Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Travel and Tourism Courses Offer Balance of Theory and Practice

Did you know that respected companies such as Marlin Travel, Sears Travel, Thomas Cook Group, Carlson Wagonlit, Air Transat/Nolitours, Goway, Sunwing, Travel Corporation and Kensington Tours are seeking professionals who have attended one of Ontario’s Tourism and Travel programs and have the know-how to assist travellers who are increasingly visiting more exotic destinations that offer both fun and educational opportunities?
That’s where Centennial College’s Tourism and Travel program, which takes just one year to complete, comes in. Designed to prepare students for employment in either retail or wholesale travel companies such as tour operations, retail travel agencies, Internet booking agencies, tourist offices, and cruise and airlines, it consists of both theory and practical application. “After researching many colleges, I chose Centennial as it provided the most for the course I was interested in,” says Hristiana Dzhelbova, a 2011 graduate. “The Tourism and Travel program is a fast-track course offering essential industry insight, industry certifications and qualifications, and a placement at an established company. The instructors are very helpful and always making sure the students fully comprehend the lessons.”
Let’s take a more detailed look at some of the benefits that Hristiana describes. First and foremost, during their time in the program, students attend Tourism and Travel courses that cover topics such as airline tariffs and ticketing, accommodation and ground transportation and the cruise industry as well as extensive world destination topics, including culture and heritage training, passport and visa requirements, travel security, customer sales and service, and more. Additionally, students receive Apollo and Sabre computerized airline reservation system training, and cruise line training includes the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) two as well as a half-day “training fest” conducted by CLIA-Trainers. There is also a chance for optional CPR training is provided in the third semester.
To round out training and to ensure that Tourism and Travel program students have practical experience prior to graduation, they attend a third-semester internship. The three-day-a-week experience sees students shadow professionals in the field, network and gain new knowledge while applying what they have learned. Taking the practical component a step further is the fact that this Travel and Tourism program offers students an international trip that provides practical exposure to all aspects of travel. Lastly, they may volunteer at major events in and around Toronto such as the Walk of Fame, Rendezvous Canada and various trade shows.
It is worth noting that CITC knowledge exam and Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) minimum standards exam are included as a part of the Tourism and Travel program.
Tourism and Travel program applicants must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, students should have completed the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. Please note that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the program.

Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship Designed for Canadian Tire Apprentices

If you are currently employed at Canadian Tire, which boasts 487 stores across Canada and is the country’s biggest retailer, but want to advance your career, you should consider attending Centennial College’s Automotive Service Technician training. Sponsored by Canadian Tire, it is designed for those currently employed at the store who wish to become automotive service technicians responsible for maintaining and repairing cars, vans and pickup trucks by fixing engines, changing brakes, checking windshield wipers and fluid levels, and replacing mufflers, hoses, belts and plugs.

Aside from being employed by a Canadian Tire, applicants must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or GED or equivalent. If they are not employed at Canadian Tire, they may be selected through an interview process. For this modified apprenticeship, candidates may apply directly to Centennial College. As space in the undertaking is limited, acceptance is based on successful completion of all entry requirements. 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.

Once accepted into the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship, students spend time at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus (the largest transportation training centre in Ontario) and at their Canadian Tire employer. The structure sees students training on campus for 32 weeks and applying what they have learned on-the-job for four weeks. As such, the 32 weeks of the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship spent on campus are filled with a combination of theoretical lectures and practical application. Overall, this training is more in-depth and in-school sessions are longer than that of traditional apprenticeships. Students partake in five particular courses (Drivetrian Sytems, Electrical/Electronic & Emmission Systems, Engine Systems, Work Practices and Procedures, Suspension/Steering and Brake System) that are part of a provincial automotive curriculum and satisfy the knowledge necessary to become a licensed technician.

With over 190 Canadian Tire stores in Ontario, there is a high placement rate for candidates of the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship. As such, once they have finished their on-campus courses, students head into the workplace for an on-the-job experience. This is their chance to apply what they have learned during their in-school sessions, gain new knowledge and get to know the procedures of the company. During the employer sessions, students are compensated. It is worth noting that employers also benefit from the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship (or Automotive Service Technician Canadian Tire MAP 32 as it is officially known). “The benefits from an employer’s standpoint are that all the classroom training is complete,” says John Morin, a service manager at Canadian Tire of the Automotive Service Technician training at Centennial College. “We have a technician who is far more advanced in theory, more confident in his or her abilities and now just requires practical experience.”

Honda Technician Training Includes Theory and On-The-Job Experience

If you are already working in the automotive service technician within a Honda Canada Inc., but are looking to advance your career and move up in the workplace, you should consider attending Centennial College’s Honda technician training. Officially known as Automotive Service Technician Honda AHAP MAP 32, this offering is designed for those employed by a Honda dealership or those who are selected through an interview process. Applicants must possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. Candidates may apply directly to Centennial College, with successful applicants obtaining an employer and registering as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The application for the MAP 32 program can be completed online. It should be noted that acceptance is based on successful completion of all entry requirements and space is limited.
Once accepted, students experience Honda technician training that is completed in four eight-week blocks, alternating with apprenticeship work terms at students’ Acura/Honda dealer. This type of structure works to the students’ and employers’ advantage in that with each alternation, students increase their knowledge and apply what they have learned in class to the job, then and they apply what they learned on the job to the increasingly difficult courses on campus. Meanwhile, employers get Honda technicians whom they have seen develop in front of their own eyes and who are job-ready upon program completion.
The Honda technician training structure also offers students more in-depth and longer school sessions than those students in traditional apprenticeship programs. During these in-school sessions, Honda technician training is facilitated from Ontario’s largest automotive training facility, which boasts all of the standards that would be found at a Honda dealership. As such, all aspects of vehicle technology are embodied in the Honda technician training, including electrical, body electrical, engine, transmission, steering, front-end, and all other aspects that would allow a Honda vehicle to be serviced. The training also sees an emphasis on electronics and the diagnosing of mechanical systems.
Among the specific courses are: Applied Work Practices and Procedures, Motor Vehicle Engine Systems, Steering, Suspension and Brakes; Electrical Electronics and Fuels, Motor Vehicle Gear Trains, and more.
It should be noted that during in-school portions of the Honda technician training students may be eligible for Employment Insurance. Meanwhile, during their time with an employer, students are compensated for their work. Apprentices are also currently eligible for up to $4000 in various grants and tax incentives. Employers are eligible for up to $45,000 over four years in various federal and provincial tax incentives.
Once they graduate from the Honda technician training, students go on to work with Honda, which is the sixth largest automotive manufacturer in the world and in the year 2008 surpassed Chrysler as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. The Honda technicians employed by dealerships have a variety of tasks, including: diagnosing problems using Honda diagnostic equipment; performing repairs and preventive maintenance on engines, transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and tires. Honda technicians also conduct vehicle inspections.

