Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Toronto college offers programs as diverse as its host the city

If you can think of a few words to describe Toronto, they would likely include diversity, multiculturalism, and Canada’s largest city. This unique city also includes a college with the same distinction: Centennial College. With over 100 cultural groups present on campus and 80 different languages spoken by students, Centennial built a reputation as one of the world’s most diverse college. Its demographics compare to its program offerings, which caters to the needs of the students. It has over 100 full-time college programs and at least 160 part-time programs.

Centennial offers programs that fulfill student ambitions while helping the economic needs. It prides itself by educating students with industry-related teachings and providing hands-on experience to over 16,000 full-time students and 22,000 part-time students. All programs fall on an umbrella of related studies as discussed below:

School of Advancement
The purpose of the programs in the School of Advancement is to guide all students at Centennial with the necessary education. The mandatory English course that all students must complete, as well as the general education courses and liberal studies fall in this category. Additionally, many students who wish to learn the foundations prior to entering diploma programs can enroll in general arts and science programs and the English Language Learning program.

School of Business
Business skills are essential for any field of studies and Centennial’s School of Business amplifies business studies for graduates to contend in the competitive working world. Business students specialize in a variety of areas of business, including: Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, and Operations. To serve the needs of the students, Centennial identified and created specific programs to extend the business programs. This includes part-time and accelerated business programs, and an Aboriginal business stream for Accounting and General Business programs.

School of Communications, Media and Design
The artistically-inclined students will take courses offered in this school, where they can express their talents while earning a diploma and maintaining lively careers throughout the years to come. There are certificate, diploma, and post-graduate programs to choose from, depending on the student’s preference. Programs are taught at the Story Arts Centre, where Centennial houses state-of-the-art facilities for media and design students.

School of Community and Health Studies
Future healthcare professionals, police officers, social service workers, and other community leaders are grouped together in this school. Students undergo mandatory lab practices and field placements to help them experience their careers while they are still developing their skills in school.

School of Continuing Education
Targeted to busy individuals wishing to pursue further education, the School of Continuing Education offers a wide variety of supplementary courses and advanced programs to add to your current education and work background. Many students opt for the distance learning option which helps them study at their own pace, time, and place.

School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Centennial admits engineering students who wish to have more practical experience and gain a valuable education that are cost and time-efficient, compared to other colleges and universities. These engineering programs are tailored to the biology and environmental sector, the automotive and manufacturing industries, and Information Technology and Communications area. Many students earn an on-the-job training experience, such as co-op placements and apprenticeships.

School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture
The hospitality industry relies on professionals with vast experience in the trade, so Centennial helps these professionals by engaging them on knowledge and experience, relevant to their field. Many programs consist of field placements where students learn on the job and gain industry contacts to launch their careers. The rich and diverse programs teach students various lessons from culinary skills to business management, focused on the hospitality and tourism industry.

School of Transportation
Students who wish to practice the trade in the automotive industry can enroll in programs within this school, where apprenticeships are required to test a student’s skills and abilities. In addition, professionals working in their field can gain a college education and enhance their knowledge through a modified apprenticeship program.

Within each school, a list of different programs is offered which are also divided into different course options. Centennial College provides a diverse list of college programs to cater to its diverse student population. Each program contains a unique learning experience, with a balanced mixture of theory and practical lessons.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Design Thinking is for Innovators

The world has become saturated with content and consumer products, making it nearly impossible to establish ourselves as a thought leader. The creative process, now more than ever, plays a crucial role in our success as an innovator. Design Thinking offers a powerful creative methodology to allow us to think like innovators and incorporate the needs of your audience, reader, or consumers into your creation.

Design Thinking focuses on creating entirely new ideas. Do you want to learn how to make the best decisions from an established Canadian College? Join Centennial College's Design Thinking course.  Once you have completed the course, you will perceive things from a designer’s perspective, create the seemingly impossible, and creatively solve problems with some truly innovative work.

Do you think this design thinking course is for you? It's not just for designers, Design Thinking benefits anyone who strives to be an innovator. Artists, writers, designers, and musicians can use this tool to create original work that conveys a profound message. Designers, architects, or engineers can utilize the power of incorporating consumer desires and apply unique problem solving methods to deliver creative solutions. Employed in a service industry, you can apply this methodology to enhance customer experience and overall perception. Educators can develop new ways to enhance and improve the learning experience in the classroom. Innovation can be beneficial in any environment and incorporated into any profession or industry.

Leading this course is practicing designer Brian Lau, founder of his own design studio. Brian brings his 20 years of international design experience and his passion for innovation to the course. If you are looking to become an innovator, you do not want miss out on this amazing opportunity to learn from an expert of the design industry.

Registration for this continuing education course is now open! Enrol in our Winter semester today and you can be in class as early as January 2014. This three month course is available either on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning at our Story Arts Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This gives you enough flexibility to attend classes after work or on the weekend without any issues. Please register early to avoid disappointment because courses fill quickly.

Register online for our design thinking program  or register by phone : 416-289-5300, by fax : 416-289-5279 or person at any campus Enrolment Services Office. Start on your journey to perceiving the world as an innovator.