Friday, December 30, 2011

Centennial College’s School of Hospitality Is About Nationally Respected Training

If you’re looking for a School of Hospitality that offers its students skills that are applicable anywhere in Canada, look no further than Centennial College. Now is a great time to consider a career in hospitality as last year, 19.6 million people took overnight trips to Canada and professionals are needed in accommodation, food and beverage, transportation, travel services, and recreation and entertainment, to ensure that tourists are return.

The first public college established in Toronto, Centennial College has been training students since 1966. Its School of Hospitality is well respected for ensuring that any program under its umbrella teaches students business topics (marketing, human resources, finance, and industry operations) in addition to hospitality-specific ones. In addition, many of the School of Hospitality offerings include a hands-on component such as a field placement or internship during which students apply what they have learned in-class and obtain new knowledge.

Intake for the programs in the School of Hospitality occurs three times a year with start dates varying from year to year but generally occurring in late August or early September, early January and early May. Classes finish at the end of April or early May, depending on the calendar, unless a student chooses to fast track and take summer courses. Students are timetabled for approximately 20 to 25 hours per week, with classes being scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

School of Hospitality programs are conducted out of Progress Campus, which has many on-campus facilities and tools to ensure that students gain hands-on experience prior to graduation. For example, students may train for the food and beverage or restaurant management industries at the on-campus Horizon Restaurant. At this living lab, students learn everything from preparing freshly made food and serving to scheduling, reservation recommendations and menu management. In addition to the restaurant, School of Hospitality students also practice their skills at the Centennial Conference Centre. Comprised of eight meeting rooms (including two large ballrooms and a variety of meeting rooms), it provides ample opportunity for students to have real life encounters. Uniformed in traditional black attire, students take pride in their work, paying attention to the smallest details and ensuring that every event is truly flawless.

The combination of academic learning and hands-on practice described is offered to students via full-time School of Hospitality programs such as: Event Management (Festival and Conference); Food & Beverage Management (Food and Beverage Management, Kitchen Management, Baking – Commercial Bakeries); Hotel and Resort Management (Hospitality Foundations, Hospitality Services, Hotel and Resort Management, and Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management); and Tourism & Travel Operations (Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Tourism Management – Cultural and Heritage Tourism, Culture and Heritage Site Management, and Tourism & Travel).

Programs offered at the School of Hospitality vary in prerequisites. It is recommended that students carefully note the requirements of their program of choice before applying.

Bioinformatics Courses Result in Futuristic Career

Do job titles such as bioinformatics analyst, bioinformatics and research technician, application, software or database developer; and bioinformatics software developer interest you? Have you completed a college advanced diploma or university degree in computer science, software engineering or related discipline? Can you offer proof of English proficiency as well as a transcript of your college record and resume? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you may want to consider attending bioinformatics courses at Centennial College in Toronto, Ont.

Before we look at the bioinformatics courses of Centennial College, let’s take a look at the field and what entails. Bioinformatics is an exciting new area that merges biology with information technology and computers. It uses the creation and advancement of databases, algorithms, computational and statistical techniques and theory to solve formal and practical problems arising from the management and analysis of biological data. Recently, there has been a demand for professionals who have attended bioinformatics courses at a reputable post-secondary institution. This demand actually exceeds supply, and employment is found at research centers, universities, private companies and government institutions. However, skills in bioinformatics can also be utilized in the pharmaceutical, agricultural and environmental industries and in all areas of biotechnology.

Centennial College’s bioinformatics courses prepare students for work in all of these places in a concentrated training format, which is completed in 12 months and results in a post-degree bioinformatics certificate. Due to its pace, this program (officially known as Bioinformatics for Software Professionals) is targeted to students with existing software backgrounds. Faculty members who lead the bioinformatics courses in the program are knowledgeable and approachable with diverse business experience and academic credentials and encourage a mature learning environment.

Meanwhile the bioinformatics courses themselves are intensive, hands-on and problem-based. They include course work and an individual research thesis. Specific bioinformatics courses within the program include: Molecular Biology and Genomics (students are introduced to the exciting field of molecular biology through an analysis of its origins, exploration of its key concepts, and an investigation into its future potential. Topics covered include genes, genomes, functional genomics, and the major tools and techniques used in the field of molecular biology); Current Topics in Bioinformatics (introduces “culture” of bioinformatics through an analysis of current applications and exciting advances in the field. Subject matter will vary based on invited guests, but may include topics in comparative genomics, pharmacogenomics, microbial genomics, systems biology or environmental bioinformatics); Database Design and Biological Data Management (students design, utilize, and integrate biological databases to facilitate novel approaches for biological data management, retrieval and analysis. Students also evaluate major database implementation issues and demonstrate software project management skills); and more.

To balance these in-school bioinformatics courses, this program also has a co-op component, which gives students a unique skill set and training that are in high demand in the field. Upon graduation students who have completed all of the bioinformatics courses at Centennial College have been hired by: OICR, Ontario health network, Ontario hospitals and the provincial government.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Creativity, Business Skills and Strategic Thinking Developed in Advertising Programs

“Centennial College’s three-year Advertising program is a journey, to say the least,” says graduate Andrew Learner of one of Ontario’s respected advertising programs. “It gives students an unparalleled opportunity to grow and learn — from bright young students into capable young professionals. Centennial is a school that isn’t rooted in the past. It teaches the concepts of traditional and cutting edge advertising, applied practically to what’s relevant today. As I continue to grow in my field today, I use the fundamental knowledge I learned from Centennial to approach and complete everything I do!”

If you want to have an experience similar to Andrew’s while preparing yourself with the critical skills you need to succeed in the advertising field, you may want to consider applying to Centennial College’s advertising program. Now is a great time to do so as the Bureau of Labour Statistics estimates employment will increase by 13 per cent through 2018. As an applicant, you are expected to present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years or older. Another academic requirement is the possession of compulsory English 12C or U credits or skills assessment or equivalent. Lastly, attending a program admission session is highly recommended.