Electrical Engineering Technician Training Offers Students Solid Base

Did you know that Electrical Engineering Technicians have a huge responsibility in the construction sector? That's because these professionals are in charge of a field that, according to Wikipedia, implements and applies the principles of electrical engineering. Like its counterpart electrical engineering technology deals with the "design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronic(s) systems." However, electrical engineering technology is generally more focused on application and implementation, while electrical engineering may place more of an emphasis on theory and conceptual design. Additionally, Electrician Engineering Technician professionals who have completed post-secondary electrical engineering courses work in a wide range of areas such as: power distribution and utilization, electrical power generation, transmission, and protection; industrial telecommunications, electrical maintenance and installation, control systems, services, sales, design and repair.

More specifically, among the duties of an Electrical Engineering Technician are: providing technical assistance and resolution when electrical or engineering problems are encountered before, during, and after construction; assembling electrical and electronic systems and prototypes according to engineering data and electrical principles; installing and maintaining electrical control systems and solid state equipment; modifying electrical prototypes, parts, assemblies, and systems to correct functional deviations; collaborating with electrical engineers to identify and solve developmental problems; building, calibrating, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing electrical instruments or testing equipment; writing commissioning procedures for electrical installations; and much more.

Centennial College provides those interested in the field with both a solid foundation and the practical experience they need for a competitive edge through its two-year Electrical Engineering Technician program. This is achieved through a variety of approaches, including learning that simulates actual workplace assignments, and includes practice of electrical drawings, diagnostics and analysis of electrical systems as well as testing and troubleshooting electrical power systems. Additionally, Electrical Engineering courses are supplemented or enhanced through the use of up-to-date SETAS labs, which provide students with extensive practice opportunity to develop skills required to assume entry-level positions in the industry.

In these course and labs, Electrical Engineering Technician students become comfortable with: installations, testing, maintaining, repairing, analyzing and troubleshooting specific kinds of electrical circuits, equipment, and systems. Students also obtain thorough grounding in electrical engineering sciences and skills, including electrical circuits, maintenance of electrical instruments or devices, operation of electrical motors and power transmission as used in the industry.

Lastly, Electrical Engineering Technician students partake in a final semester course called Capstone Project. This is an opportunity to gain real life experience by working on a project that requires a great deal of research and application of knowledge they have gained throughout the offering.

If you're interested in attending this Electrical Engineering Technician undertaking, you are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, you must have finished the compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent; and the Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent.

Computer Networking Training Takes Practical Approach

Did you know that after completing computer networking training at Centennial College, you will have the know-how to enter positions such as: computer systems technologist, field service representative, network technologist, network technical support specialist, help desk support, LAN support and LAN administrator? That’s because this institution’s program takes three years to complete, results in an Ontario College Advanced Diploma and offers a very wide range of knowledge. Among the abilities of Centennial College computer networking training graduates are: analyzing and resolving information technology problems using both diagnostic tools and a systematic approach; planning, designing and implementing both computer systems and networking solutions; offering a variety of computer system and network services such as installation, configuration, troubleshooting, monitoring, maintaining, upgrading and optimizing; being an administrator of databases within an networked environment; and more.

Centennial College’s computer networking training approach is beneficial to students in that it incorporates a strong hands-on lab and technical problem solving focus along with a theoretical base. As such, among the topics covered are: operating systems, configuring and troubleshooting wired and wireless networks, PC hardware, PC operating systems, introduction to web design, technical writing with MS Office 2007 and Visio, and more.  Support for these computer networking training topics comes by way of fully equipped labs with the latest equipment and software where students actually get to go inside PC hardware. Additionally, students of this computer networking training learn customer and business skills to further enhance what they have to offer upon graduation.

To round out the computer networking training, students complete a capstone project in their sixth semester with a project base from a fifth-semester course called Fundamentals of Project Management. The fifth-semester computer networking course helps students to become comfortable with researching, analyzing, planning, costing, scheduling and resolving problems in implementing the capstone project. At the end of Fundamentals of Project Management, students conceive a project idea and then use the capstone opportunity to design it, ensuring that it fulfills the specifics laid down to accomplish business objectives. Through the experience, they work in a team to handle the various aspects of the project and maintain clear and accurate project related documents, which adhere to industry standards. During the implementation process students go through configuration and troubleshooting exercises, using a systematic approach and diagnostic tools to solve problems. At the end of the course each team demonstrates the project, makes an oral presentation and submits a written report.

It is worth noting that exit points are available to qualified students after one year (CRAM certificate) and two years (Technician diploma). Graduates are positioned to pursue industry standard certifications such as Comptia A+, Net+, iNet, Cisco CCNA, Novell CNE, Microsoft Win2000 Professional and Server

Applicants to Centennial College's computer networking training must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 M or U or Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Game Design Program On Cutting Edge of Technology

When choosing a game design program, you must consider its industry accreditations. For a respected offering, choose Centennial College’s Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming (Co-op), as it is officially known. The Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and the Canadian Council of Technician and Technologies jointly approved accreditation of this program in 2011. This joint accreditation is the first of its kind in Canada. Graduates from the program may apply for certified membership to either CIPS or its provincial engineering technology association. Additionally, this game design program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board Lastly, The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists recognizes game design program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist category.

Focused on interactive game software development, the offering prepares students to work as software developers, game programmers, software testers, computer programmers, system analysts, business analysts, web application developers, database administrators and applications. Graduates will be able to participate in various phases of the game programming life cycle, such as game design, three-dimensional graphics programming, game engine design, multiplayer online game programming and more.

But how does the program take students from novices to professionals? First and foremost, faculty members with experience, who use cutting-edge technology geared to industry standards, help students master the variety of topics covered in the game design courses. Among these topics are object-oriented software design methodologies, user-oriented interface design, Microsoft's .NET, DirectX, XNA, Software Testing and QA, C#, Java, J2EE, Oracle, MS-SQL Server, Unix/ Linux, HTML/ XML, Rational/ WebSphere, as well as introduction to database concepts, functions and number systems, web interface design, introduction to game and simulation, game programming, object oriented software engineering and more.

Secondly, a strong practical aspect ensures students of the game design program are job-ready upon graduation. The most notable practical feature is three terms of employment placement with a real employer. Students are prepared for this aspect through an Employment Pre-placement course, which teaches them about interview techniques, workplace etiquette, co-op activities that they’ll have to complete and more. In order to be eligible for co-op, students will have to complete a minimum of 80 per cent of Year 1 courses, a minimum C grade in COMM-170/171 and a 2.5 GPA or greater for COOP-221. This program’s co-op option is a paid placement. Also included in the practical aspects of this game design program are two software development projects.

