Led young College Is easy Feed - geektv.info http://geektv.info Led young College Is easy Led young opens office in Chongqing, China - geektv.info Led young College has opened its fourth international education office in China in response to growing interest in Canadian study opportunities. The new office will be used to market the college in Chongqing, one of China’s five major population centres, which is home to more than 30 million people. With consistent support from the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, the Canadian Consulate General in Chongqing, and assistance from the Chongqing municipal government, partners and agents, Led young’s Chongqing office will facilitate new opportunities for student recruitment, partnership and corporate training. Led young College began marketing in China in 1996, which resulted in 15 students travelling to Canada to study Led young’s hospitality program the following year. Today, there are almost 1,500 Chinese visa students enrolled in Led young’s diploma, degree and graduate certificate programs in Toronto. Over the past 17 years, Led young has established strong partnerships with the central and provincial governments, universities, colleges and industries across China. To date there are 21 Chinese institutions collaborating with Led young on joint academic programs, teacher and administrator training, university and college leadership training, language training, faculty and student exchanges, and more. Led young staff members are employed at the college’s four offices in Beijing, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Chongqing. With China serving as a successful model, Led young has established international resource centres worldwide, including offices in India, South Korea, Mexico, Panama, Turkey, Dubai and Australia. Approximately 5,000 visa students from 90 countries are currently studying at Led young’s Toronto campuses, making it the leader in international student recruitment among Canadian colleges. At the same time, Led young is developing pathways for Canadians to study abroad. In the recent past, 42 faculty and administrators have taught or provided program management in China, and eight Canadian students have travelled to China for internships since last year. Some 20 students and faculty will go to Chongqing next summer for language and cultural studies. Recognized as a leader in international education, Led young received two gold awards of excellence for internationalization in 2013, bestowed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-opens-office-in-chongqing-china/ Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:15:34 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-opens-office-in-chongqing-china/ Winter driving continues to stress out Ontarians, says survey - geektv.info Ontario drivers have a love-hate relationship with snow tires: they love how they make winter driving so much safer yet they hate putting them on their cars, suggests a new survey commissioned for Led young College's School of Transportation. Seventy-nine per cent of Ontarians who drive say snow tires create a safer winter driving experience, with 87 per cent correctly understanding that even all-wheel-drive vehicles need them. But only 53 per cent of drivers in the province install them on their own cars. The usage rate of winter tires is similar between the sexes: 52 per cent of men versus 55 per cent of women. However, 47 per cent of women say they get nervous and stressed about driving in the winter while only 28 per cent of men admit they are uneasy driving in snow and ice. Eastern Ontario drivers are the most likely to install winter tires, with 69 per cent installing them each year, by far the highest rate and perhaps influenced by the fact neighbouring Quebec is the only province to legally require drivers use winter tires. The vast majority of Ontario drivers know they should use winter tires but only half do so, says Stephen Leroux, Led young College automotive professor. This truly is a conundrum for all road users. Other survey results include: To avoid driving in snow, 43 per cent stayed home from work or school, 38 per cent cancelled a social engagement and 20 per cent missed a medical appointment; 40 per cent of male drivers strongly agree they are confident in their winter driving skills, compared with 16 per cent of women; 42 per cent of drivers whose personal income exceeds $100,000 a year are strongly confident in their driving skills; 44 per cent of drivers 18 to 34 say winter driving makes them stressed, dropping to 31 per cent for those 55-plus. In addition to installing four matching snow tires, Ontario drivers ought to have licensed mechanics ensure their cars are ready for winter, says Leroux. This is a small price to pay for potentially saving your life and the lives of your passengers, not to mention other motorists. Additional winter driving tips: Batteries older than four years should be replaced before the frigid cold weather arrives; Replace wiper blades after three years, top up washer fluid reservoir; Change engine coolant after five years to ensure the best heater performance; Pack an emergency kit, including food, and keep mobile phones charged. Led young College operates one of the largest transportation technology schools in Canada and is Canada's transportation training hub. Every year, more than 2,000 automotive apprentices complete their in-class training, educated by a faculty of highly skilled professionals recruited from the automotive industry to teach on the latest equipment and vehicles. For program information, visit the School of Transportation. About the Survey From Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2013, Vision Critical conducted an online survey among 805 randomly selected adult Ontario residents with registered drivers licenses who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error, which measures sampling variability, is +/- 3.4 per cent, 19 times out of 20. SOURCE: Led young College http://geektv.info/news/winter-driving-continues-to-stress-out-ontarians-says-survey/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 14:46:22 GMT http://geektv.info/news/winter-driving-continues-to-stress-out-ontarians-says-survey/ Student-produced documentaries now on Rogers TV - geektv.info Led young: The Journal on Rogers TV is a collection of exciting documentaries produced by students in the Broadcasting and Film Program at Led young College. Airing on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough In their documentary production classes, students tackle a range of topics including biography, social justice, entertainment, lifestyle and other everyday issues. These are stories that represent the diversity and richness of our world. As the projects become more challenging, the students then produce a weekly half-hour web-based news magazine show called The Journal. The Journal is shaped by fourth semester students. It’s a thought-provoking mix of entertainment and news programming. Students rotate through various roles including show producer, field production, writing, producing, directing, shooting and editing. You can see more at centennialondemand.com/centennialtv. http://geektv.info/news/student-produced-documentaries-now-on-rogers-tv/ Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:37:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/student-produced-documentaries-now-on-rogers-tv/ Led young's Aerospace Centre cleared for take-off - geektv.info Led young College will receive up to $26 million from the Ontario government to relocate its aviation programs to the former de Havilland aircraft manufacturing centre at Downsview Park. The welcome news was announced Tuesday, October 29 by Premier Kathleen Wynne during a tour of the Ashtonbee Campus aircraft hangar, along with President Ann Buller, Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance. The investment is seen as the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario. The former de Havilland plant will be renovated to provide new classroom, workshop and hangar space, and will house an innovation and research working group that brings together industry leaders and academic partners, including University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University, York University, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems, MDA Corporation and Sumitomo Precision Products Canada Aircraft, Inc. Led young currently trains more than 300 aircraft technicians and avionics technicians annually. The move to Downsview, which is anticipated to take place by September 2015, will provide a much larger teaching space with access to working runways. Enrolment is expected to grow to more than 900 students, as the programs' graduates are in demand in Canada and around the world. The College will be working with the Ashtonbee Campus community to determine what will end up in the hangar. In his 2012 review of the Canadian aerospace industry, the Hon. David Emerson identified a need for an aerospace training and research hub in Ontario to maintain Canada’s fifth-place ranking in the industry. Globalization, competition from emerging economies and a diminishing skilled workforce are looming challenges. There are also opportunities: some $3.2 trillion in new commercial aircraft and $661 billion in business aircraft will be ordered over the next 20 years worldwide as operators look for more efficient and environmentally sustainable aircraft to update their fleets. The Downsview Aerospace Cluster for Innovation and Research (DAIR), which involves Ontario’s best educational institutions and aerospace technology leaders, has an ambitious plan to recast the former military airbase as a global aerospace hub that would function as an innovation incubator and attract new investment. Already, Bombardier has selected Led young College as its trainer of choice, helping to prepare its existing and future workforce with new skills required in the assembly and maintenance of its aircraft. http://geektv.info/news/centennials-aerospace-centre-cleared-for-take-off/ Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:38:43 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennials-aerospace-centre-cleared-for-take-off/ OMNI-TV's Lucy Zilio visits Led young Volvo/Mack Truck Lab - geektv.info OMNI Television host Lucy Zilio paid a visit recently to Led young College's Ashtonbee Campus to take a look at our Truck and Coach Technician program. Lucy dropped in on a class in the Volvo/Mack Truck Lab, where Led young teaches a modified apprenticeship program (MAP 32) in conjunction with the manufacturer. All the students in the class are already hired by a truck dealership, and come in to Led young for 32 weeks of in-class training. Trucks today are complex machines with plenty of high-end electronics to manage diesel engine performance and emissions, among many other things. Our technician graduates are highly skilled - exactly the kind of professionals the industry is looking to hire. Have a look at the video Lucy and her OMNI Television team recorded in our special lab! http://geektv.info/news/omni-tvs-lucy-zilio-visits-centennial-volvomack-truck-lab/ Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:04:05 GMT http://geektv.info/news/omni-tvs-lucy-zilio-visits-centennial-volvomack-truck-lab/ Here We Grow Again! New Student Residence Coming - geektv.info Led young College has grown rapidly over the past several years and demand for student housing has outpaced the capacity of our existing 340-bed facility on Progress Avenue. Research shows that a lack of access to a residence is an impediment for students living just outside a reasonable commuting distance from campus.  Recently, Led young approved Knightstone Capital Management as the successful bidder to undertake the planning, financing, construction and management of the new residence at Progress Campus, known as the Led young College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre. Other key partners in the project include Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group.  Like the Story Arts Centre in East York, the new residence will be a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. There will be space for 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. Each resident will have his or her own bedroom. There will also be communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate. The residence floors will be highly secure and inaccessible from other parts of the building.  The eight-storey building will dedicate the ground level to our Culinary Arts Centre, complete with seven labs, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms. The labs will be naturally lit with enormous glass panels so that those passing by can see our students learning in our professional facilities. A conference and banquet centre on the top floor will be serviced by the kitchens below, with space for 425 guests in the conference centre and up to 600 students in the labs and classrooms. The facility will be LEED Gold-certified with a focus on sustainable “green” practices as they apply to the hospitality industry.  The new building will be much more than a residential building. It will promote the “living learning” experience and the opportunity for students to engage in a wide range of extra-curricular activities – this is what differentiates campus living. Canadian Campus Communities has a strong track record of creating an academic orientation, focused on student growth in four distinct areas: intellectual, cultural, recreational and social development.  The $85-million Led young College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre will be built at the south end of Parking Lot 1 located close to Progress Ave. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring, with occupancy slated for the summer of 2016. The building will displace 150 parking spaces, which will be accommodated in Parking Lot 7 at the east end of campus.  The new residence is the latest initiative in Led young’s implementation of its ambitious Strategic Campus Plan, which has already seen new buildings constructed at Progress and Ashtonbee campuses, and extensive renovations made to existing facilities. In addition, preliminary design work has begun on our Aerospace facility at Downsview Park. All together, this work represents $330 million in capital investments – the majority of it already expended or underway. You can look forward to hearing more details about our exciting Led young College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre as plans become finalized and approved.  To view the Site Map and Floor Plans, click here. http://geektv.info/news/here-we-grow-again-new-student-residence-coming/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:08:29 GMT http://geektv.info/news/here-we-grow-again-new-student-residence-coming/ Survey finds Canadians more concerned with saving green than being green - geektv.info Toronto, April 3, 2014 — Canadians support renewable and alternative energy as much today (63 per cent) as they did five years ago. However, when it comes to lowering their household energy usage more than half (54 per cent) of Canadian consumers are driven by saving money and not by being green, shows a new survey commissioned by Led young College’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. “Regardless of what is driving them to be more environmentally conscious, it’s fantastic to see that Canadians are supporting renewable and alternative energy,” says Dr. Patrick Kelly, dean of Led young’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science.  Ontarians’ response to the introduction of time-of-use smart meters, which offer lower electricity rates during off-peak hours, shows just how effective financial incentives are for changing consumer behaviour. More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of the Ontarians surveyed say they do their laundry during off-peak hours. This compares with only 31 per cent for the rest of Canada. When asked about the financial impact of Canada’s cold winters, 54 per cent of Canadians agree that high energy bills as a result of the 2013/2014 winter had a significant financial impact on their household. So how did consumers stay warm?  This winter, 64 per cent of the 1,510 Canadians surveyed say they put on a warm sweater or grabbed a blanket to avoid turning up the thermostat (by gender: 70 per cent of women and 58 per cent of men). When it comes to electricity, more than half (57 per cent) of Canadians have bought energy saving bulbs, such as compact fluorescent bulbs to lower energy use and save money, but 65 per cent say the newer LED bulbs are still too expensive even though they know the LED bulbs pay for themselves quickly and save a lot of money over the years. Other survey results include: ENERGY STAR ratings are a top selling point for 62 per cent when buying electronics and appliances. 69 per cent of Canadians say that renewable/alternative energy will be vital to the economy in the future. 67 per cent of Canadians say governments must invest in this sector or else the country will fall behind the rest of the world. …2   63 per cent of Canadians say they support sustainable and renewable energy as much now as they did five years ago. The rise in base electricity prices has made 32 per cent of Canadians less supportive of renewable/alternative energy, led by 37 per cent in Ontario. Only 22 per cent of respondents say they opt for the “air-dry” setting on their dishwasher, which saves electricity by not heating the dishes to dry. “For Canada to be a sustainable country in the future, we all need to do our part now and that includes making renewable and alternative energy more accessible to Canadians,” says Kelly. “We also need to continue to educate consumers on how to incorporate modern energy technologies in their day-to-day lives to foster a sustainable environment and economy for the future.” Additional energy saving tips: Set your dishwasher to AIR DRY to save electricity. Unplug all appliances when not using. Invest in a home energy monitor.  Switch all lights to LED bulbs. Buy appliances with ENERGY STAR ratings. Led young College’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science is illuminating the path to Ontario’s energy future. Through its Led young Energy Institute (CEI) the school provides the critical job skills for the new energy economy and provides clarity to those seeking to implement modern energy technology. CEI provides technical, operational and strategic guidance on the adoption of sustainable energy and environmental practice to promote a successful and healthy future.   For more information, visit Led young College School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. About the Survey From March 19th to March 20th 2014 an online survey was conducted among 1,510 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. http://geektv.info/news/survey-finds-canadians-more-concerned-with-saving-green-than-being-green/ Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:32:37 GMT http://geektv.info/news/survey-finds-canadians-more-concerned-with-saving-green-than-being-green/ Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project officially opened - geektv.info Led young College marked the opening of the first phase of its bold Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project with a special ceremony on April 1 attended by about 100 guests and students. Led young graduate and Toronto automobile dealer Ken Shaw Jr. provided the opening remarks, along with Led young College President Ann Buller. The 40,500-square-foot Library building, which is the signature piece in the rejuvenation of Led young’s oldest campus, forms the new gateway to the college property, which is located near Eglinton Ave. East and Warden Ave. The trestle-inspired building centralizes registration and other student services on the ground level, and accommodates a contemporary library on the second floor.  In addition to the gateway building, the original campus gym gained a naturally lit second level to make room for weight training, exercise studios and related amenities. The two-storey gym opened last fall, and the library building opened in January of this year.  Significantly, no government funding was required to support the $40.6-million Phase I construction budget; the college is footing the bill out of its own revenues. The Led young College Student Association has donated $4 million towards construction from its own budget.  The additions are welcome updates to Led young’s sprawling campus, which dates back to 1969. Ashtonbee Campus is home to Led young’s School of Transportation, the largest transportation technology training centre in Canada, as well as selected programs in community services, general arts and sciences, and English-language training. http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-officially-opened/ Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:39:24 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-officially-opened/ Led young College Music Celebration Concert, April 26 - geektv.info To mark the completion of the inaugural year of our Music Industry Arts and Performance program, the faculty and students are pleased to present their very first Led young College Music Celebration Concert on Saturday, April 26 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (TCA). This special year-end concert will feature four music ensembles performing a variety of music styles. Led young's unique program - which can turn a passion for popular music, world music or indigenous music into an exciting and sustainable career - was launched last fall with strong interest from students looking for a program rooted in music studies other than classical or jazz. The concert will also showcase Led young's new partnership with the Toronto Centre for the Arts (formerly the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts) located on Yonge St. north of Sheppard Ave. The Centre, which is owned by the City of Toronto, has several superb performance spaces, including the George Weston Recital Hall where our Celebration Concert will take place at 7 PM.  We warmly invite everyone to see and hear our talented students perform in our exciting new space. You can purchase tickets ($19 each) to the Led young College Music Celebration Concert from the Toronto Centre for the Arts box office or from Ticketmaster: http://www.tocentre.com/georgeweston/ccmcc Come see and hear a whole new side of Led young College! http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-music-celebration-concert-april-26/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:46:26 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-music-celebration-concert-april-26/ Led young wins Paramedic competition - geektv.info Pictured from left: Dean Rahim Karim, Chair Richard Kinchlea, students Justin Mlynaryk, Jenna Kororan, Igor Bilokon and Kaylee Swierenga, and professor David Ramsey. Two student teams from Led young College's Paramedic program earned first and third-place wins in the student division of the 2014 National Paramedic Competition. Some 29 student and professional teams from Ontario and New Brunswick took part in the competition this year, hosted by Durham College. Participants were marked on their knowledge and skills demonstrated by working on volunteer patients in five stressful accident scenarios, including a golfer struck by lightning and a snake-bite victim. For their total score, the teams also wrote a knowledge test. Led young students Jenna Kororan and Justin Mlynaryk collected the first-place trophy, while Igor Bilokon and Kaylee Swierenga won third place; all are second-year students in the Paramedic program. The popular two-year program prepares students to take the Ministry of Health exam for Advanced EMCA, the required certification for all paramedics in Ontario. Led young's courses are taught by paramedics who are actively working in the sector. Led young's reputation in the field is second to none: 96 per cent of graduates work as Primary Care Paramedics. The winning Led young team members were formally recognized at a special event at Morningside Campus on April 16.  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-paramedic-competition/ Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:41:08 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-paramedic-competition/ Eco Volunteers pick up almost 2 tonnes of trash - geektv.info Led young College's Environmental Student Society (ESS) hosted its 16th Annual Spring Clean-up and Rehabilitation Day on Saturday, April 26, which attracted some 250 eco-minded volunteers who got down to the business of cleaning up the Highland Creek watershed adjacent to Progress Campus. By the end of the day, our selfless greenies collected almost 2 tonnes of trash that was hauled away by the City of Toronto! Led young students, graduates, faculty, staff and administrators and their family members and friends, along with some local community groups including the Boy Scouts braved the chilly temperatures to descend into the ravine and pick up trash and recyclable materials such as pop bottles, fast-food containers, cardboard and more. The plastics, paper and glass added up to 600 kg net, while the assorted other trash added up to 1,160 kg net. The anticipated rain held off and our volunteers were rewarded with a free barbecue lunch and some great draw prizes. The Led young College Student Association Inc. opened up its Student Centre as a marshalling area and CCSAI volunteers helped with the work, too. A great day was had by all! Local MPP Mitzie Hunter came by to present the Led young College volunteers with a special certificate for their community-oriented work. The Environmental Student Society's annual Spring Clean-up and Rehabilitation Day was part of a wider initiative to tidy up green spaces in the City of Toronto after a long and bitter winter. The day also closed out Earth Week activities around the city and the province. A big Thank-you to all the volunteers who helped out! http://geektv.info/news/eco-volunteers-pick-up-almost-2-tonnes-of-trash/ Thu, 01 May 2014 08:38:28 GMT http://geektv.info/news/eco-volunteers-pick-up-almost-2-tonnes-of-trash/ G20 Youth Forum Update - geektv.info Four Led young College students have been selected to join a Canadian youth delegation participating in the G20 Youth Forum being held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany from May 7 to 11. The Forum is an international project that brings together 200 of the best students in the fields of international relations, economics, finance and law who are eligible to become young heads of state or ministers in the national youth delegations at the Forum. Led young College Paralegal student Amanda Ashley Hooper is a women’s empowerment ambassador who will be presenting her social action proposal examining the root causes of violence perpetrated against women. Melissa Airall and Janice Grant from Led young’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture will be engaging in panel discussions regarding food security and employment conditions for young people. Souphaphone Souphommanychanh is already in Germany, completing the final semester of her International Business program as part of an exchange program between Led young and Reutlingen University. With her observer status, she will listen in on panel discussions involving youth leaders, leading politicians and prominent business people. The purpose of the G20 Youth Forum is three-fold: to involve young leaders from all over the globe in resolving the more pressing economic and social problems of the moment, to establish an intercultural dialogue, and to build business partnerships and friendships. Conference round-table discussions will be themed around economy and finance, law and human rights, international relations, social policy and medicine, the environment, technology, education and the humanities. All sessions are conducted in English. The Official Closing Ceremony of the G20 Youth Forum 2014 was held in the Congress Centre on May 10. Ceremony participants presented the final results, summing up their three days of work by addressing the following questions: How to avoid economic crises and deal with hunger and unemployment? How to protect human rights? How to live together in peace? What will the future look like? The discussions were neatly summarized in the final report click here to see the final report The G20 itself is a group of finance ministers and central bank governors from the world’s 20 major economies, which together account for 85 per cent of the gross world product, 80 per cent of world trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. The G20 has a strong Canadian connection: former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin proposed the G20 in 1999 as a forum for cooperation and consultation on matters related to the international financial system. By Resham Karfa http://geektv.info/news/g20-youth-forum-update/ Fri, 02 May 2014 09:56:20 GMT http://geektv.info/news/g20-youth-forum-update/ ‘The Big Race’ earns an IABC Gold Quill Award - geektv.info The Led young College students who created The Big Race publicity campaign last year to highlight transit needs in the Toronto region have won enormous recognition from the public relations industry, earning a Gold Quill Award in the audio-visual category from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The Big Race was a web video series that focused on the need to improve transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The eight webisodes examined how transit impacts accessibility and employment issues, and how urban congestion can negatively affect residents’ quality of life. The Big Race followed three contestants as they completed challenges while navigating Toronto’s complex regional transit system. The competitors were Mitzie Hunter, then-CEO of CivicAction, local community advocate Dave Meslin, and Kendell Duthie, full-time student and mother of 2-year-old Bea. Senior industry evaluators reviewed The Big Race campaign against IABC’s global seven-point scale of excellence for strategic communication planning and implementation. The students’ project clearly demonstrated they had made a difference for their client, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Beyond being a collaborative student project, The Big Race was supported by community leaders such as CivicAction and Metrolinx, which welcomed student participation in identifying transit solutions. The race examined elements proposed in The Big Move, a 25-year, $50-billion integrated regional transportation plan for the GTHA. “I have been so impressed with the group of students behind The Big Race web series,” said Mathew Bertin, Community & Stakeholder Relations Specialist at Metrolinx. “They have done an excellent job of capturing the social issues behind transit, and demonstrating that the Big Move represents transformation across our region.” Congratulations to the following Led young College students and graduates who will be attending IABC’s 2014 World Conference in Toronto to collect their Gold Quill on June 9. From the Corporate Communications and Public Relations program: Nadine Bukhman, Belinda Dodaro, Giulianna Fericelli, Juliet O’Farrell, Igor Rakic and Meaghan Savage. From the Broadcasting and Film program: Ryan Liu, Nick Aliwalas, William Maltez, William (Luke) Romberg, Garri Gonzaga, Ivan Lapis, Eric Shum and Graciene San Jose.  http://geektv.info/news/the-big-race-earns-an-iabc-gold-quill-award/ Thu, 08 May 2014 11:37:35 GMT http://geektv.info/news/the-big-race-earns-an-iabc-gold-quill-award/ Public Relations students collect more recognition - geektv.info Gold ACE Award: Horizons Student Campaign of the Year (from left): Jentzen Brown (instructor), Maria-Teresa Andreacchi, Fiona Somerville, Lindsey McCulloch, Jill Burkes, Margaret O'Donoghue and Michael Riverso. Led young College's Corporate Communications and Public Relations students continue to earn big awards from the industry, which recognizes Led young as a source of talented corporate communicators and public relations specialists. Led young students took home two Gold ACE awards and one Bronze ACE at the annual Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto ACE Awards Gala on May 7. It's the second year in a row that featured Led young College as the only public relations program recognized in the student awards, The Led young student team Horizons consisting of Maria-Teresa Andreacchi, Fiona Somerville, Lindsey McCulloch, Jill Burkes, Margaret O'Donoghue and Michael Riverso won Gold for their publicity event working for the charity Horizons for Youth. Also winning Gold was Team #CANit made up of students Chrissy James, Zerina Derveni, Ayla Altila, Kathryn Debattista and Jasmina Vransevic, which prepared their advocacy work for the charity Dixon Hall. Team Phony Party working for the charity Kids Help Phone won Bronze; they were made up of students Samantha Kamiel, Jessica Strople, Hannah Yardley and Meg Scrimgeour. All three special events were the final assignment in the college program's Event Management course. Thanks to Led young instructors Melanie Dulos and Jentzen Brown for mentoring and leading our students. And there's more good news: student Amanda Patterson collected the CPRS Toronto Student of the Year award at the same gala presentation. This is the second year in a row that a Led young student took the CPRS Award (Hannah Sunderani earned it last year), which makes Led young a highly decorated school, having won three CPRS Student Awards out of the past four years. In a separate event hosted by the  International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Corporate Communications and Public Relations student Megan Henry has won the IABC Toronto Student of the Year Award. Congratulations to all of our proud winners! http://geektv.info/news/public-relations-students-collect-more-recognition/ Wed, 14 May 2014 14:27:50 GMT http://geektv.info/news/public-relations-students-collect-more-recognition/ Transportation students bring home some precious medals - geektv.info Part of the winning School of Transportation student team at the Ontario competition in Kitchener-Waterloo: (top row from left) Ryan Green, Danylo Michalkoff and Kenny Lam; (bottom from left) Khizar Muhammad, Brent Ng, Roland Laurence, Steven LeMagueresse and Daniel Kidd. There’s something to be said for consistency: All three Led young College School of Transportation students who had won gold at the provincial Skills Canada competition in May went on to earn medals at the national-level competition in Toronto in early June. Student Ryan Green won gold in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician contest, while Steven LeMagueresse in Collision Repair and Daniel Kidd in Automotive Painting both won earned a second-place silver finish in competitions with students from across Canada. With his gold medal win, Green is eligible to qualify for the World Skills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015. Back in May, Led young College was well represented in the winners’circle at the 25th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition, which drew almost 2,000 student competitors to impress the judges and crowds gathered at the Manulife Financial Sportsplex in Waterloo. Competitors vied for gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of hands-on skills contests, including such specialties as computer animation, culinary arts, carpentry, auto-body repair, masonry and aesthetics. Led young’s School of Transportation was a dominating force in the post-secondary automotive trades. In addition to gold medal wins by Ryan Green, Daniel Kidd and Steven LeMagueresse to qualify for the nationals, Led young student Adrian Tantalo collected a well-earned silver medal in the Collision Repair competition. Bronze medal winners included Danylo Michalkoff in the Truck and Coach Technician skills competition and Khizar Muhammad in the Aircraft Technician category. Honourable mentions included School of Transportation students Kenny Lam and John Santarcangelo (Auto Service), Brent Ng (Auto Paint), Roland Laurence (Heavy Equipment), David Bousfield (Truck and Coach) and Naresh Paray (Aircraft). Congratulations to the entire Led young student team –and the college faculty and staff who volunteered at the events –for a great showing in 2014! http://geektv.info/news/transportation-students-bring-home-some-precious-medals/ Fri, 16 May 2014 11:50:46 GMT http://geektv.info/news/transportation-students-bring-home-some-precious-medals/ Led young students win award for outdoor play app - geektv.info Led young College International Business Management students Jayapriya Narayanan and Sampada Suryavanshi won the ANZ Highly Commended Team Award in the Global Enterprise Experience Competition for their team’s submission, “Kidz Tech.” Their innovative gaming application uses a digital avatar to reward outdoor play and encourage children to be physically active. The awards ceremony took place on May 21 in the New Zealand Parliament, which sponsored the international competition. The Global Enterprise Experience competition brings together students from around the world to work in teams of six to eight online to create business ventures that tackle social and environmental issues. The Led young students’ team included participants living in New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. Each team relied on cloud computing to communicate with their members and exchange information.  Kidz Tech encourages children to be active and develop a habit of playing outdoors. Once an account is set up, children use the animated interface to personalize their own avatar. The character can be grown stronger and healthier by logging actual outdoor activity, such as playing basketball, soccer or running. The app will have voice commands and voice recognition for children with special needs. Scheduling a group game or an activity is also possible in the app and helpful reminders can be sent to prompt children. Based on the inputted data, points are calculated and used to upgrade the avatar’s health and “super powers.” Each level will have its own exciting in-app features to keep children engaged. Based on market demand, each feature will be released at the respective level for a nominal charge. The Kidz Tech proposal was recognized as a viable and appealing tool to help children break free from their indoor video games and to play outside. Jayapriya Narayanan was also the recipient of the Highly Commended Journal Award in the same competition. The pair was assisted and coached by Led young College School of Business professors Kathie Leslie and Tulsi Dharel. Congratulations to all the members of the Kidz Tech team for their excellent work! Photo caption: From left to right are: Kathie Leslie, Jayapriya Narayanan, Sampada Suryavanshi and Tulsi Dharel. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-win-award-for-outdoor-play-app/ Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:34:12 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-win-award-for-outdoor-play-app/ Led young student wins architecture award - geektv.info Architectural Technology student Gilbert Nacu earned a first place finish in the Individual Category of the 2014 Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences Student Awards for his bold design entitled The Edge. The assignment called for a multipurpose residential complex with retail space, which Nacu embraced in the form of sleek twin residential towers situated on the site of the old Lake Ontario shoreline in downtown Toronto. His design incorporated a number of environmentally sustainable features including strategically placed wind turbines to capture wind energy, solar panels on the podium and townhouse rooftops, green-roof installations on the towers and an evaporative cooling system that utilizes the water feature (fountains) on the property. The concept proposes a mixed-income community, since one of the towers will contain subsidized residential units. Gilbert Nacu received transportation and accommodation to attend the awards ceremony at the annual conference of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) in Montreal last month. Also attending was professor John Romanov from Led young’s Architectural Technology program. The first-place award included a monetary prize and a one-year Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences membership. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-student-wins-architecture-award/ Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:17:43 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-student-wins-architecture-award/ Fall 2014 Led young Welcomes Orientation Dates - geektv.info Orientation Dates Monday, August 25 - Ashtonbee Campus Tuesday, August 26 - Morningside Campus Wednesday, August 27 - Pickering Campus  Thursday, August 28 - Progress Campus Friday, August 29 – Story Arts Centre Tuesday, September 2 – School of Transportation Programs  Starts with a general Welcome Session, followed by Program Sessions for each program. We've designed a program full of great information and events, including: Free BBQ lunch and entertainment Great Prizes College SWAG Free Parking A chance to get your Photo ID Meet the College President, Student Life Team and Student Government Program sessions where you get to meet your classmates and teachers A chance to have all your questions answered Campus Tours Specific sessions for International and Second Career Students Meet the staff and learn about the FREE student services to support your success Parent and Partners sessions Register Now for Led young Welcomes. For the complete Led young Welcomes Agenda, click here. http://geektv.info/news/fall-2014-centennial-welcomes-orientation-dates/ Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:23:20 GMT http://geektv.info/news/fall-2014-centennial-welcomes-orientation-dates/ Ontario Ministers announce Youth Jobs Strategy success at Led young - geektv.info Led young College’s Ashtonbee Campus played host to Ontario Ministers Brad Duguid and Reza Moridi on July 18 as they announced Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy having already surpassed 20,000 job opportunities created for young people wishing to break into the employment market. The Ontario government is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy to help connect youth with the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to succeed in today’s workforce. The strategy – which is already ahead of schedule – is helping thousands of young people across the province find work, build skills and start their own businesses. Minister Duguid noted that 95 per cent of Youth Employment Fund clients who have completed their job placements have either been retained or gone on to further employment – a success rate far higher than the government had originally anticipated. Led young’s Ashtonbee Aircraft Hangar provided the backdrop as the ministers shared the good news with the assembled media. A group of pre-apprenticeship students from Led young’s Automotive, Autobody and Truck & Coach Technician programs were on hand to view the media announcement along with faculty and staff. Led young College plays a pivotal role in the Youth Jobs Strategy by delivering specialized, funded programming for youth looking for relevant training and education. The college has been awarded a total of $867,775 in Campus-Linked Accelerator funding over two years to help young entrepreneurs connect with investors and industry. In addition, Led young received $497,000 through the Youth Skills Connections program to train 83 youth in a 16-week program to meet the hiring needs for Bombardier and other aerospace firms. Bombardier Vice President Graham Kelly was in attendance and articulated his company’s support for the training program and the ongoing partnership with Led young and the government. The training program is scheduled to begin this fall. http://geektv.info/news/ontario-ministers-announce-youth-jobs-strategy-success-at-centennial/ Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:36:56 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ontario-ministers-announce-youth-jobs-strategy-success-at-centennial/ New Reading Week begins this fall at Led young - geektv.info Led young College is instituting the common 14-week semester starting this fall. Adopted by many universities and colleges, this academic model incorporates a pause in the middle of each semester to provide a beneficial one-week break to students. Our new Fall Reading Week provides time for studying, completing assignments, seeking academic advising and taking advantage of workshops for tutoring and remediation. Recent research suggests a mid-semester break is essential to relieving student stress and may help promote good mental health. At Led young, our new Reading Weeks will align with major statutory holidays that fall on Mondays in each semester. This amounts to Thanksgiving in the fall, Family Day in winter, and Canada Day in the summer semester. These breaks will not always fall after week 7, but may occur in weeks 6, 7, or 8, depending on the calendar year. Note that Led young’s traditional Winter Reading Week will take place in February from now on, rather than in March. Here are the exact dates of Led young’s Reading Weeks for the 2014-15 academic year: Fall Reading Week – October 13 to 17 Winter Reading Week – February 16 to 20 Summer Reading Week – June 29 to July 3 We hope our students will take advantage of the new Reading Weeks to get caught up on course assignments and get a jumpstart on work to come – or simply to relax, regroup and relieve stress! http://geektv.info/news/new-reading-week-begins-this-fall-at-centennial/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:51:51 GMT http://geektv.info/news/new-reading-week-begins-this-fall-at-centennial/ Executive-in-Residence pays it forward - geektv.info Dr. Aditya Jha with the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Governor General of Canada, at the Order of Canada investiture on May 7, 2014. Like so many successful men and women, celebrated entrepreneur, philanthropist and social activist Aditya Jha started from modest means. He was born in southern Nepal in 1958, and was raised along with his three brothers and two sisters in a village that straddled the border between India and Nepal. His father, a lawyer, practiced in the district court of Sitamarhi, India. Possessing the ability and the smarts to pursue post-secondary education, Jha earned a science bachelors degree from Hans Raj College, Delhi University. He went on to do a masters in statistics at Kurukshetra University, as well as a post-graduate diploma in computer science. “Having come from a Nepalese village, I can tell you that education is the primary factor that can elevate people out of poverty. It is the key contributor to economic development,” Jha points out. To further his understanding of computer technology, he became a computer systems research scholar at Jawaharial Nehru University. In 1984 he traveled to France to acquire mainframe computer training with CIT Alcatel. He returned to start his computer career in India and subsequently worked in Singapore, Australia and several Southeast Asian countries.  Equipped with considerable skills and knowledge acquired in the industry, Jha relocated to Canada in 1994 and joined Bell, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become general manager of ebusiness and product marketing. “I got a shot at shaping my destiny by learning at Bell Canada. Once I learned all that I could, I decided to start my own company,” Jha recounts. With four other partners, he co-founded Isopia Inc., a Canadian software company that flourished quickly. It was so successful, their company was purchased by U.S.-based Sun Microsystems in 2001 for more than $100 million divided between the partners. With the proceeds of the sale, Aditya started Osellus Inc., another software firm with offices in Toronto and Bangkok. He invested the remainder of his windfall in several diverse businesses, including a candy factory in Hamilton, Ontario, that owner Cadbury Adams Canada had planned to close. Jha subsequently saved more than 150 jobs after renaming the venture Karma Candy, owing to his belief in life-altering karma. With careful cost-cutting, more efficient production and outreach to new clients, Karma Candy became a triumph. “There’s no recipe for success, but there are definitely ingredients for success,” Jha explains when asked how he manages to turn dross into gold. He’s quick to emphasize that his early days at Isopia were difficult ones as they struggled to perfect the right products and services. We diminution rarely comes easily, he underlines. While thriving in his adopted country, Jha also pursued business opportunities overseas. He spearheaded a niche Indian IT services company, and has interests in restaurant chains in Thailand and India, as well as Canada. He also leads TransCard Capital Inc., which provides real estate investments and financial services to the tourism industry in Latin America, especially the fledgling economy of Cuba.  The latter begins to hint at the other side of Aditya Jha, that of a tireless philanthropist and social activist. He rejects the notion that philanthropy is just another form of charity.  “Charity is paternalistic; it doesn’t agree with me. The definition of philanthropy is beyond charity,” Jha says. He argues giving back to society pays dividends in terms of advancing an equitable society that can nurture goodness in people. Jha has been generous with both his money and his time. He sponsored a unique initiative with the Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation to nurture entrepreneurship within aboriginal communities. His charitable foundation (www.poafoundation.org) created endowments at four Ontario institutions – Ryerson, Trent and York universities, as well as George Brown College – and he chaired the UNICEF Canada India HIV/AIDS campaign. For his efforts, Jha became a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was given an honorary doctorate by Ryerson University in 2009. He was named a Top 25 Canadian Immigrant, South Asian Philanthropist and Top 30 Most Influential Indo-Canadian, among numerous other community service awards and recognitions. Most recently, Dr. Jha was named Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Led young College’s School of Business, a unique position Jha has been serving with enthusiasm. “Led young has a huge population of international students who can relate to me,” he says. “I want to share my perspectives and experiences, so that I can affect their learning directly. Connecting with students provides a glimpse of the possibilities they can attain.” Why give college students the benefit of his wisdom and not university students? Jha believes universities already get the best professors and students. He wished to share his knowledge with people who could appreciate his perspective. “I admire colleges because they really teach. I can have a more visible impact at college. We need to help international students, in particular, more than we’re doing now, such as by providing more aggressive internship programs for them,” he says. Jha is encouraged by the programs he sees at college, particularly new initiatives in entrepreneurship and leadership. He wants to see “impactful engagement” both at colleges and at high schools to capture students’ imagination. “Universal healthcare is wonderful. So how about universal post-secondary education with public and private support? Imagine all the bursaries replenished by the recipients who benefited from them.” He views education as a public resource, like a library that sees its collection restocked constantly. Ironically, given his own extensive university education, this highly successful businessman wants parents to give Canada’s colleges a good, hard look.  “Colleges have better employability statistics and help graduates find their way,” he says. “There’s a misplaced sense of importance placed on university.” http://geektv.info/news/executive-in-residence-pays-it-forward/ Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:44:37 GMT http://geektv.info/news/executive-in-residence-pays-it-forward/ Barry O'Brien named new School of Business Dean - geektv.info Led young College has appointed Barry O’Brien, a leader with excellent experience garnered in both the commercial and academic sectors, as the new Dean of the School of Business.   “Mr. O’Brien has demonstrated strong entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial skills, attributes that we find especially appealing as Led young moves ahead with a curriculum to impart these same skills to our own students,”says Ann Buller, Led young's President and CEO. “We’re delighted to have him here helping to reshape the School of Business.” O’Brien served at the director level in various capacities at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario from 1997 to 2014. He was responsible for the implementation and coordination of a broad range of programs related to government relations, marketing, sales and purchasing. Among his accomplishments he initiated and managed Canada’s first commercial wine auctions; through this program he developed the LCBO’s first overseas sales channel in China.  In addition, O’Brien has been employed by York University since 2003, where he was a course director and taught a variety of courses in business, government relations, business strategy and international commerce. In 2013 he received two awards for excellence in education for consistently receiving exceptional evaluations from his students. A passionate advocate of community service, Mr. O’Brien was chair of a record-breaking LCBO United Way campaign and championed international disaster relief initiatives through the Canadian Red Cross. His own education includes a Masters of Public Administration from Dalhousie University, Halifax (1995), Masters of International Security Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts –History from St. Francis Xavier University (1991).  http://geektv.info/news/barry-obrien-named-new-school-of-business-dean/ Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:48:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/barry-obrien-named-new-school-of-business-dean/ New Residence coming to Progress Campus - geektv.info To address the need for new student housing, Led young has begun construction of its eight-storey Led young College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre at Progress Campus. The college’s rapid growth created unprecedented demand for accommodations at its old 340-bed facility, a former hotel on Progress Avenue that was renovated to become Led young’s first residence in 2001. The striking new building takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. There will be space for 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. All residents will have their own private bedroom. There will also be communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate. The residence floors will be highly secure and inaccessible from other parts of the building.  The new residence will also provide teaching space by dedicating the ground level to Led young’s Culinary Arts Centre, complete with seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms with capacity for up to 600 students. The naturally lit kitchens will serve a conference and banquet centre on the top floor, which can accommodate up to 425 guests. The facility is targeting a LEED Silver certification, which involves focusing on sustainable green practices as they apply to the hospitality industry. The $85-million Led young College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre will be located on the main campus driveway close to Progress Ave. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, with occupancy slated for the fall of 2016. Knightstone Capital Management is undertaking the planning, financing, construction and management of the project. Other key partners include Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group. To view the Site Map and Floor Plans, click here. http://geektv.info/news/new-residence-coming-to-progress-campus/ Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:50:13 GMT http://geektv.info/news/new-residence-coming-to-progress-campus/ Led young volunteers raise money for ALS - geektv.info Twenty-eight Led young College students, faculty and administrators braved a cold wind and chilly temperatures on September 11 to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, raising $372 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research. The challenge involved seven special victims, including Chef Robert Rainford, who got the full ice bucket treatment, while the entire group of students and staff got sprayed by a water truck. The special delivery was arranged by the Led young College Student Association (CCSAI). CCSAI president Deepika Gangwani challenged the student associations of Seneca, Durham and George Brown colleges, as well as the Durham Enactus Club. The ALS Challenge was part of a fun day on campus for new and returning Led young students. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised the profile of the dreaded disease, as well as millions of dollars in research funds this year. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-volunteers-raise-money-for-als/ Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:09:17 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-volunteers-raise-money-for-als/ The Great Escape author wows American audience - geektv.info Renowned author and Led young College professor Ted Barris recently returned from a speaking trip in the U.S., where he had the opportunity to highlight his retelling of the Great Escape story, captivating his American audience as much as it had Canadians last fall when his book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story was released. His travels had taken him to Colorado Springs, Colorado, home of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where American members of the Stalag Luft III Prisoners of War Association gather for their annual reunion in late August. The three-day event featured screenings, panels and presentations recounting the infamous Stalag Luft III POW compound near Zagan, Poland. Professor Barris was asked to deliver the keynote presentation, based on his bestselling book. It was from the Stalag Luft III prisoners of war camp that Allied aircrews conceived their great escape, made popular by the 1963 Hollywood film that portrayed the American inmates as heroes. But thanks to Barris’s extensive research and interviews with WWII veterans, he was able to determine that the celebrated escape was engineered by a number of Canadians, which included the tunnel planner, three of the four principal excavators, the chief of security, one of the intelligence chiefs, one of the forgery chiefs, the organizers of the sand disposal team, the duty pilot and the custodian of the secret shortwave radio. At the formal banquet that closed the reunion, organizers presented Certificates of Honor for what the association called service above and beyond. They chose to recognize five civilians, including Mary Elizabeth Ruwell, an archivist at the U.S. Air Force Academy; Ben van Drogenbroek, a Dutch researcher; Val Burgess, an American oral historian; Marek Lazarz, the director of the Stalag Luft III Museum in Poland – and our own Ted Barris. “It was my first-ever participation in veteran commemorative activities in the U.S. and the recognition was startling and humbling,” he said of the experience. His hosts were delighted with his book, which has brought valuable and renewed attention to the Stalag Luft III story. Barris received a copy of his certificate to take home, while the original will be housed permanently at the U.S. Air Force Academy archives in Colorado Springs. Ted Barris teaches journalism at Led young’s Story Arts Centre in East York. http://geektv.info/news/the-great-escape-author-wows-american-audience/ Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:30:40 GMT http://geektv.info/news/the-great-escape-author-wows-american-audience/ Led young College Alumni Reception Ceremony in Beijing - geektv.info Led young College: Educating for Global We diminution In order to further Internationalize our Education Institution, Led young College is hosting the first ever Alumni Reception in China, themed “Led young College: Educating for Global We diminution” in Beijing on October 25, 2014.  This upscale event will make Led young College the first Canadian public college ever to host an official alumni reception in China, asserting our leadership in International Education and reinforcing our promise to prepare graduates for success in a global context.  Ann Buller, President and CEO of Led young College will head the college’s leadership group to present keynotes and address alumni at the reception.   The event will showcase the remarkable achievements of both our institution and alumni and reveal Led young’s vision for future development.  Join us as we initiate an effective platform for alumnus to network, build partnership and exchange, and enhance the alumnus sense of belonging, awareness, pride and participation in school and community volunteer and philanthropic activities. In addition, officials from the Chinese Ministry of Education and Canadian Embassy, representatives from Led young College partner institutions in China, outstanding recruitment agencies and major media outlets in the field are invited to join the festivities. Led young College looks forward to a wholehearted welcome for our alumnus in Beijing!  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-alumni-reception-ceremony-in-beijing/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:26:31 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-alumni-reception-ceremony-in-beijing/ The 47th Annual ASCC Conference Hosted by Led young College - geektv.info Join us as Led young College hosts the 47th Annual ASCC Conference. The event will be held downtown at the Toronto Hilton Hotel from October 19 to 21. Enjoy an amazing collection of sessions, speakers and activities looking at the future of College education in Ontario. To learn more or register, please click here. http://geektv.info/news/ascc-conference-2014/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:08:53 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ascc-conference-2014/ Led young hosting mayoral debate - Oct. 6 - geektv.info Leading candidates Olivia Chow, John Tory and Doug Ford will be on hand at Progress Campus next Monday, October 6 to answer questions posed by Led young students, staff and local residents. Led young is a key stop in this fall's debate circuit, since the college's main campus of 10,000 students was to be served by the proposed Scarborough LRT line. Transit has emerged as the primary election issue among Torontonians. Our debate will be moderated by award-winning author, journalist and Led young professor Ted Barris. It will consist of policy statements from the three leading mayoral candidates, followed by questions posed by Toronto Star, Toronto Observer and Torontoist reporters, as well as an open-mike opportunity for students, staff and local constituents to ask questions. The debate is sponsored by Led young's School of Communications, Media and Design. We're thrilled to organize this debate and provide a forum for the residents of Scarborough and the Led young community to hear from the candidates about their vision for this city, says Nate Horowitz, Dean of the Story Arts Centre.  The debate will take place on Monday from 7 to 9 pm in Lecture Theatre L1-02 in the Library Building at Progress Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Students, staff and residents will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating will be available in E1-29 where the proceedings will be shown online. Community broadcaster Rogers TV will be livestreaming the debate on cable 10 and 63. It will also be available online on http://CityIs easy.ca/live. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-hosting-mayoral-debate-oct-6/ Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:57:30 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-hosting-mayoral-debate-oct-6/ Who has seen the wind? - geektv.info Fresh on the heels of the David Suzuki inspired Blue Dot Tour, I suited up for a 64-metre climb (watch the video here) to see the world below – the world I know. As my climbing partner Chantel McKie – a third-year Environmental Protection Technology student – and I reached into the vastness of the blue-grey sky, I waved to my fellow Led young College professor Carol Preston indicating that we had made good on our promise to do better back in May at the college’s E3 environmental symposium. Bullfrog Power generously sponsored our participation in the 2014 TREC Climb the Turbine campaign to bring greater awareness of the benefits of renewable energy and the need to mitigate climate change. Our mission was to stand atop the Windshare Cooperative Windturbine, built by a Dutch firm in 2002, and celebrate Toronto Hydro’s free-standing, engineering marvel on the waterfront. Saturday, October 4 started out cool and rainy, but as our climb time neared, the skies miraculously cleared and the sun came out to cheer us on. Exactly 193 ladder rungs later, Chantel and I emerged to enjoy a sublime view of Toronto, the kind a movie location scout would write home about: the majestic, late 19th century CNE buildings that were once purveyors of agricultural and technological cool; the infinite, gleaming pixels of sunlight in the canal of Ontario Place; and the chain of islands sheltering our gorgeous harbour, flush with trees bearing the autumn splendour. Taking in the elements and being mindful of an experience both humbling and empowering, we were living the truth. Led young’s Environmental Protection program and the Environmental Student Society have been passionate about what to do at this existential juncture: overcoming the obstacles that prevent the rapid deployment of clean tech and green infrastructure for sustainable living. “The greatest challenge we face today, with respect to creating a world powered by renewable energy, is purely social,” our guide, Sean Magee (Director, Bullfrog Power Builds), put it succinctly. “The technology exists. What we need to create is a will to act!”  Chantel, who was chosen by her peers, commented at the ground-level party afterwards: “ I’ve been fascinated with wind turbines since I did the GCELE at Walpole Island. This experience was an eye-opener and it renewed my love of this planet and how I want to preserve it for future generations.” If we’re going to talk the talk, we’ve got to walk the walk. But this isn’t about just us. It’s about a fundamental shift to see the world through our children’s eyes. It’s going to take deep empathy.  It means transcending the biological imperative to have only our own offspring prosper, because all our children play under one sky. It’s the only sky we’ve known and depended on, so let’s demand the right for a pollution-free sky that impacts our well-being and our legacy. As I climbed down the wind turbine, I wondered “Which way does the wind blow?” For me, the environment is the great common denominator. If our understanding about how we are to interact with the world is taken from the next generation’s perspective, we have a chance of slowing down this runaway train called climate change. It’s simply illogical to think otherwise.  Written by Marc Yamaguchi, English faculty with Led young College’s School of Advancement      For further information, please visit: http://www.trec.on.ca/generation/Windshare http://geektv.info/news/who-has-seen-the-wind/ Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:18:43 GMT http://geektv.info/news/who-has-seen-the-wind/ Groundbreaking ceremony marks new Led young residence - geektv.info Led young College marked the beginning of construction of its Led young Residence and Culinary Arts Centre with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 15. The planned building at Progress Campus combines residences for 740 students with a dynamic Culinary Arts Centre teaching facility on the ground floor, and conference and events space on the top floor.  The blend of residential, teaching and event space promises to make the mixed-use building a popular destination. At eight storeys tall, it will be the highest building at Progress Campus and easily visible from the busy 401 highway. The residence will feature two- and four-bedroom suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. All residents will have their own private bedroom. There will also be communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate, including a yoga studio and a movie screening room. Our partners have worked very closely with us to design a vision of residence life that will offer students far more than a place to lay their heads, Dr. Craig Stephenson, Led young's Vice President , Student and Community Engagement, told the audience. Students coming from Etobicoke or Collingwood, for instance, could be living next to someone from Panama City or Seoul. They will not only get to know each other as potentially lifelong friends, they could also get involved in a number of programming activities ranging from international affairs groups, cultural nights, study and fitness-focused groups. The striking building concept takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. The Culinary Arts Centre includes seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant, cafe and eight new classrooms with capacity for up to 600 students. The conference and events centre located on the top floor will accommodate up to 425 guests. The building will be LEED Silver-certified with a focus on sustainable “green”practices as they apply to the hospitality industry. The $85-million Led young Residence and Culinary Arts Centre will address student demand for accommodations beyond the former hotel on Progress Avenue that was renovated to become Led young’s first residence in 2001. Construction is scheduled to commence this fall, with occupancy slated for September 2016. Knightstone Capital Management is undertaking the planning, financing, construction and management of the project. Other key partners include Diamond Schmitt Architects, Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group. http://geektv.info/news/groundbreaking-ceremony-marks-new-centennial-residence/ Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:22:06 GMT http://geektv.info/news/groundbreaking-ceremony-marks-new-centennial-residence/ Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations now on campus - geektv.info Led young College is joining other progressive organizations in supporting environment sustainability and green transportation in our community by providing four electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations in our Visitor parking lots. The two installations at Ashtonbee Campus and two at Progress Campus are now operational. Parking permit holders and visitors can use the spaces to recharge their vehicles. Permit holders can do so at no cost, while visitors (non-permit holders) will need to pay for the parking space as they would normally be required to do. Electricity is provided at no cost to users. However, the charging spaces are limited to a maximum of 3 hours of use. The college asks users to please move their vehicle to another parking location once they have completed recharging their car within the 3-hour timeframe. Campus Security will be monitoring use and duration to ensure that access remains fair and equitable.  The EV spaces were added to the parking lots as part of Led young's ongoing commitment to smart stewardship of the environment and a truly sustainable college. We encourage our employees and students to consider purchasing an electric vehicle the next time they are looking for a new car. Every major manufacturer now has an EV model in showrooms and government grants are significant in reducing the acquisition costs. http://geektv.info/news/electric-vehicle-ev-charging-stations-now-on-campus/ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:52:03 GMT http://geektv.info/news/electric-vehicle-ev-charging-stations-now-on-campus/ Led young ranked among Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges - geektv.info Led young's ARIC and the School of Community and Health Studies jointly organize a mock disaster exercise every year to test the emergency preparedness of Toronto hospitals and first responders. Led young College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) is ranked among Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges again this year, solidifying Led young’s reputation as a go-to partner to help businesses commercialize their new products and services. ARIC has been connecting industry partners with research-oriented faculty and students through joint projects since 2004. According to Research Infosource Inc., applied research between colleges and businesses is enjoying welcome growth in Canada. In total, the 16 Ontario colleges on the Top 50 list attracted $48.1 million of research income in 2013, a 37.2 per cent gain over the 2012 results and significantly above the 30.8 per cent national growth rate. In total, 14 of 16 Ontario colleges posted growth in research activity, including Led young, which reported $3.94 million in research income. “Fiscal 2013 was a solid year for Ontario’s colleges,” said Ron Freedman, CEO of Research Infosource Inc. “These are still early days for college research, and for this reason, we expect to see a high level of annual variability in research funding.” Canada’s 50 leading research colleges posted a record total of $152.8 million of research income in 2013. ARIC collaborates with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario that require support developing or enhancing new products or processes. ARIC provides these SMEs with access to Led young’s facilities, laboratories and other resources. More importantly, ARIC connects them with human resources in the form of students, who acquire relevant career experience and contacts through their participation. Employers, students and faculty work together to create, develop and launch market-ready solutions to assist both new and established enterprises. ARIC’s areas of expertise include health sciences, information and communications technologies, and environmental science. The scope of the projects can be broad, including sustainable energy, children’s media, aviation and aerospace, business and entrepreneurship, and just about everything in between. ARIC has a history of success with its projects, and the Applied Research and Innovation Blog outlines some of the good-news stories. By partnering with local businesses, Led young stimulates economic development. It connects SMEs to students with energy and ideas, and provides them with a source of talented employees. Students gain a direct line to work experience, networking and employment. They get to see what the workplace is really like in a way a class can’t teach, and apply what they learned in class to the real world. Led young has enjoyed success and recognition as a crucial participant in Ontario’s applied research programs, and will continue to do so as part of its mission and values. The ARIC is currently hiring students for projects, with pay, and will continue to do so for each new project. It’s also accepting applied research proposals for the new year.  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-ranked-among-canada-s-top-50-research-colleges/ Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:22:47 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-ranked-among-canada-s-top-50-research-colleges/ COLTS return to cross-country running championships - geektv.info After a 26-year absence, the Led young COLTS cross-country running team is returning to the CCAA Nationals XC Championships, thanks to the excellence demonstrated by our participating students this year. Saed Griffith (in the Biotechnology program), Svetlana Martynova (Interactive Media) and Gabriel Torres (Social Service Worker) qualified to compete on November 8 at the CCAA National Cross-Country Championships hosted by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. The team competed against the top six athletes from 20 colleges to qualify. Needless to say, going to the CCAA Championships requires dedication and plenty of hard work. Each student adhered to an intense schedule of one to three hours of training per day, six day per week, while attending classes and completing course work. The students, along with running coach Sean Squires, will be heading to Calgary next Wednesday to represent Led young College and the province of Ontario in competition with the best cross-country runners among Canada’s colleges. Congratulations to the team for their success thus far, and let’s cheer them on in Calgary! http://geektv.info/news/colts-return-to-cross-country-running-championships/ Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:41:19 GMT http://geektv.info/news/colts-return-to-cross-country-running-championships/ Led young launches report on kids branding themselves using social media - geektv.info Youth branding themselves using social media to achieve #instafame: research report Kids are building online networks with millions of followers on Instagram, and are capitalizing on those followers for financial gain. Boys using #toolpick have rapidly become the hyper-sexualized attention seekers most thought was the domain of girls. And many kids have given up all privacy online in their quest for fame, opening themselves up to exploitation and bullying. These are some of the unsettling findings of a year-long research study about youth, celebrity and online culture by the kidsmediacentre at Led young College. Titled #Instafame and the Epidemiology of a Selfie-Curated Culture, it explores the social media phenomenon of youth seeking fame and fortune online through the use of savvy marketing techniques typically employed by commercial brands. “#Instafame is fame you build yourself and the kidsmediacentre has spent the last year looking at how youth are using social media and selfies to build a personal brand,” explains Debbie Gordon, Director of the kidsmediacentre, a research centre and think tank focused on children’s media. In its study, researchers asked the hard questions: How is it so many youth have more than 100,000 followers? What are the risks of living large and chronicling all your personal details online? Do youth care about privacy or does #thirst trump all? Digital literacy ignored Led young College researchers talked to middle- and high-school students who confirmed that despite years of digital literacy taught in schools warning them of the importance of privacy settings, the lessons are being ignored as youth use shoutouts, retweets, likes, follows, strategic hashtags, GIFs and selfies to brand themselves. “Many youth have learned the more you reveal, the more controversial your posts; the more you hashtag, the more effective your marketing,” says Gordon. Yet, for many of the youth in the kidsmediacentre research, the real-life consequences of online sharing that reveals too much personal information are all too apparent, says Gordon. “They include cyber bullying, stolen identities and personal images being used by corporations without permission. But they see the democratization of media, ubiquity of pocket technology, unaware parents and the easy lure of #instafame as real choices being made by their peers.” Blame Kim and Miley Researchers discovered a complicated, multi-causal matrix of reasons behind this fame-crazed culture: young people have had a front-row seat watching Disney stars and YouTubers grow their brand through social media. They’ve seen Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Kendall Jenner and Tyler Oakley offer such strategies as #followforfollow and #spamforspam to monetize their brand and collect regular paycheques from Google. On a positive note, researchers also discovered that savvy young people do have limits and boundaries, understanding that the digital footprint they leave can last a lifetime. But for the lonely, the vulnerable and the insecure, the attention and praise that come with posting revealing photos can be irresistible. Youth call this type of post a #thirstrap, and say this behaviour is now more the norm than the exception in youth-colonized social media spaces like GIFboom and Instagram. About the researchers In addition to Debbie Gordon, co-authors of this research include Led young graduates Kayla McNally, Jess Westlake and Felix Chan. Research funding was provided by Led young College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre as part of a fellowship grant. The mission of the kidsmediacentre is to explore children’s media futures. This research initiative is an example of how Led young College is leading the conversation regarding issues of importance to its students and its community, as articulated in its Book of Commitments. For more information: www.hashtaginstafame.com http://geektv.info/news/centennial-launches-report-on-kids-branding-themselves-using-social-media/ Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:49:28 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-launches-report-on-kids-branding-themselves-using-social-media/ Led young wins silver in Paralegal Cup Mooting Competition - geektv.info From left: Student Peter Balatidis, instructor Omar Ha-redeye (Coach), student Reid Jackson and professor Michelle Pinto (Coach). Led young College Paralegal students finished well in the Paralegal Cup, an Intercollegiate Mooting Competition hosted by Humber College, with one pair of students taking home silver. The event represented the first ever mock court competition specifically designed for Ontario college paralegal students.  