June 17, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Hyundai Canada supports scholarship for Black automotive students
Hyundai Auto Canada and Centennial College have announced a new scholarship to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the automotive sector in Canada. The Hyundai Diversity Scholarship aims to foster the recruitment and advancement of Black students applying to Centennial’s School of Transportation. The $60,000 scholarship will be pledged to six Black students over three years. In addition, recipients will enjoy greater access to employment opportunities at a Hyundai auto dealership, post-graduation. The scholarship is available to students in two SoT programs: Motive Power Technician and Automotive Service Technician.
“It is of great importance to us to provide this scholarship program in order to help foster diverse talent and cultivate the next generation in the auto industry,” said Kirk Merrett, director of human resources and administration at Hyundai Canada. “We are proud to be investing in the future of students with Centennial College while also realizing Hyundai’s vision of progress for humanity.” Hyundai Canada has previously partnered with Centennial to offer vehicle loans to train young apprentices on the latest advanced diagnostics, hybrid and alternate fuel training technologies, and build practical skillsets outside of automotive labs. The Hyundai Diversity Scholarship will be available this fall, and scholarship candidates will be identified through a nomination process.
Read the Libraries & Learning Centres’ inaugural newsletter Overdue
The Libraries & Learning Centres are proud to release the first issue of their newsletter, Overdue. In each edition, you can learn about the different ways the Libraries & Learning Centres are working to support students, faculty and staff. This inaugural issue includes articles about the relaunched Grab & Go pick-up service, online supports for learning, research and math, our new eBook resource, Overdrive, and an interview with new librarian, Stephanie Power. Read Overdue to check out everything you might have missed from the Libraries & Learning Centres!
Centennial students medal at the Skills Canada competition
As you might recall, Centennial had four competitors at the Skills Ontario event proceed to the nationals, which took place the week of May 25. At the Skills Canada closing ceremonies this week, three of our students made it to the podium – a tremendous accomplishment given the fierce level of competition at the national level and an amazing end to a very successful year! Our medal winners include Colt Yao with gold in Automotive Service, Rorie McConney with bronze in Heavy Equipment Service, and Eric Boymans with bronze in Refrigeration.
“This has been a year like no other but the overall participation in the Skills Canada programs by Centennial’s students, faculty and staff reflects the passion and commitment to excellence that is our strength,” School of Transportation Dean Alan McClelland wrote in a congratulatory email. Colt Yao is a recent Motive Power Technician (diploma) graduate who not only excelled as a student, he also worked as a student tutor over his two years at the college to mentor other Transportation students. A big shout out to Dave Weatherhead, who perennially leads the Skills charge at Centennial, along with coordinators and faculty such as Angelo Spano and David Lee (and many others) who put in the time to coach their students!
Join the party: Celebrate Pride on June 24 at 12 noon!
It’s Pride Month in Toronto, so don’t forget to mark your calendar: the Virtual Pride Fundraiser Party will be livestreamed right here on Thursday, June 24 at 12 noon. It’s an opportunity to celebrate 2SLGBTQQIA+ communities and further our commitment to create more inclusive spaces for all individuals that identify as Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual. Last year we raised $15,000 for 2SLGBTQQIA+ student bursaries. Throughout the celebration you will have the opportunity to contribute to this year’s fundraiser! You can watch our Party teaser right now and share your party excitement using the hashtag #ShowYourPrideCC.
Sprog is the inaugural novel by Malcolm Kelly
Centennial College Press’s newest publication, Sprog, is written by Centennial’s own Malcolm Kelly. It is both his, and the Press’s, first novel. Malcolm has been a professional journalist for 37 years and is the founder and coordinator of Centennial’s renowned Sports Journalism post-graduate program. His debut novel follows five young men as they journey to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. They come from different places, but they all share a dream: to fly. Eager to join the war in the skies over Europe, thousands of young men flock to Canada from all over Britain, the Commonwealth and the United States — all hoping to earn their pilots’ wings. Sprog takes us from Bomber Command’s war, to the retreat from France, and to the peaceful but dangerous skies of Canada where these young men discover themselves and their destinies. There’s a virtual launch, hosted by author Ted Barris, this Saturday, June 19, at 4 pm. You can learn more about the book by visiting the website. Congratulations to our newest novelist!