Game design program applicant must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent are also required. Students are placed in the appropriate English level based on a skills assessment.

It is worth noting that qualified college or university graduates with a background in software can gain direct entry into semester three of this three-year program and receive their Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming Co-op Advanced diploma in four semesters plus two work terms.

Acquire a Competitive Edge with course in Software System Designs!

The realm of software system designs is extremely wide! The professional are required to solve the problem and plan for software solutions.

And their road to success commences with a program such as Software System development offered by Centennial College.

Software system design is an important part of the computer world and it is high demand. In general, software system development involves problem solving and planning for a software solution.

However, there are a few positions within the field of software systems development. Software developers are required to design and carry out a highly technological plan to create the appropriate solution for the software on which they are working.

Another job title is that of a systems analyst, which involves researching problems, planning solutions, recommending software and systems and coordinating development.

Meanwhile, software system design empowers the software analysts to get familiarized with other facets of the software development process. Moreover, they can be involved in other aspects wider than design and coding, including computer programming.

With Software Systems Development program, they may also contribute to the overview of the project on the application level rather than component level or individual programming tasks. These highly trained software professionals are in high demand by a variety of companies in the North America.

Centennial College is the only school in Ontario that gives students an opportunity to earn a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Information Sciences through its Software Systems Designs program. Its focus on system design as well as combines technology and business subjects to prove as a launching board to graduates who wants to enter the world of technology.

During their training in Software Systems Development, students also get the facilities like state-of-the-art laboratories that include equipment such as: VoIP, WiFi, Cellular Networks, Advanced Routing and Switching and Network Management and Wireless Broadband (WiMax).

Moreover, with laboratories and small classroom sizes; the students get hands-on learning experience and individual attention. The program also covers topics such as: secure systems with encryption, specialization in wireless systems, bioinformatics systems design or service oriented architecture and high reliability systems for mission critical applications. In addition, you also get an idea about the business subjects to ensure well rounded learning.

Moreover, extra hands-on training is offered through a 15-week paid co-op placement. This arrangement allows the students to apply the theories of Software Design System classes into practical situation. In order to be eligible for co-op, students are required to obtain a minimum C grade in ENG-110, minimum 2.0 GPA and minimum 80 per cent of year 1 and 2 courses.

To enroll in Software design development, the students must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum of six 12U, 12M, OAC credits or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Other requirements include English 12U and one of the following: Math 12U Advanced Functions, Math 12U Calculus and Vectors, Math 12U Mathematics of Data Management or equivalent. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program.

Learn Life-Skills with a comprehensive Healthcare Management Program

Are you planning to make a career in the wide sector called healthcare development? Then healthcare management program offered by Centennial College will fulfill by finding in hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement homes, commercial buildings, schools and residential buildings.

Firstly, through the health care management degree, the students can learn to create, implement and monitor operating systems, think critically,  work with a diverse team, and adapt to change. 

Additionally, you can also learn to blend the healthcare environmental service knowledge with business and human relations skills to prepare for challenging careers. More specifically, those who graduate from the healthcare management program have the ability to: examine infection prevention and control practices to ensure compliance with current legislation standards and regulations; manage the healthcare environmental services operations as formulated by the departmental/organizational business plan; contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the recruitment, orientation, training, development and retention programs for healthcare environmental services employees; develop and evaluate a departmental budget that reflects fiscal accountability and financial planning; and much more.

The students go through a total of 25 comprehensive courses such as Cleaning and Linen Methodology (designed to develop basic skills in cleaning and linen methods and systems in the healthcare setting.  Students develop the skills by implementing the theory learned in class in a practical setting); Role of the Healthcare Environmental Services Manager (orients the students to the role of the Environmental Services Manager in the healthcare setting and other careers in the environmental service industry. Students get an overview of the health care organization and commercial sector and the interrelationship of environmental services with other departments); Healthcare Business Practices (introduces accounting concepts as well as record and reporting procedures used in healthcare environmental services management); and more.

All of the Healthcare Management program courses integrate the classroom lectures, hands-on practical lab experience, field trips and guest speaker presentations to provide a well-rounded knowledge. Moreover, the  instructors having immense experience and knowledge ensures that students are well rounded with their personal anecdotes and guidance.

As with many other Centennial College programs, the Health care Management degree offers the students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience. This is achieved via two field placements (one in second semester and one in fourth semester). During this period the students acquire knowledge of the role and tasks related to entry-level positions in the Healthcare Environmental Services Department.

To enroll in the healthcare management program, you must at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature status (19 years or older); English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and; and Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent. Please note that there are also particular field placement requirements after admission but prior to each healthcare management program field placement.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Cultivate Competitive Edge for Ever-Evolving Industry with Game Design Program

Game design program, offered at Centennial College’s Game Art and Design creates a band of innovative and technical sound video games creators. Wikipedia defines the video game as “an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device.”

Today, that includes a number video game consoles (such as Xbox, Wii and PlayStation 3) as well as computers, handheld devices and arcade games. With the technological advances, a demand for those who have attended game design programs continues to grow.

Designed by the expert industry professionals and employing instructors who have broad field experience, Centennial College’s game design program takes just 16 months (continuous) to prepare students for a career of imagination, innovative design and storytelling in the dynamic and intensely creative interactive game industry.

Upon graduation from the school game design, the students are fully geared up for positions  like game concept artists, concept and environments and effects artists, character and level designers, character and 3D modelers/texture artists, and character animators.

The students are taught the required skills and knowledge through a variety of techniques. For example, a hands-on approach to learning in labs simulates a real-world production setting and students receive intensive hands-on training and learn how to build 2D and 3D art assets for games, develop game environments and characters and express their one-of-a-kind creativity. The game design program also covers topics like compositions and colour, game theory social history of design, digital painting, life drawing, character design, lighting, post effects and material editing, and more. Moreover, the small size of the class allows the students to get several hours of one-on-one help with each project.

Meanwhile, the valuable experience and industry contacts are also gained through studio visits, industry events and a field placement, which is a part of school of game design.

The game design program field placement usually takes place in the final semester and allows the learners to put their knowledge on test as well as gain new knowledge by working alongside game design professionals. In order to learn about the job seeking process, students send out their portfolio to the company of their choice.

The aspirants of game design program are needed to have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U credit, a skills assessment or equivalent. Lastly, students are required to submit a portfolio that must feature 10 to 15 life drawings, sketches, paintings, sculptures or digitally produced artwork. Preference for the program will be given to applicants who can demonstrate some familiarity with one or more graphics applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, 3DS Max or Maya. If students do not submit digital artwork, they will be tested to determine your level of computer proficiency.