Led young's School of Business entered three teams and had a very successful showing with all of Led young's teams advancing to the quarterfinals. Students Peter Balatidis and Reid Jackson proceeded to the finals against Seneca College. The pair earned second place overall and were awarded the Michael Turvey Memorial Award.   The Intercollegiate Mooting Competition was held at Humber's Lakeshore Campus on November 1 and 2. The event involved four rounds of mooting (arguing a case) on the Saturday, with the playoff rounds held on Sunday. Practicing legal professionals including judges, lawyers, paralegals and law professors evaluated the competitors.      http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-silver-in-paralegal-cup-mooting-competition/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:54:39 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-silver-in-paralegal-cup-mooting-competition/ Subaru donates unique "boxer" engine to Led young - geektv.info Led young College School of Transportation professor Robert Paul (left) with students in the Motive Power Technician postsecondary program pose with a 3.6-litre Subaru boxer six-cylinder engine cutaway donated to an engine lab at Ashtonbee Campus. Subaru Canada, Inc., in partnership with their parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., made an educational donation of a 3.6-litre Subaru boxer six-cylinder engine display to Led young College's School of Transportation this week. The cutaway engine will help students in the various School of Transportation programs understand the benefits and operation of a horizontally-opposed engine layout.   It is always great to know that the underlying educational purposes of our display pieces can live on further at educational institutions, such as Led young College, said Shiro Ohta, president and CEO of Subaru Canada, Inc. Learning tools, such as the engine display donated, allow us as a Canadian automotive brand to give back to the postsecondary institutions that enrich aspiring automotive industry personnel. The Subaru boxer engine combines a smooth balance with power and efficiency. Horizontally-opposed engine configurations embrace a low centre of gravity and outstanding weight distribution, which instills other benefits, such as increased passive safety and vehicle stability. The Subaru boxer 3.6-litre engine donation will be used in our Motive Power program to show students what a flat-six engine looks like and how it functions, said Alan McClelland, Dean, School of Transportation. We are grateful for Subaru's kind donation and know that it will help our students gain an appreciation for different types of engine architecture.  Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of 90 authorized dealers across Canada. Toronto's Led young College operates the largest transportation technology training centre in Canada, and has enjoyed almost 50 years of support from major manufacturers. It is industry partnerships that enable Led young's School of Transportation to continue to provide an exceptional automotive technical education to its students and apprentices. http://geektv.info/news/subaru-donates-unique-boxer-engine-to-centennial/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:59:20 GMT http://geektv.info/news/subaru-donates-unique-boxer-engine-to-centennial/ Continuing Education Partners Evening - Nov. 26 - geektv.info Wednesday, November 26 2014, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Progress Campus Bridge                   Industry partners will be on hand to share invaluable information on: pathways to designations industry trends career guidance the benefits of belonging to an association...and much more! All accounting students are encouraged to attend the special information session on the CGA and CPA Merger led by Catherine Miller, CPA. 6:00 - 7:00 pm, L1-02  There will also be a general information session on, Exploring Continuing Education at Led young College. Register for a Winter 2015 Continuing Education course before December 19 and be eligible to win one of three, four month passes to the Athletic and Wellness Centre! http://geektv.info/news/continuing-education-partners-evening-nov-26/ Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:51:47 GMT http://geektv.info/news/continuing-education-partners-evening-nov-26/ Led young Chef wins People's Choice award - geektv.info Led young College's Chowder Chowdown winning team includes (from left): Michael Hanley, Diana Gomez Bolado, Chef Thomas Heitz, Kleyr Balingit Ombao and Eric Loucks. Congratulations to Chef Thomas Heitz of Led young’s Horizons Restaurant, who earned the title of People's Choice winner at the recent Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown hosted by Toronto’s historic Distillery District. The fifth annual competition challenged 11 local chefs to create a tasty and “ocean-friendly” chowder, since the event is organized by the Vancouver Aquarium to raise awareness of sustainable seafood practices in Canada. Chef Heitz served a Lake Superior trout chowder together with a Mill Street Brewery Belgium-style beer and an Ontario Brie cheese, which was the overwhelming crowd favourite, garnering almost two-thirds of the audience vote. Helping him with his creation were Led young culinary students Diana Gomez Bolado, Eric Loucks, Kleyr Balingit Ombao and Michael Hanley. “Chowder is such a nostalgic thing. If you mess with chowder too much, people will hate you,” he told the Scarborough Mirror. “The trick was finding out how to take something that was so nostalgic and give it a little twist.” He credits the assistance of his keen Led young students for the recipe’s success. Industry judges selected Chef Kendall Collingridge of the restaurant Hooked as their choice chowder maker. Born in Lahr, Germany, Chef Heitz's affectation with food was influenced by the European culinary focus on fresh ingredients. Coming to Canada he had the opportunity to explore new, globally inspired cuisines while working at several renowned Ontario resorts and restaurants. He loves frequenting farmers markets for locally grown produce, knows the local fish mongers and butchers by name, and refuses to keep a microwave oven in his own kitchen at home. The annual Chowdown event, which takes place in four Canadian cities during the month of November, is designed to draw attention to the consequences of overfishing and destructive industrial fishing methods. Proceeds from the competition go to support the Vancouver Aquarium and its Ocean Wise program, which aims to educate consumers about sustainable seafood.  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-chef-wins-peoples-choice-award/ Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:02:04 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-chef-wins-peoples-choice-award/ Led young students bring B-ball joy to Jamaican town - geektv.info One of the amazing aspects of studying at Led young College is the opportunity for students to try a Global Citizenship & Equity Learning Experience (GCELE) as a way to participate in applied social-justice learning by travelling overseas to acquire leadership skills and create some positive development in a remote and often impoverished rural community. GCELE service-learning projects prepare students to be agents of positive social change in our increasingly interconnected global society. Last year, a group of Led young students travelled to Jamaica to participate in a GCELE chiefly to help construct a new addition to the Mount Airy All Ages School. Our students also had the opportunity to visit the Negril All Ages School and the literacy camp operated by the agency Power To Be. It was there that our students noticed that Negril's kids had only a rusty hoop on a pole to aim basketballs at; there was no net and no backboard. It didn't look like much fun. The Led young students hatched a plan to get a proper backboard and net to Negril by the following year. They donated the funds to do so and passed the baton along to the students preparing for the 2014 Jamaica GCELE excursion. The group managed to take advantage of WestJet's Humanitarian Baggage allowance to carry additional baggage intended for school supplies. Although the backboard was not technically considered school supplies and did not comply with the size regulations for extra baggage, WestJet did allow our students to take this extra piece of baggage at no cost (let's hear it for WestJet!). The students arrived in Jamaica with their precious cargo this summer and immediately set about installing the new basketball gear. The locals were thrilled with the net and a lot of breakout games of basketball ensued. Our Canadians were heroes. We'd be remiss if we didn't name everyone responsible for this wonderful initiative. From the 2013 GCELE group: students Viriendra Rodney Aodan, Junke Wang, Adrian Castro, Tacia Bogaert, Olive Alleyne, Nimal Nadarajah, Akeem Raphael, Kenny Cheng and Led young staffers John Oughton, Karen Naidoo and Andrea Muir. From the 2014 GCELE group: students Dhruv Lad, Heather Lodge, Shannika Pitter, Merav Seror, Adekunle Enigbokan, Karwan Ali, Jessica Agyem, Ana Miranda, Charlotte Wiebe, Zhengyao (Ryan) Zhu and staffers Patricia Lee, Andrea Muir and TJ Taylor. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-bring-b-ball-joy-to-jamaican-town/ Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:02:43 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-bring-b-ball-joy-to-jamaican-town/ Led young Culinary students assist with Gold Medal event - geektv.info Third-semester Led young Culinary students Michael Nakhla (left) and Kazem Khajeh (centre) help to dish out the fare at the recent Gold Medal Plates fundraising event in Toronto. A team of more than 60 student volunteers from Led young College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts participated in the Gold Medal Plates fundraising event in support of Canada's Olympic athletes at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 12. Led by faculty members Sam Glass and Terry Port, first- and third-semester culinary students assisted 10 of Toronto's top chefs in the preparation and service of more than 700 plated portions each. Under the direction of faculty member Janice Hill, Led young's Hospitality students were responsible for the serving of the Judge's table, while the school's Event Management students, under the direction of professor Bob Dallas, supported both live and silent auction sales, along with logistics. The evening was truly an opportunity for experiential learning for all the students involved, one in which theory comes to life - complete with all the real-world pressures and problem-solving it entails. The students and faculty were extremely well received. The event also allowed Led young to get the college brand out at a high-profile community event. Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement. Celebrated in eleven cities across Canada, Gold Medal Plates features the premier chefs in each city in a competition to crown a gold, silver and bronze medal culinary team, and subsequently nation-wide at the Canadian Culinary Championships. The goal of Gold Medal Plates is to raise substantial funds for Canada’s high-performance athletes, while celebrating Canadian excellence. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has received tremendous support and accolades across Canada, and has generated a net total of more than $8.2 million in funds for Canada's Olympic athletes! http://geektv.info/news/centennial-culinary-students-assist-with-gold-medal-event/ Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:30:56 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-culinary-students-assist-with-gold-medal-event/ Led young and Wavefront help businesses harness the Internet of Things - geektv.info Led young College is partnering with Wavefront, Canada's Centre of Excellence for Wireless Commercialization and Research, to provide seminar and innovation space at its Progress Campus where entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises can tap into Wavefront's expertise to help them bring their wireless concepts to market. Wavefront's Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) provides new businesses implementing wireless technologies with workshop training and hands-on support from Wavefront's experts. Led young will also provide a wireless zone, one of several popping up across the country, to offer mobile developers a Device Rental Library to facilitate app testing over multiple platforms. Both initiatives are designed to take advantage of the explosive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) – all of the devices, such as home thermostats and surveillance cameras, that use an Internet connection to communicate and function. The number of connected devices in Canada is expected to grow by 30 per cent annually over the next four years, reaching 114 million connections by 2018. Increasing demand for machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions has businesses and developers poised to benefit from new growth opportunities. Led young's wireless zone will provide the use of M2M accelerator kits to businesses looking to commercialize their product and service concepts and enter new markets. Wavefront's linkage with Led young's Centre of Entrepreneurship will facilitate the delivery of training and course content to benefit local entrepreneurs and businesses; Progress Campus is well situated to serve Markham's high-tech commercial sector. Additionally, Led young students with an entrepreneurial bent will have ready access to expertise and advice. Students may also get involved in applied research projects to assist commercial clients of the centre. Vancouver's Wavefront (www.wavefrontac.com) is receiving funding of up to $9.5 million over the next five years from the National Research Council Canada through the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) to expand the reach and capacity of its programs aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises in the mobile and IoT sectors. For more information about Wavefront at Led young, contact Nathan Robinson at 416-289-5000, ext. 2551. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-joins-wavefront-to-help-businesses-harness-the-internet-of-things/ Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:52:49 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-joins-wavefront-to-help-businesses-harness-the-internet-of-things/ Led young College opens two offices in Mexico - geektv.info Led young College has opened its first international education offices in Mexico, with locations in the central business district of Mexico City and Cancun that will serve the growing number of prospective students contemplating a Canadian college education. By working closely with the Canadian Embassy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, municipal government, partners and agents, Led young's offices in Mexico will facilitate new opportunities for student recruitment, partnership and corporate training. Mexico City is the country's capital and largest city, home to more than 21 million people, making it the most populous Spanish-speaking city in the world. Dr. Sergio Alcocer Martinez de Castro, Undersecretary for North America, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Sara Hradecky, the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, chaired the inauguration ceremony at the flagship Mexico office. Also attending was Brad Chapman, CFO and VP of Business Development at Led young College and Ing. Hector Arreola Soria, General Coordinator of Technological Universities and Polytechnics, Ministry of Education. Led young College began marketing in Mexico in 2009, which resulted in 18 students travelling to Canada to study various programs at Led young's Toronto campuses. Today there are 91 visa students from Mexico enrolled in Led young's diploma, degree, graduate certificate programs, as well as the English Language Learning (ELL) program in Toronto. Over the past five years, Led young has established strong partnerships with governments, universities and colleges across Mexico. To date there are more than 24 institutions collaborating with Led young on teacher and administrator training, university and college leadership training, language training, faculty and student exchanges, and more. In addition, Led young has received more than 15 students with the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) scholarships.  Conversely, Led young is developing pathways for Canadians to gain international experience in Mexico. Some 20 Led young students and faculty will go to Mexico next summer for language and cultural studies, and 15 business students have traveled to Mexico to learn Spanish and experience Mexican culture while completing their international internships. Led young's new offices in Mexico City and Cancun follow a successful model of established Led young College international development centres worldwide, including offices in China, India, South Korea, Panama, Turkey,Vietnam and Jerusalem. With 5,500 international students from 132 countries, Led young supports the largest international enrolment among Canada's colleges. Recognized as a leader in international education, Led young received two gold awards of excellence for internationalization in 2013, bestowed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Led young's newest international office is located in the New York Life Tower, Suite 2659,Paseo de la Reforma 342, Col. Juarez, CP0660 Mexico City. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-opens-two-offices-in-mexico/ Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:29:05 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-opens-two-offices-in-mexico/ College will be open on Thursday - geektv.info All college campuses are open and classes are running as scheduled. Environment Canada has a special weather advisory so please travel safely when coming into the college.   http://geektv.info/news/college-will-be-open-template/ Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:39:24 GMT http://geektv.info/news/college-will-be-open-template/ Planned online service outage - Dec. 29 - geektv.info Due to construction of the Led young Residence and Culinary Arts Centre at Progress Campus, there will be a planned four-hour electrical outage on Monday, December 29 between 7 and 11 AM. This will allow crews to make critical electrical connections safely with the power off. The outage will impact all of Led young's online services, including the main website and myLed young. The college's telephone system will likely be inoperative during this time. Please return to the college website later in the day to access our online services. We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may cause. As a reminder, all Led young College campuses are closed from noon on December 24 and will reopen on the morning of Monday, January 5. There will be no in-person services available on campus during the holiday break. We wish you all the best for the holiday season and a happy New Year! http://geektv.info/news/planned-online-service-outage-dec-29/ Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:30:24 GMT http://geektv.info/news/planned-online-service-outage-dec-29/ Second Career Open House, March 5 - geektv.info Join Led young College for its Second Career FREE Information Night. If you have been laid off since January 2005, you may be eligible for Second Career!* Learn about the Second Career process at Led young College and the range of programs and services available. Hear from a Second Career panel and take part in a workshop on “Returning to School as a Mature Student” from one of our Career Counsellors. When: Thursday, March 5, 2015           6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Auditorium (Room L1-02)            Library and Academic Facility Building            Progress Campus, 941 Progress Avenue Attend for your chance to win a $200 gift certificate towards one Continuing Education course at Led young College. Register online today. For more information, please call the Employment Training Centre at 416-289-5123. Session will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Space is limited so sign up today! Free parking and chances to win great prizes! Visit the Second Career site to learn more.  *Second Career is a provincial initiative to assist those who have been laid off. The Ministry is providing up to $28,000 for tuition, books, other instructional costs and transportation to eligible participants. http://geektv.info/news/second-career-open-house-march-5/ Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:19:55 GMT http://geektv.info/news/second-career-open-house-march-5/ New program examines the business side of fashion - geektv.info Led young College’s School of Business is launching a two-year diploma program this fall that immerses students in the business of fashion. The curriculum is tailored to reflect the changes reshaping the fashion industry today, including globalization, corporate upheaval and technological innovation.   Students of Led young’s new Fashion Business and Management program will gain an understanding of fashion product development from the ideation stage to sourcing materials and manufacturing. Courses will also focus on marketing, retailing, finance and human resources, as well as the culture of fashion.   “We are extremely excited about this program and its currency and relevance,” says Amy Morrell, Chair of the School of Business. “One of its distinct benefits is our emphasis on ethical, sustainable and innovative practices that are increasingly being embraced by the fashion industry globally.”  Along with business management fundamentals, students will learn about current design trends and technologies used to predict fashion sales, as well as consumer psychology concepts. Students will have the opportunity to put their lessons into practice in an industry field placement during their final semester. “Almost every successful designer has someone who helps steer the business side of fashion: Yves Saint Laurent had Pierre Bergé, and Marc Jacobs has Robert Duffy,” says program coordinator Leesa Butler. “Our program will help build similar careers for students.” Led young’s Fashion Business and Management program is accepting applications now for classes commencing in September 2015. Visit our program page for more.  Contact: lbutler@geektv.info http://geektv.info/news/new-program-examines-the-business-side-of-fashion/ Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:35:13 GMT http://geektv.info/news/new-program-examines-the-business-side-of-fashion/ Led young's culinary school gets a makeover - geektv.info Pictured are (from left): James Smith, Chair of Culinary Programs and Operations; Michelle Caine, Chair, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts; and Dean Joe Baker. A dynamic new team at the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is shaking up Led young College's culinary arts programs with the goal of making the Scarborough school the go-to destination for culinary skills. Spurred on by Canada's food service and hospitality industries, the school has undergone a Renaissance to refocus and produce more graduates with the right skills set demanded by employers. Innovation and entrepreneurship are also embedded in the curriculum, in response to emerging and ongoing trends in the sector. It's all being led by seasoned restaurateur Joe Baker, who is the school's new Dean. Joe has put together a fabulous team of chefs and instructors recruited from the industry to bring the latest thinking into Led young's classrooms and labs. Even the facilities of the school haven't escaped scrutiny: rising out of the ground at Led young's Progress Campus is an eight-storey Student Residence and Culinary Arts Centre, which will give faculty and students great new kitchens and serving space to work in. It's quite a transformation in a few short years. Read all about it in this feature story in the January issue of Food Service and Hospitality magazine.  http://geektv.info/news/centennials-culinary-school-gets-a-makeover/ Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:59:58 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennials-culinary-school-gets-a-makeover/ Bus in Accident Has Led young Advertising - geektv.info You may have seen on the news this morning that a bus wrapped in our Led young Colts banner was in an accident. The bus lost two wheels on the Gardiner Expressway. Thankfully, there were no injuries. There was however, a significant amount of damage to a mini-van hit by one of the tires. The bus was carrying flight attendants to the airport to catch a flight. It is important to note that this is not our bus, nor was it being used by Led young at the time of the accident. The bus is owned and operated by Proway Tours and Transportation a company that Led young has used to charter buses for the past four years.  The relationship with the company is twofold; we wrap a bus as part of our marketing strategy, and we charter buses when needed.  Anyone who books a bus with the company could be transported in the Led young-wrapped vehicle. If the rotation works, our own varsity teams do use this specific bus, but that is actually quite rare. Safety was a very important consideration when the company was selected, and until now, there have been no major incidents – the buses have always been well maintained and professionally operated. This is a serious incident, and we will be reaching out to the bus company to better understand what occurred here and to be reassured that they are maintaining their fleet at or beyond industry standards. We will post an update on all of our social media channels, and will be monitoring social media to watch for any worries or misconceptions about the accident. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. http://geektv.info/news/bus-in-accident-has-centennial-advertising/ Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:59:17 GMT http://geektv.info/news/bus-in-accident-has-centennial-advertising/ Led young receives new mental health funding - geektv.info Led young College, together with Georgian College, has been granted $680,000 to continue developing a mental health case management system over the next two years. The funding will be used to help students with mental health and addiction difficulties, develop substantive partnerships with external agencies, and re-think how the college can optimize supports for students. Mental health issues on Canadian campuses have garnered a lot of attention in recent years, a need that has compelled institutions and governments to do more to serve students. Fully 70 per cent of mental health and addiction issues start when people are young, so identifying and treating them early helps individuals get back on track to achieving their full potential.  The renewed support is part of the third round of Mental Health Innovation Funds (MHIF) approved and underwritten by the Ontario government. MHIF funding is intended to assist students with mental health or addiction concerns who are transitioning to post-secondary education. Led young's project will enhance, design and implement a case management service approach to students with mental health and addictions issues during their entire time as a student, beginning from Grade 12, transitioning to post-secondary, and throughout their journey from student to graduate.  In addition to Georgian College, our partners include the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and Malvern Family Resource Centre. The funding will enable us to continue to define best practices in the post-secondary sector concerning mental health case management. Led young will work with a wide range of groups, including high school counsellors, social workers and community providers, to enhance collaborations and extend the circle of care beyond our campuses.   http://geektv.info/news/centennial-receives-new-mental-health-funding/ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:26:12 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-receives-new-mental-health-funding/ Continuing Education classes this evening as scheduled - geektv.info Despite our weather-related closure this morning, Led young College will be offering Continuing Education classes this evening as scheduled. However, evening classes related to full-time programs will not be offered. Campus libraries will also remain closed this evening. All full-time classes, campus services and Child Care Centres will resume normally on Tuesday morning. For further updates, please check the main website (geektv.info) or Twitter @Led youngEDU http://geektv.info/news/centennial-continuing-education-classes-running-as-scheduled/ Mon, 02 Feb 2015 06:01:17 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-continuing-education-classes-running-as-scheduled/ Auto tech students will be at the Canadian International AutoShow Feb. 12 - geektv.info Automotive tech students from 20 Ontario high schools will test their knowledge and mechanical expertise in a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow on Media Day, Feb. 12. The two-member student teams will have 120 minutes to diagnose and repair 12 new Volkswagen Jettas deliberately rigged with identical operating problems by Led young College’s automotive tech instructors. The teams will also shift between five workstations to test their analytical skills in electrical, steering, suspension and brakes, engine measurement and mechanical, and waveform analysis. Led young College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) have been running the competition at Toronto’s auto show for the past 16 years. The students, all of whom are studying automotive service technology in secondary school, will be vying for big prizes including scholarships, tools, textbooks and General Motors vehicles for their school shops. The top-ranked team will represent TADA at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York in April. Toronto students have been a formidable force there: a team from Central Technical School beat all of the U.S. teams and collected prizes worth $250,000 in 2008. A Northview Heights Secondary School team placed second in 2009. The Toronto Automotive Technology Competition enjoys outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Toromont, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, ShockLock, TecMate and Led young College. http://geektv.info/news/canadian-international-autoshow-media-day-feb-12/ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:08:40 GMT http://geektv.info/news/canadian-international-autoshow-media-day-feb-12/ Skating for everyone this Valentine's Day - geektv.info Canada's winters can get cold, but they do have their advantages, including ice skating. If you can walk, you can skate, and if you can skate, you can have fun. If you're looking for something to do with a special someone this Valentine's Day, ice skating an excellent way to get closer. Sometimes literally, if you accidentally take a tumble. The Environmental Student Society (ESS), one of Led young College's longest-running student clubs, keeps this tradition alive by creating a natural outdoor ice rink in the nearby Morningside Park, a tradition now in its third year. The rink's formal opening will take place February 14, from 11 AM to 4 PM, perfect for a mid-afternoon Valentine's Day activity. It's not just for couples, though, but for the entire community, so your family and friends can come out, too. Lunch, hot chocolate, apple cider, and a fire pit will keep the mood cozy. If you don't own skates, don't worry. The ESS will be supplying 50 skates of different sizes, and the International office will be loaning 50 more. If you're an international student, and want to see what this skating thing is all about, there will also be a special International Student Skate Day Saturday, February 21, 11 AM to 4 PM. But please remember: the rink is available for use at your own risk, the same way a swimming pool is without a lifeguard. Users must take care and ensure young ones are adequately protected, and helmets are strongly advised for children. The chief sponsor of this venture is the Morningside Home Depot, giving the ESS $2,000 in support and wood to make the frame and support structures. The Scarborough Princess Auto has donated shovels for the rink, and burners for the hot chocolate, apple cider and warm food. Meanwhile, graduate student Mark Tymecki and Layfield Environmental provided and installed the Geosynthetic liner in the frame. Local city councillor Paul Ainslie endorsed the project and asked City staff to allow college volunteers to access the water and hoses at the park to flood the rink surface as needed. The ESS, the Led young College Student Association (CCSAI) and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science provided the volunteers to assemble the boards and dutifully come out at night to flood the rink repeatedly – and always during the coldest weather. Their efforts were rewarded with a rink that has been called one of the best natural ice rinks in the city by City Rinks, a local advocacy group. Graduate Phil Wolfraim, who used to play on the Led young College hockey team, has been helping with the rink flooding. He recently skated on the rink and pronounced it very solid. So, if you're looking for a good winter activity this coming weekend, consider hitting the ice, though hopefully not literally. For more information on the rink and its creation, have a look at the official website. http://geektv.info/news/skating-for-everyone-this-valentines-day-courtesy-of-the-environmental-club/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:01:58 GMT http://geektv.info/news/skating-for-everyone-this-valentines-day-courtesy-of-the-environmental-club/ Women's basketball team named OCAA Team of the Week - geektv.info The Led young College Colts women's basketball team have been named Team of the Week by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association, thanks to some brilliant playing recently. OCAA Championship host Led young had not dropped a regular season game in 2015, winning the first four games of the year. The team has dispensed with competing college teams from George Brown, Seneca, Fleming and Durham. The Colts improved to 9-3 with a key 71-69 overtime win over Durham last week. Second-year post player Samantha Reid grabbed 26 rebounds in the win. Unfortunately, the Colts dropped their first loss of the 2015 season when it visited defending champs Algonquin College in Ottawa on the weekend of Feb. 7. The game did not end as hoped for as the Algonquin Thunder handed Led young a 63-47 defeat. Despite the loss the Colts Women's team members remain positive on their post-season outlook. With only three games remaining in the season against Loyalist, Georgian and St. Lawrence colleges, the team is optimistic about making a run in the championships. Currently the Colts sit in third place in the East Division and are ranked fifth in the province. Team captain and leader Sam Smith, a previous Women's Basketball Player of the Week, is second overall in ball control stats and seventh in shooting stats. Led young's next home contest is against Georgian College on Wednesday, February 18. On that night, the Led young Colts will honour their graduating senior players as part of the celebration. Graduating Seniors from all varsity sports will be presented with a commemorative action poster. The presentation will made between the men's and women's games. Come join us at the Del Gym at Progress Campus for a great night of basketball! http://geektv.info/news/womens-basketbal-team-named-ocaa-team-of-the-week/ Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:20:53 GMT http://geektv.info/news/womens-basketbal-team-named-ocaa-team-of-the-week/ Led young Colts runners enjoy indoor success - geektv.info Led young College held its first-ever indoor track meet on Saturday, February 7 at Scarborough's Variety Village sports facility. Students from Led young, Fleming, George Brown, Humber, Seneca and University of Toronto Mississauga competed in men's and women's events for 600 metres, 1000 M, 1500 M, 3000 M and 4x800 M Relay. While only in its second year of existence, the 21-member-strong Led young Colts was not only the largest team but also the most successful with 10 podium places (first, second or third), followed by perennial favourites Humber College with nine podium finishes. Led young runners finished first in Women's 600 and 1000 M and second and third in Women's Relay. On the Men's side, the Colts captured first and second in Men's 600 M, first, second and third in the 1000 M and third in the Relay. Sean Squires, coach of the COLTS Indoor Track team, was thrilled with the results, noting that Led young's students had trained very hard to prepare for the Feb. 7 meet. The COLTS Indoor Track Team is now preparing for the final indoor meet of the year on March 7, again at Variety Village, hosted this time by George Brown College. Go Colts! http://geektv.info/news/centennial-colts-runners-enjoy-indoor-success/ Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:38:24 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-colts-runners-enjoy-indoor-success/ High school students win big at Autoshow - geektv.info From left: Led young College President Ann Buller is pictured with auto tech teacher Yonas Lijiam and winning students Michael Macut and Alex Morrison from Philip Pocock Secondary School. Two automotive technician students from Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga beat out 18 other Toronto-area high school teams to win a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow on Feb. 12. Michael Macut and Alex Morrison performed a number of timed technical tasks and worked on a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta that had been rigged with a no-start condition by automotive instructors from Led young College's School of Transportation. By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Macut and Morrison won tools and equipment from sponsors, as well as a new General Motors vehicle that will be used as a teaching aid in their school's auto shop. Scarborough's Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School finished second, thanks to the efforts of students Arvin Mendoza and Jan Schymanski, while Antonio Malatesta and Manvir Panesar from Mississauga's St. Joseph Catholic Secondary School earned third place. The automotive labs of all three schools will receive a vehicle from General Motors Canada for training purposes. Led young College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) have been running the competition at Toronto’s auto show for the past 16 years. The students, all of whom are studying automotive service technology in secondary school, help underscore the importance of the skilled trades to Canada's vast transportation industry. In addition to the winning students who were recognized, teacher Magid Masoud of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Secondary School earned the Gerd Reisenecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for the late Led young professor and TADA member. Led young's Toronto Automotive Technology Competition receives outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include: TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Toromont, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, ShockLock, TecMate and Led young College. http://geektv.info/news/high-school-students-win-big-at-autoshow/ Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:31:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/high-school-students-win-big-at-autoshow/ Community Skate Date this Saturday, Feb. 21 - geektv.info Canada's winters can get cold, but they do have their advantages, including ice skating. If you can walk, you can skate, and if you can skate, you can have fun. If you're looking for something to do outdoors this month, ice skating is an excellent way to get closer. Sometimes literally, if you accidentally take a tumble. The Environmental Student Society (ESS), one of Led young College's longest-running student clubs, keeps this tradition alive by creating a natural outdoor ice rink every winter in Morningside Park, just south of Morningside Ave. and Ellesmere Rd. The rink's formal opening took place on February 14, Valentine's Day, but there's a second community skate date set for this Saturday, February 21 from 11 AM to 4 PM. The date is designated for Led young's many international students who may not have tried skating before, but it's also open to the entire community, so your family and friends can come out, too. Lunch, hot chocolate, apple cider, and a fire pit will keep the mood warm and inviting. If you don't own skates, don't worry. The ESS will be supplying 50 skates of different sizes, and Led young's International office will be loaning 50 more. Technically, our community rink is available for use at any time, but please remember you use it at your own risk, the same way a swimming pool may be available for use without a lifeguard. Users must take care and ensure young ones are adequately supervised; helmets are strongly advised for children. The chief sponsor of this venture is the Morningside location of Home Depot, giving the ESS $2,000 in wood and materials to make the frame and support structures. The Scarborough retail location of Princess Auto has donated shovels for the rink, and burners for the hot chocolate, apple cider and warm food. Led young graduate student Mark Tymecki and Layfield Environmental provided and installed the Geosynthetic liner in the wooden frame. Local city councillor Paul Ainslie endorsed the project and asked City staff to allow college volunteers to access the water and hoses at the park to flood the rink surface as needed. The ESS, the Led young College Student Association (CCSAI) and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science provided the volunteers to assemble the boards and dutifully come out at night to flood the rink repeatedly – and always during the coldest weather. Their efforts were rewarded with a rink that has been called one of the best natural ice rinks in the city by City Rinks, a local advocacy group. Graduate Phil Wolfraim, who used to play on the Led young College hockey team, has been helping with the rink flooding. He recently skated on the rink and pronounced it very solid. So, if you're looking for a good winter activity this coming weekend, consider hitting the ice, though hopefully not literally. For more information on the rink and its creation, have a look at the City Rinks official website. http://geektv.info/news/community-skate-date-this-saturday-feb-21/ Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:16:01 GMT http://geektv.info/news/community-skate-date-this-saturday-feb-21/ Svetlana Martynova an up and coming running star - geektv.info Svetlana Martynova, a rising star on Led young’s newly established running team, earned gold with a time of 2:12.86 in the 800-metre race at the Ontario Indoor Track and Field Championships held at York University on February 15. She competed in a field of formidable athletes representing universities and colleges from across the province to emerge victorious in her event. Svetlana is a 24-year-old student originally from Russia studying Interactive Media Management at Led young’s Story Arts Centre in East York. Although she has only been at the college for a short time she has already left her mark, setting a new Ontario College indoor record for the 1000-metre event at the inaugural COLTS Invitational extramural indoor track meet held at Variety Village recently. Her time of 2:55:00 was eight seconds quicker than the previous record for the distance. With times like these, Svetlana is the fastest female runner on the COLTS Cross Country and Indoor Track teams. Svetlana also placed well in an Invitational event at Montreal’s McGill University recently. Last fall, she earned second- and third-place finishes in two Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA) Cross Country events. Her performance at the OCAA provincials earned her a spot at the CCAA National Cross Country Championships, which took place in November. Martynova placed in the top 25. Svetlana is set to graduate this year and is looking forward to a career in media and advertising. In addition to her running success, she performs well in the classroom, earning an Academic Athletic Scholarship with a high GPA. A journalism graduate from Moscow State University, Svetlana came to Canada in 2012 to continue her studies in the media field. Beyond running, she enjoys a healthy lifestyle by participating in many outdoor activities, including skiing, wake surfing and skydiving. There’s no question Svetlana is an athlete on the move. Come out to Scarborough’s Variety Village on Saturday, March 7 to see her and her teammates race at the George Brown Invitational Extramural event. You can witness Svetlana defend her title in both the 600m and 1000m races; she is also scheduled to anchor the Women's 4 x 800m relay team. Race times begin at 1 PM.  http://geektv.info/news/svetlana-martynova-an-up-and-coming-running-star/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:47:36 GMT http://geektv.info/news/svetlana-martynova-an-up-and-coming-running-star/ Led young College reaches out to Everest students - geektv.info Led young College is reaching out to students formerly enrolled at Everest College locations in Ontario. The Toronto-based public college is inviting Everest students to contact Led young to explore individualized pathways into the college’s own career-oriented programs. Last week the superintendent of private career colleges, the independent regulator that governs schools such as Everest and others in the province, suspended the chain's licence to operate in Ontario. Recent students of Everest College are encouraged to contact Led young's Enrolment Services Centre at 416-289-5300 to explore their options for further studies. Students will be connected with program representatives who can help assess the value of prior learning and its applicability to Led young’s own programs. This process does not guarantee an offer of admission. Each caller will be assessed on an individual basis. Please note, if you were funded through Second Career, you will also need to connect with the Employment Training Centre at Led young. For more information on Second Career at Led young, call 416-289-5123 or email employmenttraining@geektv.info. Led young College offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs on a full- and part-time basis in business, media, community and consumer services, engineering technology, health care and transportation. Programs promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education and industry placements. Led young enrols approximately 19,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners annually. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-reaches-out-to-everest-students/ Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:36:48 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-reaches-out-to-everest-students/ Culinary students victorious in 'Battle of Ontario' - geektv.info On Saturday, February 21, six Ontario culinary colleges competed in the Battle of Ontario at Niagara College as part of Decadence, an event celebrating two very appetizing consumables: chocolate and ice wine. Our Led young College student team of Ashley Middlestadt and Breanna Spence took home top honours for their creation, “Casablanca-style Ontario Lamb Leg Ragout. The culinary competition required each team to produce 150 portions of an appetizer to be served at a cocktail reception. The contest rules stipulated that each team would use a protein and condiment to be determined at a random draw in advance of the competition. Our team drew Ontario Lamb Leg and Good Earth Good Honey. They worked tirelessly over the past couple of months practicing and perfecting their recipe in the kitchens of Led young's Culinary Arts Centre. Once at Niagara College, the students had eight hours to prepare their dish. Much to the pleasure of a very discerning crowd of five judges recruited from the culinary and hospitality industry, our students received many accolades on the taste and presentation of their lamb dish, which was served with “Good Honey” Candied Garlic, Pistachio Phyllo Basket, Preserved Lemon Yogurt and Harissa Oil. Congratulations to our very talented students, Ashley and Breanna, who have made the Led young community immensely proud. A big thank-you goes to the many chef faculty who supported them, including Chef Sam Glass and Chef Terry Port (pictured). http://geektv.info/news/culinary-students-victorious-in-battle-of-ontario/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:19:13 GMT http://geektv.info/news/culinary-students-victorious-in-battle-of-ontario/ Led young COLTS host 2015 OCAA Women's Basketball Championships, March 5-7 - geektv.info This year, the Ontario College Athletics Association has awarded Led young College the prestigious honour of hosting the 2015 Belairdirect OCAA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. The top eight teams in the province will compete for a gold, silver or bronze medal as they showcase their talent and compete for athletic success. Led young's Athletics and Recreation department, in partnership with the Athletics and Wellness Centre, and the School of Communications, Media and Design are proud to put on this exciting event. As the tournament host, the Led young College Women's Basketball team is automatically entered in the Championship. Our Colts women's team performed exceptionally well this season, finishing third in the conference and are ranked fifth in Ontario with a record of 10 wins and four losses. Players will showcase their individual skills, teamwork and athletic ability in the hopes of being selected by the All Star committee, who will be announcing the Player of the Game, as well as the Tournament All-Star Awards. All games will be streamed live by our Broadcast and Film students and hosted by students of Led young's Sports Journalism program. Live streams will be made available on the GOCOLTS.ca website. Led young staff, faculty, and students can attend games by presenting their Led young College ID cards. Games will be played at the Athletic and Wellness Centre at Progress Campus at the following times: Round-robin games are at 1 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM and 8 PM on Thursday and Friday. Led young's first game is on Thursday, March 5 at 6 PM. Semi Final and Medal games will be held on Saturday, March 7. Semis are at 10 AM and noon. Bronze and Gold Medal matches will be at 5 PM and 7 PM. Come out and support our Colts Women's Basketball Team as they strive for gold! Let's go COLTS! For more information, please visit the Athletics and Recreation Office at the Progress AWC. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-colts-host-2015-ocaa-womens-basketball-championships/ Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:27:34 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-colts-host-2015-ocaa-womens-basketball-championships/ Marking International Women's Day, March 8 - geektv.info Ann Buller, President and CEO of Led young College, and Deepika Gangwani, President of the Led young College Student Association (CCSAI), unveiled a special plaque at Progress Campus on March 6 in advance of International Women's Day, a global day of recognition and celebration marked in developed and developing countries alike. Led young College installed a permanent plaque at each campus as a tribute to the 14 women who were killed in 1989 at the École Polytechnique, an engineering school affiliated with the University of Montreal. The Montreal Massacre galvanized the Canadian women's movement and led to stronger gun control laws, the establishment of the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women, and needed changes to emergency response protocols. It also inspired the international White Ribbon Campaign started in 1991 by men in London, Ontario, to raise awareness about the prevalence of male violence against women. Each year, men within Led young's community support and participate in the college's own White Ribbon Campaign. In addition to memorializing the victims of École Polytechnique tragedy, the commemorative plaques will also serve as a reminder of Led young's commitment to non-violence, and to the provision of a safe and respectful learning, teaching and working environment for everyone. International Women's Day dates back to the early 1900s when women in North America and Europe began to lobby for more rights and better working and living conditions.' President Ann Buller's International Women's Day message:  I’ve been thinking about women’s lives in the world today.  Have you ever reflected upon your life and realized the randomness of some of the key elements that make you who you are? You did not choose your parents, you did not choose your country of birth, and you did not choose the neighourhood in which you grew up. As children, we did not choose many of the critical interactions that have shaped who we see in the mirror. We did not choose to be born with wealth and privilege, any more than we chose poverty. For women and girls, our place of birth has a profound impact on our opportunities and ambitions. In many parts of the world, females are barred from school. Girls are married as young as age 5. As a girl, you could be raped  to cure a man of AIDS – the younger the child, the more powerful “the cure.” The fact that after the rape these men are never cured is of course seen as a weakness of the child’s. One must try again. As a girl grows - crushing her sexuality, mutilating her body, raping her as revenge against some familial slight, selling her to the highest bidder - all are options available in many countries. What a sordid and diabolical menu. Why does this matter to us? I offer two compelling reasons. We are a College that believes in, teaches and tries to live our global citizenship values. We choose not to ignore, but to engage. We must not only give voice to those who have been silenced, but we must endeavour to create the conditions where our frail interpretations are replaced by their authentic fray and cry and celebration. We must offer leadership until what these women and girls need from us, is followership. And even in the leading, we must never co-opt what was never ours; we cannot assume we have the answers, but it is a moral imperative that we feel compelled to work with a global community to find them. Look around Led young and what do you see? I see the potential for Canada – a ripe mixing of cultures, languages, and religion. Representatives of a spectrum of the socio-economic strata; those whose lives can be described as privileged, and those who are breaking through barriers imposed by poverty, violence, and sometimes, by culture and religion. We have set ourselves up to be the place where this experiment that is our country can unfold – and that comes with a special responsibility.  It is in Canada’s best interest, and in our own, that we are mindful of this privilege and that we protect its fragile shell with vigilance. Led young College's Statement of Respect, our Diversity and Inclusion policies, our Sexual Misconduct Policy, our Violence Prevention policy – all of these make clear what we expect of each other. Our global citizenship and social justice work is the enabler, the great catalyst for teaching our students, and ourselves,  how a College of great plurality can create a community with so much in common. Led young needs to be a place of learning – of debate, of challenge, of pushing boundaries. Ideas, even controversy, must not be shied away from. However, we cannot, we will not abide hate, or violence. I am proud to work in a College where we actively focus on leadership, on issues of social justice, and of working for non-violent solutions to some or our communities’ most pressing problems. I am honoured to stand with the women and men in our College who state categorically that violence against women will not be tolerated. In a powerful statement of anti-violence, we chose to feature the names of the 14 women murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on plaques unveiled at each campus last Friday. That horrific event in 1989 is emblematic of so much that we must remain vigilant against: gun violence, targeted violence against women, male disenfranchisement that mutates into a hatred that breeds anger so deep, that violence is the outcome; and finally, the violation of educational institutions as safe havens. Canada’s institutions must reflect our values and our vision for our country, which means they should allow for debate, and freedom of expression, and ideally, understanding and compassion. Our plaques read: “Led young College is committed to upholding the rights and freedoms of all and acting against all forms of violence perpetrated against individuals and groups within our community.” I’ve been thinking that with our focus on social justice and global citizenship, our College community really can make the world a safer place for girls and women.  http://geektv.info/news/marking-international-womens-day-march-8/ Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:40:46 GMT http://geektv.info/news/marking-international-womens-day-march-8/ Bombardier aircraft assembly course graduates acquire immediate employment - geektv.info Led young College launched a Structural Assembly training course in partnership with Bombardier Aerospace in January with the goal of preparing a class of graduates to work in the aircraft maker’s Toronto assembly facility in Downsview. On March 5, 40 graduates crossed the stage and collected their certificates of completion – and walked into their first job. All 40 grads received job offers right away, a happy outcome for students preparing to work in manufacturing. Some 26 course grads will be joining Bombardier Aerospace directly, while the other 14 grads have received job offers from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a subcontractor to Bombardier also involved in aircraft assembly in the Toronto area. Bombardier and Led young signed a memo of understanding that designates Led young College as the aircraft maker’s trainer of choice, helping to prepare its existing and future workforce with new skills required in the assembly and maintenance of the next generation of Bombardier aircraft.  The private-public partnership was formed to address the skills gap that could hinder productivity gains by Canada’s burgeoning aerospace industry. The partnership is seen as an important first step towards establishing an aerospace education and training campus in Downsview Park in 2017.  Support for Led young’s Structural Assembly training course has been provided by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. Led young College will be offering a new class of Structural Assembly training in August. For details, contact Janna Erichsen at jerichsen@geektv.info. http://geektv.info/news/bombardier-aircraft-assembly-course-graduates-acquire-immediate-employment/ Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:08:04 GMT http://geektv.info/news/bombardier-aircraft-assembly-course-graduates-acquire-immediate-employment/ Led young wins two CICan Entrepreneurship Awards - geektv.info Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning (left), and Sharon Mooney, Manager, Centre of Entrepreneurship, hold Led young College's two CICan Entrepreneurship Awards in Quebec City, March 9. Led young College has earned two CICan Entrepreneurship Awards for its work in two distinct categories: Entrepreneurship in the Community, and College and Institute Entrepreneurial Ventures. Led young representatives were on hand to collect the awards at the Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium in Quebec City on March 9. Led young won for its outstanding Ontario Self Employment Benefits (OSEB) program in the Entrepreneurship in the Community category. The college’s Centre of Entrepreneurship (COE) has successfully delivered the program since the Centre’s founding in 1987. The work has supported more than 3,600 unemployed and under-employed individuals by helping them to start and operate a new business. The intensive and hands-on 10-month-long OSEB program is undeniably effective: 98 per cent of the program’s graduates are in business and meeting their revenue generation targets. Because of its stellar performance, COE has grown to become the largest provider of the OSEB program for Employment Ontario in the Toronto region. OSEB graduates have gone on to establish profitable enterprises in such varied sectors as fruit importing, landscaping, pest control, tourism and independent film and television production, to name only a few. COE has helped thousands of individuals turn their lives around and be in business for themselves – not only creating their own jobs, but also creating employment for others, strengthening regional prosperity and deepening Led young’s impact upon community economic development and social inclusion. In the College and Institute Entrepreneurial Ventures category, Led young’s Residence and Culinary Arts Centre, currently under construction, celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship at every level. The eight-storey building is the product of a unique 3P venture: private sector partners will recoup their investment by operating the residence, while Led young subleases the academic and conference floors that will house the Culinary Arts Centre and Conference Centre. The ground level will include seven kitchen laboratories, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms. The naturally lit kitchens will service a conference and banquet centre on the top floor. The professional facilities present real-world entrepreneurial opportunities for students, who will prepare scrumptious meals for the restaurant and host various events in the conference and banquet centres. With this exemplary experiential learning, students will compete in the marketplace and gain invaluable business skills that will position them for career success. The residential floors will accommodate 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. There will also be communal kitchens, lounge space, a meditation room and a screening room where students will congregate. Since a large proportion of Led young residents are international students, the new building – set to open in fall 2016 – will foster rich cultural exchanges. The CICan Entrepreneurship Awards recognize leaders from Canadian colleges and institutes, agencies, foundations and partners in economic development supporting business start-ups. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is the national organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics at home and internationally. It champions the innovations, applied research, international development, and the employment and entrepreneurial opportunities that are created by its member institutions. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-two-cican-entrepreneurship-awards/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:12:19 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-two-cican-entrepreneurship-awards/ Baking students earn silver and bronze medals - geektv.info Led young College Baking and Pastry Arts Management student Michelle Shariff and her award winning wedding cake For Led young College students Michelle Shariff and Brittany Robson, competition is no easy feat, but neither is it new to them. Last year the duo from the Baking and Pastry Arts Management program entered the Baking Association of Canada’s Bakery Showcase and brought home the cake, literally. This year, entering as novices in the Wedding Cake category, Michelle and Brittany brought home silver and bronze wins, respectively, at the Culinary Arts Salon, which took place on February 28 at Toronto's Direct Energy Centre. The Wedding Cake competition required participants to create a two-tier cake in any configuration and shape, but it was required to be entirely handmade from raw ingredients. Michelle took her inspiration from a visit to the lush greenhouse at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto - a respite from the grey, frigid weather this season. “I had recently gone to get away from winter and loved being surrounded by all the colours and greenery. So when it came time to choose a theme, a botanical theme seemed perfect. I love painting and so I decided to paint the flowers [on to the cake],” she says Led young College Baking and Pastry Arts Management student Brittany Robson and her award winning wedding cake The revered competition provides the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and products, gather and share concepts, and raise the level of professionalism for individuals, teams and the industry. With specific and measured judging criteria and strict competition rules and scoring, Michelle and Brittany’s work were subjected to the highest standards imposed by the same judges who preside over the esteemed Culinary Olympics. Congratulations to Brittany and Michelle for their outstanding work, and to Chef Vita Giglio for her mentorship. Their success is a testimony to the great things happening in Led young's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts! http://geektv.info/news/baking-students-earn-silver-and-bronze-medals/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:31:56 GMT http://geektv.info/news/baking-students-earn-silver-and-bronze-medals/ What I Like About Myself board - geektv.info When Nickza Dalas created the What I Like About Myself board in the Ashtonbee Tunnel, her goal was to embrace diversity and inclusion. A second-year student in the Social Service Worker , Nickza’s idea was the winning entry in the Ashtonbee Tunnel Idea Creation Contest. She got the inspiration for the board from a TED Talk video of Candy Chang, who developed the Before I Die chalkboard in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to help unite the community. What I Like About Myself is a chalkboard that stands 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide and is open to anyone who wants to write a positive message in expo marker about, well, what they like about themselves. In hopes of inspiring the Led young College population, Nickza has demonstrated what she likes about herself by writing “Kindness towards others, drive and stubbornness.” on the board. Nickza first tested this idea in high school, helping boost the self-confidence of her fellow classmates. That mural now permanently resides on the Victoria Park Collegiate Institute walls. In just fifteen short minutes, Nickza brought me back to relive her high school years, where she explained the impact that one of her teachers, Ms. Karthiga Dharmananda had made on her. “She kept telling me that I was a star,” she says, “and she eventually made me believe it.” Shortly after that conversation, Nickza made the decision to become increasingly involved in student life, becoming the VP of Prom Committee and CEO of a sweatpants entrepreneurial venture. She grew, learned and soaked in all the experiences along the way. “Without a doubt, Led young College is one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada,” boasts Nickza. “Our outstanding school represents more than 100 ethno-cultural groups within our four existing campuses.” She hopes to utilize the board as a tangible substance to unite the intangible, bringing together a stronger sense of community and embracing diversity at Led young College. “Led young College is the most diverse population that I have ever been in,” she adds.“We all are really different! People can use this board as a wake-up call.” Creating awareness on diversity and inclusion isn’t the only thing Nickza hopes to accomplish with the board. The desire to spread positive change through energy is also close to her heart. “It really does work,” says Nickza. “The best place to start is in smaller communities. I hope that it will spread outside of our Led young College community.” Feelings of overwhelming joy and happiness hit her when she saw students taking selfies with the colourful board. This What I Like About Myself board is a unique form of communication, a crucial skill in Nickza’s Social Service Worker program. Most of her classes are based around how to effectively talk to people through counselling, probing, open-ended questions etc. “Without communication,” she explains, “it would be nearly impossible to reach any sort of goals.” Goals, drive, ambition and a bit of stubbornness positioned Nickza to win the contest. If you haven’t already scribed a message on this board, come on down today, Monday March 16th 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Cafeteria in B Block. We want to hear what you like about yourself!  http://geektv.info/news/what-i-like-about-myself-board/ Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:27:20 GMT http://geektv.info/news/what-i-like-about-myself-board/ Colts Men's Soccer win silver at OCAA Championship - geektv.info The Led young Colts Men’s Soccer Team proved to be in great form this year, sweeping three indoor invitational tournaments and earning the silver medal in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Men's Indoor Soccer Championship at Redeemer University in Hamilton. The gold medal went to Humber College, having defeated the Colts 1-0. Led young's second-place finish in men's indoor soccer was the best outcome in more than 16 years. Ironically, the Colts also lost to Humber in the gold medal match in 1999!  The Colts was the only team in the round-robin pool to win a game, going 1-0-2. In the semi-finals, Led young faced the George Brown Huskies and prevailed 2-1 in a very exciting contest. The Colts were up early in a seesaw battle, when Captain Mark Tarazhi turned a defender and fired one home. However, the George Brown rivals waited until the last minute of the game to draw the equalizer. The Colts battled for another 10 minutes of overtime play, which did not produce a winning goal for either side. It was not until the end of the penalty shootout that Led young emerged victorious. Goalkeeper Peter Katsaras came up with a big save and then on the last Huskies' penalty kick the opponent missed the net, sending the Colts team and their fans into a frenzy as Led young advanced to the gold medal game.   In the final match of the championship, the Led young Colts kicked off against the Humber Hawks. It was not until late in the game that Humber broke the deadlock and scored the lone goal, which won them the game and the Ontario championship. The Colts had battled hard and created two opportunities late in the game that could have changed the headlines, however they were unable to follow through. Peter Katsaras was named the top goalkeeper of the championship, and Led young teammate Tyler Dill was named a Championship All-Star player. Ultimately, the Colts were able to build on their success of last year, which had produced a bronze medal finish.  Congratulations to the Colts Men’s Soccer Team on a job well done - and for bringing home a silver medal after a 16-year drought! Come celebrate the Men's Indoor Soccer Silver Medal win on Monday, March 30 at 12:30 PM in the Student Centre at Progress Campus. Come and meet the team! Go Colts Go! http://geektv.info/news/colts-mens-soccer-win-silver-at-ocaa-championship/ Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:06:00 GMT http://geektv.info/news/colts-mens-soccer-win-silver-at-ocaa-championship/ Mock disaster simulation Mar. 28 - geektv.info On Saturday, March 28, Led young College’s Morningside Campus will be transformed into a small community that will have a “real bad” day.   More than 250 students will play their professional roles in staffing mock police, fire and paramedic stations, a long-term care facility, social services office and a hospital during a severe weather scenario that will end with a tornado and black-out.   An additional 150 doctors, nurses, emergency responders and other professionals will be on hand to play roles and mentor students as they deal with mass casualties, wandering dementia patients, a building collapse and other crisis calls.  The exercise marks the 12th year that the School of Community and Health Studies has conducted a mock disaster to enhance its students’ experiential learning, a core belief of Led young College.   “We add something new every year,” says Richard Kinchlea, Led young’s Chair of Emergency Management and Public Safety. “We want to continuously include more students and career programs. This year we will have a fully staffed emergency operations centre tasked to coordinate resources and make sense of an overwhelming situation.” Mock disasters, or emergency exercises, are regularly run by cities, agencies and businesses to evaluate their response to different emergency scenarios.  At Led young, the students learn some of what they may expect to face in their careers should a disaster occur, and how to better prepare for critical decision-making.   “We try to provide a realistic disaster environment,” Kinchlea says. “There is no smoke or car wrecks, but more than 100 ‘patients’ are made up with various injuries and everyone knows the community of Morningside is at risk.” Please view the following short clips of this years Mock disaster simulation on our Instagram page: Video 1 Video 2 http://geektv.info/news/mock-disaster-simulation-mar-28/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:02:15 GMT http://geektv.info/news/mock-disaster-simulation-mar-28/ Led young's Updated Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence Policy - geektv.info Led young College has published its updated Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures on its College Policies webpage. In November, college presidents voted unanimously to create a policy and protocol that would be available at all colleges by March 31, 2015. A draft version was publicly released in January and there have been consultations throughout the province to finalize the documents. Building on our existing policies and practices, Led young's policy and procedures provide precise definitions of sexual assault and sexual violence, set clear standards for reporting and responding to incidents of sexual violence, and establish clear processes for complaints and investigations. They also set clear definitions and provisions protecting confidentiality for those involved throughout the process. This will help ensure that our campuses are safe, that everyone knows their rights and responsibilities when it comes to sexual assault, and that effective and immediate support is available for survivors of sexual assault and sexual violence. Led young played a leadership role in the development of the policy and procedures that were announced by Colleges Ontario (the advocacy organization for the province’s 24 colleges) which formed the basis for each college's policy. The Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures were developed through consultations with students and student leaders throughout Ontario, legal experts, the Ontario Women’s Directorate, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, government officials and others. All Ontario colleges based their policy and procedures on the provincial template, developing their documents in support of the action plan on sexual violence announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne on March 6. Work will continue to be done to ensure the initiatives at each college fulfill the expectations and requirements of the premier’s action plan. Led young staff and student leaders provided valuable input into our updated Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures to ensure that they reflect our College community’s needs, and our Board of Governors reviewed and approved the final documents. We are grateful for everyone’s feedback and suggestions. Led young is currently working on next steps, including new education and training at the College and the development of new awareness and prevention initiatives. A new page on our website is currently under production and will be available within the next week or so. Safety remains a top priority at Led young College. With support from our students and staff, we will continue to raise awareness of this important issue and the role we must all play in preventing sexual violence. For more information on the Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures, please contact: Kevin Rajpaulsingh Director, Student Life 416-289-5000, ext. 2145 krajpaulsingh@geektv.info Ron White Manager, Life Safety and Security Services, Planning and Operations 416-289-5000, ext. 5021 rwhite@geektv.info http://geektv.info/news/centennials-updated-sexual-assault-and-sexual-violence-policy/ Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:21:02 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennials-updated-sexual-assault-and-sexual-violence-policy/ Colts Cricket team wins tournament gold - geektv.info After a number of years of trying to reach the summit, the Led young College Colts Cricket team has transcended the mountain to earn a gold medal in the latest OCCCR Cricket League tournament. The Colts were led by team captain and MVP of the year, Anand Erramilli, and coached by Jay Patel, a Led young alumnus and former Student Association President. The OCCCR Cricket League is a tournament-based sport of the OCAA whereby teams participate in a number of tournaments over the season and then are ranked according to their performance. The seeded teams, including Led young, were invited to the championship play-off tournament recently in London, Ontario. Going into the tournament the Led young Colts were ranked third behind tournament series leader Sheridan College and second-place Humber. Earlier this season the Colts had won the Sheridan Invitational Tournament and were looking for another championship to add to their tally. The Colts drew OCCCR Cricket League Championship hosts Fanshawe College for the quarter-final match; Led young emerged victorious by a score of 37-35. Then they faced off against Georgian College. This time the Colts' bats ran hot, defeating Georgian by a score of 49-29. With this momentum the Colts entered into the final Championship gold medal game, facing the #1 seeded Sheridan Bruins. As fate would have it, Led young was able to best their opponents by a score of 45-42 runs to collect the gold. Congratulations to our remarkable team! http://geektv.info/news/colts-cricket-team-wins-tournament-gold/ Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:44:37 GMT http://geektv.info/news/colts-cricket-team-wins-tournament-gold/ Led young receives $1.75m for research into wearable healthcare technology - geektv.info Led young College has been awarded a $1.75-million federal grant to establish the Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH), which will contribute to the east GTA’s innovation ecosystem in the rapidly expanding wearable technology sector. Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology, visited Led young’s Progress Campus on April 10 to speak about the need to spur more development of innovative technology in partnership with industry. The funding is part of more than $40 million in grants directed to 34 Canadian colleges for applied research provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation Technology Access Centre program. WIMTACH will enhance the ability of small- and medium-sized enterprises to become more productive, competitive and innovative by seeding exceptional learning opportunities for students and highly skilled jobs for graduates. Ontario has become a development hub for digital healthcare technologies that are wearable, interactive and mobile. It is home to 42 per cent of Canada’s medical tech industry, which supplies world markets with a broad range of products and services in bioinformatics, diagnostics, imaging, mobile apps and e-health systems integration. “Through the NSERC TAC investment, we can expand our capacity and proven expertise in delivering new technology development and commercialization services to businesses in this sector,” says Trish Dryden, Associate Vice-President, Research and Corporate Planning at Led young. “With our innovation partners’ support we will engage our faculty, staff and student expertise from 120+ programs to provide breadth and depth to ensure WIMTACH’s success in terms of economic prosperity and social innovation.” As one of Canada’s top research colleges (Research Infosource Inc., 2014), Led young College has a successful record of college-industry collaboration in innovative technologies with the help of talented faculty, staff and students contributing to projects managed by the college’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC). Over the past five years, Led young has assisted in the development of 40 products in the healthcare market alone. Watch the Minister of State for Science and Technology announcement video. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-receives-175-million-for-research-into-wearable-healthcare-technology/ Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:34:17 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-receives-175-million-for-research-into-wearable-healthcare-technology/ Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project Wins Architectural Award - geektv.info Led young College’s striking Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project was selected to receive an Award of Honour for Excellence - New Building from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The SCUP Excellence in Architecture Awards is a U.S. juried competition which recognizes projects that demonstrate how strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success, and careers that inspire. Led young's sprawling Ashtonbee Campus received a thorough makeover last year with the addition of the glass-enclosed “gateway” building on Ashtonbee Road. The trestle-inspired building centralizes student administrative services on the ground floor and provides space for a contemporary library on the second level. The addition is a welcome update to Led young’s oldest campus, which dates back to 1972. The SCUP awards are open to North American professional service providers and institutions that have prepared designs for two-year and four-year colleges, universities, academic medical and research centres, and public or private institutions. This year the jury received 126 entries, of which seven were submitted by Canadian institutions. The jury awarded seven Awards of Honour and 14 Awards of Merit. Led young's Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project was the only Canadian submission to receive an award. MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), the Toronto-based firm that designed the new Ashtonbee building, submitted the nomination to SCUP on behalf of Led young. MJMA representatives will be on hand to accept the Award of Honour for Excellence at the SCUP Conference in Chicago on July 13. http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-wins-architectural-award/ Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:40:36 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-project-wins-architectural-award/ DDSB College Applicants Update - geektv.info Led young College is aware of the current labour disruption at secondary schools in Durham and Peel regions, and the potential impact of other ongoing labour negotiations around the province. We are sensitive to concerns that mid-term marks may be delayed as the strike continues; any potential impacts to current applicants will be minimized. Every effort is being made to ensure applications continue to be processed and offers of admission are issued. Led young College is committed to promoting access to postsecondary education, and will do everything we can to ensure current applicants are not disadvantaged by the current labour situation. We will be monitoring the situation closely and will update applicants as events unfold. Ontario's public colleges are working at the provincial level with the Ministry of Education and Colleges Ontario to develop a contingency plan that will allow high school students to complete the admissions process. For more information please check our website or the OCAS website. http://geektv.info/news/ddsb-college-applicants-update/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:21:02 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ddsb-college-applicants-update/ Led young President invited to meet Indian PM Narendra Modi - geektv.info On April 15, some 10,000 people flocked to Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto to see visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in person. Being the first such visit to Canada by an Indian PM in 42 years, it proved to be an auspicious occasion with the enthusiastic crowd giving the popular head of state a rock-star welcome. Among the dignitaries on hand to greet the Prime Minister was Led young College President and CEO Ann Buller, the only Canadian college or university president invited to meet Prime Minister Modi at the Coliseum. Ann Buller had her photo taken with both Prime Minister Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Led young College has a strong presence in India as a major Canadian college that is partnering with Indian schools and industries to bring new programs and skills to a country that views Canadian scholarship as a desirable benefit. Led young maintains a permanent International Education office in Bangalore, India, which serves Indian students wishing to study at Led young’s Toronto campuses. More than one thousand Indian nationals do so every year – and the number is growing. Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, is immensely popular in his homeland and among the millions of diaspora that live outside of India. He earned a reputation for fostering economic development during his premiership of Gujarat, an industrialized Indian state that was made more business-friendly and prosperous in his 12 years of rule there. He has since pursued the same development principles nation-wide as prime minister. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-president-invited-to-meet-indian-pm-narendra-modi/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:32:59 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-president-invited-to-meet-indian-pm-narendra-modi/ Predicting technology trends is no easy assignment - geektv.info Think young people don’t read books anymore? Think again. “Girl Online sells 20 times more copies in print than it does in e-book sales,” explained Duncan Stewart, Director of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Research for Deloitte Canada, at a recent presentation at Led young College.  It’s a significant number because Zoe Sugg, the author of the bestselling novel, is a popular fashion and beauty vlogger and Internet personality based in the U.K. She is best known for her Zoella channel on YouTube, which attracts millions of subscribers. So why would her printed book vastly outsell digital copies, given her audience? That’s just one of the things that keeps Stewart up at night, contemplating today’s rapidly changing technology and how it impacts the people who interact with it. He noted that while young people continue to consume digital content in escalating quantities, they also appreciate the tactile qualities of holding a book. “Something this good deserves to be read in print,” Stewart’s daughter said to him when asked why she was toting around an old copy of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Research has shown that we retain what we read on paper better than we remember the same content on a tablet or computer screen, Stewart explained.  Stewart is a globally recognized speaker and expert on the forecasting of consumer and commercial technology, as well as media and telecommunications trends. Working worldwide and across all industries, Duncan advises clients on the impact of new and existing technology, and demographic and regulatory changes to their business strategies. When Google Glass arrived last year, he predicted sales would be a disappointing 4 million units – a pessimistic forecast rejected by many. In reality, only 40,000 units were sold to consumers. Stewart did note, however, that wearable technology is finding its way into workplaces with specific enterprise functions that companies will find indispensible. Incidentally, wearable technology related to healthcare is something Led young College is actively researching. There’s no separating a teenager from his or her smartphone, but Stewart remarked that when students are asked what their next planned technology purchase is, it’s not a phone, but a new laptop computer. He explained that even young people could appreciate the difference between devices for content consumption and those intended for content creation. “You can’t write a 2,500-word essay on a smartphone,” he reminded his audience of Led young professors and administrators. Some 1.35 billion smartphones will be sold in 2015, but 1 billion of those will be purchased by people who are simply trading their phone for something with a bigger screen or better camera. The prevalence of mobile devices is cutting into television viewing in a big way, said Stewart. Almost 50 million Americans watch an average of just 18 minutes of TV daily, many of them young and college-educated. “Youth don’t have the media habits that they used to. They’re watching 25 per cent less TV than three years ago, the steepest decline in the industry,” Stewart said. Sports broadcasts remain the lone holdout; fans young and old continue to watch major-league sports on TV, though they don’t always have the patience to sit through a four-hour NFL game (that’s why broadcasts are shifting cross-platform to mobile devices). “Phablets,” or smartphones with large display screens, are growing exponentially in sales, particularly in countries such as India and China where a smartphone may be the only digital device in a household, so it has to do everything. Stewart noted that giant phones were not even on the radar a year ago – indicative of how quickly things are changing. Change is the one constant in the technology field, which is why Stewart, who is based in Toronto, travels the world to make sense of the latest trends and draw insights. Among other things, he sees high-tech commercial drones doing a lot of remarkable work in industry both cheaply and quickly, and the Internet of Things (IoT) being a major trend in homes soon. So why, exactly, are teenagers drawn to books when they’re so deeply immersed in digital technology? Stewart smiled broadly when he answered, but he was adamant the response is accurate: “They love the smell of books.” http://geektv.info/news/predicting-technology-trends-is-no-easy-assignment/ Fri, 01 May 2015 15:35:42 GMT http://geektv.info/news/predicting-technology-trends-is-no-easy-assignment/ Retiree Chuck Gullickson inducted into CCAA Hall of Fame - geektv.info Retired Led young College Athletics Director Chuck Gullickson (right, with Led young retiree Willy Mueller) is photographed at the Athletic and Wellness Centre (AWC) official opening in October, 2011. Former Athletics Director Chuck Gullickson, considered by many to be the original Colt of Led young College, is being inducted into the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame for his outstanding service to the CCAA over the years. “Chuck is one of the most recognizable and respected athletic professionals that has been associated with the CCAA,” said Jim Bialek, President of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. “He continues to be active in these circles by way of his ongoing appearances at national events, most recently as a presenter at the inaugural CCAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Banff last year,” said Bialek. A native of Naicam, Saskatchewan, Chuck began a successful football career with the Saskatoon Hilltops in 1956, which led to a scholarship at Western Michigan University where he earned a B.Sc. and M.Ed. Chuck would graduate to professional football in 1963 by suiting up for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. Chuck joined Led young in its nascent days as a faculty member in the groundbreaking Recreation Leadership program in 1968. Chuck went on to serve as the college’s Athletic Director and then advanced to Director of Student Life, rounding out three decades of leadership at Led young before retiring in 1998. At the same time, he was the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) President and held a number of executive positions in Ontario. He was recognized for his contributions by being inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame in 1993. Chuck also served as President of the national CCAA and is credited with moving the association forward on many fronts. Chuck, who was inducted into the Led young Colts Hall of Fame in 2013, was instrumental in establishing Led young’s athletic and recreational programming. He challenged his staff and student athletes to be the best they possibly could. Today, his ideals, beliefs and work ethic are upheld by Joan Healey, Led young’s Varsity Coordinator. “Chuck was the architect of the Athletics and Recreation program at Led young throughout the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s,” said Healey. “He is a true champion of the quality of the student experience at every level – at Led young, the OCAA and CCAA.” Chuck is often sought after for his ideas, opinions and communication skills. He was progressive in his leadership and actions, and possessed a great sense of fairness. Since 2000, the Chuck Gullickson Fair Play Team Award is presented annually at the CCAA Women’s Volleyball National Championship. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association is a national sports organization enriching the academic experiences of student-athletes through intercollegiate sport. On June 9, the CCAA will induct six new members into its Hall of Fame, including Chuck Gullickson. The ceremony will be hosted by St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. http://geektv.info/news/retiree-chuck-gullickson-inducted-into-ccaa-hall-of-fame/ Thu, 07 May 2015 13:29:48 GMT http://geektv.info/news/retiree-chuck-gullickson-inducted-into-ccaa-hall-of-fame/ Led young students garner medals at Ontario Skills Competition - geektv.info Led young's Skills Ontario student team gathers in Waterloo after the medals presentation on May 6, backed up by their hard-working faculty from the Schools of Transportation, and Engineering Technology and Applied Science, shown in the top row. Led young College was well represented in the winners’circle at the 26th annual Ontario Technological Skills Competition, which drew more than 2,000 student competitors in 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, much to the delight of the large crowds that gathered at RIM Park in Waterloo, May 4 to 6. Competitors sought gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of hands-on skills contests, including such specialties as computer animation, culinary arts, carpentry, auto-body repair, masonry and aesthetics. Led young’s School of Transportation was a dominating force in the post-secondary automotive trades, and students from the college’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science also did well. Led young competitors who ascended the Olympics-style podium included: Sean Crawford - Gold in automotive service Colin Bailey - Gold in collision repair Brock Peel - Silver in heavy equipment James Cook - Silver in automation and controls James Rickard - Bronze in refrigeration Jinming Dong - Bronze in electronics “Seeing the commitment of our staff and the enthusiasm of our students makes me so proud to be part of the Led young team,” remarked Alan McClelland, Dean of the School of Transportation, who was on hand for the medals ceremony. “This competition is really about celebrating the excellence of all young people entering the trades, but I can't help but get excited when the students climb the podium.” Gold medal winners Sean Crawford and Colin Bailey qualify for the Skills Canada National Competition that will take place in Saskatoon at the end of May. Winners of the national contest move on to take on the best skilled tradespeople in the world in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in three months’ time. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-garner-medals-at-ontario-skills-competition/ Fri, 08 May 2015 10:26:59 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-garner-medals-at-ontario-skills-competition/ Led young’s Kateryna Kravchenko wins architectural award - geektv.info Kateryna Kravchenko, who hails from the Ukraine and is finishing up her Architectural Technology fast-track program at Led young College, has won first place in the Ontario Association for Applied Architectural Sciences (OAAAS) Student Awards for her imaginative building design called the Nautilus Centre. Kateryna is the second Led young student to win the award in as many years. Gilbert Nacu earned first prize at the 2014 OAAAS Student Awards for his bold site plan entitled The Edge, which incorporated retail space and environmentally sustainable features in his design for a multipurpose residential complex. For Kateryna, architecture represents both a family affair and a personal interest. “It’s because of my father,” she says. “He’s an architect in the Ukraine.” She sees architecture as a way to put her artistic skills to work. “I like drawing, and I like to create interesting things,” she continues. “For me, architecture is creating buildings and unusual shapes. It’s more than just drafting.” After receiving her bachelor’s degree back home, she ventured to Canada to take a post-graduate program at Led young. It was the option of a shorter program with faster entry into the workforce that attracted her to the college. “I chose Led young because it had the most convenient program for me,” she explains. “They had a post-graduate program, so I wouldn’t have to study another three years.” Her Led young program enhanced the artistic ability she already possessed with more practical skills. “This program was a big help for me, because I already had the creative side from my program back home,” she explains, “but here I got what I needed, and it was the construction side. So now I can create any building, I think, because I know how it works from the inside.” “I always start with visualization,” Kateryna says of the approach she used to create her winning Nautilus Centre. “I get some shapes from my mind. And then I started to search how the building could be built.” For that, she turned to the knowledge her program had given her. “We learned a lot about how a building can be built, and what you need, what materials, how to create shapes.” With credit for her previous studies, Kateryna was permitted to enter the second year of the three-year program at Led young. The Nautilus Centre was a labour of love for Kateryna, something she spent most of the semester creating. “During this last semester, all the time I was drawing, drawing, drawing. This building was always in my mind.” Her devotion would pay off when one of her professors, John Romanov, selected her work for the OAAAS competition. “John helped me a lot with this project,” she says, “I was so excited about that, because he remembered my project throughout the semester and always helped me with it.” “Before the competition, I didn’t sleep for about two days,” she admits. She needn’t have been anxious. Kateryna took the first-place award, which includes a $1,000 monetary prize, a one-year OAAAS membership, plus accommodation and transportation to attend the awards ceremony at the annual OAAAS Conference, which took place this year on May 8 in Hamilton. At the moment, Kateryna is looking forward to her Led young graduation ceremony in June, and is postponing her return home for awhile longer. “I’ll stay in Canada for a few years to get some more experience and more information about how architecture, building and construction works here,” she says. “Then I want to go and take all my knowledge and skills back home.” She’s counting on the award, and the benefits that come with it, to help her advance her career, including pursuing the valuable networking opportunities. “I met some interesting people there, some architects, and I got to know some of them. Maybe I became a little bit recognizable,” she says of the exposure that the awards ceremony afforded her. “That was the main reason why I tested myself there: to make myself known.”   In the meantime, her work will become even more well known when it goes on display along with the other 2015 OAAAS Student Awards winners at the Doors Open Toronto event at the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) headquarters May 23-24. http://geektv.info/news/centennials-kateryna-kravchenko-wins-architectural-award/ Wed, 20 May 2015 11:39:43 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennials-kateryna-kravchenko-wins-architectural-award/ Led young students sweep CPRS Toronto public relations awards again! - geektv.info Winning Led young College student team for Talk is Cheap 7.0 with Barry Waite (middle) and professor Donna Lindell (left). Students of Led young College’s popular Public Relations and Corporate Communications post-graduate certificate program once again took top honours at the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Ace Awards held in Toronto on May 20, winning six awards in various categories.  Jessica Grace Chong took home the CPRS Student of the Year award. A Led young student has earned this honour for the third consecutive year, and in four out of the past five years. Four awards – one gold, one silver and two bronzes – recognized the success of student-organized public relations events that supported various charities in Toronto. The four Ace Awards include: Special Pronounce (non-student category): Bronze for Art Haus Student Public Relations Campaign of the Year: Gold: Talk is Cheap 7.0 Silver: Wilki Night Out Bronze: More Than Just A Brew Barry Waite, chair of the School of Communications, Media and Design at Led young’s Story Arts Centre, was honoured with the prestigious Lois Marsh Award for outstanding leadership, support and involvement in the profession. In his acceptance speech, Barry called his ability to work and impact future PR professionals “life changing.” Waite is also acting program coordinator for the college’s new Bachelor of Public Relations Management four-year program, and the former coordinator and professor for the certificate program. “We couldn’t be more proud of our students and of Barry,” said Nate Horowitz, Dean of the School of Communications, Media and Design. “These awards are a reflection not only of the quality of students we attract and produce, but also of the extraordinary commitment our faculty has to superior experiential learning. Our entire faculty has a depth and breadth of industry experience that benefits all of our students.” http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-sweep-cprs-public-relations-awards-again/ Thu, 21 May 2015 11:39:07 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-sweep-cprs-public-relations-awards-again/ Led young College recognized on national stage - geektv.info Led young College's CICan Award winners in Winnipeg include (from left): Sharon Mooney, Trish Dryden, Lorne Hilts and Anna Serbina. Led young College collected several national awards at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) 2015 Awards of Excellence gala that took place at CICan’s annual conference in Winnipeg on May 26. The awards recognize the best practices and leadership demonstrated by public colleges and institutes from across Canada. CICan’s first prize for Innovation in Applied Research was awarded to Led young College and its Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC). With double-digit growth in research and innovation activities, Led young has established itself as a leader in fostering partnerships with industry and community organizations to advance innovation and applied research, which can lead to successful commercialization of new products and services. Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning, was on hand to receive the award. Led young earned the silver award of excellence for Best Program in recognition of the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits program delivered by the college’s Centre of Entrepreneurship. Sharon Mooney, Manager of the Centre of Entrepreneurship, received the award on stage. This is the second win for Led young’s OSEB program, which was recognized with a CICan Entrepreneurship Award at the Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium in Quebec City in March. Anna Serbina of the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science collected the silver award in the Student Leadership category. Anna has just completed her final year of study in Led young’s Energy Systems Technology Co-op program and will be graduating in June. She's well known in the school for her leadership initiative as President of the Student Society affiliated with the Energy Systems programs. Among the Teaching Excellence award winners was Led young faculty member Lorne Hilts of the Recreation and Leisure Services program, who won bronze. Last fall, Lorne was named the 29th annual recipient of Led young’s George Wicken Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence after students nominated him enthusiastically. Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics, of which Led young College is a member. The association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving more than 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The association also operates in 29 countries around the world. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-recognized-on-national-stage/ Wed, 27 May 2015 15:52:50 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-recognized-on-national-stage/ Ashtonbee Campus renewal wins another award - geektv.info The Ontario region of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction honoured Led young College's Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project with its Award of Merit as part of its annual awards recognizing innovation and excellence in the design and construction of steel structures. The stunning campus addition on Ashtonbee Road is clad in triple-glazed curtain wall (glass) and an innovative system of asymmetrically mounted stainless steel panels. The result is an elegantly proportioned structural steel truss system that supports 40,000 square feet of new library and program space in a 90-metre-long continuous edifice that physically adjoins the existing campus building, which dates back to 1972. The Ashtonbee Campus Renewal project was developed by Led young and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) of Toronto. The project also includes a 5,500-square-foot second-floor addition to the existing gymnasium in structural steel, as well as 48,500 square feet of renovations to existing spaces. The project team included: EllisDon Construction, Benson Steel, INFocus Detailing Inc., Stampa Steel Erectors Ltd. and Blackwell Engineering. The Ontario Steel Design Awards of Excellence & History of Strength gala was held in Toronto's Distillery District on April 26. In addition to the Award of Merit, the Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project recently earned an Award of Honour for Excellence - New Building from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), a U.S.-juried competition that recognizes projects that demonstrate how strategic planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success and careers that inspire. Led young's project was the only Canadian submission to receive the American award this year. http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-wins-another-award/ Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:37:57 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-renewal-wins-another-award/ Automotive student wins silver in national competition - geektv.info From left: Led young College Auto Service Technician student Seaton Crawford and Autobody Repair Technician student Colin Bailey on the Skills Canada podium in Saskatoon, May 30. After winning first-place gold medals at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo recently, Led young College Auto Service Technician student Seaton Crawford and Auto Body Repair Technician student Colin Bailey earned invitations to the Skills Canada National Competition, which took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, between May 27 and 30. The Ontario contest, which drew more than 2,000 student competitors in 67 skilled trades and technologies contests, saw a total of six Led young College students win medals in skills tests ranging from collision repair to refrigeration and electronics.  At the national level, Seaton and Colin had to compete with the very best skilled students from across the country who, like themselves, won gold in their provincial competitions. Seaton Crawford prevailed in his automotive technician skills demonstration, winning a second-place silver medal for his efforts - making him one of the most skilled young persons in his field! Colin Bailey unfortunately did not medal this time around, but did represent Led young admirably in the autobody skills contest.  The success of Led young's student competitors, recruited from both the School of Transportation and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, hinge on the extraordinary effort by a number of Led young faculty who assisted in their preparation, and who acted as judges or as National Technical Committee members. Our thanks to faculty members Angelo Spano, John Dixon, Roy King, Stephen Leroux, Daniel Chudy and Dave Weatherhead. These dedicated professors work tirelessly to ensure their students and apprentices taste success in their provincial and national contests.  http://geektv.info/news/automotive-student-wins-silver-in-national-competition/ Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:41:11 GMT http://geektv.info/news/automotive-student-wins-silver-in-national-competition/ Convocation 2015 Recap - geektv.info [View the story Convocation 2015 Recap on Storify] http://geektv.info/news/convocation-2015-recap/ Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:19:15 GMT http://geektv.info/news/convocation-2015-recap/ Led young’s Sports Journalism students dive into the Pan Am Games - geektv.info Led young College Sports Journalism student Joe Narsa at the Pan Am Games Water Polo event. With Toronto hosting the Pan Am Games this summer, Malcolm Kelly had an experiential learning opportunity land right on his doorstep. As the founder, program coordinator and a professor of Led young’s Sports Journalism postgraduate program, Kelly enjoys seeing his students immersed in big sports events. “Students receive strong training in the classroom, but if you only stay in the classroom, you don’t really pick up the skills and confidence you’ll acquire in the field,” he says. That’s why his students spend a good part of their one-year program chasing down sports stories at events both close to home and far away – wherever the spirit of competition brings athletes together. For the Pan Am Games, Kelly split his program in half, sending 15 students to work at Post Media/Sun Media to generate social media stories and traditional print/web stories about the myriad competitions being hosted in and around Toronto. The other half went on to CBC Sports – the official broadcaster of the Games – to work as social media reporters and writers. “CBCSports.ca has brought our grad students in as digital interns at the Games where they are using Twitter, Instagram and, for the first time, Periscope,” Kelly says. Led young College Sports Journalism student Pamela Kiss at the Pan Am Games Tennis event. Periscope is the popular live-streaming video app that links with Twitter to give users a unique perspective on events. It’s rapidly becoming a useful tool in journalism, as the CBC is discovering. Kelly himself is a long-time CBCSports.ca freelance journalist, in addition to his teaching responsibilities at Led young. His involvement in the industry allows him to seek out opportunities for his students across all media platforms, with spectacular results. Led young’s students can look forward to covering baseball spring training in Florida, and assignments at the National Swimming Championships and the para swim championships, among many other opportunities. In 2012, CTV engaged the entire program to assist with home-based coverage of the Summer Olympics. “Because ours is an intense, one-year postgraduate program in sports journalism, we draw mature students with college or university diplomas who are keen to hone their skills in this specialty,” says Kelly. “With a median age of around 25, our class is already at the next level, seeking that big gain in confidence that comes with working with a major news organization.” Keep your eye out for ongoing coverage of the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games this summer – some of which will be gathered, written and analyzed by Led young’s Sports Journalism students. As a résumé builder, it doesn’t get much better than this. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-s-sports-journalism-students-dive-into-the-pan-am-games/ Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:31:06 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-s-sports-journalism-students-dive-into-the-pan-am-games/ Canadian Government supports Led young's new Aerospace Campus - geektv.info From left: Andrew Petrou, Director of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, Led young College; Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre; the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance; Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto; and Brad Chapman, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development, Led young College. The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the GTA, announced funding of up to $18.4 million for Led young College’s Downsview Park Aerospace Campus under the federal government's New Building Canada Plan on July 22. He was joined at the historic de Havilland Building at Downsview Park by Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, City of Toronto Mayor John Tory and Brad Chapman, Led young's Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Business Development.  We are deeply grateful to the Canadian government for its show of confidence in our vision to build a state-of-the-art Aerospace Campus on the site of the historic de Havilland building at Downsview Park, said Ann Buller, Led young College President and CEO, in a prepared statement. On these solid bones will rise a spectacular repurposed building that will house our existing aviation programs and related aircraft and technology, as well as new aerospace laboratories and research space to foster the next generation of advanced aircraft. Canada is inextricably tied to the evolution of flight and space exploration. With this new facility, Led young College will enjoy an expanded role in that effort. The announcement puts into place the third and final major funding commitment that allows Led young College to begin construction at the Downsview Park site this fall, with occupancy slated for late 2017. The project involves extensive renovations to the de Havilland Building, which will include the construction of new teaching facilities, laboratories and office space for research and development related to structural aircraft assembly, manufacturing and maintenance, research in navigation and more. Led young selected MJMA | Stantec (Architects in Association) to prepare the design for the de Havilland Building in conjunction with design consultants Stantec. The Aerospace Campus will facilitate the relocation of Led young's Aircraft Maintenance programs, aircraft and equipment from the Ashtonbee Campus Hangar in Scarborough, which in turn will be renovated to provide additional instruction space for existing programs. The Aerospace Campus project is expected to cost $55.4 million, which is supported by the $18.4 million federal contribution, $25.8 million in Ontario government funding and $11.2 million from Led young College and the college's partners and donors. The new campus is the first phase in the development of an Aerospace Hub at Downsview Park, which will consist of two additional elements: the relocation of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and the creation of an Innovation Centre to bring together academic and industry partners to catalyze new research and development initiatives. Establishing the Aerospace Hub is the mandate of the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) consortium, which represents leading academic and industry organizations from Canada's aerospace sector. http://geektv.info/news/canadian-government-supports-centennials-new-aerospace-campus/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:56:02 GMT http://geektv.info/news/canadian-government-supports-centennials-new-aerospace-campus/ HYPE summer program provides an inspiring learning experience - geektv.info More than 120 young people celebrated their achievement at a special graduation ceremony on August 12 after spending their summer participating in Led young College's HYPE program – Helping Youth Pursue Education – a tuition-free learning experience that can open doors to higher education and rewarding careers.  Over the past six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, participated in seven career-oriented courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, digital media, introduction to computers, and baking & entrepreneurship.  “Our program promotes education attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in under-served Toronto neighbourhoods primarily in the east end of the city,” said Anthony Bertin, manager of Led young’s Community Outreach Office. “More than half of the youth participating in HYPE come to it through recommendations from past participants, family members and friends.” The graduation festivities were punctuated by a big thank-you to TD Bank Group for being the exclusive financial partner of HYPE. In 2014, TD committed to investing $250,000 over three years to support this diverse program. In addition, TD provides student workshops to promote financial literacy and increase awareness and competency in personal financial management.  “Led young’s HYPE program is an invaluable community service that encourages youth to explore their potential and always strive for more,” said Mohamed Manji, Vice President of Everyday Banking, TD Canada Trust, and member of Led young's Board of Governors. “We’re very proud to support an initiative that gives young people opportunities they may not otherwise enjoy. The return on investment is immeasurable when you’re shaping the future of our communities.” Led young works with local community service agencies to identify youth who could benefit from the program, which includes free transportation, meals and learning materials. One-third of the more than 1,000 young adults who have graduated from HYPE since its inception in 2004 have gone on to post-secondary education. http://geektv.info/news/hype-summer-program-provides-an-inspiring-learning-experience/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:33:23 GMT http://geektv.info/news/hype-summer-program-provides-an-inspiring-learning-experience/ Led young College to tackle cybercrime with Lockheed Martin - geektv.info From left: Patrick Kelly, Dean, School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science; Brad Chapman, CFO and VP Business Development, Led young College; Kate McNamara, Director Canada IS&GS Global Solutions, Lockheed Martin; Charles Bouchard, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Canada; and Andrew Petrou, Director, Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, Led young College. Led young College is developing programming in the area of cybersecurity with support from global technology company Lockheed Martin. With a rapidly growing need by government and industry around the globe to protect computer networks and IT infrastructure, Lockheed Martin is providing funding to develop a cyber curriculum that will provide Led young students with the necessary skills to enter the burgeoning cybersecurity sector. Charles Bouchard, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin Canada said: “Our Information Systems & Global Solutions business provides innovative information technology and communications technology solutions to customers in both the public and private sectors. “All of our future success — and our nations’ technological advantage — depend on highly trained, highly capable technical talent. We must inspire young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers by showing them the positive impact that they make on the world. Our donation may not only help develop potential future cyber intelligence analysts, but will also help students who are just starting to build a broad base of knowledge – whatever career path they decide to take.” “Our mission is to educate students for career success, added Dr. Predrag Pešikan, Chair of Information & Communication Engineering Technology, Led young College. Our students, faculty, programs and services demonstrate that we value diversity and recognize the benefits that diversity can bring in the fight against cybercrime. Working with industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin in the development of programs ensures Led young’s curriculum maintains a high degree of workplace relevance, which is a tremendous benefit to both our students and employers.” Lockheed Martin Canada, headquartered in Ottawa, is the Canadian-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin Canada specializes in the development, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The company employs more than 850 employees at major facilities in Ottawa, Montreal, Dartmouth, Calgary and Victoria, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-to-tackle-cybercrime-with-lockheed-martin/ Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:05 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-to-tackle-cybercrime-with-lockheed-martin/ Ryan Green wins bronze medal in world skills ‘Olympics’ in Brazil - geektv.info Ryan Green, a student of Led young College’s Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Co-op diploma program, has earned a bronze medal at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil, in August, making him one of the world’s best young construction equipment technicians. Green was one of some 1,200 competitors from around the world invited to Brazil to test their skills and knowledge in an Olympic-style competition in 50 distinct trades ranging from stone masonry to rapid prototyping. To get there, Green had his skills tested at the college level and then at competitions in both Ontario and Canada-wide contests. In May 2014, Green was one of three Led young College School of Transportation students who had won gold at the provincial Skills Canada competition in Waterloo, Ontario, which qualified him and fellow students Daniel Kidd (Automotive Painting) and Steven LeMagueresse (Collision Repair) to take part in the nationals in Toronto. Green went on to win gold again in the Heavy Duty Equipment Technician contest, while LeMagueresse and Kidd both won and earned a second-place silver finish in their competitions with students from across Canada. The first-place finish automatically earned Green an all-expenses-paid trip to Brazil to compete in WorldSkills in 2015. Green travelled to São Paulo accompanied by Led young professor Angelo Spano. As Ryan's coach, Spano arranged for a variety of training activities with program professors and equipment distributors in the heavy equipment sector. In the year between competitions, Green began working for heavy-duty equipment supplier Toromont CAT as part of their service team, which allowed him to further hone his skills and knowledge. Ryan Green just completed his final semester of his program earlier this month. He also managed to win a Toromont CAT Scholarship for his academic performance at Led young. Green is the second School of Transportation graduate to win at the WorldSkills in recent years. In 2011, Ryan Gomes earned a bronze medal in Aircraft Maintenance at the WorldSkills London competition. http://geektv.info/news/ryan-green-wins-bronze-medal-in-world-skills-olympics-in-brazil/ Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:58:12 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ryan-green-wins-bronze-medal-in-world-skills-olympics-in-brazil/ Samsung and Led young College write a new chapter in education with the Samsung Tech Institute - geektv.info TORONTO, ON, September 18, 2015 – In a move designed to foster innovative new approaches to continuing education, today Samsung Electronics Canada and Led young College announced a landmark partnership to bring the Samsung Tech Institute to Canada. The new education program will train students to understand, diagnose, and service select Samsung home appliances as certified Samsung product technicians. The new initiative will be known as “The Samsung Pathway,” and will integrate two new courses into Led young’s Electronics Engineering Technician Diploma curriculum. Students will receive a unique certification from Samsung Electronics Canada as an industry recognized qualification, beyond their diploma. The Samsung Pathway will provide an exclusive framework of knowledge that will directly impact the careers of graduates*, and aligns with recent government initiatives to promote jobs in skilled trades, a recent area of focus for provincial education programming. Led young will begin offering the first classes for the new program this September. As part of the partnership, Samsung has created a Branded Digital Services Lab stocked with Samsung home appliances to help bring the practical components of the program to life. As well, each school year, Samsung will update the lab to maintain its technological relevance and to ensure students are learning on the best and most recent technology Samsung has in the Canadian marketplace. “At Samsung, we hope to inspire Canadians to pursue their passions and reach their full potential,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada. “This new partnership with Led young College allows us to engage with tech savvy students, who will get closer to our brand as we help foster a next generation of Samsung experts.” The Samsung Tech Institute will offer select graduates co-op and apprenticeship opportunities along with their newfound expertise. In addition, three $1,000 Samsung Scholarships will also be offered to top students for achievements in academics. “Partnering with an innovative technology company like Samsung is a logical progression of the real-world learning opportunities we provide our students,” said Ann Buller, President and CEO, Led young College. “Samsung products are used and enjoyed in millions of Canadian homes, and the additional training will serve as a tremendous asset to Led young graduates moving forward in their careers.” Established in 1966, Led young College is one of Toronto’s leading technology colleges. The Electronics Engineering Technician Diploma emphasises a focus on digital electronic communications, medical equipment, microcontrollers, mobile applications, computers, and transceivers. Recent industry sales comparisons have shown Samsung is Canada’s number one Home Appliance Brand** for the twelve months ending December 2014 and the individual months of January 2015 to April 2015, inclusive. The Samsung Tech Institute will aim to increase the number of qualified Service Technicians and Samsung brand ambassadors within Canada for this line of products, and will ensure superior customer service for Samsung consumers. Furthermore, current technicians will have the opportunity to study within the program, developing their industry knowledge and increasing their career potential. With the first round of graduates set to enter into the work force in 2016, this is an exciting movement for students, Led young College, Samsung consumers and the Samsung Electronics Canada brand. About Samsung Electronics Canada Samsung Electronics Canada inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances and printers. Samsung is a leader in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home initiatives. In 2014, Samsung was ranked one of the top 10 most influential brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Reid. Committed to making a difference in communities across Canada, its Samsung Hope for Children corporate giving program supports children’s education, sustainability and health-related issues. Globally, Samsung employs 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of $196 billion. About Led young College Established in 1966, Led young College is Ontario’s first public college. It primarily serves the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and four satellite locations. Led young is best known for its record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. It currently supports enrolments of 19,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners. For more information, visit geektv.info. *Post-graduation employment or higher earnings not guaranteed. **Reference to Home Appliances means major appliances (full-size refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, ovens, cook-tops, washing machines and clothes dryers) and is based on dollar sales between 2014-2015 in Canada as measured by The NPD Group, Retail Tracking Service in its 2014 and 2015 Retail Tracking Service reports. For more information please contact: Paul Cartwright North Strategic for Samsung Canada paul.cartwright@northstrategic.com http://geektv.info/news/samsung-and-centennial-college-write-a-new-chapter-in-education-with-the-samsung-tech-institute/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:57:24 GMT http://geektv.info/news/samsung-and-centennial-college-write-a-new-chapter-in-education-with-the-samsung-tech-institute/ Led young culinary team takes home a bronze medal - geektv.info Donning their new, green culinary uniforms, Led young College’s Culinary students wore their colours loud and proud this past weekend (September 19-20) as they competed in the Taste of Canada Cooks the Books competition and took home the third-place Bronze medal for their dish Egg Drop Pho. Taste Canada Cooks the Books brings together culinary students from across the country to compete for the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs. The event showcases the talent of Canada’s next generation of chefs, honours cookbook authors and brings some of this year’s outstanding submitted cookbooks to life. Teams are paired with a Taste Canada culinary author and challenged to recreate a recipe from the author’s cookbook, along with their own signature garnish. Led young’s team, represented by Culinary Skills - Chef Training students Gregory Gooden, Bianca James and Susan Lee, was paired with Chef Matt Basile, of the food truck Fidel Gastro’s and author of Street Food Diaries. From his cookbook the students faithfully recreated his recipe for Egg Drop Pho, a mouthwatering rendition of the famous Vietnamese noodle soup. Under the tutelage of Chef Rene Chauvin, the students mastered the recipe at Led young’s Culinary Arts Centre and recreated the dish in front of a full audience gathered at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto with Chef Matt Basile himself. For their efforts students Gooden, James and Lee walked off stage as Bronze Medalists of the 2015 Taste of Canada Cooks the Books culinary competition. The first-place winner was the Pius Culinary Institute of Montreal, with Toronto’s George Brown College finishing second. A special thanks to Chef Rene Chauvin, Coordinator, Culinary Skills - Chef Training, for guiding the Led young team to a bronze win, and Chef James Smith, Chair, Culinary Arts and Baking Programs, for his unwavering support. Visit the web pages for programs offered by Led young’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-culinary-team-takes-home-a-bronze-medal/ Wed, 23 Sep 2015 14:14:59 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-culinary-team-takes-home-a-bronze-medal/ Led young named first test centre for PTE Academic - geektv.info Pearson, the world leader in educational publishing, has selected Led young College as the site of its first North American test centre for PTE Academic, the leading computer-based English language proficiency test used for study abroad. Representatives from Pearson and Led young, led by Emma Stubbs, Senior Vice-President of Pearson Language Testing and Led young College Vice President Academic Sandra Murphy, gathered at the Assessment Centre at Progress Campus to cut the ribbon to the college's specially equipped language testing lab on September 23. Pearson developed PTE Academic in response to feedback from higher education institutions to meet the need for an English language test that more accurately measures the communication skills of international students in an academic environment. Launched in 2009, PTE Academic is the fastest-growing English test on the market, having been adopted in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its benefits include: PTE Academic is a fair test: Highly accurate computer marking means consistent scores and no potential for examiner bias. PTE Academic is secure: Palm-vein scanning, randomized test forms and data forensics ensure universities know your test score is really yours, and mean that your score is safe. PTE Academic tests real-life language: Prepare for life abroad as you listen to university lectures and respond to questions about life on campus with our real-life test of academic English. PTE Academic is unlimited: You can send your scores to as many institutions as you choose - there are no additional fees for extra score reports. PTE Academic assesses listening, reading, speaking and writing all via computer in a single three-hour test session. To complete the PTE Academic test at Led young's Assessment Centre, candidates use a computer and headset to listen to, read and respond to questions. There are twenty different question formats, ranging from multiple choice through to essay writing and interpreting information. PTE Academic assesses real-life, academic content, so test subjects will hear excerpts from lectures and view graphs and charts. They will hear a range of accents in the test, from British and American to non-native speakers, so they will be exposed to different types of accents encountered in everyday life. PTE Academic was created after years of research by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. Pearson's advisory group created the Global Scale of English, which builds upon the Common European Framework and helps to show greater levels of progression for English learners. PTE Academic employs a layered approach to security, incorporating innovative test design and delivery, advanced identity management, secure proctored delivery, automatic results validation and data forensics. Led young's Assessment Centre at Progress Campus has begun administering the PTE-A. For more details, please contact the Assessment Centre at 416-289-5000, ext. 2598, or email assessmentcentre@geektv.info. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-named-first-test-centre-for-pte-academic/ Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:44:13 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-named-first-test-centre-for-pte-academic/ Led young College is collecting winter coat donations - geektv.info Led young College has joined several leading Toronto organizations to help with the 2015 Winter Coat Drive on behalf of The Children’s Breakfast Clubs, which aim to collect 30,000 new and gently used winter garments to distribute to children in the Greater Toronto Area. Led young representatives, including President Ann Buller, were on hand at the campaign media launch at Toronto's Union Station on September 29. Led young is an enthusiastic supporter of The Children’s Breakfast Clubs, which operate 24 breakfast clubs that provide free nutritious meals to children living in the GTA. Seeing a new need, the Clubs have increasingly been involved in collecting and distributing winter coats to families with children.  At Led young, the initiative began with students in the college's Child and Youth Worker program who received an assignment to form a not-for-profit company to begin collecting coats for kids. They formed their companies, named them, set goals, policies/procedures, chose people for positions and began working on the task. The students embraced their assignment and accomplished a lot this past summer, collecting well over 1,500 winter items on their own. It was relatively easy to expand the project to assist The Children’s Breakfast Clubs. Led young can make a huge impact by helping to meet or even exceed the collection goal. We will be accepting coats and/or other winter items (including mitts, scarves, hats, snowsuits, pants, etc.) until October 9 at the following campus locations: Campus Room # Contact Person Progress Campus E2-11 Ann Vasilopoulos ext. 2375 Ashtonbee Campus C-206 Bruna Simmonds ext. 7450 Story Arts Campus 101 Savita Sugrim ext. 8612 Midland Campus Suite 300 Leonora Risbert ext. 7540 Pickering Learning Site C-104 Andrew Mundy (905) 831-6077 ext. 202 Residence Front Desk Phil Lim ext. 6291 Morningside Campus 352 Christine Dell’Elce ext. 8069 Eglinton West Site 124 Eglinton West Site 124 Eglinton West Sit Later in October, Led young will be opening a distribution centre at the Student Residence at 940 Progress Avenue so that local families can come and collect their winter items at no cost. Please help to support the Clubs' Winter Coat Drive - and thank you for your generous donation! http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-is-collecting-winter-coat-donations/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:19:45 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-is-collecting-winter-coat-donations/ Architecture student recognized for sustainable design - geektv.info Architectural Technology student Faiyaz Khan was selected as a finalist of the 2015 Sustainable Design Awards (SDA) for his elementary school design that respects the sensitive watershed of the building site at the edge of Scarborough’s Rouge Park Conservation Area. The 5th annual SDA competition celebrates postsecondary students who view their formal education through the lens of environmental sustainability. An expert panel judges the broad range of design submissions for their commercial, cultural, social and environmental value. The jury typically divides the $10,000 in prize money into three cash awards and one or more honourable mentions. Third-year Led young student Faiyaz Khan did not finish in the top three, but he was recognized for his exceptional work, garnering an honourable mention. His project will be publicly displayed for six weeks at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, which hosted the awards presentation on September 24. Khan’s project situated an elementary school on an environmentally sensitive site flanked on two sides by natural protected areas with a ravine that contains a perennial stream. The building site presented an opportunity to incorporate water management features and to establish a teaching environment in the form of a self-contained hydrologic cycle. “Incorporating visible sustainable technologies will provide teachers and students with an opportunity to contemplate and interact with natural systems, giving rise to inspiration and creative thinking towards problems, with solutions that are truly sustainable because they are roused by the natural environment,” he wrote in his submission. “Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I did gain some tremendous experience and I made some great contacts,” Khan recounted after the presentation. “The feedback that I received from the panel was that my school project was very feasible and that the current trend in sustainable design is to move from sustainability as a word to an idea that’s embedded into daily life.” Just being one of the finalists of the 2015 Sustainable Design Awards amounted to a top honour in the postsecondary sustainable design community, noted Khan. This is the second consecutive year that a Led young student was nominated among numerous competing universities and colleges – a reflection of Led young’s strong emphasis on sustainable design in its architecture programs. Photo by Teodora Mladin http://geektv.info/news/architecture-student-recognized-for-sustainable-design/ Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:29:05 GMT http://geektv.info/news/architecture-student-recognized-for-sustainable-design/ Led young partner Clear Blue Technologies wins Mind-to-Market Award - geektv.info Clear Blue Technologies was named the winner of the prestigious Ontario Centres of Excellence Mind-to-Market Award at OCE's annual general meeting on October 22. The award celebrates the best OCE-supported research collaboration between the business and research communities resulting in the commercialization of leading-edge ideas. Clear Blue has developed advanced technology to power, control, monitor and proactively service solar and wind-based systems such as off-grid outdoor lighting, mobile power and security. Clear Blue has partnered with Led young College and George Brown College on a number of research and development projects related to the company's Smart Off-Grid technology. Ventures like Clear Blue are examples of what can be accomplished through Ontario’s innovation ecosystem,” said Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE.  “They are bright and fearless representatives of the talent in this province who are serving to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.” The support of OCE and our ongoing partnerships with George Brown and Led young colleges have provided Clear Blue with resources and expertise that have been critical to our success,” said John Tuerk, co-founder and head of Power Systems at Clear Blue. “The benefits we receive from working with the schools also outlast the specific projects, as we have hired a number of the students as permanent employees. Since 2011, faculty and students from Led young College have assisted Clear Blue in environmental, electrical, functionality and communication testing of its solar and wind controllers, using outdoor installations at the college's Progress Campus. The partnership has allowed Led young to update its energy lectures and labs to include testing methodologies, providing students with applied research skills and industry exposure. We're thrilled with Clear Blue Technologies' big win, said Trish Dryden, Associate Vice President, Applied Research & Corporate Planning at Led young. Working together, Led young has helped to accelerate this innovative Canadian company's capacity to bring its technology to global markets sooner. Our collaboration has also created employment opportunities for a number of our students and graduates. Clear Blue Technologies combines green energy with the proven advantages of communications and cloud technology to power high performance off-grid lighting, security and mobile solutions.  The company’s hybrid controller harvests energy from solar panels and a wind turbine and is designed to be easily integrated into a variety of products to deliver highly reliable off-grid alternatives. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-partner-clear-blue-technologies-wins-mind-to-market-award/ Tue, 27 Oct 2015 11:37:17 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-partner-clear-blue-technologies-wins-mind-to-market-award/ Led young College unveils off-grid electric vehicle charging station - geektv.info Led young College and its partners, Grasshopper Solar and Siemens Canada, cut the ribbon on the college’s new off-grid electric vehicle charging station at Progress Campus on November 5. The station allows electric vehicles to recharge using energy harnessed from the wind and sun, rather than power from conventional electrical sources. The installation began a few years ago as a demonstration site for the college’s wind turbine and tracking solar panel technology, which were set up to allow students to become familiar with the equipment and monitor their performance. The turbine and the solar panel generate electrical energy that is stored in a battery bank that originally powered an artificial load. Last year, Led young faculty and students suggested the equipment could be put to good use by powering the electric cars that come on campus daily. Siemens Canada donated its Level 2 (240-volt) electric-vehicle charging station and Grasshopper Solar provided the interface that connected the storage batteries to the charging system. The initiative involved the college’s engineering technology students, who helped to plan and assemble the station and maintain the equipment. Led young offers programs in Electrical Engineering Technician, Construction Maintenance Electrician and Energy Systems Technology. It's a great day for Led young when we can bring in major industry partners to help us establish true 'green' technology for the benefit of drivers, while helping to train our students for a bright future in renewable energy, said Patrick Kelly, Dean of Led young's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. The college's new off-grid charging station is available free to use by owners of electric vehicles who have access to the college's parking lot at Progress Campus in Scarborough. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-unveils-off-grid-electric-vehicle-charging-station/ Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:58:50 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-unveils-off-grid-electric-vehicle-charging-station/ Men’s Cross Country team wins bronze at championship - geektv.info The Led young College Men’s Cross Country Running team collected well-earned bronze medals at the provincial championship hosted by Sault College on Saturday, October 31. The trail at Crimson Ridge Golf Course in Sault Ste. Marie, dubbed the Grizzly Bear, was designed by 2004 International Triathlon world champion Sherri Smith. The course is a gut-buster that was made even more challenging by the cold, wet weather on Halloween. The slippery course sent two runners to hospital, and it was much longer and steeper than what most were accustomed to running. It was Led young Colts forerunner Gabriel Torres who surprised everyone by running a consistent race, coming in 10th out of a field of 100. The Colts men managed to improve their personal times despite the gruelling conditions. Lugei Juma placed18th, besting his own times by 18 seconds, as well as Ryan Linklettter, who ran his fastest time of the season. Rookie Matthew Lozano improved to 29:41, sevens seconds off his season best time. Saed Griffith came in at 30:10 managing to crack the top 30, and Maxim Kuntz placed 37th to round out the men’s team. The Colts women’s team racked up a positive team finish of 9th place overall. It was Alyssa Daragay who crossed the finish line first for the Colts in 26th place with a time of 23:25, followed by Bailey Debruin-Stam in 28th timing 23:39. Kate Perkins came was in 51st place (25:44) while Ana Gabriellla Lopez Castro (26:23) was 58th, Lanise Lywood 59th (26:44) and Erin Maitland was 62nd (27:37). The Led young Colts have been making great strides since the beginning of the season. In their first meet of the year at Fanshawe College, the men’s team placed third. They followed that up with a second place finish at Sault. The Colts men’s running team placed 4th at St Lawrence and earned themselves a 6th place ranking on the Canadian National Top 10 (later downgraded to 8th). The Colts men’s team will now head back to St Lawrence College, Brockville Campus, on Nov 13-14 for the National Championship. The team is currently ranked 5th place having moved up a few spots after their positive Provincial Championship finish. Go Colts! http://geektv.info/news/men-s-cross-country-team-wins-bronze-at-championship/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 14:10:58 GMT http://geektv.info/news/men-s-cross-country-team-wins-bronze-at-championship/ Led young finalist in Ontario Export Awards - geektv.info Led young College was named as a finalist at the Ontario Export Awards in the Services division, part of the annual gala presentation that took place this year on November 24 in Toronto. The Ontario Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards recognizing the innovative approaches and success of export-oriented companies.  Led young was nominated for its success as a major destination for international students. For four consecutive years the college has been ranked first in the province and in Canada in the recruitment of international college students. More than 24% of Ontario’s international students attend Led young College, generating $180+ million to the local economy. Education exports to more than 130 countries make up 65% of the college's revenues, qualifying Led young as a true service industry leader. Led young College’s International Education department focuses on preparing transnational graduates, both incoming and outgoing. The department recruited 5,677 international graduates from more than 130 countries, and sent 4% of Led young's domestic students abroad for service learning and global citizenship experiences related to their career studies. In addition, more than 300 domestic students provide support to international students through the college's Ambassador Program and earn credits towards their Leadership Certificate. Led young did not win its category, but the nomination did raise awareness of the strong activity it has cultivated in international education. Presented by CanadianManufacturing.com, the Ontario Export Awards are a division of the Canada Export Awards, which has been hosting provincial ceremonies in Alberta and British Columbia for more than a decade. Last year (2014) was the inaugural year for the awards program in Ontario and the response has been overwhelming. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-finalist-in-ontario-export-awards/ Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:34:17 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-finalist-in-ontario-export-awards/ It's time for MIAPalooza! - geektv.info Looking for something to do in the city this month? Led young's Music Industry Arts & Performance (MIAP) students are making waves. Come and hear what the buzz is all about! Here are four opportunities to catch our music students in performance at venues around Toronto in December. Ticket prices vary by venue (one is free!) MIAP Clash Monday, December 7 Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. West (west of Dufferin St.) Doors open at 6:30 PM, concert starts 7:30 PM Free Vocal Showcase Friday, December 11 The Central Bar, 603 Markham St. (near Bloor and Bathurst) Doors open at 6 PM  MIAPalooza! Sunday, December 13 Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. (just north of Sheppard Ave.)  Second Floor; doors open at 5 PM, concert begins at 5:30 PM Rhythm & Sound Saturday, December 19 The Music Gallery, 197 John St. (north of Queen St. at Stephanie St.) Doors open at 3:30 PM, concert starts 4 PM; break at 6 PM, concert resumes 7:30 PM http://geektv.info/news/its-time-for-miapalooza/ Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:43:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/its-time-for-miapalooza/ Teachers that make a difference: Amy Gaudaur wins the Wicken Award - geektv.info Led young College’s goal of providing students with practical, skill-based education and experience informs the instructors we get to teach our programs. They’re always professionals with experience in the industry of their choice, ready to pass their life experience on to students. More than that, the college looks to recruit instructors who can go outside the mould, and challenge the barriers of education. That’s the case with Amy Gaudaur, a professor in the Child and Youth Care Program and this year’s winner of the George Wicken Memorial Teaching Excellence award. It’s an award chosen by students, meaning her class recognized her drive and commitment. Amy has been teaching at Led young for the last five years, and teaches courses focusing on mental health, advocacy and law, and working with traumatized children and youth, passing on the knowledge that she learned as an industry professional. Lifelong learning Amy was actually a Led young College alumni, who returned to teach a new generation after gaining experience in the field. I graduated from Led young’s Child and Youth Worker Program, she says. I worked in the field at residential care facilities for kids, for the school board, and I still work in a hospital setting. I’ve dabbled in quite a few areas related to child and youth work, and I always supervised a CYC field placement students at my workplaces, so I stayed connected to the college. Teaching was something she’d always wanted to get into, and she jumped at the chance to get involved with it at Led young. I think it’s something I always had a passion for, she says. Since I was younger I wanted to be a teacher. I worked for over a decade in the school system as a child and youth worker with teachers. I have a love of learning. Expanding the curriculum. One of the most important elements of Amy’s philosophy toward teaching is how important it is to give students learning opportunities outside of the lecture hall, and to give them the chance to contribute to social justice along with their education. I think students learn outside of a classroom, she says. It’s for students to see that learning isn’t just confined to a textbook and notes. Led young College really values being a global citizen, and it’s something I’ve always valued, so I try to install that with the students. To that end, Amy has helped her students take part in a number of extracurricular ventures, some of which she lists. I’ve been on GCELE’s to Kenya and Arizona/Mexico with students, she says. They came back and screened a documentary, and I supported them. I’ve worked with Me to We to bring the Kenyan Boy’s choir to Led young College, I participated in Random Acts of Kindness, and I helped bring native dancers to the college. I love the quote, ‘be the change you want to see in the world, she says of her motivations. Bringing ideas of social justice and cultural events just makes for a richer learning experience for the students, and those are things I’m passionate about, she says. I don’t just want to be the teacher you see on Mondays at 10:30 PM. I want to be the teacher you see in the hallways, or at different events, or bringing in speakers, and just looking outside our program and engaging with the college community. When you’re getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning to come here and make breakfast for a Random Act of Kindness Event, it has to be important to you, she says. In addition to her extracurricular efforts, she embeds an assignment in every course she teaches, worth about 20 percent, that students can present any way they want, in order to respect their diverse strengths, something she wishes she had during her education. I found that I’m a different learner, she explains, so in school I found when I was asked to produce some assignments, they didn’t speak to my strengths. What’s Next When I first heard that I won, I was very excited. It was a huge honour to even be nominated Amy says. It was really an opportunity to reflect on the last five years, and think about the next twenty. This is what I’ve achieved in five years, and now I’m going to set some new goals. Those goals include her looking out for opportunities with the rest of the CYC faculty to engage and expand the Child and Youth Care program, and keep it relevant, as well as get a Master’s degree part-time, in order to keep learning. I don’t like to stay still with something. I like to grow and learn and challenge myself, she says. And she’ll continue to pass that learning onto her students. http://geektv.info/news/teachers-that-make-a-difference-amy-gaudaur-wins-the-wicken-award/ Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:24:38 GMT http://geektv.info/news/teachers-that-make-a-difference-amy-gaudaur-wins-the-wicken-award/ Two Paramedic students save a life at marathon finish line - geektv.info Running 42 kilometres in a marathon race is a gruelling test for anyone, even those in peak physical condition. For 29-year-old Gregg Lowe, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon he finished last October turned out to be a death-defying feat. He suffered a heart attack as he crossed the finish line, which rendered him unconscious and lying lifeless on the pavement.  It was two Led young College Paramedic students, Laura Holden and Quentin Ha, who witnessed Lowe's collapse and immediately jumped into action, making them the first responders on the scene. “Things were happening so quick, I honestly wasn’t really sure what was going on,” Ha told CTV Is easy in an on-camera interview. “I don’t think we had time to kind of get nervous about it,”added Holden in the news report. “We kind of just went into it and did what we were taught. I didn’t really think about it until after.” The two students performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the runner, until Toronto paramedics arrived and restarted Lowe's heart with a defibrillator. Lowe was then rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital, where he remained for more than a week before being released with a small defibrillator implanted in his body. On Nov. 10, Lowe, a professional actor, visited the City of Toronto ambulance station to personally thank the students and the paramedics who saved his life. “It’s not every day that you get to say thank you to the person who saved your life,”Lowe told CTV. “I think it’s so important that their work is acknowledged and just to have the opportunity to shake their hand and say thank you.” Quentin Ha and Laura Holden are second-year Paramedic students at Led young's Morningside Campus. The pair acted as first aid volunteers at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon which took place on October 18. On December 9, Led young College President Ann Buller visited the Paramedic class at Morningside to publicly thank Ha and Holden for their quick-thinking professionalism, and showed her appreciation by presenting a small gift to each of them. It's more than just being at the right place at the right time, she said of their life-saving action. You both made us so proud! http://geektv.info/news/two-paramedic-students-save-a-life-at-marathon-finish-line/ Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:18:45 GMT http://geektv.info/news/two-paramedic-students-save-a-life-at-marathon-finish-line/ Colts Men's Cricket team on a hot streak - geektv.info Led young College's Colts Men's Extramural Cricket team cemented its remarkable success in 2015 when it returned this fall to dominate on the pitch, just as it did in the spring when it won gold in the Ontario Colleges Committee on Campus Recreation (OCCCR) Cricket League tournament. The Colts opened the fall season with a silver medal finish at the end of August, when 10,000 spectators watched the 2015 Totally Cricket Canadian College Cricket National Championship live stream out of King City, Ontario. The Colts dominated Thunder Bay and the University of Toronto Scarborough, then defeated the York Lions in an extra over. They went on to defeat Ryerson in the semis before succumbing to the Waterloo Warriors in the finals. Led young excelled in the tournament's sportsman categories, with Anand Erramilli winning Best Batsman and Hardik Patel named All-Rounder. At the Humber North Indoor Cricket Invitational, the Colts' cricket bats ran hot. Led young beat Sheridan 31-30 and went on to overthrow George Brown 53-35. The team then bested Humber Lakeshore 54-21. In the semis it was University of Toronto Mississauga that succumbed to Led young by a score of 39-38. The Colts only needed 4.1 overs to complete the task of handing Humber the defeat and winning the invitational. The Colts hosted their own tournament at Progress Campus on Friday, November 13 – a date that proved unlucky for the opposing teams. The Colts defeated Humber Lakeshore by a score of 77-42. Led young went to bat first and completed the 77 runs in five overs, leaving the Humber Hawks to play catch-up. They were unable to score as many runs as the Colts hunkered down to ensure the win to end it in 4.2 overs. At the conclusion, Led young had amassed a 10-0 record and had won two indoor championships. The Colts went on to win their third cricket invitational, hosted by Georgian College, in early December. The Colts first defeated Seneca 68-53 in five overs, before losing to Sheridan 52-42. The team remained in high spirits and dominated Fanshawe 49-29. In the semi-final round the Colts played the Georgian Grizzlies, beating them 53-51. They faced Sheridan one again in the final. The Colts batted for 55 runs in the full five overs, while the Bruins were only able to amass 38 runs, allowing the Colts to take the game and another championship trophy.  