied to driving a car. “Typically, you’ll find motorcyclists drive more carefully on roads as they have already developed a defensive mindset,” he says. Raber has been teaching at Centennial for 23 years. An avid leisure rider, he’s also a member of the Iron Butt Association of endurance motorcycle riders. He started riding 30 years ago and completed his own motorcycle training at Centennial. Centennial offers three distinct rider courses: the 22-hour program for those looking to obtain their M2 license; the M2 Exit Training course; and the Introduction to Motorcycling that presents a taste of the program in a three-hour format. Centennial has a collection of motorcycles on campus, so no need to bring your own. Upon successful completion, your graduation card makes you eligible for potential insurance discounts. With the riding season set to begin, now is the perfect time to enrol! To learn more about our courses, please call 416-289-5207 and press #8, or visit: www.centennialcollege.ca/motorcycle https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/gear-up-and-enjoy-the-ride-at-centennial-college/ Fri, 04 May 2018 09:17:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/gear-up-and-enjoy-the-ride-at-centennial-college/ The dollars and cents of success: How Centennial students won big at the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning competition Centennial College is all about teaching its students real, practical skills. Students Simone Hudson Bernard, Augusto Barbosa Arreas and Stanley Emenike of Centennial College’s Financial Planning program got to show off those skills, using them to win a gold medal at the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning (CIFP) annual competition for the Eastern Region on April 7, beating out seven other college teams. Here’s how they made it happen.  Why they came to Centennial  Centennial College’s one-year graduate certificate Financial Planning program offers a balance of theory and hands-on training that allows for effective interaction. Students receive most of the educational requirements to challenge the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam that’s a pathway to the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) credential. Taking the program was no small decision for all three students, considering they’re all international students who came to Canada from abroad as part of that choice.  “I have a background in finance,” Simone says of her decision to join the program. “When I decided that I wanted to come to Canada, I was looking for a program that would complement or enhance my career aspirations, so it had to be something in financial planning. I did my research and screening based on location, what the programs had to offer, and the curriculum. Centennial was the best.” “My background was also in finance,” Stanley says of himself, “and what I decided to do was come to Canada to study as well. I realized that Centennial was the only college in Toronto that had the opportunity to take a CSC-approved course.”  “I was already working as an investment advisor in Brazil,” Augusto adds. “I love finance, I wanted to move here with my wife, and Centennial College gave me the opportunity to do it.”  Taking part in the competition Each of the three team members had to volunteer to take part in the competition, and each did so for their own reasons, even if it took a few of them awhile to decide. “I’m always looking for ways in which I can network, and improve on my knowledge,” Simone says. “I thought that the case competition was an avenue through which I could put what I was learning in my courses together and into practice.” “Initially, I didn’t want to partake, because I was thinking about the workload,” Stanley admits. “I applied for the competition the last day because I felt I was going to learn something from it. Since my program’s coming to an end, I felt that it would give me an opportunity to put all my courses together.”  “I actually applied three minutes before the deadline!” Augusto says. “If I have to study for myself, I won’t do it. I need a stick poking at me to run after things, and the competition was a good way to do that.”  How the program prepared them for the competition Once the three of them decided to compete, they found themselves practicing and refining the skills they’d need to win, skills that the Financial Planning program had already taught them. “The technical skills required for the competition, all the disciplines that would be necessary for you to make a financial plan are taught in the program.” Simone says.  “There are a lot of teachers in the program who are industry professionals,” Augusto says, “so they taught us how to talk to clients, how to approach them, how to make conversation or break the ice at the beginning of an interaction and not just deliver technicalities.”  The competition, and how they won For the competition itself, each team was given a case study and told to create a financial plan for them, which they then had to present to the judges. “We had to interact with the judges as though they were the clients,” Augusto says. “We were given a case with a family who had a small child and were about to have a second one. The woman was pregnant, the guy didn’t have a good financial structure.”  “He did not have a lot of money, and he was approaching retirement,” Simone says. “Because of that constraint, we had to make a recommendation as to whether or not to delay retirement and continue working, or what the other options available to him were, given that he had limited financial resources at the time, and he needed to retire soon.” “There were other elements as well,” she continues. “There was an education planning objective, because they had a child, and another on the way, so we had to present solutions for that. There was also tax planning, financial planning, and asset management elements that we had to address.” “We advised him to delay retirement until he could build up sufficient capital to provide comfortable income during this phase of his life,” she concludes. “We also recommended that they open a family RESP, and when the second child is born, add that child to the plan.” They also recommended selling their properties and included estate planning solutions.  “I think it’s just the right combination of the technical and soft skills that set us apart,” she says about the win. “They told us that we did really well in establishing a connection with the judges,” Augusto adds, “and were able to deliver without just being really technical and strict. We even cracked a few jokes, and tried to make them loosen up.” What this victory means for them “It’s definitely something that can enhance our resume. I have already put it on mine,” Simone says, to everyone’s agreement. “It can help us to establish our name in the industry because it proves that we know our stuff and can apply it in the real world. It proves that we can build rapport with people and help them achieve whatever goals they’ve set out to accomplish.”  “We need some Canadian experience in our field before finding a job here,” Augusto adds, “so this is a good first leg.”  In the near future, though, the three of them will be moving on to the next level of the competition, in the 2018 CIFP Case Challenge National event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 10 to 13. Advice for future competitors If you’re in Financial Planning and have an opportunity to take part in this competition, Simone recommends it, because, to her, you really can’t lose. “What’s the worst thing that could happen to you?” Simone asks. “You don’t win. And if you don’t win, you would have still gained all the knowledge and experience from the practice leading up to the competition, which would still benefit you in the long run.”  https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-dollars-and-cents-of-success-how-centennial-students-won-big-at-the-canadian-institute-of-financial-planning-competition/ Fri, 04 May 2018 12:43:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-dollars-and-cents-of-success-how-centennial-students-won-big-at-the-canadian-institute-of-financial-planning-competition/ Children’s Breakfast Club named for Centennial President The Children’s Breakfast Clubs has honoured Centennial College President Ann Buller by naming a Breakfast Club at a Scarborough public school after her, in recognition of Ann’s active support for the volunteer-based organization that serves hot breakfasts to children in communities across southern Ontario.  Rick Gosling, president of The Breakfast Clubs, presented Ann with a plaque at Taylor Creek Public School on May 11, attended by senior public school students and the college’s Bolt the Colt mascot. Centennial College has a long history with the school – previously known as the Warden Avenue Jr. Public School – located adjacent to Centennial's former Warden Woods Campus. Ann was on hand at 8 am to serve breakfast to about 40 children who regularly come to school early to eat a good meal before class. The breakfast club at Taylor Creek has been in operation for four years. The free breakfast program offers a nutritious start to the day to address hunger and improve lesson retention, as well as provide a safe and caring environment where children feel supported. “The benefits of a good breakfast weren’t widely known when we started serving breakfasts in schools, but the impact in terms of better learning, attention spans and behaviours is undisputed today,” said Rick Gosling. “Ann joins a pretty elite group of people who have clubs named after them, including hockey legend Johnny Bower, broadcaster and Centennial alum Jennifer Valentyne and former mayor Mel Lastman.” “Your school is doing so many great things – mental health awareness, environmental sustainability, planting for the butterflies and the bees – it’s just like our college,” Ann Buller told the assembled boys and girls. “I just want you to know that you’re amazing, and your principal is amazing, too!” In consultation with community residents and the Metropolitan Toronto Housing Authority, the first Children’s Breakfast Club was established in the Jane/Falstaff neighbourhood in 1984. Today, the Children’s Breakfast Clubs operate programs in more than 20 communities. The clubs rely entirely on private donations and volunteer help in collaboration with a number of community partners, including local residents, agencies, schools and organizations, including Centennial College since 2002.   Centennial’s Hospitality students have been instrumental in assisting with the clubs’ big holiday breakfasts and luncheons, including the Holiday Tree Festival that sees our students decorate themed trees on behalf of sponsor organizations. Centennial students also help serve hundreds of breakfasts at the annual Caring and Sharing Luncheon at the Liberty Grand in downtown Toronto. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/children-s-breakfast-club-named-for-centennial-president/ Mon, 14 May 2018 09:17:31 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/children-s-breakfast-club-named-for-centennial-president/ Centennial brings home heavy medals from Skills Ontario More than 2,300 students from across the province tested their mettle in dozens of skilled trades and technology contests at the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition, which saw Centennial College’s biggest team ever – 47 students – return with three gold, nine silver and six bronze medals. It was the best medal haul ever by a Centennial team in what is Canada’s largest annual skilled trade and technology competition.  A wide range of skills and careers related to the manufacturing, transportation, construction, technology and service sectors were on display at the three-day competition for elementary, high school and post-secondary students. The competitors were entered in nearly 70 events for medals, monetary awards and even job offers by employers in selected industries. The event drew more than 30,000 spectators to the massive Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke between May 7 and 9. Centennial students recruited from the School of Transportation, the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, the School of Community and Health Studies, the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design, and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS) were put to the test in a range of contests – such as computer-aided manufacturing, esthetics and automotive service – and judged on their skills related to their field, as well as their job interview and other related “soft” skills.  Centennial's medal-winning students for 2018 are: Gold Medal Ian Broomfield – Outdoor Powered Equipment  Bradley Lewis – Truck and Coach Mitchell Wright – Refrigeration (first gold for SETAS) Silver Medal Matthew Chin – Refrigeration Henry Fung – Electronics Zach Hiltz – Heating Systems Technician Dickson Kee – Computer Aided Manufacturing  Oleksiy Kolomitsev – Auto Service Technology  Catherine Mathewson – Auto Painting  Garrit Den Ouden – Outdoor Powered Equipment  Poulad Ashraf Pour – Coding Cody Yates – Auto Collision Repair  Bronze Medal Equan Agard and Curtis Ramhit – Mechatronics Team Joseph Harrison-Lim – IT Software Solutions Jessica Salami – Esthetics  Dylan Stuhr – Mechanical CAD Linan You – Automation and Control Gold medalists Ian Broomfield and Mitchell Wright are eligible to go on to represent Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition on June 4-5 in Edmonton, Alberta (unfortunately, there is no Truck/Coach contest at the national level). Update from Edmonton: Ian Broomfield won gold in the Outdoor Powered Equipment category on June 6, making him the best new powersports technician in Canada with the skills to maintain and repair motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, marine engines and more. Ian also won a second gold for amassing the highest points by region. Congratulations to Ian for flying the Centennial College flag at the Nationals! The combined successes and points amassed by Centennial’s student competitors saw the college earn the coveted Skills 2018 College of Distinction Trophy, another first at the competition. The trophy is proudly displayed at the SETAS office at Morningside Campus, but Dean Patrick Kelly has promised to share it with his fellow Schools.  The combined successes and points amassed by Centennial’s student competitors saw the college earn the coveted Skills 2018 College of Distinction Trophy, another first at the competition. The trophy is proudly displayed at the SETAS office at Morningside Campus, but Dean Patrick Kelly has promised to share it with his fellow Schools. “I want to take this opportunity to thank all the students, program coordinators, faculty and support staff for their hard work and commitment in preparing for the event,” says Patrick Kelly, Dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. “I am so proud of the entire group and all members who represented Centennial so well. What a team!” Automotive industry supplier Magna Canada is a major sponsor of the annual Skills Competition, and once again Magna extended job offers to medalists in several categories, including three Centennial SETAS students whose medal wins saw them leave the competition with job offers in hand. Congratulations to our medalists and every student who participated in Canada’s premier skills competition. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-brings-home-heavy-medals-from-skills-ontario/ Tue, 15 May 2018 15:06:07 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-brings-home-heavy-medals-from-skills-ontario/ Victoria Abboud and the future of International Education Centennial College considers itself a school of the world. That’s why we’re helping put on the Inclusive Internationalization Summit: The Future of Transformative Learning. Happening June 5 at the Toronto Reference Library, it’s a learning and networking event about the present and future of internationalization in education. If you’re interested, you can take part in the event’s workshops, and listen to the roster of keynote speakers, as they look towards the future. Victoria M. Abboud is just one of the speakers at the event, who specializes in preparing educators to thrive in the future of work and learning. Here’s what she’s bringing to the table, along with what she thinks about international education now, and what it can become.  What’s important in education “I was in the classroom for 11 years in Canada, the U.S., and Brazil, and I was in administration for about five in two provinces, Victoria says, explaining her experience. To her, education, including international education, is all about a duty of care to students “When I think about education and how we think about being inclusive, specifically in the context of international education, in my mind, it comes with a great deal of responsibility,” she says. “We have the trust of the students we’re trying to encourage to come here, and those we’re encouraging to go abroad, and we really want to make sure that the experience they have is an empowering one, an encouraging one, and that it helps them grow in a number of different ways, perhaps ways that they wouldn’t have anticipated. Similarly, we want to make sure that the students are welcomed and supported throughout their time here or elsewhere.”  “Intentionality is key,” Victoria says, “because it’s not about recruiting and seeing how many students participate, it’s actually about the spirit with which we try to educate overall. When we invite a student from another country, for example, it’s not just that one student who is affected by the experience.  