- Front Office Operations: Known as the “heart” or “nerve centre” of hotel operations, students will learn the processes of guest reservations and front-line customer service
- Housekeeping & Facilities Management: The physical attributes of hotels affect the overall guest experience, so students will learn about the operations, efficiencies, and solutions to cleaning and building maintenance, cleaning products and equipment inventories, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
- Principles of Food, Beverage & Labour Cost Controls: a managerial perspective in food service operations, as they relate to cost controls, balances, inventories, and waste management
- Introduction to Hospitality Accounting: related to other courses, this one will focus on the financial well-being of a business where costs will be examines in accounting reports
- Hospitality and Tourism Marketing: studies in marketing with a focus on the hospitality and tourism industry, including vacation packages and promotions, customer management systems as used in hotels, and events and promotions practices
- Hotel Sales and Marketing: a specific course on the customer relationship and sales area in marketing and how customer relationships drive sales and grow profit in the long-term
- Special Events Practicum: an interactive in-class discussion with cases and practical application as it pertains to catering and special events management
- Hotel & Resort Field Placement: further hands-on training Is provided with full day experience at real employers within the industry
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Have you seen swan-shaped towels displayed on beds, raised petals across your floor or chilled wine in your suite? This is a display of perks by hotels for their guests. If you’re interested in hospitality, tourism, and management, a hotel management degree is what you may be interested in. Centennial College offers a practical and valuable college education in its Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort (1807) program.
The four semester program in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture at Centennial caters to the needs of the hospitality industry, focused on hotel and resort administration. Since this is a management course, students will delve into various departments within hotels and resorts such as food and beverage, facilities and housekeeping, events and catering, human resource planning, marketing and promotions, financial management, and over general site management. Therefore, students can easily get into different professions and work within the hospitality industry, and get hired by hotels and resorts.
Here is an in-depth look at the courses and program highlights:
Customer satisfaction and hospitality standards are raised by the Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort program. Centennial’s hotel management education equips students with the academic and practical training required in the hospitality industry, specifically in hotel and resort operations. The mixture of business-focused courses and hospitality principles help graduates find a broad list of job openings within the industry.
Health and wellness programs at Centennial College are becoming increasingly popular as entire communities and the corporate world looks to a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to health. As the first post-graduate program of its kind in Canada, Centennial College’s Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion is designed for mature students who already possess a college diploma, or university degree. These students spend two semesters being trained for roles as managers of wellness and health promotion programs.
Thanks to courses facilitated from Centennial’s most-technologically advanced campus as well as a field placement that allows students to integrate and apply theories and skills, they become knowledgeable in: program design and management, psycho-social and physical health issues, mental health management, nutrition, program planning and health promo theory, assessing health risk factors, and more.
In total, there are 12 courses in the Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion offering. All of them are directly related to the industry. Here is a look at a few.
Health Promotion Theory: Key concepts — history, principles and values, theory and strategies behind health promotion practice — are explored. Students also learn about social, economic, cultural, political and ethical considerations associated with the implementation of health promotion activities. Finally, there is a national and international concept with students learning about the Canadian healthcare system and how it affects individuals, communities and society at large as well as key global health concerns, challenges and opportunities with strategies for promoting health in the global context.
Health & Wellness Concepts: Key definitions, principles, fundamental concepts and goals central to the field of wellness are explored. Taking it a step further, students also learn how self-care beliefs and practices, and cultural diversity factors affect individual assessments of health. These areas lead to an investigation of the socio-cultural aspects of health, gender differences in health status, health literacy, and ethical issues particular to the field of wellness. Students have a hands-on opportunity when they will organize and deliver a professional health fair that presents information on current wellness/health promotion trends to a number of key stakeholders.
Mental Health Management: This course offers an overview of the psycho-social risk factors that exist across the mental health/mental illness continuum. Through three different course modules, this aspect of the program examines the types of physical and emotional behaviors associated with mental health/illness, key signs and symptoms, myths and assumptions and the impact of mental illness on individuals and workplaces.
Health Promotion and Organizational Development: One of the responsibilities of the Health Promotion Program is to prepare students for the field by helping them to develop and demonstrate job search, interviewing and networking skills, and by giving them the opportunity to build a strong resume, write a compelling cover letter, and begin to compile a professional career portfolio. This course sees student’s research career opportunities examine current workplace trends; develop oral communication/presentatin skills, and more.
When deciding between obtaining a healthcare management degree or diploma, consider Centennial College’s Healthcare Environmental Services program. It is an offering that, in just two years, results in an Ontario College Diploma and the know-how for grads to be prepared for employment in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, buildings, schools and residential buildings. In addition, because the healthcare environment is constantly changing and has an increased need for infection control measures, Centennial College grads are in demand as they develop systems and processes to protect workers, clients and patients from environmental healthcare hazards and operate buildings that are safe.
Here are some other reasons why this Healthcare Environmental Services program is beneficial:
- The curriculum strives to combine healthcare environmental service knowledge with business and human relations skills.
- Students become familiar with developing, implementing and monitoring operating systems.
- Some of the personal development skills students develop include thinking critically, problem solving, working with diverse teams, and adapting to change since the industry is constantly evolving.
