December 16, 2020
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial College and Air Canada’s Korea office signed a joint agreement on Monday that will help smooth the path to Canada for South Korean students who wish to study at Centennial, a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. The partnership with Air Canada – Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 210 airports on six continents – will significantly help travellers who possess an acceptance letter from Centennial. Cooperation between the College and Air Canada facilitates the flight booking process, along with promotional rates that will enhance access to affordable flights to Canada.
“We are delighted to have negotiated this agreement that has the interests of our students at heart,” said Dr. Craig Stephenson. “Reducing barriers to booking a flight to Canada during a tough time for international travel, while offering promotional rates, are just two of the benefits that this partnership brings to South Korean students beginning their learning journey with us.” South Korea is the third largest source of international students to Canada. In the past three years, Centennial has welcomed more than 3,767 Korean students enrolled in post-secondary, post-graduate and English Language Learning (ELL) programs here.
Business student places second in Sikh competition
Business School student Harman Kaur Batra participated in this year’s Sikh Youth Symposium, a speech competition held across the U.S. and Canada, hosted by the Sikh Youth Alliance of North America. Contestants make a presentation on Sikh ethos and history, and their importance to interfaith harmony, based on a book or theme assigned to them for analysis. Harman was a winner at the local and regional levels, and was one of 80 people – out of more than 2,000 contestants – to advance to the international-level competition held in Dayton, Ohio in August. Harman finished second in her age group of 16-22 year-olds. Her presentation drew critical acclaim from the panel of distinguished judges and was highly praised by the audience. Congratulations to Harman Kaur Batra on this wonderful achievement! The non-profit Sikh Youth Alliance of North America promotes spiritual, moral and ethical teachings of the Sikh religion.
Central Michigan U offers program at Progress Campus
This month, Centennial College signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Central Michigan University (CMU) to begin offering CMU’s Master of Arts in Education with a Community College Concentration at Progress Campus in the Fall 2021 semester. CMU’s well-regarded program is one that many in the Ontario College system have enrolled in to advance their careers and professional development. CMU partners with OCASA and Colleges Ontario on unique initiatives for continuous improvement of educational practice. To date more than 2,000 learners have graduated from this program in Ontario, taking courses at host colleges throughout the province.
Under this new agreement, program registrants can now complete their studies at Progress Campus and receive a 15% tuition discount from CMU. In addition, those who have completed Centennial’s Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TLHE) certificate are eligible to receive six transfer credits or the equivalent of two courses towards completion of the program. Centennial is proud to have been an integral part of CMU’s PEQAB application for delivery of this program to East Toronto students, including Centennial employees, alumni and the wider community. The Office of Academic Pathways and Partnerships will be sharing further details of these offerings with the Centennial community beginning in early 2021.
Jason Hillier, a student in Centennial’s Addiction and Mental Health Worker program, is no stranger to the trials of recovering from addiction, having lived the experience over 25 years. Not only did he get sober, but he’s thrived in the classroom and used the lessons to start Relating in Recovery, a multimedia project with the goal of helping people recovering from addiction through Facebook, Zoom, a podcast, a charitable line of clothing, and, most importantly, an online resource hub. After enlisting a colleague who is also recovering, the pair began a podcast to share their advice about coping. “These conversations on the phone would be dynamite; we’d be both learning from them,” Jason recounts. “I said one day after a month of this, we should record this, it could be useful to someone.” After six months, the inpromptu project has found a massive audience, attracting 20,000 streamers in South Africa, with the second biggest market being Florida; southern Ontario is fifth in the metrics. Read Jason’s remarkable story of recovery and reinvention.
Centennial graduate Eric Bauza to voice Bugs Bunny
You may have heard of Centennial alumnus Eric Bauza by now. He’s been featured in multiple media reports as the new voice of beloved Warner Brothers’ cartoon character Bugs Bunny, the sixth actor to have the honour of voicing the animated rabbit in what is the character’s 80th year. Growing up in Scarborough, Eric used to deliver the morning announcements at Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in the voice of Homer Simpson, and produced videos for school assemblies invoking Ace Ventura and Austin Powers. He was chosen valedictorian at graduation because he could command a crowd and deliver big laughs. Eric enrolled in Centennial’s Broadcasting program at the Story Arts Centre and graduated in 2001, but not before landing an internship at an animation studio in Los Angeles. Eric secured a lot of contacts in the industry and eventually returned to do piecework at various studios, where he forged his reputation as an exceptional voice talent. The rest, as they say, is history. Check out his interview on Global News and read the in-depth interview in this Toronto Star article.