The student’s classmates, faculty, and families are part of the whole and we need to remember that as we plan intentional inclusivity.” The future of international education “Education is moving in ways that’ll require us [educators and institutions] to be a lot more flexible,” Victoria says. “How do we make sure that the experiences we’re offering are as open and as adjustable as can be useful for people? Sometimes, students run into challenges with visas, or with work placements, or any number of other challenges that affect their progress.  We need to be adaptive to their specific situations.  That’s a difficult prospect for large institutions to try to manage” “How do we think about Government, how do we think about policy, how do we think about global systems and how all of those systems affect the student?” Victoria continues. “If we’re working with a particular country from which we’re trying to recruit students (or to which we’re sending students), it means thinking about how relations with that country affect the students’ experiences. And how does that affect the education we offer? How does that affect integrating people into societies and smaller communities, and even dorm rooms? Everything from that micro level of the individual to the macro level of the global system perspective needs careful attention.” You can hear more from Victoria Abboud, and a host of other internationally-minded educators, at the Internationalization Summit, on June 5. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/victoria-abboud-and-the-future-of-international-education/ Thu, 17 May 2018 09:47:58 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/victoria-abboud-and-the-future-of-international-education/ Robotics students win big at Centennial College’s Tech fair When it comes to Centennial College's Engineering and Technology programs, students learn their trade through getting busy with their hands, building and creating as they pick up essential career skills. Frequently, what they create is worth showcasing. Our 7th annual technology fair is where we showed off what our students have created. 50 teams of students took part, showing off their special technology projects, and a winner was chosen from them. The winning team consisted of students Akash Mangukiya, Chirabhai Bhayani, Dhaval Dadhania, Kuldip Bhesadadiya and Ozgur Tuncel, students from the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician - Automation and Robotics program. Here's what they created, and how they won. The winning project “The project was called the Automated Package Sorting system,” Chirabhai explains, “like what Fed Ex and Amazon are using. It's a replica of that. It sorts the package according to bar code and area code, so we designed it for two lanes.” The Automated Package Sorting System scans packages, and places them on the correct lane of a conveyor belt, ready to pass into waiting trucks. “We had two 24 volt motors, they turned the belt,” Ozgur says, adding some technical detail. “On the belt, we had two pneumatic cylinders. On top of the conveyor belt, we had a barcode scanner read us the barcodes on the package, and send signals to the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller), which decides which pneumatic cylinder is going to activate.” Those cylinders decided where the package was going to end up. How it got made “As we are in the last semester, we needed to make a project for our subject,” Kuldip explains, “so we decided three or four topics, and we moved onto this one, because we wanted to include everything we'd learned.”  “We wanted to come up with something really complex, so we could show our skills off in one project,” Ozgur adds. Winning the gold  “It was a complex project,” Ozgur says, explaining why he believed they won. “It wasn't just focusing on the mechanical or the electrical or the software. It had everything, it was really well designed, and it was above the level of what we learn in the college. It shows our individual skills too.” “We were given 13 weeks to finish the project, we actually finished the project in seven weeks, because we well-planned our time,” he adds, with pride. “This project was based on a practical application,” Dhaval says, “and we added some of our own stuff, and what we learned from Centennial College. So for us, this project was very useful. We learned a lot, like real-time applications, and how to put what we learned in the labs into real life.” As for the future, two of them already have jobs, and they haven't even graduated yet, while the rest of them are optimistic about their future careers. As for what happens next, the team is going to be showing the project off at multiple fairs, and meeting industry professionals there, having already attended the Discovery event at the start of May, and the Ontario Skills Competition May 7th and 8th. While in the field, they'll get to network with industry professionals, starting their careers off on the right foot, though a couple of them have already been hired before their graduation date, another testament to the skills the Automation and Robotics program gave them. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/robotics-students-win-big-at-centennial-college-s-tech-fair/ Tue, 22 May 2018 15:11:03 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/robotics-students-win-big-at-centennial-college-s-tech-fair/ João Thiré: Why even a Grammy winner goes back to school Music Industry Arts and Performance at Centennial College is a unique opportunity for students who want to turn a passion for music into a career and prepares you for a wide variety of music-related careers. Graduates will be versatile, culturally aware musicians, singers or producers with the technological and business savvy needed to work in the music industry. An exceptional program demands exceptional students, like João Thiré, who came all the way from Brazil for the program. Already an accomplished audio engineer, João took home a Latin Grammy Award for Best Samba/Pagode Album, as the recording and mixing engineer on the album “+Misturado” by Mart’nalia in 2017. So why would a literal Grammy-award-winner come all the way to Canada for this program? Here’s his story.  Winning a Grammy João had already gone to university in Rio de Janeiro, for Music and Technology, in 2011, and had secured work as an Audio Engineer, mixing and recording albums.  “I worked for four years in this record company in Rio de Janeiro,” he explains. “It’s a Brazilian label that works with popular Brazilian musicians and alternative artists, too.”  “I worked as an assistant engineer for three and a half years and, when I started recording and mixing there as an engineer, the first album they called me to do was for a great samba artist,” he continues. “I got very lucky, because it was my first full album for this company as a main engineer and it ended up winning the Latin Grammy as best Samba album. It was like my debut.” Leaving Brazil  Despite his success, João and his wife were looking for a way out of Brazil. “The city and the country was facing tough political and economic times,” he says. “We wanted to find a new place for us to rebuild our lives and find new opportunities in a fair country, outside of Brazil, because we were really worried about the future.” He credits his wife with giving him the push to move in the end. “I wouldn’t move alone, so her advice and willingness to get an experience outside of our country was important,” he says. Getting a new education “Everyone keeps asking me, why are you here back in school studying, when you already have a Grammy?” João says of his decision to go back to school when he moved. “It helped me a lot in the industry in Brazil, but it’s not enough to have an award like this if you don’t know people and you’re not familiar with the local industry, so it’s so important to build a network, to know people and the studios here. That’s why I chose to come study.”  And as for where they’d go for this education? “I found some interesting courses in the States,” he says, “but they don’t have a job link to their studies, so you go there and you study, but you don’t have permission to work there or anything, so you have to basically go back after your studies, while our plan was to immigrate. Here in Canada, they have awesome job opportunities for international people, and it’s a very open country.”  “It was a perfect match,” he says of Centennial College. “You meet people, start to network and improve your learning. It’s a clever way to get into a society and that’s where I found Centennial.”  Centennial’s Program “It’s three years long, it’s a very complete program,” João says of Music Industry Arts and Performance. “This would enable us to live here for three years and feel comfortable being here.” One of the biggest advantages of the program is how it gets its students on their feet, making and practicing music to hone their craft. “The simplest example is the ensemble lesson,” João says about this practical experience. “It’s like a band group. We play together and we have this performance at the end of each semester as a final test. We get together and every group presents. It’s very practical and very helpful, because you get to know other musicians, exchange musical experience and play with your peers.” Challenges and rewards “I had the challenge of studying in another language for the first time,” João says of his time in the program, “so it was this balance. It was easier for me for some courses because I was familiar with the content, but also challenged by the language. Nonetheless, he’d overcome these challenges, and even go on to earn the Lise Aerinne Waxer Memorial Scholarship from Centennial, which is awarded to the first-year MIAP student with the highest GPA. “I finished my first year now and I won this scholarship,” João says. “I got the best-rated average for my program. I also started to build some friendships with the students and with the teachers. I’m feeling very welcomed here. I think we made a good choice, coming here.  As for what’s next, João is looking forward to the second year of the program, after the first one went so well.  “The studio part, which I’m very interested in, because it’s in my field, starts in the second year,” he says. “The first year is more of an introduction, so I’m looking forward to next year, when we head into the studio and make recordings.”  “I’m already applying for Permanent Residence here,” he says. “I want to make connections and become a part of the rich and diverse music scene of this city. Also, performing as a drummer. I'd love to play some good music around here. He’s also getting himself set up as a freelance Music Producer and Sound Engineer in his home studio, JT Audio Studio, composing soundtracks for plays and films, and mixing indie artist’s albums. He brought his equipment to Toronto and is looking to collaborate with Canadian artists here.  “It’s important to learn the local culture, and how music is taught in Canada,” he continues. “If I want to learn here, it’s important to build a foundation of knowledge, culture and meeting people. That’s why it’s important to go back to school. I can always learn something new.” By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/joão-thiré-why-even-a-grammy-winner-goes-back-to-school/ Wed, 30 May 2018 15:57:46 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/joão-thiré-why-even-a-grammy-winner-goes-back-to-school/ Centennial student earns top-five finish in national sales competition Kailash Nehru in the centre One thing you should know about Kailash Nehru is that he oozes confidence, and it’s evident from the moment you engage with him in conversation. I studied arts management at the University of Toronto, with a minor in philosophy. And I had six years of acting lessons, he says by way of explanation. I consider myself a performer. Acting skills have definitely helped him make a favourable impression as a professional sales representative, which is a common career destination of those who study business marketing, as Nehru is doing at Centennial College. Nehru has always been a go-getter. He worked in retail sales and the hospitality industry before coming to Centennial; he also finds time to write and produce hip-hop music. Nehru offers an example of how people can motivate themselves to do more in the limited number of hours each day. I learned the positive effects of making your bed every morning. By accomplishing that first task of the day, it provides the momentum to do another task and another. Making your bed also reinforces the fact that little things in life matter, he says of the popular life hack. Nehru applies that same energy to accomplish goals set out in his three-year Business Administration – Marketing program, such as preparing a successful sales pitch for his professional selling course. I had to sell the advantages of tap water over bottled water. I knew that the environmental benefits of tap water were obvious, so I took a different approach. I talked about the dramatically cheaper cost of tap water, the fact that it literally falls from the sky, and that it is infused with fluoride to keep our teeth healthy, he says. Nehru won the pitch and caught the attention of his professor, David Tooke, who encouraged him to use the assignment as his formal entry submission into the Great Canadian Sales Competition. The annual contest introduces thousands of college and university students to professional selling as a potential career path. Participants develop real-world business and sales skills, learn about some of the most successful companies, and many meet their first employer through the competition. Nehru became one of 3,761 applicants to the national competition this year, which were quickly culled to 800 worthy submissions, of which his was one. In the second stage of the contest, he was introduced to sponsor Grand & Toy, Canada’s long-established office supply firm. Nehru had to develop a business pitch on behalf of the company to Chris, a fictional gym owner who was caught up in the bureaucracy of ordering supplies from multiple firms and trying to manage the paperwork and expenses. He had to come up with a business solution for Chris. My first step was to try to understand the audience. Chris is a young business manager who has a strong interest in customer service, efficiency, cost control and convenience. I know that a ‘one-stop shop’ concept would appeal to him by having a service that could help him manage the account easily, as well as offer next-day shipping, says Nehru. His instincts were correct. Nehru managed to say all the correct things in his free-flowing presentation, which was not scripted. It got him through the semi-finals to become one of 25 finalists from across Canada invited to the Great Canadian Sales Competition. Grand & Toy selected me to be their representative at the nationals. I had to develop a 10-minute pitch tailored to sell business-to-business (B2B) solutions and a value proposition to meet real business challenges, he explains. With a family tree that stems back to strong-willed politicians in Jamaica and India – he shares lineage with Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India – it’s easy to spot his confidence and flair for leadership. They are qualities that his coaches at Grand & Toy had picked up on almost immediately. Grand & Toy really wanted me to win, he says. The national director of sales got involved in my coaching, which was amazing. The team raised real-life client objections to ensure I was ready to deal with any challenges presented to me. In addition to the professionals at the company, Nehru had strong support from professor Tooke, who gave him plenty of extra attention with case studies and other examples to pore over ahead of the national finals. The Great Canadian Sales Competition was held on May 3 at Google’s Canadian headquarters in Toronto. At the gala, Kailash Nehru was announced as one of the top five finishers (judges determine the first-place winner, but do not rank the remaining top five in any order). Nehru’s strong finish was a testament to his professionalism and acumen. Nehru had bested more than 3,700 competitors from across Canada and he was the only college student to share the stage with the country’s best university students. Thanks to his efforts, and that of his professors and mentors at Grand & Toy, Nehru flew the Centennial College flag on a prominent national stage. A sincere thank-you to the GCSC for fostering an appreciation and respect for the B2B sales profession among young Canadians. With connections to some of the best B2B sales employers in Canada, the GCSC continues to support Centennial’s vision of transforming lives and communities through learning. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-student-earns-top-five-finish-in-national-sales-competition/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 10:28:55 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-student-earns-top-five-finish-in-national-sales-competition/ Bombardier to fund aerospace research at Downsview Park Aircraft manufacturer and Centennial College partner Bombardier came to the college’s new Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Toronto’s Downsview Park on June 21 to reaffirm its commitment to the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Consortium (DAIR) to help establish an aerospace hub and spur innovation in Ontario’s aerospace industry. Bombardier will provide $1.5 million over five years to fund core research areas of its Aeromaterials Research Centre, to be established at the DAIR Innovation Centre next door to Centennial’s newest campus. The Centre will bring together industry and academic partners in a collaborative space for aerospace training and education, research and development (R&D), and sector advisory services to maintain Canada’s leadership role in global aerospace sector. Starting in 2019, Bombardier will contribute $1 million over five years for the creation of two Aerospace Research Centres at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. They will focus on key research fields such as advanced interiors and acoustics. In addition, Bombardier will provide funding to Centennial for the completion of its Landing Gear Research project, while extending the college’s assembly program to train a minimum of 50 individuals for each of the next three years. Bombardier also will provide $900,000 over the next three years to support formal operations of the DAIR Innovation Centre, and will remain actively engaged by appointing a member to its Board of Directors. Finally, in recognition of Downsview’s historical significance to the aerospace industry, Bombardier will be providing a total of $2.5 million in capital funding to refurbish the ‘Moth’ heritage building, which will serve as the cornerstone of the DAIR Innovation Centre. The funding announcement, made by Francois Caza, Bombardier’s Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer, Aerospace, took place in Ryerson University’s lab space where students are working on advanced aircraft interiors. The lab is located adjacent to Centennial’s Downsview campus, which is still under construction. “We expect to welcome our students here for the start of winter semester this coming January, after we move all of our aircraft and related equipment from our small hangar at Ashtonbee Campus to this historic facility, which served as the headquarters of de Havilland of Canada,” Centennial College President Ann Buller told the guests and staff. “Our new space will allow us to expand our aviation technician AME programs and introduce new ones in aerospace manufacturing, which will triple our aviation-related enrolment to more than 1,000 full-time students,” she said. University of Toronto Director Chris Damaren told the audience that he expects to return to Downsview in a few years to announce that the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) will relocate to the DAIR site to join Centennial and Ryerson to make it a truly collaborative research environment. He noted that UTIAS has its roots in Downsview, dating back to the 1950s. Watch the construction of our new The Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Downsview Campus. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bombardier-to-fund-aerospace-research-at-downsview-park/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:35:16 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/bombardier-to-fund-aerospace-research-at-downsview-park/ Business student named Microsoft Office Specialist National Champion Binh Tran, an International Business student at Centennial College, is joining two students from British Columbia to represent Canada at Certiport's 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship in Orlando, Florida, at the end of July. She was named a 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist National Champion, along with Alexander Ratner and Karrah Parke. Bihn Tran took the COMP-126 course and obtained a perfect score on the Excel 2016 Core MOS exam, says professor Kerri Shields, coordinator of the Certiport Authorized Test Centre, which runs the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exams at Centennial. Students must not only obtain a perfect score, but do it in record time. Scores and times are measured by Certiport across the globe. As national champs, Tran and the two BC students have earned an all-expenses-paid trip to represent Canada at the 2018 World Championship, which attracted 766,560 candidates from 116 countries. More than 150 champions from around the world will be competing in Orlando for a chance to win a $7,000 scholarship and the title of World Champion in their respective categories. In a world where innovation is the key to business success and growth, we are very proud of these schools for providing these students with the tools to succeed, says Vanessa Knox, COO of CCI Learning. As a Microsoft Authorized Education Partner, CCI Learning advances digital literacy, productivity skills and information technology for students, faculty and staff in academic institutions worldwide. The three young national champions are representative of the incredible talent that is coming out of technical education in Canada. Building a foundational knowledge of Microsoft Office tools can help the students thrive in their future academic and career pursuits. The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is the most popular technology skills competition involving Microsoft Office and the only one endorsed by the software maker since the contest began in 2002. We wish Binh Tran the best of luck in the competition! Visit CCI Learning for more information. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/business-student-named-microsoft-office-specialist-national-champion/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:07:35 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/business-student-named-microsoft-office-specialist-national-champion/ Centennial's bees make quick and sweet work This summer students and staff at Centennial College’s Progress Campus gathered to celebrate a new local creation: honey! Thanks to the establishment of four bee colonies less than two months ago, the buzzy little workers were unusually quick in gathering enough flower nectar to produce the college’s first harvest of golden sweetness. “It was entirely unexpected,” says Chef Samuel Glass of the college’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, who originally proposed the idea of bringing beehives to the campus. “Nobody expected honey this early in the process, not even our expert beekeepers.” Local and sustainable are becoming hallmarks of the culinary and baking programs at Centennial, reflecting the industry trend that sees consumers seeking out local food products that are grown with minimal impact on the ecosystem. Whether it is integrating local honey into the college’s kitchens, or discussing honey under the sustainability and food theory curriculum umbrella, having an apiary provides great benefits to students in the culinary programs. Rather than just lecturing about it, Chef Glass and Centennial chose to demonstrate and lead by example. Through the efforts of Associate Vice President Shannon Brooks, the college found the funds to establish four commercial hives at Progress Campus next to a grouping of crabapple trees that proved to be popular with the bees. Two professional beekeepers were hired to manage the hives and ensure the bees are healthy and happy. “The bees are doing extremely well,” says Glass. So much so that the first harvest took place in early July, mere weeks after the colonies were established. The beekeepers spun the hive trays in a centrifuge machine and filtered about 8 litres of honey. On July 20 culinary students packaged the honey in the college’s kitchens. There was enough to fill 30 250-ml jars, which were immediately sold out. “It’s the complexity of the honey that makes it different from any other honey,” says Glass. “The crabapple trees were instrumental in that, as well as the variety of other vegetation growing around the campus that’s conducive to beekeeping.” Centennial’s honey has an almost zero carbon footprint, as there’s no transportation involved. By using the honey as a natural sweetener in recipes – along with crabapple byproduct that could be used for jams and jellies – it’s a small, but positive, step towards “field-to-fork” cooking, says Glass. Having students involved in harvesting and processing local honey demonstrates experiential learning, which is one of school’s tenets. And the college’s especially productive bees means there may be two more harvests this season before the weather turns cold. But get your honey order in early to avoid disappointment! https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-bees-make-quick-and-sweet-work/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:55:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennials-bees-make-quick-and-sweet-work/ Centennial’s Sports Journalism students cover NACAC track & field meet A team of Centennial College Sports Journalism students lent their multimedia talents to cover the NACAC 2018 international track and field meet at Toronto’s Varsity Stadium from August 10 to 12. NACAC 2018 brought together world-class athletes from 28 countries across North America, the Caribbean and Central America in a major event that participants take as an opportunity to size up rivals in advance of the 2020 Olympic summer games in Tokyo. Podium highlights from the three-day meet include: The men’s 4x100m relay running team earned a gold medal for Canada, with Bismark Boateng, Jerome Blake, Mobolade Ajomale and Aaron Brown powering past the Barbados team in an incredibly tight race. In women’s 200m running action, Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel fought hard for a 22.67 time, good enough for second place, only three hundredths of a second behind Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson.  Canadians Tim Nedow won silver in the men's shot put with a personal best 12.02 metres, while Jillian Weir picked up a silver medal in the women's hammer throw. Kate Van Buskirk won bronze in the 5,000m run, and distance runner Justyn Knight also collected a bronze medal in the men's 5000m final. At the conclusion of the meet Canada had collected 21 medals (three gold, eight silver, and 10 bronze) to finish third overall in the standings behind the United States (61 medals) and Jamaica (22). Centennial’s School of Media, Communications, Arts and Design dispatched 23 students to cover the event with three broadcast programs, plus social media and stories for TorontoObserver.ca. The students performed every role from producers to reporters, on-air talent, and technical editing and support. Watch their NACAC 2018 recap broadcast here for all the highlights. “Our program has dedicated itself to experiential learning since it began 10 years ago,” says coordinator Malcolm Kelly, who founded the program and has run it since 2009. “Putting students into a situation where they cover a real event speeds up the learning process and increases their confidence.” Malcolm takes the pledge to heart. Centennial’s students have reported from the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, and baseball spring training in Florida. Debbi Wilkes, herself an Olympic medalist and a 40-year journalist, heads up the NACAC coverage as the program’s summer coordinator. Bob Torrens, former Sportsnet and Fight Network producer, handles the broadcast instructing. “It’s inspiring to watch as our students discover and develop all the skills it takes to compete in today’s world of sport journalism,” says Wilkes. “And for them to have the opportunity to report on top-notch events and international athletes makes the experience that much richer!” Centennial’s unique post-graduate program is an intense year of study that immerses students in fast-paced sports media. The program attracts some of the best sports media practitioners to deliver courses and lectures at the college’s Story Arts Centre in Toronto. Check out the student-produced NACAC pre-event shows: Track & Field in the 6ix NACAC at Night https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-s-sports-journalism-students-cover-nacac-track-field-meet/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:15:29 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-s-sports-journalism-students-cover-nacac-track-field-meet/ Centennial’s HYPE Summer Program Offers a Path Forward to City Youth Some 120 young people committed a big part of their summer to participate in HYPE – Helping Youth Pursue Education – Centennial College’s tuition-free learning experience that demystifies higher education and opens doors to potential career paths. HYPE promotes educational attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in Toronto’s under-served neighbourhoods. Over the past six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, took one of seven courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, trades/computers/technology, digital media and culinary arts. Many HYPE students are well past high-school age, having gotten distracted by life and with no definitive plans to pursue higher education. The HYPE Class of 2018 graduates were recognized for completing their summer experience at a graduation ceremony on August 9. Family members and friends gathered at the college’s Events Centre at Progress Campus to listen to some inspiring words and applaud the graduates as they crossed the stage to collect their special certificates. Among the speakers were Anthony Bertin, Centennial’s Manager of Community Outreach, Ahmed Bawah, Youth Outreach Coordinator, and student Amanda Bilow, who delivered the valedictorian address to the cheering class. Like many in the room, Amanda had overcome significant personal challenges to try college for the summer and determine she had the confidence to enrol in a career-oriented program in the fall. The summer college experience has been proven to change minds: approximately one-third of HYPE graduates go on to pursue full-time studies at college, either at Centennial or elsewhere. Many participants are referred to the program by a social worker or community outreach worker in their neighbourhood. Benefits to participants include HYPE Works, featuring skill-credentialing workshops to increase employability, support experience in job fairs and mentoring. In addition, HYPE Works Express is a one-week program designed to increase employment readiness for youth who have to work prior to full-time study, or who may have to work part-time during college. The program receives generous financial support from the TD Bank Group. Read the Toronto Sun story Watch the CityTV Breakfast Television interview https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-s-hype-summer-program-offers-a-path-forward-to-city-youth/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:00:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-s-hype-summer-program-offers-a-path-forward-to-city-youth/ How to turn what you love into a career: Brandon Ramdial, Youth Justice and secrets of success At Centennial College, we enable people with dreams of justice to become agents of social change, through programs like Community and Justice Services, which teaches those fascinated with law and crime to help at-risk people and communities through practical experience and industry connections. Brandon Ramdial graduated from Community and Justice Services in 2016, and took what he learned, using it to develop a career that currently has him working at the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services in the Youth Justice Services Division. Here’s how he turned his interest into a career, and how, with Centennial College, you can do so, too. A valuable program “I’ve always been interested in the law,” Brandon says. “I took social science and law courses in high school, and always had a passion to work in the law field.” Through a recommendation from a friend, that interest would lead him to Centennial College, and its Community and Justice Services program. “The fact that they had placement meant more,” Brandon says, “Because I was able to get real life work experience in the field. “ Practical experience “There are a lot of ways for you to get involved and get experience in the real world, and they were able to bring people from different agencies into the classroom to talk about what they do, and their own experiences,” Brandon says of the practical aspects of the Community and Justice Services program. “One part of the practical experience was actually going to the justice-based locations and settings themselves and learning about the different agencies and institutions we can work in. As well, most of our professors came from the field and taught us about the places they worked in and integrated that knowledge into their teaching.”  “There’s one course called Building Community Partnerships that’s offered in the third semester of Year 2 in the program,” he adds, “and we actually went out into the community and met with community leaders and police liaison officers to get an understanding of the issues that affect our communities, whether it be the communities are marginalized, low income, or community housing and develop strategies on how we can resolve issues using partnership-based approaches.” “The most important things I learned in the program was my communication and networking skills,” he says. “Communication is one of the most valued skills in the field.” “A lot of our clients have been through traumatic or stressful events,” he adds, “so being able to de-escalate conflicts and demonstrate empathy to our clients is important.” From placement to career “I’m happy to say that Centennial’s program has more than 200 placement agencies,” Brandon says. He’d complete two as part of the program, his first being at Operation Springboard, in their Youth Justice Attendance Centre, and his second one being at the Director’s Office at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. “I can say that through all my experiences, I networked with a lot of different people, from police services to probation,” he says about his placements. And that is what would get him a job after he’d graduated. “A position opened up for the Toronto Anti-Guns and Gangs Unit with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services,” Brandon explains. “It was a part-time position that was being offered, and since I did my placement in the Regional Director’s Office, they called and asked if I wanted it.” Since then, he’s advanced his career to much bigger things. “Right now, I’m the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Planning and Program Development Branch for the Youth Justice Services Division,” Brandon says, “so I coordinate and streamline the Branch’s administrative processes for the Director’s Office. We have four units under our branch which includes an education policy unit, a strategic policy unit and a mental health and specialize client services unit. Collectively, these units develop and provides strategic input, material and recommendations related to youth justice policy for the Division.” Scholarships: Giving and Getting     During his time at Centennial, Brandon received three major awards: The Ed Blazo Memorial Scholarship for the Community and Justice Services Program, the Centennial Citizenship Award, awarded to a student with good academic standing, and the School of Community and Health Studies “Rising Star” Award in the Leadership category. Because of this, Brandon was inspired to give back to my community, and established the Brandon Ramdial Building Leaders Scholarship, awarded to a student (either domestic or international) who has built their leadership through college involvement and community service. “The main takeaway that I wanted to get out of creating this scholarship,” Brandon says, “was that anyone could win it regardless of your student status, program, or career interests. Leadership is a huge competency that students develop during their post-secondary studies and I wanted to create and build a scholarship that reflected student leadership in an influential and dynamic way.” So far, the scholarship’s been awarded twice, and there will be a third award in early 2019. Brandon’s secrets to success “Every time I was in a position, I was constantly learning something new in the field,” Brandon says, when asked about how he managed his career success. “I was also able to use the knowledge that I gained from Centennial College in the field.” “I would tell them to get involved in the college setting,” he says, when asked for advice for any other aspiring students. “Most of my experience came from the college setting.” “I did commendable work as a Board Member and Campus Director for the Centennial College’s Student Association,” he explains. “I was also involved with a lot of leadership activities with the student relations and student success department.” “Getting involved in making those connections as a new student is important to your success and career after you leave Centennial,” he adds. “If I didn’t get involved, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Being able to show your traits and show your skills is a great way to leverage how you want to plan your career.” “Being involved at the post-secondary level, whether it be volunteering or student government makes a huge impact,” he says, “because it shows your ability to work with those around you, and boosts your reputation as a community and student leader. I do believe every student can be a leader, they just need to take advantage of the opportunities presented. I’ve never left an opportunity unturned, and explored every opportunity, whether it was life-changing or experiential, and I encourage others to do the same.” By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-to-turn-what-you-love-into-a-career-brandon-ramdial-youth-justice-and-secrets-of-success/ Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:00:24 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/how-to-turn-what-you-love-into-a-career-brandon-ramdial-youth-justice-and-secrets-of-success/ Nancy Baltazar and the Business Socks A theme behind many of Centennial College’s programs is making sure that students get equipped with the practical means to make their creative dreams actually happen. That’s the case with our Fashion Business and Management program. Rather than just teach students how to create stunning fashion, this Business Diploma program teaches them the practical part of putting that fashion out in the world, covering manufacturing, technology, marketing, retail, business and management through a series of practical projects. The latest project in the program produced a tangible product for all students to enjoy, special socks designed for students taking Business classes. Students were put into groups and tasked with designing socks, and then taking them through the manufacturing process to completion, making them available for purchase at campus stores. For Nancy Baltazar, this helped her learn the manufacturing and business skills she was seeking. She came to Centennial College (and Canada) to learn how to take the fashion designs she already knew how to make, and bring them to market. Here’s her story. The search for knowledge “I’m from Mexico, and already have a degree in Fashion Design from Mexico City,” Nancy says. Her education encompassed the creative side of fashion, teaching how to come up with the clothing designs she loved, but she wanted to know the other half of the coin, how to make those designs into mass-marketed products through business. That’s where Centennial came in.  “A lot of the fashion or design schools don’t really touch on the business part of it,” she explains. so I really needed that experience of the numbers and the marketing, and all of the steps that come after you have a product that you want to sell.” “I came to Centennial because it was always a dream of mine to come to Canada and do something more,” she continues. “The curriculum of the college appealed to me most because there were a number of courses in math, pricing, markup, all things I needed in order to better understand how to sell.” She’d learn those things through the practical aspects of Fashion Business and Management. “We have lots of invitations to volunteer during fashion week, or with designers backstage,” Nancy says as one example. “I was a volunteer during Toronto fashion week last winter, and you get to experience what it’s like during a show, and what you need to do to have everything ready for a show that people see for 15 minutes at the most. Behind it, there’s an enormous amount of work that needs to be done.” But the Business Socks project would be the one to give her the most relevant experience to her dream career. The Business Socks “We were divided into groups for this project, and it was sort of like a contest,” Nancy says, explaining how the Business Socks project works. “We had to make a design for the socks, and get in touch with the supplier, and after that, whatever group won was going to have their socks made up. I worked with two other classmates.” “We were asked to create a design, and our team ended up presenting about five designs,” she continues. “They picked two designs, and ordered 500 pairs of socks, which will be available at the bookstore.” “I was the one that kept in touch with the Chinese supplier,” she says, explaining her role in the process. “I oversaw the process of ordering the samples and ordering the socks all throughout the summer, making sure everything was in order.” “I had worked before with manufacturers and suppliers, but not on such a large scale,” she says, “so having to deal with someone who’s on the other side of the world is really exciting.” So, what did she learn? “Just how precise you have to be with everything,” she says, “how you have to look into everything, and how when you deal with other countries, you have to take into consideration a lot of other customs. There were a lot of times our suppliers were on vacation just because it was their holidays. It was a matter of knowing they were going to be off that week, so you needed to work around those dates.” “I now feel more confident speaking to manufacturers,” she adds. “I already had a base in design, so that part wasn’t as challenging for me. I was quick to come up with designs and a range of options for the dean to see. After that, you have to go outside and talk to people, and it does make you go out of your comfort zone, which is really helpful. If you want to have a business, you have to go out there.” What’s next? “I want to start selling my creations now that I have a better understanding of what was once very difficult for me, like margins, how to price stuff and how money works around a business,” Nancy says. “Now that I have a better idea of it, I want to have an accessory brand to start. With these socks, I know how they are made, so I can look into other things. I want to start a brand as soon as I can and see where it takes me. I really want to stay in Canada, and learn about all the cultures here to have a brand that is attractive to other people.” https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/nancy-baltazar-and-the-business-socks/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 09:38:40 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/nancy-baltazar-and-the-business-socks/ Seasoned aviator provides a major gift to Centennial Centennial College supporter H. Bruce MacRitchie, whose Aviation Technician Scholarship is named in memory of his late brother Douglas, has furnished a major new gift to the college – the largest by a private individual to date – amounting to more than $1 million worth of small aircraft, engines, equipment and funds. Aviation has been very good to me. I own half a dozen airplanes myself, and my stepson graduated from Centennial's Aviation Technician program and went on to have a great career with Air Canada, says MacRitchie. Still spry at age 84, MacRitchie has long been associated with Canada's aviation industry. While working for an electric motor manufacturer in 1955, he enrolled with Central Airways in Toronto to earn his private pilot licence. In 1962, he joined forces with a colleague to form Carldon Aviation, which sold Cessna light aircraft. By 1968 MacRitchie had obtained his commercial pilot licence and the AME Transport Canada licence as an aircraft technician. He left the aircraft dealership to join Fleet Industries in Fort Erie, where he was employed in a marketing role to fly and demonstrate a fibreglass float plane. Fleet was growing as an aerospace component supplier, which meant relocating a company representative to the epicentre of the booming aircraft industry in California. MacRitchie was named Fleet's rep on the Lockheed L1011 airliner program. I was also working with Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach because Fleet was producing the DC-9 MD80 flaps and ailerons for Douglas Canada. While I was there I trained at the Hughes School and received my commercial USA Helicopter endorsement. Returning to Canada in 1970, MacRitchie resumed his marketing role at Fleet, working with all the major aircraft manufacturers including Boeing, Grumman, Sikorsky, Douglas and others. We had displays at several of the big industry shows at Paris and Farnborough, working with prime aircraft companies in North America, Europe, Japan and Israel, says MacRitchie, who once flew a de Havilland Twin Otter plane across the ocean with corporate pilot Tom Appleton. As a change of pace, he started an aviation company out of Welland Airport, which functioned as a flight school, charter and full maintenance facility. MacRitchie also found time to volunteer as director of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Our volunteer group, headed by me, restored and donated several aircraft, including the Fleet Fort and Cornell aircraft, which were produced by Fleet during the Second World War. He believes the war effort helped to establish Canada as an industrialized nation. When war became inevitable, Canada agreed to be the home of the Commonwealth's pilot training programs because of its safe distance from the war theatre in Europe, says MacRitchie. More than 100 airports were built across Canada as part of the preparations. The Canadian headquarters of de Havilland Aircraft of the United Kingdom was established at Downsview airfield just north of Toronto, whose brick buildings and hangars housed an assembly facility for the Moth training plane and the famous plywood Mosquito bomber. Today the long-dormant facility is undergoing restoration and expansion to become Centennial College's fifth campus, thanks to generous funding from the Ontario and federal governments. The Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation will be the new home of Centennial's aerospace faculty, aircraft and related equipment relocated from Ashtonbee Campus in January 2019. MacRitchie is energized by the transformation unfolding on Downsview's hallowed ground. As he points out, aviation is inextricably tied to Canada's history – airplanes helped open up the far north to economic activity, including mining and forestry. Now he can witness a chapter of Canada's aviation history restored to its former glory. I became involved with Centennial after my brother Douglas was killed in an accident when he was flying his own aircraft to work with me on the Cornell restoration project. That led me to establish a student scholarship in his name at Centennial in 2003. With that selfless gesture, MacRitchie was introduced to the community of learners at Ontario's first college. I've met many nice, young people in the college's program, and I've often thought, how can I help them further? he says. This time, Bruce MacRitchie doubled down on his commitment with a record gift to the college. This gift represents a better return on my investment, he smiles. To learn more about how you can make a gift and support Centennial students, please contact giving@centennialcollege.ca. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/seasoned-aviator-provides-a-major-gift-to-centennial/ Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:23:10 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/seasoned-aviator-provides-a-major-gift-to-centennial/ Paramedic Student Jessica Smith wins Changing Tomorrow Award At Centennial College, we help students on their way into the best version of their future, and we’re proud of their often award-winning accomplishments. The Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) is the creator of ontariocolleges.ca, every college hopeful’s invaluable resource. As part of OCAS’s 25th-anniversary celebrations, they created the Changing Tomorrow award, offering a lucky 25 Ontario students a $1,500 prize each. To win, students had to submit a 500-word-max essay on what your tomorrow looks like, and how a college education is going to help turn it into reality. One of those winners is Centennial College’s Jessica Smith, a Paramedic student. Here’s an excerpt from her winning essay: My tomorrow looks like being at someone’s bedside as they stare death in the face. My tomorrow looks like ensuring the safety and well-being of those entrusted in my care. My tomorrow includes flashing lights, injuries, illness, and sleepless nights. But most important, my tomorrow offers the opportunity to provide someone else’s tomorrow. My tomorrow will be in the back of an ambulance, or helicopter, working as a paramedic. When she was finally presented with her check for $1,000 ($500 was given as a bursary to go directly to her tuition), she was asked where she saw herself in five years. In five years I want to have graduated from my Paramedic program and I want to be working for Ornge air ambulance service, she replied. With this bursary to help with her continuing education, she’s a little bit closer to her career. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/paramedic-student-jessica-smith-wins-changing-tomorrow-award/ Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:05:14 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/paramedic-student-jessica-smith-wins-changing-tomorrow-award/ Suzhou Centennial College earns CCBC Education Excellence award Centennial’s pioneering learning site in China, known as Suzhou Centennial College, received the Education Excellence Bronze Award from the Canada China Business Council (CCBC) on October 3. It’s an unexpected honour for an institution only in its second year of operation, but it speaks to the energy and creativity found at the first Sino-foreign cooperative college delivering Canadian credentials in China. The product of Centennial College’s 22-year history of collaboration with Chinese post-secondary institutions, industry and government, the Suzhou learning site was established in association with Suzhou University of Science and Technology in 2016 – marking Centennial’s 50th anniversary – and is approved by China’s Ministry of Education. Situated in the “canal city” of Suzhou, located 100 km northwest of Shanghai, Suzhou Centennial College (SCC) offers 22 career-oriented programs, all of which provide articulated pathways to programs at Centennial’s Toronto campuses. In addition, there are 28 institutions with active academic credit transfer agreements for SCC programs in Canada, including York University, Athabasca University in Alberta and Royal Roads University in British Columbia. The groundbreaking partnership is reciprocal, offering a unique opportunity for Canadian students to take a semester of their program in China. It provides Canadian college students the option to internationalize their education and complete an internship abroad. While all Centennial programs are delivered in English, students can take optional Mandarin courses during their semester in China. Centennial’s strong global linkages have prompted some creative exchanges. Some 60 students sponsored by the government of Panama to learn Mandarin are studying at SCC through the Institute for Training and Development of Human Resources (IFARHU) scholarships. The Korean Global Practical Training Program also selected SCC to promote university students’ employability, and SCC is actively delivering Mandarin education and internship placements in Suzhou Industrial Park for partner universities in South Korea. The Canada China Business Council Education Excellence awards are presented to member organizations that demonstrate outstanding achievement in delivering China-related success in research partnerships, recruitment, student/faculty exchanges, alumni relations, institution linkages, executive training and provision of Canadian curricula. Suzhou Centennial College is located in the only international higher-education innovation zone in China, known as Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/suzhou-centennial-college-earns-ccbc-education-excellence-award/ Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:35:54 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/suzhou-centennial-college-earns-ccbc-education-excellence-award/ Centennial College wins gold for leadership practices Centennial College President Ann Buller was on hand in Melbourne, Australia on October 9 to collect the gold award in the Leadership Development category of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Awards of Excellence, which highlight groundbreaking work in the field of professional and technical education. Recipients were recognized in seven categories, based on the international value of the award-winning institutions, individuals and programs, as well as their achievements, benefits to students and innovation. Centennial was one of several colleges in Canada, Australia, China and the U.S. to earn gold, silver and bronze awards for their progressive work. Centennial has been leading the conversation on leadership development and global citizenship education with a pledge to “become an internationally recognized leader in education that places a strong emphasis on global citizenship, social justice and equity.” The strategic goal has become the hallmark of President Ann Buller’s college leadership over the past decade. Social justice, equity, and pluralism are embedded in Centennial’s Leadership Passport, a student leadership program encompassing volunteerism, international educational experiences, service learning and more. Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experiences (GCELEs) provide students with opportunities to participate in life-changing service learning projects and make a difference in communities around the world. As a learning-centred college, Centennial is committed to providing all learners with leadership development opportunities, including its own employees. Reflective leadership practice tools and resources enhance employee engagement and build leadership capacity throughout the organization. Centennial has been sharing its leadership development expertise and best practices with colleagues from countries around the world, including China and Panama. Centennial is one of the most diverse postsecondary institutions in Canada, with an impressive international reach. More than 11,000 international students currently study at Centennial’s Toronto campuses, and the college has opened a learning site in Suzhou, China. The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is a member-based international network of colleges, polytechnics, university colleges, institutions and individuals of professional and technical education and training. The Federation provides leadership in delivering workforce education for the global economy. Recipients of the 2018 Awards of Excellence are featured in the WFCP’s second volume of the World’s Best Practice Guide. Photo by: RMIT Photography and Photo Imaging .hs-responsive-embed-youtube { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 Aspect Ratio */ padding-top: 0px; } .hs-responsive-embed-youtube iframe { position: absolute; width: 100%!important; height: 100%!important; } https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-wins-gold-for-leadership-practices/ Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:24:12 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-college-wins-gold-for-leadership-practices/ Centennial President immortalized on Scarborough Walk of Fame Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College, has been named one of seven inductees to the Scarborough Walk of Fame for 2018. For well over a decade the Scarborough Walk of Fame has been celebrating the achievements of local heroes who have inspired others to do great things. Ann Buller was honoured for her many years of leadership at Scarborough’s Centennial College, which opened in a renovated factory on Warden Avenue as Ontario’s first college of applied arts and technology in 1966. With boundless optimism, Ann ushered in an era of comprehensive institutional change when she was named President in 2004.  Ann had moulded Centennial into a dynamic postsecondary institution that transforms lives – much as the college system architect, Bill Davis, had envisioned. In her remarks at the induction ceremony on October 18, she thanked everyone at the college for helping her to shape Centennial into a true learning institution, one that can lift the most vulnerable up and out of poverty. It was a timely choice to name Ann Buller to the Walk of Fame; she had recently announced her plan to retire from the college she first joined as a recruitment officer in 1989. Ann Buller was not the only recipient representing the education sector. Bruce Kidd, the recently retired Principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, was also on hand to accept his star. Like Centennial, UTSC opened in Scarborough in 1966 in response to the burgeoning Baby Boom generation that viewed postsecondary education as an imperative. Other 2018 inductees included rap recording artist Kardinal Offishall; longtime Toronto Sun editorial cartoonist Andy Donato; Domenic Primucci, founder and president of Pizza Nova restaurants; Jean Kennedy Campbell, community advocate and Centennial’s first woman chair of the Board of Governors; and Rosa Chan, fundraiser and chair of countless community organizations. This year was also the inaugural year of the Scarborough Walk of Fame Rising Star Awards. Four young people were honoured for their noteworthy early accomplishments: Ravicha Ravinthiran – A volunteer dedicated to empowering young women by fostering a passion for the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ashley Rose Murphy – A public speaker who raises awareness around the world about HIV/AIDS and inspires people to harness their own strength to overcome obstacles in their lives. Yasmin Rajabi – An active volunteer who established UTSC’s first campus food bank and founded a non-profit that engages young women in politics and civic issues. Delicia Raveenthrarajan – An author, musician, singer/songwriter who speaks to audiences across North America on leadership and mental health and takes a lead role in helping WE.org to raise funds for communities around the world. Among the special guests were Toronto Mayor John Tory and David Onley, Scarborough Walk of Fame Honorary Chair and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. For the first time in the awards’ history, the induction ceremony took place off-site at Centennial College’s Event Centre, where guests enjoyed first-class food, hospitality and entertainment curated by the college’s outstanding hospitality students and staff. More than 20 million people view the stars set in the Scarborough Walk of Fame Court, located in the Scarborough Town Centre. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-president-immortalized-on-scarborough-walk-of-fame/ Thu, 25 Oct 2018 15:59:36 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-president-immortalized-on-scarborough-walk-of-fame/ Centennial student team earns second-place win in cybersecurity The “CyberCents” student team representing Centennial College’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer and Communications Networks) degree program earned a solid second-place finish at the People in Cyber conference and student competition sponsored by the Royal Bank (RBC) on October 20 in Toronto. The competition required the student teams to develop a business-oriented online security solution and present it to a panel of industry judges. Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected computer systems, software and data from unauthorized intrusions and privacy breaches. The Centennial CyberCents team consisted of students Asma Anika, Adrian Castillo, Jacob Hoang and Yashkumar Mashruwala. The foursome took home a trophy, a cash prize of $1,500 and each member received EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker Training Voucher for one year (certification test, labs, textbook) valued at more than $1,000. Winning first-place overall was “Team X from York University, while the “BotSavvy” team from Lambton College took third-place honours. The Centennial students gave their solution proposal the unique title of Cyber Lasagna. “Our students picked the name Cyber Lasagna since layering is one of the fundamental principles of defense against cyber attacks,” explains professor Marjan Zandi. “The layering approach uses multiple overlapping protection techniques and approaches.” “Our students provided their solution to the question of ‘What is the weakest link in Cybersecurity?’ considering the layering approach. They told this story very beautifully: ‘When you eat lasagna, eating each layer separately might not taste well, but when you eat all the layers together it's a huge difference!’” The School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS) at Centennial is the only one in Ontario to offer a four-year undergraduate degree in computer and communications networks. The event was sponsored by RBC, LoyaltyOne, Rogers Communications, PwC Canada, Paytm Labs, KPMG Canada, Balbix, Intercast Staffing, and EC-Council.  Congratulations to our amazing students and Centennial professors Dr. Marjan Zandi and Dr. Mizan Rahman, who supported them throughout the process. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-student-team-earns-second-place-win-in-cybersecurity/ Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:09:01 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-student-team-earns-second-place-win-in-cybersecurity/ Centennial rises to seventh in Canada for applied research value Centennial College continues to enhance its applied research portfolio with a 10 per cent rise in research income for a total of $7,003,000 in 2017, a significant increase that places the Toronto college seventh in Canada, according to Research Infosource’s annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges. Centennial was ranked eighth nationally last year and ninth in 2015. The Top 50 survey demonstrates that public colleges are making inroads in applied research activity, often in partnership with commercial enterprises looking for research assistance to bring new products and services to market. Together, the country’s leading colleges garnered a combined research income of $197.9 million in 2017, which is relatively unchanged compared to the previous year, according to Research Infosource Inc. “We want to grow these experiential learning opportunities, given the evidence that engaging students in research and innovation enhances their employability and satisfaction with their college experience,” says Dr. Deepak Gupta, Executive Director of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services at Centennial. “In a recent study, we found that students with paid research and innovation experience were more likely to be employed in a job related to their program and hired sooner after graduation. And they are paid on average $5,800 more when hired full-time.” Dr. Gupta also notes that research experience results in students recommending their programs more often to others, and expressing higher satisfaction with their educational experience. “It is exciting that we continue to be a top-three college in the country for students employed in research and innovation activities,” adds Dr. Gupta. Centennial is now ranked second in terms of the number of college students employed and paid to conduct applied research. The college had 274 students involved in applied research in 2017. Being engaged in real-world research work allows students to gain a comprehensive understanding of how commercial enterprises develop their ideas from back-of-the-napkin sketches into working prototypes and, eventually, innovative products that find a receptive audience in the marketplace. Canada’s Top 50 research colleges reported a total of 2,309 research partnerships with external organizations involving 3,173 faculty, researchers and technicians. Research funds received from industry sources rose to $42.8 million, up from $41.3 million in the prior year. Click here for more Infosource Top 50 results https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-rises-to-seventh-in-canada-for-applied-research-value/ Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:18:04 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-rises-to-seventh-in-canada-for-applied-research-value/ Targa Newfoundland puts students to the test Punctuated by driving rain, wind, cold and a little sun, the Targa Newfoundland auto rally unwinds over 1,500 km of paved and gravel roads on The Rock, Canada’s easternmost province in the North Atlantic. It’s so grueling that up to one-third of the vehicles that start the race don’t finish due to mechanical failure. That’s where Centennial’s automotive technician students get involved. Professor Garrett Nalepka of Centennial’s School of Transportation is an automotive tech professor in the Chrysler Co-op program, and has experience supporting a Dodge Viper racecar in the World Challenge B Series. He’s travelled several times to wrench at Targa Newfoundland, supporting the Hume Media team by keeping their cars in peak condition over the weeklong event. For Nalepka, the Targa represents a learning opportunity. This September, he was accompanied by automotive students Sooan Jang, Randy Yerxa, Alistair Hutton and Leyana Proferio, along with the school’s Dean, Alan McClelland, to work on the cars between the timed stages and at night while the drivers slept. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience no student will soon forget. “The event is just as much a test of endurance for the service crew as it is for the drivers,” says McClelland, who worked in the auto industry before he returned to Centennial (he’s a proud graduate) as dean. “We were busy all day and then into the evenings doing the service work. Most of what we performed was fairly basic, but we had to do it accurately in a short period of time.” Newfoundland is notorious for its frost-heaved roads beyond the main Trans-Canada Highway, which take their toll on car’s brakes, suspension and steering components. Everything gets checked on the cars daily – the team was looking after five of them, including a Nissan Juke driven by journalist Jim Kenzie – and there’s no shortage of repair work to do, sometimes at the side of the road and sometimes in local hockey arenas made available to the race teams. “The cars bottom out at high speeds on some of the stages, so we need to check for resulting damage. We have limited time during the days between stages, so only urgent items are dealt with, if the cars can still run,” says McClelland. The BMW M3 driven by John Hume Jr. blew an accessory drive belt halfway through one of the stages and kept racing with no water pump and no power steering until the end of the timed stage. “We had a belt and got it changed in 15 minutes. The engine had cooled enough to top up the coolant and they were on their way to the next stage, where they broke a stabilizer link. We checked it and confirmed that the car was safe to drive, so they ignored the loud clanking noise and finished in first place.” The teams travel with lots of spare parts, tires and wheels loaded on trailers and taken from town to town to support the race effort. But sometimes an odd part breaks and there’s little that can be done. One of the Hume Minis blew a piston at the end of a stage, but it was more than the team was equipped to deal with, so the car was retired. Still, having four cars out of five finish the race is better than the average. And it wasn’t just a matter of finishing. The four Hume Media vehicles finished first, second and third in the Modern class, and second in the GT class. “I guess you could say we owned the podium,” quips John Hume Sr., who leads the team that calls Scarborough home – which happens to be Centennial’s headquarters, too. He gets philosophical when he’s asked about the appeal of piloting a racecar: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Life is too short to sit on the sidelines.” Alan McClelland is equally impressed with Targa Newfoundland’s ability to change people and leave them with an indelible experience: “It was great to see students’ confidence grow over the week as they got used to the less-than-perfect working conditions.” Needless to say, the team will be back next year. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/targa-newfoundland-puts-students-to-the-test/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:56:54 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/targa-newfoundland-puts-students-to-the-test/ Sam Casais: How the CCSAI President Makes it Work The Centennial College Student Association, or CCSAI, is an important link between Centennial College and its students, making sure your time at the college isn’t just educational, but is full of personal development, too. Since it’s for students, it’s also run by students, like the latest president, Sam Casais. Sam came to Centennial College from Mexico to attend our two-year Recreation and Leisure Services program, and started getting involved in student government. After finishing his full-time program, he began to work full-time as the CCSAI’s new president. He also re-enrolled as a part-time student. Here’s the story of his long journey to the top, what it’s like, and the trials and tribulations he encountered. Getting Involved Before entering student politics, Sam was already volunteering at the college, and sought to expand the scope of his involvement. I was looking for more opportunities to get involved, he explains, and a person from the second year of my program who was part of the CCSAI board of directors told me a little bit about it. So I started looking into it, and applied to a position. I got the Athletics Representative position for one year at the CCSAI board. As Athletics Representative, he’d have his hands full. It involved collaborating and working with the Athletics and Recreation department, as well as our many wellness and mental health components, Sam says. So I was a part of the Thrive Week planning committee and the Student Success and Wellness week planning. Any other wellness initiatives at the college that the CCSAI was involved with, I was also involved in. There’s lots of advantages, he says about student politics. Some of the top ones are 1, you’re not just focusing on academics or professional growth, you’re focusing on personal growth, 2, so while you’re studying, you’re also getting different learning experiences, different skills, not just experiential learning, but soft skills you’ll be able to use throughout your career. Also you’re building that network of people that will be able to support you throughout your future career and in your personal life. He’d enjoy it enough that he sought to continue his involvement after graduation. As President I was graduating at the end of that term, Sam says, and was looking into what my next step was, and decided to run for president. It was really a matter of continuing that involvement, and wanting other students to get involved as well for them to have that learning and experiential component that I had the privilege of having. So, now that he’s president, what does he do, exactly? I work with the entire board of directors, he explains of his role, where I get to have the role of guidance, or providing support and contributing to the work of the 15 people that are on the board of directors, and sort of guiding the work that they do, but letting them strive and thrive in their own projects. I’m also involved in a lot of college committees, like the Policies and Procedures Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, College Council, and many others. I also represent the CCSAI externally. So I get to speak at different events, or just represent the student association in different capacities. More than that, though, he has two specific ideas about what he wants to accomplish. I want to set a foundation, so future years can really piggyback off that, he says The first thing is to develop a data decision-making model. In CCSAI’s history, we’ve never been collecting and analyzing data, or making decision based on factual information. It’s always been: We think this’ll be good for students, or we’ve been hearing this from students, so it’s all anecdotal, all opinions, but you’re not making decisions based on statistics, based on quantitative data that students have given. The second one is to support the creation of a specialized one-stop space for students to get every kind of support they need at the college. Right now the college has the CAPS network, he explains, and that’s your go-to for support. But what if that go-to for support would also be your go-to for involvement, or other things? So it’s not just when I need help, or when I need to change classes, or look into co-op, but it’s also when I want to volunteer, or get involved, or start a project. One place where you can find everything, and reducing the bounce-around you get when you go to one office, and are told to go to another, and so on. What interests me most is new experiences, he says about what he likes about the job. I’ve always been into learning about leadership and empowering people. Working in this job, I get to learn from different situations that I wouldn’t have been able to experience in class or from a weeklong leadership opportunity. I’m learning about people’s needs, how people work differently, how to be flexible and accommodating, how you can use your team’s diversity and try to be inclusive, how to reduce the biases you might have towards others, and that others might have towards each other. What’s interesting to me is putting all the pieces together, and learning the big picture I could not have learned if I was not in this position. The difficulties of the job, and how to overcome them  I had an advantage, because my field placement was at school, and my work was at school, so everything I was doing was here, and I didn’t have to travel between them,” Sam says. “At the same time, I did go to a learning strategist who helped me to see what my priorities were, and help me manage my time effectively, because it was definitely something I struggled with. In my third semester, I ended up burning out,” he admits, “and I had to recover, lay out what my priorities were, what I had to complete, what I could say no to, such as other volunteer opportunities, and focus on what I’d committed to. If it wasn’t for my mentors and support network, I would not be where I am in my professional and my personal development. It’s great to get involved and jump into stuff, he says, “but before you say yes, take a moment to lay out your calendar, your list of priorities and learning outcomes you want throughout college, and say, is this opportunity covering what I really want for my experience throughout college? Will it be more important than stuff I’m already doing and that I’m already committed to? If you already have a full schedule and you want to add something else, you’re going to have to take something that is already part of your schedule and stop doing that. If you have to say no, he says, don’t feel guilty that you’re missing out on opportunities, because in reality, you’re not missing out, you’re doing what you’re supposed to do, what’s most important to you. What’s Next Once his term is finished in the spring, Sam wants to get further education after getting his permanent residence. My long-term career goal is to work with youth in different settings, Sam says, preferably outdoor ones, where I can teach about leadership skills and encourage self-growth and personal development, like a holistic learning approach for youth, not necessarily in a traditional classroom setting. And as for anyone else looking to get involved in student government? Do it, but take care of yourself. My answer has always been get involved, he says. But recently, my answer changed. My answer is now: get involved, but take care of yourself. Get involved, but do self-care. You can get involved, and you can learn and grow as much as you want, but if you overdo it, you’re going to burn out. You’re going to be putting a little bit into everything instead of a lot into what’s worth it. Make sure that you’re sleeping enough, eating enough, going to the gym, taking care of your mind, your body, just many aspects of wellness: physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, just making sure that you’re taking care of yourself. When you’re healthy and when you’re thriving, you can put all that energy into your growth and learning. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/sam-casais-how-the-ccsai-president-makes-it-work/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:47:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/sam-casais-how-the-ccsai-president-makes-it-work/ Federal Government Funds Social Innovation Research at Centennial Centennial College has received funding through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College and Community Social Innovation Fund to support two research projects that will provide learning and training opportunities for students. The projects are part of 94 institutional initiatives and partnerships sharing in more than $45 million in research funds announced by Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan to address local and national challenges that affect Canadians. Centennial’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion received $238,040 from the federal government agency to provide high-quality, evidence-based tools for colleges to increase the employability of graduates with global citizenship skills. Titled I am Global: Innovative Interventions to Improve Self Presentation and Global Competencies in Graduates, the two-year project is the product of an innovative partnership between Centennial College and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). As part of the project, an enriched career services curriculum is being developed that will be offered to participants as part of the formal research intervention. In an effort to better understand students’ application of global citizenship skills, participants in their final year will be assessed for global citizenship competencies before, immediately after and again three months after the intervention. The research findings will be used to develop a best-practice approach to better equip students with the global citizenship competencies that employers expect of highly skilled college graduates. The I am Global research project will reinforce Centennial’s position as a leader in catalyzing dialogue and realizing tangible outcomes around global citizenship in the college context. It will enhance the capacity of Centennial College, Colleges and Institutes Canada and colleges across the country to more effectively prepare college graduates to apply global citizenship competencies in the workplace.  The second research project, Immersed in the Story of Regent Park: Building Social Cohesion through Virtual Reality Community Storytelling, will create an intervention of community-based storytelling delivered through virtual reality (VR) experiences, and will examine the potential of this intervention to strengthen social cohesion in marginalized communities. The $210,000 grant will support research to see if community storytelling can provide avenues to resist territorial stigmatization by putting forward new stories about the assets of a neighbourhood to encourage deeper participation in the life of the community. Immersed in the Story of Regent Park will build capacity in the downtown neighbourhood through youth mentorships, which foster the creativity of young creators to recount their community’s stories with the support of Centennial's Community Storytelling Institute. The project will also foster technical skills, as Centennial faculty, staff and students work alongside Regent Park youth creators to build VR records that the community can experience. The stories shared and skills built will combat the negative narratives that persist in Regent Park, and inspire more nuanced storytelling around the strengths and social cohesion of Regent Park, Canada’s first large-scale public housing development that dates back to the 1950s. This project is a collaboration between Centennial College and the community arts organization Artscape Toronto. Knowledge mobilization will initially occur in Regent Park, showcasing the work of youth creators through the Ada Slaight Youth Arts Mentorship in Artscape's exhibit spaces and at Regent Park outdoor programming. At a later stage, their work will be shared with the broader Toronto community at events such as Nuit Blanche. Researchers will evaluate the extent to which VR stories are able to disrupt territorial stigmatization and put forward asset-oriented narratives of Regent Park. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/federal-government-funds-social-innovation-research-at-centennial/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 14:20:21 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/federal-government-funds-social-innovation-research-at-centennial/ Students Research the Future: (Indoor) Strawberry Fields Forever Centennial College works to help train and facilitate the next generation of innovators and researchers, and provide them with the resources and opportunities they need to set their ideas into motion. Biotechnology student Roman Kolomoyets is one such case. When he found out that he could conduct independent research, he and a team began growing strawberries indoors at Morningside Campus, in an attempt to research efficient ways to grow the fruit in Canada. The experience went so well that it led him and his companions to create the Centennial Research Alliance (CentRA), a hub for students to develop and pitch their own research proposals, enabling students with big ideas to put them into action. Here’s how it all happened. Coming to Centennial Despite his current focus, Roman’s career used to revolve around technology, instead of nature. “I’m an international student from the States,” Roman says, “and my background, up until my decision to pursue education in Canada, was automotive technology. I started out as a mechanic for BMW, and continued working in that field for about 12 years. At that point, I saw myself hitting a bit of a ceiling in my career. I had progressed, and the next step was pretty much to open my own shop. There were a great deal of expenses involved, and a lot of personal risk, so I was at a crossroads, deciding do I take this risk, or try something else, because this is my last chance to do so.” Roman had family in Toronto who’d encourage him to come up, and think about a life in Canada. Eventually, he and his wife decided to take the plunge. While pivoting from automotive technology to horticulture seems like a strange move, it made sense to Roman, and aligned with his interests. “Centennial had a Biotechnology program, which was pretty much what I wanted to do,” Roman says. “I had a personal interest in indoor horticulture, stemming from my grandfather’s roots in the Ukraine, and he was very big into agriculture, he still is. I lived near a botanical garden in the Bronx, and I volunteered my time there quite a bit in my youth and in high school, and it was something that I was always interested in.” Going indie It was while taking part in the Biotechnology program that the seeds of his project would take root. “We heard about this opportunity through the Biotechnology Student Society, a club over in Morningside for biotechnology students,” Roman says. “We had a presentation one day from the manager of the Student Research and Innovation Fund (SRIF) at the time, and she explained to us that there is this opportunity available to Centennial students to pursue research on an independent basis, where we can create our own experiments and projects, which fascinated me.” “Within a period of about two weeks, while studying for midterm exams, I basically didn’t sleep for the better part of two weeks, compiling this proposal from scratch,” he says. So, what was it that he worked so hard on? The experiment Roman and his colleagues built an LED-equipped indoor tent to grow strawberries in, in the name of studying controlled-environment agriculture, the early stages of strawberry growth patterns, and finding an efficient way to grow them, something that would benefit Canada’s struggling strawberry industry. “We spent the whole summer watching and experimenting with methods of growing strawberries indoors,” Roman explains. “We actually found a lot of interesting facts about the strawberry industry,” Roman adds, explaining the project’s value to Canadian agriculture. “It turns out that in 2013, Canada experienced a $400 million deficit for importing strawberries into this country. We found out that there’s domestic production too, primarily in Quebec, British Columbia, and Ontario, since we’ve got the most indoor greenhouses.” “We found out that some people are allergic to strawberries too,” he says, “so how can we overcome that? That’s when we discovered that a specific protein, Fra A1, has been identified as the cause of allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.” Acquired from a local Ontario seed bank, they grew special white strawberries, a breed of the plant that’s non-allergenic, and is usually considered quite valuable