- The offering uses four different teaching methods to ensure students master each topic covered: classroom lectures, hands-on practical lab experience, field trips and guest speaker presentations.
- Morning side Campus, from which the program is facilitated, is the college’s most technologically-advanced location. As such, students use the environment around them to learn a range of skills.
- Morning side Campus includes large, well-equipped industry specific laboratories in which classes are conducted and where students can practice in their spare time.
- In addition to science labs, students also have access to computer labs that contain industry specific software.
- All of the courses in the program are complemented by two field placements (one in second semesters and one in fourth semesters).
- Among specific courses that students complete are: Cleaning and Linen Methodology, Role of the Healthcare Environmental Services Manager, Math Application for Environmental Services, Purchasing and Materials Management, Infection Control, Plant Operations & Systems Management, Cost Analysis and more.
- During field placement, students apply the skills they have leaned in their classes, experience what it is like to be in the field, work alongside healthcare management professionals, network, and complete hours of work that can be applied to their resumes.
There are a few requirements of applicants to this Centennial College's healthcare management program. Firstly, they must have already completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature status (19 years or older). Secondly, they must have completed English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission; and Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required or taking of the CAATD Mathematics assessment).
Across Ontario, there are many schools of game design. However, only one post-secondary institution can claim to be the first community college in the province and, therefore, hold an extremely reputable position in every industry for which it trains its students, including game design. In two years, Centennial College and its Game Art and Design prepare students for a range of career opportunities that include positions such as: character modeler and animator, level designer, texture artist, environment and effects artist and game concept artist. As 2007 graduate Helen Thatch sums up: “Now that I’ve finished the program, I can definitely look back and say that everything I’ve learned is relevant and has been applied where I’ve worked … I can tell you that if you choose this program, you will not regret it one bit. You will work very hard … but, you will learn a whole lot more — your skills will grow tenfold.”
Here is a closer look at what and how exactly students learn in Game Art and Design.
- Because industry professionals and instructors developed the undertaking, it offers a forward-thinking approach towards the next wave of interactive games.
- Offered by the School of Media, Communication and Design, this program is facilitated from Centennial College’s creative hub, The Centre for Creative Communications.
- The Centre for Creative Communications plays a major role in the program as it is outfitted with labs that simulate a real-world production setting.
- The computer labs, to which students have complete access so they may practice in their own time, contain all of the software they will encounter in the industry.
- All of the classes in the offering are small in size so that students not only have one-on-one time with their instructors to ensure they understand each concept but also so that class discussion can take place to enhance learning.
- Specific courses include: Creativity in Context, Game Theory, Character Design, Digital Painting, Life Drawing, Architectural Design, Lighting, Life Drawing, Post Effects and Material Editing.
- Theory is balanced with hands-on learning allowing students to test out their skills in building 2D and 3D art assets for games and developing game environment and characters.
- Access to industry events could lead to networking opportunities for students.
- All of the learning that occurs within the game design program at Centennial College is complemented by a field placement, which prepares students for the industry in a few ways. First, students are expected to send their portfolio to the company of their choice to show their work. Secondly, students are expected to be proactive and seek out companies themselves and relay the information to their coordinator, who will assist them in obtaining a placement. Thirdly, students get to apply everything they have learned in the program to the real world.
Whether you are a student wanting to nurture your artistic talents and build new creative and practical skills to enter a specialized program in the School of Communications or Design or a professional looking to switch careers, Centennial College’s Design Foundation Studies is the program for you. “I had worked as a professional photographer for many years and wanted to expand my art experiences and theory,” says 2009 graduate Carol Rooney on her reason for taking the offering. “This program gave me hands-on exposure to all forms and levels of visual art and there was step-by-step encouragement and support from the staff and faculty throughout. The guidance in creating an exciting new portfolio and career path were invaluable skills. The knowledge I’ve taken away with me has opened up new possibilities in my job choices.”
So what exactly is this accelerated visual art studio-based program all about? Essentially, it is a stepping-stone to further education as it balances traditional and digital art lessons that familiarize students with the critical basics for a career in art and design. In fact, after completion of the two-semester’s worth of courses, students have two options. First, they are prepared for Centennial College programs such as Digital Animation, Interactive Digital Media, Fine Arts Studio, Game Design, Graphic Design-Media, and Product & Industrial Design. Secondly, they may use the credits they earn to participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. The programs educational partner is Athabasca University, where students may earn a professional arts degree.
Crafted by industry leaders, the foundation arts program is based on tips from employers who told Centennial College the skills they are looking for in the ever-evolving art and design fields. This ensures that the courses students attend are up-to-date and the hands-on practice is relevant. Because the program is broadly based, it includes traditional and digital media courses such as: Digital Imaging, Color Studio, Drawing, Time-Based Art & Design, 3D Art & Design Studio, Visual Culture and many others.
The art design college program is housed at Centennial College’s Centre for Creative Communications. It offers extensive facilities, including large arts studios and computer labs that are fully equipped with software that is relevant to art and design studies. These facilities guarantee that students graduate with much hands-on practice and, as a result, create a comprehensive portfolio of artwork required for admission to specialized arts programs.
To apply for the offering, students are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older) as well as Grade 12 English C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission.