What Centennial College and its students accomplished in 2016
Previously, we talked about the good things that happened this year around the world, to balance out all the bad news we keep hearing. Not only were there positive things across the globe, there were great achievements back home at Centennial College, too. Whether it was our students making great things happen, or the school itself helping advance education, charity, and success, a lot went on this year. Here’s a look at a few of the good things.
- We held several Hackathons this year, where tech students had a short amount of time to throw together new technology, putting their skills to the test in a high-stakes situation. Our Hackathons included one hosted by Smokebomb Entertainment, where students had 48 hours to make a game on the Unity platform, a 36-hour hackathon where students were tasked with creating three software apps, and a healthcare-themed hackathon where students created smartphone apps that served as low-cost healthcare solutions.
- Students from our Automotive, Electronics, and Heavy Equipment programs took home gold, silver and bronze medals at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition.
- Speaking of competitions, a team of our Engineering students won the National Engineering Month competition for the second year in a row.
- Over the summer, our journalism students travelled to Rio to cover the 2016 Paralympic games, producing content for Canadian media outlets, and reporting live from our own Story Arts Centre.
- Our first group of students graduated from the Samsung Tech institute, and have already acquired jobs within the industry.
- Meanwhile, students continue to graduate from HYPE, a tuition-free program that can open doors to higher education and rewarding careers.
- Finally, when it came to decorating the side of our new Residence and Culinary Arts Centre, we let students do that, too, with a special mural competition to decide the final design.
- Speaking of our students, they stayed “Up all Night” for mental health, in a special event at the Story Arts Centre.
- Just in time for the holidays, we gave the children of Syrian refugees backpacks full of essential supplies.
- Our “Beyond the Rim” program, which gives neighbourhood kids life skills training combined with basketball skills, received an award for its efforts.
- Our brand new Residence and Culinary Arts Centre finally opened this year, giving students a new place to live and learn at Progress Campus.
- We also broke ground on the construction of our Aerospace Campus at Downsview Park, which will be coming soon!
- On the international side, we also opened our first learning site in China, Suzhou Centennial.
- The big one that you’ve already probably heard was that 2016 was Centennial College’s 50th anniversary. We first opened our doors in 1966, and spent the year holding special events and celebrations, including our Paint the Town Green community service event.
- In terms of the school’s awards, we were ranked the #1 college in the GTA for Student and Employer Satisfaction, made it into the top ten research colleges in Canada, won an Ontario Library Association award for our Ashtonbee Campus library, and picked up three medals at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Awards of Excellence for education and applied research.