Reputation is one of the things to look at when deciding between community colleges. If you want to attend an institution that can lay claim to being the first community college in the province of Ontario, your only choice is Centennial College. Located in the east end of Toronto, the college has four centrally located campuses that are easily accessible by public transportation or vehicle.
One of the unique things about this community college is that each campus caters to a different School of study. This allows the campuses to be fully-equipped with exactly what is needed for students to learn academically and participate in practical exercises that result in them heading into their chosen field with hands-on experience. For example, Ashtonbee Campus primarily houses programs from the School of Transportation. It is the largest transportation training centre in Ontario and boasts fully-equipped labs that contain donated cars, car parts and tools on which students in programs and apprenticeships such as Alignment and Brake Technician, Autobody Repair Techniques, Transmission Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, and even Motorcycle Technician practice. In addition, there is an airplane hangar for students of this community college’s aviation programs. Meanwhile, at the Centre of Creation Communications, students will find in-house TV studios, art studios, large creative space and more so that they may be able to complete creativity-based programs such as Digital Animation, Magazine and Book Publishing, Journalism, Fine Arts Studio, Marketing and Children’s Entertainment. Another Centennial College campus is Morningside. Nestled in the Rouge Valley Conservation Area, the Morningside campus is an environmentally friendly building home to the School of Health Studies, as well as selected Engineering Technology and Applied Science programs. It, therefore, is equipped with high-tech computer labs, simulated health clinics, hospital set-ups, beauty salons and more for students in programs such as Nursing, Esthetician, Paramedic, Computer and Communications Networking, Medical Robotics and Animation and more. The final, and largest, campus of this community college is Progress Campus, from which many of Centennial College’s business programs are taught. It is also the site from which the Hospitality School conducts its training. The Hospitality School has teaching facilities such as a fully functioning restaurant and conference centre. Specific programs conducted out of this campus include: Accounting, Contact Centre Operations, Human Resources, Event Management – Festival and Conferences, Cultural Heritage and Site Management and more.
In total, Centennial College offers more than 95 diploma and certificate programs on a full-time and Continuing Education basis, which are career oriented. These career-oriented programs emphasize practical experience with laboratory learning, industry and agency placements, as well as co-op education. The community college supports enrollments of 14,400 full-time students and 28,000 in Continuing Education, which offers 160 programs with over 1,200 courses and with discussion-oriented classrooms, experience 97 per cent learner satisfaction.