Centennial College Has Almost 50 Years of Experience in Producing Professionals

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Centennial College Has Almost 50 Years of Experience in Producing Professionals Photo by Jason White

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.

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In her article, Klaudia writes about Centennial College and offers an overview of the type of education students can receive through full-time programs or part-time offerings during evening and weekend classes, online classes or Print-Based Correspondence.

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