Thursday, February 28, 2013

Obtain a Solid Base in Pre-Health Program

Sometimes we need a little bit of preparation and a base before we enter the program that will lead us to our dream career. If your dream career is in the medical field and you want a foundation, the Pre Health program at Centennial College may be for you. Designed as an academic pathway for students who wish to attend more specialized programs, it takes just two semesters to complete and results in an Ontario College Certificate.

More specifically, this Pre Health program is for students who: wish to consider college programs such as Practical Nursing, Pharmacy Technician and Transportation; are unsure that a science program at college is the right choice; do not have academic admission credentials needed to enter college-level science programs; have not finished high school or completed the science courses for post-secondary programs. Students who complete the Pre-Health program with acceptable academic standing may be eligible to transfer directly into Centennial’s Practical Nursing or Pharmacy Technician and Transportation programs.

But just how does the Pre Health programs in Centennial College ensure a solid foundation that will make students confident in taking the next step in their education? First and foremost, the offering covers a variety subjects, such as biology and chemistry as well as mathematics and communications. More specifically, students attend five courses in each semester and among these courses are: Pre-Anatomy and Physiology (aims to prepare students for Anatomy and Physiology by developing a strong foundation in anatomical terminologies and fundamental human physiology that is based on understanding and applications rather than memorization); Developmental Psychology (teaches students about the stages of human growth from birth to death by exploring human development in all stages from genetic transmissions of parents through prenatal development, infancy and childhood, maturity, late adulthood, and death); Biology (emphasis is placed on understanding biological mechanisms and processes, rather than on simple memorization); and more.

Secondly, the program is facilitated from Ashtonbee Campus, which is also home to other foundation programs and allows for peer-to-peer interaction. The location also houses a variety of resources to ensure that students get the most of their experience in the Pre Health program. Among these resources is a library staffed by experienced and knowledgeable professionals who can help students with their research and assignment needs. Staff also conduct library orientations and equipment demonstrations, and can assist students in using computer databases.

To apply for the Pre Health program, students must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). Additionally, they must have completed the English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission; and Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission. Midterm and final grades of applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario will be transmitted automatically to the college.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Aviation Program Choices Offer Training for Both Technician and Pilot Fields

According to Wikipedia, “aviation is the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.” As such, Centennial College offers three aviation program choices that all fit under this umbrella. These programs either deal with the aviation and avionics mechanical aspect or the professional pilot area of the field.

The School of Transportation facilitates all three of Centennial College’s aviation program options. This School of study is based at Ashtonbee Campus, which is actually Canada’s largest transportation training centre. It not only includes labs for automotive service technicians but a fully functional aircraft hangar for aviation program students. This hangar is licensed by Transport Canada and boasts a “fleet” of 10 aircraft that are used as training aids by the pilot, aircraft technician and avionics technician students. Additionally, by studying from Ashtonbee Campus, aviation program students have access to tools of the trade and are given the opportunity to network with instructors, who have industry connections, as well as their fellow peers.

The first of the three aviation program choices is Professional Pilot Training. This offering allows students to develop the skills employers demand to pursue a career in various sectors of the aviation industry as commercial airline pilots, private aircraft pilots and flight instructors. It is offered as a collaboration with Durham Flight Centre (where students obtain flight practice). This aviation program consists of three phases (Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Multi Engine IFR Rating) and 530-hours (200 hours of flight experience and 330 hours of ground school).  Students of this aviation program have the opportunity to pilot Cessna 150, 172 and Piper Aztec aircraft.

Centennial College’s two mechanic-focused aviation program choices are both approved by Transport Canada and certified by the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council as recognized aircraft maintenance-training programs. As such, the training obtained is well respected in the field and graduates of these avionics programs find work with: manufacturers, airlines, aircraft, electronic and avionics maintenance companies; and other Canadian aviation operations.

The first such aviation program is Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance program, which focuses on teaching aircraft maintenance, power plant structures, inspections, troubleshooting, mechanical, electrical and electronic applications. Students also acquire other sciences related to aircraft maintenance. Priding itself on hands-on training, students of this aviation program spend a significant amount of time is on practical application in labs working on aircraft engines, conducting aircraft and component inspections in a maintenance environment and performing flight-line activities.
The final aviation program is Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance. The emphasis is on the aircraft’s various electronic systems: electrical power distribution and control, navigation, flight instrumentation, communication and radar. As with Aircraft Maintenance, students learn through a combination of theoretical lectures and lab sessions, which include work on various aircraft. Aviation maintenance servicing practices and procedures, as well as aviation regulation requirements round out training in this aviation program.

Complete an Esthetics College Program in Just Two Years

Did you know that all you need to apply to Centennial College’s esthetics college-level program (officially known as Esthetician program) is an interest in one of the most rapidly growing areas of the health and wellness service industry; at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older; and the compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent? Once you apply and are accepted, you will enter a program that, in just two years, provides you with the knowledge and skills to be successful in spa applications, skin care and business operations.

In this esthetics college program, you will study from Morningside Campus, which is the most high-tech of Centennial College’s four locations, and boasts a brand new esthetician lab facilities and cutting-edge equipment that are common in today’s wellness and medical spas. This on-campus lab practice is great preparation for the esthetics college program’s field placement. During the on-the-job experience, you will work in highly respected esthetics establishments, interacting with real customers (under the supervision of your instructors) and learning the intricacies of the industry. Please be advised, that you must have completed a standard first aid and CPR (healthcare provider level) course, a vulnerable sector background police check, and an immunization review form before you can be sent out on the esthetics college work placement. 