Once you are accepted, you will discover an Advertising program led by a team of seasoned advertising instructors who possess vast experience in the industry. Starting out using a generalized curriculum that covers all areas of the field, these professionals will help you develop your instincts and strategic abilities while learning to meet deadlines in a professional and creative environment. In the three years, you’ll learn the entire advertising process, including: research, developing strategies, campaign planning, copywriting, production, media planning and buying. Also, firm deadlines, multi-tasking, working under pressure and delivering professional presentations are all real-life scenarios taught through the advertising program at Centennial. Specific courses within the advertising program include: Interactive Communications, Broadcast Buying and Measurement, Copywriting, Administration and Finance, Advertising Campaign Management, Advertising Issues, Professional Practice, Strategic Planning, Digital and Social Media and more. In your fifth semester, you’ll enter a specialized stream that provides advanced learning in copywriting, media planning and buying or account service.

To round out on-campus training, the Advertising program also offers an industry field placement in the last semester that will see you applying your knowledge in an advertising firm. This is also an opportunity to network.

Companies that have hired advertising programs graduates include: Agency 58 ninety, Boom Marketing, Grey Canada, MacLaren McCann, Saatchi and Saatchi, Starcom and more. Graduates pursue careers in account management, media buying and planning, marketing, copywriting, production, direct marketing, promotions and event marketing.

According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, in 2008, over 80 per cent of advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers worked 40 hours or more a week.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Honda Technicians Have an Important Job

In the automotive word, Honda Motor Company and its Honda technicians have done quite well. Not only has Honda been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, it’s also the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. As of August 2008, Honda surpassed Chrysler as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. Honda is the sixth largest automobile manufacturer in the world. If you are interested in working for this company, you may want to consider attending Honda technician training at Centennial College.

The Honda technicians employed by dealerships have a variety of tasks, including: diagnosing problems using Honda diagnostic equipment; performing repairs and preventive maintenance on engines, transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and tires. Honda technicians also conduct vehicle inspections. All of these skills are taught at Centennial College, which sees students of the Automotive Service Technician Honda Canada Inc. AHAP MAP32 Apprenticeship (as it is officially known) alternate between the College and their employer for a total of 64 weeks (32 weeks with each). The length of the program offers students more in-depth and longer school sessions than those students in traditional apprenticeship programs.

During the in-school portion of the Honda technician training, students learn out of Ashtonbee Campus. This location is fully equipped with the tools that Honda technicians use in the industry as well as generously donated Honda parts and vehicles on which students can practice. The training sees an emphasis on electronics and the diagnosing of mechanical systems. All aspects of vehicle technology are embodied in the program, including electrical, body electrical, engine, transmission, steering, front-end, and all other aspects that would allow a Honda vehicle to be serviced. Specific courses presented in the Honda technician training include: Applied Work Practices and Procedures, Motor Vehicle Engine Systems, Steering, Suspension and Brakes; Electrical Electronics and Fuels, Motor Vehicle Gear Trains, and more.

After they have grasped the skills needed to enter the workforce, students spend time with their Honda employer dealing with real-life situations, networking, and shadowing professional Honda technicians who have years of experience. During this aspect of the Honda technician training, students are compensated for their work.

Applicants to the offering must possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. They are also required to be employed by a Honda dealership or be selected through an interview process. Candidates may apply directly to Centennial College, with successful applicants obtaining an employer and registering as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The application for the Honda technician training can be completed online. It should be noted that acceptance is based on successful completion of all entry requirements and space is limited. Some students within the Honda technician training at Centennial College may be eligible for Employment Insurance during the in-class aspect.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Health Informatics Program Gets You Into the Field in Three Years

“What’s unique with this particular Health Informatics program is it actually prepares software engineering trained students and teaches them what the healthcare industry is like,” says professor Sity Safario of Centennial College’s Health Informatics Technology offering. “It teaches them about healthcare structure and the health information systems that are available within it. I recommend the Health Informatics program at Centennial College for anyone who is very much interested in software engineering but also wants to help people.”

While Sity gives a great overall view of the Health Informatics program, let’s take a closer look at some specific details. First and foremost, Health informatics technology is an industry that deals with information, computer science and health care. It is concerned with the resources, devices, and methods that optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. It is applied to the areas of nursing, clinical care, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and biomedical research. Graduates of Informatics Technology are able to analyze and model data, develop healthcare databases and apply different computer medical-imaging techniques. They are also able to use tools, algorithms and health informatics methods for hospitals, schools, healthcare agencies and public health departments.

To enter the Health Informatics program, Centennial College expects that applicants have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Students must also possess Compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent. To graduate from the program, a Minimum C grade average is required.

Once in the program, students spend three years studying Health Informatics courses that emphasize object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, structure of healthcare information systems, telehealth, data security and privacy in healthcare systems. The health informatics program also focuses on technologies such as C#, Java, J2EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Unix/ Linux, Microsoft’s .NET, HTML/ XML, Rational/ WebSphere, Data warehousing and Data mining, and BI tools in healthcare systems and more. Specific courses within this Health Informatics program include: Programming, Software Engineering Fundamentals, Introduction to Database Concepts, Functions and Number Systems, Web Interface Design, Discrete Mathematics and more. All courses are also delivered using leading-edge technology that is geared towards industry standards. To complement theoretical learning, the offering includes two software development projects in the field of health informatics. These real world business applications require students to utilize all the technical, systems and business skills gained during their studies.

Graduates of Health Informatics Technology can work as: applications developers, health data analysts, database developers, systems implementation specialists, record assistants and business/systems analysts.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hospitality and Tourism Courses to Prepare You for Further Education

Have you applied to a hospitality degree or diploma program but have unfortunately not been accepted? Centennial College has a solution that will help you to get your foot in the education door through its Hospitality Foundations program. Presented as an “Alternate Offer” the program is designed for individuals who apply to, but do not meet admission requirements for a Centennial College post-secondary program in the area of hospitality, tourism and culture.

Applicants can’t apply directly to this program. They must advised and assisted to register by the Centennial College Assessment and Advising Centre. To be considered for this these alternative hospitality and tourism courses, students must have completed and Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature applicant status (19 years or older). In addition, students must complete the Centennial College English skills assessment before registering for this program. A score of 130 or 131 is required to begin this program. In some cases, students’ skills assessment score will satisfy the requirements for their original program choice. Centennial College will notify them by sending an offer to their original program if there is still space available.

