March 24, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial receives $8.4 million in COVID-19 relief funding
The Ontario government is providing colleges and universities with $106.4 million in targeted funding to help mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on the postsecondary sector. The money will provide immediate relief for institutions most affected by pandemic-related costs. Centennial received $8.4 million – the highest sum given any college or university. The funding will offset expenses related to opening our campus labs to students, including PPE, plexiglass dividers, signage, security, training and additional facilities cleaning. Centennial also invested substantially in virtual learning by expanding our offerings from one online program to 44 over the past year. The local announcement was made by Christina Mitas, MPP Scarborough Centre, and Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP Scarborough-Rouge River, along with President Craig Stephenson.
“Centennial College is most appreciative of the significant funding received from the Ontario government to help address the financial impacts of COVID-19 on our institution,” said President Stephenson. “This investment serves as important recognition of the integral role colleges play in providing top-tier education and training to Ontario’s workforce, and in contributing to the development and sustainability of local communities. This support will help enable Centennial to continue to put our learners and the communities we serve at the forefront as we work to restabilize and recover from COVID-19, and contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of our province.”
Congratulations to Co-op Student of the Year William Tran
William Tran is the first-ever Centennial College student to win two co-op awards in the same year for his outstanding contributions in the workplace, his academic achievements, and support of cooperative education and work-integrated learning. William was nominated by his Co-op Advisor, Sivan Kerbel, for both the Education at Work Ontario (EWO) and the Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Co-op Student of the Year awards. A graduate of our Supply Chain and Operations Management Diploma program, William was an outstanding co-op student in every way.
In his co-op work term in logistics at TJX Canada (which owns retailers Winners, Marshalls and HomeSense), he introduced innovations to support the company’s digital transformation. Supervisor Antoinetta Ribeiro noted William “worked closely with analysts on a Duty Drawback program, yielding savings of nearly $10 million, as well as assisted a continuous improvement project to establish the very first Airfreight booking procedure for our buyers, saving an additional $4 million per annum.” William has also excelled academically and in athletics, earning a 96% average, top 3% of his cohort and three silver medals in intercollegiate tournaments. He also raised $2,000 for SickKids Hospital with his varsity team. Along with the awards William will be receiving a $1,000 bursary from EWO and CEWIL. A virtual award ceremony will be held on Monday, March 29.
Gordon Food Service donates $75,000 in scholarship funds
The Office of Development & Alumni Engagement has confirmed a pledge of $75,000 from Gordon Food Service to support scholarships in Centennial’s Baking and Pastry Arts Management and Culinary Management programs. Ten Gordon Food Service scholarships of $2,500 will be awarded in each academic year for the next three years. Gordon Food Service is an established College vendor that supplies the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts kitchens with raw food and ingredients. The gift, which was established with the help of Chef Lillian Cardoso, is the company’s first donation to Centennial. The scholarships will be available to both domestic and international students as the donation addresses an identified gap in scholarship opportunities for international students in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts.
New College PowerPoint templates and TikTok account
Centennial’s Marketing and Communications team has prepared two new Centennial College PowerPoint templates – a ready-to-use resource to help with your lecture presentation and slideshow needs. With a more simplified look and additional flexibility to pick and choose slide set-ups based on your information and audience needs, we encourage you to download and use this tool to assist in making your day-to-day tasks a little easier. You can find the new templates on the Centennial Central intranet site.
Since its launch in 2016, the video-sharing platform TikTok has become the fastest-growing social media platform with more than 2 billion mobile downloads worldwide. The popular source of entertainment gives users a platform to dance, act and interact with other users through creative challenges. Centennial launched an official TikTok account to better reach one of our prime audiences (41% of TikTok users are aged 16 to 24). Centennial made its first post on February 26 by featuring our Dance Performance student talent. We are looking forward to our collaboration with the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, and the School of Community and Health Studies’ Pre-service Fire students. We encourage you to follow along!
In media news…
Professor Donna Lindell, coordinator of Centennial’s popular Corporate Communications and Public Relations graduate certificate program, was interviewed by the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto Chapter magazine discussing the program’s successful pivot to online learning. She notes that with the help of apps such as Slack, Donna has ensured that PR students have easy access to faculty and to each other. The app was instrumental in helping the class connect and form a cohesive online community. Student Daisy Uy, who is enrolled remotely in the Philippines, was also interviewed. You can read the full story here.
Professor Chet Singh teaches GNED 500 and is part of the writing team making the course text an Open Educational Resource textbook. He also teaches a Liberal Studies course called Visionaries, Revolutionaries and Reactionaries. What you may not know about Chet is that he’s an accomplished Dub poet with a hardcore following. He was recently interviewed by a Peterborough arts and culture reporter for a YouTube series about local people of colour (Chet lives in the Kawartha Lakes region) who contribute to the arts scene. Check out the interview and his Dub performance!