Launch your career in public relations at Centennial’s Pickering Learning Site
If there is one thing that the graduates of the Public Relations – Corporate Communications program at Centennial College’s Pickering Learning Site (PLS) have in common, it’s their testimony that the program delivered more than they expected.
With class sizes averaging 10 - 15 people, PLS provides a more intimate setting for its students. This small, yet tight-knit community has greater access to the professors and industry mentors and offers the foundations for a strong network that augurs well for their careers.
“The instructors care to see their students succeed. They do everything in their power to help establish valued industry connections and ensure all students make the most out of their experience at Centennial – before and after graduation,” says 2015 graduate, Katryna Fernandes.
Fernandes — a Research and Communications Advisor, Premier's Writing Support at the Ontario Cabinet Office — was hired within a month of her field placement.
The Ontario Graduate Certificate program equips participants over two semesters with a blended learning model of in-class study and online assignments that culminates in an eight-week field placement. This generally attracts applicants who have previously completed post-secondary education who want to enter the exciting public relations industry and learn more about event management, enhance their writing skills and gain knowledge in online and social media strategies.
“It’s the best of both worlds”, says Sheldon Rose, program coordinator at the Picketing Learning Site. “Many of our student work part-time. They have some work experience and life skills and want to bring that into the classroom.”
Fernandes agrees: “The mix of online and in-class elements creates flexibility and frees up time for students to take part in professional development outside of the classroom.”
The classes, which started in 2012 at Pickering Learning Site, complement similar studies at the Centennial’s Story Arts Centre in Toronto.
The program is perfect for those living in Durham Region and Scarborough looking to launch an exciting career in strategic communications and public relations. Visit our website to find out more about the Public Relations-Corporate Communications program at the Pickering Learning Site, or contact Sheldon Rose.