Distance Learning: The Learning Alternative

Thanks to the extreme convenience of Distance Learning, there is truly no excuse for not obtaining a post-secondary education. This learning alternative is available at many reputable colleges and universities, and allows students to learn on an individual basis at their own speed and convenience. Although it has been around, according to Wikipedia, from "as early as 1728, when an advertisement in the Boston Gazette... [said] Caleb Phillips, teacher of the new method of short hand, was seeking students for lessons to be sent weekly," it has come a long way. Today, Distance Learning is still available in print, but is most popular through an online option.

Centennial College, Ontario's first community college founded in 1966, offers Distance Learning through its Continuing Education School. Graduates from its Distance Learning programs obtain credentials such as: post-secondary advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates of completion and post-graduate certificates.

As previously mentioned, Distance Learning is still available in the print form, with material being mailed to students. In this Distance Learning option at Centennial College, students register and then receive a registration confirmation letter, proctor information form, student guide and all of the educational materials required to complete the course. Such Distance Learning print-based courses are typically completed in a six-month frame and are made up 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. Among Distance Learning print-based correspondences are: Business Management – International, Business Management – Marketing, Cosmetics by Correspondence, Ophthalmic Medical Personnel - Phases 1 and 2 and SmartServe.

With the Internet revolutionizing how society looks at everything from shopping to travel, education is no exception. The Distance Learning option that sees students learning online puts them in a virtual classroom to which they have 24-hour access. As such, students can study from anywhere that has a Wi-Fi connection. Qualified instructors lead the courses and use online communication tools such as discussion boards and forums, and digital assignments. There is also a sense of classroom thanks to exchanging emails with their classmates. Among the 40 online Distance Learning programs at Centennial College are Professional Writing, Logistics Management, Event Planning/Meeting Management, Automotive Service Advisor, Business Writing, Effective Project Management, Food Service Worker, Legal Office Assistant, Medical Office Assistant, Fundraising and more.

Both online and print Distance Learning students are required to complete an in-person final exam to gain their credentials. 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.

Art Design College: A Launch Pad for Career in Visual and Applied Arts!

An art design college program that was established in 1974 has not only earned a reputation for to its longevity, but also seen an evolution of art and carved out a unique path that includes blending traditional and digital art in order to prepare students for a career in art and design, animation and game design.

Well, this program isn’t offered at some historical university somewhere in the U.K., as a matter of fact, it is at our very own Ontario’s very own Centennial College. In addition to its 38-year history, the staff members Design Foundation Studies program are seasoned professionals from the field who have acquired deep understanding about the arts as well as possess professional connections. As a result, the employers looking for talented and expert artists, knows that the education is contemporary, practical and in-depth.

The Art design college caters to the demands of the students who are looking for a way to nurture their artistic talents and build new creative and practical skills. Design Foundation is, therefore, well suited for those who have a general interest in art but are in dilemma, about their career direction

The art design college nurture the skills of a gifted artist, it helps the students can develop a technique of their own and gets an exposure to all forms and levels of visual art with step-by-step encouragement from staff and faculty; or need to build their portfolio to apply to an artistic program that requires them to have one for admission.

And to groom and prepare the students from diverse roles the Art and Design Foundation implements courses ranging from traditional approaches in drawing, life drawing and three-dimensional design, to introductory courses in imaging, animation and design. As a result, the students also develop a familiarity with digital media being complemented with a practical understanding of drawing, color theory and 3D art and design.

In addition to this, they are acquainted with a studio environment through the development of their creative and practical skills in the studio. These studios, and the art design college which are housed in Centennial College’s Centre for Creative Communications facilitates large arts studios equipped with the latest in modern art tools.

After building their portfolios in Art and Design Foundations, students can apply fopr more specific and advanced creative Centennial College programs such as Digital Animation, Interactive Digital Media, Game Design or Graphic Design Media. Moreover, those who attend this art design college program are also considered eligible to enter the Fine Arts Studio program.

Lastly, with an increasing number of agreements with other colleges, provide Centennial’s Art and Design Foundation graduates innumerable choices of attending specialized programs at Centennial College’s partner schools. One of these partners is Athabasca University, which offers a professional arts degree through Communication Studies.

To enroll in the art design college, students must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or must be 19 years of age or older. The other academic requirement includes compulsory English 12C or U, or skills assessment or equivalent. Please note that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Automation Robotics Engineering In the Spotlight

Imagine attending one program focused on electrical mechancial engineering technology and automation robotics engineering, and being able to work in the manufacturing sectors of areas such as: automotive, food, pharmaceuticals, packaging, aircraft and communication. It's possible for students who attend Centennial College's Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician - Automation and Robotics, which offers highly portable knowledge and makes students in high demand.

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technicians field is focused on machine design and building, manufacturing, application support, components testing, systems integration, maintenance, technical sales and services. Essentially, it is responsible for building and maintaining the robots that are used in assembly lines.

In order to prepare students for the field, Centennial College emphasizes automated systems, which are at the heart of virtually all advanced manufacturing industries. As such, automation robotics engineering training involves in-depth study from fundamentals to advanced systems, instilling an understanding of theory, along with practical, hands-on laboratory experience. Hands-on experience is offered in Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), robotics, hydraulics, pneumatics and electronics. Meanwhile, specific courses within this electrical mechanical engineering technology-focused program include: Computer Aided Drafting (the dual purpose of this course is to allow students to become familiarized with the basic technical drawing elements of mechanical engineering graphics as well as the concepts and features of the AutoCAD computer-assisted-drafting program); Statics (introduces students to problems depicting realistic situations encountered in engineering practice. Applied Statics is a branch of Applied Mechanics and involves the study of forces and the effect of forces acting on bodies in equilibrium without motion or moving with constant velocity); Electric Circuits (students are introduced to capacitors and their series and parallel circuit combinations in D.C.); and many others.

The two-year program, which has key-school status with the U.S.-based Fluid Power Education Foundation (FPEF), offers a useful networking opportunity through its strong on-campus Automation and Robotics Student Society. The society organizes events such as career nights and industrial visits.

It is worth noting that students of this automation robotics engineering focused program may graduate as technicians after two years or continue onto the co-op work experience in Centennial's three-year Automation and Robotics Technology program. The main difference between the two is that the latter offers a co-op experience, which sees students participating in a work placement during which they apply what they have learned during their courses, work alongside seasoned professionals and have a opportunity to network.

Applicants interested in learning about electrical mechanical engineering at Centennial College's Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician offering are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be19 years of age or older. Additionally, they must have completed compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent.

