May 19, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial to receive Virtual Learning Strategy funds
The Ontario government has announced that it will be providing colleges, universities and Indigenous institutes with $70 million in funding for nearly 400 projects as part of its Virtual Learning Strategy. The projects focus on partnerships that aim to transform virtual learning in key priority areas such as creating digital content, ensuring faculty and students are able to teach and learn online, identifying technologies that support online learning, and providing Indigenous institutions with support. Projects are expected to create digital-by-design resources, simulations, courses and programs giving students and faculty the tools they need to build their digital classroom, allowing them to gain world-class training that fits learners’ needs.
“These projects will help ensure institutions and their faculty have the tools they need to create great curriculum online, and that students can access education where and when they need it,” said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. Funded projects where Centennial is a lead applicant include $400,000 for a Virtual Faculty Resource Hub to promote personal, academic, career and community resilience; $194,600 for embedding virtual simulation, VR and AR in education; $163,900 for four Open Educator extensions to the Ontario Extend modules; $200,000 to create three new online Indigenous courses, and $40,000 for additional Virtual Gaming Simulations in the Nursing curriculum. eCampusOntario, the province’s centre of excellence in online and technology-enabled learning, is coordinating the project partnerships.
Centennial celebrates commitment to improving accessibility
In recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 20 and National AccessAbility Week starting May 31, Centennial is celebrating the ongoing commitment to improving accessibility and removing barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities. The abrupt transition to learning, teaching and working online due to the pandemic has made digital accessibility even more critical than ever before. It may surprise many people that digital accessibility is not the sole responsibility of web developers or programmers. Anyone who has ever created a Word document, PowerPoint presentation or social media post is a digital content creator and has a shared responsibility to ensure their work is accessible. Over the past year, Centennial has procured tools, delivered training and developed resources to support the creation of inclusive digital content and experiences. To celebrate our accomplishments and share lessons with the wider college community, Centennial’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) committee and accessibility champions from across the college have established a Centennial College Celebrates Accessibility resource page and an online event, Digital Accessibility, It's Just a Click Away, on June 2. Join us!
Career Services launches inaugural Job Finding Clubs
Career Services has started its first Job Finding Clubs, running from May 13 to June 17, to help our Class of 2021 grads launch their careers. From 180 applicants, 40 graduates were selected to participate in six weekly sessions that will focus on either healthcare or information technology sectors. Participants interact in small groups via Zoom to practice communication skills and improve professional networking habits in a peer-friendly community with common job search goals. This initiative comes after the success of the Get Hired Grad Conference held in April, which was attended by more than 1,500 participants and yielded a 94% overall satisfaction rate. Job Finding Clubs educate graduates and allow them to practice using the tools and strategies to succeed in the current job market, culminating in speed networking and job shadowing opportunities with industry experts from such organizations as American Express, Mackenzie Health, Rogers Communications, Scarborough Health Network and others. For more details, please contact email@example.com.
Congratulations to our Equity and Inclusion Perspectives graduates
The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion is honoured to announce the newest graduates from the Equity and Inclusion Perspectives program. Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on their successful completion of the program: Alice Schuda, Vincent Wong, Shana Molto, Jessica Haddon, De’Sean Gay and Jake Pickering. Their leadership in engaging in meaningful dialogue around complex social issues support our collective efforts in building a more equitable and inclusive environment for all members of our college community. And here’s a reminder that our Equity and Inclusion Perspectives workshops for Spring/Summer 2021 are available for registration. Centennial employees who participate in eight sessions will receive a digital badge and Statement of Distinction. You can find more information and register here.
ICT Workshop can resolve your computer issues
The ICT Workshop in the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science is once again offering free repairs to personal computers of Centennial faculty, staff and students along with upgrades and new software installations. Customers only pay for components and college-discounted software, if needed, but the work is provided at no cost. Services will not be performed on business-owned IT devices. Students enrolled in the Computer Repair and Maintenance Project class provide the service in an effort to emulate a client-oriented business. You can help to provide this valuable experience while benefitting from the free service. Between now and July 28, students can help you resolve problems with your computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, printers, scanners and more. Email Professor Will Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org and he can book an appointment to connect you to his students for an online service consultation.