January 20, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Marking National Cheese Lover’s Day with new programming
January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day, which takes on special significance at Centennial, especially for Suzanne Caskie, Chair of our Food and Tourism Studies programs. The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts will be expanding its cheese programming this spring when it launches the Culinary: Back to Basics micro-credential program. It will include a 10-hour cheese course, in addition to subjects such as preserving, curing meats and sourdough bread. Micro-credentials are quickly becoming a relevant way for Centennial to deliver accessible, flexible education options.
“In the food industry, cheese tasting is more popular than ever,” says Caskie, a professional fromager and transformational educator with 25 years of industry experience. “Unique pairings can enhance the guest experience or add locality to a menu when regional cheese is incorporated. We are developing more robust cheese programming at Centennial to meet that opportunity.” Cheese tastings are already part of our Culinary Management program, and students learn to make soft cheese in their Restaurant Operations course. A wide variety of cheese – of which Canada is a major contributor, producing 515 million kilograms in 2019 – is also included on the college’s Event Centre and The Local Cafe and Restaurant menus. Read the whole cheesy story.
Centennial receives significant new endowment bursary
In late December the Office of Development & Alumni Engagement received a signed endowment agreement from Susan McMurray, who, along with her family, established a $40,000 endowment bursary in memory of her late sister Violet. While Violet had no connection to Centennial, Susan chose the College to set up the bursary because of our many tech programs in the School of Transportation, which aligns with the family’s interest in helping women get into the automotive trades.
Cars were a big part of Violet's life: helping the boys change engines as a teenager, being the first woman in eastern Ontario to pump gas, holding service advisor jobs at numerous car dealerships, and travelling Canada and the U.S. to train dealership staff. While Violet’s career goal was to be an Automotive Service Technician, no one hired women in that field in the 1970s. Susan has set up our newest bursary to be awarded annually to a woman enrolled in any automotive trade program who has demonstrated the highest financial need. This bursary is open to both international and domestic students and will be awarded alternately each year.
Centennial extends partnership with Samsung
Samsung Electronics Canada has extended its partnership with Centennial College through 2023. The Samsung Tech Institute and the Electronics Engineering Technician program integrate curriculum that was developed by Samsung and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science in response to the strong demand for electronic technicians in the digital home appliance service sector. At the heart of the two-year program is a digital servicing and home appliance lab located at Progress Campus. Over the past five years, Samsung has supported more than 275 Centennial students to develop the skills needed to pursue a wide range of opportunities in electronics engineering for digital appliances, with a number of our graduates now working at Samsung Service Centres across the province. Read the full media release here.
Bell Let’s Talk Day supported with two online discussions
Next Thursday, January 28 is Bell Let’s Talk Day, a day during which the Centennial College Student Association and several Centennial College departments have partnered to organize a Bell Let’s Talk Panel Discussion on mental health, wellness and stigma. Also being facilitated is a Let’s Talk conversation, which promises to delve deeper into mental health education, addressing stigma and mental health resources. The panel discussion will feature Olympic athlete Brendon Rodney, Colt's varsity athlete Caitlin Cosgrove, GCEI Placement student De’sean Gay and a few more students and alumni representing the Centennial community. Following the online panel, students, staff and faculty are invited to join the "Let’s Talk" conversation to keep the dialogue going.
Bell Let’s Talk Panel Discussion
January 28 at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Register for the Bell Let's Talk Panel Discussion
Thursdays Together - Let’s Talk
January 28 at 1 pm to 2:30 pm
Register for Thursdays Together - Lets Talk
STEM Reimagined report outlines event takeaways
The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion and the Office of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations combined two of their signature events – Conversations for Social Change and Solv. Sector Sessions (SX3) – to coordinate and host STEM Reimagined: Fostering Inclusion and Cultivating Success, held last September 29. The event explored how distinct STEM industries can actively remove systemic barriers to strengthen the engagement and success of historically marginalized communities in STEM – which encompasses studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Discussion highlights, recommendations and key takeaways from the event can be found in the STEM Reimagined report.