Thursday, November 29, 2012

Construction and Maintenance Electrician Training Allows For Variety of Career Options

Did you know that a construction and maintenance electrician has the option of working in areas such as service, installation, repairs, sales, and design? These professionals work in the construction industry and may be responsible for tasks such as: reading and interpreting drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts for new or existing installations; installing, replacing and repairing lighting fixtures and electrical control and distribution equipment; splicing, joining and connecting wire to fixtures and components to form circuits; testing continuity of circuits using test equipment to ensure compatibility and safety of system following installation, replacement or repair; troubleshooting and isolating faults in electrical and electronic systems and remove and replace faulty components; and more.

As such, a construction and maintenance electrician must have extensive knowledge of electrical circuits, maintenance of electrical instruments or devices, operation of electrical motors and power transmission as used in the industry. Centennial College's two-year offering, known officially as Electrician: Construction and Maintenance — Electrician Engineering Technician, offers students all of this know-how through a lecture and practical application combination.

To apply for the construction and maintenance electricians offering, interested parties must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have finished the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment as well as the Math Grade 11 M, C or U or Grade 12 M, C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment. Lastly a questionnaire, resume and references to determine apprenticeship employability as well as an employer interview may be required.

Once accepted, students train as apprentices in the electrician trade while simultaneously obtaining their diploma. Due to this approach, their students' is split between the campus and a co-op apprenticeship placement. Beginning on campus, construction and maintenance electrician students attend courses such as: three levels of Electrical Codes and Prints, three levels of Electrical Theory, three levels of Installation Methods, three levels of Electronics, and more. Additionally, the future construction and maintenance electricians experience a project approach that simulates actual workplace assignments. Meanwhile, the co-op feature, which lasts eight months, allows these future construction and maintenance electricians to apply what they have learned during their time in the Centennial College lectures and labs. The college arranges the placement and the hours earned during the co-op placement are counted towards the practical part of apprenticeship training. This allows for application of the skills learned in school and network while being compensated.

Nursing Program Allows Students To Pursue Further Education

Are you looking to attend a nursing program college-level that not only prepares you for the field but also ensures seamless entry into programs that will further your education? If so, you may want to consider attending Centennial College’s two-year Practical Nursing offering. Not only does graduating from this program prepare you to work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and community settings, it also allows you to pursue further study in Centennial Continuing Education programs: RPN - Perioperative Nursing or RPN - Advanced Mental Health. In addition, you may pursue a university education in Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Centennial’s innovative Bridging program.

Because the complexity of today’s healthcare environment requires the Practical Nurse to have more in-depth knowledge as well as increased level of skill and judgment, this nursing program college offering has curriculum based on: College of Nurses of Ontario practice standards and guidelines, College of Nurses of Ontario entry to practice competencies (2009) for Registered Practical Nurses and vocational learning outcomes for Ontario Practical Nursing programs (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities).

In addition, all faculty members have clinical expertise. These professionals offer classroom instruction supplemented by independent study, multimedia support and on-going clinical experience. In addition, small group instruction in clinical and laboratory settings utilize the latest technology, such as computerized simulation. Specific topics covered in this Nursing program college offering include: developmental psychology, practical nursing theory, practical nursing health assessment, practical nursing professionals growth and many others. This combination of teaching methods and courses prepares Centennial College’s nursing grads to provide safe, competent and ethical care, using resources and technologies for an increasingly complex client population.

In order to apply for this Nursing program college offering, students must have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required are: Compulsory English 12C or U or equivalent, Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or equivalent, Biology 11C, or U, or 12C, or U, or equivalent and one of the following sciences chemistry or physics 11U, or 12C, or U, or equivalent. Additionally, non-academic requirements include English proficiency, official transcripts of upgraded courses (if required), Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR), where applicable; Canadian citizenship, permanent residence of Canada or authorization under the Immigration Act (Canada); no criminal convictions including those under the Narcotic Control or Food and Drugs Acts; no subject of proceedings, with respect to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in another health profession in Ontario, or in nursing in another jurisdiction; no suffering from a mental or physical disorder that makes it desirable in the public interest that you not practice; annual clear vulnerable police check prior to clinical placement, a completed immunization review form; successful completion of a current recognized course in CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) and standard first aid and a mask fit testing.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

School of Hospitality Offers Respected Education

From a campus that is fully equipped to help students in their training and dedicated professors to field placement experiences and hands-on courses, Centennial College’s School of Hospitality offers its students everything they need to be fully prepared to enter the hospitality, tourism and culture field upon education.

Comprised of 13 programs that offer students the skills they need to find employment across Canada, the School of Hospitality covers all five sections of tourism: accommodation, food and beverage and transportation and travel services, and recreation and entertainment. As such, some programs are open to anyone who has graduated high school (and meets other requirements such as a English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment), while others require students to have already completed a college diploma or university degree.

Within the School of Hospitality, Baking – Commercial Bakeries, Culinary Management – International, Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Hospitality Operations – Kitchen Management, Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort, Hospitality Management – Restaurant and Catering, Hospitality Foundations, Hospitality Services, Tourism Management, and Travel and Tourism are all undergraduate programs. Meanwhile, Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management; Event Management – Festival and Conference; and Culture and Heritage Site Management are all Graduate Certificate programs.

Whether students of the School of Hospitality are attending graduate or undergraduate programs, they have access to Progress Campus, which houses all programs from this School of study. Among this campus’ faculties are a live restaurant called Horizon Restaurant where students can learn how to prepare freshly made food and serve it, schedule and make reservation recommendations and manage menus. There is also the Centennial Conference Centre, which boasts eight meeting rooms and sees uniformed students plan events. Lastly Progress Campus boasts computer labs that feature software that is beneficial to students of the School of Hospitality.

All School of Hospitality programs seek to ensure that students get a range of training that includes learning the latest business practices in marketing, human resources, finance and industry operations — as applied to the hospitality and tourism field. In addition, many offerings feature practical practice or work experience that sees students working in industry-approved workplaces to apply what they have learned and gain new knowledge from seasoned professionals who are currently employed in the field.

School of Hospitality programs vary in prerequisites. Students are advised to carefully note the requirements of their program of choice before applying.

Upon graduation from the School of Hospitality, students enter a field in which they cater to the 19.6 million people taking overnight trips to Canada — with almost four million visiting Toronto last year alone. The Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council anticipates that the food and beverage services sector will grow to employ 1.95-million people by 2015. In 2010, the accommodation, food and beverage sectors employed 1,086,000 people and generated revenues of almost $18.8-billion.

International Business College Offers Worldly Experiences

With today’s global approach to business, attending an international business college is the best way to get an education that is respected around the world. According to Wikipedia, “international business is a term used to collectively describe all commercial transactions that take place between two or more regions, countries and nations beyond their political boundary. Usually, private companies undertake such transactions for profit, and governments undertake them for profit and for political reasons. It refers to all those business activities that involve cross border transactions of goods, services, and resources between two or more nations. Transactions of economic resources include capital, skills, people etc. for international production of physical goods and services such as finance, banking, insurance, construction, etc.”