Not only does this offering feature hospitality and tourism courses, the program also focuses on English fluency, including reading, writing, listening and speaking. All of these skills are required to be successful in a hospitality and tourism degree or diploma program as well as the field. One of the specific strengths of this offering is that it engages students in reflective practice to facilitate professional skill development while enhancing their communication competence in all language strands. Students will create personal and professional goals and work on strategies to help them achieve these goals.

Among the courses included in this program are: Foundations: Developing College Communication Skills (ESL) (an eight-hour per week integrated course designed to assist students in upgrading their English skills in the four areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. While focusing on developing core language competencies, students will work with course materials drawn from their program areas); Theory of Food Fundamentals (as good food is the foundation on which the restaurant industry is built, it is imperative that one understands how to not only produce good food, but to do so in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner. This course will introduce learners to the theoretical principles of food production); Geography and Tourism – Western Hemisphere (course examines earth sciences such as land formations, time zones and climate. There will include a basic introduction to plate tectonics); and more.

Once students have successfully completed the Hospitality Foundations program, they are equipped with all of the basics they need to transfer into the hospitality and tourism degree or diploma program of their choice. Graduates will enter into the program of their choice with a level of English that allows them the opportunity to be successful in an advanced level of study.

Personal Support Worker Program Sees Students Enter the Field in Two Semesters

Graduates of Centennial College’s Personal Support Worker program are prepared to work with: clients within their homes, and residential facilities or long-term care institutions and community support agencies to assist clients with activities of daily living, under the supervision of professionals and according to a care plan. This variety of options gives students an advantage as they have more career choices and are comfortable in a range of environments.

Centennial College’s one-year Ontario College Certificate program prepares students to provide others the care and assistance they need to live active and fulfilled lives. The Personal Support Worker program focuses on the full range of home- and health-related services required by a variety of clients. To apply for the Personal Support Worker program, students must have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is a compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent. Lastly, English proficiency will be considered as part of the admission process.

Once students have been accepted, they will enter an intensely paced program during which they’ll spend more than half the total program hours working with teams in long-term care institutions, the community and at in-home settings. This field placement allows them to apply what they have learned in-school. However, on-campus training is just as important and is led by an experienced group of faculty members. Training in the Personal Support Worker program focuses on the full range of home and health related services required by the elderly, clients with disabilities, chronic illnesses, cognitive impairment and also clients recovering from acute illnesses. Specific Personal Support Worker courses include: Anatomy, Foundations of Personal Support, Developmental Stages & Alterations in Health, Personal Support Communication, Foundations of Mental Health, Supporting Clients in Palliative Care and more.

As a result of these Personal Support Worker courses, students graduate program with a skills that include: providing client-centered and client- directed care under supervision; making, collecting, and reporting to the supervisor relevant observations in an ongoing and timely manner and recording this information promptly; supporting the client’s personal care requirements by following care/service plans; communicating effectively and appropriately using oral, written, and nonverbal methods.

Upon graduation, Personal Support Worker program graduates work under the direction of a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse and may work in a health care facility and home care. According to Ontario Network for Internationally Trained Professionals, in the course of remaking the health care system in Canada, Personal Support Workers are reported to be in growing demand. In addition, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, as well as community agencies and clinical settings recognize the certificate.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Toyota Technician Training Through an Apprenticeship Equals Success

If you are employed by a Toyota dealership and are looking to further your career, you'll have to obtain Toyota technician training, which is most commonly offered as an apprenticeship program. At Centennial College, once applicants are working at a Toyota dealership, they may apply for the one-year modified apprenticeship. If addition, applicants must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. Candidates may apply directly to Centennial College, with successful applicants obtaining an employer and registering as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As with any college program, there are a limited spots within the Automotive Service Technician Toyota (MAP 32) modified apprenticeship offering.

But what makes this particular program special? First and foremost, it is more in-depth with longer in-school sessions than traditional apprenticeships. Secondly, the Toyota technician training emphasizes electronics and diagnosing of computerized control systems as well as a knowledge of all aspects of vehicle technology. "What we learn is different vehicle systems, such as electrical, body electrical, engine, transmission, steering, front-end, all the things that would allow your Toyota to be serviced by qualified a Toyota technician," says Ryan, a student in the program. Essentially, students are reinforcing what they learned during their time working for a Toyota dealership into a more well-rounded and professional knowledge. During the in-school sessions, students may be eligible for Employment Insurance. Meanwhile, during their times with an employer, they are compensated for their work.

Also during the time they spend at Centennial College, students of this Toyota technician program study out of Ashtonbee Campus. This particular campus houses the largest transportation training centre in the province, which includes all the latest tools used in the field as well as real Toyota vehicles on which to practice. The in-school portion of the Toyota technician training is designed to mimic a real life workshop.

Also through this training, students obtain the ideal balance between hands-on training and academic learning by alternating between in-school sessions and time with an employer for 64 weeks. During the time with their Toyota employer, students encounter real life experiences that allow them to learn good customer service and communication skills and they are able to apply the knowledge they have learned on-campus.

Toyota technician go on to work at the world's largest automobile maker by sales and production. Toyota technicians work at dealerships or other related workplaces, diagnosing problems using Toyota diagnostic equipment and performing repairs and preventive maintenance on engines, transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and tires. Technicians also conduct vehicle inspections. With so many opportunities, the outlook for the industry is promising.

Toyota Canada - T-DAP - Program at Centennial College

Ford Technician Training Offers Practical Experience

"Students of the Ford Technician training option at Centennial College learn a set of skills and theories at the college. They then get a chance to practice these tasks in the real environment," sums up Peter Lokun, Professor, General Motors of Canada – ASEP at Centennial College, in Toronto, Ont. Although this analysis may seem simple, the concept is quite popular and reliable.

