Wednesday, July 31, 2013

College Programs Focus on Offering Degrees

Thanks to degree programs at college level, earning a bachelor degree doesn't have to take four years of sitting through lectures but not obtaining any hands-on experience. For example, at Centennial College students can attend a variety of college programs that are either facilitated fully at one of the college's four campuses or see students spend some of their training at Centennial College and some at a partnership university. In these degree programs, which meet rigorous Ontario Ministry standards (provincial standards), students not only learn the theory they need to be successful but also partake in application of that theory.

The college programs that see students completing part of their studies at local universities are made possible through partnership agreements. For example, the Bachelors of Science Nursing program is offered with Ryerson University and includes students completing their first two years at Centennial and the final two years at Ryerson. Faculty members who teach the program are from both the college and university. Meanwhile, those interested in collaborative programs with the University of Toronto may attend college degree programs such as: Journalism, New Media Studies and Paramedicine.

Meanwhile, college programs that result in a degree and see students just studying at Centennial College include: Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Computer and Communication Networks, Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Software Systems Design and Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Bridging to Software Systems Design.

The first of these college programs, Computer and Communication Networks, is the only offering of its kind in Canada. It equips students with the knowledge they need to fill positions such as project management analyst, IT program manager, technical account manager, business account manager, network administrators, network analyst and network support. This is achieved through a combination of technology and business subjects, presented in modern laboratories specially engineered for the curriculum. They include uniquely equipped facilities offering VoIP, cellular networks, wireless broadband (WiMax), advanced routing and switching as well as network management. Students can specialize in network security or wireless systems.

Another degree program is Software Systems Design. With a critical need for highly specialized software designers, Centennial College was selected by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver a program to address this demand. As such, the college program places emphasis on advanced software standards and management and covers topics such as website design and development, software development programming fundamentals, financial analysis, economics, object oriented programming, and more. The degree program also offers three software development projects. These real-world business applications require students to utilize all the technical, systems and business skills acquired during their studies to build higher quality software.

Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Bridging to Software Systems Design is another one of Centennial College's college degree programs. It allows eligible computer program/analyst graduates or software engineering graduates from Centennial or from a similar program from another college to obtain this four-year Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences in Software System Design in two years.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Runway to Becoming an Aircraft Technician

In order to take on the all-important responsibilities of an Aviation Technician - a position that includes a wide range of the aviation and aerospace sectors that together work to keep aircraft safe, serviced and airworthy - one must attend a post-secondary aircraft technician training program. For example, at Centennial College’s Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance, students learn a variety of skills that include: overhaul, repair, inspection or modification of an aircraft as well as the installation or removal of a component from an aircraft or aircraft subassembly. With these skills students can apply for positions with aircraft maintenance companies, airlines, manufacturers and other Canadian aviation operations. Additionally, Centennial College’s aircraft technician training qualifies grads to seek employment in non-aircraft related areas of certain repair and manufacturing industries.

Let’s take a detailed look at how the aircraft technician courses at Centennial College take students from novices to experts in two short years. First and foremost, this offering employs a sensible approach that sees students spend a significant amount of time on practical application in labs. In fact, before students can graduate they must complete over 200 maintenance tasks that include knowledge of routine maintenance, servicing, inspection, diagnostics and repair of aircraft engines, airframe and components, as well as performing flight-line activities. Meanwhile, systems covered in the aircraft technician courses include hydraulics, fuel, engines, environmental control, electrical, landing gear and flight controls. General knowledge of aviation regulations and associated processes round out this aircraft technician training.

Secondly, all practical applications are carried out at Centennial College’s extensive facilities that include a fully functional aircraft hangar, licensed by Transport Canada, complete with a “fleet” of 10 aircraft. Guiding students through their aircraft technician courses - among which are Safety and Human Factors, Piston Engines and Propellers, Theory of Flight, Aircraft Publications, Electrical Fundamentals, and more - are faculty members who are highly skilled, with years of experience and extensive technical expertise, with a deep commitment to the program, its students and their success.

Aside from completing 200 maintenance tasks, students of this aircraft technician training must also obtain a minimum C grade in all courses in order to graduate. However, Transport Canada accreditation requires both a minimum B grade in every course and an absentee rate of less than five per cent of the total program hours. The program is both Transport Canada approved and Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council certified as a recognized aircraft maintenance-training program.

Students interested in Centennial College’s aircraft technician training must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Education Development or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Applicants are also required to possess compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent and Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent.

Emma is the author of this article, in which she writes about the benefits of Centennial College’s aircraft technician training, including its practical approach.

Hospitality Program Teaches Students The Ins and Outs of the Kitchen

Did you know that by attending the hospitality program at Centennial College called Hospitality Operations – Kitchen Management, graduates go on to be employed by reputable and varied companies such as: Swiss Chalet, Milestones, Red Lobster, Jack Astor’s, The Keg, Canyon Creek and many others? That’s because the Kitchen Management courses within this undertaking focus on offering students a range of skill sets through hands-on experience in an on-campus student training restaurant, business practices in accounting, human resources, and supervision.

To apply for this hospitality program’s Kitchen Management courses, students are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Students must also have attended the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. It should be noted that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the hospitality program.

Once they are accepted, students spend two semesters working towards an Ontario College Certificate as well as the Smart Serve program and the National Sanitation Training certificates. This is achieved through Kitchen Management courses that include: Supervisory Practices for the Kitchen Manager (designed to give learners an opportunity to practice the skill set of a successful supervisor); Quantity Food Production (emphasis is placed on technique, terminology, creativity, correct use of equipment, recipe and measurement analysis, and safe handling and storage procedures); Introduction to Hospitality Accounting (learners obtain the abilities to apply basic cost control, basic revenue management, work with theoretical financial situations and increasing their understanding of accounting principles and concepts and the application of these principles and concepts related to the hospitality, Tourism and Culture industry); and more.