and rare. “We got it all done, we hit all of our outcomes, we answered our research questions, and it was a success,” Roman says, “so on that success, we sort of found that a lot of students had begun to show interest in the strange, big black box that was located in room 424.” That interest would be the beginning of his next project, the Centennial Research Alliance. Forming a club “By the end of the summer, I felt that I had gained a lot of experience in this type of project management,” Roman says. “As the lead, I was responsible for interim and final reports, as well as all correspondence with the office and managing everyone’s time on the project.” “I started casually explaining to students, we’re growing strawberries, we built this, and so much interest started to organically coalesce around what we’d done, and I guess other folks had ideas of their own,” Roman explains. “It was out of this response that I decided to try and engage with other students and create a team that can move forward and do more experiments. And that’s where the decision came from to create a club.” The Centennial Research Alliance “We’re the only club that deals with student-led research,” Roman says of the Centennial Research Alliance. “We endeavour to assist students in writing proposals, in clarifying their ideas to the point where they can become proposals, and in offering them a wide range of assistance to just make it something that’s attainable while they’re doing this concurrently with their studies.” Roman’s currently the president, and the CentRA team have submitted six research proposals to SRIF which, if approved, will be their next projects. “It’s something that’s already rewarding in the responses we’re getting, and those responses tell me that we’re on the right track,” he continues. “My hope is that CentRA is going to continue to gain momentum as a vital part of the college. We want to make CentRA an accessible resource for all students of all programs, so that they can get mentorship and guidance in a very personal way regarding their individual project ideas, hopes, aspirations and interests, because applied research can be a variety of things, it doesn’t have to be very technical, test tubes in a laboratory type of stuff. It can be social studies, or investigations into software, all kinds of things.” Have a research idea? The Centennial Research Alliance can help you make it happen, whether it’s a proof-of-concept for a business or innovation, an investigative study, or just finding an answer to a really specific question. If you want to take your studies further, CentRA can work with you to make your independent research happen. You can reach out through CCSAI.ca or directly at CC.ResearchAlliance@gmail.com. by Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-research-the-future-indoor-strawberry-fields-forever/ Thu, 22 Nov 2018 14:36:25 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/students-research-the-future-indoor-strawberry-fields-forever/ New Innovation Hub shifts applied research off campus Key stakeholders from industry and funding partners gathered to officially open Centennial College’s Innovation Hub in a Scarborough commercial office building on November 29. The leased storefront consists of 4,500-sq.-ft. of collaborative space tailored for industry-college applied research activities, located within walking distance of Progress Campus. The space is designed for students to work on industry-led projects in three critical fields: aerospace, health technologies and cybersecurity. College students are paid on a part-time basis for their participation. Among several other projects, they have been using the Hub since September to investigate electrically actuated aircraft landing gear with Safran Landing Systems. “When the college realized that the research space allotted for this work was too limited on campus, it searched outside for new space to solve the problem,” noted Kyle Schmidt, Vice President, Product Development and R&T Engineering at Safran Landing Systems Canada. The manufacturer has been working on electrified landing gear for 15 years, and came to Centennial to engage its students in certain aspects of the applied research. “We’ve been impressed with the energy the students have brought to the work,” Schmidt told the approximately 100 guests who had come to tour the new space. “Working with Centennial on this project provides a great opportunity to find our future employees.” The Innovation Hub’s flexible, open space is conducive to collaborative work between groups of people and can be easily reconfigured. It features a prototyping lab with powerful computer-aided design (CAD) stations, and a cybersecurity lab that is isolated to enable testing in a secure environment. Cybersecurity is a rapidly expanding field that prompted Centennial to launch a graduate certificate program for college and university graduates looking for a specialty skill set. Centennial also established the Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH), which assists enterprises in the wearable technology sector in the east GTA’s innovation ecosystem. Representatives from NSERC and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) were on hand to tour the facilities at 305 Milner Avenue and to speak with students. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is a federal government agency that provides research funding for the natural sciences and engineering. OCE connects entrepreneurs, industry, academia and investors to commercialize innovation. The Innovation Hub is an outgrowth of the college’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES). Centennial College continues to enhance its applied research portfolio by attracting $7 million in funding in 2017, a significant increase that places Centennial seventh in Canada according to Research Infosource’s annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 research colleges. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-innovation-hub-shifts-applied-research-off-campus/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:18:12 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-innovation-hub-shifts-applied-research-off-campus/ World’s best female cricket bowler visits Centennial Sana Mir, the first Pakistani woman cricketer to attain the rank of world’s best female bowler, visited Centennial’s Athletic and Wellness Centre on December 3 to impart some inspiring words to young female athletes attending a cricket workshop. As a member of Pakistan’s Women's National team Mir has amassed a history of firsts, including the first woman to take 100 ODI (One Day International) wickets, and has led her team to two gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Asian Games. She spoke to more than 100 middle-school girls from the Toronto District School Board about the importance of sport in developing healthy minds as well as athleticism. “I have to thank the sport of cricket for helping me to become the human I am today,” she told her rapt audience, explaining that participation in sport helps children to cope with winning and losing, among other life skills. Mir thanked her hosts for inviting her to Canada at a time when cricket is finding new audiences. “Canada can be a big force in women’s cricket.” Toronto Mayor John Tory was on hand to meet Sana Mir and pick up a bat to show he can still swing with the best of them (he played in high school). Mir bowled to His Worship, who swung and missed the first time, but then proceeded to hit every ball – one even striking the rafters of the gymnasium. Mayor Tory pointed out cricket enjoys a long history in Toronto, which was first played by English settlers some 200 years ago. He noted the sport has grown in popularity with the many South Asians who have moved into the region. Centennial was chosen as the venue for the workshop partly because of the success of its own cricket team on the college circuit. Centennial graduate Melvin John, who is president of the Ontario Cricket Association as well as an accomplished musician and entrepreneur, was on hand to introduce Mir and to thank local teachers who have promoted cricket to their students. He called the sport the biggest hidden secret in Ontario, and pledged to see more young women pick up the game, thanks to new support for equipment and free play. The assembled students spent a good part of the afternoon practicing bowling and hitting balls in the gym and out of the blustery winter weather. The cricket workshop was sponsored by the Multicultural Centre of Excellence and Diversity, Power Play Sports and the Centennial College Alumni Association. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/world-s-best-female-cricket-bowler-visits-centennial/ Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:10:55 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/world-s-best-female-cricket-bowler-visits-centennial/ New Year. New Air. In less than a minute, this video will tell you why Centennial College is going smoke-free on campus, what our campuses will look like in the New Year and how we can make the transition as easy as possible for students, staff, visitors and our community. This includes information such as finding support if you or a friend wants to stop/cut back on smoking, nicotine replacement therapies and tobacco dependence. .hs-responsive-embed-youtube { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 Aspect Ratio */ padding-top: 0px; } .hs-responsive-embed-youtube iframe { position: absolute; width: 100%!important; height: 100%!important; } https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-year-new-air/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:26:41 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/new-year-new-air/ Centennial students address world hunger Students of Centennial College’s International Development graduate certificate program worked to collect funds to help stop children from dying of hunger, raising $8,500 this fall to deliver a nutrient-rich food product to some of the poorest regions in the world. Despite constructive action by developed nations to address global hunger between 1990 and 2015 – when the proportion of undernourished people fell by half – the number of hungry is rising again due to armed conflicts and very real climate change that has produced more droughts and floods. Some 815 million people, or 11 percent of the world’s population, went hungry in 2016 according to UN data. Recognizing that hunger is especially acute for children, Centennial students partnered with Action Against Hunger Canada, a France-based global humanitarian organization taking decisive action to address hunger by taking small steps to bring about progress on malnutrition. On the ground in more than 50 countries, the non-profit reaches 20 million people annually. Through the agency, Centennial students chose to provide children in Guatemala, Bangladesh and South Sudan with therapeutic food, known as “Plumpy Nuts,” that acts as a meal replacement to help children facing malnutrition return to healthy nutrition levels. It takes 45 days (and $45) to get one child back on track when they consume the calorie-rich paste three times a day. Professor Natalie Chinsam, who teaches international business and development, had her class break into groups to manage fundraising initiatives for Action Against Hunger. The students appealed to other students, knowing that they could not give much money, the small donations bolstered by high participation promoted through social media and direct appeals on campus. Students also set up a related GoFundMe campaign online. “It was a good experience for us. We learned how to connect with people and tell the story about the need for help,” says Sabrina Shaheen, who had previously studied English and history in university. Even if a donation was not forthcoming, the students got a sense of accomplishment for their efforts. “We taught people to be aware of the issue,” says Prachi Shah, who has a degree in social work. “It was amazing to see students helping each other with the fundraising activity.” The one-year International Development program is intended for individuals interested in creating innovative solutions to tackle global development challenges. It emphasizes a “human rights-based approach” to development through which students examine the multiple dimensions of poverty, universal education, environmental protection, gender mainstreaming and corporate social responsibility. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-address-world-hunger/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:11:18 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/centennial-students-address-world-hunger/ The planes of Centennial take to the skies .hs-responsive-embed-youtube { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 Aspect Ratio */ padding-top: 0px; } .hs-responsive-embed-youtube iframe { position: absolute; width: 100%!important; height: 100%!important; } Ever been stuck in traffic, and wish you could just fly over it? When it came time for Centennial College to assemble its fleet of airplanes at the new Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation at Downsview Campus, that’s just what we did. Our new Downsview facility opened for classes in January, ready to admit 400 new students who will be trained to become the next generation of aerospace professionals. One of the cornerstones of the aviation education you can get at the Downsview Campus is the hands-on time you spend with real airplanes. With Downsview getting ready to open, it was time to move the precious cargo carefully by truck, since Ashtonbee Campus does not have a runway. At the same time, the School of Transportation arranged for some newer aircraft to join the fleet, planes that it acquired from sources across North America. If they were to transport them across the border, they’d have to be taken apart and transported on trucks, and once an airplane is taken apart and reassembled, it’s never the same. It turns out that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so the best way to get them to Downsview was simply to fly them in, which is just what we did on December 10. Eight planes in total landed at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto, and then took to the air a second time to arrive at their new home by landing on the runway at Downsview, which is operated by our good friends at Bombardier Aerospace. Among the aircraft that flew in to join Centennial’s expanded fleet are a Cessna Citation II executive jet, a Cessna 425 twin-engine turboprop, two Piper Seneca II and four Cessna 172 single-engine light aircraft. These airplanes make up the practical component of the programs offered at Downsview Campus, which include Aviation Technician programs offered through the School of Transportation, and Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering Technology offered through our School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. All of these programs feature top-tier instructors who teach you how to work on components like airframes, engines, electrical and hydraulic systems, avionics equipment and instruments. And because of the hands-on time you get with these airplanes, the programs at Downsview will simulate the workplace you’ll start your career in. We took these airplanes to the skies, and we can take your career there, too! By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-planes-of-centennial-take-to-the-skies/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:29:55 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-planes-of-centennial-take-to-the-skies/ The Screening of Reconciliation on Bay Street On December 5, 2018, The Business School featured a screening of Reconciliation on Bay Street, directed by Andrée Cazabon, Productions Cazabon, and was followed by an interactive discussion from our panel of accomplished indigenous business leaders. This event drew focus to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #92, which calls on Corporate Canada to adopt the principles of reconciliation. Speakers discussed insights into career paths, indigenous business practices, commercial success, partnership and community economic development. I think economic reconciliation is very important to Indigenous people, and to all of Canada, to reconcile some of the imbalance that has been caused by colonization, explained Dawn Madahbee Leach, general manager, Waubetek Business Development Corporation. I have to say that before colonization, Indigenous people had a strong economy. When we agreed to share this beautiful territory, we were kind of cast aside. I think there's a really important history that all of Canada needs to learn about. There's both sides to it. We're not saying that we're just going to call on the government of Canada or corporate Canada to do something, said Harvey Yesno, former Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. We gotta do our part as well to be involved. I encourage our young people to partner with the right organizations, and I think as success is seen, we just continue to build on that. Nowadays we have so many students coming out of a lot of these institutions, well qualified to be those people that work in the corporate field, said Joseph McQuabbie, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator at Centennial College. I think opportunity like that would help build and change our success. And change the direction of who we are. .hs-responsive-embed-youtube { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 Aspect Ratio */ padding-top: 0px; } .hs-responsive-embed-youtube iframe { position: absolute; width: 100%!important; height: 100%!important; } https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-screening-of-reconciliation-on-bay-street/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:19:56 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-screening-of-reconciliation-on-bay-street/ Photography student snaps award-winning image At Centennial College, our programs give students real, practical skills that they can happily demonstrate. Centennial College Photography student Neda Durovski got that chance when Nikon Canada hosted a special contest for students from various Ontario colleges at the Collingwood-Blue Mountain ski resort on January 26. The students were invited to use Nikon gear to take pictures of competitors in a ski race, with the best photo netting the photographer some new Nikon equipment. Program coordinator Joseph Marranca selected Neda to represent Centennial in the competition on that frigid day, and she wound up taking the grand prize with her action shot shown here. “It was a great opportunity,” Neda says of her being chosen to represent Centennial. “Nikon gave us equipment to use, their top camera and lenses. I have never used the D5 before, and was very excited to try it out!” Neda explains how she got her award-winning photo. “It was the last race, the final for the men, and I was waiting for them on the last curve of the track. I noticed that the racers were losing control on that curve, and I anticipated that eventually some would fall. It happened on the very last race and I was there to take the shot.” For proving her photography skills, Neda received a Nikon Z 6 Mirrorless Kit with an FTZ adapter, worth $5000, something that will help her in her future photography career. “It's amazing and I'm planning to use it, of course!” Neda says of her prize. “Photography has always been my greatest passion,” Neda says. “I made the decision to study at Centennial mainly because of our program coordinator, Joseph Marranca. He was always fast to respond to my questions and concerns, and as an international student applying from outside of Canada, this was very important for me.” “The entire program is based on practical experience,” she says of the two-year Photography program at Centennial. “We have amazing equipment available for us to use. Also, all of the teachers are professionals currently working in the industry. They are very open to sharing their insights and experiences.” As for her plans for the future? “I have many! Time will show which way I'll end up going, but one thing is certain, it will be with photography,” Neda says, beaming. By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/photography-student-snaps-award-winning-image/ Tue, 05 Feb 2019 15:36:43 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/photography-student-snaps-award-winning-image/ Profiling Michelin Star Chefs Cristina Bowerman and Silvia Baracchi Each year, chefs around the world vie for a coveted Michelin star — the hallmark of fine dining quality that can have a dramatic effect on a restaurant’s success. For female chefs working in a male-dominated industry that honour is even more elusive. However, Italian chefs Cristina Bowerman and Silvia Baracchi — who both have a unique connection to Centennial College thanks to the annual CENTItalia programming — defied those odds and are inspiring other women to do the same.   “We are few to actually acquire positions of power and authority in this field,” says Bowerman, who appeared at CENTItalia in 2017, of women in culinary arts. “There are plenty of women who are skilled, professional and amazing but not enough people talking about them. We, that means everyone but especially women, need to start talking about these women to push them into role model positions. Education, such as what’s offered at Centennial College, also plays a role.”  CENTItalia, a partnership with the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario, brings together prominent chefs, food and wine experts, restaurateurs, influencers, educators, journalists and foodies to celebrate Italian cuisine, showcase its ingredients and demo regional Italian dishes. It’s also an exclusive opportunity for Centennial students to interact with world-renowned chefs in an intimate setting.  Roberto Fracchioni is a School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts professor and project coordinator for various events, including CENTItalia. He says having women such as Bowerman and Baracchi participate in the programming is an inspiration for all culinary students, but especially female learners. “Even though traditionally, chef roles have been held by men, it’s changing and changing quickly,” he says. “So, while I can talk about it as an instructor, when they get to see it for themselves and have a conversation with Cristina who tells them how it’s done, they realize what we’re saying is true. It really demonstrates the opportunities they can have as chefs.”  Both Baracchi (who appeared at CENTItalia in 2018) and Bowerman, he adds, are especially powerful examples of women chefs. Baracchi’s restaurant, Il Falconiere, acquired its one Michelin star in 2002 and is known for locally sourced and onsite-grown ingredients. As a result, Baracchi is a regular at global culinary events and on TV. In 2016, she published her first book, The Red Tastes of Love: Passion in the Tuscan Kitchen. Bowerman, meanwhile, can be found at the Glass Hostaria restaurant in Rome, where, in 2010, she acquired her Michelin star. Since then, Bowerman has published a book, received various culinary prizes, was the only woman Chef Ambassador at Expo Milano in 2015 and became President of the Association of Italian Ambassadors of Taste in 2016.   “Cristina is one of the most dynamic speakers I’ve ever met and a great spokesperson for women in the industry,” he says. “Silvia, on the other hand, is that chef who is really focused on cooking great food.”  Despite her very celebrated career and role in the industry, Bowerman says she was impressed with the type of education Centennial’s culinary students receive. In addition to finding the College professional and its facilities up to industry standards, she says what stood out for her was how present students and faculty were.  “I wasn’t expecting their techniques to be so refined,” she says, laughing. “It is a well-greased machine and you could see how engaged students and teachers were.  “I hope these students realize that when you go to school, you learn how to learn. Yes, what you study is important but the techniques you used in order to study stay with you forever. You become a lifelong student and that’s essential.” By Izabela Szydlo https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/profiling-michelin-star-chefs-cristina-bowerman-and-silvia-baracchi/ Thu, 07 Feb 2019 15:44:26 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/profiling-michelin-star-chefs-cristina-bowerman-and-silvia-baracchi/ The Gift of Song: How a Centennial Grad Made His Musical Dreams Come True We all have songs inside of us, but only some of us get to put those songs out into the world. At Centennial College, we give you the tools to make a musical career happen with our Music Industry Arts and Performance (MIAP) program. Even if you have a limited musical background, we’ll teach you to turn a passion for music into a career, thanks to mentoring by professional musicians, courses that nurture music and creativity on top of business and entrepreneurial skills, and plenty of practical time spent performing, including opportunity for live performances. If you went to any events with our music students performing (and there were a lot of them), you probably heard Kunle perform. Kunle came to Canada from Nigeria, with only a bit of musical knowledge, but with a desire to express his musical ideas. Since attending Centennial’s MIAP program, he’s gone on tour, made an EP, used his music to help newly-landed refugees, and continues on a path to success. Here’s his story. Pursuing his dream Kunle actually had an active career in the engineering sector, but made the decision to change tracks in life, and get into music as a way to put what was on his mind out into the world. “I’d be always thinking about how to express what was in my head,” Kunle says, “but I’d started a career in engineering, and I’d never had professional training in music.” Kunle decided to change that, and eventually make the journey to Canada, taking Centennial College’s Music Industry Arts and Performance Program. “I didn’t want to go into a jazz program or a classical program,” he says. “I wanted to go into a program that would let me express who I wanted to be. Centennial College had that vibe.” What he learned “The first thing Centennial College did was help us to understand what playing music to a Canadian audience is like,” Kunle says of his time in the MIAP program, “through picking up gigs around the school, and getting other students to collaborate with me. My lead guitarist who I’ve been travelling all around the world with, I met there as well.” “The business classes helped me to be a bit more organized, and that’s frequently the problem with musicians,” he adds. “The entrepreneurial classes gave me a proper understanding of value of your art. And the composition and orchestration classes definitely gave me the ability to put down the music I had in my head into language that everyone else could understand, because I did not know how to do that. I had an idea, but it was not as easy.” “It gave me a sense of drive,” he says, “waking up every morning to go to school and meet other people. The joy of just watching other people play, it made me feel like I made a good choice for this career I chose to quit engineering for.” Making the EP Before graduation, Kunle was already getting invited to play in festivals, but still needed a body of work, which led to the creation of his EP, Ami N Rele, which was recorded in Berlin. Currently, you can listen to it here, and purchase it here. “I reached out, and this producer in Germany was like, come in, and I will work on it,” he says. “He took time off from other projects, worked on my EP, and I found interest in how quickly I was able to do the five tracks.” It turned out that the skills he’d picked up at Centennial made the process go a lot smoother. “In two weeks, it was mixed and everything,” he says. “It was because I understood how microphones worked better, I understood mike control dynamics and how all the production software works, I understood my range, and how to work as a team. I also understood how to make a compromise between being an artist and understanding the consumer’s mind.” Christie Refugee Wellness Centre While in school, Kunle also offered his time to the Christie Refugee Wellness Centre, running a special music program to help children express themselves, and ease their transition into Canada. “I got the job through a teacher, Bob Wiseman,” Kunle says. “He’s the founding member of Blue Rodeo, he was a composition and writing teacher.” The teacher said it would be a good opportunity for him. “We have a good relationship,” Kunle says of Bob. “He taught me a lot of things with his criticisms of my work, he’d commend my work in a way that makes me proud but at the same time point out things that would make it better.” “That program was challenging when I was getting started,” he admits, “balancing it with my tour, because I was travelling in 2018, and being able to handle change constantly.” He’d do well enough that the CBC would actually make a mini-documentary about it. “It was while I was there that my program coordinator called me and said hey, Kunle, it’s totally up to you, but the program that you’re in caught the attention of the CBC, and they’re running a documentary series currently, on community programs in Toronto. Would you like to share the documentary?” The full minidoc can be viewed here. ADEKUNLE Speaking of documentaries, another one’s been made about Kunle’s life. ADEKUNLE (a trailer for which can be seen here) is a short documentary about growing up in a place where artistic expression generally took a backseat to financial stability, and how he moved away from engineering into music, heading to Ghana to pursue his dream, finding it to be a difficult road, and coming to Canada to study music. It’s currently being entered into film festivals, in order to find broader release. The Freedom Project “I’m working currently on my new project, called Freedom,” he says. “Coming to Canada for me was a new thing, it was the first country where I felt like a minority.” An eight-track album, he’s aiming to release it this year, and is his biggest project yet. “Coming here, I had my first encounters with the police,” he explains. “That spikes my aggravation, but also my interest in what it means to be free, so I started putting these songs together.” “I was free to let go of my career as an engineer,” he says as an example, “and pursue my career in music.” “I’m still in the idea development stage,” Kunle says. “Although I’ve played notable festivals in Ontario, on the east coast of Canada, and other showcase events, I have a pedigree already, but I’ve been working on it since last year.” “That’s one of the major things I’ll be doing this year,” he says, “taking a step back just to finish this work, and I’ll be headlining a festival in Germany again this year. I’m definitely on the production road.” On making your own breaks Kunle is still working on his musical success, but has a few ideas about the motivation others following in his footsteps should have, namely to be proactive, and to forge social connections. “You have to take what you’re given, and make good use of it,” Kunle says. “There’s this whole idea that after college, there’s this big break. There is no big break. It’s a succession of small breaks, like being able to produce your single, being able to mess it up the first time and do it over again, get yourself bigger gigs, from $50 gigs to $2,000 gigs to being paid to fly out of the country. It all happens little by little. All you have to do is keep working at it, and understand how to respond and connect to people.” “Making music is more than just music,” he continues. “If you’ve chosen it as a career, it also has to do with relationships. You have to work really smart. If you spend eight hours a day making music, you should spend eight hours a day making connections with people.” By Anthony Geremia https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-gift-of-song-how-a-centennial-grad-made-his-musical-dreams-come-true/ Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:20:08 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/the-gift-of-song-how-a-centennial-grad-made-his-musical-dreams-come-true/ Indigenous Studies e-Textbook Cover Art by Chief Lady Bird and Aura In 2014, Centennial College’s School of Advancement led the development of the Indigenous Studies: First Peoples in Canada stackable credential program. As a component of this programming, we developed an Indigenous Studies eTextbook entitled Our Stories: First Peoples in Canada. This textbook endeavours to tell the truth; the truth about the time before the settlers, the truth about the experiences of Indigenous communities, clans, and Nations, and the truth about the impacts of colonization and the journey of reconciliation on Turtle Island. This eTextbook required tremendous sensitivity and respect for Indigenous culture, and involved a number of internal and external stakeholders. The stories that informed the etextbook were gifted to Centennial College by citizens of Nations and members of Indigenous communities. We recognize that these are not our stories and we claim no ownership of them. We express our gratitude to those who shared their stories with us. As with all major undertakings, many people contributed to the success of the eTextbook, the product of their unique talents, skills and gifts. We gathered more than 30 interviews from Indigenous community members, who shared their personal stories. The generous contributions of Centennial faculty, staff, students and the many Indigenous community members who support the College provided a strong collaborative foundation for the project. The content was edited by Truth and Reconciliation Commission Ambassador, Len Fortune. In addition, our own students worked on video editing, photography and graphics for the textbook. Our Library was instrumental in clearing copyright and providing the citation of images. Renowned Indigenous artists Chief Lady Bird and Aura designed the cover page. Generous funding from eCampus Ontario and financial assistance from Centennial’s Office of the Academic Vice-President and Chief Learning Officer made certain a project of this magnitude was possible. This textbook aligns with the College’s Indigenous Strategic Framework. We are honoured to have been able to produce an open educational resource, which is freely available to all who are interested in hearing truth through storytelling. This etextbook can be accessed electronically through ibooks on Apple devices, ePub on PC and Android devices, and in a PDF format. If you have any questions, please email ourstories@centennialcollege.ca. https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/indigenous-studies-e-textbook/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:13:02 GMT https://www.centennialcollege.ca/news/indigenous-studies-e-textbook/