First, it should be noted that students who study to become Ford technicians are essentially choosing Ford Motor Company as their employer because this program teaches them specifically about Ford models. Secondly, students who are interested in obtaining Centennial College's Ford technician training must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a General Education Diploma or equivalent. A Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. Dealership must also employ the applicant. Successful applicants must obtain an employer and then register as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Acceptance is based on successful completion of all entry requirements. Limited space is available in each program. Please note that candidates may apply directly to Centennial College for this Ford technician training.

Once in the program (officially known as the Automotive Service Technician Ford Company of Canada Limited Asset (MAP 32) Apprenticeship), students spend a year learning theories, practicing hands-on and participating in an apprenticeship with an automotive dealer or shop that specializes in Ford vehicles. Every four weeks, Ford technician students alternate between the College and their employer for a total of 64 weeks (32 weeks with each).

The in-school portion of the program is conducted out of Ashtonbee Campus, which is the province's largest transportation training centre. At this centre, students will find fully-equipped labs, actual Ford vehicles and Ford vehicle parts that have been donated to the school and the tools with which they will work with in the field. The training that students obtain in the Ford Technician training is actually more in-depth than that of a traditional apprenticeship. This puts students at a clear advantage upon graduation, as they will be more comfortable and experienced. At Centennial College, the focus is on the latest Ford technology with emphasis on electronics, transmission, engines, air conditioning, supplemental restraint systems and the diagnosing of vehicle management systems. In addition, the program teaches Ford specialties that, in the past, students had to attend Ford school to learn. These specialties are: engines, electrical, brakes and climate control. Students may be eligible for employment insurance during the in-class training.

As previously mentioned, during their Ford technician studies, students also spend time at a Ford dealership where they work alongside professionals and gaining additional knowledge. During their session with an employer, there is an earn-while-you-learn approach, which sees students compensated for their work. Duties of automotive service technicians include: writing vehicle damage repair estimates, repairing broken or worn mechanical components, maintaining repair and service records, installing equipment, components and systems, testing vehicles both before and after repair, and repairing electrical wiring, circuits and fixtures.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY OF CANADA LIMITED - Program at Centennial College

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Science Program at Centennial College Propels You In Life

The road to college isn’t always straight and narrow. Although many students know exactly what they want to do upon high school graduation, just as many are unsure. They may explore a field and discover it is not for them or they may take a nine-to-five job before deciding on their life’s path. For those who have an interest in science but are unsure of where they can end up, the general Science Programs Canada has to offer may help.

At Centennial College, for example, students can attend the General Arts and Science – Science program to advance their education and, eventually, their career. This program is designed for those who have an interest in fields such as: health, engineering, applied sciences or transportation and require a solid foundation for further education. In addition, students who are unsure whether university is for them or whether a career in the field of science is what they’re really passionate about may benefit. On the other hands, the science courses within the undertaking may also be perfect for students who know that college-level science is what they want to study, but don’t possess the academic admission credentials needed to enter a program of them choice. Please note that students who complete the one-year Science program with acceptable academic standing may be eligible to transfer to Centennial’s Practical Nursing or Pharmacy Technician program.

To gain entry into General Arts and Science – Science, students must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have the compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment or equivalent. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program. Please note that students who have not finished high school or completed required science courses for post-secondary programs might be accepted.

During the eight months students spend attending science courses, they study a range of science subjects (such as biology and chemistry) as well as mathematics, communications, psychology, human genomics and learning skills. The specific science courses Toronto’s Centennial College focuses on include: Chemistry (emphasis is placed on understanding biological mechanisms and processes, rather than on simple memorization); Biology (emphasis is placed on the role of chemistry in daily life and in the development of new technologies and products. Students will be introduced to the classification of matter, chemical nomenclature and qualitative and quantitative relationships involved in chemical reactions); Technology Mathematics (mathematics course covering selected topics in basic algebra and trigonometry are presented); and more.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

English Communication Training Offers Needed Skills

“The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program provided good preparation for my major program. If I hadn’t taken the EAP program, I couldn’t have successfully studied in Early Childhood Education. I have advocated to many students to enroll in EAP. It provides a good foundation,” says H. Wei a Centennial College honours graduate. Her testimony demonstrates how this English communication training excels in preparing students for further education. Whether these students require English second language training or want to brush up on their communication skills, this undertaking offers a variety of benefits.

The English communication training is officially known as English for Academic Purposes and it results in an Ontario College Certificate. How long a student remains in the undertaking is completely dependent of his or her goals and the grasp he or she already has on the English language. Students may be placed in the first level and take all three levels (semesters) or they may be placed in the second or third levels. Once they achieve high grades in Level 3, they will have met Centennial College’s English language requirement for most its programs. In addition, Level 3 students earn a college credit that they can apply to future study.

The English communication training is fully accredited by Languages Canada, Canada’s premier language organization. This means the program has met rigorous standards in terms of curriculum, teacher qualifications, student services, and administration.

Students of English for Academic Purposes have access to resources such as computer labs, the library, conversation practice groups and tutoring. The resources help when it comes to presentations, assignments, group work, communicative activities, practical exercise, in which they participate during the length of the program. These training tools are weaved into the program’s courses, which include: Communicating in the Classroom (builds on a foundation of basic speaking skills to give students practice in presenting and participating in conventional classroom situations in a college environment); Reading College-level Texts (teaches students strategies and skills to build vocabulary and elicit meaning from multi-paragraph texts in English); Guided Writing in English (introduces students to the writing process. They will be given practice in a variety of grammatical and structural forms); and more.

Throughout their studies in the English Second Language Training, students are guided by experienced faculty and staff members. These experts are very qualified, dedicated ESL teaching professionals who provide high quality instruction plus support, encouragement, and guidance to our students.

If one is interested in applying for this informative undertaking, he or she should possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, applicants are required to participate in a language skills assessment. However, they are advised that the English communication training at Centennial College is not a program for absolute beginners. Students must have completed a beginner’s level language program prior to applying to the English for Academic Purposes program. Lastly, please not that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Complete Biotechnology Technician Training In Two Years

“The [Biotechnology Technician] program [at Centennial College] basically involves the study of microorganisms in detail as to the characteristics of the microorganisms, where they’re found, what they are, their names, their length and shape,” says a student named Mohammed. “The labs, for sure, are very exciting as it involves hands-on [practice]. For example, there are labs that involve staining of samples or streaking of streak plates. Stuff like that is interesting to me — where I can get in there and kind of get my hands dirty.”