To round of these Kitchen Management courses, the hospitality program gives students the chance to apply what they have learned in the school’s on-campus living lab-restaurant called Horizons. The experience also serves are preparation for the hospitality program’s field placement. During this time, students work in approved jobs within the food service industry. Field placement enables learners to better understand the dynamics of the industry, increase their knowledge of industry practices and provides a competitive advantage of experience in the job market.

Once they complete the hospitality courses within this offering, students may stream into the second year of Centennial’s two-year Food and Beverage Management program to further their education. Alternatively, they are fully prepared to work as food operations managers who plan, organize and direct a varied staff of food service personnel in a many types of food service operations, including catering and banquet, restaurants or specialty snack food service. Among the specific responsibilities of those who have completed Kitchen Management courses are: planning work programs, staffing for cash food service, interviewing and hiring employees, training employees, reviewing inventory, requesting and purchasing food supplies, planning menus and price points, supervising operations, observing quality of service and other such daily tasks.

Jason wrote this article about the hospitality program at Centennial College that prepares students for a career in food operations management at well-known establishments such as Red Lobster, The Keg and more.

Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Program Takes You from Novice to Expert

Did you know that in order to apply for Centennial College’s Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program all you are required to present is: at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent; English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent; a résumé and questionnaire that describes experience and aptitude; attendance at an interview (by invite only, based on resume and questionnaire) with faculty/potential employer; eligibility to work in Ontario and an Ontario driver’s license?

Once you are accepted to this Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program, you will enjoy a combination of in-school training and co-op work placement that provides an excellent start to an apprenticeship. In addition, you will earn an Ontario College diploma and complete your entire Ontario apprenticeship in-school curriculum within two years.

This is achieved by spending the first eight months of the program attending heavy equipment courses at Centennial College that cover everything from applied mechanics and vehicle dynamics to component design and repair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. You will also take courses in advanced electrical/ electronics, logistics, plus hoisting and rigging that is only available at Centennial. Lastly, you will attend courses in business, English and general education. Specific Heavy Duty Equipment Technician courses include: Trade Practices, Electrical Systems, Fuel Systems, Occupational Health and Safety, Drake Systems, Drive Train Systems, Heavy Equipment Logistics, Fixed Operations Management and more.

Once you have a solid base, you will spend eight months in co-op as a registered apprentice. During this time, you will apply what you have already learned, allowing you to put your knowledge to use in a real world environment. Additionally, the co-op term serves to offer you preparation for your return to the school to complete more advanced heavy equipment courses. Many students end up staying on as full-time employees at their co-op placement upon graduation as they enter the apprenticeship aspect of their careers.

While at school, you will be based at Centennial College’s Ashtonee Campus. As one of the largest transportation training centre in the province, it is equipped with everything you need in order to master all of the topics covered in the program. Faculty members who have experience in the field and are prepared to answer any of your questions as well as share personal anecdotes that will benefit you in your future endeavors lead the mock real-world environment.

Upon completion of the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program, you will be ready to take on positions such as heavy-duty equipment technician, service manager, service writer or coordinator, equipment company representative, or college or industry teacher. You will also find employment in a range of industries that include: forestry, construction, mining, transportation, landscaping, land cleaning, farming and more.

Jason offers insight into the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician program at Centennial College and describes entry requirements, highlights as well as possible learning outcomes.

Culinary Management Courses Employ Real World Approach

Imagine being able to experience exactly what your career will consist of before you graduate and having enough real world practice to enhance your resume. That’s exactly the case for students who attend Centennial College’s culinary management program, called Culinary Management – International. The two-year offering boasts a culinary placement that provides students with hands-on exposure to the culinary industry. During their time in the field, students of the culinary management program have an opportunity to observe, learn and work with experienced personnel in a real-life environment. They will have a course (Field Placement Review) that further enhances their placement by having them process and analyze the practical experiences gained on their field placement while providing a forum for the sharing of these experiences with their classmates. Discussions and interactions allow students an insight into different sectors of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, different companies within these sectors and the make-up and operations of these companies.

In addition to this valuable experience, students of the Culinary Management program attend 23 courses that ensure they become experts in culinary techniques, sanitation practices and management strategies as well as international cuisine, which can be applied in Canada and/or globally. The international cuisine lessons not only cover foods of specific areas through courses like Cuisines of Europe, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Cuisine, Cuisines of Southern Asia, Cuisines of the Americas, Cuisines of South-East Asia. Additionally, they will also learn how to manage diversity in the workplace through exposure to the unique relationship between cuisine, culture, and religion.

Further enhancing their studies in the culinary management program is the students’ access to facilities located on Progress Campus — among which are a restaurant where they may work in the kitchen as well as state-of-the-art baking labs.

Those interested in attending this culinary management program must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older); and possess the English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or can take an English Skills Assessment for Admission test.

Upon graduation from the culinary management program, students have the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to carry out their duties in a safe and professional manner, and will be ready for entry level positions in: hotel, cruise lines, resorts, restaurants, schools, hospitals, country clubs and camps.

As the author of this piece, Emma details the benefits of attending Culinary Management courses that have an international angle, including: Cuisine and Culture (Theory), Sustainable Food System Practices and more.

Complete Court Monitor and Court Clerk Training In Two Semesters

With multiple cases being called, lawyers going in and out of the courtroom, defendants wanting to ensure their voices are heard, and more, the courtroom can be a hectic place. Ensuring that despite the activity, court proceedings move forward as scheduled are those who have received municipal court training and work 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.

More specifically, those with municipal court training serve as either court monitors or court clerks. Each role comes with its own distinct set of responsibilities. For example, a court monitor asks speakers to clarify inaudible statements; provides transcripts of proceedings upon request of judges, lawyers, or the public; records verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronic stenograph machines, or stenomasks; transcribes recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats; and responds to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded. On the other hand, a court clerk: prepares dockets or calendars of cases to be called; records case dispositions, court orders, and arrangements made for payment of court fees; prepares documents recording the outcomes of court proceedings; instructs parties about timing of court appearances; explains procedures or forms to parties in cases or to the general public; swears in jury members, interpreters, witnesses and defendants; and more.