Additionally, students learn from qualified instructors who have many years of experience in the industry and explore a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates anatomy, physiology, practical applications, product knowledge, sales techniques and business practice. More specially, through lectures and labs, graduates of this esthetics college program are able to: perform a variety of specialized body and skin care treatments following correct procedures and precautions, and supporting client needs (including but not limited to facials, manicures, pedicures, hair removal and make-up applications); use a range of specialized equipment and products, in compliance with established national, provincial, industry and other related standards, regulations, policies and procedures; 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, according to current legislation and national, provincial, municipal and industry standards and regulations; 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, taking into account health status and identified needs; 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 in accordance with professional standards and ethics; and determine professional development strategies that lead to the enhancement of work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry change.
Once students graduate from Centennial’s esthetics college program, they may obtain jobs at salons, day spas, medi-spas, health clinics, cruise ships and skin care companies. 

Occupation Therapy University or College Programs Combine Therapy and Practical Application

Occupational therapy university or college programs, typically called Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant, are becoming increasingly popular. That’s because as our population ages, temporary or permanent limitations related to movement and occupational performance are creating a need for registered therapists to direct and collaborate with their occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant (OTA & PTA) to deliver safe competent care.

The Occupational Therapist Assistant program at Centennial College takes just two years to complete but offers students the knowledge and skills to work with clients in need of assistance to perform self-care, promote movement, improve function and participate in leisure activities. Additional areas of instruction and development include: respect and caring for the uniqueness of individuals, effective communication, critical thinking and decision-making.

Applicants to this occupation therapy offering must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must possess 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.

It is important to note that due to the nature of this profession, those who graduate from Occupational therapy university or college programs will be required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. It is recommended that applicants have a high level of fitness when entering such programs.

Once they are accepted to Centennial College, to properly learn the before mentioned occupation therapy concepts, students are led by faculty members who ensure they provide students with the educational tools, training and hands-on experience that is necessary to meet career challenges with enthusiasm, professionalism and current industry knowledge.

As such, students not only partake in on-campus exercises in a clinical setting, they also experience two field placements. Being on-the-job provides opportunities for the supervised application of skills in a variety of clinical settings, with a range of client populations. Working along with a preceptor and under the supervision of an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, students have the opportunity to demonstrate and practice their skills.

“We really get to work with the patients,” says Fiona, a student of the Occupational Therapist Assistant program, “moving them while they’re in bed, moving their arms and legs and ensuring a range of motion. We get to teach them exercise classes and strengthening exercises. We’re taking what we’re learning in lab and applying it in the field.”

In order to partake in the occupation therapy 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.

In the field, occupation Therapy university or college program grads find employment in a range of settings such as: hospitals, nursing homes, seniors’ residences, extended care facilities, schools, clinics, rehabilitation centres and the private industry.

A Media Education Foundation Gets Students off on the Right Foot

Sometimes after graduating from high school, we may not have the credentials we need to attend the program of our choice. If this is the case for you and your area of interest lies in pursuing a career in communications and media industries, Centennial College’s media education foundation program, known as Communications and Media Foundations, may be the answer.

This one year/two-semester offering was designed as an academic pathway for those needing the credentials to attend programs that will lead to careers in fields such as advertising, journalism or broadcasting and film. More specifically, upon completion of the 13 courses within the communication program, students will not only have a solid base (with skills for basic communications, media knowledge, terminology and English language development) but they will also receive an automatic acceptance into their media or communications program of choice from three-year Advertising, Broadcasting and Film and Journalism.

Applicants to the communication program are required to posses at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have 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 they are accepted, their media education foundation begins with courses such as: Media Theory Workplace and Issues (introduces ideas and research that will help students to understand the structure of Canada’s broadcasting industry and the issues and trends facing it); Tools and Processes for Communicators (introduces the School of Communications environment, and teaches the use of many tools available to them in a systematic and intelligent way); Essential English Skills (upgrades students’ language skills in reading, vocabulary acquisition, writing, speaking and listening to college level); as well as Introduction to Media, Success Skills, Developing Communications Portfolio Skills, Exploring Digital Culture, and more.

As a result of these courses and the guidance of their instructors, communication program graduates walk away with the skills to: create and maintain a forum in social media networks using rich media applications; apply theoretical principles to produce practical, focused written communications and media solutions; use appropriate vocabulary, terminology, basic numeracy and communicative strategies necessary in the communications and media environment; apply developed English language skills to a presentation portfolio; write and present in basic narrative formats for a variety of media platforms; and apply knowledge of communications and media workplaces, environments and practices to develop one’s job search strategies and early career success strategies.

Lastly, communication program students partake in self-reflection in order to examine one’s roles and responsibilities as a global citizen in personal and professional life; and examine beliefs, values and behaviours that form individual and community identities and the basis for respectful relationships.

Sales Management Program Geared Towards Mature Students

At Centennial College, mature students with an interest in attending a sales management program can obtain training in just two semesters through the Marketing – Sales and Account Management offering. This Graduate Certificate program allows students to gain a solid foundation in the intricacies of acquiring and maintaining relationships with major client accounts.

