Sunday, June 16, 2013

Centennial College’s Tourism and Travel Courses Lead to Long-lasting Careers

Did you know that after just three semesters of Centennial College’s Tourism and Travel courses you may be hired by respected and well known companies such as: Marlin Travel, Sears Travel, Thomas Cook Group, Carlson Wagonlit, Air Transat/Nolitours, Goway, Sunwing, Travel Corporation and Kensington Tours? That’s because not only does this reliable training result in an Ontario College Diploma, the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC) also endorses it. As such, CITC knowledge exam and Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) minimum standards exam are included as part of it. Additionally, CITC student membership and annual Students in Travel conference are included.

The Tourism and Travel courses within this offering are focused on ensuring that students obtain an in-depth knowledge of airline tariffs and ticketing, accommodation and ground transportation and the cruise industry. This travel and tourism program, also offers students a solid grounding in areas such as culture and heritage training, passport and visa requirements, travel security, customer sales and service, and much more. Specific tourism and travel courses include: World Geography for Tourism, Introduction to Hospitality Accounting, Selling Cruises, Industry Automation – Apollo, Introduction to Computing, Sales & Marketing for Travel Industry, Airline Automation – Sabre, Travel Agency Operations and more. Another highlight of the travel and tourism program is that cruise line training includes the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) two and a half-day “training fest” conducted by CLIA-Trainers.

In order to apply what they have learned in their Tourism and Travelcourses, students also participate in a three-days-a-week internship. Conducted in the third and final semester of the program, it is a chance for students to apply skills learned in-class, interact with professionals and network. In addition, the program offers its students an international trip that provides practical exposure to all aspects of travel.

Should students who complete the Tourism and Travel courses want to pursue further education, Centennial College makes it easy for them through articulated programs with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study. The partner of the Tourism and Travel program is University of New Brunswick.

To apply to Centennial College’s travel and tourismprogram, you must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. In addition, you 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.

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