Mohammed’s testimonial sums one of the biggest advantages of attending Centennial College’s Biotechnology Technician – Industrial Microbiology program: hands-on practice. This two-year undertaking, which results in an Ontario College Diploma, employs practical training in industrial microbiology as well as chemistry (analytical and organic) and biochemistry. Students attend courses that include lessons on appropriate safety procedures, biotechnology technician projects, and independently designed microbiology tasks that enhance problem solving and research skills. Specific courses in this biotechnology technician offering include: Chemistry, Occupational Health & Safety, Microcomputer Applications for Technology, Mathematics, Lab Instrumentation, Statistics for Applied Science, Food Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and more. These courses are facilitated from the Centennial Science and Technology Centre campus, which offers students eight up-to-date laboratories and modern wireless lecture facilities.

In addition to thorough training and an exceptional facility, the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists nationally accredits this Biotechnology College program. In addition, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists recognizes the Biotechnology Technician - Industrial Microbiology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technician Category. These national accreditations support program quality and provide mobility for graduates.

To apply, students have completed at an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is completion of compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. Students are placed in appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. Lastly, students who test at an advanced level may be accelerated directly into MATH-176 in semester 1 and MATH-186 in semester 2. Those taking MATH-140 will have the opportunity to complete MATH-186 between semesters 2 and 3.

Once students graduate, they become Biotechnology technicians (also known as bench technicians), and have the responsibility of assuring quality control in areas of manufacturing such as food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Specific duties of biotechnology technicians include: isolating, enumerating and identifying microorganisms from many types of samples (water, soil, air, your body, and food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products). In addition, biotechnology technicians handle materials and instruments such as pH and BOD meters, Gas Chromatographs, spectrophotometers (regular/IR/UV), HPLC’s etc. Lastly, they prepare microbiological media and reagents; culture pathogenic microbes; and design and perform their own microbiology experiments.

Developmental Services Workers Graduate From Centennial College in Two Years

“Students of the Developmental Services Worker program learn about strategies to support people, such as teaching strategies, personal support, resources in the community and impacting the impressions and attitudes of the public positively about people with intellectual disabilities,” says Peg Jenner, the program coordinator of the undertaking at Centennial College. Meanwhile, Penny Lang, a student of the program offers this view of the undertaking: “Our instructors are good at teaching us not only the theory, but they give us examples of what they would do in certain situations and those examples really help us and also develop our critical thinking skills. I’m confident that what I learn now I’m going to be able take to the work place.”

While these testimonials provide a great overview of the two-year undertaking, which results in an Ontario College Diploma, let’s take a closer look at the specifics. To apply, students must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have taken the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. English proficiency will be considered in the admissions process and a program admission session may also be required.

Centennial’s Developmental Services Worker offering boasts a curriculum that reflects current issues and developments. Emphasis is placed on understanding the nature of intellectual disabilities, personal support requirements and technique, communication and facilitation skills, critical and reflective thinking, team skills, time management and accessing resource. Helping people to fill valued social roles, teaching and the provision of personal support are some of the skills developed within this curriculum. Specific courses include: Valued Social Roles, Supports for Personal Health Care, Social Psychology, Pharmacology, Building Responsive Communities, History of Disability, and more.

In semesters three and four, students participate in two placements to gain applied experiences supporting people who have intellectual disabilities within different contexts. Students have the opportunity to take the responsibility for designing and implementing plans or strategies to teach and support individuals and/or work with communities. Facilitation and leadership skills, community development and, positive imagining and competencies for holistic the personal well-being and community inclusion for individuals whom students support are some of the areas they pursue in the placements. Some field placement agencies may require a criminal reference check prior to student placement. Certain criminal convictions may disallow placement in these agencies and program completion may not be possible.

If students want to further their education upon graduation from Centennial College, they may be eligible to participate in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study. The partner of the Developmental Services Worker program is Ryerson University (Disability Studies). Graduates with a B grade average or better can apply to Ryerson’s two-year post-diploma degree completion program, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Disability Studies.

Developmental services workers (DSWs) work with those with intellectual disabilities in their homes, at work and school, and in leisure roles in the community. Their goal is to help to build natural community supports, networks and valued social roles for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Learn Menu Management at Centennial College’s Hospitality Management Program

“The students [of the hospitality management program at Centennial College] are in a real life working restaurant. We have functions, we serve lunch. Our students experience the work of a chef and of wait staff. They are industry ready after two years. They can work in restaurants, hotels, banquet halls, golf clubs, so there’s a wide variety of jobs available to our students,” says Jorge Roth a professor in the program.

Mr. Roth gives a great overall view of the program and how reliable it is in regards to preparing students for the food and beverage field, but let’s explore the benefits of attending Centennial College a little bit further. First, it should be noted that in order to apply for the Hospitality Management – Restaurant and Catering program, students must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Compulsory English 12C or U skills assessment, or equivalent is also required. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Once they have been accepted, students obtain a combination of theory and practical training that is essential to this segment of the industry and includes Menu Management and design, kitchen management, beverage knowledge and bartending. In addition, a 15-week field placement is required for students of the Hospitality Management Program. This course provides two days per week of meaningful work experience in approved positions within the food and beverage industry, enabling students to better understand the dynamics of the industry, increase their knowledge of industry practices and obtain a competitive advantage of experience in the job market.

Meanwhile, during in-school sessions, as Mr. Roth mentioned, students practice in an on-campus student training restaurant, a hospitality management centre and lab practice facilities. These places see them encountering real life scenarios and customers. Courses in the hospitality management program included during the students’ time on campus include: Quantity Food Production (emphasis is placed on technique, terminology, creativity, correct use of equipment, recipe and measurement analysis, and safe handling and storage procedures); Food Production, Practical Supervision (students have an opportunity to be part of a team and supervisor of that team for a real food service operation); Dining Room Management (students examine how the dining room manager is responsible for establishing the standards of service, motivating, monitoring, recognizing and training staff and for providing the environment, equipment and tools necessary for them to be able to exceed customer’s expectations); and more.