Centennial College in Toronto, Ont. offers court monitor and court clerk training through its Court Support Services program. Designed to be completed in two semesters, this program has been approved by the Ministry of the Attorney General. And the School has maintained its relationship with the ministry as Ali Maqbool, Supervisor, Court Operations, Family & Small Claims Court, Ministry of the Attorney General demonstrates with his thoughts: “We look forward to the opportunity of working with the graduates of the Centennial College Court Support Services program.”

But just how does this court monitor and court clerk training prepare students? First and foremost, students learn in small-sized classes that ensure individual attention from instructors as they work their way through courses such as: Ethics and Professional Conduct, Current Issues in Canadian Law, Introduction to Word Processing, Court Monitor, Word Processing Applications, Court Clerk – Family, Court Clerk Criminal – OCJ and more. Secondly, the court monitor and court clerk training allows students access to newly upgraded computer labs, where they complete practical, career-oriented assignments. These aspects combined with trips to the various courtrooms and tribunals in order for them to see first-hand exactly how their career roles work is great preparation — as is the use of an on-campus simulated courtroom. Lastly, students partake in two practicum experiences that allow them to apply what they have learned in class and gain true real world experience

Municipal court training in Toronto applicants are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Academic requirements include compulsory English 12 or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent.

Jason wrote this article about Centennial College’s two-semester Court Support Service program, which includes both court monitor and court clerk training.

Community and Child Studies Training Offers Launching Pad for Success

To be successful in programs such as Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Worker, Developmental Service Worker, Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Recreation and Leisure Services and Social Service Worker — whose grads service the community and, more often than not, vulnerable demographics of the population — a strong foundation is required. That’s where Centennial College’s Community and Child Studies training comes in.

This one-year offering is designed as an academic pathway to the programs within Centennial College’s School of Community and Health Studies. It is especially geared towards students who are new to Canada, seeking to find fulfillment on a professional and personal level, and have an interest in community service, volunteer management or childcare. Because of this demographical focus, the needs of adult and ESL students are acknowledged and supported by faculty members who have expertise in both community and child studies. Utilizing collaborative teaching approaches, faculty members engage students to ensure they are comfortable in professional settings, using terminology relevant to their future fields.

Specific courses within the Community and Child Studies training include: Foundations in Community and Child Studies (students survey the range of services offered in the Community and Child Studies field and gain insight into the scope of these delivery models); Student Success and Interpersonal Skills (students explore the resources available in the college to support their success as a student in a post secondary environment. Close relationships with these internal service areas are developed); Introduction to Psychology (explores the concepts and principles of selected areas of psychology. By using involvement exercises and activities, students demonstrate their knowledge of the information by applying it to aspects of daily living, and in the process, improving their understanding of themselves, their environment, and their daily interactions); and more.

Applicants interested in these foundation Community and Child Studies courses are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Applicants should, however, be advised that the program is an “alternate offer” for those students who apply but do not meet admission requirements for a Centennial College post-secondary program in the areas of Community or Child Studies. Applicants cannot apply directly to for admission to this program. Lastly, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the Community and Child Studies Foundations program.

In this piece, Emma writes about the benefits of the community and child studies courses offered within Centennial College’s Community and Child Studies Foundations. This program not only prepares students for further study but also teaches them the skills for personal and professional reflection.

Benefits of Employing A Freightliner Training Academy Structure

For a total of 36 weeks, students of Centennial College’s Truck and Coach Technician – Freightliner (MAP 32) enjoy a freightliner training academy structure and atmosphere thanks to its combination of on-campus learning and on-the-job application.

The program is designed for those who are already employed by a freightliner dealership or a designated fleet employer. However, students may also be selected through an interview process. Both sets of applicants to this freightliner training academy program must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or GED or equivalent. Completing a questionnaire, meeting with staff and being able to legally work in Canada may also be required of applicants. Successful applicants must obtain an employer and then register as MAP apprentices 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.

During 32 weeks they send at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee campus, students of the freightliner training academy attend a range of courses that include both theoretical aspects as well as hands-on application. Because students actually apply what they learn in lectures, this program is more in-depth and detailed than the training students would receive in a traditional apprenticeship.

In regards to curriculum, the freightliner training academy covers diagnosis and repair of electronics and electrical, and computer management systems; manual, automated and automatic transmission(s); steering, brakes, suspensions, frames and alignment; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; hydraulics; engines; fuel systems (gas and diesel); welding – MIG, ARC, gas, cutting, brazing; and tools, equipment safety concerns.

The on-the-job aspect of the freightliner training academy program is meant to give students as much real-life experience as possible, so it involves students actually applying what they have learned during in-class study. As program instructor George Leedeman notes, “Quite a few of these employers go out of their way to ensure that students actually do some work. They’re not just bushing a broom out there but they’re actually assisting or shadowing a technician when he’s doing important work on trucks so they can really learn something.” Students receive pay during the apprenticeship and may be eligible for Employment Insurance during the in-class training.

Upon completing the freightliner training academy program, students have the advantage of being assisted in obtaining employment with a Daimler truck dealer or major truck or bus fleet operator. However, they may also find jobs with truck, bus or motor home dealerships; manufacturers of trucks, buses, and motor homes; freight and transportation companies; as well as municipal or provincial highway transportation departments.

In this article, Jason offers readers information on the freightliner academy training that is offered at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus, which is the province’s largest transportation training centre.

Arts Program Helps You Hone In On an Area of Interest

One of the biggest mistakes people make when deciding on a post-secondary education program is to enter an offering they aren’t completely sure about and wasting their hard-earned dollars only to drop out. To get a solid foundation for those with an interest in social arts such as humanities, social and communities studies - Centennial College offers its General Arts and Science - Arts program.