Centennial College’s International Business College offers students 30 programs that, depending on a student’s goals and previous education, range in length from three semesters to three years. All of the offerings within the International Business College are conducted out of Progress Campus, which boasts facilities in which students can practice ahead of graduation (including fully equipped computer labs) and interact with award-winning faculty, administrators and support staff who are ready to answer their questions. In addition, many of Centennial College’s International Business College programs see students head out on co-op, internships and work placements. These features allow students to apply what they have learned and make important industry connections.

Some programs such as Accounting, Business Operations, Financial Services, Marketing, Office Administration don’t have an outright international business college angle, but teach students to skills that are transferable across the country and respective industries. Others, however, take a more obvious International Business College angle, including: Business (grads go onto be employed as Customs Compliance Analysts, Import/Export Documentation Specialist, Global Logistics Assistant and Inside Sales Representatives); Global Business Management (graduates pursue entry level management/professional roles with international organizations, non-governmental organizations and domestic businesses operating on a global scale); and International Business Management (graduates work as: Foreign Investment and Risk Analysts, Foreign Trade Consultants, Commercial Bank Officers, International Marketing Representatives and International Development Assistants).

Further exemplifying the International Business College approach is an International Business Exchange, during which students study, for one semester, at one of Centennial’s partner colleges or universities and receive full credit at Centennial for all successfully completed courses. To partake in this exchange, students pay the usual Canadian college tuition fees they’re accustomed to, rather than international tuition that’s usually much higher. Students also pay for their own airfare, books, accommodation and food, although qualifying students are eligible for Ontario Student Assistance (OSAP) funding. Centennial offers two $500 scholarships annually to encourage studying abroad.

In many instances, this International Business College allows students to complete their program while simultaneously logging valuable academic credits towards earning a master’s and/or bachelor’s degree from the several well-known local universities in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada and around the world.

Three Aviation Program Options At Centennial College Offer Practical Training

Taking to the skies in a plane can be very exciting for both the pilots who fly and the aviation and avionics mechanics who ensure that the plane is safe and ready for flight. However, before they can enter the field, all three of these professionals must attend a post-secondary aviation program that caters to their particular area of interest.

Centennial College’s School of Transportation offers three specific aviation programs: Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance, Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance and Professional Pilot Training. All of these aviation programs are facilitated from the School’s Ashtonbee Campus, which is actually Canada’s largest transportation training centre. Part of this location is a fully functional aircraft hangar, licensed by Transport Canada and complete with a “fleet” of 10 aircraft that are used as training aids by the pilot, aircraft technician and avionics technician students. Students also have access to tools of the trade and are taught by experienced faculty members. Let’s take a look at all three aviation programs offered at Centennial College.

Professional Pilot Training is a program that prepares students to become commercial airplane pilots, private aircraft pilots and flight instructors. Offered in collaboration with Durham Flight Centre (where students obtain flight practice), this aviation program consists of three phases and 530-hours (200 hours of flight experience and 330 hours of ground school).  Students in this program have the opportunity to pilot Cessna 150, 172 and Piper Aztec aircraft.

Meanwhile, Centennial College’s other aviation programs focus on mechanics. The first aviation program in this area is Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance. Completed in two years, it focuses on the aircraft’s various electronic systems are examined, including: electrical power distribution and control, navigation, flight instrumentation, communication and radar. As a result of training, students obtain skills from basic electronics to sophisticated avionic systems used in modern aircraft.

The other such aviation program is Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program. Also taking two years to complete, it emphasizes the repair of a wide range of electrical and mechanical systems within an aircraft, including: hydraulics, fuels, environmental systems, engines, surface controls and undercarriage systems, and the aircraft’s frame and external skin. Aviation maintenance servicing practices and procedures as well as aviation regulation requirements, round out training.

Both of these mechanic-focused aviation programs are approved by Transport Canada approved and certified by the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council as a recognized aircraft maintenance-training programs. Graduates these avionics programs work in many areas of the industry including: manufacturers, airlines, aircraft, electronic and avionics maintenance companies; and other Canadian aviation operations.

Advertising Programs Offer Three Unique Perspectives on the Field

If you are interested in attending one of Centennial College’s three advertising programs, consider that those who are successful in this field have strong people skills (because they work with a client base that can be difficult and demanding); are comfortable with meeting continual deadlines (advertisers may have to work all night or weekends to ensure a presentation is properly prepared to meet a pressing deadline); possess creativity skills (successful advertisers will be those who can create a commercial message that the consumer will remember); and are team players (the ability to work in a team or to perform individual excellence is important because advertising professionals have the opportunity to do both).

If you possess these skills and qualities, Centennial College has three advertising programs to which you may apply depending on your previous education. For example, those who just graduated from high school may apply for the three-year Advertising offering. In this program, students are taught the critical skills they need to enter this dynamic field, as they learn how to tell clients’ stories with persuasive advertising in addition to planning and developing campaigns on mobile platforms. As a result, they may enter offshoots of advertising such as: marketing, interactive/mobile, copywriting, production, direct marketing, promotions and event marketing. This Advertising program features an industry field placement, during which students acquire experience in the day-to-day duties of the advertising world.

The three-year Advertising program demonstrates the area that most people associate with the field. However, other areas of advertising require people to work in the background. Two of these areas are: Advertising: Media Management and Advertising: Account Management, both of are covered by Centennial College’s other Advertising program options. These offerings are geared toward mature learners who have a previous post-secondary education or experience in the advertising field.

First, Advertising: Media Management teaches students the fundamentals of media management with a focus on consumer-driven communication channel choices such as mobile platform for advertising message. During the three semesters spent in this advertising program, students attend courses such as: Interactive Communications, Media Research Data and Analyses, Introduction to Media Planning, Advertising Planning and Campaign Management and more. As a result, they are prepared to work with: advertising agencies, independent media management companies, marketing companies, multi-media owners and sellers, research companies and advertisers.

Meanwhile, Advertising: Account Management prepares students for the client service area of the integrated marketing and communications industry. With this Advertising program, students master the full scope of advertising, digital, mobile and social media platforms and can manage integrated communications plans from inception to final production. As a result, graduates launch careers with leading communications, digital and marketing companies in: advertising, interactive and mobile marketing, sales promotion, event marketing and direct marketing.

In 2010, spending on advertising was estimated at more than $300-billion in the United States and $500-billion worldwide.

Esthetics College Program Offers Respected Education

If you are looking to attend an esthetics college program that not only offers you the practical practice you need to be field-ready upon graduation but also the theory behind the procedures you will perform, consider Centennial College’s Esthetician offering. In just two years, students graduate with an Ontario College Diploma and know-how to: perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions, and supporting client needs; use a range of specialized equipment and products; apply relevant knowledge of anatomy, physiology and histology to the provision of specialized esthetic treatments and services; adhere to health, safety, sanitation and infection prevention control guidelines; identify business skills and activities required for the successful establishment and operation of a small esthetic business in a salon or spa environment; select and recommend the use of esthetic products and product ingredients to clients; establish and maintain professional relationships in adherence to standards and ethics associated with the profession; develop customer service strategies that meet and adapt to individual needs and expectations; and determine professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry change.

With all the knowledge obtained in the esthetics college offering, Centennial College graduates find employment in spas and salons, or in health clinics in conjunction with dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other healthcare providers. Opportunities also exist on cruise ships and spas overseas. Some graduates may choose to work as product representatives and skin care consultants. Many estheticians choose to be self-employed in their own businesses.

In order to get them from novices to professionals, the esthetics college offering employs state-of-the art esthetician lab facilities and cutting-edge equipment that is common in today’s wellness and medical spas. In these facilities, students take courses that balance theory and hands-on application to learn the proper use of specialized equipment and products, as well as how to apply knowledge of business operations, exceptional customer service and diverse population needs to daily operations of an esthetic business in a controlled salon or spa environment. Other topics include: anatomy, physiology, pathology and histology; practical applications, product knowledge, sales techniques and business practice.  

Esthetics college program students then apply what they have learned in the school’s student clinic (which is supervised by qualified faculty members) and to a real world experience through field placements in the best spas in the city.

To apply for Centennial College’s esthetics college program, students must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older; and have finished the compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent. Please note that after admission but prior to each program field placement students are required to: obtain an annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening; complete immunization requirements (immunization review form); successfully complete and annually renew a recognized course in CPR (Healthcare provider level); successfully complete a recognized course in standard first aid.

Occupation Therapy University or College Programs Provide Hands-on Experience

Attending an occupation therapy university or college programs offer students the know-how they need to work in hospitals, nursing homes, seniors’ residences, extended care facilities, schools, clinics, rehabilitation centres and the private industry with a broad client population consisting of infants, children, adults and the aged. One such offering is Centennial College’s Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant. As a result of two years of training, graduates are able to: communicate appropriately and effectively, through verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic means, with clients, their families, significant others, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other healthcare providers; participate in the effective functioning of inter-professional healthcare teams; establish, develop, maintain and bring closure to client-centred, therapeutic relationships; document and complete client records in a thorough, objective, accurate and nonjudgmental manner;  develop and implement strategies to maintain, improve and promote professional competence; perform effectively through the application of relevant knowledge of health sciences, psychosociological sciences and health conditions; perform functions common to both physiotherapy and occupational therapy practices that contribute to the development, implementation and modification of intervention/treatment plans, under the supervision of and in collaboration with the occupational therapist and/or physiotherapist.

But what is it about this undertaking that makes it just as effective as an occupation therapy university-level offering? First and foremost, it is anchored by high academic standards, personal attention and the opportunity to develop skills in an environment equipped with a wide range of tools used in industry.

Secondly, the range of courses in which students partake allow them to master the skills needed to handle all of the above tasks. These courses include: Establishing Therapeutic Communication, Human Lifespan Development, Rehabilitation Practice, Conditions Impacting Function, Physiotherapy Skills – Therapeutic Modalities and more. Students also learn to respect and care for the uniqueness of individuals, effective communication, critical thinking and decision-making.

Before graduation, Occupation Therapy  students apply what they learned to several work experiences in clinical settings, with a range of client populations as well as working alongside a preceptor and under the supervision of an occupational therapist or physiotherapist. Fieldwork placement requirements include CPR Level HCP (Health Care Provider) and standard first aid certification, a clear vulnerable police check prior to semester 2, immunization review form and completion of a mask fit test.

Applicants to this occupation therapy program are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have completed the Compulsory English 12C, or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Biology 11C or U or equivalent. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the occupation therapy training. Before application to this occupation therapy program, it should be noted that grads are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their workday. It is recommended that applicants have a high level of fitness when entering the program.

A Media Education Foundation Sets the Base for Success

If you’re looking for a media education foundation that includes skills for basic communications, media knowledge, terminology and English language development for growth required to succeed in specialized programs and fields such as advertising, journalism or broadcasting and film, look no further than Centennial College’s Communications and Media Foundations program. In this offering, students who may lack the foundation or credentials needed to enter specialized programs, gain a solid knowledge base while examining issues of communicating in their role as global citizens. To apply for this communication program, students are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature applicant status (19 years or older). In addition, it should be noted that students must complete the Centennial College English skills assessment before registering for this program. A minimum score of 130 or 131 is required to begin.

Once accepted, students enter a media education foundation offering that serves to provide a pathway for pursing further post-secondary education in Centennial College’s three-year Advertising, Broadcasting and Film and three-year Journalism programs. This is achieved by teaching students a wide variety of skills that will be the base for their expertise. Among the skills students take away from this communication program are: creating and maintaining a forum in social media networks using rich media applications; applying theoretical principles to produce practical, focused written communications and media solutions; using appropriate vocabulary, terminology, basic numeracy and communicative strategies necessary in the communications and media environment; applying developed English language skills to a presentation portfolio; writing and presenting in basic narrative formats for a variety of media platforms; examining one’s roles and responsibilities as a glbal citizen in personal and professional life; examining beliefs, values and behaviours that form individual and community identities and the basis for respectful relationships; and applying knowledge of communications and media workplaces, environments and practices to develop one’s job search strategies and early career success strategies.

There are 13 specific media education foundation courses in which students participate during their time in the program. Among these communication program courses are: Introduction to Media, Success Skills, Developing Communications Portfolio Skills, Exploring Digital Culture as well as Essential English Skills (upgrades students’ language skills in reading, vocabulary acquisition, writing, speaking and listening to college level); Tools and Processes for Communicators (introduces students to the School of Communications environment, and teaches the use of many tools available to them in a systematic and intelligent way. They are made aware of the appropriate communications etiquette or code of conduct that is expected within the industry and beyond); Media Theory Workplace and Issues (introduces students to ideas and research that will help them understand the structure of Canada’s broadcasting industry and the issues and trends facing it); and more.

Once students have completed this one-year communication program, they receive an automatic acceptance into their media or communications program of choice.

Computer Systems Technician – Networking Program Offers Practical Training

By attending a Computer Systems Technician – Networking offering, graduates have a variety of career options. Among the positions for which they may apply are: computer systems technicians, field service representatives, network technicians, network technical support specialists, help desk support and technical support. At Centennial College’s two-year Computer Systems Technician program, students who are accepted become one of only 100 yearly graduates who find their jobs in technical support from the growing mesh of Internet, intranet, extranet and telecom networks. Companies that have hired graduates of this program include: StorageTek, Toronto Hydro and Transport Canada.

Computer Systems Technicians plan, administer, configure and maintain individual and networked computer systems. They provide technical support for computer users in a business environment. As such, students who attend Centennial College will find that the program incorporates the latest in computer systems and network technology to reflect the ever-growing innovations of the digital revolution.

Among the specific topics covered in the Computer Systems Technician program are: Network Technologies (theory classes cover all the fundamental information behind LANs, WANs and their technologies, and lab classes introduce students to the hands on techniques to install, configure and troubleshoot a physical network environment); Customer Skills (provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the technical support and helpdesk environment and the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work in the user support industry); Network Security (students learn about the basics of network security, the security problems that may occur in networks including aspects of internet security, and solution); and more.

Throughout the Computer Systems Technician program, hands-on labs and technical problem solving are used. Students go inside PC hardware and into the details of operating systems to have full human control of the computing and communicating technology. They also learn to put together and maintain systems that will empower users in their creative, business and communication activities.

The Computer Systems Technician program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists, and, as such, has met the established national technology accreditation requirements. In addition, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes the Computer Systems Technician - Networking program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technician category.

To apply for the Computer Systems Technician – Networking program at Centennial College, students are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. Although meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Computer Systems Technician program, those who are accepted will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results.

Please note that qualified college or university graduates with a background in networks gain direct admission into semester three of this two-year program and receive their Computer Systems Technician - Networking diploma in two semesters.

Culinary Management Program Offers International Perspective

Do you dream of working around the world in the culinary field in places such as hotels, cruise lines, resort, restaurants, country clubs and camps? If so, Centennial College’s Culinary Management program, with its international perspective on traditional culinary management, may be for you.

The two-year undertaking is officially known as Culinary Management – International and is offered at the college’s Progress Campus. This location houses many other School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture programs. As such, it boasts a variety of facilities to ensure that the Culinary Management program meets its goal of teaching students to be well versed in culinary techniques, sanitation practices and management strategies. Among specific facilities to which students have access are: state-of-the-art culinary and baking labs, a restaurant that serves as a live lab and allows students to learn to deal with a variety of customers as well as computer labs at which students can master software programs related to their field.

As for the Culinary Management program’s curriculum, covered are topics that will allow students to work nationally and internationally. First, students are provided with a sound culinary foundation and specialization in ethnic and international cuisine, then they move onto mastering the skills they need to manage diversity in the workplace through exposure to the unique relationship between cuisine, culture, and religion

Among the specific Culinary Management courses in this offering are: Food Theory for Culinarians (topics covered include: professionalism, culinary terminology, seasoning, cooking methods, stocks, soups, basic sauces, vegetables, potatoes, rice, grains, legumes, pasta, dairy, eggs, meat, poultry, fish and seafood); Bakeshop Principles and Practices (students are introduced to the fundamental ingredients, techniques and procedures used in the bakeshop from both a theoretical and practical perspective); and Restaurant Practicum: Kitchen/Dining Room (provides students with the opportunity to integrate their previous classes in an operating kitchen and restaurant where they apply and experience different types of international cuisines and presentation styles. Students rotate to the different sections of the kitchen to expand their skills and further develop an understanding of the brigade system). Additionally, students partake in Culinary Management courses that teach them the specific cuisines of Europe, the Mediterranean and Middle East, South Asia, the Americas, and South East Asia. Such specialization is well suited to the cruise ship industry and all-inclusive resorts, both of which offer many types of diverse cuisines as part of the dining experiences.

To allow students to apply what they learn in their Culinary Management courses prior to graduation, this program offers a field placement in the last semester. During the course of the placement, students have an opportunity to observe, learn and work with experienced personnel in a real-life environment, while supporting the application and further development of their practical and theoretical skills.

Applicants to the Culinary Management program are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older). Additionally, 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.

Electronic Engineering Technician Program Offers Options For Many Students

Did you know that qualified college or university graduates with a background in electronics gain direct admission into semester three of Centennial College’s two-year Electronics Engineering Technician program and receive their diploma in two semesters? However, if students don’t have a university or college diploma, they may still apply as long as they have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Applicants must also have compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. However, it should be noted that having these requirements doesn’t guarantee a spot in the program.

Because the Electronics Engineering Technician offering at Centennial College has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board and is certified by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the technician category, it is respected in the industry.

Aside from reverence because of its accreditations, students who take the Electronics Engineering program are also respected in the field because of the in-depth knowledge they gain of the project design theory and quality assurance issues, as well as technical expertise in an array of electronics engineering areas such as wireless communications, data communications, microcontroller programming and industrial systems. Students also have the opportunity to work with computers, communication transceivers and electronics testing and measurement equipment, while developing a solid foundation in modern electronics.

At the end of the their two years of study, students in the Electronics Engineering Technician training who have a minimum 2.0 GPA can transfer directly into the fifth semester of the technologist program.

Electronics Engineering Technicians can obtain positions in a number of fields, including: telecommunications, computer applications, control systems, radio and television equipment and audio-visual equipment. Those interested in becoming hands-on Electronic Engineering Technicians are responsible for fabricating parts such as coils, terminal boards and chassis, use bench lathes, drills and other machine tools. They may also write computer or microprocessor software programs and test the electronic units that they’re helped to put together. Meanwhile, electronics engineering technicians interested in theory are responsible for researching equipment and component needs, sources, competitive prices, delivery times and ongoing operational costs. In addition, they have the task of writing reports and record data on testing techniques, laboratory equipment and specifications to assist engineers while also maintaining system logs and manuals, reading blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings and engineering instructions for assembling electronic units. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that jobs in the Electronic Engineering Technician field are expected to grow by five per cent between 2008 and 2018.

Architecture Program Launches Your Career in the Construction Field

Did you know that the field of architecture is quite vast and involves multiple areas of expertise? Architecture is both the process and product of planning, designing and construction. As such, those who attend Centennial College’s architecture program, which is focused on technology, become the link between the architect’s design and the finished building by ensuring that they use correct materials and that any planning and building regulations are complied. In addition, these professionals also prepare designs, create construction drawings and specifications, are responsible for quality and cost control, and communicate with clients and other construction professionals. Because of their positions, these architecture grads find employment with architects, architectural technology firms, engineers, builders, contractors, developers, construction material manufacturers and suppliers, and municipal building departments.

This Architectural Technology program is completed in three years and results in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma. During the time, students attend courses such as Design and Computer Aided Drafting Project, Environment, Mathematics for Architecture, Materials and Methods, Building within the Municipality; Contacts, Law and Professional Practice & Ethics, and more. As a result of using state-of-the-art computer technology in these courses, architecture program students master preparing designs, construction drawings and specifications needed to communicate with clients, construction professionals and approval authorities. Additionally, they are introduced to building materials, construction methods, structural design, mechanical and electrical services, building codes, contracts, specifications and the business environment for providing design and construction services.

It’s worth noting that this architecture program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). In addition, the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists recognizes the Architectural Technology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

Applicants to this architecture program must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11M or U or 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not, however, guarantee admission to Architectural Technology program. Requirements continue after students have been accepted as they are expected to maintain a 2.0 GPA to enter the fifth semester. Also, students of this architecture program who have completed all courses in semesters 1 to 4 will have all the prerequisites requirements for courses in semester 5 and 6.
Service Canada anticipates that the growth in construction and the demand for architectural services means that the number of architectural technology jobs should increase significantly in the next few years. It also states that these opportunities will be first available to candidates with a Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) in architectural technology/technician.

International Business Management Allows for Cultural Experiences

If you’re looking for an International Business Management program that not only prepares you for the industry but also allows for a smooth transition into further education, you may want to consider the one offered at Centennial College. This one-year offering is geared to students who have already completed a college or university credential and allows individuals from a variety of academic backgrounds to gain the global business knowledge necessary in leveraging their career prospects. Upon completion, students have the opportunity to continue their studies and apply their centennial credits towards a master’s degree with the program’s university partners: University of Western Sydney, Griffith University and Centenary College. If, however, they want to enter the International Business Management field right away, they can do so in positions such as Foreign Investment and Risk Analysts, Foreign Trade Consultants, Commercial Bank Officers, International Marketing Representatives, International Development Assistants.

In order to apply to the International Business Management program, students are required to have completed a college diploma or university degree in any discipline. In addition, proof of English proficiency may be required. Please note that this program will consider applicants with partial post-secondary and relevant work experience (transcript and resume review is required).

Once they are in the program, students will discover a program that thrives on the belief that business today, whether large, medium or small, is inevitably international and that recognition is vital to its survival in a globalized world economy. As such, an emphasis is placed on the use of computer and Internet technology in performing international business functions to ensure that students have the necessary skills for career success in the current international business environment. An extensive use of case studies, simulations and project-based learning, with focus on developing project management, teamwork, report writing and communication and presentation skills round out teaching methods.

These teaching methods are used throughout, including in the first semester of this International Business Management program, which includes foundational courses such as Business Presentations, Comparative Geopolitical Systems, Global Business Strategy, International Development and more. The second semester of International Business Management offers provides specialized, industry-valued courses. Among these are: International Marketing and Trade (a study of international marketing in a global economy. Practical application is in the development of an international/global marketing plan of an existing or potential consumer good); International Finance and Training (provides opportunities in understanding the role of finance in global business activities, financial markets and institutions affect everyday life); Import and Export Management (emphasis is on entrepreneurial activities, including sourcing, purchasing from Canadian sources and placing products in strategic interntional markets. The importing and exporting processes will be emphasized, as will government initiatives and programs that exist to support there endeavors in international business); and more.

To round out International Business Management training, Centennial College offers a Business Experiential Learning course that allows the student to experience the Canadian work environment and to apply various skills learned in the first and second semesters of the program. Each student is assigned to an external host organization as an intern and must take instruction and direction from the employer regarding their tasks while on the job. 

Sales Management Program Provides Short, Intensive Training

Just by attending a sales management program such as Centennial College’s Marketing - Sales and Account Management, students are setting themselves up for success in a variety of areas, including: medical and dental technology, hardware and software vendors, pharmaceutical and packaged goods companies. At these places, graduates of sales management program acquire and maintain relationships with major client accounts of mid to large sized companies that have their own sales force.  They also have various titles such as: key account manager, account executive, commercial sales representative, sales specialist, technical sales representative, sales consultant, sales coordinator, inside sales representative, territory sales representative and more. Although each title has its own set of responsibilities, Centennial College’s sales management program offers the skills needed to succeed.

Geared towards mature learners with a business background or previous post-secondary education, this program offers an intense pace as it is completed in just two semesters. The main focus is to ensure that students gain a solid foundation in the intricacies of acquiring and maintaining relationships with major client accounts. In order to do this in just two semesters courses are packed with role playing, simulation and case studies that are geared towards developing selling, negotiating and presentation skills. Students of the account management program also learn sales force automation software. Specific sales management program courses include: Case Analysis and Marketing Metrics, Marketing Analysis and Planning, Fundamentals of Selling, Fundamentals of Project Management, Fundamentals of Selling, Employment Preparedness, B2B Marketing, Strategic Account Development, Sales and Account Management, Sales Force Automation & Technology, and more.

Additionally, because the account management program is housed at Centennial College’s Progress Campus, which is also home to other School of Business programs, students have the opportunity to network with peers and professors from other business programs.

Because this offering results in an Ontario College Graduate Certificate, students are required to submit an official transcript proving that they have completed a college diploma or university degree. Applicants must also attend an interview with officials, submit a resume and undergo an English and/or math skills assessment. Centennial College will also consider applicants presenting a combination of partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience, open to all disciplines.

Once they are accepted into the sales management program, requirements continue for students, as they must maintain a C grade average and an overall GPA of 2.0. Once they receive their Ontario College Graduate Certificate, graduates of the sales management program may apply for the various positions previously mentioned. If, however, they would like to gain even more experience, an optional third semester internship in the sales account management program is available. 

Payroll Management Offers Variety of Opportunities

In the field of Payroll Management the goal is to administer the financial record of employees’ salaries, wages, bonuses, net pay and deductions. Within the field are various positions that come with their own responsibilities and tasks. For example, a Payroll Accountant ensures that the payroll and accounting department operate in a cohesive manner, maintains accounts relating to payroll and handles the reconciliation of these accounts via the accounting system; decides whether new accounts are needed and makes necessary revisions to existing accounts; and more. Meanwhile, a Payroll Clerk/Officer compiles payroll data, and enters it; reviews wages computed and corrects errors to ensure accuracy of payroll; records data concerning transfer of employees between department; keeps records of leave pay and nontaxable wages; prepares and issue paychecks; and more. There are also other positions in Payroll Management such as: payroll and benefits clerks/ administrators, human resource and payroll generalists, general accounting coordinator, and small business bookkeepers/accountants.

At Centennial College’s Payroll Management program students who have already completed a college diploma or university degree may obtain the training they need to enter this field in just two semesters. As an added bonus, because the Payroll Management program is a collaboration with the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), which supplies 50 per cent of the courses, qualified students are eligible to earn the Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) professional designation granted by the Association. Registration in this will incur costs in addition to tuition. 

Through case studies, simulations and project-based learning, with a focus on developing project management, teamwork, report writing and presentation skills, students obtain all the skills and know-how they need. Among topics covered in Payroll Management are: managerial accounting, strategic compensation, pensions and benefits, payroll compliance, payroll systems, human resources management in Canada, management accounting for human resources, and more. An emphasis is also placed on emerging trends and issues in payroll management such as the use of promising technologies and changing legislative requirements. As such, payroll system training is taught using an SAP application.

Payroll Management students who wish to enroll in the Introduction to Payroll Management (formerly Payroll Management Processes) and Applied Payroll Management (formerly Payroll Management Practices) Canadian Payroll Association CPM level payroll courses “must meet a payroll experience prerequisite to register”. To satisfy this prerequisite, students must have “at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization’s payroll function, which includes being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees’ pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained in the past five years.”

Payroll Management applicants must have a college diploma or university degree in any discipline or a partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience. They may also be asked to partake in a Payroll Management interview process, during which a transcript and resume review may be requested. English proficiency will also be considered.

Enter Human Resources Management in Three Short Years

Do you have an interest in the Human Resources Management field, which involves business administration and ensuring that a company hires people with the appropriate skills? Have you completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older? In addition, do you possess the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11C, M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, you may want to consider applying to attend Centennial College’s Human Resources Management offering, officially known as Business Administration – Human Resources.

Completed in three years, this undertaking combines the most important topics in business administration with human resources management essentials to train students to become Human Resources Management Specialists. Several duties are involved in this position, including: identifying staff vacancies; recruiting, interviewing and selecting applicants; conducting new employee orientation and serving as the liaison between management and employees when handling questions about contracts and other work-related problems; providing current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions, wages, opportunities for promotion and employee benefits; handling understaffing, refereeing disputes, firing employees and administering disciplinary procedures.

If, however, students of Centennial College’s Human Resources Management undertaking feel they would like to obtain further education, they may do so thanks to the partnerships the college has with articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study and include: Athabasca University, Lakehead University, Northwood University U.S.A., Royal Roads University, Ryerson University, and University of Lethbridge.

But just how does the Human Resources Management offering get students from novices to experts? First and foremost, it incorporates current trends in the strategic management of human resources, the affirmation of diversity and human rights and the promotion of positive union and management relations. As previously mentioned, there is also a balance between business administration and human resources, which ensures that students are able to handle the corporate environment with confidence. As such, the first three semesters of the Human Resources Management offering are common to all business programs. During this time students attend courses such as: Strategies for Business Success, Fundamentals of Business, Mathematics of Finance, Business Operations and more.

Once students are comfortable with the business administration concepts, they develop expertise in all major areas of human resource management such as: human planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, employee training and development, occupational health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee relations, labour relations and human resource management systems. Lastly, students learn the use of integrated human resource systems software and computer skills to manage information and support decision making. This part of the offering is facilitated through the use of microcomputer training in popular business software such as Excel, Access and SAP.

To graduate from the human resources management/ business administration training, students must maintain a minimum C grade average (2.0 GPA).

Project Management Courses Geared Towards Mature Students

If you currently work in the world of business or have a previous post-secondary education and an interest in attending Project Management courses that will get you into the field in just one year, you may want to consider Centennial College. This post-secondary institution’s Project Management courses are geared towards mature learners who wish to enter a field in which most new and innovative work is in the form of projects delivered on-time and on-budget.

The admission process to attend Project Management courses requires students to submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary advanced diploma or degree program. Additional non-academic requirements include an interview, transcript and resume review. The School will consider applicants presenting a combination of education and relevant work experience, open to all disciplines.

The Project Management Body of Knowledge methodology is a collection of processes and knowledge areas that are generally accepted as best practice within the project management discipline. It is employed by Centennial College’s Project Management courses to ensure that students are employable upon graduation. Project Management courses also use hands-on integration of technology tools such as Microsoft Project and leading edge industry case studies with a focus on organizational leadership. These Project Management courses include: International Project Management & Professional Responsibilities, Project Estimation and Cost Management, Project Management Office, Procurement and Contract Management, Project Risk and Quality Management and more.

In order to ensure that students have the opportunity to apply what they have learned before graduation, 12 weeks of the Project Management program are spent in Experiential Learning Opportunity. During this field placement students take instruction and direction from their employer regarding the tasks they perform while at work. Throughout the work term, a faculty member monitors each student. This Project Management course facilitates sharing of experiences during the internship in a safe and encouraging environment and helps students to structure their experiences in terms of a portfolio. Students are required to participate in an online course and prepare assignments related to the experiential learning opportunity. The experience can be also used towards work requirements for the PMI designation.

Following a year of Project Management courses, students graduate and are prepared to write the PMP certification exam, provided they meet eligibility criteria. They also have the opportunity to work towards the PMI’s Certified Assistant in Project Management (CAPM) designation, a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. As a result of attending project management courses and obtaining certain designations, graduates may be employed as: Project Managers (in health, engineering, computer, new media, advertising, marketing, financial, education, transportation, construction, etc.); Project Leaders, Process Development Analysts or Global Project Managers. While their jobs vary, all professionals in this area responsible, in some degree, for ensuring that projects are delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Event Management College Program Opens Doors to Ever-Expanding Field

When you choose to attend an Event Management college program, you are seeking to enter a field in which, in 2006, 380,000 people were employed. By 2015, it is projected to produce 121,000 new jobs. With the expansion of this area, students must be prepared to have: a high degree of energy, flexibility, good communication skills, strong networking and leadership qualities, an eye for detail, strong organizational skills, and creativity. Centennial College’s two-semester Event Management – Festival and Conference program teaches students to hone in on these abilities while supplying them with the skills needed for longevity in the field.

Geared at mature students, this Event Management college program is designed for those who have a college diploma or university degree in hospitality, tourism or related discipline. As such, when applying, they must submit an official transcript, demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program. Centennial College’s event management program will also consider applicants presenting a combination of partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience, open to all disciplines. Non-academic perquisites include proof of transcript and a resume review.

Accredited by UNWTO TedQual — whose main objective is to improve the quality of the tourism education, training and research programs — the Events Management college offering prides itself on balancing a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge. As such, students attend lectures, train in labs and have access to their campus facilities, which allow for hands-on application of what is learned in the Event Management college courses (including Greening Your Festival, Event & Conference; Site Logistics and Operations Management, Event Budgeting, Communications and Media Planning, Risk and Security Management, Networking and Industry Relations and more).

For example, Centennial College’s Progress Campus houses a conference centre that comprises of meeting rooms, including two large ballrooms and a variety of mid-sized meeting or breakout rooms, which come complete with high-speed Internet access, in-house audio/visual equipment and multimedia capabilities. Students run the centre and all of its events, and even dress in uniforms similar to those they may be required to wear upon graduation.

Additionally, thanks to a final-semester Festival, Event and Conference Production Practicum, students gain practical experience in the coordination of a festival, event or conference from preparing the needs analysis to the execution and evaluation of the final production.
Event Management college program graduates will find employment opportunities with: hotels, convention and conference centres, corporations, tourism and non-profit organizations, sports and recreational organizations, festival, arts and cultural organizations and event marketing management. At these places they may: develop and implement financial initiatives based on event objectives through methods such as sponsorship programs and fundraising initiatives; apply principles of marketing to the event and the planning process; be part of the team that plans, designs and coordinates effective site and facility operations, while applying strategies for effective human resource management; create, plan and implement effective programming for the events while applying accounting, financial and business administration skills to the operation of events.

Complete Hotel Management Courses Include Practical Experience

Those employed in the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management sector of the tourism industry (hotel and restaurant general management, human resources management, sales and marketing management, convention services management and cruise lines) have many hands-on, practical duties in their various positions. As such, if you are considering entering this area, you want to attend a post-secondary program that balances theory and practical application. Centennial College’s graduate hotel management program, officially known as Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Management, does just that with its intense two semesters of study.