Mechanical Engineering Program Ensures Field Readiness

When considering a Mechanical Engineering program, you should look at a few aspects to determine if it is the right one for you. Theory, lab practice, facilities in which the program is housed and who teaches the Mechanical Engineering courses are all essential in choosing an undertaking that will ensure you are fully ready to enter the field upon graduation. Such a program exists at Centennial College, which offers the Mechanical Engineering Technology – Industrial (PTY) that prepares graduates for careers in the manufacture and production of mechanical equipment.

In this field, the duties of Mechanical Engineering professionals may include: developing quality control systems, assisting in plant expansions and layouts, conducting time and motion studies, planning and scheduling new facilities and preparing job safety programs and manuals. They may also fulfill positions such as supervisor (which offers additional opportunities), junior engineer, assistant to professional engineers, lab technician, quality control, CAD operator, technical sales and marketing, production control, and product design and development.

Students of the Mechanical Engineering program are based at Progress Campus, which isn’t only Centennial College’s largest location but also houses a new mechanical engineering lab that includes: Thermodynamic Fluid Power testing modules, and Tensile, Hardness and Impact Testers. This is important, as there is a 60-40 balance in the Mechanical Engineering courses of theory and practice.

This split between lectures and practical application ensures that students not only gain an understanding in basic engineering skills and science but also are able to master specific and advanced topics relating to modern manufacturing and production processes. Among the topics covered in the Mechanical Engineering courses are machine shop, physics, applied electricity, statistics, differential calculus and analytic geometry, properties of materials, fluid mechanics, tool design, quality assurance and more. These topics are presented and taught through experience machine shop operation, tool design, plus computer numerical control programming, designing, as well as building and testing an original piece of equipment. In addition, students learn essential computer-assisted drafting and manufacturing (CAD/ CAM), as well as industry-current software instruction in AutoCAD, Inventor and Mastercam.

To truly round out their Mechanical Engineering program, students take on two individual projects and attend co-op in the field. The project simulates actual workplace assignments, and gives students practical experience in designing, building and testing an original piece of equipment. Meanwhile, academically qualified students enhance their education by working three terms as paid employees in the field. Please note that a minimum C grade required in COMM-170/171, minimum 2.5 GPA and minimum 80 percent of year 1 and 2 courses are required for COOP-221.

All applicants require to apply for the Mechanical Engineering program is at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must possess English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment; and Math Grade 11 M or U or Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent, or skills assessment.

Ford Technician Training Prepares You For Automotive Service Industry

A Ford Technician who obtains training at Centennial College’s Automotive Service Technician Ford Company of Canada Limited Asset (MAP 32) may find work at a dealership for this successful company. Just how successful? Well, Ford is the second-largest U.S.-based automaker and the fifth largest in the world based on 2010 vehicle sales. Ford is also the eighth-ranked overall American-based company in the 2010 Fortune 500 list, based on global revenues in 2009 of $118.3 billion. In 2008, Ford produced 5.532 million automobiles and employed about 213,000 employees at around 90 plants and facilities worldwide.

At Centennial College’s Ford Technician training, students learn to maintain and repair cars, vans and pickup trucks by fixing engines, changing brakes, checking windshield wipers and fluid levels, and replacing mufflers, hoses, belts and plugs. This is achieved through 32 weeks of on-campus training and 32 weeks of on-the-job experience that students spend with their employer. As such, students of Ford technician training alternate between the two every four weeks in a structure that allows them to learn skills and concepts, apply them to the real world and come back prepared for the next level of topic difficulty.

The on-campus aspect of Ford Technician training is facilitated from Ashtonbee Campus, the largest transportation training centre in the province. This gives students the advantage of not only studying on actual Ford models and using tools of the trade but also being led by instructors who are professionals and have all worked in the automotive service field. During this time, training is focused on electronics, transmission, engines, air conditioning, supplemental restraint systems and the diagnosing of vehicle management systems. Additionally, students learn other Ford specialties that, in the past, they had to attend Ford school to learn. These specialties are: engines, electrical, brakes and climate control.

Meanwhile, on-the-job aspects of the Ford Technician training give students a great idea of what they can expect to encounter in the field — including customers from all walks of life and a variety of situations.
Applicants to Centennial College’ Ford Technician training must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a General Education Diploma or equivalent. A Ford Motor Company of Canada Ltd. Dealership must also employ them. 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 this Ford technician training program. Please note that candidates may apply directly to Centennial College. It is also worth noting that students may be eligible for employment insurance during the in-class training.

Broadcasting Schools Strike a Balances between Creative and Commercial Skills

Are you enthusiastic about broadcast production, including television, film or radio? Then Radio Broadcast program offered by Centennial College is the choice for you. What you require for be a part of this program? – Well, minimum qualification required is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or a mature student status (19 years of age or older) as well as an English Grade 12 C or U (minimum grade required) or equivalent, or skills assessment.

As part of the application process for the admission in broadcasting schools, you will also be required to attend a session where you will need to take a test on Broadcast and Film Writing and submit either a portfolio that demonstrates your ability to tell a story (two examples of media work that you have authored. Media work includes video, audio, digital images and TV/film scripts) or a resume that includes media related experience plus two letters of recommendation.

This three-year program has gained a repute of having trained some of the Canada’s best writers, directors, producers, production crewmembers and studio executives for the broadcasting and film industry for the past 30 years. As a result, the broadcasting school has earned quite a respect in the industry. “The students coming from Centennial, with whom I’ve worked and hired, are better prepared than most entry level personnel. They understand the importance and role of communications through broadcasting and film. Centennial gets students ready for the workplace,” says Stephen Montgomery, a line producer. The base of Stephen’s observation is the fact that you’ll experience well-rounded knowledge and acquired both the creative and technical skills you’ll need for a film, television and radio broadcast.

The film producer and television broadcast training provides you a chance to explore this realm and create new and original story ideas during which you’ll learn how to prepare, manage and carry out the creative production and the development process to realize your unique creative vision.

Some of the exclusive courses offered by broadcasting schools, include: Media Theory, Workplace and Issues; Tools and Processes for Communicators, History of Broadcasting, Camerawork, Radio Production, Editing, Filmmaking for TV, Cinema and Multi-Platform; Essentials for Screenwriting, On-Air Promotions, Broadcast Career Management, and more.

Moreover, the students get hands-on experiences, during which you learn apply what you have studied during the classroom sessions of the radio broadcast and TV production training. For example, you have access to Centennial College’s Wallace studios, which is an HDTV broadcasting studio with extensive digital film abilities. This studio is not only utilized for practice but gives you a chance to work on student-made films, a student-produced newsmagazine TV show that airs live and online, to further television broadcast training.

The final practical aspect is a 15-week industry field placement at place such as CBC, Chum Television LTD, CTV, Global TV News, MTV Canada /CTV, Sun TV, and more.