Designed as an educational stepping-stone to more specific and advanced arts programs, this offering will benefit students who are interested in pursing an education in specialized programs such as Child Studies, Communication Arts, Community Services or Hospitality and Tourism Administration; those who don’t possess the academic admission credentials needed to enter a university program; anyone who wonders if college or university is the right choice for him or her; those who would like to apply to a university arts degree program; and those who are undecided in their career goals and wish to explore various opportunities.

In order to apply to this arts program, students are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years of age)? Additionally they must have completed the English Grade 12 (C or U) or equivalent, or skills assessment. It is important to note that possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to program.

The arts program takes two semesters to complete but students are essentially able to determine the length of the program (from one to four semesters) based on future goals. During their time in the offering, students cover a variety of subjects in the humanities and social sciences, and obtain communications and learning skills. Some specific courses in the Arts program include: Pathways to Academic Success (provides an opportunity for learners to explore career directions and other post secondary education options related to their personal identities, traits and interests. Learners explore and enhance their self-management and academic competencies necessary for success in their academic and personal life); Human Genomics: An Ethical View (to some extent, the course enhances technical knowledge of genetics but the primary focus of the course is on the social and moral implications of the genetic revolution); Logical Self-Defense (teaches students to distinguish types of language, such as descriptive, explanation, and argument, to see how arguments are used to persuade and convince); and more. 

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

Author Details: In this piece, Emma focuses on the Arts program at Centennial College, which is geared towards a variety of students, including those who are undecided if college and university is for them.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Community College Has Something for Everyone

The benefits of attending a Community College rather than a university institution have been widely documented and include smaller sized classes, lower tuition and a practical approach. All of these benefits can be found at Toronto college, Centennial College. But what really sets this school apart from other community colleges in the Greater Toronto Area?

Firstly, obtaining a Toronto education at Centennial College doesn't just limit students to attending full-time courses, on-campus, five times a week. The institution is all about offering options to its 16,000 full-time students and 22,000 part-time learners. For example, the School of Continuing Education has college courses that can be completed by attending on-campus classes on a part-time basis, through a virtual classroom or print-based correspondence. These options ensure that students with other responsibilities are able to factor in their education when it is convenient for them. Additionally, Centennial is continually adapting its program offerings to meet the needs of today's increasingly diverse group of learners. Many of these learners seek shorter, relevant programs that complement their education and experiences. These options, known as Fast Track programs, allow learners to: receive an accelerated diploma in their chosen field of study; obtain job experience with a program field placement; and become job ready in a short period of time.

Students who attend College Courses at this institution will graduate with one of six credentials: Ontario College Diploma, Advanced Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Graduate Certificate, Ontario College Certificate or Degree. These credentials are awarded in the community college's 100 full-time programs and 140 part-time programs, in categories such as: Business, Community and Health Studies, Technology and Applied Science, Hospitality Tourism and Culture as well as Communications, Media and Design.

Aside from common community college elements to each program such as a balance of theory and practical application, students are also aided in their education by four different Centennial College campuses, each focusing on a specific school or schools of study. For example, Morningside Campus is the most technologically advanced location and housed in its classrooms are programs from the School of Community and Health Studies and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science students. Meanwhile, Progress Campus is home to the School of Hospitality and Tourism as well as the School of Business. It boasts facilities that include a restaurant, kitchens, on-campus conference centre and state-of-the-art computer labs. Another one of this community college's campuses is Ashtonbee, which serves as one of the largest transportation training centre in the province and houses the School of Transportation. Lastly, the Centre for Creative Communications is designed for School of Communications, Media and Design students who enjoy the use of high-tech computer labs, a television studio and art studios.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Continuing Education is All About Options

Continuing Education doesn't always require sitting in a classroom or listening to lectures. That's because this education pathway is all about options that mature learners can relate to and benefit from. At Centennial College, Continuing Education students have three different ways to obtain the post-secondary credential that they are seeking.

First, students who enjoy learning through technology but are too busy to travel to campus or can't afford to or have other responsibilities that prevent them from attending evening and weekend classes can opt for the online Distance Learning route. This Continuing Education format put students into a virtual classroom that they can access 24 hours a day, at their convenience. Courses are led by instructors who are professionals and evoke a classroom feel through online discussions, email correspondence and communication tools. Among the online Continuing Education courses offered at Centennial College are Automotive Service Advisor, Business Writing, Education Assistant, Home Inspection, Fundraising, Medical Transcriptions, Law Clerk and more.

Secondly, students who face challenges attending on-campus classes but feel uncomfortable with the idea of a virtual classroom can instead choose Continuing Education's Print-Based Courses. In this instance, students work at their own pace, typically within a six-month time frame. Print-based courses, which consist of lessons, written assignments, exams and the various tools for success, are best suited for students who work independently with minimal supervision. Among these Continuing Education courses are: SmartServe, Business Management – International, Business Management – Marketing, and more.

The final Continuing Education option at Centennial College involves attending part-time evening and weekend on-campus classes. These programs are offered at Centennial College's four locations — Ashtonbee Campus, Progress Campus, Morningside Campus and the Centre for Creative Communications. Each location houses specific Schools to offer students the tools they need to succeed. Studying on-campus offers fully-equipped facilities, a classroom setting, group projects, labs, presentations and more. With 160 continuing education program options, Centennial College's School of Continuing Education is a reliable choice for areas of study such as: Media and Design, Fitness, Early Childhood Education, Business, Accounting, Languages and more.

All programs facilitated through the School of Continuing Education come with their own prerequisites and students should check each program's page to ensure that they have the necessary requirements to apply. It should also be noted that within certain programs there might be qualification requirements and costs for external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions. These are set by the granting bodies and not by Centennial College. To qualify for any of those external accreditations, designations, certification or recognition, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and materials of those external bodies.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tourism and Travel Courses Offer Extraordinary Opportunities

Imagine having the opportunity — before you even complete your post-secondary Tourism and Travel courses — to work at major events in and around Toronto such as the Walk of Fame, Rendezvous Canada and various trade shows. That’s exactly what will happen if you attend Centennial College’s Tourism and Travel program, which allots students the opportunity to gain hands-on practice by working alongside seasoned professionals at major events while at the same time obtaining proficiency that both Canadian and global employers are seeking.

