College Programs Focus on Offering Degrees

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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.

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Emma wrote this piece about the degree programs at Centennial College, some of which see students completing their studies at Centennial College and others which see them splitting their time between the college and a university.

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