Sales management program applicants are required to have completed a post-secondary advanced diploma or degree. In addition to submitting an official transcript, they 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. It is worth noting that students who have seen the most success in the sales management program have also exhibited excellent interpersonal skills, excellent listening and oral communication skills, were self-directed, thrived under pressure and were highly organized.

Once accepted, the sales management program begins with courses such as Business Presentations, Marketing, Case Analysis and Marketing Metrics, Marketing Analysis and Planning, Fundamentals of Selling and Fundamentals of Project Management. These core courses offer sales management program students the foundation they need to move onto more advanced topics by employing the use of learner-centered approaches such as: role plays, simulation and cases, with a focus on developing selling, negotiating and presentation skills. Meanwhile, in the second semester, students partake in courses that include: Employment Preparedness, B2B Marketing, Strategic Account Development, Sales and Account Management, Business Ethics and Negotiation Skills, Sales Force Automation & Technology, and Sales and Account Management: Placement. Hands-on training is also provided in using sales force automation software. Professors with extensive experience in sales, negotiation and account management in the business-to-business realm lead all courses in this sales management program.

As you can see, the sales management program has a very focused curriculum and requires students to must maintain a C grade average and an overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate. Once they receive their Ontario College Graduate Certificate, graduates of the sales management program may apply for various positions. If, however, they would like to gain even more experience, an optional third semester internship in the sales account management program is available.

Graduates of the sales management program will enjoy careers during which they acquire and maintain relationships with major client accounts of mid to large sized companies that have their own sales force. These companies range from ones that handle medical and dental technology to those offering software and pharmaceutical products. Positions in this field include: 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.

Payroll Management: A Collaborative Program That Provides Solid Training

When choosing a post-secondary Payroll Management program, it is not only important to consider the type of training that is offered and the topics that are covered, but also who came up with the curriculum. Centennial College’s two-semester Payroll Management offering is delivered in partnership with the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), with the association supplying 50 per cent of the courses. As such students can rest assured the latest topics and trends are covered, and 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. 

This Payroll Management program is designed for mature students who wish to advance their career to Payroll Management. As such, admission requirements call for a college diploma or university degree in any discipline or a partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience. Applicants 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. This means that students graduating from other programs and those in career transition are able to alter their focus and gain a solid foundation in payroll management in a relatively short period of time.

In addition to gaining an extensive knowledge base through fast-paced Payroll Management courses, students also develop and enhance crucial skills in a number of key areas and are ready, upon graduation, to begin working as payroll generalists with a solid foundation for subsequent career advancement. As such, Payroll Management students are not only guided through leading payroll curriculum but also graduate level instruction in managerial accounting, strategic compensation, pensions and benefit. An emphasis is also placed on emerging trends and issues in payroll management, such as the use of promising technologies and changing legislative requirements. Therefore, payroll system training is taught using an SAP application.
To ensure that Payroll Management students retain what they learn, courses apply a number of teaching methods, including: case studies, simulations and project-based learning. This ensures emphasis on developing project management, teamwork, report writing and presentation skills.

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.”

Upon graduation from Payroll Management, students obtain positions such as: payroll clerks/ officers, payroll and benefits clerks/ administrators/ payroll accountants, human resource and payroll generalists, general accounting coordinator, and small business bookkeepers/accountants.

Human Resources College Program Teaches Critical Skills

“It’s a wonderful program. It’s all about educating students for success in the field of human resources,” says Linda Trail an instructor in Centennial College’s Human Resource college program (officially known as Business Administration – Human Resources Co-op) of its benefits. “…Human Resources Management is about helping students to learn how to help organizations really compete effectively through their people. … What’s unique about it is that our program really builds on helping our students understand how to recognize the competing priorities that businesses have to address while still balancing the needs of their people — and somehow pulling them together. Not only are you getting the core fundamental skills … but we are preparing you with the basic critical thinking skills, research skills, team work and conflict resolution skills that I believe will take our students to their career goals.”

This overview is a great look into this Human Resources college program, but let’s take a closer look the specifics. First and foremost, applicants are required to have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, they must 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.

Once they are accepted, students of this Human Resource college offering cover 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. This is achieved through a unique teaching approach, which 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. The Human Resources college program also emphasizes the ability to analyze and interpret financial and accounting information for decision-making purposes as well as legal issues, from a proactive perspective. Finally, taught is the use of integrated human resource systems software and computer skills to manage information and support decision-making.
To apply what they have learned, Human Resources college program students attend co-op placements in semesters three, four and five, that provide hands-on experience by seeing them work as paid employees in their field. Prior to beginning co-op, the following is required: completion of employment pre-placement, completion of eight out of 10 courses in semesters one and two, a minimum C grade in COMM-170/171, and minimum GPA of 2.5. Co-op is the standout feature of this Human Resources college program.

Human resources college program graduate requirements include a minimum C grade average (2.0 GPA). Eligible students may continue their education by participating in an articulated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study. The Human Resources Management college program’s partners include: Athabasca University, Lakehead University, Northwood University U.S.A., Royal Roads University, Ryerson University, and University of Lethbridge.

