Monday, June 30, 2014

Distance Learning Modernizes an Old Concept

The idea of attending class without physically attending class isn't a new concept. In fact, it dates back almost 300 years when the Boston Gazette ran an ad by a teacher named Caleb Philips who was looking for students wanting to learn a “new method of short hand” with lessons to be sent to them on a weekly basis.

Today, Distance Learning, as it is known, allows students to obtain a post-secondary education without ever setting foot in a class. It is offered by a number of reputable college and universities. In fact, the number of schools facilitating this format continues to grow as educators realize that more and more students wish to complete their studies in their own time, in their own space and at their own pace.

In Toronto, the province's first community college was established back in 1966. Centennial College not only offers an array of full-time programs but also part-time offerings that students complete by attending classes during the evenings and weekends. However, for those whose schedule doesn't permit them to physically attend classes, there are Print-Based Correspondence and Online class options.

In total, there are six programs that students can take through the Print option, which sees materials mailed directly to a student's home. These courses are typically completed during a six-month period and are made up of lessons, written assignments, exams and the various tools for success. Students can communicate with their instructor by email, phone or regular mail.

Here are this option's programs:
  • Business Management – Entrepreneurial: This program has been designed to meet the needs of students seeking a broad knowledge of business administration and specializing in the area of entrepreneurial studies.
  • Business Management – International: This undertaking offers students a broad knowledge of business administration and specialization in the area of international studies.
  • Business Management – Marketing: Topics covered in this certificate include product management, product pricing, distribution strategies, promotion strategies, advertising, sales promotions, publicity, media and creative execution.
  • Cosmetics by Correspondence: Graduates include cosmeticians, beauty advisors, estheticians, direct sales consultants, store managers, sales representatives, company trainers and college students.
  • Ophthalmic Medical Personnel: A first-of-its-kind in Canada program, this offering enables you to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to function as an ophthalmic assistant, providing quality care under the supervision of a registered eye care practitioner.
  • Smart Serve Certificate: This program is offered in association with Smart Serve Ontario and is recognized by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Smart Serve is the responsible beverage service-training program now required by many hospitality organizations.
Meanwhile, through the online option, students "attend" courses in a virtual classroom to which they have 24-hour access. This allows students to study anywhere they have access to the Internet, at anytime. They get a sense of a classroom through email communication with their instructor and fellow students, participation in discussion boards and forums, and digital assignments. This option includes about 30 programs, among which are: Legal Office Assistant, Office Bookkeeping, Translation in the Workplace – English to French, Organizational Dynamics and Leadership, Fundraising, Business Writing and more.

Centennial College Has Almost 50 Years of Experience in Producing Professionals

Attending college is a memorable experience for anyone. Some applicants may have just completed high school and have a perfect idea of the field in which they want to work. Others, meanwhile, may be returning to school after some time away to upgrade their skills or switch fields all together. Others still may be sent back to school by their employer to keep up with an evolving industry. In any case, students who attend college benefit from features that are unique to this type of education when compared to a university option. Colleges offer small classes that allow for one-on-one time with instructors as well as spirited class debates, lower tuition and an emphasis on hands-on application of the theory that students learn during the course of their studies.

A very respected community college in Ontario is based in Toronto. Centennial College first opened to the public in 1966 and, therefore, has almost 50 years of experience in training students, keeping programs totally relevant and forging relationships with external organizations that may not only help to enhance students' college experience but also hire students once they graduate. This institution offers students a host of credentials through part-time and full-time college courses that include: advanced diplomas, diplomas, advanced diplomas, certificates, graduate certificates and, in a few instances, Bachelor degrees. The type of credential depends on the length of the program. Degree programs take four years to complete, advanced diplomas take three, diplomas take two, certificates and graduate certificates typically take a year or less.

Regardless of the resulting credential, students can be sure they are receiving job-focused, practical training that will hold up in the workforce. This is achieved through various hands-on applications, depending on the program, that may include: presentations, projects, case studies, software training, research projects, lab experience, simulated training as well as field experience through field placement, co-op and more.

There are more than 100 full-time programs and more than 135 part-time programs offered for students who can physically attend classes at one of Centennial College's four campuses. These programs fall under six umbrellas: Business, Community and Health Studies, Technology and Applied Science, Hospitality Tourism and Culture as well as Communications, Media and Design. Thanks to such a diverse range, this community college sees enrollment rates of 16,000 full-time students and 22,000 part-time learners.

Meanwhile, for those who can't, for whatever reason, make it to class on campus, there are Distance Learning options, which fall under two categories that are designed to offer students flexibility. The first is online courses during which students complete their classes online in a predetermined period of time. They communicate with their instructors and fellow students via email and online discussions and forums. Meanwhile, Printed-Based college courses see materials mailed to students at the beginning of the semester, to also be completed within a certain period of time. Should they require assistance, students can communicate with designated instructors.

Computer Systems Technology Networking Teaches Latest Advances in the Field

Computer Systems Technology - Networking is a three-year offering at Centennial College for those who are interested in jobs in technical support for the growing mesh of Internet, intranet, extranet and telecoms. To ensure that students receive the most up-to-date information, they are taught with ever-growing innovations of the digital revolution in mind. As such, students gain hands-on experience with the latest equipment and techniques for copper/fiber cabling certification and network troubleshooting.

Here is a closer look at the computer networking training through an examination of some of its courses.

