May 12, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial shares in funds to develop online simulations for nurses
Centennial is sharing funds worth $95,077 to advance Ontario’s virtual learning and teaching efforts, part of a $50-million investment by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to drive growth in virtual learning resources across the province’s post-secondary institutions. The open-content creation project, led by Ryerson University, will produce new online modules for the university’s popular Virtual Gaming Simulations used by nursing students at Centennial and George Brown colleges, among other institutions. One module set will focus on the essentials of maternal and newborn assessment and care, including assessment of the pregnant patient and fetus, the birthing process and follow up with the mother, newborn and family six weeks after birth. The second set examines patient safety and QI (quality improvement) methods and tools for nurses in an effort to standardize high quality patient safety and education with the development of job-ready skill sets required in health-care workplaces.
Ford gifts six vehicles to the School of Transportation
Ford of Canada has donated six pickup trucks and SUVs to the School of Transportation to be used in its ASSET automotive service training program at Centennial’s School of Transportation. Our Office of Development and Alumni Engagement notes the corporate donation is critical considering the country-wide shortage of trained professionals in the automotive field. The gift will help ensure Centennial continues to offer the latest technology for teaching the next generation of automotive technicians. The contribution of these vehicles will allow students to gain valuable hands-on experience as they will have access to the right equipment and up-to-date vehicles to practice on.
The donated vehicles were damaged due to flooding last year and deemed irreparable. As such, Ford of Canada saw an opportunity to bring some of the newest vehicular technology to automotive education programs. Some 95 vehicles in total were given to schools across Canada. “Ford has always supplied the ASSET program with the latest and greatest,” remarked Mike Dennie, professor and coordinator of the Ford ASSET program at Ashtonbee Campus. “As a graduate of the program and now as the coordinator, I’m elated to see that support continue. We cannot give enough thanks to all the people over the years who have made these donations happen. This would not be the program is it today without the help.”
GCEI recognizes Asian Heritage Month
In addition to honouring the contributions of diverse Asian communities to the rich history of Canada during Asian Heritage Month, the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion invites the College community to reflect on the disproportionate harms that these same communities continue to experience throughout the global pandemic with upcoming events examining anti-Asian racism. On Monday, May 17, GCEI’s “Conversations for Social Change” series will bring together a panel of educators and community organizers to discuss the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, including the lead author of “A Year of Racist Attacks: Anti-Asian Racism Across Canada One Year into the COVID-19 Pandemic.” In addition, GCEI’s Equity and Inclusion Perspectives program includes new offerings on “Challenging Anti-Asian Racism in Higher Education,” which will mobilize the College community around the co-creation of resources, tools and strategies to address anti-Asian racism in the classroom, workplace and broader community.
Students promote online learning in new YouTube video
Centennial’s timely pivot to online and hybrid learning last year has earned the college kudos from a number of international and domestic students who are featured in a new video touting the advantages of learning remotely. Students can attend classes from the comfort of their home, and learn whenever they wish to learn, wherever they are in the world. In one example, Public Relations and Corporate Communications student Daisy Johanna Uy tell us, “It’s actually been a lot more engaging than I thought it would be…even though everybody’s in their little [Zoom] rectangles.” She notes that while she’s living in the Philippines, she is enrolled in Toronto and working part-time in Australia, thanks to the Internet. “That’s, I think, how a lot of the future is going to look like.” Check out our YouTube video.
Auto Tech prof leads a second life as an artist
Ever wonder who created some of the automotive murals at Ashtonbee Campus? Automotive Apprenticeship professor Dennis Mott had a knack for drawing as a child, and enrolled in St. Clair College’s commercial art and graphic design program at the age of 17. After graduating in 1986 he worked at a number of advertising agencies, including Young and Rubicam. But the repetitiveness of the work and low pay compelled Dennis to leave advertising. He graduated from Centennial’s School of Transportation in 2000 and received the Dean’s Award for outstanding academic achievement. He returned to the school in 2009 and became full-time faculty two years later teaching automotive apprentices. Dennis still loves to create art, mostly hyperrealism in acrylic with brush and airbrush. With the pandemic restrictions, Dennis had more time to draw lately and even posted time-lapse videos of his creations on YouTube. In January he did a simple painting of actor Nicole Kidman and sent it to her Facebook page, which she featured for a week.