Event Management College Program Boasts Real-Life Environment

When attending a program that will require much hands-on application upon graduation — such as Centennial College’s Event Management college undertaking, known as Event Management – Festival and Conference — it is vital to experience, prior to graduation, some of the situations you may encounter in the field. As such, Centennial College offers students an environment in which they apply the theory from lectures to real-life experiences throughout the entire year of the offering.

This is possible by way of Centennial’s Culinary Art Centre, which comprises of four meeting rooms, including an atrium, which come complete with high-speed Internet access, in-house audio/visual equipment and multimedia capabilities. In this centre, dressed in traditional black attire, well-trained students take pride in planning conferences. Attention is paid to the smallest details, ensuring that every event is truly flawless.
Those who are interested in attending this event management college program 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.

Additionally, through a final-semester 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.

Aside from vital practical experience, Event Management college students, who graduate with an Ontario College Graduate Certificate credential, have the assurance of attending a program accredited by UNWTO TedQual — whose main objective is to improve the quality of the tourism education, training and research programs. As such, among the courses featured are: 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.

Graduates of this Event Management college program: develop and implement financial initiatives based on event objectives through methods such as sponsorship programs and fundraising initiatives; plan, design and coordinate effective site and facility operations; apply the principles of marketing to festivals, events and conferences; apply strategies for effective human resource management; create, plan and implement effective programming for events; apply accounting and financial knowledge and skills to the operation of events; apply business administration skills to the operation of events; apply the principles of professionalism and ethics to event management.

Event Management college program grads may work in: 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 the essence of Event Management college-trained professionals’ field is the organization of conferences, festivals, and much more.

Police Foundations Teaches Latest Industry Know-How

Policing a community is a difficult task. Not only must you be aware of your surroundings but you must also keep in mind the training you have obtained to keep a level head at all times — even if an emergency arises. In the policing field, you will be faced with people from all walks of life who will need your help or who will pose a danger to the community. As such, obtaining a solid education is essential. Police Foundations at Centennial College not only results in an Ontario College Diploma in two years but also sees you graduate with the ability to withstand pressure, communicate effectively, act as problem-solvers and help people in the community. In addition, you will have knowledge of current law enforcement methods, conflict resolution techniques, criminal proceedings, community policing principles, and the experience necessary to carry out decisions that can be applied in further police training.

Applicants to this Police Foundations program must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have compulsory English 12C or U credits or skills assessment or equivalent. English proficiency will be considered and a program information session may be required. Applicants should note that some program experiences might require a criminal reference check. Additionally, parties interested in attending Centennial College’s Police Foundations must 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. Among physical requirements are: 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 you are accepted, you will be exposed to intense training equivalent to that of a paramilitary environment, which will help you to develop discipline and deportment. As such, you will partake in courses based on real-life experiences and case studies that incorporate a fundamental perspective on life. Specific topics covered in Police Foundations are: police preparation (an important courses that prepares you for the application and testing process to become a police officer); principles of psychology, issues in diversity, Canadian criminal justice system, criminology for policing, professional police standards, fitness, youth in conflict with the law, criminal code and police powers, use of force and many others.

After completing Police Foundations, you are able to apply for further study with one of the program’s education partners: the University of Guelph-Humber, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and Utica College - University of Syracuse.

Additionally, as a Police Foundations graduate you are prepared to apply for positions as a police officer, customs officer, security officer and more with organizations such as the Provincial Police Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Armed Forces and more.

Child and Youth Worker Program Focuses on Real-Life Experiences

When looking for a Child and Youth Worker college-level program, you should be aware of whether the undertaking offers practical experience prior to graduation. This is vital, as the sensitive nature of the industry requires you to be comfortable in a variety of settings. At Centennial College’s Child and Youth Worker program, one of the standout features is that each year of the undertaking has a field placement.

Let’s take a look at each of the three placements and the different benefits they offer to Child and Youth Worker students. The first-semester practicum is designed to provide you with the opportunity to work with special needs children or adolescents in a school-based environment. You will demonstrate a variety of shifts as defined in the C.Y.W. Field Evaluation Manual. Meanwhile, the second field placement sees you working directly with emotionally/behaviorally disturbed children or adolescents in a therapeutic residential setting. You will be given the opportunity to engage in therapeutic relationships with young people and possibly families, to promote growth and development. The final Child and Youth Worker field placement focuses on a particular area of treatment service that is of particular interest to you. Some of the possibilities include: day treatment programs, psychiatric/crisis units in hospitals, family support worker programs, residential treatment programs, and school and various community based programs.

Aside from this vital hand-on, real-life experience, Centennial College’s Child and Youth Worker program emphasizes the principles, philosophies and characteristics of relational child and youth work practice such as co-creating relationships, working developmentally and understanding professional boundaries. Among the topics covered are: developmental issues in childhood and adolescence, principles of psychology, child and adolescent mental health, professional recording, advocacy and law in children’s mental health, working with traumatized children and youth, and more.

To complement the theoretical aspects of the Child and Youth Worker program, you will have access to a 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).

Graduates of the Child and Youth Worker program have the opportunity to continue their education by applying 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 & 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 Counsellors (OACYC).

Child and Youth Worker applicants are required to have finished 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, February 25, 2013

The Many Benefits of College-Level Degree Programs

For students who wish to attend degree programs but want a college rather than university experience, Centennial College has the solution. The Toronto institution offers both four-year bachelor undertakings and programs that see students completing part of their degree on campus and then transferring to a university in order to finish up their studies.