This hotel management program, which is geared at mature students who have a previous education or experience in this field, not only offers classes with lectures and discussions but also the use of on-campus facilities and field placements to ensure students are field-ready. For one, Centennial College employs extensive use of modern computer labs (where students can master computer software of their industry), operational lab practice facilities including an on-site conference centre (where students can learn to organize conventions), and a full-service student-operated restaurant called Horizons (where students can learn to run a kitchen as well as the “front of the house” of the restaurant).

Through these various resources and their hotel management courses, students learn about: finance, human resources, labour relations, oenology, international operations, leadership, entrepreneurship, security and risk, service quality, marketing and revenue management. All hotel management courses are led and supervised by industry professionals.

As a chance to apply what they have learned in their hotel management course, students partake in a two-day-per week industry placement for 15 weeks in semester two. Field placement is also an opportunity for 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. Companies willing to hire hotel management program graduates after work placement include Delta Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, and more. The accommodation, food and beverage sectors in the hospitality industry, in 2010, employed 1,086,000 people and generated revenues of almost $18.8-billion.

Applicants to the hotel management courses must have previously finished a college diploma or university degree in hospitality, tourism or related discipline. They must also ensure their resume demonstrates relevant work experience in the industry as it may be required as part of the admission process. Please note that the hotel management program will consider applicants with a diploma or degree in an unrelated discipline who have related work experience. It will also consider applicants with partial post secondary education and relevant work experience in hospitality.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Serve and Protect After Attending Police Foundations

If you’re looking to attend a Police Foundations program that not only prepares you for a career in police and police-related fields but also allow you a smooth transition to further education, don’t look any further than Centennial College. By attending this offering, students can transition to programs at University of Guelph-Humber, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Utica College - University of Syracuse. In addition, after two years, students are ready to go onto enjoy careers as police officers, customs officers, security officers and more. Graduates are well prepared to apply for positions with the Provincial Police Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Armed Forces and more.

But how exactly does this Police Foundation offering prepare students for all these options? First and foremost, to apply students are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must have compulsory English 12C or U credits or skills assessment or equivalent. English proficiency will also be considered and a program information session may be required. Applicants should also know that some Police Foundation experiences might require a criminal reference check.

Aside from academic requirements, students should have no criminal record, must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and must have valid first aid and/or CPR certification. In addition, there are physical requirements such as: vision checks, standard normal hearing, physical fitness and readiness for the Physical Readiness Evaluation for Police (PREP) test. Lastly, applicants for police services careers in Ontario must be able to pass a security clearance, background investigation and credit and reference checks.

Once students enter the Police Foundation program, they are stationed on Progress Campus and enjoy intense training equivalent to that of a paramilitary environment, which helps them to develop discipline and deportment. All of the courses in this offering are based on real-life experiences and case studies that incorporate a fundamental perspective on life. These courses include: Canadian Criminal Justice System, Issues in Diversity, Criminology for Policing, Current Criminal Justice, Interviewing and Investigations, Fitness and more. Philip Sampo, a professor in the offering, describes one other integral part of the Police Foundation program. “We now have a course called Police Prep that we’ve integrated into our program, which assists you in actually getting through all of the testing that you’ll be required to do,” he says.

Assisting students with their learning are hands-on experiences, such as giving evidence in a simulated courtroom. This is achieved in a simulated courtroom that was built on the Centennial College for the specific purpose of training Police Foundation students.

“We also want them to know what it means if you’re at a crime scene and you’re investigating, what it is that’s truly important to be preserving and looking for. When you’re doing something like community-based policing, we want them to know how to dissect a problem. All of these things are some of the main focuses we try to get across to our students,” sums up Sampo.

Child and Youth Worker Program Offers Path to Career or Further Education

If you are looking to attend a Child and Youth Worker program that not only prepares you for the field in three years but also offers a seamless transition to further education, you may want to consider Centennial College. Students of this Toronto-based Child and Youth Worker program are in high demand upon graduation by agencies serving troubled youth and their families. They are also ready to work at Child and Youth Worker professionals in multiple roles and various contexts, including: residential and day treatment programs, hospitals, young offender programs, crisis centers, community-based programs and shelters.

On the other hand, students wishing to continue their education may do so through the program’s partnerships with various institutions. For instance, Child and Youth Worker grads can apply to Ryerson University’s Child and Youth Care direct-entry degree program or receive credit towards their university degree in related disciplines. Child and Youth Worker graduates with a C+ average may also apply to Vancouver Island University for direct entry into the third year of the Child and Youth Work degree program. A child protection specialization is also available for a limited number of students. Lastly, students may apply for membership in the Ontario Association of Child & Youth Counselors (OACYC).

This Child and Youth Worker program results in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma and the skills needed to be successful in the field. As such, students learn the principles, philosophies and characteristics of relational child and youth work practice such as co-creating relationships, working developmentally and understanding professional boundaries. This is achieved though an annually reviewed and revised curriculum that ensures courses and assignments are based on the latest research and based practices. Among the courses included in the Child and Youth Worker program are: Counseling and Communication Skills, Developmental Issues in Childhood and Adolescence, Working with Traumatized Children & Youth, Advocacy & Law in Children’s Mental Health, and more.

To ensure they are retaining what they learn, students of Child and Youth Worker program have access to specially designed communications lab to facilitate interactive learning activities, counseling simulations and small group observation and feedback. Supplemental training is also provided in Understanding & Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB).

To complement the Child and Youth Worker in-school curriculum, there are field placements in all three years of study that range between two and four days per week. Students must have a vulnerable sector criminal check prior to their field placements. Students must also possess a standard first aid and heart saver AED (C) certification. Lastly for placement, a medical certificate of health is necessary to ensure freedom of communicable disease. Certain criminal convictions will disallow placement in these agencies and program completion may not be possible.

Child and Youth Worker applicants are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older; and have a credit in the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Modern Human Resources Management Training Takes Into Account Evolving Business World

Human Resources Management is essentially the backbone of any successful company. The Human Resources department is responsible for a variety of duties including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, employee conflict resolution, terminating contracts and firing employees. As the people in Human Resources Management positions require a vast amount of knowledge to carry out said tasks, their post-secondary training should cover a wide range of topics and offer an opportunity for application prior to graduation. Centennial College's three-year Business Administration – Human Resources program does just that, as it is not just focused on dealing with employees’ issues but also other aspects of the company’s issues.

Taking three years to complete and resulting in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Business Administration – Human Resources incorporates current trends in the strategic management of human resources, the affirmation of diversity and human rights and the promotion of positive union and management relations. To apply to Human Resources Management, students must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11C, M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.

The offering begins with three semesters that are common to most of Centennial College's Business School offerings. This ensures that students have a solid overview of business before specialization. During these three semesters, Human Resources Management includes courses such as: Fundamentals of Business, Mathematics of Finance, Microcomputer Applications Software (such as Excel, Access and SAP), Business of Operations, Principles of Marketing and more.

