September 22, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Maclean’s and Toronto Star feature Centennial voices
Centennial student Jasmine Joseph secured a customer service job at Apple right out of high school, but had always contemplated working in health care. When she heard the Ontario government is funding a tuition-free, accelerated Personal Support Worker program, she quickly enrolled at Morningside Campus – calling it one of the best decisions she’s ever made. In the Maclean’s magazine article published on September 16, Nursing Chair Natashia Deer said she wants to see the PSW program positioned as a first step towards an array of health care careers to ensure graduates can grow professionally and find new challenges, rather than potentially leave the field.
In a Toronto Star story about educators embracing the digital classroom amid the pandemic, professor Jeremy Lucyk of our Publishing graduate certificate program was interviewed about the challenges of teaching online. He notes that it’s often students who have resisted the shift to online learning, so the focus has been on how to effectively engage with learners virtually while presenting material in formats that consider myriad learning styles. His remarks appear in the newspaper’s 2021 Insider’s Guide to Colleges and Universities, which was published on September 18. Ironically, the guide’s articles have not yet been uploaded to the Star’s own website.
Centennial hosts Canada’s first Racially Responsive Leadership Summit
On October 22 and 25, join Centennial College, the University of Toronto Scarborough and higher education leaders from across Canada in building the knowledge and capacity to courageously confront and correct systemic racism within Canadian higher education. Inspired by the work of Dr. Shaun Harper, this virtual event will support leaders in Canadian higher education to develop Racially Responsive Leadership Frameworks for their respective institutions. Alongside keynote speaker Dr. Shaun Harper of the University of Southern California and guest speaker Dr. Stephanie Waterman of the University of Toronto, you will hear from a dozen student, academic and administrative leaders across Canada on their ground-breaking efforts to address systemic racism and build racially responsive campuses.
Welcome autumn with our next Learn to Garden webinar
Today is the first day of fall. Did you know that autumn is a perfect time to plant? As part of the Sustainability at Centennial and our Learn to Garden webinar series, the College community is welcome to register for “Gardening for Climate Change with Naive Species Planting” taking place on Tuesday, September 28 at noon. Discover the benefits of planting native species to build resiliency within our urban landscapes. Different plant species and gardening methods will be explored, including pollinator gardens, rain gardens and more. This session will be led by Cat Sobotta, Engineering Project Manager with Spruce Lab. To register for this webinar and to view past recordings from the series visit Learn to Garden.
Virtual Part-time Job Fair, September 27-October 8
Faculty and staff, let your students know about the upcoming Part-time Job Fair and How to Find Part-time Jobs webinar! More than 40 employers will be hiring during this two-week event for part-time positions in customer service, hospitality, health care, community services, business and more. Employers include: Kitchen Stuff Plus, Tim Hortons, Joey’s Restaurant, Banana Republic, Paladin Security, Bell Technical Solutions and CNIB. All positions will be posted on our student job portal, HireCentennial, with many employers also holding virtual info sessions to connect with student job seekers. Students eager to earn while they study, build experience and develop employability skills can register now for this annual event on the Employer Events Calendar using HireCentennial. Students are encouraged to attend the How to Find Part Time Jobs webinar tomorrow, September 23, from 12:30-1:30 pm. Register for the Virtual Part-time Job Fair. Questions? Contact Shawna Barnes, Employment Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Automated pizza maker ready to serve you at Progress Campus
North America’s 24/7 automated pizzeria has come to the Library Building at Progress Campus! @ThePizzaForno’s automated pizzeria prepares fresh, artisanal pizza in less than three minutes. Pizza from a machine? You better believe it! Tap the screen, select a pizza, pay by card or phone, and enjoy a piping hot pizza at any time of day or night. There are seven varieties available, including pepperoni, vegetarian, meat lover’s and more – all made with robotic perfection! The unique French-made oven can bake up to 70 12-inch pizzas at once. Made with Italian Caputo flour, the hand-stretched crusts are topped with fresh ingredients and stored in the refrigerated section of the machine until an order is placed. A robotic arm takes the pizza of choice and moves it into the oven where it is baked, then placed in a box and given to the customer. Skeptical? Take a look at this YouTube video review of a PizzaForno machine in Vaughan.