Inclusive Canadian College Caters To Individuals From All Walks Of Life

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Did you know that it is possible to attend a community college that not only has a long-standing respected reputation but also caters to individuals from all walks of life? At Centennial College, there are 16,000 full-time students and 22,000 part-time learners who attend a variety of programs and come from different ethnic, work and educational backgrounds. In fact, Centennial College is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Ontario. Almost 100 ethno-cultural groups are represented and 80 languages are spoken on campus.

Founded in 1966, Centennial College is one of the oldest colleges in Toronto and is the first public college in the city. Focused on offering training that is job-focused and practical, it allows students to graduate with a variety of credentials such as Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Ontario College Certificate and Ontario College Graduate Certificate. Additionally, students of this Canadian college can earn degree credentials at university level through unique collaborations with respected universities in Ontario and around the world.

In fact, Centennial was among the first community colleges in Ontario to receive approval for applied-degree programs in computer and communication networking, and software systems: design, development and management. Lastly, the bridging to university option sees five joint-degree programs in paramedicine, journalism, new media studies, environmental science and technology and applied microbiology (these are taught in conjunction with the University of Toronto Scarborough). Meanwhile, the Bachelor of Science Nursing program is delivered jointly with Ryerson University.

But just what types of programs are offered at this community college? First, it should be noted that Centennial has 100 full-time programs, 140 part-time programs as well as courses facilitated by way of through Distance Learning. These programs are divided among six categories: Business, Community and Health Studies, Technology and Applied Science, Hospitality Tourism and Culture as well as Communications, Media and Design.

No matter which program a student chooses, he or she can be sure that it'll emphasize experiential learning with laboratory instruction, paid co-operative education opportunities, and industry and agency field placements. Additionally, cost effectiveness, flexible scheduling, shorter in-school time, smaller classroom sizes, hands-on training and, in a lot of cases, field placement experience make this Canadian college a top choice.

Further accommodating its students, this community college has four centrally-located campuses, each with a different focus. Morningside Campus is the most technologically-advanced location with labs that benefit School of Community and Health Studies and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science students. The second campus is Progress Campus. This Canadian college's largest location, it boasts a real life restaurant and conference centre for students of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture as well as facilities for Business School students. Centennial College also boasts Ashtonbee Campus, which houses the largest transportation training centre in the province. Lastly, the Centre for Creative Communications gives students of the School of Communications, Media and Design on-campus facilities such as high-tech computer labs, a television studio and art studios.

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Jason details how the Canadian college known as Centennial College offers its students four campus locations, each with a specific focus.

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