While students have different reasons for wanting this experience, there are many benefits. First and foremost, Centennial College takes much pride in the type of hands-on training that if offers students. Many degree programs feature case studies, stimulations, field trips and field placements in addition to theory and lectures. Another benefit is small class sizes of college programs that ensure more one-on-one time with instructors and more peer interaction. With the economy on unstable ground, degree program students can also rest assured that they are making a sound economical decision with the smaller tuition fees that attending college offers.

Centennial College has two degree programs that are offered by the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science.

The first is called Computer and Communication Networks. The program is a unique blend of technology and business subjects. Students of this college program study from state-of-the-art laboratories that are specially engineered for the curriculum and uniquely equipped facilities offering VoIP, cellular networks, wireless broadband (WiMax), advanced routing and switching as well as network management. As a result of the degree program, graduates work as project management analysts, IT program managers, technical account managers, business account managers, network administrators, network analysts and network support.

Centennial College's other degree program is Software Systems Design. The only of its kind in the province, the program has a unique focus on system design, a blend of technology and business subjects as well as industry placement. It also provides specialization in mobile application development or service-oriented architecture and cloud computing. As a result, graduates of this degree program may work as software developers, software engineers, systems analysts, business analysts, web application developers, IT project managers and computer programmers/ analysts.

Please note that computer program/analyst graduates or software engineering graduates from Centennial or from a similar program from another college may be eligible to obtain a four-year Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences in Software System Design in two years — as they are able to join the program in the fifth semester. In the Software System Design college degree program, students complete three bridging courses: two in mathematics and one in computer architecture during regular semesters.

Meanwhile, for students seeking both a college and university experience, Centennial College offers degree programs in the form of the bridging option. Agreements with various institutions, allow students to start their college programs on campus and finish them off at the campus of the particular university with which their program is associated. As such, students can partake in a Bachelor of Science Nursing program, which they complete at Ryerson University. Meanwhile, Applied Microbiology, Environmental Science and Technology, Journalism, New Media Studies and Paramedicine are all degree programs offered in conjunction with the University of Toronto.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fundraising Programs Offer Practical Approach to the Industry

Did you know that there exists an entire industry surrounding fundraising that employs professionals who have attended fundraising programs? In fact, Canada has one of the largest non-profit and voluntary sectors in the world. More than 161,000 non-profits and charities raise billions of dollars each year. These organizations employ close to two million Canadians in a broad range of activities. The industry itself consists of roles such as special event co-ordinator, major gifts manager, corporate relations officer, and development officer/assistant. Other specialties include prospect researcher, campaign manager, donor liaison specialist, outreach and constituent development manager, grant writer, volunteer manager, or consultant. However, all those who attend Fundraising programs have the know-how to: research potential sources of funding, including grants, past contributors, new donors, corporate contributors and foundations; come up with short and long-term fundraising plans that are presented to boards or executive directors of the companies for which they work; recruit, train and manage paid staff and volunteers to implement the plan; create all promotional materials and liaising with members of the external community; and more.

Some examples of charitable organizations include student scholarship merit awards for athletic or academic achievement, humanitarian concerns, disaster relief, human rights, research, and other social issues.

Centennial College is one of the institutions with a Fundraising program, which is offered through Continuing Education Distance Learning. This means that students who attend this program study from the comfort of their own home (or wherever they have a WiFi connection) through online fundraising courses. As this is a Distance Learning offering, students have 24-hour access to an online classroom and communicate with instructors and classmates through emails and online discussion boards.

Because the emphasis of the Fundraising program is to help students plan projects and future fundraising needs, develop goals and strategies and promote their work through developing media and press relations, they complete seven essential and very focused Fundraising courses. These courses include Introduction to Fundraising (provides students with an introductory understanding of the fundraising sector, principles, ethics and practices of professional Fundraising, and more); Methods of Fundraising (presents the issues and processes involved in planning and organizing special events); Entrepreneurship (covers a wide range of topics that a student should be aware of if he/she were to start and operate a small business); Strategic Management of Campaigns (examines the elements of a successful fundraising campaign); Donor Relationships in Fundraising (students learn the needs and motivations of donors and what sustains long-term partnerships with the non-profit sector), Fundraising as Management Process (provides students with an introductory understanding of the importance and role of volunteers in the fundraising process, as well as marketing and public relations and the financial management of fundraising); and Volunteer Management (students learn about the uniqueness of volunteerism and the spirit that is created by a strong core of volunteer support and the successful components of a volunteer program and the tools to make it happen).

Distance Learning: A Convenient Way to Obtain A Post-Secondary Education

Attending college is an exciting step in anyone's life to a better career. But what happens if you are unable to attend a full-time or part-time program that requires you to be on campus? What if travel, childcare or weather are barriers to learning? That's where the Distance Learning option comes in. Although this way of obtaining a post-secondary education has been around for many, many years, today it has taken a technological spin, with the most appealing option seeing students learning through an online classroom. This format ensures the flexibility to accommodate the many time constraints imposed by personal responsibilities and commitments, reduces the demand on institutional infrastructure such as buildings, and more.