Applicants to this practical travel and tourism program are required to have completed 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.

While spending three semesters in both theoretical and hands-on Tourism and Travel courses, students obtain extensive world destination knowledge, including culture and heritage training, passport and visa requirements, travel security, customer sales and service, and much more. Students also receive Apollo and Sabre computerized airline reservation system training. Specific Tourism and Travel courses within this offering include: Call Centre/ Customer Service, Travel Agency Operation, Domestic and International Tariff and Ticketing, Career Planning and Placement Strategies, Groups and Incentives, three levels of Destinations (Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia, Asia and the Pacific), and more.

All of these topics are part of a curriculum endorsed by the Canadian Institute of Travel Counselors that also includes a three-days-a-week internship. During this on-the-job experience, which is facilitated during the final semester of the offering, students put into practice what they have learned in their courses, pick up employment tips from the professionals with whom they work and get to interact with customers to see what it is like to do so. In addition to the field placement, the travel and tourism program also offers students the opportunity to go on an international trip that provides practical exposure to all aspects of travel.

Additional benefits of attending Tourism and Travel courses at Centennial College include: cruise line training that includes the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) two and a half-day “training fest” conducted by CLIA-trainers, CITC knowledge exam and Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) minimum standards exam, and CITC student membership and annual Students in Travel conference.

Once they complete their Tourism and Travel courses, students obtain jobs in either retail or wholesale travel companies such as: tour operations, retail travel agencies, Internet booking agencies, tourist offices, cruise lines and airlines. Specific companies that have hired Centennial College students include: Kensington Tours, Marlin Travel, Carlson Wagonlit and more.

Honda Technician Training Serves As Important Apprenticeship Step

Honda technician training at Centennial College is actually an apprenticeship known officially as Automotive Service Technician Honda AHAP MAP 32. An apprentice, according to the Ministry of Training, College and Universities, is “someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers. Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as a part of their training. … Becoming an apprentice can be an important first step to learning new skills and building a rewarding career.”

As such, Centennial College’s Honda technician training consists of four eight-week blocks of in-school sessions, during which students alternate between in-class sessions and apprenticeship work terms at their Acura/Honda dealer, for a total of 64 weeks. This serves the students well as they are able to learn a number of skills, apply them to real life situations and then return to Centennial College to learn more advanced skills. 

Thanks to this alternating format, students of the Honda technician training obtain knowledge that is more in-depth and offers longer school sessions than that of traditional apprenticeship programs. The Honda technician training includes the traditional apprenticeship curriculum (electrical, body electrical, engine, transmission, steering, front-end, and all other aspects that would allow a Honda vehicle to be serviced) as well as additional training on Acura/Honda product description, operation, diagnostics and repair. Students’ training on Acura/Honda products and over 100 on-line Honda training modules makes them productive immediately.

Among the specific courses within the Honda technician training are: Applied Work Practices and Procedures, Motor Vehicle Engine Systems, Steering, Suspension and Brakes; Electrical Electronics and Fuels, Motor Vehicle Gear Trains, and more.

All topics are delivered on Acura/Honda vehicles and components in fully-equipped automotive labs, giving the students and their employers an extra edge. These automotive labs are housed within Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus, which is actually the largest transportation training centre in the province.

Some students within the GM technician training at Centennial College may be eligible for Employment Insurance during the in-class training. Apprentices are currently eligible for up to $4000 in various grants and tax incentives. Meanwhile, employers are eligible for up to $45,000 over four years in various federal and provincial tax incentives.

Applicants to the Honda technician training are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. They are also required to be employed by a Honda dealership or be selected through an interview process. Candidates may apply directly to Centennial College, with successful applicants obtaining an employer and registering as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The application for the Automotive Service Technician Honda MAP 32 program can be completed online.

Toyota Technician Training Catered to Apprentices

“What we learn at [Centennial College’s Toyota technician training] is the different vehicle systems,” says student Ryan, “such as electrical, body electrical, engines, transmissions, steering, front end — all the things that would allow your vehicle to be serviced by a certified Toyota technician. What happens is once you are signed up as an apprentice in the automotive program, you are then selected to go to school where you have the option of attending various programs, whether it be dealership specific programs, such as Toyota program, or general programs.”

Ryan offers an informative overview of the Toyota technician training, officially known as Automotive Service Technician Toyota (MAP 32). Now, let’s look at some of the details. First and foremost, applicants must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent. In addition, they should be employed by a Toyota dealership. 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. Students may apply to a maximum of three programs at Centennial College. When space permits, additional applicants who may not be employed by Toyota are selected through an interview process.

Once they are accepted, students of the Toyota technician training reinforce what they started learning in their workplace but it is now broken down step by step. As such, they master all the theory required to properly diagnose a car, especially a Toyota in the case of Toyota technician training students.
The Toyota technician training is facilitated from Ashtonbee Campus. Know as the largest transportation training centre in the province, students work with tools of the trade on real cars in labs that mimic a real workshop. Thanks to its 64-week format, during which they split their time between employer and in-school sessions, students have the opportunity to apply everything they learn on campus in a real-world environment.

The five specific courses Toyota technician students complete on campus are: Drive Train Systems, Electrical/Electronic & Fuels, Engine Systems, Work Practices and Procedures and Suspension/Steering and Brake Systems. As a result, during school sessions of their Toyota Technician training student’s master: diagnosing problems using Toyota diagnostic equipment and performing repairs and preventive maintenance on engines, transmissions, electrical systems, brakes and tires. They also become comfortable with conducting vehicle inspections. In-school training covers eight weeks more material in greater depth than the traditional apprenticeship curriculum.

