Canadian College Fosters Innovation

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Canadian College Fosters Innovation Photo by Jason White

Canada has been a forefront in research innovation and it is no wonder that one of its colleges is reaching new heights with their program development. Centennial College, a large Canadian college located in Toronto, offers a diverse assortment of over 100 full-time programs, over 160 part-time programs, and thousands of part-time courses. Each class is infused with a balance of academic learning and practical training, ensuring that students can apply the theory in workplace situations.

Centennial offers students outstanding programs, many which are first of their kind and are infused with the latest industry practices. Additionally, it has institutes within the school to provide further learning, through workshops and insights, which will help students gain more knowledge and experience. Outlines below are some specific examples of how this college has made headlines nationwide with their innovative programs.

Sustainable careers
The programs include a strong sense of practicality, matching classroom teachings with real world examples. Many programs have lab practices, in-class simulations, or field placements where students can strengthen their workable skills. Most of all, the programs Centennial offers all have sustainable career outcomes, mixing the specific areas of interest with feasible business solutions. For example, hospitality courses not only include kitchen training, but management courses as well, so students can understand the operations of many hotels and restaurants. Another example is the Music Industry Arts and Performance program, where musical hopefuls turn their passion for music into a career in music creation with a focus on business and technology.

Industry partners and workplace technology
All Centennial programs are recognized by industry leaders, with accredited courses and courses serving as introduction for industry certifications. Many of these organizations continue their partnership with the college as they open their doors to students on placement and hire graduates. These organizations realize the potential of Centennial learners, through the extensive program, not only filled with practical training but with industry-specific training, using the latest tools and technology of the trade. For example, engineering students practice their skills using a computer-aided design software that mirrors the ones companies use. Another example of innovative programs is within the advanced Marketing programs, where students are the first to graduate across Canada with experience using EnvironicsAnalytics's ENVISION micromarketing software, which is well-known to the marketing and research industries.

Simulation labs on campus grounds
State-of-the-art kitchens, high-definition video cameras and screens, and dummies and advanced medical technologies are some of tools and classes Centennial offers their students to give them practical training. Hands-on experience does not only confine to internships and other field placements. Centennial brings the workplace on campus grounds and ensure every student has the opportunity to develop their workplace skills. For example, Centennial was awarded $26 million from the Ontario government for aerospace training, which will be put to good use by expanding the classroom and current hangar into a larger and more updated aerospace training and research facility.

The progress that Centennial College has made over the years since it was established not only provided the modern advancements for its institution, but also for the programs it houses. Many of the equipment, classes, and lab practice areas have been upgraded to reflect industry standards and practices. Centennial continues to be a strong leader in high education within the Canadian Colleges and strives to bring success to each student that enters.

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Jason White described Centennial college's defining moments in innovation and provided specific examples of areas where the college has improved and developed its program curriculums.

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