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Mike Shiplack sits on his new Honda scooter presented by Art Thomas, of Honda Canada Inc. (right) and Richard Johnston, president of Centennial College.

Centennial College student Mike Shiplack won a brand-new Honda Jazz scooter for writing a personal account about how his college education changed his life.

Shiplack, an advertising student at Centennial's Centre for Creative Communications in East York, won the grand prize after submitting a 300-word story describing the life-altering transformation he saw in himself. The "Everybody's Got a Story" contest challenged participants to explain how Centennial can change the direction of one's life.

The motor scooter, donated by Honda Canada, was presented to Shiplack on Thursday, April 22 by Art Thomas, national manager, corporate affairs, Honda Canada Inc.

Centennial grads earn top marks

Graduates of Centennial College have been given top marks by employers for their knowledge and ready-to-work preparedness, according to the latest employer satisfaction survey compiled by the Ontario government.

"Our satisfaction with Centennial students has been very high. We're pleased with how well prepared they are coming into the job," says Scott Cummings, national director, taxation for Scotiabank Wealth Management.

"All of the graduates we have hired have worked as co-op students with us previously," he adds, noting that the college's co-op placement has been an effective way of augmenting their accounting education.

Graduates from 64 of Centennial's 100 full-time programs scored 100 per cent satisfaction from employers who were surveyed this year. Overall, 92.9 per cent of employers were satisfied with the calibre of Centennial graduates they had hired.

The survey, administered by the province as part of its Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), measures employers' satisfaction with the job performance of graduates of Ontario's 24 community colleges.

A total of 365 Toronto-area employers who had hired Centennial graduates from the class of 2003 were surveyed.

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