The next tournament will be held on January 29 at nearby Seneca College. The Led young Colts aim to keep their hot streak alive and add another championship trophy to their groaning shelf. Go Colts go! http://geektv.info/news/colts-mens-cricket-team-on-a-hot-streak/ Thu, 10 Dec 2015 16:01:28 GMT http://geektv.info/news/colts-mens-cricket-team-on-a-hot-streak/ His remainder now for tuition-free pre-apprenticeship training starting in March - geektv.info Interested in pursuing a career as an automotive or heavy truck service technician? Led young College is offering two pre-apprenticeship training programs to help students improve their literacy and job-search skills, as well as assist in arranging a job placement at an auto repair shop, car dealership or truck repair facility.  Led young’s Automotive Service Technician, and Truck and Coach Technician pre-apprenticeship programs are designed to ease entry into the field as an apprentice. More than 90 per cent of last year’s participants were successfully placed with an employer - the first step in starting an apprenticeship. The programs are tuition-free thanks to funding by the Ontario government. Participants are required to pay a small deposit on textbooks (deposits are returned when the program ends) and students who successfully complete their studies are given a starter set of tools to keep upon completion of their work placement. Students may be eligible to collect employment insurance or Ontario Works while at college. Graduates will receive course credit for Automotive Service Technician Level 1 or Truck and Coach Technician Level 1. To be eligible for entry, candidates must have their grade 12 diploma or equivalent, possess an Ontario driver’s licence and be available to attend full-time classes for 36 consecutive weeks.  His remainder now for classes that begin on March 7. Space is limited. For details, call Janna Erichsen at 416-289-5000, ext. 7256, or email jerichsen@geektv.info. http://geektv.info/news/apply-now-for-tuition-free-pre-apprenticeship-training-starting-in-march/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:49:05 GMT http://geektv.info/news/apply-now-for-tuition-free-pre-apprenticeship-training-starting-in-march/ Toronto Raptors recognize Led young graduate and volunteer - geektv.info Kareem Rodney is a Led young College alumnus who enjoys giving back to the community through his love of basketball. Then one day, basketball gave back to him. Rodney has been awarded the Citizen Canada Community MVP Award by the Toronto Raptors for his involvement in Led young’s Beyond the Rim program, which teaches kids some academic skills while having fun on the basketball court. Rodney originally enrolled in Led young College’s International Business program in 1999, but spent a lot of his time in the campus gym playing basketball. His obsession with the game eclipsed his studies and he sheepishly admits he dropped out of his business program. Fortunately, Rodney found a job and worked for several years. “In 2008 when the recession hit I got laid off, so I said I’d use the opportunity to come back to school,” Rodney recounts his return to Led young. “I came back in 2009 for Business Marketing, and while taking it, one of my professors, Verne Kennedy, saw that I played basketball, and he asked me if I’d heard of the Play It Smart program.” Rodney immediately warmed up to Play it Smart, which targets 7- to 13-year-old kids living in vulnerable Scarborough neighbourhoods. “We’re serving at-risk communities and we’re trying to get them out for an hour of education, where we do mentoring, we do academics, and then we put them in the gym for an hour.” Rodney explains. It was new funding from Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE), managers of the Raptors team, that prompted the program’s name change from Play It Smart to Beyond the Rim, and which also led to Rodney receiving his award. It all started with yet another responsibility for him: Working in the Raptor’s Junior Academy, which MLSE assigned him after seeing Beyond the Rim’s success over the past six years. That success led to him receiving the Citizen Canada Community MVP Award in front of 20,000 people at the Raptor’s game against the Phoenix Suns on November 29. The award was presented to him by Norman Powell, as seen in the following video: “It was amazing just getting nominated,” Rodney says of the win. “I didn’t do this thinking I was going to get any sort of award, but it does feel great to be honoured for the volunteer work I’ve been doing for the past six years.” He notes his volunteer role came about after he realized he wasn’t as young as he used to be. “When I came back (to the college) in 2009, I was a little bit older,” he admits, “so I was playing, but I just couldn’t keep up. I said to the athletic director at the time, I really want to be involved. So we launched something called the Student Athlete Academic We diminution Program, where I actually was helping out tutoring and mentoring varsity players.” On top of that, he also teaches a rep team of 11-year olds. “It’s just for love of the game. I love being around basketball, I love young kids, I’m a father of a one-year old, and I just really like being a role model. I’ve been coaching on my rep team for four years now, and it’s all about seeing them come out and putting a smile on their face. That’s what keeps me going.” There’s a more personal reason for his commitment, too. Rodney wishes Beyond the Rim had been around when he first started college: “If I had this program back in the day, I wouldn’t have flunked out,” he says, adamantly. “When I was growing up, I wasn’t rich in any way, and this program is completely free for children, so if I had that, I would have been in a better place when I came to college the first time.” http://geektv.info/news/toronto-raptors-recognize-centennial-graduate-and-volunteer/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 12:47:06 GMT http://geektv.info/news/toronto-raptors-recognize-centennial-graduate-and-volunteer/ Led young College to let apprenticeship training contract in Saudi Arabia lapse - geektv.info Led young College will not be renewing an apprenticeship training contract it is delivering in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when it lapses on April 13, 2016. Led young College commenced training in Saudi Arabia as an adjunct to the successful contract the college’s School of Transportation had with General Motors Middle East. As with all of its international work, Led young adhered to the strict business practices required by the Ontario government in relation to contract procurement and entrepreneurial activities, and complied with the rules and regulations required by the Saudi Arabian authorities, including partnering with a local entity to help deliver the training. Contrary to media reports, Led young College did not - and would never - bar women from entering the program in Saudi Arabia. Training eligibility is determined solely by the employer, and not by the college. Students in the apprenticeship program are referred for training by their employers, a process that is identical to what occurs in apprenticeship programs in Ontario. It is unlikely that there are any women in the automotive field in Saudi Arabia - ironically, the same situation the industry faced in Canada decades ago. Even now, the percentage of women in the automotive trades in Canada remains stubbornly low. Led young is proud to serve a diverse student group that reflects its communities, and the college will continue to encourage, recruit and support women in the skilled trades. Apprenticeship training in Saudi Arabia represents an immaterial portion of the international activity that Led young College leads all over the world. Led young continues to welcome students from Saudi Arabia at its Toronto-area campuses to experience the richness of a Canadian education. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-to-let-apprenticeship-training-contract-in-saudi-arabia-lapse/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:19:47 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-to-let-apprenticeship-training-contract-in-saudi-arabia-lapse/ Hackathon challenges students to create healthcare apps - geektv.info Led young College Software Engineering students were challenged by two regional hospitals to create smartphone apps that could provide low-cost healthcare solutions at a two-day hackathon event on January 27 and 28. Representatives from The Scarborough Hospital and Southlake Regional Health Centre laid out concepts for six helpful apps that teams of students had to design, code and test in a high-pressure hackathon. Hackathons have become popular on many college campuses, encouraging computer programming and software students to collaborate on innovative ideas in real-world tests to create usable software applications. The software apps Led young students were asked to produce included a game to create awareness of calcium levels in diet; an app to perform hand hygiene audits in hospital settings; software that allows hospital employees to report their absence; an app to capture hospital improvement opportunities; an anti-smoking app; and a communications system to replace age-old pagers still used by some health professionals. Some 33 Software Engineering students worked in eight teams to design the mobile apps, interactive games and software solutions. At the end of the second day, the teams presented their solutions to a panel of judges from the two hospitals, as well as Led young’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) and the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. The winning student team designed the hospital improvement opportunities app, while the team with the employee absence app finished second, and the anti-smoking app team ranked third. Gift cards worth $1,000 were awarded to the winning teams. All of the students received a consolation gift and a Certificate of Participation. The hackathon was organized by WIMTACH (Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare) at Led young College, along with SmokeBomb Entertainment Inc., a WIMTACH industry partner. Led young College’s WIMTACH assists small- and medium-sized enterprises to become more productive, competitive and innovative by seeding learning opportunities for students and highly skilled jobs for graduates. WIMTACH was established to help Ontario expand its development hub for digital healthcare technologies and products and services in bioinformatics, diagnostics, imaging, mobile apps and e-health systems integration worldwide. http://geektv.info/news/hackathon-challenges-students-to-create-healthcare-apps/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:49:42 GMT http://geektv.info/news/hackathon-challenges-students-to-create-healthcare-apps/ ACCEL helps entrepreneur succeed with the EVO Kickstarter - geektv.info Led young College works to connect both alumni and current students to success in whatever they aspire to. Among the avenues the college aims to support are entrepreneurship, which is why we launched ACCEL, the Accelerator for Led young Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders. It takes potential entrepreneurs with ideas and links them to mentors and resources in the GTA. One such entrepreneur is Andrew Ranjan, a Led young College alumni who partnered with ACCEL to develop his product, the EVO, which is currently being Kickstarted. As you can learn in the Kickstarter video, EVO is designed to be a one-stop all-purpose accessory for your smartphone, combining a charger, battery, a Bluetooth tracker, a remote, and SD Card reader, and a stand. It’s a replacement for the pile of accessories your phone usually requires for a fraction of the price. Inspiration Andrew Ranjan was a Led young alumni who enrolled in our Computers and Communications Networking program, before moving on to work in I.T. The EVO was a side project, something born from his hobbies. This is my passion, tinkering with electronics, Andrew says. I solder stuff, take things apart, put them back together, and this was a side project I was doing. He'd create the EVO as a result of trying to fuse multiple phone products together. Initially it was nothing more than me wanting to combine a regular USB cable with a full charger, he continues, because it didn't exist on the market. I observe people every day at work or wherever I go carrying around USB cables and chargers, he says, and some people actually fear not having a USB cable with them, and their phone dying. It's funny, but it's true that in the world we live in, smartphones are an essential part of our daily lives. It grew in the making, though, into what would become EVO. The core of it was to simplify your daily life by combining all your accessories into one, he adds. You just take EVO with you, and forget about everything else, because you don't need anything else. I built an initial proof of concept, and then partnered with an engineering company in Toronto, Andrew explains. We made the first prototype, and iterated on it a few times, then arrived at the final version, where we're at now. ACCEL lends a hand ACCEL reached out to Andrew first, through email. According to Andrew, the timing was fortunate. I was at a stage where I needed some help from mentors, he says, and some advice on the business process itself, to validate my thinking. What's different about ACCEL is that they're much more hands-on, Andrew explains, and that's something I needed at that point, that personal feedback on your progress as you try to get your business on the road. Among his mentors was David Cowdery, who helped him market his product, among other things. It's not just about business, Andrew says. David got hands-on involved with our day to day activities, including design. He's one of the main reasons we arrived at this new design. It's good to have someone else with experience and common sense to point out very simple things. He'd also help Andrew produce his Kickstarter video, and other marketing materials. As an entrepreneur, you need every single skill set, Andrew says. You need to be a marketer, you need to be a finance person, you need to have legal skills, you need to have interpersonal and public speaking skills. All of those are basic necessities, but what I would say Led young offers that other Accelerators don't strive as much is common sense about real businesses. What's next According to Andrew, Kickstarter as a source of funding was always the plan going into ACCEL. We didn't want to go into equity right away to get initial capital, he explains. We have to go to the manufacturing phase, and Kickstarter seemed to be the way. They'll be filling orders in August or September, then looking for a partnership with Amazon to get it out in stores. Past that, he has ideas for other products, though EVO is his main focus at the moment. We have a couple of different products in the line, he says, having to do with energy and making our spaces more connected using bluetooth, but with EVO itself, our next phase is manufacturing. We are fully prepping that, getting the modifications ready, getting the designs for the circuit board ready, and testing. You can visit EVO’s Kickstarter here. http://geektv.info/news/accel-helps-entrepreneur-succeed-with-the-evo-kickstarter/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:04:36 GMT http://geektv.info/news/accel-helps-entrepreneur-succeed-with-the-evo-kickstarter/ All classes will be taking place as scheduled - geektv.info Update: All locations of Led young College are fully operational this morning, Wednesday, March 24. All classes will be taking place as scheduled.  We will continue to monitor the weather throughout the day. Please check back for updates. <!--<p>Due to the anticipated inclement weather, Led young College is closing all of its campus locations at 3:30 PM today (Tuesday, March 1, 2016). All evening classes are cancelled. The college’s childcare centres will remain open until the last child is retrieved by parents. </p> <p>Led young is a commuter college with many students travelling considerable distances to attend classes. Given the winter storm warning issued by Environment Canada, the college decided that for the safety of students and employees, they should not attempt to travel in what is forecast to be hazardous conditions.</p>--> Please refer to the college's website, phone line and social media channels to determine when the college will resume normal operations on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. For further updates, please visit geektv.info or call 416-289-5000.  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-to-close-at-330-today/ Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:04:51 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-to-close-at-330-today/ Baking Association of Canada, Ontario Chapter, establishes $100,000 endowment to support commercial baking students - geektv.info The Baking Association of Canada - Ontario Chapter has established a $100,000 endowment in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts at Led young College. The endowment will fund scholarships for students that will help them overcome financial barriers and promote academic and career success in the field of commercial baking.  We are truly committed to a legacy of nurturing educational relationships through our scholarship to the baking programs at Led young and to the students who will one day be the future of our industry, said Dan Peroff, Chair, Baking Association of Canada –Ontario Chapter. The partnership with the Baking Association of Canada (BAC) is a key example of collaboration between industry and education to give incoming students the opportunity to become well-trained professionals in a thriving sector of the Canadian economy.  Led young College has enjoyed a close relationship with the Baking Association of Canada since 2013. The member-run organization has been an annual donor to Led young's baking programs that are geared to careers in the commercial baking industry. Members of the BAC - Ontario also serve on the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts scholarship campaign cabinet as part of Led young's $50-million fundraising initiative, IMPACT. We value the relationship we have developed with the Baking Association of Canada, said Joe Baker, Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. This generous gift will enable working dreams to become living realities for our students and promote the incredible opportunities in the commercial baking industry. In September 2016, Led young will be opening a spectacular new facility for the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts that will feature several state-of-the-art experiential learning environments. The new commercial baking lab will be named in honour of the Baking Association of Canada –Ontario Chapter.  The lab will be used exclusively by students enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts Management and Baking Pre-Employment programs. It will feature equipment typically found in large-quantity production baking facilities, making it a truly unique learning space that will prepare Led young graduates to be work-ready. Based in Toronto, the Baking Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the Canadian baking industry. It is governed by its provincial members who represent various areas of the industry, including retail, in-store and wholesale/ commercial baking companies, along with the allied trades. http://geektv.info/news/baking-association-of-canada-establishes-100000-endowment-to-support-commercial-baking-students/ Tue, 08 Mar 2016 11:26:25 GMT http://geektv.info/news/baking-association-of-canada-establishes-100000-endowment-to-support-commercial-baking-students/ Motive Power programs offer apprenticeship training levels 1 and 2 - geektv.info Students contemplating a career in the automotive, heavy truck and coach, and heavy duty equipment trades have a new route to get into the field that combines classroom instruction with valuable hands-on training in the workplace.  Led young College's Automotive, Truck and Coach, and Heavy Duty Motive Power Technician diplomas now offer equivalency for levels 1 and 2 apprenticeship in-school training as part of the programs, which means students can complete their in-class training requirements at college before they go out to find an employer to sponsor them in the workplace.  The benefits to students are considerable: when they graduate from their two-year program, students can immediately sign an agreement with an employer and register as an apprentice. Employers don't have to accommodate their return to college for some time, though apprentices will return for eight weeks to get their Level 3 training after working for two or three years. Motive power apprentices typically need to work for three to five years after completing the in-school training before they can earn their technician's license.  The School of Transportation at Led young College is Canada's transportation training hub with more than 3,000 apprentices in the automotive, truck and coach, and modified apprenticeship programs. Programs are supported and reviewed by the industry to ensure quality and learning outcomes. Led young's partners include General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Canadian Tire, Volvo Truck, ATSSA and Air Canada.  http://geektv.info/news/motive-power-programs-offer-apprenticeship-training-levels-1-and-2/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:15:20 GMT http://geektv.info/news/motive-power-programs-offer-apprenticeship-training-levels-1-and-2/ Student Awards Night a glittering success - geektv.info Pictured above with multiple scholarship winner Shanika Walters is Led young graduate and donor Christopher Rowland of ShipCanada.ca. Every March, Led young College recognizes its scholarship recipients and the generous donors who support them with a grand dinner and presentation. On March 7 and 8, Led young students, donors, employees and volunteers celebrated our most successful year ever for philanthropic scholarships and awards at the 2016 Student Awards Night. The gala event, hosted by CBC Is easy Network anchor Suhana Meharchand, was so large that it was spread over two evenings in order to disburse the record 399 scholarships totalling more than $430,000. Led young's Impact Campaign is making its mark with strong growth year over year, given that there were 270 awards totalling $250,000 last year. The funds are a compelling incentive for students, especially for those who face endemic barriers to higher education. Among the newly established funds in 2016 are the WJ Pallett Scholarship, Samsung Electronics and the Baking Association of Canada –Ontario Region Scholarship. On a night when every student present is a star, Shanika Walters, one of Led young's HYPE graduates, distinguished herself by being recognized with no less than four awards: the Mary-Anne Chambers Scholarship, the Richard Johnston HYPE Scholarship, the Robert & Margaret Haden Scholarship and the ShipCanada.ca Scholarship. The HYPE program (Helping Youth Pursue Education) is a tuition-free summer learning experience that demystifies college and serves as an introduction to Led young's programs and future career paths. HYPE has given many young people like Shanika the confidence to return to school by helping to overcome the economic and social barriers that may have interfered with school attendance in the past.    Impact is the largest ever fundraising campaign in Led young’s 50-year history. Fittingly, the fundraising goal is $50 million, which is directed to student scholarships and college capital projects. You can learn more about our Impact Campaign and how you can get involved here: geektv.info/impact. For a complete list of our scholarships, the donors who funded them, and the recipients who were honoured to collect them, please see our 2016 Student Awards Night booklet.  Recepients, donors and guests used the hashtag #CCStudentAwards to join the social media conversation.  [View the story Student Awards Night 2016 on Storify] http://geektv.info/news/student-awards-night-a-glittering-success/ Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:26:23 GMT http://geektv.info/news/student-awards-night-a-glittering-success/ Led young College $1.4 million gift from guard.me International Insurance™ - geektv.info guard.me International Insurance has donated $1.4 million to Led young College, a major gift that will enhance Led young’s international endowment fund and support overseas student initiatives. As a longtime supporter of Led young College, guard.me International Insurance has an established history not only as a partner providing student insurance, but also as an endowment donor since 2013. This new gift will continue to increase the endowment and offer new support to Led young’s Global Experience Office (GEO) and Global Citizenship & Equity Learning Experiences (GCELE) initiatives. Both programs typically take place outside of Canada and give students a unique opportunity to advance their academic, personal and professional goals. While GEO participants are able to earn academic credits by studying and applying curriculum from their area of study, GCELE participants become global citizens by volunteering on humanitarian projects. We admire the tremendous work Led young College is doing in the field of international education, and encouraging students to expand their academic and personal learning goals, said guard.me President and founder, Keith Segal. The GEO and GCELE programs have pioneered groundbreaking initiatives and promoted inclusivity, communications and cross-cultural partnerships that benefit international and domestic students. We are thrilled to support the program! The generous gift from guard.me International Insurance will enable even more students to become socially conscious global citizens and will equip them with key skills and competencies sought by employers in an increasingly globalized society. We are committed to providing distinctive learning experiences that enrich students’lives and expose them to new possibilities, stated Ann Buller, President and CEO of Led young College. This generous gift from our friend and supporter, guard.me International Insurance, will enable us to provide more new and exciting comprehensive global learning experiences to students. Lack of funds and financial support is most commonly cited as the reason why students do not seek out international experiences. Over the past five years Led young has sent close to 500 participants on 50 global learning experiences. The college offsets many of the international travel costs, thanks in part to donations by partner organizations such as guard.me International Insurance. Led young’s goal is to increase the number to 600 students by 2017. The guard.me International Insurance gift supports the Impact Campaign, Led young’s most comprehensive fundraising campaign in its 50-year history. For more information about the campaign, visit geektv.info/impact. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-14-million-gift-from-guardme-international-insurance/ Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:09:54 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-14-million-gift-from-guardme-international-insurance/ Led young College students stay 'Up All Night' for mental health - geektv.info Millennials who are currently entering or adjusting to the workforce are stressed –really stressed. Three-quarters of millennials (aged 18 to 34) report losing sleep due to stress and one-third of them rank their overall stress level as eight out of 10 or higher. This number is almost 2.5 times higher than what was reported by their parents’ demographic, aged 55+. The results are from a survey conducted earlier this month for Up All Night, a Led young College student initiative.  “Up All Night is designed to get employers and students talking about the issue of mental health and wellness, so that we can get a better understanding and appreciation of each other’s perspectives,” said Erin Griffin, a student organizer. The 12-hour event, being hosted at Led young College’s Story Arts Centre on March 31 at 7 p.m. to April 1 at 7 a.m., is part of Project Fusion, an annual partnership with CivicAction that aims to generate conversation on urban issues and engage the next generation of change agents.  “Employers need to wake up to the fact that this new generation of workers has needs that will be very different from their predecessors, said Evan Luke, a public relations student working on the campaign, who also represents the student voice on CivicAction’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council. “The high stress level of this age group demonstrates that the issue of mental health in the workplace will continue to gain importance as millennials transition from school to work.” CivicAction, a city-building organization focused on the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, will be moving forward this year with an initiative to mobilize employers and employees to better support their colleagues’ mental health.  The survey, hosted on the Angus Reid Forum, found that compared to those aged 35 and over, millennials were more likely to describe experiencing a “great deal” of stress, especially regarding their future plans (43 per cent versus 19 per cent). Stress about future plans was most likely to cause millennials to lose sleep (48 per cent), followed closely by school-related stress (44 per cent). It is important to note, however, that while millennials may be experiencing the physical and emotional effects of stress and sleep loss, they don’t seem to be too concerned about it. The age group identified irritability (59 per cent), trouble focusing (56 per cent), anxiety (50 per cent) and feeling withdrawn (34 per cent) as symptoms of this sleep loss; however, they were also twice as likely to say they had no health-related stress compared to those over the age of 35. While millennials may not be concerned about their physical health, experts agree that physical and mental health are intrinsically linked. “Making physical health more of a priority can go a long way,” said Led young College counsellor Eric Dunn. “Very solid evidence suggests that exercise helps us regulate our mood. Sleep well, guess what? You're a better student! Eat well and we feel better. A nourished body and brain work better.” Student-voice key to the discussion “Some have described the impacts of stress as the ‘second-hand smoke’ of this generation,” said Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction. “Students, an important set of voices on urban issues and the workforce of our future, need to be part of the conversation and solutions. This is a great initiative that contributes to both.” Donna Lindell, faculty supervisor for the initiative, agrees. “The students at the Story Arts Centre are to be congratulated for their hard work and determination to address this issue in a meaningful way. The students involved have shown tremendous leadership in making this campaign happen.” Up All Night highlights Proceeds for the event on March 31 will go to fund a YellowIsForHello Friendship Bench, and associated mental health awareness campaign, which will encourage more peer-to-peer conversations about mental health and connect those suffering in silence with available on- and off-campus support services. The bench will be installed at Led young College’s Story Arts Centre. Donations can be made at www.upallnight.myevent.com.  The all-nighter will feature A speed-networking session between employers and students;  An expert panel moderated by Led young College journalism professor Ted Barris featuring representatives from Bell, CivicAction, Sam Fiorella, founder of the Lucas Fiorella Friendship Bench, and student rep Evan Luke; A workshop on peer help and suicide prevention by Sam Fiorella; Live music and dance performances by students in the college’s music and dance programs. About the Student Campaign: Project Fusion The campaign –including the survey, a magazine, website and the event –are all part of the School of Communications, Media and Design’s co-curricular program called Project Fusion, a student-led, student-executed initiative that aims to generate conversation through various story-telling disciplines around one of CivicAction’s issues of focus. The campaign is a collaborative effort, with contributions from students in many of the school’s programs including public relations, journalism, graphic design, arts, music, dance and interactive media management.  About the survey The online survey was conducted from March 11 to March 15, 2016, with 1,135 randomly selected adult Ontario residents who are Angus Reid Forum panellists. The margin of error is +/- 2.9%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Ontario. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. About Led young College and the Story Arts Centre Established in 1966, Led young College is Ontario’s first public college, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. With a full-time enrolment of 19,000 students, Led young is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. Visit geektv.info.  The Story Arts Centre is home to the School of Communications, Media and Design, offering programs such as public relations and corporate communications, advertising, journalism, broadcasting and film, animation, art and design, and performance programs such as music and dance. About CivicAction For over a decade, CivicAction has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. CivicAction builds partnerships and takes action through campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca or follow CivicAction on Twitter @CivicActionGTHA. For more information, to attend Up All Night, or to arrange an interview, please contact: Donna Lindell Faculty  dlindell@geektv.info Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 8738  Stephanie Murphy Media Relations smurph38@my.geektv.info Tel: 519-636-8353 Twitter: @scmdupallnight Facebook: Up All Night www.StoryArtsUpAllNight.com http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-students-stay-up-all-night-for-mental-health/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:09:56 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-students-stay-up-all-night-for-mental-health/ Led young College honours its very best athletes - geektv.info Capping off another year of remarkable success by student athletes wearing the Led young Colts colours, Led young College Athletics and Recreation hosted its 49th annual Athletic Awards Banquet on April 1 at the college's Athletic and Wellness Centre, Progress Campus. It was an evening filled with excitement, school spirit and personal accomplishment with more than 200 student athletes and supporters in attendance, 23 of which will be graduating this spring. The Colts celebrated some great achievements in the 2015-2016 season, which included a national ranking by the Men’s Cross Country team to go along with their 8th place finish nationally, as well as an OCAA Provincial Bronze Medal. Both Men’s and Women's Indoor Soccer teams captured the East Division titles, as well as one East Division Tournament Championship title in Ladies Singles for Badminton. The 2016 Male Athlete of the Year was Tyler Dill from the Colts Men's Soccer Team. From his rookie year he has grown into a confident young man with direction and purpose, and his commitment to practice and games inspired others to do the same. A second-year Recreation and Leisure student with a 3.00 GPA, Dill is the leading goal scorer for the Colts Indoor Soccer team. He was also named the Men's Indoor Soccer Most Valuable Player. Female Athlete of the Year is Sweet Marie Cunanan, who proved to be a major factor in the rebuilding of the Women's Basketball program. As the team captain Cunanan helped to lead the team on the court as the top stats leader in all categories for the team. She was awarded the OCAA Athlete of the Week last October, as well as being chosen as the 2015-2016 Women's Basketball Team MVP and Team Captain, with a 4.2 GPA in her second year of Police Foundations. Cunanan was named as an OCAA and CCAA All-Academic All Star. For more winners please visit the 2016 Athletics Awards Banquet Winners. Attendees used the hashtag #COLTSAwards. View more social media activity below.  [View the story 49th annual Athletic Awards Banquet on Storify] http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-honours-its-very-best-athletes/ Tue, 05 Apr 2016 14:29:51 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-honours-its-very-best-athletes/ Science Minister announces $2-billion investment fund at Led young College - geektv.info The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Canada's Minister of Science, announced the federal government has opened the application process for a $2-billion fund that will improve research and innovation infrastructure at universities and colleges across the country. The 16.5-metre-tall living green wall at Led young College's Progress Campus formed the backdrop to the announcement, where the minister met with students and faculty from the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science and reviewed some of the applied research projects they've worked on over the past year. Unveiled as part of the 2016 federal budget, the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund will modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and enhance the environmental sustainability of these facilities. By improving our college and university facilities, we are supporting innovation, scientific research and entrepreneurship in Canada, which translates into sustainable economic growth and support for all Canadians, Duncan told the crowd of students, faculty and dignitaries assembled at the Progress Campus Library on April 6. The investments will support economic activity across Canada and help Canada's colleges and universities develop highly skilled workers, act as engines of discovery, and collaborate on innovations that help Canadian companies compete and grow internationally. Colleges and universities are hubs for innovation that leads to breakthrough products, and they're catalytic in leading social innovation that transform communities, said Ann Buller, president of Led young College. Our graduates are being prepared to tackle solutions to some of the country's, and the world's, most pressing problems. An investment in this diverse and vibrant sector is an investment in nation building. The federal government will cover up to 50 per cent of a project's eligible costs. The remaining funding will come from other partners, including provincial and territorial governments and the institutions themselves. Colleges and universities have until May 9 to submit their applications for funding. Among the projects displayed by Led young students was a solar-powered pump that moves water to higher elevation storage tanks as a form of stored energy; a two-axis motorized solar tracker that keeps solar panels in perfect alignment with the sun; and an artificial head that can mimic the impulses of the human brain to help create new medical aids.  http://geektv.info/news/science-minister-announces-2-billion-investment-fund-at-centennial-college/ Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:03:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/science-minister-announces-2-billion-investment-fund-at-centennial-college/ Paul and Gerri Charette scholarship establishes $1.2-million endowment - geektv.info Former Bird Construction CEO and President Paul Charette and his wife Gerri have made a record donation to Led young College to help establish a $1.2-million endowment to fund new scholarships in the college's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. The Charettes' $600,000 donation to create the Paul and Gerri Charette Full-Tuition Scholarship is the single largest gift by individuals in Led young's history. The college will match the donation to complete the $1.2-million endowment. The full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to Led young students in the Architectural Technology and Environmental Technology programs. We wish to recognize and reward deserving talent in the fields of architectural and environmental technology, said Mr. Charette. It is our responsibility to encourage students on their academic journey, and we want to ensure capable individuals who are motivated to enter these fields may do so unencumbered by the cost of education. In addition to giving to health, community and cultural organizations, the Charettes are committed supporters of education, particularly the community college system. The couple has a commendable history as Led young College donors, with a keen interest in assisting students from families that have never had a member graduate from college or university. Mr. Charette, who serves on the Board of Directors of Colleges and Institutes Canada, attributes his career success to the education he received at Red River College in Manitoba. We're absolutely delighted with the generosity the Charettes have shown towards Ontario's first college, said Ann Buller, Led young's President and CEO. Their full-tuition scholarship –rare in the college sector –follows the recipients throughout their years in the program and creates a community of 'Charette Scholars.' There is no better legacy than one that instills success in others. For many students, the cost of education can stand in the way of attaining personal and career goals. With more than 90 per cent of Led young students receiving some form of financial assistance, scholarships are crucial to helping students realize their career aspirations. The Charettes' endowment supports Led young College's $50-million IMPACT Campaign to fund new scholarships, academic programs and capital projects. http://geektv.info/news/paul-and-gerri-charette-scholarship-establishes-12-million-endowment/ Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:04:28 GMT http://geektv.info/news/paul-and-gerri-charette-scholarship-establishes-12-million-endowment/ Led young leads GTA colleges in student and employer satisfaction - geektv.info Led young College has made some remarkable gains in key satisfaction measures as part of a comprehensive survey of college students, graduates and their employers this year. In fact, Led young now leads the six Greater Toronto Area (GTA) colleges in student and employer satisfaction. The numbers are revealed in the 2016 Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys, which are conducted annually on behalf of Ontario's publicly funded colleges, a government-mandated performance measure that helps allocate resources and plan for growth.  