January 14, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Faculty elected to Board of Directors of TESL Ontario
Cecilia Aponte-de-Hanna, Professor of English and ESL in the School of Advancement, was acclaimed to the Board of Directors of TESL Ontario for 2020-2023. The organization, which represents more than 4,700 teachers of English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development, addresses the range of competencies, experiences and issues which influence the success of immigrants, refugees, visa students and others who are learning English. Cecilia has been a very active member of TESL Ontario, first as a volunteer for the webinar and blog teams, and as past Executive Board member and Communications Officer of TESL Toronto (2014 to 2017). Cecilia has extensive experience teaching in both the private and public sector, and is a trained language assessor and teacher trainer. She was elected to the board from a slate of six candidates. Congratulations, Cecilia!
Upcoming virtual hiring events for students and graduates
Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to connect virtually with employers who are actively hiring. All events will be accessible on HireCentennial’s events calendar, our digital student job portal. The event splash page will feature hiring employers, job postings, and relevant Zoom info sessions. Pre-registering on HireCentennial is highly recommended to receive event updates and Zoom links. You can attend virtual daily drop-in sessions to get feedback on your resume. Drop-in schedule is available on HireCentennial’s events calendar.
- Virtual Summer Job Fair, Jan. 25 to Feb. 5
- Virtual Business Hiring Event, Feb. 8 to Feb. 12
- Virtual Interview Practice Sessions with Employers, Feb. 17 & Feb. 18
- Virtual Technology Hiring Event, Feb. 22 to Feb. 25
- Virtual Transportation Hiring Event and Info Sessions, Jan. through Apr.
Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Success for participants of ‘Copyright @ Centennial’ course
Since its inception last April, 25 Centennial staff and faculty have been awarded a certificate for successfully completing the “Copyright @ Centennial” online course. Congratulations to all for learning about and refreshing your copyright knowledge! To date, 550 faculty and staff have accessed the shell for information and copyright resources. Participants can earn a personalized “I Respect Copyright” certificate by passing the final quiz. The copyright principles learned in this course will empower faculty and staff to make informed choices with regard to copyright-protected materials during their work at Centennial, in-person or online. All staff and faculty can access the course on eCentennial. For more details, email email@example.com.
January 13, 2021
Province Announces State of Emergency
As you are no doubt aware, a new state of emergency has been declared in Ontario. The government has issued a province-wide stay-at-home order that takes effect at midnight tonight. The order will be in effect for at least 28 days and requires everyone to remain at home and work remotely with certain exceptions:
- All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, will not be allowed to open earlier than 7 a.m. or close after 8 p.m. (Stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants open for takeout or delivery will be exempted).
- Outdoor public gatherings and social gatherings of more than five people will be prohibited. In addition, the recommendation is that residents wear masks outdoors when they can’t maintain two metres of physical distance.
- Public schools in Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex will not return to in person instruction until at least February 10.
- Childcare centres for non-school aged children will remain open (including our two childcare centres at Progress Campus and East York). However, childcare remains suspended for school-aged children in areas where in-person learning is on hold, so that will include our child care facility at Diefenbaker Public School where we offer before and after care to school age children.
As for what this means for post-secondary – and Centennial in particular – the emphasis will continue to be on virtual education delivery. However, post-secondary institutions can and will remain open where in-person instruction is required (e.g., clinical training, trades), subject to physical distancing and limiting in-person teaching and in-person examinations to 10 students or less. In addition, there is an exemption for certain health care programs (e.g. personal support workers, paramedic, nursing, pharmacy technician, etc.). Students with scheduled on campus instruction (labs) are permitted to be on campus.
Recognizing that many of our students face family care responsibilities and challenges, we have encouraged faculty and instructors to exercise academic flexibility where possible, in consultation with coordinators and chairs.
In addition, the State of Emergency and the current daily case counts of COVID-19 are understandably a source of anxiety for many, particularly for those students required to come to campus over the next several weeks. We know that this is a difficult situation, but your dedication to your education is not going unnoticed by the College. We will continue to enforce our stringent health and safety protocols at all campuses, and to further assist you, and all students at the College, we suggest you visit our website for a comprehensive list of resources that we strongly encourage you to take advantage of as we navigate these next few months.
We ask that our entire College community remain vigilant – limit your contact with those outside your household, leaving home only for essential work, essential scheduled on campus instruction (labs), essential shopping or exercise. As always, we will closely monitor the news to identify any impacts on our on-campus operations, and on our ability to serve the learning needs of our students, and will advise accordingly.