With the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC) anticipating that the food and beverage services sector will grow to employ 1.95 million people by 2015, now is a great time to get your career started.

Hospitality Administration Continues to Expand and Seek Trained Professionals

Did you know the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council forecasts that between 2006 and 2015, 290,690 new jobs within the tourism industry will have been created? In addition, revenues from this sector are in excess of $61.4 billion from 60,000 different companies that employ more than 1.66 million Canadians. As a result, those with hospitality administration and tourism administration training are in high demand. These professionals fill positions such as hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services coordination and tour coordination. Depending on their area of interest, students of Centennial College’s Hospitality and Tourism Administration can obtain these positions after three years of training and an Ontario College Advanced Diploma.

“At Centennial College, I was taught the ins and outs of the hospitality industry and was able to gain valuable experience through practical studies as well as a great deal of knowledge,” says Brittany Skene who graduated in June 2008. Meanwhile, Mary Sardella, Director of Human Resources for the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, and 1988 Centennial College Hospitality graduate says of the program, “Centennial’s applied program prepares students for the real working world. We look forward to continue fostering our relationship with the hospitality school and the students.”

Courses in the Hospitality Administration program cover a full range of business practices in marketing, human resources, finance and industry operations — as applied to the entire hospitality and tourism field. Specific courses within the program include: Hospitality and Tourism Marketing (students define marketing, distinguish between product and services marketing and demonstrate an understanding of consumer behaviour, market segmentation, the marketing mix and their application to the marketing plan); Ontario Cultural & Heritage Tourism Product (course examines the role of heritage and culture in the creation of Ontario as a tourism destination by investigating how the geographic makeup of the province influenced its historical development, the consequence of which has contributed to engaging tourism experiences); and many others. To supplement in-class learning, the College houses a full service hospitality management centre, an onsite conference centre and state-of-the-art computer labs.

In addition, Tourism Administration students participate in an internship, which provides meaningful work experience in approved jobs within the hospitality and tourism industry, enabling students to relate classroom theory to the practical world, while adding another career educational dimension to their career preparation. Field placement enables students to better understand the dynamics of the industry, increase their knowledge of industry practices and provides a competitive advantage of experience in the job market.

Centennial’s three-year tourism administration program admits students at three points throughout the year. To apply, students must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also possess compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.

Become a Heavy Duty Equipment Technician By Attending Centennial College

Today’s cities are being built bigger, better, faster and stronger. They’re also being built higher and higher. In order for these cities to withstand natural disasters and other such occurrences, they must be constructed with the proper equipment. That’s where heavy duty equipment technicians and the machines that they work on come in. However, heavy duty equipment isn’t just used to build cities, it is also used in forestry, mining, transportation, landscaping, farming, land cleaning, the military, and much more. Heavy duty equipment technicians are hired in positions such as: service managers, service writers or coordinators, equipment company representatives, or college or industry teachers. Although there are varying titles in the field, there are some duties that many heavy duty equipment technicians share. For example, all of them must know how to check heavy duty vehicles such as cranes, graders and bulldozers for performance, faults or malfunctions. They must also be aware of how problems are diagnosed once they are discovered. This is where using computerized and other testing equipment comes in — just like with today’s car models, heavy duty vehicles and equipment has become highly-technological. After a diagnosis is finalized, heavy duty equipment technicians adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems using hand and power tools. Lastly, the repaired equipment is tested to ensure that it works. If, however, one is employed in management, he or she inspects the work of technicians.

At Centennial College in Toronto, students are able to participate in heavy duty equipment courses via the school’s Heavy Duty Equipment Technician co-op apprenticeship. Successful students will earn an Ontario College diploma, will have eight months of practical, on-the-job, co-op training at a heavy equipment facility and complete their entire Ontario apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years.

In order to apply for the Heavy Duty Equipment program, one must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent. Non-academic requirements include: satisfactory results in a program admission session, experience and mechanical aptitude, resumé and English proficiency.

Once students are accepted into the program, they will discover Heavy Equipment Courses such as: Fixed Operations Management (introduces the concepts of Fixed Operations Management in the automotive, truck and coach and heavy duty service industry); Fluid Power Systems (covers in detail hydraulic principles, hydraulic schematics and circuit design, hydraulic actuators, and much more); Engine Systems (covers in detail diesel engine fundamentals, cooling systems, lubricating Systems, and more); and others such as Alternate Fuels, Advanced Electronics Control Systems Diagnosis, and Hoisting and Rigging Technology. Through these heavy equipment courses, students will have the opportunity to train on heavy duty equipment assemblies in fully-equipped heavy duty equipment labs. Meanwhile, the eight months of practical training sees them employed at a heavy equipment facility, working among professionals in the field. Students will be compensated during their co-op placement.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Study a Range of Topics in Centennial College’s Arts Program

“I would describe the General Arts program as fun, interesting, exciting,” says Desiree, a students in the Arts program at Centennial College. “You get to meet new people, your professors are down-to-earth and they help you out a lot. My favourite class was Concepts in Sociology, Psychology, and Humanities. Then you just have your basic courses like your English, which puts you on a different level by helping you out with your writing skills for university [or college].”

This testimonial demonstrates the social and educational benefits of this Arts Program, which is designed to see students study a range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences, as well as communications and learning skills. The length of the program is up to the learner — running from one to four semesters — depending on future goals.

But who should attend? First, students who students don’t possess the academic admission credentials needed to enter a university program of their choice would benefit from upgrading credentials through the Arts program. Also, those wonder if college or university is the right choice for them would find the format of the Arts program beneficial as on-campus experience will allow them to gain insight into how post-secondary programs are structured and what responsibilities they will have as students. Lastly, students who are interested in pursing an education in specialized programs such as: Child Studies, Communication Arts, Community Services or Hospitality and Tourism Administration should consider attending the General Arts program.

