August 31-September 4
August 31-September 4
Update: September 2, 2020, 3:01 PM
Your Good News Bulletin
Professor Vida Barker earns Minister’s Award of Excellence
The Ontario government has announced that Vida Barker, long-time faculty member of The Business School, has received the Minister of Colleges and Universities’ Award of Excellence for her dedication to her students, the local community and the broader postsecondary education sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vida was selected for her unwavering commitment to her colleagues and students during the disruptive early days of the pandemic. As soon as Centennial announced plans to shift the Winter 2020 curriculum online in March, Vida immediately facilitated a faculty workshop on transitioning curriculum for delivery at a distance. “Vida provided one-to-one faculty guidance on instructional strategies to engage students in the online learning environment and consider alternative assessments, leveraging our eCentennial platform,” Mary Devine, Chair of The Business School, wrote in her nomination submission. Read the full story.
Centennial to receive Study in Canada Scholarship student
Dechen Dolkar of Bhutan was selected for a Study in Canada Scholarship to pursue a post-graduate certificate in Global Business Management at Centennial College. Global Affairs Canada is funding this academic scholarship for up to two years of study at the post-secondary level that leads to a diploma, post-secondary or post-graduate certificate, or Master’s degree at a college or university in Canada. Applicants must be a citizen of one of 16 specific countries that are underrepresented by international students in Canada.
SaGE and the International Admissions team worked together on the application and selection process, collecting 61 eligible applications and submitting 10 students for final consideration for this award. Centennial competed with 500 applications from institutions across Canada; only 16 students were ultimately selected, one from each target nation. Dechen, who will arrive next January, is excited for the opportunity to study in an international environment so that she can build a network of professors, peers and alumni that will allow her to share knowledge and establish potential business connections. Dechen is looking forward to new opportunities for personal growth, immersing herself in Canadian culture and helping to deepen ties between Bhutan and Canada.
Centennial garners new Ontario skills training funds
Centennial is receiving a share of $9.3 million in new training money to help 2,000 students and job seekers prepare for careers in automotive and advanced manufacturing. Centennial is receiving $871,429 for its Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Technology Experiential Learning Initiative, which will create up to 200 hands-on training opportunities through the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. Details were announced on August 31 by Premier Doug Ford, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
Other organizations receiving funds include The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company of Canada, Skills for Change of Metro Toronto, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College, Sheridan College and the Canadian Skills Training and Employment Coalition. Training projects range from hands-on learning opportunities for students in co-op or internship settings to short-duration, high quality college courses that help laid-off workers learn to operate high-tech machinery or gain credentials for good jobs in the auto or advanced manufacturing sector. For more information, please refer to the Ontario media release and the related backgrounder.
Chef Samuel Glass dishes on his own podcast
Chef Samuel Glass, a professor in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, is the subject of an informative podcast on the Food Media Network, a U.S.-based multi-media outlet for creators and influencers who produce audio and visual content about food, beverages and all things culinary. Sam’s podcast is part of a series recounting Culinary School stories by the men and women who teach the next generation of food innovators. Among his many achievements, Chef Glass was the lead faculty member for the development of Centennial’s two-year Culinary Management program and the one-year Culinary Skills – Chef Training program. Listen to Sam’s story here (go to episode 15).
Update: August 31, 2020, 11:35 AM
Free campus parking continues this fall
Centennial College will continue to provide free parking where applicable throughout the fall semester for those staff and students who are authorized to be on campus either to teach or participate in a lab/studio class, or for administrative purposes. Bear in mind most classes and many services will be delivered online or remotely, so most staff and students will not be permitted on campus.
While our parking gates will remain raised to provide free access, the lone exception will be the upper-level parking lot that serves Morningside Campus, located off of Military Trail. As this property is owned by the University of Toronto, they will begin to charge for parking as of September 1 and Centennial staff and students unfortunately will not be exempt.
The gates to the lower lot accessible from Morningside Avenue – which is operated by Centennial – will be open throughout the day. Free parking will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you cannot find a space, please do not block other vehicles or fire routes as your car will be ticketed and towed away. You do have the option to pay to use the upper-level University of Toronto Scarborough parking lots adjacent to Military Trail.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation, and please drive with care when on campus.