This is during this placement you can implement your theories into to real life situations and gain new lessons from established broadcast production professionals. In order to qualify for placement, students participating in film producer training and television broadcast training must meet specific requirements.

Upon graduation from the broadcasting school, you may be get yourself employed into radio and television stations, including specialty channels; commercial sound and video production companies; corporate video houses; and feature and series film producers.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Media Studies Courses: an Innovative Approach to Understand the power of Media

With a great demand for qualified media personnel; the Centennial College’s Media Engineering Design Integration (MEDI) offers an extensive media education make your for careers as a project manager, digital media production; interactive technical producer, museum and instructional design; producer, digital signage networks; user experience designer, consumer electronics; software designer, embedded systems; mobile communications application developer; entertainment media designer; service producer, digital signage networks; and content manager, multi-platform electronic publishing.

Media Studies courses; a one-year program, which often seen as an exclusive program is a collaboration between the School of Communications, Media and Design, and The School of Engineering, Technology and Applied Sciences and was created cater with the endless demand of the media professionals.

MEDI students get an opportunity to explore the wide possibilities in both live and laboratory situations, where technology creators and media experts will join hands to create innovative solutions. Essentially, the media studies courses prepare the people with engineering and software skills to have networking and content skills and vice versa. “The Media Engineering Design Integration program will provide graduates with the essential experience of working with cross functional teams that are found in the workplace. It will also supply them with the skills and flexibility to lead hybrid teams and develop new solutions,” sums up Lynn Shannon, Director of Online Operations, Consumer Publishing Group, Rogers Media.

So, now the question is how exactly is this achieved? Many media education courses within this program are set within a project-based learning environment which concentrates on the students’ analytical and decision-making skills on real world challenges.

In addition, the laboratory practice with PLCs, robotics, sensors, electronics and network technology plays a crucial role. Media studies courses include a plethora of enlightening programs includes Introduction to Media Engineering, Video Production and Sound Design, Visual Design, Media Electronics, Computer Systems and Networks, The Marketing Cycle, Automated Control Systems and more. Moreover, the program’s coaching and consultation is architected to focus on students’ ability to assess, develop, manage and execute a media technology project from prototype to delivery.

In addition, in-school media education programs are complemented by a 15-week, three-days-a-week field placement. This work placement is facilitated by the faculty and is decided upon based on the students’ project work and in consultation with the host companies.

Classroom and project work is coordinated with the placement project. The student will be able to make a positive contribution during their placement, since it starts in the second part of the program. Moreover, the students are encouraged to take part in a Portfolio Production component during which they assemble their project work from the program and independent work in a digital media package.

To enroll in this program’s media studies courses, the students are required to submit an official transcript that shows the proof of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program. In addition, they must attend an information session or undergo a portfolio review. Please note that Centennial will consider people presenting a partial post-secondary education (eight college or university credits) in media production or engineering technology.

Give a Boost to your Career with Marketing Research Courses

Analyzing and interpreting industry dynamics and client behaviour is an interesting area. – Attending a Marketing Research Analytics program can be a real perfect fit.  Centennial College’s Marketing & Research Analytics course equips the students with qualities like dealing with numbers and computers, analytical with strong numeracy skills, self-directed with strong attention to detail, highly-organized and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, strong interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and thrive under pressure and can meet deadlines.

If you possess these qualities and want to enhance your skills, you can join the marketing research course for which you need to have completed a college diploma or university degree in any discipline, have a proficiency English and set of numeracy skills, to apply. Please note that the Marketing Research Analytics program will also consider applicants with partial post-secondary and relevant work experience (transcript and resume review is required).

Once you enter the Post-Graduate marketing research courses, you will acquire as well as receive a ground to hone your skills, that you need to make effective decisions in order to attract a greater client base and deepen existing client relationships for the company that hires you.

With the two years marketing research analytics course, which is filled with case studies, simulations and project-based learning in areas like questionnaire design, data manipulation, quality control, creation of statistical output and development of programs, you get a complete overview of this challenging area.

The practical training also includes SAS Enterprise Guide and Enterpise Miner. In addition to this, an emphasis is placed on the use of applied marketing research and analytics to strategic marketing decision-making.

In addition to this, a second semester capstone project enables the students to incorporate and showcase their skills. Throughout their time in the Marketing Research Analytics program, the students are guided by well trained professors with extensive experience in marketing research, statistics, marketing communications and customer relationship management.

Some of the specific marketing research courses in the Research Analytics program includes: Case Analysis and Marketing Metrics, Marketing Analysis and Planning, Fundamentals of Marketing Research, Computer Applications for Marketing Analytics, Database Mining and Analytics, Advanced Computer Applications for Marketing, Employment Preparedness, Advanced Marketing Research, and Fundamentals of Interactive Marketing, Fundamentals of Interactive Marketing as well as Business Presentations (provides a solid grounding in the business communication area. Students are taught to demonstrate communication skills in letter and memo writing, produce high quality reports, execute confident oral presentations, effectively communicate in interview situations and use current software as tools in the implementation of effective presentations); Marketing (provides an overview of contemporary marketing, emphasizing the management of the product/service, price, promotion and distribution areas ofan organization within a changing environment).

The students who successfully complete Centennial College’s Marketing Research Analytics program find themselves in positions like marketing research analysts, web marketing analysts, CRM analysts, direct response analysts, online marketing analysts, data and analytics specialists, business analytics specialists, loyalty program analysts and more sales data analysts, marketing strategy analysts. All thanks to the diversified applications, the graduates can be placed in  organizations with in-house analytical and research functions, especially those that are mid-to-large sized; marketing research firms; companies specializing in direct marketing, mobile marketing and e-marketing as well as loyalty program management companies.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fitness and Health Promotion Program Opens Doors to Various Opportunities

Getting healthy is at the top of many people's list - and not just their New Year's Resolutions list. It's no wonder then that the demand for fitness professionals with a Fitness and Health Promotion Program educational background is expected to increase by 28 per cent by 2018. With Canadians making a commitment to their health, now is a great time to train for positions such as: fitness instructor, personal trainer, fitness consultant and wellness/fitness program developer. In these positions, Fitness and Health Promotion professionals assist individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices that will reduce or prevent the occurrence of acute and chronic diseases by providing professional fitness assessments, recommendations for health and fitness exercise regimes and strategies to meet their health and wellness goals.

Centennial College's Fitness and Health Promotion takes two years to complete and ensures students are ready to fulfill the above roles and responsibilities in vast areas such as: the community, corporate fitness, municipal recreation, retail fitness, hospital or business/entrepreneur. As such, it focuses on hands-on practical learning in laboratory and placement settings and a comprehensive academic grounding in areas such as: anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment, leadership skills, injury management, nutrition, fitness marketing, health promotion, computer skills and cross cultural awareness. The Fitness and Health Promotion also takes into account trending topics such as mental health as an essential part of a holistic approach to well being.

