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Home Together Again News and Updates September 27-October 1

September 27-October 1

September 27-October 1

 

October 1, 2021

Your Good News Bulletin

Centennial now offers digital transcripts and credentials

Centennial College students and alumni can now privately access their individual academic records online thanks to MvCreds™ – the digital credential wallet owned by the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC). With Centennial typically issuing more than 37,000 paper transcripts annually, MyCreds offers our 35,000 students and 200,000 alumni fully digital documentation, giving them control of how and when they share their credentials with employers, government and other institutions.

“Joining the MyCreds platform supports Centennial's commitment to the ongoing modernization of our learners' academic and career development through verified credentials," says Registrar Lisa White. "MyCreds revolutionizes how our students – past and present – access their transcripts and credentials, and share their academic achievements with other academic institutions and employers anytime from anywhere in the world." Secure, cryptographically signed documents can be sent conveniently and require no further verification. Centennial joins a number of early adopters including Seneca College, York University, Ryerson University and Western University, in addition to many more institutions getting on board soon. Visit MyCreds.ca for details.

Bombardier President Éric Martel tours Downsview Campus

President Craig Stephenson extended a warm welcome to Bombardier’s new President, Éric Martel, on Tuesday as he paid his first visit to Centennial’s Downsview Campus, recently renamed The Bombardier Centre for Aerospace and Aviation. During his tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, President Martel and his team met with students and faculty from the School of Transportation and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS) to learn more about Centennial’s industry-focused programming and leading-edge aerospace research activities.

For more than a decade, Bombardier has been a true champion and active partner of Centennial College, enabling us to significantly enhance our facilities, lab equipment,  learning opportunities for students and prospects for our graduates. In 2013 Bombardier named Centennial College as its workforce skills trainer of choice. In January 2020, the College celebrated the donation of a Bombardier Global 7500 business jet to the School’s fleet of aircraft used by aviation technician students to hone their skills.

Majority of Ontarians support creation of college three-year degrees

A new poll has found Ontarians overwhelmingly agree with proposals to expand the range of career-focused degree programs at colleges, with 69 per cent supporting the creation of new three-year degree programs. Colleges Ontario is urging the provincial government to approve policy changes that would allow public colleges to broaden their career-specific degree programs. Proposed changes would include the establishment of three-year degree programs, greater numbers of four-year degree programs and the creation of master’s degree programs in specialized technical areas such as robotics, cyber security and animation.

“Expanding our degree programs will open up more opportunities for graduates when they enter the workforce,” says Linda Franklin, President and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “As Ontario rebuilds its economy, we must ensure students have every opportunity to enrol in programs that lead to rewarding careers.” The changes would include new pathways to advance into management positions. The online survey of more than 1,000 Ontario adults conducted by Innovative Research also revealed that 79 per cent of respondents believe expanding degree programs at colleges is a good way to create more opportunities for students, and 52 per cent supported the creation of master’s degree programs at Ontario’s colleges.

The Social Action Fund is back

Are you a Centennial College staff member or student who is interested in facilitating your own social justice project? The Social Action Fund is offering $1,000 for virtual projects that advance global citizenship, social justice and changemaking at Centennial. Examples of Social Action Fund projects could include: an online speaker series, an interactive social media campaign spreading awareness of a specific issue, or the development of an online resource or app. Given COVID-19 health and safety measures all projects must be conducted online. The deadline to apply is December 1. There’s a Social Action Fund application session on Thursday, October 7 if you’re looking for tips on how to apply successfully. Learn more here.

Alumni and friends welcome to Homecoming 2021, October 12-16

The Office of Development and Alumni Engagement, in partnership with the Centennial College Alumni Association and the Centennial College Student Association (CCSAI), welcome alumni and friends to Homecoming Week 2021 this month. It’s taking place online from October 12 to 16 with a great lineup of virtual activities, career networking sessions, events and webinars at no cost to participants. Homecoming is open to all students, alumni, faculty, staff and the entire Centennial community! Sessions include the Journey to Entrepreneurship; Successful Newcomer Immigrant Settlement; Leveraging Your Global Experience to Land a Job; Alumni Toastmasters Open House, and a Comedy and Trivia Night, among many other activities. Closed captioning will be available on all Zoom events, but if you require an ASL interpreter, please let organizers know during the registration process. For event details and to register, please visit Homecoming 2021.

Kicking off National Disability Employment Awareness Month

“Shattering Barriers: Advancing Accessibility and Inclusion for People with Disabilities in the Workforce” is a virtual event that examines how industries can support college graduates with disabilities to transition into meaningful careers by breaking barriers and fostering inclusion in the workplace. Taking place next Tuesday, October 5 from 1 to 4 pm via Zoom, this event will allow participants to:

  • learn how to support people with disabilities, including recent graduates who are entering the workforce, from keynote speakers who are advancing workplace inclusion;
  • gain key insights on accessibility and inclusion from the industry leads in finance, engineering and social services sectors, featuring Royal Bank of Canada, Ontario Power Generation and Cota;
  • obtain concrete strategies and resources to advance accessibility and inclusion in the workplace.

Register for the event today to save your spot! This event is open to all and you’re welcome to share our invitation widely with your network. The event is brought to you by our Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion (GCEI), Solv and Scarborough Women's Centre. It forms part of Centennial’s celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. Visit the National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021 page to learn more about the month, the events and resources available at Centennial.