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Supporting Toronto's lead role as a film and television production centre, Centennial College is offering new continuing education courses for working professionals or those who want to break into the traditional and new media industries.

Lots of schools offer digital animation and computerized special effects courses; Centennial is going retro by teaching traditional special effects -- modelmaking, pyrotechnics, prosthetics, atmospheric effects and robotics -- crafts that continue to be used extensively in film and video production.

Centennial also offers an extensive variety of digital media courses and certificates in everything from Maya to particle animation to advanced compositing. New this year are courses in computer game design, character design and immersion experiences.

Web content developers and online journalists can choose from numerous courses in writing, law and ethics in print and electronic media, and online research and interviewing. Online media relations looks at the growing trend of creating digital content that can be readily used by the media.

Would-be independent film and video producers can take courses in sound production, film editing, advanced lighting techniques and more. Producing segments and mini-docs is an intensive two-week workshop that allows students to prepare actual documentaries for any of 40 Canadian broadcasters.

All new media courses take place at Centennial's high-tech campus, The Centre for Creative Communications in East York, recognized as one of Canada's best new media schools by the editors of Shift magazine. For more information, visit www.thecentre.centennialcollege.ca or call 416-289-5119.

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On Sept. 27, Canadore College officially opened its new Aviation Campus, which positions the college as the most comprehensive aviation educator in Eastern Canada.

Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, was on hand for the official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Aviation Campus represents a $12.5-million investment, which relocated the Canadore College Heliport Campus to the North Bay Jack Garland Airport. The project received $8.6 million from the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation, along with support from the City of North Bay, FedNor, and many industry and community partners.

The 87,000-sq.-ft. building, located on 10 acres of land, first welcomed students in August 2002. It provides students with classrooms, laboratories, hangars, resource centres, and meeting and student space.

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DeVry College of Technology is offering an exciting opportunity to meet the next generation of software and business developers and inventors who may one day revolutionize the telecommunications, electronics and computer technology industries.

A display of innovative senior projects represent the culmination of many hours of research and development by graduating students from DeVry's Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Systems and Business Information Systems programs.

The display is open this evening from 4:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. at DeVry's Mississauga Campus at 5860 Chedworth Way.

For more information, contact Judy Fraser at 905-502-5193 ext. 6116.

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