April 28, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Joanne Dominico and International Education earn CICan Awards of Excellence
Learning Strategist Joanne Dominico was among the gold medal recipients of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s 2021 Awards of Excellence, which were unveiled during CICan’s virtual annual conference this week. The CICan Awards of Excellence recognize best practices from institutions across Canada, as well as individual achievements and leadership. When she joined the college, Joanne assisted in the coordination of the supports for Centennial’s Support for Apprentices with Disabilities (SAWD) program, and later expanded the Learning Growth Centre’s programs by a factor of ten. With expertise in online learning, she has been invaluable for helping students stay motivated to do remote studies and adapt their study skills during COVID-19. She is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader who has done numerous media interviews, and makes time to do volunteer work to help Black youth gain confidence and skills in study habits.
In addition, Centennial’s hardworking International Education department earned a silver medal at the CICan Awards. To integrate international knowledge into the curriculum, Centennial expanded events such as CENTItalia, our culinary symposium featuring master chefs from Italy, and grew opportunities for Canadian students to internationalize their learning experience abroad. When COVID-19 struck China last year, our internationalization ability was tested. Pivoting required multilateral partnerships, cross-institutional cooperation and significant investments in online learning and virtual student services. Centennial’s far-reaching international footprint multiplied the global impacts of the pandemic, and we rose to the challenge by shifting curriculum, student services and even mobility programs virtually.
Skills Ontario Competition adapts to the pandemic
Skills Ontario engages students in competitions to demonstrate experiential learning while showcasing career opportunities in skilled trades and technologies. Hosted each spring by college faculty and industry partners, the big Skills Ontario Competition had to adapt to the pandemic and adjust the approach to include a virtual environment. Rather than have students congregate at the massive Toronto Congress Centre, this year the event is decentralized, with skills contests hosted by schools and colleges across the province, and judging taking place by video conference. Centennial has entered 19 contests involving the schools of Transportation (SoT), Engineering Technology (SETAS) and the Story Arts Centre.
Campus labs and studios will accommodate a maximum of five people at any one time – four competitors and one proxy to assist with the video link. All competitors and proxies will practise physical distancing, wear personal protective equipment and adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols. Only Centennial students will participate in the contests hosted by the College. In this manner, competitors can safely demonstrate their skills in an approved facility and judges will observe all competitors across the province using remote technology to determine the medal winners. The Skills Ontario Competition closing ceremony will be on May 13.
New: Academic and Planning calendar
Marketing and Communications has launched a new and improved Academic and Planning Calendar that officially replaces our previously supplied Important Dates Calendar PDF. This easy-to-view online format highlights our College’s key academic and planning dates, such as semester start and end dates, holiday closures and more, for two years out. The calendar provides improved and easy access to important information, a considerable enhancement over sifting through the Events Calendar or having downloaded an outdated version of the PDF. The online information lends itself to rapid updates on a continuous basis, rather than replacing PDFs frequently.
Join the Centennial Ride to Conquer Cancer team
Are you looking for a fun way to become more active and contribute to an important cause? Do you enjoy cycling? The College is putting together a Centennial Community team participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. This year’s ride will be done virtually and participants are encouraged to ride 50 to 160 km on August 28 or 29, or over both days of the weekend. Our team is open to all members of the Centennial College community. In order for our team to safely connect, share training tips and support each other, we have set up a Wellness at Centennial Strava club where members can log their rides and give kudos to teammates. Click here to register, then start raising money and awareness for cancer research while working on your physical wellness goals. All proceeds raised through The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® directly support the Princess Margaret Hospital, the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Canada and one of the top five globally.