Help students obtain the best training possible is access to the newly-constructed Athletic and Wellness Center, where they can apply what they have learned to helping their peers meet their fitness goals. The use of this wellness centre also presents the opportunity for inter-professional student liaisons between this fitness training program and other offerings (i.e. Police Foundations, Pre-service Fire and Paramedic students) at Centennial College to assist in the attainment of students' fitness assessment goals.

As a final hands-on feature, the Fitness and Health Promotion boasts an industry field placement during which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program in a safe and challenging real world setting. Prior to each field placement, students must acquire an annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening; successfully complete an annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (health care provider level); successfully complete a recognized course in standard first aid.

Upon completion of the Fitness and Health Promotion offering, students obtain an Ontario College Diploma and have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become certified personal trainers according to the CSEP-CPT requirements and learn course material related to the canfitpro nutrition and wellness certification.

Applicants to this fitness training program, must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature status (19 years or older) In addition, they should have taken English Grade 12 C or U (minimum grade required) or equivalent, or skills assessment; as well as one Science Grade 11 or 12, C or U (minimum grade requirement) or skills assessment (Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Exercise Science).

Strategic Management Program Equips with the In-Demand Skills

With a unique educational program that focuses on strategic management in accounting provides graduates with skills such as: advanced accounting, financial management and strategic management expertise. With the Strategic management – Accounting program, offered by Centennial College you get to learn more about the area which is described as “a form of management accounting in which emphasis is placed on information which relates to factors external to the firm, as well as non-financial information and internally generated information.”

With a degree in strategic management in accounting; the professionals get to deal with the relative cost position; the ways in which a company may secure a sustainable cost advantage; and costs of differentiation such as what makes their product different and hence more attractive.

The sectors where you can find an employment as accounting supervisors, accounting managers, assistant controllers, and controller and business analysts, in offices like financial institutions, government offices, public accounting firms, manufacturing industries, service industries, small business and self-employment.

The Strategic Management program offered at Centennial College gets complete within a year’s time, for which the applicants are required to have a college diploma or university degree in an accounting discipline. Additionally, they must need to prove their English proficiency. The Strategic Management in accounting will also consider applicants with partial post-secondary in an accounting discipline and relevant work experience (transcript and resume review is required).

Once cleared through the admission process, the students in the Strategic Management in Accounting gain a perspective on the organizational techniques required for the effective execution of strategic decisions, and the critical role that managerial leadership plays in the viability and growth of the business. In addition to this,  they continue to learn and enhance their understanding about the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, taxation and auditing.

The students of strategic management acquires enough knowledge of what to expect from the field, with the course’s fast-paced, one year format, as it includes learning tools such as case studies and simulations, leading-edge managerial and leadership practices of the best companies in the world, hands-on exposure to the latest technology applications in the area of management information systems, including ERP systems; and more.

Along with this, the college houses a team of proficient professors with strong academic backgrounds, extensive business and management experience in the area of Strategic Management. Specific courses covered in this Strategic Management program include: Contemporary Organizational Behaviour, Accounting Theory and Policy, Advanced Managerial Accounting, Advanced Taxation, Information Systems for Business Management, Operations Management for Products and Services, Advanced Auditing, and more.  
Students who attend the Strategic Management in Accounting get a number of options upon graduation. In addition to entering the field, they may obtain an MBA, pursuant to the articulation agreement negotiated by the School of Business with other institutions. This program’s education partner is the Certified General Accountants Association of Ontario. In addition, students can apply to CGA-Ontario, and depending on their academic background, may receive up to four levels of CGA transfer credits.

Know the Global Business Better with the International Business Program

Since, globalization becoming a norm in the business world; a need has arise to have trained professionals to ensure that international business transactions go well. International business program offered by Centennial College is designed, with an aim to groom the students to pursue careers in the manufacturing and production sector, retail and distribution, transportation or as part of a consulting firm.

With this two years International Business courses; the student gets both a solid general business foundation as well as learns about the specialized international business concepts. For those who are interested in applying needs to have at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must possess the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment; and the Math Grade 11 C, M or U, or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent or skills assessment.

As mentioned earlier, the International Business program is a perfect blend of general business courses and more specialized knowledge. The general courses offer a foundation and include: Strategies for Business Success, Fundamentals of Business, Microcomputer Applications Software, Mathematics of Finance.

On the other hand, the advanced International Business course covers topics such as: processing customs compliance documents, assisting in the transportation of goods to and from locations throughout the world and taking on a support role in the marketing and sale of Canadian goods in the global marketplace.

Upon graduating the International Business program, students can have a plethora of career options. Among the positions they can hold are Customs Compliance Analyst (applies for tariff concessions, posts bonds for products being imported, signs documents on behalf of clients, requests or compiles necessary import documentation); Import/Export Documentation Specialist (works with customs agents, warehouse staff, shipping companies and clients; helps with shipping, receiving and record keeping for international transaction); Global Logistics Assistant (handles a company’s shipping and receiving processes; makes sure shelves are stocked, orders are tracked and invoices are filed; often bargains with manufacturing salespeople on costs, as well as loads and unloads trucks that deliver goods).

In addition to this, International Business Program maintains a number of university articulations, graduates may get both a college and university degree in a shorter period of time by applying their credits towards a degree with Algoma University and University of New Brunswick.

Personal Support Worker Program Prepares Students for Variety of Settings

Did you know that students who attend Centennial College's Personal Support Worker program, which just takes two semesters to complete, have demonstrated the ability to: act within the personal support worker role, under supervision, and by following care/service plans and established policies and procedures; participate as members of the care service teams in both community and institutional settings; collaborate and report observations to appropriate health care team members in an ongoing, timely manner and document this information promptly; support clients’ personal and home management care requirements and preferences by following care service plans and established policies and procedures; demonstrate effective oral, written and nonverbal communication techniques; and assist in the promotion and maintenance of a safe and caring environment for clients, their families, self and others. With just a wide range of skills, these Personal Support Workers are ready to work with clients in the home, schools, community residential facilities, nursing homes or chronic care facilities. Essentially, Personal Support Workers provide care and assistance to allow individuals to lead active and fulfilled lives in the community and institutions, including the elderly, clients with disabilities, chronic illnesses, cognitive impairment and also clients recovering from acute illnesses.

It is worth noting that Ontario Network for Internationally Trained Professionals predicts that in the course of remaking the health care system in Canada, the demand for Personal Support Workers is reported to be growing.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, as well as community agencies and clinical settings recognize the Centennial College Personal Support Worker Course, which results in a certificate. As such, training reflects the latest practices and policies in the field and courses cover topics such as: anatomy, foundations of personal support, foundations of mental health, developmental stages and alterations in health, supporting clients in palliative care, personal and professional growth and much more.