Apprentices of the Toyota Technician training are currently eligible for up to $4,000 in various grants and tax incentives. While they are in school, students of this Toyota Technician training may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and while they are with their employers, they are fully compensated.
As a result of the Toyota Technician training graduates go on to work as: automotive service technicians, service writers and advisors, service and parts managers, trainers and professors or automotive manufacturer specialists.

Take on the Responsibilities of General Motors Technicians with Comprehensive Apprenticeship

What better place to obtain GM technician training than at a college that is home to the province’s largest transportation training centre? Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus is that location and it boasts tools of the trade, car parts and a real-life dealership atmosphere to assist students in their learning. Additionally, because all of the School of Transportation’s programs are based here, students have the opportunity to interact with their peers and instructors who have much experience in the industry.

But what exactly does the Automotive Service Technician General Motors of Canada ASEP (MAP 32), which trains General Motors technicians entail? First and foremost, training takes on a unique balance between time spent on campus and time students spend with their employers (all students must be employed as apprentices when applying). As such, GM technician training is completed through alternating sessions between the college and students’ employers for a total of 64 weeks (32 weeks with each). The offering is longer than traditional apprenticeships, allowing for a more in-depth knowledge of General Motors vehicles and procedures.

The emphasis of the GM technician training is on the latest GM vehicle systems, diagnosis and repair following recommended GM service procedures. With the alternating aspect, students learn skills, apply those skills with their employer and then return to school to master more advanced topics.

As such, while in school, General Motors technicians learn electrical and electronic systems diagnosis and repair, and attend five specific courses: Motor Vehicle Gear Trains, Electrical/Electronics & Fuel Systems, Motor Vehicle Engine Systems, Applied Work Practices and Procedures, and Suspension/Steering and Brakes. Meanwhile, during the time they spend with their employer, General Motors technicians not only apply what they have learned in-class but also obtain tips from seasoned professionals with years of experience in the field, network and learn to deal with customers. During their employer sessions, students are compensated for their work.

As previously mentioned, GM technician training applicants must be currently employed as automotive apprentices at a General Motors of Canada dealership. In addition, they must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or a GED or equivalent. Interested parties can apply directly to the College. Acceptance to the GM technician training is based on successful completion of all entry requirements and space is limited. It should be noted that if students are not currently General Motors employees, they may be selected through an interview process. Once they’ve been accepted, they are required to obtain an employer and register as a MAP apprentice with the Apprenticeship Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

General Motors technicians write vehicle damage repair estimates, repair broken or worn mechanical components, maintain repair and service records, install equipment, components and systems; test vehicles both before and after repair; and repair electrical wiring, circuits, fixtures, brakes, transmissions, electrical systems, breaks and tires.

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians Have Variety of Responsibilities

Did you know that the job of heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technicians consists of more than just installing cooling and heating systems? These professionals actually: plan, prepare and lay out systems; install and start up refrigeration and air cooling systems; install and connect piping that carries all types of refrigerant used for cooling; maintain, service, repair and replace refrigeration and air cooling systems components and accessories, including the electrical and electronic components of the system; service, test, adjust, refrigeration and air cooling systems.

With such a variety of responsibilities, technicians need the right post-secondary training to ensure their success in the field. At Centennial College’s Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician offering, students train for two years to ensure that they are prepared. As a result, they obtain an Ontario College Diploma and graduate with the skills they need to to find employment as heating technicians or through affiliated trade apprenticeships in plumbing, pipefitting, electrical, sheet metal or refrigeration. Apprenticeship is required after graduation, for those who wish to become tradespersons.

During the training, they partake in Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses that emphasize: maintaining, sizing and selecting equipment for air conditioning and refrigeration application; the development of refrigerants; development of equipment to meet the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standards; efficiency standards for heating equipment; installation and service techniques; among others.

Due to the very practical nature of the Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning industry, training is facilitated from Progress Campus, where hospitality programs run a conference centre, restaurant and more. Such facilities offer ample opportunity for students to develop skills through hands-on practice. In addition, students partake in a Capstone Project, which rounds out in-class training. This last-semester project, which is supervised by a faculty member, encompasses elements of everything the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning technician students have learned throughout their time in the program.

With the world becoming very technology focused and great strides being made in heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technology, this program prides itself on offering the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques.

To apply for the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses, students 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, they must have completed English 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent; and Math 11M or U, or 12C or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent.

A Chrysler Apprenticeship Allows for Multiple Career Options

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting job growth in Automotive Service Technology to grow by 14 percent from 2006 through 2016, now is a great time to consider taking a Chrysler apprenticeship if you have an interest in fixing cars. Automotive service technicians who work for Chrysler are responsible for writing vehicle damage repair estimates, repairing broken or worn mechanical components, maintaining repair and service records, installing equipment, components and systems; testing vehicles both before and after repair as well as repairing electrical wiring, circuits and fixtures. With electronic systems and computers being integrated into running vehicles, Chrysler technicians must also have an increasingly broad knowledge of new vehicle technologies. In addition, those who attend a Chrysler apprenticeship may become service writer/advisors, service managers, instructor/professors and auto company representatives.

If you have completed at least an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent, you may apply to Centennial College’s Chrysler Apprenticeship (officially known as Automotive Service Technician Co-op Apprenticeship – Partnered with Chrysler Canada Inc). When applying, please note that you may also be required to present a resume and transcript for faculty review. In addition, futures Chrysler technicians may be required to fill out a questionnaire and attend an interview. English proficiency and satisfactory results in a program admission session will also be considered during the admissions process. This offering, of which Chrysler Canada Inc. is a valuable partner, is designed prepare you for an exciting future as a skilled professional in the transportation field, one of Canada’s largest industries.

Those accepted to the Chrysler Technician undertaking attend both in-school sessions and on the job training at a Chrysler dealership. As such, students spend the first eight months of the program in school, eight months in co-op as a registered apprentice and a final eight months in school.