At Centennial College, students can use Distance Learning, which is facilitated through the school's School of Continuing Education, to acquire a variety of diplomas or certificates. As mentioned, the most popular Distance Learning option is to apply to courses facilitated online through virtual classrooms that students can access 24 hours a day. Qualified instructors, who use online teaching tools such as discussion boards, forums and digital assignments, lead these online classes. There is also a sense of classroom thanks to peer-to-peer email interaction. Through online courses, students can attend 40 different programs at Centennial College. This wide range of options includes: Home Inspection, Ophthaimic Medical Personnel, Logistics Management, Professional Writing, Real Estate Office Assistant, Software Specialist, Quality Assurance and more.

As previously mentioned, the other Distance Learning option, which is much more traditional, is called Print-Based Correspondence. This differs from online learning as learners work from the comfort of their homes while studying from study material that is mailed to them. A print-based course offered through the School of Containing Education consists of lessons, written assignments, exams and the various tools for success. This print-based distance learning experience allows students the flexibility to communicate with their instructor by email, phone, or regular mail. Through this Distance Learning option, students complete courses such as: Business Management – Entrepreneurial, Business Management – International, Business Management – Marketing, Cosmetics by Correspondence, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel - Phases 1 and 2 and SmartServe. Upon registration in this Distance Learning option, participants receive a Registration Confirmation Letter, Proctor Information Form, Student Guide and all of the educational materials required to complete their course.

Whether they choose the online or print-based option, students of Distance Learning must complete an in-person physical exam. Students are responsible for writing their exam on the first Saturday following the course end date. It is their responsibility to book the correct exam date within the time constraints of their course. Students who fail to write their exam by the due date will receive a zero on their exam.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Graduate with Court Reporter and Court Clerk Training In Just Two Semesters

The court system is one of Canada’s most essential institutions. It is vital in determining whether the rehabilitation process of serving jail time can ensure a criminal doesn’t re-offend and also ensuring that criminals who are beyond help serve out their lives in prison. Guaranteeing that everything goes smoothly in the court system, before, during and after a trial, are professionals who have completed court reporting and court clerk training. While their duties differ, these professionals can obtain their training from one program—Centennial College’s Court Support Services—and go on to enjoy positions with: the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice), municipal courts, tribunals and boards, official examiners, and court reporting services.

At Centennial College, the court report and court clerk training has been designed with recommendations from the Ministry of the Attorney General. As such, it covers topics that employers require of their court support services employees, including procedural rules, municipal court training, court reporting and transcribing as well as specific laws such as family law and criminal law.

Applicants to this court clerk training must 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 the compulsory English 12 or U credit, or skills assessment, or equivalent; and demonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency. 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.

The court report and court clerk training is facilitated using both theory and hands-on practice though career-orientated assignments in newly upgraded computer labs, simulated courtroom settings. Taking the hands-on approach as step further, court clerk and court report training at Centennial College includes an assimilated courtroom. In this courtroom, students practice duties such as taking an oath, presenting before judges and more. Additionally, students benefit from trips to various courtrooms and tribunals, including family, criminal, small claims and municipal court settings, to witness how their career duties are played out in the real world.

Among the responsibilities of court clerks are: preparing dockets of cases to be called; recording case dispositions, court orders, and arrangements made for payment of court fees; preparing documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings; explaining procedures or forms to parties in cases or to the general public; and more. Meanwhile, court monitors ask speakers to clarify inaudible statements; record verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings; transcribe recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats; respond to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded; and more.

To ensure that those taking court clerk training and municipal court training at Centennial College are truly prepared, they are required to attain a minimum C grade average and an overall minimum GPA of 2.0.

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Food and Nutrition Programs Offer Practical Practice

All you need in order to apply to attend one of Toronto’s respected nutrition programs, Centennial College’s Food and Nutrition Management, is at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older; compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent; and Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. It should be noted that admission to this nutrition program is highly competitive and spots are filled quickly. To be considered for this Food and Nutrition Management, you should apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts or complete a skills assessment as early as possible. For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario, your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college.

Once students are accepted into the Food and Nutrition program, they study from Centennial College’s most high-tech location, Morningside Campus. This campus aids in students’ education by offering them access to labs in which they conduct the practical aspects of quantity food preparation and service, and experiments to learn the physical food properties. Practical lab courses include: Kitchen Production, Food Property Analysis, Recipe Development and Costing, and more. In addition to hands-on practice, students of the Food and Nutrition program also attend a variety of lectures such as: Principles of Sanitation, Safety and Hygiene; Introduction to Computing, Introduction to Food Services, Nutrition, Mathematics for Food Service Management and more.

To give students a chance to apply everything they learn during the Food and Nutrition program prior to graduation is a seven-week supervised work experience in a health care facility the placement. During this time, students are test out their newly-obtained knowledge as well as gain more information by working alongside industry professionals.

Further validating the nature of the training in the Nutrition program is its accreditation from the Canadian Society of Nutrition Management (CSNM), which ensures that graduates are automatically eligible for membership in the CSNM and OSNM (Ontario Society of Nutrition Management). CSNM membership is a requirement of the Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to work in a long-term care facility and most acute care facilities.

One duty of those who graduate from Food and Nutrition programs is to offer nutritional advice. Additionally, all employees in food and nutrition management must be able to perform in accordance with the code of ethics; create master menus, and follow standardized recipes and production procedures; supervise the preparation of food products and special feedings, food distribution, and operation procedures according to standards; and be well versed in sanitation. Titles in the field include: dietary managers, nutrition technicians, food and nutrition managers, food service coordinators and quality control technicians.

