May 5, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Delivering experiential learning during a pandemic
It’s one thing for a university to deliver a lecture on 15th century philosophers in an online format, but quite another challenge to teach aircraft maintenance skills remotely – a task further complicated when there’s a federal licensing body involved. Centennial’s School of Transportation rose to the occasion by carefully planning in-person lab instruction while adhering to all COVID-19 safety protocols set out by public health authorities. In spite of the myriad complications that included multiple changes to class-size limits, ongoing cohort pivots to online and lab instruction recovery last summer and fall, the School was able to graduate a class of Aircraft Technicians last year and this year – an extraordinary accomplishment given the pandemic situation.
“To do so with full accreditation hours for this past winter is nothing short of a miracle!” wrote Dean Alan McClelland in a celebratory note to Marilyn Herie, Vice President Academic, citing the hard work of Chair Tim Roy, Program Coordinator Jamie Milks and the entire department, which implemented numerous changes to accommodate the COVID-19 protocols. The approach the School took in response to the original limit of 20 students per lab, reduced to 10 per lab in late fall, was approved by Transport Canada, earning students TC accreditation for their efforts this year (though students graduating next month may have slightly reduced accreditation due to some lost lab hours during the March-June 2020 period). Dean McClelland also acknowledged the work of Chair Traci Brittain, who retired last December, for negotiating with Transport Canada to yield recovery plans and record-keeping that put Centennial on very solid ground with the regulator.
‘Started at Centennial’ alumni series aims to inspire
Everyone loves a success story. If you’re looking for some inspiration, look no further than our Started at Centennial series – a collection of stories about outstanding alumni who have gone on to lead exceptional careers and meaningful lives with the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired at Centennial. Updated regularly, stories in this series are shared throughout the college’s social media platforms to show how proud we are of our graduates. The series is designed to inspire current and prospective students, too.
Our online feature started with stories of our Alumni of Distinction award winners, but we’re having more candidates coming forward to showcase on the main Centennial website. These success stories are then used in other promotions; for example, the Marketing department pushes out at least two through Centennial’s LinkedIn channel each month. We’re always looking for more alumni stories to share. If you know of any graduates doing great things, please contact Amy Leung at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we can recount their stories.
CYC students create website for 50 community agencies
Last fall, the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion collaborated with professor Amy Pelvin to integrate a Globally Networked Learning (GNL) opportunity into the Child and Youth Care, Advocacy and Children’s Rights course. The GNL brought in community organizations, HairStory and Centennial student Faith Harding to address anti-Black racism in the child care systems. This inspired students to develop a website for their culminating project that addresses access to proper hair care knowledge and products for diverse Black youth. The website “Black Magic: Information, products, resources and lessons to ensure every Black child knows they’ve got beautiful hair and skin that will be honoured in its care” has been gifted to more than 50 agencies and service providers as a community resource.
New Equity and Inclusion Perspectives offerings
Fresh Equity and Inclusion Perspectives workshops for Spring/Summer 2021 are now available for registration. The newest offerings focus on Ableism in the Classroom, Anti-Oppression Principles, and a two-part series on Anti-Asian Racism. Centennial College employees who participate in eight sessions will receive a digital badge and Statement of Distinction. You can register for these sessions now at Equity and Inclusion Perspectives Program.
Journalism professor Ellin Bessner launches CJN podcast
It's May and that means it's Jewish Heritage Month in Canada. It’s also the reason why veteran broadcaster, writer and Centennial journalism professor Ellin Bessner has chosen this time to start a new venture with the relaunched Canadian Jewish News. Ellin is the host of a new podcast called The CJN Daily, which will examine news and issues involving Canadian Jews, wherever they are: at home, in the sunny southern U.S. and in Israel. Ellin’s inaugural podcast on May 3 takes you to a national memorial service for the victims of the recent Lag Ba Omer tragedy in Israel, and you'll hear two experts weigh in on who was to blame and what lessons can be learned. The CJN Daily podcast promises to be daily, eventually, after gearing up production.