By spending the first eight months at Ashtonbee Campus, the province’s largest transportation training centre, students are able to apply the skills they have learned during their employer session. During this time, students focus on Chrysler product component design and repair, as it applies to the apprenticeship curriculum. In addition, they take courses in automotive trade business, English and general educations that will help prepare them for employment opportunities in a dealership administrative role. Specific courses included in the Chrysler apprenticeship, include: Work Place Practices & Procedures, Engine Systems, Drive Train Systems, Suspension/Steering & Brakes, Electrical/Electronics & Emissions, Occupational Health & Safety; College Communications; Auto body Estimating and more. Lastly, as Ashtonbee Campus is fully equipped, it allows Chrysler apprenticesip students train on automobile assemblies in fully equipped campus automotive labs.

They also gain on-the-job experience in a paid Chrysler technician co-op placement at a Chrysler Canada Inc. dealership. By coming back to the school after their employer training is over, they are able to apply what they have learned in the field to the second portion of their program. It’s an ideal combination.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion Program Geared Towards Mature Applicants

“Returning to school in the Workplace Wellness Health Promotion program in Toronto, after 25 years experience as a nurse, was the perfect choice for me,” says 2009 Centennial College graduate Amy Langer. “It gave me the skills to take my career to the next level, with formal training in how to integrate wellness, health promotion and program planning.” Amy’s testimonial shows how Centennial College’s offering benefits mature students who already have a post-secondary credentials or experience in the health field. Let’s take a look at specific benefits of the Wellness and Health Promotion program at this school.

First and foremost, the undertaking only takes two semesters to complete and students are fully prepared to enter the field thanks to a range of skills that include: assessing the wellness needs of individuals, groups, organizations and communities; designing, implementing, evaluating and managing effective individual and agency intervention strategies and wellness programs to achieve goals mutually determined through consultation; analyzing the trends and issues in the political, social and economic environment and effectively delivering contemporary health and wellness programs that address these factors; providing appropriate referral information to assist individuals, groups and organizations; applying research design and methods to workplace wellness and health promotion projects; and more.

Secondly, students learn in an environment that takes into account their mature status. As such, program content includes: program planning, program management, physical health, mental health management, nutrition, health promotion theory, organizational development, environmental health coaching, research and business skills. This Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion program curriculum is taught to students by experienced professionals who are well versed in psychosocial and physical health issues, and also emphasize management, nutrition and health promotion theory, a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach, mental health management, environmental health and more.

Thirdly, offered are real-world components that will allow students to experience what they may encounter in the field. Among these practical applications are: designing promotional materials for mini-fairs and health awareness events and partaking in a two-day-per-week in a work placement at locations such as Health Systems Group, Ministry of Education, Mt. Sinai Hospital, The Cooperators, Toronto District School Board, York University, Variety Village, Ontario March of Dimes and more. To partake in the work placement component, students must have an annual clear police check with vulnerable sector screening; successful completion and annual renewal of a recognized course in CPR (Health Care Provider level) and successful completion of a recognized course in Standard First Aid.

Once students of the Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion program graduate, they may continue on at their placements or find jobs in corporate employee wellness, community health promotion and not-for-profit organizations. They may also enter wellness entrepreneur positions like wellness coordinator, health promotion consultant or program manager.

Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion program applicants must have completed a college advanced diploma (three-year), or university degree in any discipline as well as be able to demonstrate English.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Healthcare Management Program Ensures Preparation Through Theory and Practice

In today’s world, we are faced with evolving strains of viruses and other such medical threats, and the most vulnerable to both are the workers and patients in healthcare settings. Therefore, there is an increased need for infection control measures such settings. That’s where professionals who have completed a healthcare management degree or diploma program come in. These people, known as environmental service managers, are responsible for developing systems and processes to protect workers, clients and patients from environmental hazards present in the healthcare setting and operate buildings that are safe. As such, they must be comfortable not only with developing, implementing and monitoring operating systems but also thinking critically, problem solving, working with a diverse team and adapting to change.

Centennial College’s healthcare management program in toronto, officially known as Healthcare Environmental Services Management, combines healthcare environmental service knowledge with business and human relations skills to prepare students for challenging careers. Applicants to this offering must possess 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.

Once accepted, students begin two-year’s worth of healthcare management program courses at Morningside Campus, which is the school’s most technologically advanced location. As such, it is fully equipped to enhance the learning of the healthcare management program students who attend courses in large, industry-specific laboratories and computer labs with industry-specific software. Also assisting students in their studies are tools such as simulated real life scenarios, field trips and guest speaker presentations. Finally, there are two field placements (one in second semester and one in fourth semester), which allow students to not only experience the field prior to graduation but also to apply what they have learned, which leads to better comprehension in how to manage these positions once they graduate.

In terms of the curriculum, the healthcare management program offers 25 courses that develop a variety of skills, including: analyzing infection prevention and control practices to ensure compliance with current legislation standards and regulations; managing the healthcare environmental services operations as outlined by the departmental/organizational business plan; contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of the recruitment, orientation, training, development and retention programs for healthcare environmental services employees; developing and evaluate a departmental budget that reflects fiscal accountability and financial planning; and much more. Specific topics covered in these healthcare management program courses include: cleaning linen and methodology, the healthcare systems, infection control, math application for environmental services, purchasing and materials management, healthcare business practices, cost analysis and more.

Healthcare management program grads obtain jobs with hospitals and other clinical settings (nursing homes, and retirement homes as well as commercial buildings, schools and residential buildings) that see them develop systems, processes and increase infection control measures to protect people from hazards present in healthcare settings.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Practical Nature of Heritage Management Courses

After attending two semester’s worth of heritage management courses at Centennial College’s Culture and Heritage Site Management program, students are able to apply for work at local, national, cross border, and possibly international organizations. What’s even cooler is that among these organizations are: national historic sites, municipal and not-for-profit museums, galleries, national and provincial parks, historic sites, zoos, world heritage sites; federal, provincial and municipal cultural funding agencies, government departments, arts service organizations; and related not-for-profit arts, cultural and heritage organizations. More specifically, Canada has 2,500 museums and related institutions that include not-for-profit museums, art galleries, science centres, aquaria, archives, sports halls-of-fame, artist-run centres, zoos, and heritage sites that attract more than 59 million visitors annually; a further 60 million visit Canada’s historic sites and natural parks.