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Developmental Services Workers Build Community Supports for Clients

Does the job of Developmental Services Workers interest you? Do you find the idea of helping people with developmental disabilities to become productive members of community rewarding? Additionally, have you completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older; and have taken the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent? If you, the Developmental Services Worker program at Centennial College may be for you. Please note that English proficiency will be considered in the admissions process and a program admission session may also be required.

Once you are accepted into the Developmental Services Workers program, you will train from Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus. This campus is centrally located and also houses programs from the School of Community and Health Studies such as Early Childhood Education and Social Service Worker, which allows for networking and peer-to-peer interaction.

The Developmental Services Workers program combines theory and much hands-on practice so that students have a chance to apply what they learn before graduation. Course work includes: projects, seminars, community observations, Internet searches, teamwork and electronic communication, which teaches in-depth analysis and critical thinking, managing and affecting change, interpersonal communication and leadership skills as well as clarification of values. Specific courses within the Developmental Services Workers program include: Disabilities Issues: Analysis and Research (students learn to utilize a variety of skills to analyze, summarize and share information about issues that impact individuals, families and workers in response to and in creating change); Policy and Social Welfare Systems (in particular, social policy, legislation and the models of service delivery that affect persons who have intellectual disability in Ontario will be explored); Pharmacology (emphasis is placed on the role of the Developmental Services Worker in administering medications, teaching, supporting and providing care that contributes to drug effectiveness and health for individuals); and more.

Aside from the practical practice students get in their classes, future Developmental Services Workers also get to experience Centennial College’s field placement feature. This particular program offers two supervised field placements, during which students design and implement 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 clients are some of the areas they will pursue in this placement. Please note that 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.

In the field, Developmental Services Workers graduates become educational assistants, employment support workers, family supporters, integration facilitators, and residential service workers who may be responsible for assisting with everything from getting dressed and eating to finding employment and housing. 

Business Marketing Balances Various Teaching Approaches

What sets apart Centennial College’s Business Marketing training from that of other post-secondary institutions is simple: it is committed to offering students the ideal balance between theory and practical application of that theory. Thanks to this fine balance, graduates of the Business Marketing training (officially known as Business Administration – Marketing) are prepared for a range of positions that include: Marketing Coordinator, Marketing Analyst, Promotions Assistant, Sales Representative, Assistant Brand Manager, Public Relations Assistant and Advertising Assistant.

While all of these positions have their own specific duties, the Business Marketing training ensures that students understand that the job of a marketer is to be the liaison between an organization and its customers. Grads of Business Marketing training will be comfortable with analyzing consumer needs, developing products and services to meet those needs, anticipating competitors’ actions, reacting swiftly to shifts in the environment, developing pricing and communications strategies, as well as interacting with suppliers, customers and the public — all while looking out for their clients’ best interests.

Centennial College’s Business Marketing training is also all about offering students options, which is why qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in articulated programs with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow students to apply credits earned at Centennial towards further study. Partners of Business Marketing training include: Athabasca University, Algoma University, Royal Roads University, Ryerson University, Davenport University, Northwood University, University of Lethbridge, Griffith University and University of New Brunswick.

It should be noted that in order to graduate from this Centennial College offering, students must maintain a C grade average and an overall GPA of 2.0.

Completed in three years, this Business Marketing training begins with teaching students broad-based business topics through a year of courses that is common to most Business programs and includes: Strategies for Business Success, Fundamentals of Business, Microcomputer Applications Software, Business Operations and more.

After the foundation courses, Business Marketing training becomes more specific for the remaining two years and includes marketing research, marketing communications (which includes advertising and promotion), interactive marketing (which includes direct marketing, e-marketing and customer relationship management) and brand planning.

Among the specific courses in these last three years are: Brand Management, Interactive Marketing, Marketing Research, Professional Selling and more.

All courses in Business Marketing training feature a combination of case studies, guest lectures, presentations, projects, and computer simulations and technologies. Students then have an opportunity to apply their learning to an industry project, during which they work in a team setting on a real project that is sponsored by an entrepreneurial endeavour, small business or major company.

Business Marketing training applicants are required to have completed at minimum at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). They must also have completed the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment and Math Grade 11 C, M or U, or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent or skills assessment.

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Baking Courses Taught From State of the Art Facilities

Progress Campus is not only the largest of Centennial College’s four locations; it is also home to all programs within the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. As such, this campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities that include a restaurant, conference centre and kitchens. It should come as no surprise then that some of the best baking courses in Toronto are facilitated here. Students who attend Baking – Commercial Bakeries, a one-year Ontario College Certificate program, obtain hands-on training in a newly renovated kitchen lab, while also enjoying access to a state-of-the-art computer lab at their disposal.

The purpose of Centennial College’s baking course is to meet industry demands for people skilled in producing baked goods. Those interested in applying must first complete the admission process, which requires them to have: at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have completed English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment.

Once accepted, students attend baking courses within a program that boasts the title of affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization, UNWTO. This organization promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability, and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

In their baking courses, students are exposed to the knowledge they need to create all sorts of baked goods and the practical practice to master them. As such, students produce commercial quantities of breads, rolls, sweet dough, savoury and sweet pastry, danish and puff pastry, cookies, cakes and desserts (in a safe and ethical manner). To ensure students’ success in the industry, baking courses also focus on business know-how to run the business end of the bakery.