Network Technologies: As a fundamental course, this aspect of the program sees students spend time in both theoretical lectures and labs covering base information behind LANs, WANs and their technologies. The lab classes are an opportunity for students to install, configure and troubleshoot a physical network environment.

Data Communications: This is the follow-up course to Network Technologies and helps students to easily understand the concepts in data communications used in voice, video and data networks, and put them in practice in laboratory.

Network Devices: Students become familiar with the functions and impact of switches and routers, and solidify their knowledge by configuring these devices in a hands-on environment. Students also examine tools for debugging and troubleshooting network connectivity and discuss security and privacy issues.

Network Services: This overview course looks at the services offered on Windows Server 2008 and Linux platforms - from installation to configuration, to management and monitoring. As with many of the other courses in this program, hands-on application is employed as students install, configure, and administer email, Web, collaboration and data services. Through group and individual projects, students also become skilled in troubleshooting and maintaining the services and the server environment.

Technologist Project: After completing the fifth-semester Fundamentals of Project Management course, students design a project that fulfills the specs laid down to accomplish business objectives. They work in a team to handle the various aspects of the project and preserve 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.

Once students successfully complete each computer networking course in the program, they are prepared to obtain their Ontario College Advanced Diploma and enter positions as computer systems technologists, field service representatives, network technologists, network technical support specialists, help desk support, LAN support and LAN administrators. Among the companies that have hired previous grads are Enbridge Consumers Gas, StorageTek, Toronto Hydro and Transport Canada.

Additionally, graduates of Centennial College are prepared to pursue industry standard certifications such as Comptia A+, Net+, iNet, Cisco CCNA, Novell CNE, Microsoft Win2000 Professional and Server.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Train to be a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Mechanic While Earning

"Earn while you learn" is a unique approach to teaching apprentices. It entails learning on the job, applying knowledge you already have and gaining new skills while earning money at the same time. That means you will be required to complete real tasks for a real employer, as if you were already working in the industry.

One earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship that's offered at Centennial College concerns itself with the field of the refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic. Known as the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic program, its major focus is on offering students knowledge of design, installation and service techniques of heating and air conditioning systems in residential and commercial buildings. This is achieved through three years. Each year sees topics increase in difficulty with the first year looking at basic level topics, the second year delving into intermediate level topics and the final year rounding out the apprenticeship with advanced topics. It is worth noting that the structure of the program consists of sessions into which the Ministry of Training schedules students.

At Centennial College, instructors who have years of experience in the industry as well as current knowledge of the field teach students. This is beneficial, as it allows students to gain a personal perspective on the industry and receive anecdotal advice that will come in handy once they enter the field and begin to apply for jobs. Further enhancing the training offered in this program is the facility from which it is delivered. Not only is Progress Campus Centennial College's largest location, it is also one of the province's largest trades training centres. That means it features state-of-the-art labs that are equipped with tools of the trade and a mock environment that will give students an idea of what they can expect once they are in the industry.

Once students complete each air conditioning mechanic course in the program, they receive a certificate of completion. Additionally, once they complete all experience training they are ready to write their exam for their certificate of qualification. Passing this exam means students qualify for a certificate of apprenticeship from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and that you are certified as refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanics.

Graduates have a range of options available to them, including becoming building systems mechanics, installers, servicepersons, sales representatives, and parts counter clerks with a variety of employers, such as residential and commercial air conditioning/refrigeration contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, and government and public utilities.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fitness and Health Promotion Takes Holistic Approach to Training Students

Getting in shape on your own can be challenging for several reasons. You may not know techniques to get maximum results or perhaps you need a boost with motivation. That's where personal trainers, fitness instructors, fitness consultants and wellness/fitness program developers come in. These professionals are tasked with assisting 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.

At Centennial College's Fitness and Health Promotion program, students can train to enter the field in two years. This undertaking focuses on offering students practical training in both laboratory and placement settings so that they may gain a comprehensive academic grounding with the necessary skills to prepare for employment in community, corporate, municipal and retail settings in a wide array of positions.

For example, at Progress Campus, from which students study, is the newly constructed Athletic and Wellness Center. This location features a triple gym with cardio machines, fitness area, aerobics/wellness studios, an 80-metre indoor track, climbing wall, squash courts, spa, wellness treatment centre, locker rooms and outdoor soccer field. As such, students have ample opportunity for inter-professional student liaisons with other Centennial College programs (i.e Police Foundations, Pre-service Fire and Paramedic students). The purpose of these liaisons is to assist students in the attainment of their fitness assessment goals and apply the knowledge Fitness and Health Promotion students have learned in their courses.

Speaking of which, courses cover a range of topics such as anatomy and physiology, fitness assessment, leadership skills, injury management, nutrition, fitness marketing, health promotion, computer skills and cross cultural awareness. There is a strong focus on mental health as an essential part of a holistic approach to well being.

It is worth noting that students 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 Personal Training Specialist certification.

Once they complete this fitness training program, students will have a range of abilities, among which are:
  • Using various tools and strategies to assess the fitness level, health issues and overall well-being of clients
  • Designing, implementing and managing fitness and lifestyle programs and events
  • Developing fitness, health and wellness programs to meet the needs and goals for diverse populations
  • Communicating effectively with clients in scenarios involving fitness counseling, workshop presentations, group facilitation
  • Analyzing current research trends and issues relevant to the fitness and wellness fields to make informed recommendations
  • Providing comprehensive training and evaluation of fitness and wellness programs
  • Assisting to come up with business plans for health and fitness programs, activities and facilities
  • Developing and implementing risk management strategies for health and fitness programs, activities and facilities

Why Should You Consider a General Arts and Science Program?

A post-secondary program in general arts and science - arts program provides a broad education in a range of subjects in social sciences, communications and humanities. It allows high school graduates to continue their education and earn transferrable credits to become eligible for a college program in arts.

Program Content

The general arts and science program covers a wide range of subjects, including Math in Digital Age, Concepts in Humanities, Concepts in Social Sciences, Principles of Sociology, developmental Psychology, and Logical Self Defense.

In addition, you also acquire and enhance communication skills and language abilities. The course also provides you with a deep understanding of contemporary Canada - places, peoples and perspectives. You also explore various college programs in humanities, social sciences, tourism and hospitality and associated career options.

This program gives you an opportunity to clarify your interests and options, while allowing you to explore opportunities that you have never thought of. Moreover, a faculty advisor works with you one-on-one to help you understand your areas of interests and educational and career goals.

Program Benefits

The general arts and science program offers you a number of benefits. It helps you:
  • Earn transferrable credits, helping you become eligible for post-secondary college programs
  • Build a strong foundation in arts, humanities and social sciences to succeed in many different careers
  • Explore a variety of college programs and associated career options
  • Get into year 1 of a university arts degree Toronto program directly upon successful completion
  • Gain credits for college programs with associated universities
  • Explore your ultimate career goals
  • Develop mathematical ability and communication skills

Program Duration

A number of colleges in Canada offer post-secondary general arts and science programs. Most of them run for one year through two semesters. However, Centennial College’s program runs for two to four semesters, depending upon your individual needs and future goals. Moreover, it also allows you to participate in an articulated program with other universities, including York University, Ryerson University, Griffith University and Athabasca University.

Program Eligibility

You are eligible for this program, if you have completed your secondary education. In order to apply for this program, you will need:
  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent, or mature student status
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or else you will need to take the college English Skills Assessment for Admission

Who Should Consider This Program?

The general arts and science program is open for high school graduates who do not have required credits to apply for college diploma or university degree programs in arts. If you don’t fulfill eligibility criteria for a program of your choice at the college or university, you can consider enrolling in this program. The program not only helps you strengthens your understanding in arts, psychology, social sciences, history and sociology.

This may be a right choice for you, if you’re not clear about what your personal interests are and which college or university program will help you achieve your career goals. When you enrol in this program, a faculty advisor works with you to help gain clarity on what you should opt for.

Pre Health Program Prepares Students for Further Training

There are educational options for students who require some preparation training in order to perform at a level that will allow them to succeed in specialized programs. At Centennial College, these undertakings are called College and University Preparation programs. Not only do these programs offer small classes, state-of-the-art science and language laboratories as well as dedicated, experienced faculty support, but they also help ESL students brush up on their English. The prep programs are meant to assist in developing a thorough understanding of the personal, academic and professional requirements needed for taking diploma and advanced diploma programs.

One such offering is the Pre Health program, which helps students to gain access to a range of options within the School of Community and Health Studies. This School is committed to delivering innovative teaching through state-of-the-art laboratories where students receive hands-on experience in a stimulated environment. As such, students watch theory come with the guidance of industry-experienced instructors. Among the programs for which Pre Health prepares students are: Practical Nursing, Massage Therapy, Transportation and others.

Additionally, students receive the preparation they need if they are:
  • Exploring a science program at college toward their future career goal
  • Acquiring academic admission credentials needed to enter college-level science programs
  • Seeking science courses required for post-secondary programs and have not finished high school or completed science courses

As one of the respected Pre Health programs in Toronto, this offering is very well rounded. It not only includes health-related courses such as Computers for Healthcare Professionals (introduces students to word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications in a Windows-based operating system and gain skills related to basic research technique and APA reference format) and Pre-Anatomy and Physiology (allows students to develop a strong foundation in anatomical terminologies and fundamental human physiology through an emphasis on understanding and applications rather than memorization), but also math, communication and science courses.

Aside from obtaining a strong theoretical base, students also gain a practical one as they complete a range of projects and hands-on activities prior to graduation. For example, in the Computers for Healthcare Professionals course, students finish a final project for which they are expected to apply the computer skills, research technique and data analysis tools to prepare a properly referenced health-care related research report.

To apply for this Pre-Health science program interested persons must have completed and Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission; and Mathematics Grade 11 M or U; or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission.

Compose Your Career in Television and Film Business

How are films and television programs produced? Where do they arrange funds from? How Entertainment Law controls the production and broadcasting of films and television program? What goes into international distribution of a program or a show? What can be the alternative revenue streams for entertainment industry?

If you are really interested in knowing what all goes into production and distribution of films and television programs, a career in television and film - business may be the right choice for you. And if you find ‘what goes behind the scenes' more interesting that ‘what actually is going on the screen', then a career in film and television business is for you.

Of course, it's a known fact that building a career in show business is extremely difficult even if it's related to production and distribution of TV programs and films. But the good news is that hard work and specialized education can lead you to the right path, helping you break into television and film industry.

A number of film programs in Toronto prepare graduates for careers in films and television industry. Some of these courses focus on screen writing while some emphasize on acting and directing skills. There are only a handful of programs that cover business aspects of the television and film production industry. It is, therefore, necessary to choose the right college and the program that can help you meet your specific career goals.

Centennial College Toronto offers one-year graduate certificate program in television and film business that focuses on the importance of importance of an entrepreneurial spirit and global outlook. The program helps you explore financial, legal and regulatory aspects of the industry and develop skills necessary for producing in the current Canadian market.

The film school Toronto offers an intensive program that integrates the knowledge of film and television industry with accounting and business principles and practices, global marketplace, distribution models, transmedia and additional revenue sources.

Program Structure

The one-year program runs through two semesters and covers a wide range of subjects, including The Business of Producing, Accounting for Film and Television, Production Management and Coordination, Entertainment Law, Production, Business and Entrepreneurship, Financing and Funding, Team Building, Going Global, Alternative Revenue Streams and International Distribution.

The program offers a unique mix of classroom learning, projects and field placement. You will be provided with ample of opportunities to learn production techniques through the various stages of pre-production, production and post-production in both crew and leadership positions. The emphasis is placed on developing project financing plans, program sales and marketing plans and business plans for launch and operation of a production company.

The industry field placement in the second semester provides you with hands-on experience in a real world setting. You not only learn what it takes to launch and operate a production company but also gain relevant industry contacts that can be used in future as references. The Toronto film school prepares graduates for employment in the independent film and television production sector, in the areas of production, production management, business development and financing.

Why Should You Consider a Course in Script Writing?

Screenwriting or script writing is the practice of writing screenplays for films, television programs, video games, cartoons shows and other similar means of entertainment, education, information or recreation. Screenwriting may be a freelance, part-time or full-time profession.

Possessing good storytelling abilities and creative penchant is basic requirement to write scripts or screenplays. Although no qualification is required to become a screenwriter but a professional education can open doors to numerous career opportunities that you have never even thought of.

Why Formal Education?

It's true that script writing begins with a thought or an idea. But in modern times, the profession is not limited to just weaving a story around its characters. One needs to capable of tailoring the script to an actor's specific talent, in order to survive in today's cut-throat competition.

Moreover, screenwriters nowadays are involved in the development process of a project, during pre-production, production and post-production. They wear different hats. Sometimes, they act as dialogue writers and sometimes, they come on as advisors. If they are established screenwriters, they may direct the film or program as well. However, TV show writers work for long duration as their work involves constant writing and weaving stories around the characters of the show.

A formal education helps individuals hone their writing skills as well as gain an in-depth understanding of the film and TV business. They acquire a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of what goes into developing and producing films and television shows that exhibit high quality standards and meet the expectations of modern viewers.

In addition to this, the art of filmmaking is constantly evolving across cultures and viewers expect an enhanced experience each time they watch a show or a film. Therefore, there has been a great demand for good scripting and good scriptwriters who can think out-of-box and can produce quality content.

The postgraduate script writing program is multi-disciplinary and focuses on all aspects of screenwriting – creation, pitching, and development, outlining, drafting and polishing. It is a one-year interactive and participative program that provides students with the opportunity to prepare, perform in, shoot and post shows and programs.

The program is typically delivered by faculty members who have strong academic background and extensive industry experience. Centennial College's program is open to writers, actors, directors, producers, editors and other film and television craftspeople. The program is designed in such a way that it provides students an in-depth understanding of all aspects of film or show production, including screenwriting, directing, acting production and post-production.

The program in script writing Toronto runs for two semesters, focusing on giving a solid working knowledge of what everyone does on a film or television production. This helps students understand who does what and how to tailor the script, so that it generates a strong impact on viewers.

The college program focuses solely on dramatic film-making, which includes comedy and other genres except documentary film-making. This is a short but intensive program that offers students with an enhanced ability to find an appropriate place for themselves and succeed on productions, at production companies, broadcast networks and other industry-related organizations.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Children's Entertainment Program Offers Career Ready Skills

Writing for children's media, marketing children's entertainment products, project management, pitching, TV and multi-platform production, team building for creative production, child development, licensing and merchandising, the legal and regulatory aspects of children's media, personal branding and career planning and navigating the domestic and international marketplace are all part of the children's entrainment professional's job.

Whether you want to launch as career as a children's writer, marketing specialist, project manager, content manager, children's TV producer, children's multi-platform producer, you must first attend a Children's Entertainment program such as the one offered at Centennial College.

This child entertainment Toronto - based offering is actually the first of its kind in Canada and covers topics in a hands-on way with high-level industry professionals teaching career-ready skills and helping students to connect with the industry. Students gain a solid developmental understanding of their audience, a strategic and entrepreneurial approach to their careers, a global perspective and the passion and commitment to become tomorrow's industry leaders. Specific courses in this offering include: Survey of Children's Entertainment, Licensing and Merchandising, Producing the Project, The Business of Children's Entertainment, Children's Books and more.

This learning occurs in the Story Arts Centre, which houses tools of the trade (such as professional software) to enhance the knowledge and skills that it takes to create a wide range of entertainment products (i.e. film, TV, books, education products, games, mobile and interactive media) for the rapidly growing children's market. Additionally, students attend an industry field placement that allows them to apply what they have learned to the real world, network with professionals and enhance their resumes by working in the field prior to graduation.

This only children's entertainment production, management and writing program Toronto has to offer was launched in September 2009. It was designed for those with college diploma or university degree program in any discipline; or those with partial post-secondary education (minimum two years) and relevant work experience. It is worth noting that in addition to these admission requirements, students must also attend a mandatory program admission session where they will submit an up-to-date resume and complete a writing assessment.

The offering came into existence with the help of the most respected contemporary producers, writers and industry leaders in Canada. It is continuously guided by an active program advisory committee with members from across the spectrum of areas that involve and affect children's entertainment — from education and early childhood specialists to toy manufacturers to interactive digital media producers.

During the short span of time the program has existed, graduates have already found employment opportunities in diverse areas, including the independent television production sector, industry funding bodies, freelance writing for television and cross-platform production.

Interactive Media Management Program Offers Students Unique Business and Creative Experience

Laura James is the Digital Content Producer & Strategist at Mulberry Media Interactive, Matthew Flanagan serves as Digital Content Coordinator of Movie Services at Astral Media, Violet Edwards, meanwhile, is a User Experience Designer at Twist Image and Guilherme Chee works at Interactive Designer at Electrolux in Brazil. What do all of these people have in common? They are all graduates of the respected Interactive Media Management program at Centennial College.

The interactive media program takes three semesters to complete and is open to applicants who have completed a college diploma or university degree in any discipline, or those who have partial post-secondary (minimum two years) and relevant work experience.

The offering was designed to make students effective producers working in interactive media design and development, content production and process management. As such, it emphasizes strategy, user experience, and narrative and management skills in the interactive digital media industry with an emphasis on understanding industry, user experience, strategy, processes, job roles and documentation skills. This is achieved through courses that first establish a foundation in user experience planning through wireframing, content structure analysis, practical coding, A/V production for digital platforms, and management skills. These courses then progress into advanced business, analytics, technology, and planning documentation topics. Lastly, students partake in a field placement that sees them working in the field for ten weeks.

Interactive Digital Industry: There are certain interactive media industry expectations of which students must be aware. This course teaches students about the institutions and enterprises that are shaping interactive media today, and the resulting socio-cultural conditions they impose. Through guest speakers and industry-relevant research, students are introduced to various opportunities available to them within this field. This aspect also allows them to network.

Experience Design Tools: This course is all about analyzing and working with the standards of the user experience design in the current web and mobile environment. Issues that are explored include: elements and principles of visual design, readability, page identification and navigation systems, as well as constraints of the web environment including layout design that works across multiple resolutions, platforms, basic accessibility practices, and managing file sizes and download times.

Studio Mentorship/ Partnership: As a real life feature, this Interactive Media course combines class and industry to teach students about the creation and exploration of interdisciplinary projects in a real-time development cycle. This is achieved by having students work collaboratively with both members of the industry and members of the community at large, while defining personal strengths and career goals.

Entrepreneurship: Because freelance is a common form of employment in this field, students learn the business structures for freelancers and studios, considering the business administration and operation obligations of working freelance or as an incorporated entity. Topics covered in this course include: guidelines for starting up and maintaining an interactive media business, accounting advice, business budgeting/funding, pricing strategies, and community resources

How to Build a Rewarding Career in Advertising and Marketing Communications Management?

A formal education in advertising and marketing communications management opens doors to a range of careers in diverse fields, including media buying and planning, copywriting, direct marketing, account management, promotions, event marketing, production, promotions and digital/mobile marketing or promotions.

The discipline is exciting and rewarding yet challenging and demanding. It involves developing messages and campaigns for a variety of media platforms, including print, broadcast and electronic; reaching out to audiences and establishing a connection with them; presenting promotional material in a professional manner; selecting the right media platform for advertising and promotion; handling advertising issues; and managing key accounts.

The career prospects in this field are bright. However, it is expected to increase further in the coming years. It can be attributed to the emergence of new media platforms, advancement in computer technology and constant innovations in mobile technology which plays a significant role in today's 24/7 connected environment. Therefore, the current is the right time to build a career in this field.

In order to build careers in this field, individuals must possess critical skills, creative talent and strategic ability to generate new and exciting ideas, plan and develop effective campaigns on both traditional and modern media platforms, and tell persuasive stories to clients.

Centennial College's marketing and advertising communication program can help you develop the knowledge and skills required to seek employment in this field. It is a three-year post-secondary program that offers a unique blend of theory and practical. The program uses classroom teaching, presentations, workshops, industry visits, individual and team projects and industry field placement.

The marketing communication program covers a wide range of subjects, including Introduction to Agency Advertising, Advertising Campaign Presentation, and Foundations in Marketing, Tolls and Processes for Communicators, Consumer Psychology, Advertising Research, Integrated Marketing, Copywriting, Account Management, Imaging, Communications, Advertising Media Selection, Advertising Planning and Advertising Design and Production.

It also covers Radio and Television Advertising, Interactive Media and Print Production, Administration and Finance, Advertising Campaign Management, Advertising Issues, Advertising Business Writing, Digital Communications, Broadcast Buying and Measurement, Strategic Planning, Digital and Social Media and Portfolio Design.

Students will get an opportunity to put their learning into practice in the sixth semester through an industry field placement. It will help them gain hands-on experience in a real world scenario and understand the expectations of modern employers. They will also earn relevant industry contacts that can be used in future as references.

The advertising program Toronto graduates can choose to either pursue their careers or apply their academic rewards towards further study. They may be eligible to participate in an actuated program with selected universities, institutes and professional associations.

Program Eligibility

In order to apply for this program, the students will need:
  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent, or mature student status
  • English Grade 12 C or University, or equivalent. Students will need to take college's English Skills Assessment for Admission, in case they don't fulfill this requirement.
  • To attend a mandatory program admission session

How to Choose a Biotechnology College in Canada?

Numerous public and private colleges across Canada offer post-secondary diploma programs in biotechnology technician. Deciding on which college to attend may involve a number of factors, including program content, accreditation, hands-on training opportunities, projects and job prospects.

The post-secondary diploma programs in biotechnology typically run for two years, through four semesters. The focus is on providing students with practical training in industrial microbiology, chemistry – organic and biochemistry, and laboratory techniques and experiments.

Program Content

The diploma program in biotechnology – industrial microbiology covers a wide range of subjects. Before applying to a particular course, it’s important to carefully go through what all subjects you will study during the program tenure. An all-inclusive program covers Introduction to Biological Systems, Chemistry, Occupational Health and Safety, Mathematics for Applied Science, Microbiology, Lab Instrumentation, Inorganic Chemistry for Microbiology, Statistics for Applied Science, Food Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Technical Report Writing, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Recombinant DNA Technology and Biochemistry, and Microcomputer Applications for Technology.

Hands-on Training Opportunities

A good program goes beyond basic classroom education and theoretical grounding. In fact, it incorporates practical hands-on learning opportunities, helping you learn to use laboratory equipment; isolate, enumerate and identify microorganisms from various samples; prepare specimens for staining; handle material and chemicals carefully; prepare microbiological media and reagents; and perform microbiology experiments.

Additionally, a good program provides supplemental training in Occupational Health and Safety, HACCP, GMP and WHMIS, which is necessary to seek employment upon graduation.


Projects play a crucial role in developing your understanding in various microbiology subjects. They strengthen your basics as well as help you put your learning into practice. While going through program content of a specific course, make sure to check whether it includes individual and team projects.


A good program exhibits high standards of learning. National accreditation supports program quality and provides mobility for graduates. Therefore, before applying to a biotechnology program in Canada, ensure that it has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). Also check if it has met the technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT).

Job Prospects

A nationally accredited program offers excellent job prospects upon course completion. Before you send your application to a biotechnology college, learn about the placement services that it offers students.

Centennial College Toronto meets all the above requirements; and thus, it may be the right choice for you. The biotechnology – industrial microbiology diploma program combines theory with ongoing practical work through its eight up-to-date laboratories within the campus. The course is delivered by qualified and experienced faculty.

The program graduates are also eligible to apply for certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) to use the designation CTech (Certified Technician). The graduates may also apply their academic credits to enter the third year of the Biotechnology Technologist program at the college.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for this program, you will need:
  • Secondary school diploma certificate or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or 12 C or University or equivalent

Municipal Court Training Programs in Canada

The role of the court clerk is multifaceted and may include maintaining the records of a court, administering oaths to witnesses, implementing courtroom procedures, assisting lawyers and judges in research, drafting documents, corresponding with legal professionals, explaining rules and regulations and procedures to parties involved in a case, informing participants prior to legal proceedings, preparing court dockets and schedule hearings and communicating with the clients.

The exact job roles and responsibilities of a court clerk depend upon their employment. They may be employed with district courts, tribunals and boards, official examiners, municipal courts and The Ministry of Attorney General. In private sector, they may find employment with attorneys, law firms, and organizations providing any kind of court reporting or support services.

Becoming a Court Clerk in Canada

Most functions of a court clerk or a court monitor are related to legal procedures and practices. Therefore, the professionals are expected to have complete knowledge of the Canadian Law. With this, they must know how to prepare legal documents.

Apart from this, they are required to correspond with legal professionals, parties involved in cases and general public. Therefore, having excellent interpersonal and communication skills is a mandatory requirement to seek employment in this field. Understanding of ethics and professional conduct are other important prerequisites for becoming a court clerk in Canada.

A program in court support services helps you gain the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience required to become a court monitor. The one-year course is specifically designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in legal environment, without spending years studying law. This is a quickie credential that helps you get to the world of work in just one year.

The court clerk training program is short but intensive and covers all aspects of the legal environment. During the program, you will study about Current Issues in Canadian Law, Ethics and Professional Conduct, Court Clerk Criminal, Court Clerk Family, Communications and Word Processing Applications.

Exposure to Industry

Only theoretical understanding of court support services is not sufficient. Practical hands-on experience is an essential requirement to seek employment. Not all municipal court training courses incorporate industry field placements. Therefore, it's important to conduct a thorough research before applying for a program.

Centennial College's one-year diploma program in court support services provides you with legal and practical hands-on learning in a stimulated courtroom setting. You will attend hearings in family, criminal, small claims, tribunals, and municipal court settings. With this, practical, career-oriented assignments are also incorporated in the program.

The USP of this program is that it provides education and training that has been approved by the Ministry of the Attorney General. Moreover, the program is delivered by experience faculty with strong academic and professional backgrounds.

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for this course, you will need to submit:
  • Secondary school diploma certificate or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or University or equivalent or else you will need to take English Skills Assessment for Admission given by the college

Music Industry and Arts Performance Helps To Turn Passion Into Skills

Unfortunately, having a love of music or being musically inclined is not enough to make a profit. Stiff competition prevents anyone who relies on talent alone to enjoy longevity in the industry.

Luckily, there are music education programs that are designed to take a love of music and turn it into tangible knowledge that will ensure success in the industry. One such program is offered at Centennial College under the name Music Industry Arts and Performance.

As the name suggests, the program, unlike other music programs, doesn't limit students to learning one area of the industry. On the contrary, through three years of training, students are prepared for a wide variety of careers relating to music. Graduates enjoy a standing as versatile, culturally aware musicians and singers with the technological and business savvy necessary to work in the music industry of today and tomorrow.

This is achieved through classes that nurture musicality and creativity, raise awareness of a variety of music cultures, build knowledge of music-related technologies, and develop business and entrepreneurial skills. Specific courses offered in this program include: Creativity in Context, Musicianship, Popular Music in Culture, Worlds of Music, Music Business Fundamentals, Composition, Musical Entrepreneurship, Indigenous Music in Culture and much more.

Another aspect that sets this program apart from other music schools Toronto offers is a teaching method that sees plenty of hands-on experience. As such, students have lots of opportunities to perform and record. One particularly beneficial hands-on aspect is private lessons that students get to attend to develop their playing/singing ability to a professional level. Lessons consist of five components: notation reading, technique, improvisation, arranging, and repertoire.

Once students have a good grasp on the music college Toronto topics, they join the music creation and business stream or the music creation and technology stream, depending in their area of interest. Those in the music creation and business steam attend courses such as: Copyright Royalties, Licensing and Publishing; Music Marketing and Social Media and Advanced Music Business. Meanwhile, those in the music creation and technology steam learn from courses such as: Live Sound Engineering, Recording Studio Environments, Advanced Sound Mixing and Editing and more.

"No other [music programs Toronto offers] offer the same blend of performance, creative, contextual, business and technology courses," says faculty member Jesse Feyen, a 15-year music industry vet who performed internationally as a soloist and in a variety of popular music groups on drums, keyboards, guitar and vocals. "There are very few resources out there geared to helping musicians take control of their own careers and find a sustainable role in the music industry."

While music degree programs focus on theory. This diploma program is the perfect combination of theory and practice that prepares graduates for sustainable, music-related careers.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Community Development Work Offers Real World Experiences Via Field Placements

Imagine being part of a team whose sole purpose it is to enhance the social and economic well being of people living in a diverse range of communities. As a form of social planning, this is called community development and professionals within the field work for government, voluntary organizations, corporations and international community settings. According to Prospects, the UK’s official graduate careers site, some of the common tasks of these professionals include:
  • identifying community skills, assets, issues and needs;
  • ensuring that local people have their say;
  • developing new resources in dialogue with the community and evaluating existing programs;
  • building links with other groups and agencies;
  • helping to raise public awareness on issues relevant to the community;
  • preparing reports and policies;
  • raising funds;
  • developing and agreeing to strategies;
  • liaising with interested groups and individuals to set up new services;
  • mediating in matters of conflict;
  • recruiting and training paid as well as voluntary staff;
  • planning, attending and coordinating meetings and events;
  • overseeing the management of a limited budget;
  • encouraging participation in activities;
  • challenging inappropriate behaviour;
  • general administrative duties
To take on all of these tasks, interested parties must attend of Canada's post-secondary community development programs. Centennial College’s Community Development Work is one such offering. This two-year program functions off the premise that there is no one road map to community development practice and that the community itself is "organic by nature".

As such, students attend courses that teach them politics, economics, research and an understanding of cultural diversity - all of which are incorporated in successful community development. Among specific courses are Sustainable Community Development, Communication Foundations, Foundations of Community Based Research, Community Engagement and Participation, Business Essentials, Community Development Policy and more.

To supplement the courses in the program, students attend two field placements. The first focuses on community development in the Greater Toronto Area. The second, meanwhile, allows students to work in an organization focused on international and domestic community development. Not only are the field placements opportunities for students to test out and apply the knowledge they have gained in the program, they are also a way for students to expand their professional networks. These networks are essential to students' work as advocates.

The well rounded training offered in this community develop program allows graduates, with their Ontario College Diploma, to launch careers in public, private and non-profit sector careers in a wide array of positions geared at building community capacity, promoting sustainable community and managing/directing community economic development initiatives.

Continuing Education Offers Three Options for Three Types of Learners

Post-secondary education isn't meant to be limiting. While for many the thought of attending school evokes being chained to a desk five times a week and having to give up full-time jobs or other responsibilities, this just isn't the case. In today's day and age there are various options that will allow you to obtain a respected post-secondary credential that employers recognize and that will give you the skills you need to be not only employable but also in demand.

One of the most popular options for learners who have a hectic schedule is partaking in part-time studies. A respected post-secondary education that offers a School of Continuing Education is also Ontario's first community college. Centennial College is based in Toronto and sees enrollment in a wide range of areas including: Business, Communications, Media and Design; Community and Health Studies, Transportation, Hospitality, Tourism and Culture; and Engineering, Technology and Applied Science.

The students who wish to attend part-time studies have additional options as well. Let's take a closer look at them.

Visual and Hands-on Learners: For students who prefer a traditional classroom environment and learn best by watching and then doing, there are part-time classes. These classes are conducted during the evenings and weekends in fully equipped classrooms at Centennial College's four campuses (Progress, Morningside, The Story Arts Centre and Ashtonbee). With on-campus, part-time classes students get to enjoy hands-on activities such as presentations and projects. They also get to work in groups and interact with their peers during class discussions and debates.

Independent Learners Who Seek a Classroom Feel: For those who are too busy to attend classes online and are okay with learning without the constant supervision of instructors, there are online classes. The classroom feel comes from having access to virtual classrooms that feature discussion boards and forums where students can collaborate, discuss their ideas and any questions they may have. Additionally, students have access to their instructors from whom they may seek guidance should they run into any trouble with content.

Totally Independent Learners: For those who may either not have access to a computer or prefer hand-written materials, there is Print-Based Correspondence. This option within the School of continuing education is completed in a six-month period during which students complete material that has been mailed to their home. A facilitator (tutor) is assigned to assist students with their assignments should they need it.

With both Distance Learning options (online and print-based), students must come into Centennial College for their final exams. These exams must be scheduled within a certain time period after the completion of the offering.

College Courses Take On Many Forms Depending on Your Future Goals

The type of program you will apply for at post-secondary level will depend on a few factors. Firstly, what type of previous education do you have? Are you a student who just graduated from high school? Are you returning to school after previously completing a college education? Did you graduate from high school years ago and are returning to school for the first time? Additionally, you will want to consider your future goals. Do you plan to go right into the field for which you train? Have you thought about attending additional classes beyond college? Do you hope to complete some of your studies at college level and some at university?

Once you figure out the type of education that is suited for you, it will be easier to pick the type of college courses that will benefit you most. At Centennial College, students have 100 full-time programs and 140 part-time programs to choose from that range in length, admission requirements and ultimate credentials.

Full-time: These programs and courses see students attending class on campus five times a week and gaining a solid balance of theory and practical application in areas such as: Business, Communication, Media and Design; Community and Health Studies, Engineering and Technology Applied Science, Hospitality Tourism and Culture; and Transportation. Full-time programs require students to have completed an Ontario secondary school diploma or equivalent or take an entrance test.

Part-time: For those who have other obligations, part-time programs feature courses that can be taken during evenings and weekends, online or through print-based correspondence. Students complete various assignments and must take a number of examinations to graduate.

Degree: While traditionally offered through universities, colleges are increasingly facilitating four-year Bachelor programs that give students the opportunity to complete a respected degree while gaining a balance of theory and practical application. Centennial College's degree programs are the first of their kind in Canada.

Graduate Certificate: For those who have previously completed a post-secondary education there are quick-paced graduate studies that typically allow them to advance in their field. For example, those with an advertising background may take courses in a program like Advertising – Media Management.

Fast-Track: These types of programs see students who previously attended a post-secondary institution or have worked in a particular field enter a program at a point that allows them to skip a predetermined number of semesters. For example, those attending the fast-track Journalism program enter the offering during the third of six semesters.

Co-op: Full-time programs offer options that see students working in the field prior to graduation and actually earning money as though they were employees. Co-op typically takes place between semesters.

Apprenticeship: Taking an earn-while-you learn approach, these programs typically cater to students who want to enter a trade and more specifically in the transportation industry.

Joint programs: These programs feature college courses that are completed both at Centennial College and at partner universities Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Students benefit from theoretical and practical courses that result in a degree.

University and college prep: In order to prepare students with credentials they need to enter programs of their choices are college and university prep classes that focus on personal, academic and professional attitudes and skills.

Estheticians – Job Role and Career Prospects

Estheticians are beauty and skin care specialists that help people enhance their personal appearance through a variety of cosmetic treatments, in conjunction with plastic surgeons, dermatologists and other health, beauty and skin care providers. They may also be employed with spas and salons and cruise ships. They may also choose to set up their own beauty and skin care business.

Estheticians are able to perform a wide variety of specialized body and skin care treatments, supporting specific needs of clients. They have relevant knowledge of physiology, anatomy and histology, and therefore, can provide specialized esthetic treatment and services apart from facials, manicures, pedicures, and hair-removal and make-up applications. Actually, their job includes offering the right blend of beauty treatments and near-medical skin care services to clients, in conjunction with licensed healthcare providers.

Careers Prospects

A wide range of employment opportunities exist for estheticians in health clinics, spas, salons, hotels and cruise ships. Moreover, the beauty and healthcare industry is constantly evolving. Even people have become more conscious about how they look. This has contributed to the increased demand for estheticians who can not only perform beauty treatments but can also recommend the use of appropriate esthetics products, meeting specific clients needs on an ongoing basis.

Although the employment prospects are bright but job market is more competitive than ever. Employers are keen on hiring estheticians who have the ability to:

  • Evaluate skin conditions of clients and recommend appropriate treatment
  • Perform specialized skin and body care treatments
  • Use a range of specialized equipment and products
  • Comply with established industry, provincial and national standards, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Select and recommend the use of skin care products, taking into account the health status and individual needs of clients
  • Promote various beauty and skin care products
  • Communicate effectively with clients of different ages and requirements

The exact job responsibilities depend upon the type of employment and individual qualifications and experience.

Becoming an Esthetician

If you have a keen interest in esthetics and cosmetology and want to build a career in skin care and beauty industry, the first step is to get specialized education and training and get licensed. Centennial College Toronto offers a two-year post-secondary diploma program in esthetics, providing you with the knowledge and skills for spa applications, beauty and skin care and business operations. The program offers a unique blend of theory and practical experience in an on-campus students’ clinic and through field placements at the best spas in the city.

The Esthetics College has its own student clinic where you can receive hands-on training under the supervision of qualified faculty. The program offers a comprehensive curriculum, incorporating physiology, anatomy, product knowledge, practical applications, sales techniques and business practice. In addition, it also covers a wide range of subjects, including Skin Care, Professional Relationships, Spa Health and Safety, Manicures and Pedicures, Waxing and Hair Removal, Product Chemistry and Advanced Ingredients, Make Up, Spa Business and Skin Care Practices.

You learn to apply the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, customer service and business operations to serve diverse population needs. Last but not the least; the program also helps you gain essential business communication, professional relationship and interpersonal skills and confidence to seek an entry to this challenging yet exciting career.