The reason grads of Centennial College’s heritage management courses are able to find employment in such a variety of workplaces is because the curriculum covers such a wide range of topics that engage students in practical management topics as well as industry-based subjects relevant to this largely publicly run or not-for-profit culture and heritage sector. All Centennial College heritage management courses also ensure that students pursue an in-depth exploration of issues and cases pertinent to current challenges confronting cultural and heritage organizations at home and abroad. Among the specific heritage management courses are: Culture and Heritage Management Essentials, Financial Management and Planning for the Culture and Heritage Sector, Culture and Heritage Marketing and Strategy; Grants, Fundraising and Sponsorship, Innovative Technologies in the Culture and Heritage Sector, National Historic Site Management and more.

Additionally, to supplement culture courses and heritage management courses, partnerships with local, regional, provincial and national institutions and establishments facilitate in-session learner field placements during the second semester. The two-day-per-week, 15-week field placement is an opportunity for those taking culture courses and heritage management courses to apply what they have learned as well as work side by side with industry professionals currently practicing their art.

The culture course in this program are geared at mature students who, during the application process, must be able to prove they have already obtained a college diploma or university degree in any discipline. Applicants are also required to submit a resume with relevant work experience. The Culture and Heritage Site Management program will, however, consider applicants with partial post secondary education and relevant work experience in the field.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hospitality Services Trains You For Range of Careers Options

Did you know that by attending Centennial College’s Hospitality Services not only can you find work at establishments such as Travel Lodge, Boston Pizza, Chartwells, Swiss Chalet, Shoeless Joe’s, Moxie’s and Kelsey’s but at each of these establishments you may apply for various positions? That’s because this two-semester program results in students having the know-how to work in food and beverage services, kitchen operations, housekeeping and front office. As former student of Hospitality Services Ejikeme Ehirim sums up, “The Hospitality Services program consists of learning about hotels and restaurants. The focus is put on food and beverage services, sanitation, life skills and job readiness. This experience has taught me about time management skills and resourcefulness.”

To apply for this Hospitality Services program, you are required to have completed minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older). It is worth noting that Centennial College recommends Hospitality Services as an option for individuals who have completed Grade 12 Workplace level English.

As a student attending this program’s hospitality courses, you will have the advantage of a balance between theory and hands-on industry experience that is gained through the on-campus training restaurant laboratory, off-campus experiences and lectures. On the theoretical side, the hospitality courses cover topics such as visitor information services, safety and sanitation, room attendant, kitchen and dining room operations, life skills and job readiness, front of the house agent, beverage services and more. In addition, the Hospitality Services program ensures that you obtain know-how in job-seeking techniques, and job interview and resume skills to give you a better chance of obtaining a job directly after graduation.

Meanwhile, the practical side of Hospitality Services consists of the use of Progress Campus, which is home to all School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture courses. As such, you will have access to a conference centre at which functions are held and a real-life restaurant called Horizons where you can further develop food and beverage skills. In addition, the Hospitality Services program features a work placement component. When you head out into the field for this feature, you will spend two days a week working at a restaurant or hotel, applying what you have learned and obtaining new skills from seasoned professionals. This Hospitality Services field placement can also be used as a networking opportunity.

Once you complete your Hospitality Services program, you will obtain an Ontario College Certificate, and have the opportunity to complete certification exams in Sanitation and Beverage Services. And, although you will be job ready, the Hospitality Services program also allows you to further your education by transferring to one of Centennial College’s more specialized hospitality management programs.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tourism Management Courses Offer Students Know-How For Increasingly Popular Field

Those who attend Tourism Management Courses are now more in demand than ever. That’s because although culture has always been a part of travel, now more than ever travelers are looking to experience cultural and heritage tourism. The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States defines heritage tourism as “travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past,” and cultural heritage tourism is defined as “travelling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present.”

Centennial College’s Tourism Management – Cultural and Heritage Tourism is a post-secondary program that offers students the know-how they need to enter managerial positions within this area of the tourism industry. Although there are various roles for those who graduate from Tourism Management programs, all grads have the know-how to help clients choose destinations or sites to visit on vacation, create activity packages, arrange tickets, transportation and more.

The skills to carry out these duties are taught through Tourism Management courses that integrate the challenges facing culture and heritage sector managers with the operative requisites commanded by the tourism industry. This methodology mirrors the convergence of culture, heritage and tourism. Specific Tourism Management courses in which students partake include: Responsible Tourism, World Geography for Tourism, Dimensions of Tourism, Cultural & Heritage Tourism Principles and Practices, Cross-Cultural Behaviour in Tourism and many others. As student Natalie Buckley tells it, “I would say my favourite course I’m actually doing right now is Cross-Cultural Behaviour where we’re talking about not just different cultures throughout the world, but we’re talking about how they behave and how they react to each other...”

Students like Natalie not only benefit from their Tourism Management courses but also from real-world experience gained during a work placement. This feature is an opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real-life situations, add another career educational dimension to students’ career preparation, better understand the dynamics of the industry, increase their knowledge of industry practices and it provides a competitive advantage of experience in the job market.

Once they complete their Tourism Management courses, students also have the option to further their education through the school’s partnerships. Eligible grads may participate in an articulated tourism management program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. This tourism management program’s partners are: Athabasca University, International Hotel Management Institute (Switzerland), Vancouver Island University, University of New Brunswick and Royal Roads University (B.C.).

Tourism management program applicants must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is a compulsory English 12C or U skills assessment, or equivalent.