Specific baking courses in the program include: Mathematics for Bakers (examined will be how to convert formulae from imperial to metric, calculate baking percentages, determine flour factor, and prepare formulae for practical applications); Quantity Bakery Production (learners will demonstrate the basic principles of baking and develop the skills necessary for success in a large scale baking environment with emphasis on technique, terminology, organization, professionalism, safe handling and storage of products); and Pastry Arts Practice (through demonstration and skill development exercises learners review and apply basic production principles and gain confidence in weighing ingredients, mixing doughs and preparing batters, fillings and icings. Students prepare, bake and finish specific sweet and savoury doughs, quick breads, cookies, pastries, custards, pies and laminated doughs); and more. All baking courses at Centennial College are geared to mature learners and led by instructors who are professional bakers.

By attending Centennial College’s baking courses, students are prepared for work at retail bakeries, supermarkets (Costco, Wal-Mart Supercentre, Loblaws, Metro and Sobeys), department stores, hotels, camps and other related businesses.

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A Freightliner Training Academy Program Focuses On Industry Essentials

When applying to a post-secondary program, you should not only consider the topics covered within the offering but also who is teaching them. Centennial College’s

Truck and Coach Technician – Freightliner MAP 32 apprenticeship, which boasts a freightliner training academy feel, is taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty members who emphasize aspects of heavy vehicle technology that are embodied in the program. In addition, thanks to small-class formats students can go to these faculty members for advice and to listen to their personal anecdotes.

The freightliner training academy program itself combines 32 weeks of in-class theory as well as hands-on lab training with four weeks of on-the-job, co-op work placement. As such, students experience training that is more in-depth with longer in-school sessions than traditional apprenticeships.  Among the topics covered during students’ time on-campus are the diagnosis and repair of: 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. Training is focused on the most recent truck and coach technology and the seven specific courses students attend are: Drive Trains, Electrical Systems, Engine Systems, Trade Practices, Brake Systems, Fuel Systems, Fluid Power Systems, and Electronic Mngt and Emission.

The in-school portion of the freightliner training academy program is facilitated from Ashontbee Campus, Centennial College’s transportation training centre, which is actually the largest transportation training centre in Canada. Because of this, students get the advantage of learning in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs containing engines that are very popular and commonly found in the trade. 

It is worth noting that students may be eligible to receive employment insurance or other government benefit payments during the apprenticeship training period.

Meanwhile, the freightliner training academy program co-op training takes place at various freightliner dealerships or fleet locations within the area of southern Ontario. By the time they head out to their apprenticeship, students have basic knowledge while they shadow technicians. Employers and employees appreciate that this pre-employment training completes the apprentices’ college portion of apprenticeship training. It also allows for uninterrupted work schedules.

Those interested in applying to this freightliner training academy program are required to 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.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Community College with Respected Track Record

Applying to a Canadian college is a memorable experience — whether the applicant plans to obtain a college education right after high school or is coming back to a post-secondary education after working in the field for any amount of years. College courses offer students hands-on practice as well as smaller sized classes that allow for one-on-one time with instructors. This, along with the fact that many college courses offer a practical work placement aspect, ensures that students are well prepared upon graduation. Additionally, attending a community college saves students money on tuition, while offering them a recognized credential.

A well-known community college in Toronto is Centennial College, which as the city's first public college, opened in 1966. Since its founding, the institution has become known for offering students job-focused, practical training that is both affordable and will hold up in the workforce. As such, students can earn a range of credentials through part-time and full-time college courses. Among these credentials are diplomas, advanced diplomas, certificates, graduate certificates and, in a few instances, Bachelor degrees. In fact, Centennial was among the first community colleges in Ontario to receive approval for applied-degree programs in computer and communication networking, and software systems: design, development and management.

Meanwhile, other undertakings at this community college include 100 full-time programs, 140 part-time programs as well as courses presented through Distance Learning. Programs are offered in a variety of categories, including: Business, Community and Health Studies, Technology and Applied Science, Hospitality Tourism and Culture as well as Communications, Media and Design. Thanks so such a diverse range, this community college sees enrollment rates of 16,000 full-time students and 22,000 part-time learners. In addition, Centennial College is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Ontario. Almost 100 ethno-cultural groups are represented and 80 languages are spoken on campus.

As previously mentioned, Centennial also offers options for mature students who have worked in their chosen industries and return to community college to switch gears to further their education. For these students, flexibility is key and Centennial College caters by offering evening college courses as well as online and written-correspondence courses.

The part-time option at this Canadian college includes instructors who understand adult learning needs and offers flexible, learner-centered teaching methodologies; provide practical hands-on knowledge to place relevant theory into context and perspective; recognize and respects both the level of maturity and work experience of its students; provide effective instructor to student ratio and an optimal classroom size enabling competent peer interaction. Meanwhile, Distance Learning allows students to enjoy qualified instructors, communication tools, discussion boards and forums, a sense of email access with classmates, digital assignment capability, and more from the comfort of their home computer. Lastly, Printed-Based college courses see material being mailed to students at the beginning of the semester. Through this college education option, students can communicate with instructors via telephone.