Incorporated into courses in the Personal Support Worker program, is the use of Centennial College's Morningside Campus, which is the school's most technologically advanced location and offers clinical labs as well as fully-equipped computer labs.

Additionally, students actually spend more than half of the total program hours in a field placement working with teams in long-term care institutions, the community and at in-home settings. The 15-week practical experience in field placement allows students to apply what they have learned in their courses, network and absorb knowledge from practicing professionals.

Personal Support Worker program applicants 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, applicants must have finished the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent and can prove English proficiency.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Hone Your Marketing Skills with a Comprehensive Business Marketing program

Excellent marketing is more like a timeless composition – it just sticks in your head! And therefore, this field is witnessing a tremendous growth rate. With Centennial college’s business marketing programs; you can learn everything about promoting anything ranging from cell phones to toothpaste.

The best campaigns certainly stay with you, but it requires great deal of skills which can be developed and cultivated with the right educational approach. Business marketing degree from Centennial College can get you to the top!

In the globalized world, the business marketing programs are usually of two types: university degrees and college diplomas. A large number of people usually go for a degree, there are employers who look out for candidates who have acquired the skills very well. And it is here that college programs thrive.

The business marketing degree by Centennial College teaches you the fundamental business concepts, and does not limit your talents to the textbook reading. You will get the much desired and valuable experience of working on projects, which allows you to apply your learning and explore the world of marketing and how it actually works.

A majority of colleges offer a business marketing program however, this year Centennial College’s marketing programs took the spotlight; it walked away with a first place in 2011’s Ontario College’s Marketing Competition (OCMC). The OCMC is a very prestigious competition where the business students from different colleges in Ontario examine and put their marketing skills to the test in front of a panel of industry judges.

The credit for this success of Centennial College’s business marketing degree course goes to their innovative approach and diverse faculty experience. With its two-year and three-year marketing options; it allows the students kick start with basics of the business world, so they can acquire a good grasp of human resources, international business, accounting and finance before actually commencing in the world of marketing.  

Known for its flexibility, business marketing program presents two options before the students – either they can enter the industry right away after graduation or continue with the three-year program. The three-year program offers access to specialized marketing courses and the chance for a paid co-op with a Toronto-based marketing agency.  

For those preferring to partake in the university degree, Centennial’s School of Business maintains several university partnerships with traditional universities like University of New Brunswick and Ryerson University, as well as online universities like Royal Roads University and Athabasca, which enables you to earn a business marketing degree through distance education.

These universities have recognized the business marketing program; provided you maintain a certain average, they will apply your college credits so that you can earn both a college diploma and degree in less time.

Master the Art of Administration with Office Administration Program

Administration is a broad realm; therefore, while choosing an Office Administration program, you should make sure that it not only prepares you for the field but also provides you different options upon graduation.
This is one of the standout features of Centennial College’s office administrator schools’ Executive program, is two years program and allows for a seamless transition to further education or entry into the field. Along with this, through the additional education option, articulated programs with selected universities, institutes and professional associations, it allows qualified graduates to be eligible for any administrative position. These partnerships ensure graduates can apply academic credit towards further study, and include: Algoma University, Athabasca University, Davenport University and University of New Brunswick.

Students of Office Administration course, have the option to enter the field once they complete their two years at Centennial College. And, if they choose this option, they will find themselves employed as office administrators, administrative assistants, administrative support officers, senior secretaries and executive secretaries.

While their duties may vary depending on the jobs, their primary responsibilities would include day-to-day activities related to financial planning, billing and recordkeeping, personnel, and physical distribution and logistics, within an organization; planning work assignments for staff and supervising staff; and requesting new office equipment and repairs on existing equipment. The graduates from Office administrator schools usually find themselves in the upper levels of the management in a company.

To groom the students, the Office Administration program, emphasizes on handling the multiple functions performed by administrative assistants. The learners are encouraged to develop document production, note-taking and computer skills as well as are taught client service, communication, time management and supervisory skills through courses such as: Integrated Software Applications, Introduction to Word Processing, Transcription Techniques, Financial Procedures, Word Processing Applications, Microcomputer, Office Procedures and Communications, and more. Additionally, the training also consists of automated office systems such as word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software.

In addition to this, the students get a chance to apply what they learned in Office Administrator schools even before they come out as graduates as the program features a field placement during the last semester. They work in different settings alongside professionals who can help them to acquire optimum knowledge. Upon completion of the program, some companies may even hire the students who were placed with them.
To enroll in the Office Administration program, the students must maintain a minimum of C grade average and an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 as well as a at least have typing speed of 40 words per minute.
In addition, the applicants must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. They are also required to have the English 12C or U credit or a skills assessment or equivalent. However, meeting the minimum admission requirements does not mean admission into the Office Administration — Executive program.

Pave a way in economic sector with Financial Training at Centennial College

The financial sector is constantly expanding, which offers an exciting career to look forward.  Centennial College offers a wide range of financial training courses, which requires you to have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, and possess a mature student status (19 years or older) and requires you to complete 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.

With the mutual funds growing significantly; the professionals who consult upon and sell mutual funds are required to possess a license. The one-year financial training offered the Centennial College includes a course which gives you the license to sell mutual funds. This license, along with other programs in marketing, sales, business and communication, grooms the graduates with the qualifications and skills, which sought by employers in the industry.

In addition to this, a host of experienced and professional faculty members deliver lesson for the financial training courses. This, in turn assures that students get more insight from these faculties who offer real-life scenarios to the students, who once out in the real world will may encounter the same.

Some of the specially designed financial training programs offered in this undertaking include: Personal Credit (introduces students to the principles of credit extension along with consumer lending, mortgage lending and financial statement analysis affecting particularly consumer loans and mortgage applications.); Mathematics of Finance (through classroom instruction, students review basic algebra as applied to business issues while being introduced to the common practices in consumer finance as used by Canadian companies); Canadian Financial Services (surveys the financial services industry structure and services provided and provides the technical foundation required for entry into the Canadian Securities Course); and more.

In addition to this, Financial training courses offered by Centennial College enables the graduates to continue further education in the school’s two-year financial training program. This allows them to further add to their qualifications in just one year and enables them to pursue lucrative careers in the broader financial services industry.

In case, the students, chooses to enter the field right away, the constant growth in the financial sector offers them many exciting employment opportunities for qualified individuals. “Many people end up working for banks and some people work for mutual fund companies selling mutual funds or advising on mutual funds to the general public. I am confident that in eight months, if you pass the exams, if you meet the standard, there are jobs available,” says Harvey Willows, a professor in the financial training program.