Once students understand the basics, they move onto studying more specific business administration and human resources management areas. Among the topics included in this training are: human planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, employee training and development, occupational health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee relations, labour relations and human resource management systems. The program also covers analyzing and interpreting financial and accounting information for decision-making purposes. Legal issues are taught from a proactive, rather than compliance perspective. Finally, the use of integrated human resource systems software and computer skills to manage information and support decision-making is taught.

To graduate from the human resources management and business administration training, students must maintain a minimum C grade average (2.0 GPA).

Once students complete their human resources management business administration courses they are comfortable with: staffing vacancies; recruiting, interviewing and selecting applicants; conducting new employee orientation and serving as the liaison between management and employees when handling questions about contracts and other work-related problems; providing current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions, wages, opportunities for promotion and employee benefits; and more.

Accounting Clerk – Microcomputer Program Meets Industry Standards

Among the key duties for those in the Accounting Clerk field are: reconciling bank statements; verifying and posting details of business transactions, such as funds received and disbursed, and totals accounts; maintaining files, including general ledger journal vouchers, accounts payable documentation, and other miscellaneous filings; printing daily accounts payable checks and inserting checks and invoices into envelopes for mailing; maintaining regular contact with other departments to obtain and convey information and/or to correct transactions; auditing daily sales reports submitted by location management; handling customer and employee accounts receivable; and more. At Centennial College’s Accounting Clerk – Microcomputer program students are taught all of these skills in just one year and can go on to not only obtain jobs as Accounting Clerks but also as Administrative Assistants, Bookkeepers and Accounts Receivable/ Payable Clerks.

The Accounting Clerk – Microcomputer program puts an emphasis on the process and storage of payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable information. Specific Accounting Clerk courses include: Financial Accounting (two levels), Taxation, Business Operations, Microcomputer Applications Software (two levels), Payroll, Small Business Software, Management Accounting and Accounting Microcomputer Applications. Many of these courses are qualified for exemptions with the Canadian Institute of Bookkeeping (CIB). Lastly, an overview of other business functions in an organization is provided. To ensure that they apply what they learn prior to graduation, students are taught the latest accounting clerk software, including Simply Accounting for Windows and the GL, A/R and A/P modules for ACCPAC for Windows. These software programs, as well as all of the courses, are mastered in fully equipped state-of-the-art computer facilities with the guidance of knowledgeable and approachable instructors who have solid experience in the industry as professional accountants. It is worth noting that the Accounting Clerk program is focused on being learner-friendly and as such offers flexibility in its curriculum design.

Students of the Accounting Clerk program may use the offering as a pathway to further education at Centennial College. Upon graduating, they are able to transfer, with credit, into Centennial's two- or three-year accounting programs to earn an Accounting diploma or advanced diploma.

To apply for the Accounting Clerk position, interested parties are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older; and have completed the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and math 11C, M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. However, please note that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the accounts payable clerk offering.

Complete Computer Repair Certification In One Year

When enrolling in a Computer Repair program, you want to ensure that it offers a practical approach to personal computer hardware and software installation, repair and maintenance. That’s because this field is very much a hands-on one and learning theory without practical application simply isn’t enough to be ready for the field. It is for this reason that Centennial College’s Computer Repair and Maintenance program prides itself on offering students the opportunity to work with a wide range of high-tech equipment throughout the two semesters they spend being trained.

In order to apply to this computer repair certification training, students must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have obtained the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.

Once accepted, students are based at Progress Campus, which is not only Centennial College's largest location but also boasts fully-equipped, state-of-the-art computer labs. Aside from the practical approach to personal computer hardware and software installation, repair and maintenance allotted by these computer labs, students are also equipped with strong interpersonal skills training. The balance between technology and business is essential to longevity in the field. This is achieved through Computer Repair certification courses such as: PC Hardware, PC Operating Systems, Introduction to Web Design, Network Technologies, Window Server Operating System, Customer Skills, Electricity For Computer Systems, Ethics in Technology and the Environment and more.

Because the Computer Repair has been condensed into two semesters, the training is fast-paced and requires complete dedication from students.

Those who successfully complete the Computer Repair certification have the opportunity to bridge to the second year of the Computer Systems & Networks Technician/ Technology programs. They are also positioned to pursue industry's A+ Certification and Network+ program.

After graduates enter the field with their Computer Repair program training, they become professionals in a variety of areas including: personal computer support, sales and service; personal computer bench repair, upgrades and maintenance; operation and maintenance of computerized manufacturing equipment; and consumer electronic equipment sales and service. No matter which area they choose to enter, all computer repair professionals must be able to: identify why the machine has crashed or what has reduced its performance; ensure the client understands what has happened and how it can be avoided in the future; repair; use anti-virus software and having the ability to deal with spyware; install and configure any piece of hardware that a client wants to synch to the computer's database; and more

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Complete an Environmental Protection Technician Program in Two Years

An Environmental Protection Technician provides professional and technical advice on the implementation and administration of the environmental management acts to manage source wastes and hazardous materials; establishes and maintains strong working relationships as he liaises with stakeholders and partners to provide advice on plans; is relied upon to study the impacts of toxins and wastes on the environment; prepares reports and letters for management and acts as a program representative in meetings; makes recommendations to mitigate pollution and health risks; is responsible for laboratory and fieldwork in water and waste chemistry, microbiological and toxicity testing, soil collection and analysis, conservation, technical sales and materials handling; and more.

These Environmental Protection Technicians work in areas that include: municipal/provincial/federal governments, environmental consulting/management firms, water/wastewater/industrial wastewater treatment operations, environmental and chemical laboratories, and manufacturing and energy production. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Environmental Protection Technician occupation is projected to expand faster through 2018, than other occupations that require post-secondary training or an associate degree.

Centennial College offers an environmental program called Environmental Protection Technician that provides training in the three essential foundation disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering. Additionally, students learn how to use tools and equipment that professionals use in the field, and participate in laboratory practice in water quality testing, groundwater movement and the chemistry of pollutants.

Specific Environmental Protection Technician courses include: Water Quality Control (outlines the characteristics of raw water and waste water, how water supply systems work, sources of supply, methods of treatment, alternative sources of water and methods of distribution); Topographical Surveying (introductory course in field surveying with computation and drawing in which students prepare basic engineering plans, profiles, cross-sections and calculate earthwork volumes, and work outside in "survey crews" to determine elevations, horizontal angles and distance); Chemistry of Pollutants (designed for students to evaluate, define and understand pollution in all its organic and inorganic forms found in air, water and soil); and more.

Once they complete the Environmental Protection Technician program, students obtain an Ontario College Diploma. They are also prepared to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator in Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exams, and can register with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist (OACETT) and ECO Canada for the national Canadian Environmental practitioner in Training (CEPIT). In addition, Environmental Protection Technician program grads can apply credits towards university degrees. Transfer credits/ advanced standing may be awarded for previous science or engineering education.

Applicants to the Environmental Protection Technician program must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also possess credits for compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.