Applicants possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have the compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment or equivalent. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program.

Some of courses in the Arts program include: Introductory Research Skills (introduces students to all the component parts of the research process, including the choice of the research topic and research questions, the literature review, ethical concerns, and the choice of paradigm, conceptual framework, approach, design and data collection and analysis); 20th Century History (examines the complex events and forces of the past 100 years. The topics covered include the political, social, economic, cultural, intellectual, and religious movements that created almost constant conflict as well as constant progress); Concepts in Humanities (intended develop several articulate and informed concepts appropriate for observing, participating in and appraising work in the disciplines of the Humanities — history, philosophy, poetry, myth, theatre, fine arts, architecture, music and film); and more.

After one year of study, with at least a 3.0 GPA, students may proceed directly into the first year of a university arts program. Centennial College’s Arts program has articulated programs with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These schools include: Athabasca University, Griffith University, Ryerson University and York University.

Food and Nutrition Management: Where Food and Community Meet

“I learned an enormous amount about different diets and health issues concerning healthcare food service, as well as kitchen skills and different cooking techniques. This is an excellent program to take if you would like to work in the health care food service industry,” says Catrina Evans a graduate of the Food Service program at Centennial College in Toronto, Ont.

Developed to meet the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Standards and Criteria with input from professional organizations and healthcare employers, students of this one-semester program benefit from a learning experience that meets current government standards and employer requirements. Those interested in applying for this food service program, which also includes Food and Nutrition Management aspects, must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. English proficiency will also be considered. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program.

Delivered over a three-day week to accommodate student needs, the courses within the food service program cover the practical aspects of quantity food preparation, service, basic and therapeutic nutrition and sanitation practices. Also covered are quality customer service, effective communications and quality assurance. Specific courses within the undertaking include: Role of Food Service Worker, Workplace Communications, Sanitation and Safety, Nutrition and Health Care, Kitchen Equipment and Food Preparation and Food Service Worker Placement. The courses are presented in a lecture format. To supplement the in-school learning, students also participate in a work experience field placement in a healthcare facility. The placement allows them to apply classroom learning in a true work situation. However, before students can go on their placement, they must have a mandatory two-step mantoux test (TB skin test) within 12 months of starting the program, even if they have had BCG, as well as influenza immunization and a vulnerable persons police check.

Among the skills students graduate with are: the ability to communicate the role of nutrition and apply the principles of human nutrition to food production in the health care food service environment; discuss the standards and principles of diet therapy relating to a variety of illnesses and diseases and apply these principles to the assembly of therapeutic meals in the health care food service environment; provide a safe and health dietary environment, including food that is free from bacteria and other harmful contaminants by adhering to government and departmental regulations relating to food safety, and injury and hazard prevention strategies; carry out cost control techniques in the preparation of foodservice in the healthcare environment; implement cooking principles and techniques in the preparation of large quantities of various foods for the healthcare environment and more.

Students in the Food Service Program may also use the knowledge and skills they gain to transfer into the two-year Food and Nutrition Management diploma program if desired. Upon graduation, students obtain positions in long-term care, retirement, acute care and with food service contractors. This certificate is a requirement to work as a food service worker in long-term care as well as an asset to work in other healthcare food service industries.

A Freightliner Training Academy-like Environment Prepares Your Practically and Theoretically

“This is a modified apprenticeship program,” says George Leedeman of the Truck and Coach Technician – Freightliner program at Centennial College, which has a Freightliner Training Academy feel. “The employers go out of their way to ensure that students actually do some work during their apprenticeship, and are not just pushing the broom. They’ll actually be assisting or shadowing a technician when he’s doing important work on the trucks so they can really learn something. Also, the engines found on-campus [that students train with] are very popular and commonly found in the trade. So it’s up-to-date, it’s useful information and it’s leading edge.” Meanwhile, a student named Rafael adds, “It’s a learning process on bigger vehicles such as trailer trucks and also busses. The coolest thing that I’ve learned so far is taking an engine apart, and learning and understanding the breakdowns.”

These testimonials show how valuable the 36-week freightliner training at Centennial College is with its in-class training and four weeks of co-op work placement. To apply, students must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or GED or equivalent. Applicants must be employed by a freightliner dealership or a designated fleet employer or selected through an interview process. Please be advised, that candidates may apply directly to Centennial College. Successful applicants must obtain an employer and then register as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Acceptance is based on successful completion of all entry requirements. Limited space is available in each program.

Once students are accepted, they will discover the freightliner training academy feel comes from highly-qualified and experienced faculty members who emphasize aspects of heavy vehicle technology that are embodied in the program. This includes the diagnosis and repair of the following course subjects: electronics and electrical, and computer management systems; steering, brakes, suspensions, frames and alignment; transmission(s) manual, automated, automatic; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; hydraulics; engines; fuel systems (gas and diesel); welding – MIG, ARC, gas, cutting, brazing; and tools, equipment safety concerns. These subjects are covered in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs housed within the province’s largest transportation centre, Ashtonbee campus. It should be noted that the training provided in the Truck Freightliner Training program is actually more in-depth and longer than traditional apprenticeships.

In addition to this in-school portion is four weeks of on-the-job training. As Mr. Leedeman mentioned, during this time, students apply what they have learned and gain new knowledge from their employers. They also have a chance to network and learn to deal with a range of clients. Students receive pay during the apprenticeship and may be eligible for Employment Insurance during the in-class training. Once students have graduated from the Centennial College program, they will be assisted in obtaining employment with a Daimler truck dealer or major truck or bus fleet operator. However, they may also find jobs with truck, bus or motor home dealerships; manufacturers of trucks, buses, and motor homes; freight and transportation companies; as well as municipal or provincial highway transportation departments.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Communication Training Will Prepare You For a Career in Public Relations

The art of communication is key in everyday life and even more so in business. Professionals with communications training find jobs with banks, municipal governments, PR agencies, museums, trade associations, hospitals not-for-profit organizations and many other places. These communications specialists can either become public relations reps or corporate communications professionals. Although both areas entail communication, there are differences. For example, public relations is all about building and maintaining relationships between your client’s internal and external stakeholders. Corporate communications, on the other hand, involves the communication within a corporation, such as executive and internal communications, branding, events, advertising, and more. The one thing both have in common is the communications training professionals who work in them receive.

