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Home Centennial College Blog 2014 March 06 Services to enhance your learning and college experience

Services to enhance your learning and college experience

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While classrooms are built for learning a specific course, the whole college is a training ground before students enter the workplace. Learning is not exclusive to classrooms. Students have plenty of opportunities to learn, network, and participate in college activities. Student services enhance college experience by ensuring that your studies are complimented by resources that will help support your education. Highlighted below are common student needs and the services that Centennial offers.

“I’m a first year student and I want to know more about college life.”

Centennial Welcomes is an orientation session held before the beginning of each semester for new students to explore the halls of the college, meet with faculty and staff members, and start their schooling with some fun introductory activities. Since this is only a one-day event, Centennial offers a regular program to assist first year students. The Student Peer Mentoring program matches senior students with first year students to help the latter with their student transition. Mentees can choose mentors who are in their program or similar discipline, so they can learn more about the college and their programs.

“I need more money to support my college education.”

There are plenty of ways to gain a positive cash flow, including earning some income and decreasing spending. The Financial Aid Office will help you in student budgeting and managing student loans. There are also a variety of scholarships and bursaries available for new and current students. Additionally, Centennial offers part-time and casual positions that will complement your school schedules. Attend career fairs and look for posters around campus and online for future opportunities.

“I don’t know which program to choose.”

Prospective students are welcome in the Student Advising Centre for career and academic counselling, as well as students who are uncertain of their current program enrollment. Additionally, the Career and Counselling Centre can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, with applications such as the assessments such as the Myer- Briggs Type Indicator test, free of charge for students. They also hold a Career Planning Workshop for part-time students.

“I don’t know anyone in college.”

There is no need to worry if you don’t have any friends entering college. And even if you do, consider in signing up for a peer mentor who will be one of your first friends in college. Additionally, you have to be active in your college community in order to meet your schoolmates. Try out for a sports team or a school competition. Join a club that interests you and if you can’t find one, start one.

“I’m an international student looking for information.”

While most resources, such as the school’s gym, library, and counselling office, are universal for all students, many services are unique to international students. For admissions, financial assistance, health plans, and other inquiries, visit the International Centre. There are Centennial representatives and offices abroad to meet with international students, while the International Centre at Progress campus is available to help those students already in Canada.

“I’ve been laid off and want to have a career change.”

The Ontario Government’s Second Career program offers tuition subsidies for eligible workers who were laid off as of January 2005. Centennial occasionally holds a Second Career open house for interested applicants, and its Employment Training Centre is always available to answer your inquiries.

“I need more time to do my tests.”

Students with documented learning disabilities can receive extra time when completing tests and exams. New students must register with the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at their campus and let each of their professors know that he or she will be taking the test there to get more time. Additionally, the CSD offers plenty of assistant to students with learning disabilities, including the Success Plan, where they regularly meet with a Disability Counselor and possibly with a Learning Strategist and Adaptive Technologist as well. CSD also has a student transition program called the START (Successful Transitions: Advocacy, Resources, and Training) Smart Summer Conference, where students with learning disabilities will explore learning strategies and meet peer mentors with learning disabilities.

“I have a conflict issue.”

Whether it is academic concerns, bullying complaints, or another concern, Centennial has the Student Relations Office to discuss sensitive matters like these. You’re not alone, and you have the support of your Centennial community. Visit the office at Ashtonbee and Progress locations, or contact them by phone or e-mail regarding your issue.

“I require accommodation for my disability.”

Students with a physical or mental disability, including visual, hearing or mobility impairment, as well as those with documented learning disabilities can take part in the adjustments and accommodations prepared by the Centre for Students with Disabilities. Services include interpreters, note takers, attendant care, books in alternative format, and special parking privileges. Visit the CSD office in your campus to register and find out which services you are eligible.