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The largest transportation training facility in a college campus

The sun hitting behind the front sign of Centennial College, Ashtonbee Campus

Centennial understands the importance of on-the-job training for students as well as the needs of various industries. With Canada’s shortage of workers in the skilled trades, the college is offering a number of programs for students to enter the growing industry of transportation. Graduate success is strong in the School of Transportation, where most students leave the college with full-time jobs in the field of their studies.

A variety of programs are offered in five main disciplines: automotive, aviation, heavy duty equipment, truck and coach, and motorcycle. All have relevant hands-on experience learned in state-of-the art facilities at the Ashtonbee campus, and many have apprenticeship and co-op options, where students gain on-the-job training from employing organizations. Students can obtain certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas from these programs.

Centennial’s School of Transportation is the largest transportation training facility in Canada, with wide ranges of tools and equipment used in labs and facilities mirroring real work spaces. It received donations from companies, as it continues to expand its teachings. Having hired several Centennial graduates, the GO Transit donated a retired GO bus which was used in training students in the Truck & Coach and Heavy Duty programs. The full-functioning bus will help enhance learning in repair, maintenance, and inspection techniques. Centennial is the first educational institution to receive such a gift from GO Transit. Automotive Service Technician students also received a nice surprise by accepting a Kia Sorento from Kia Canada Inc. It was the first time students had the chance to learn hands-on with Korean automotive technology.

Another company that took interest at the school is Bombardier, who declared Centennial College as its trainer of choice for future employees in the aerospace industry. This sector in transportation is experiencing the need for workers, and Centennial is providing the practical training in its facilities to prepare future aircraft technicians, avionics technicians, and pilots. Companies are not the only ones helping the college produce high quality education. The Government of Ontario is committing up to $26 million for the Centennial’s aviation training. The new source of capital will help Centennial expand its operations in aerospace research and training to the former de Havilland aircraft manufacturing centre in Downsview Park.

Students in the School of Transportation have a lot of advantages. The industry is seeing a lot of growth, the careers are stable and in overall good standing, and the college programs provide plenty of skill-building experiences with current equipment and state-of-the-art facilities. The future is brighter for this school and the individuals and organizations within it.