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Open house a great way to learn about college

Borrowing a page from the real estate industry's handbook, colleges and universities have learned that a great way to introduce prospective students and parents to their campuses is by putting out the welcome mat and hosting an open house.
The Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre is one of four campuses Centennial College is opening to the public on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. It's a good opportunity to tour the facilities and get your questions answered about college.

Centennial College is doing just that with a pair of Saturday open houses on Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. If you're curious about college, it's an opportunity to meet Centennial's professors and students, get your questions answered and take a campus tour.

The gleaming new Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre is throwing open its doors on Saturday. Located at the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC) at Morningside Ave. and Ellesmere Rd., the $69-million building formally opened this spring, replacing Centennial's venerable Warden Woods Campus.

Visitors will be treated to a tour of the spectacular teaching facility, where the atrium-lit interior "streets" and town square replete with Spanish steps transform the campus environment into an academic village. Wireless computing ensures every nook and cranny of the building can function as effective study space for students using laptops.

Centennial relocated its renowned health sciences programs there, along with selected programs in business and engineering technology. The college has taken advantage of its close proximity to the university to pursue five joint programs with UTSC. Students can earn both a Centennial diploma and a University of Toronto degree in little more than four years.

Progress Campus, Centennial's largest location, is also open on Oct. 30. The School of Business and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science are headquartered there. Selected programs in child studies and community services also can be found at Progress, along with an impressive child care centre that functions as a training ground for early childhood education students, as well as a valuable service for students and local residents with young children.

Hospitality and tourism administration students learn and work at the Centennial College Residence and Conference Centre across the street at 940 Progress Ave. A former hotel, the building is a living laboratory for students learning about the hospitality and food service industries. Upstairs, the residence offers 380 living spaces for students, and functions as a hotel in the summer months.

On Nov. 6, the focus shifts to Centennial's two other campuses. Ashtonbee is the home of Canada's largest transportation training centre, with more than $30 million worth of vehicles and aircraft on site for students to practise on. Among the leading companies that have partnered with Centennial to deliver their modified apprenticeship programs are General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda/Acura, Canadian Tire, Freightliner and Volvo Truck.

Ashtonbee benefited from extensive renovations this summer to make room for additional programs. Selected child studies and community services programs are offered there, along with an array of general arts and science and English-language skills training programs, which allow students to prepare for college or university entry. The campus is located at 75 Ashtonbee Rd., just north of Eglinton and Warden Ave.

Media arts school

The Centre for Creative Communications is Centennial's media arts school, an intimate campus with just 700 students, located in mid-town Toronto (951 Carlaw Ave., near Pape and Mortimer Ave.). Specializing in interactive storytelling, the Centre offers programs in broadcasting and film, digital animation, journalism, advertising, online writing, and book and magazine publishing. The Centre is considered one of Canada's top new media schools by those in the know.

Information sessions at all of the open houses begin at 1:30 p.m. on each Saturday, followed by a formal tour of each facility at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Centennial at 416-289-5325, e-mail or view the college website at

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