“I’m really glad I decided to go to Centennial College. So many things were triggered from that. If I hadn’t learned some of the skills and taken the courses in the program, I don’t think I’d be in such a great position as I am now,” says Virginia Middleton, who works with Kids Help Phone Line. Virginia’s testimonial demonstrates the reason why the college’s Corporate Communications and Public Relations Program is so highly respected. It is all about ensuring that students are obtaining skills, academic knowledge and having the opportunity to network. And students (and employers) are appreciating the communication training. Ninety-two per cent of graduates are very satisfied or satisfied with the overall quality of instruction; 86 per cent of students are very satisfied or satisfied with skills and abilities specific to a career in this field; 100 per cent of employers of grads from the public relations program are very satisfied or satisfied with their job-related knowledge.

Taking one year to complete, the program is for post-graduate students and results in an Ontario College Graduate Certificate. It is offered out of the Centre for Creative Communications, which is located close to the heart of Toronto’s PR industry and ensures ample networking opportunities. In addition, focus is on employability skills and landing a job with a curriculum that emphasizes learning by doing. Among the skills students gain are: learning to write media releases and newsletters, producing an event with a team, designing releases, conducting press conferences, communicating effectively with the public and the media, and much. Specific courses within the program include: Event Management, Copy Editing, Media Relations, Online Public Relations and more. Speaking of the Internet, this Communications Training leads the way in social media and PR content. To supplement the in-school learning, students attend a full-time, eight-week field placement.

Those interested in applying must be able to present an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program. Applicants will also be required to attend an information session that includes writing and editing exercises and will have to submit a portfolio of writing and a resume. Those who can present a combination of partial post-secondary education (two year minimum) and relevant work experience may also be considered for Centennial College’s communications training.

According to a 2009 survey on, the median salary for a PR manger is $65,959.

Court Clerk Training at Centennial College Gets You into Canada’s Courts

“It is a two-semester certificate program,” says Patty-Ann Sullivan of the Court Support Service undertaking at Centennial College where students obtain court clerk training and Municipal Court Training . “We have designed it on the recommendation of the Ministry of the Attorney General. This program will introduce students to the procedural rules [and is a place] where they will learn about family law and criminal law. We’ll also touch upon some court reporting and transcribing. The unique thing about this program is that it contains a practicum portion. We have an assimilated courtroom within Centennial College, so the students will actually be able to practice taking an oath and presenting before judges. In addition, there will be numerous trips to the various courtrooms and tribunals in order for these students to see first-hand exactly what their role will be within the courtroom setting. It’s perfect for an individual who is very confident, articulate, and who enjoys interacting and working with a number of different individuals. This program should result in jobs within the courtroom setting — either as Court Monitors or Court Clerks. In addition, these graduates will be able to work with all the administrative tribunals and will also be able to work for any official examiners’ offices.”

Patty-Ann does a fantastic job of describing the program but let’s take a closer look at some of the specifics. First and foremost, to apply, students must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Academic requirements include compulsory English 12 or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent. Applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission. Applicants whose first language is not English, and who have studied in an English language school system, for less than three full years may meet English proficiency requirements by providing satisfactory results an English Language Proficiency test.

Experienced Court Clerk Training faculty members who work within the court system provide students with the legal and practical hands-on learning through: small class sizes, newly upgraded computer labs, simulated courtroom setting, practical, career-oriented assignments and the out-of-classroom experiences that Patty-Ann mentioned. Specific course within the court clerk training include: Court Clerk Criminal, Ethics and Professional Conduct, Communications, Word Processing Applications and more. Lastly, the field experience offers students a look at how the field functions and a chance to network. “We look forward to the opportunity of working with the graduates of the Centennial College Court Support Services program,” says Ali Maqbool, A/Supervisor, Court Operations, Family & Small Claims Court, Ministry of the Attorney General

In order to graduate from the Court Support Services program, students are required to attain a minimum C grade average and an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 for graduation. Upon graduation, the role of the court clerk is multi-faceted and includes the implementation of courtroom procedures, in addition to working with judges, lawyers and other courtroom personnel.

Community and Child Studies Training Prepares You For Your Educational Journey

Careers such as Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Work, Developmental Service Work, Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Recreation and Leisure Services and Social Services all require the professionals who work in them to be properly trained at a respected post-secondary institution. What happens if a person who wants to enter one of these fields doesn’t have the credentials to take the necessary program? He or she can instead enter the community and child studies training at a school like Centennial College. This unique undertaking serves as a pathway for pursing a profession in one of these fields.

Taking two semesters to complete, the undertaking is specifically designed for adult learners while taking into account and supports the needs of ESL students. Not only does the community and Child Studies Training allow students to develop a thorough understanding of the personal and professional requirements of the varied careers available in the community services and child studies department, it also engages students in reflective practice to facilitate professional skill development. All of this is carried out while enhancing communication competence in all language strands.

Faculty members who are experienced in both community and child studies conduct all of the courses within the program. These faculty members not only support and guide students, they also utilize ESL collaborative teaching approaches.

Speaking of the community and Child Studies Course, they include topics such as health and first aid, an introduction to psychology, professional practice and ethics, foundations in community and child studies and others. These topics are covered via specific courses such as Developing College Communications Skills (designed to assist students in upgrading their English skills in the four areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening); Professional Practice and Ethics (students explore how personal attitudes, values and boundaries affect professional relationships. As students begin to define themselves as professionals in the human services field, they will discuss and clarify the professional ethics and standards of employment); Foundations in Community & Child Studies (students will explore professional roles and summarize key career benefits and issues); and more.

Once students successfully complete the program, they obtain an Ontario College Certificate and apply to a Centennial College program of their choice.

To apply for the child studies courses, students must have minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants should be advised that the program is only open for admission to applicants who have been advised and assisted to register by the Centennial College Assessment and Advising Centre. Applicants cannot apply directly to for admission to this program.