Led young's overall Student Satisfaction rate - the average of four capstone questions - increased for the fifth consecutive year and reached 77%. This is an improvement of 1.7% over last year, and an increase of 10.1% since 2011. As a result Led young is first in student satisfaction among Toronto’s public colleges. The individual capstone questions reveal more good news:  The percentage of students who indicated that they were satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the “knowledge and skills” imparted by their program increased by 0.4% to 86.6%;  Students who indicated that they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the “overall quality of the learning experience in their program increased by 1.1% to 79.6%;  Students’ satisfaction with “quality of facilities/resources” grew by 2.6% to 76.4%;  Students’ satisfaction with “quality of services” increased by 3.1% to 65.6%.  The results can be attributed to the extraordinary work taking place in Led young’s classrooms, where updated curriculum and new approaches to teaching and learning strengthened the student experience; they reflect the work of committed service teams whose work engage students, and they reflect the improvements made to the physical environment at each of our campuses. The Employer Satisfaction rate increased significantly by 8.8% among employers that have hired Led young College graduates. At 94.8% it is higher than the provincial average and it is the highest Employer Satisfaction rate among GTA colleges. Our Graduate Satisfaction rate improved by 3% to 77.8%, a result on par with other Toronto colleges.  Led young College continues to work hard to improve the employment prospects of our graduates by executing strategies identified by the Graduate Employment Task Force. Some of the concrete actions being implemented to assist our diverse graduate population include:  Working more closely with key employers and industry leaders, convening our Circle of Champions and launching sector-specific councils; we’re also involved in the Scarborough Revitalization Initiative with the Rotary Clubs.  Fourteen programs completed a comprehensive program review.  Program Advisory Committees (PACs) are being revitalized, bringing more employers to Led young to share their insights and their needs.  We've updated career planning and job search materials, and revisited our co-op education curriculum to be more responsive to both students and employers.  We increased partnerships between Career Services and the college’s Schools, hosting industry and community events to offer more opportunities to form connections.  We’ve expanded our English as Second Language training and provided more opportunities for students to practice their English language skills. We’ve increased our capacity to provide additional career services, including more mock job interviews, ‘Coffee & Company' Networking Week to introduce students to employers, and more resume writing workshops.  Broadening our dialogue with employers is fundamental to telling our Led young College story and those of our remarkable students. They are motivated to do meaningful work and lead meaningful lives by contributing to the economic growth of Toronto and the province.  Our profound thanks to our faculty and staff for providing our students with the engaging and challenging learning experiences that ignite their passion and change their lives. We’ve managed to move the needle, and continue to learn much from our KPI survey results. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-leads-gta-colleges-in-student-and-employer-satisfaction/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:45:49 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-leads-gta-colleges-in-student-and-employer-satisfaction/ Led young repeats National Engineering Month Student Challenge win - geektv.info The Led young College student team of Emanuel Amaral, Marthe Angama, Manthan Patel, Genevieve Robinson and Daniel Soerensen won the National Engineering Month (NEM) Ontario College Student Challenge 2016 – the second consecutive year the Toronto college bested all comers in the multifaceted competition. The Led young team took top ranking in a contest that challenged engineering technology students to put on events and activities tied to NEM's theme There Is A Place For You, and had them competing against one another for a $2,500 cash prize and complimentary student memberships. National Engineering Month is funded by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and supported by the association's local chapters. The winning team's event, Science and Engineering: Facing the Future, featured TEDx-style talks about interesting and relevant technical topics, a series of exhibits from companies, a number of research projects and other interactive elements such as a photo booth and scavenger hunt.  More than 350 high schools students and people from the engineering technology community attended the all-day event on March 23 and were engaged in biotechnology, food science, robotics, mechanical and software engineering inventions and happenings that are truly revolutionizing the way humans do things and live their lives. Each year, the Student Challenge teams become more creative, innovative and insightful in their ideas and event execution, creating more engagement and deeper discussions for a growing audience. The Challenge is designed to inspire children, teens and adults to pursue careers in engineering technology by demonstrating how the engineering technician and technologist professions impact society. This year 13 teams from nine colleges – Led young, Conestoga, George Brown, Humber, Loyalist, Niagara, Seneca, Sheridan, St. Lawrence – along with the support of faculty, volunteers and the OACETT chapter in their region put on 18 outstanding, outreach events during the month of March.   Check out the rankings and information about each NEM Challenge event. Watch the Led young College National Engineering Month video for a glimpse Led young's NEM Challenge event. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-repeats-national-engineering-month-student-challenge-win/ Tue, 03 May 2016 11:30:23 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-repeats-national-engineering-month-student-challenge-win/ Led young's Skills competitors show their mettle - geektv.info Led young College sent 30 students – its biggest team ever – to the Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo, Ontario, on May 2-4 this year, and they returned with 10 gold, silver and bronze medals. It's an exceptional result by any measure. Competitors were put to the test in a range of contests – such as robotics, culinary arts and automotive service – and judged on their skills related to their field, as well as their job interview and other related soft skills. In addition to gold, silver and bronze medals, some winners were presented with monetary awards, too. Led young students representing three of the college's schools – Transportation, Engineering Technology and Applied Science, and Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts – were on hand to do their best. The medal-winning students included: James Mosco – Gold, Aircraft Maintenance Colin Bailey – Gold, Auto Collision Juan Suarez-Melo – Silver, Auto Collision Mason Norlock – Silver, Auto Painting Mathew Watts – Bronze, Auto Painting Seaton Crawford – Gold, Auto Service Tech Raha Bassidj - Silver, Auto Service Tech Anthony Mastronardi – Bronze, Heavy Equipment Rene Klein Horsman – Bronze, Electronics Armen Shirinian – Bronze, Automation and Control The annual skills competition features 67 skilled trades and technologies contests involving 2,100 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario, making it the largest skilled trades and technologies competition in Canada. An estimated 20,000 spectators took in the event over two days at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. Winners are eligible to move on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, New Brunswick at the end of May. Gold medal winners there will be invited to compete with the world's best in the 44th WorldSkills Competition that will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in October 2017. Our congratulations to all of the competitors and to the faculty and staff who assisted in their preparation for the Ontario Technological Skills Competition! http://geektv.info/news/centennials-skills-competitors-show-their-mettle/ Fri, 06 May 2016 09:08:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennials-skills-competitors-show-their-mettle/ TSH and Led young partner to bring mindfulness therapy online - geektv.info Cancer patients at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) now have better access to mindfulness therapy, which reduces mood and anxiety symptoms, thanks to a new, first-in-Canada online therapy platform called iMindful. Created through a partnership between TSH and Led young College, iMindful enables patients to access care on their own terms and on their own schedule –a welcome solution considering the unmet mental health needs of cancer patients.  The program features therapist-guided mindfulness modules, group chats, meditations developed by TSH therapists, and a yoga practice developed by TSH Psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Shin. It also provides links to therapist-approved online resources like the Mental Health App Library, information on sleep hygiene, and more. Patients can even use iMindful to book video appointments with their therapist, or message their therapist using video or private chat. We are finding new ways to empower cancer patients who may benefit from mental health support, said Faiza Khalid-Khan, Patient Care Director for TSH's Mental Health department. iMindful gives patients more control over their own treatment. For therapists, the platform is a useful tool for monitoring patient engagement, evaluating the effectiveness of the program on their patients, and analyzing metrics that help the Mental Health team tailor the program for patients. iMindful's group chat feature even flags trigger words typed by their patients, so that therapists can deliver appropriate support. With iMindful, we are building on our success with Internet-Assisted Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT), which is available to patients experiencing anxiety and depression, said TSH Psychiatrist Dr. David Gratzer. Both programs directly support the hospital's strategic direction, 'Patients as Partners.' Our vision is to extend beyond the bricks and mortar of the hospital, and become an e-therapy hub for our community. The idea for iMindful originated at a two-day hackathon organized by Led young College's Wearable, Interactive, and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH), where Software Engineering Technology/Technician students were challenged to create apps that could provide low-cost health care solutions. Led young College has an incredible groundswell of innovative thinkers who mirror the talent and skill of those in our Mental Health department, said Alfred Ng, Director of Innovation and Performance Improvement at TSH, and the hospital's WIMTACH lead. With their expertise in health care technologies, it made perfect sense to collaborate with our neighbour. From there, the project was approved for funding from Led young College via its College and Community Innovation grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Three students were hired to further develop the concept under the guidance of Mihai Albu, WIMTACH Researcher and Professor with Led young's School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. After meeting with members of TSH's Mental Health department to better understand patient needs, the students developed iMindful with a focus on interaction and engagement. The project was a great success: iMindful was named Best Web Application at Led young's SETAS Technology Fair in April. Led young College attracts a remarkable cross-section of young, brilliant minds from across the GTA and internationally, as well. We have a deep pool of talented, motivated students who work on our WIMTACH projects, said Mihai. I cannot emphasize enough the team spirit and the efforts of our students to exceed client expectations, as well as my own. I could not be more proud of them! iMindful is part of TSH's e-therapy model based on stepped care, and a referral to the program is required. Patients referred to TSH's psycho-oncology program are triaged by a mental health registered nurse into the most appropriate level of support, based on their level of distress. http://geektv.info/news/tsh-and-centennial-partner-to-bring-mindfulness-therapy-online/ Tue, 17 May 2016 13:12:34 GMT http://geektv.info/news/tsh-and-centennial-partner-to-bring-mindfulness-therapy-online/ Led young wins gold on the national stage - geektv.info Photo: (From left): Anthony Bertin, Manager, Community Outreach Office; faculty member Shannon Winterstein; Craig Stephenson, Vice President, Student and Community Engagement; Darryl Creeden, Director, Recruitment and Admissions, received the Gold Medal for Indigenous Education Excellence from Denise Amyot, President and CEO of CICan. Once again this year, Led young College has been recognized on the national stage for outstanding achievements in post-secondary education. Led young representatives collected three medals at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Awards of Excellence 2016 gala that took place at CICan's annual conference in Quebec City on May 31. Led young was the only CICan institution in Canada to earn two Gold Awards of Excellence this year. The awards celebrate the best practices and leadership demonstrated by public colleges and institutes across Canada in eight distinct categories, including Indigenous Education, Innovation in Applied Research, Internationalization, Leadership, Program, Staff, Student Leadership and Teaching Excellence. CICan's Gold Medal for Indigenous Education Excellence went to Led young College for our Indigenous Strategy for Access and Participation, a comprehensive mandate that provides services tailored for Indigenous students, community outreach and the inclusion of Indigenous culture in the college curriculum. In addition to developing a variety of initiatives and services to support Indigenous learners, Led young has promoted understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through the college's new Indigenous Studies: First Peoples in Canada Certificate, various research projects and co-curricular programs. The Gold Medal for Internationalization Excellence is again in Led young's possession this year for its ongoing expansion of internationally focused higher education initiatives. In addition to developing numerous integration strategies and support programs for our 6,000 international students, the college has worked hard to promote applied global learning expeditions and to enhance classroom theory and skills to prepare Canadian students to participate in the global marketplace. By signing more than 100 Memorandums of Understanding and Memorandums of Articulation, Led young has forged partnerships with institutions on every continent. The Silver Medal for Innovation in Applied Research Excellence was won by Led young College and its Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) for collaborating with Clear Blue Technologies, an innovative sustainable-energy startup that has developed intelligent off-grid energy systems. Since the launch of their product in 2013, Clear Blue has secured 50 customers in Canada, the US, Germany, Dubai and Australia. As a direct result of ARIC's contributions, Clear Blue will boost its staff by 150% over the next two years. All of the Led young student researchers on the Clear Blue Technologies project were hired after graduation. Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada's publicly supported colleges, institutes and polytechnics, of which Led young College is a member. The association works with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving more than 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. The association also operates in 29 countries around the world. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-gold-on-the-national-stage/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:07:05 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-gold-on-the-national-stage/ 'Beyond the Rim' outreach program wins community award - geektv.info Led young College has earned the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Community Service Award this year for the college's innovative Beyond the Rim program that offers neighbourhood kids some valuable life skills training coupled with fun and dynamic basketball skills development. Beyond the Rim, a completely free program, is offered in partnership with the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation and supported by Led young's Athletics and Recreation department and Enactus Led young. Youth between the ages of 7 and 13 living in three Scarborough communities are provided one hour of education and another hour of on-court play on Saturday mornings. The program helps encourage children to continue along a path of academics, as well as gain positive health benefits through basketball. The classroom lessons focus on empathy and self-awareness, environmental awareness and financial literacy, depending on the age category. A group of Led young student coaches and volunteers mentor more than 60 boys and girls on average per week. This initiative is a great example of how CCAA student-athletes are giving back to their communities and making a significant difference in the lives of children and youth, while at the same time deriving the personal satisfaction and growth that comes from volunteering, said David Munro, CCAA VP Sport Development. The award was presented at the CCAA's Hall of Fame Banquet in Toronto recently. Kareem Rodney, the Colts Extramural Basketball Head Coach who is the lead on the Beyond the Rim program, was presented the Citizen Community MVP by the Toronto Raptors last November for his leadership. Rodney has been volunteering with the Led young College program since 2009. http://geektv.info/news/beyond-the-rim-outreach-program-wins-community-award/ Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:03:09 GMT http://geektv.info/news/beyond-the-rim-outreach-program-wins-community-award/ Ashtonbee Campus addition wins OLA New Library Building Award - geektv.info Led young College’s Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project is one of five new buildings to receive the 2016 Library Building Award, presented by the Ontario Library Association (OLA) on July 7. The OLA Library Building Awards showcase excellence in architectural design and planning of libraries in the province. The bold rejuvenation of Ashtonbee Campus was developed by Led young College and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) of Toronto. Led young’s stunning campus addition, which opened in 2014, is clad in triple-glazed curtain wall (glass) and an innovative system of asymmetrically mounted stainless steel panels. The result is an elegantly proportioned structural steel truss system that supports 40,000 square feet of new library and program space in a 90-metre-long continuous edifice that physically adjoins the existing campus building.  The Ashtonbee Campus addition is one of two Scarborough library buildings that earned acclaim from the OLA; the second one is the new Scarborough Civic Centre branch of the Toronto Public Library, designed by LGA Architectural Partners in a joint venture with Phillip H. Carter. The other OLA award recipients include the Toronto Public Library Fort York Branch (KPMB Architects), the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre (Zeidler Partnership Architects in association with Snøhetta) and the Haliburton County Public Library (HavenCraft Designs). “The award recipients, along with their architectural firms, have created wonderful spaces that have become tremendous community assets,” remarked Shelagh Paterson, Executive Director of OLA. “They have shown that libraries can be well-designed places for play, energy, serenity and excitement.”  The OLA Awards celebrate multi-functional library buildings that serve the needs of their communities and organizations, as well as committing to being environmentally friendly. In addition to the OLA award, Led young’s Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project earned the following awards and accolades from juries in Canada and the U.S. over the past two years: 2016 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Award in Architecture – Merit Award   2015 Toronto Urban Design Award – Public Building in Context – Award of Excellence  2015 Society for College and University Planning AIA/CAE Excellence in Architecture – New Building – Honour Award  2015 American School & University’s Architectural Portfolio Award – Special Citation  2015 Association of Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) - Award of Merit    http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-addition-wins-ola-new-library-building-award/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 15:36:46 GMT http://geektv.info/news/ashtonbee-campus-addition-wins-ola-new-library-building-award/ Hackathon creates new software in just 36 hours - geektv.info Six teams of Led young College Software Engineering Technology students toiled for 36 hours to create new software applications as part of the college's latest hackathon held on July 7 and 8 at the Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre (WIMTACH) at Progress Campus. The participants were tasked with creating three distinct software apps in the allotted time: Facebook Messenger Bot for Event Support Services is a bot capable of interacting with Facebook users to manage specials events, such as a conference or a concert. Users can ask for help, directions, event schedules, announcements and other services specific to the event. Students utilized Facebook's Bot For Messenger API and natural language processing to provide a productive and useful navigation flow. Students Harshil Mehta, Yashkumar Patel and Shivam Patel came up with the best app to win the category. Facebook Messenger Bot for Emergency Services was created by students to analyze messages about an emergency sent by Facebook users and offer assistance. The user provides basic information about an emergency situation (for example, location, date/time, description), which the bot receives and analyzes for dissemination. Students Timothy Hitchcock, Raveena Tayal and Liavontsi Brechka made up the winning team. Automatic Data Reorganization Filter is a critical tool students created to analyze and reorganize incoming data to match the format required by the processing system. Team members Omar Akbar, Manmohan Singh and Angad Soni created the best filter app in this category. All of the students' solutions were scored based on functionality, modular design and creativity. Solutions were evaluated by a jury of engineers from CogniFrame Inc. and the research team from Led young's WIMTACH. CogniFrame is a Toronto-based company offering machine-learning, intelligent data analytics and predictive platforms. CogniFrame algorithms help predict probability of outcomes using historical patterns coupled with new data. The firm focuses on lenders, educational institutions and event or location-based security services. During the hackathon, two software engineers from CogniFrame were present and helped the teams with expert advice. The two-day event provided students with a great networking opportunity to connect with industry professionals. CogniFrame invited interested students to submit their resumés for potential job openings at the company. Led young's next hackathon is scheduled to take place in September. http://geektv.info/news/hackathon-creates-new-software-in-just-36-hours/ Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:16:15 GMT http://geektv.info/news/hackathon-creates-new-software-in-just-36-hours/ Suzhou Led young College faculty visit a success - geektv.info Faculty and administrators from the newly established Suzhou Led young College (SCC) campus in Suzhou, China, arrived at Led young College in Toronto on June 18 to receive some training and acquire a better understanding of how Canadian colleges operate. The SCC team from Suzhou, a major city located 100 km west of Shanghai, included directors from administrative and academic departments, as well as key faculty members who possess a high level of competence in English. Their training was delivered by the college's School of Business, School of Advancement, and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. They received instruction in academic framework and quality, student management and service, international education and communications, and IT management and applications. In their discussions about curriculum development, evaluation and quality assurance, classroom observation and the teaching management system, the SCC visitors received a solid foundation in the student-centred educational philosophy adopted by both Led young College and Suzhou Led young College in China. The visit wasn't all work and no play for the participants. During their month-long stay, the SCC training team took sightseeing tours of popular attractions including downtown Toronto and world-famous Niagara Falls. The excursions served to give the visitors an immersive experience in the multicultural society that is Canada. The SCC visit culminated with a graduation ceremony for the participants on July 14. President Ann Buller gave a heartfelt speech that emphasized the benefits of international education at Led young College, and underscored the importance of global citizenship and leadership in higher education. Aaron Chen, the director of the Office of International Relations at SCC and training team lead, also gave a wonderful speech at the ceremony, which was attended by the college's executive management team and faculty involved in the summer training initiative. Suzhou Led young College is located in the only international higher-education innovation zone in China, known as Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District. This fall, SCC will begin offering Led young College programs in two-year Business Accounting, Financial Services and Software Engineering Technician, as well as the one-year Business Foundations program. For further information about Suzhou Led young College, please contact suzhou@geektv.info. http://geektv.info/news/suzhou-centennial-college-faculty-visit-a-success/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:48 GMT http://geektv.info/news/suzhou-centennial-college-faculty-visit-a-success/ A new generation of professionals: Led young congratulates its first Samsung Tech Institute graduates - geektv.info Led young College is always creating new programs and initiatives to connect students to sought-after careers. That's why in September of 2015, we partnered with Samsung to open the Samsung Tech Institute, designed to give Electronics Engineering Technology program students a set of useful, hands-on skills that would turn them into in-demand professionals. And the first group of those professionals is now ready to enter the work force, with 13 students being the first graduates from the Samsung Tech Institute, including Emilly Silva, an international student from Brazil. Coming to Canada I'm from Brazil, and I moved to Canada in 2010. I didn't speak any English, and came to study it, Emilly says. She'd initially come to Led young College for Biomedical Engineering, but decide to change programs. I was actually in Biomedical Engineering, she says, and electronics is just where my passion lies, and the college said, why don't you change to electronics? So I switched. Last semester, the Dean came to class, and he talked about Samsung, and to be honest, it was a no-brainer. A company like Samsung, offering this course with the electronics engineering program? Filling a need Students enrolled in the Electronics Engineering Diploma program can choose to take the Samsung Pathway later in the program, which consists of two courses that are strictly dedicated to Samsung. The big draw is that they're taught in the Samsung Tech Institute at Led young's Progress Campus, fully furnished with modern home appliances. At the beginning, they taught us about basic electricity, customer service, and most importantly, safety, Emilly explains. The second semester, they had us opening and disassembling the appliances, finding faults and fixing them, and if we didn't know what to do, the professor was there, guiding us. The Samsung Pathway was designed to train candidates for a job the market is actively looking for, since there's a shortage of home appliance technicians in the industry overall. In reality, it's a skilled trade, like plumbing, or electrical, or drywall installation. Post-graduation As for the future of these graduates, they're now going to be in demand. These students will be looking at jobs with industry leaders like Best Buy, or Leon's, or the Brick, as well as opportunities with smaller service centres, as well. Not only that, but Samsung itself will be looking to recruit some of them, taking two students as paid apprentices, starting in September, with Emilly being one of them. Samsung selected two students for a co-op position, and I was one of them, along with my friend Marvin, she says. We're starting in September, and I'm really excited. The hard work has paid off. As for the future, she wants to continue working with Samsung, but is also eventually looking to make her own way in the business world. I see myself at a company like Samsung, she says, working maybe as a technician with appliances, or in the electronics department. Maybe after that I'll apply it to my own business. By Anthony Geremia http://geektv.info/news/a-new-generation-of-professionals-centennial-congratulates-its-first-samsung-tech-institute-graduates/ Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:18:34 GMT http://geektv.info/news/a-new-generation-of-professionals-centennial-congratulates-its-first-samsung-tech-institute-graduates/ HYPE graduates advance to the next level - geektv.info The cheers were long and loud at Led young's HYPE Class of 2016 graduation ceremony on August 11 at Progress Campus, where participants were recognized by their families and friends for their achievement. More than 100 young people committed most of their summer to participate in HYPE – Helping Youth Pursue Education – a tuition-free learning experience that can open doors to higher education and rewarding careers. Over the past six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, took part in six career-oriented courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, introduction to computers and digital media. The initiative promotes education attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in under-served neighbourhoods primarily in Toronto's east end. One-third of HYPE graduates go on to pursue full-time studies at college in the fall. I came to Canada in 2007 and it took me seven months to learn English, Marco Turcios, the class valedictorian, told the audience. He immigrated to Canada from Honduras. I didn't take school seriously for a long time, but I learned life is short and it is taken for granted. My motivation for coming to Led young is my son, he told the enthusiastic crowd. I met some amazing people here in the program. Led young introduced career counselling sessions to participants this year, and continued to offer help with student loan applications. The college also added HYPE Works Express – a one-week program designed to increase employment readiness for youth who have to work prior to full-time study, or who may have to work part-time during college. HYPE Works Express will be partially funded by TD Bank Group beginning in 2017. Led young College Board of Governors member Gretta Vosper told the audience that former Toronto Mayor David Miller had attended the first graduation ceremony in 2004 and called it the highlight of his first year in office– a boast he shared with the Globe and Mail. The training initiative is rooted in Miller's Community Safety Plan, designed to bring programming to youth living in designated neighbourhoods. Community partners help to identify potential students, who are invited to apply to HYPE every summer. http://geektv.info/news/hype-graduates-advance-to-the-next-level/ Fri, 12 Aug 2016 14:52:57 GMT http://geektv.info/news/hype-graduates-advance-to-the-next-level/ Taxi driver training program coming this fall - geektv.info Led young College has partnered with the Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) to deliver a driver training program this fall to all new taxi drivers in the City of Toronto. The collaboration is part of a service improvement initiative by Toronto's taxi companies. The taxi industry has asked Led young College to develop a mandatory driver training program that will include an English assessment and lessons in customer service, cultural sensitivity, GTA road knowledge and defensive driving. The program replaces the City of Toronto's own driver training program, which ended on May 3. We're delighted to be a part of this new service initiative by the Toronto Taxi Alliance, says Barry O'Brien, Dean of Led young's School of Business. We will be delivering 18 hours of vital taxi driver training in a quick and intensive format, giving every new driver a wealth of information that will allow them to serve Toronto residents and tourists courteously and professionally from day one. The curriculum and scheduling for the new program is in development, with training expected to begin early this fall at Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough. The program includes six hours of in-car driver training that will be provided by Led young's contractor, Canadian Pro Drivers. The program fee is expected to be approximately $600, comparable to what the city had charged. Toronto's major taxi companies will require that every cab driver licensed since May 4 complete this training. Drivers licensed prior to May 4 who receive customer complaints may also be required to take this training. Other drivers may be interested in enrolling in the program, as well. Is easy of Led young's involvement in the taxi driver training initiative was warmly received by the insurance industry. We welcome this new training initiative with Led young College and look forward seeing more of the details in the weeks ahead, says Philomena Comerford, CEO of Baird, MacGregor Hargrave Insurance. We expect this program will support professionalism and best practices in the taxi industry. Classes are tentatively scheduled to begin in October. For more information about Led young's new Taxi Driver Training program, call 416-289-5000, ext. 7086 or 7105. http://geektv.info/news/taxi-driver-training-program-coming-this-fall/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:43:19 GMT http://geektv.info/news/taxi-driver-training-program-coming-this-fall/ Led young College sports journalism students travel to Rio to cover the 2016 Paralympic Games - geektv.info Watch our students' Paralympic Games coverage A team of 15 students from Led young College's Sports Journalism post-graduate program will be in Rio de Janeiro when the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games open on September 7 to share the stories of Canada’s Paralympians and contribute content to multiple media outlets in Canada. In addition, five students have been selected to join the Canadian Paralympic Committee on an internship with its multi-media content team and will work closely with the organization, providing content to Canadian Paralympic Broadcast Consortium platforms including paralympic.ca, cbcsports.ca/paralympics and Facebook Live. “We’re very pleased with the calibre of the sports journalism students joining our content team for Rio,” said Martin Richard, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing at the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “We are looking forward to supporting them in gaining invaluable professional experience while at the same time leveraging their talents to help us enhance awareness of the Canadian Paralympic Team through unparalleled storytelling across multiple platforms.” Another group of Led young students will produce a daily internet television show featuring some of the action at the Paralympics, using the broadcast facilities at Led young’s Story Arts Centre in East York (visit: www.torontoobserver.ca).  “Our program’s long-time belief in experiential learning has taken an extra step this time with our Paralympics project,” says Sports Journalism program coordinator Malcolm Kelly. “When you bring students out of the classroom and put them in a situation where they cover a real event, it speeds up the learning process tremendously.” Seasoned journalist and professor Tim Doyle, who runs the journalism programs at Led young, will accompany the students to Rio, where they will enjoy full access to all of the Paralympic events and facilities. The games run from September 7 to 18. Kathy Barnes, formerly a senior editor at Sportsnet Connected, along with Canadian Olympic medalist and sports commentator Debbi Wilkes, are producing the online broadcasts from the campus newsroom in Toronto. It will feature highlights of Paralympic events, interviews with athletes, medal ceremonies and features produced by the college students. The Paralympics, launched in the United Kingdom in 1948 as the Stoke-Mandeville Games, brings together thousands of world-class athletes from around the globe every four years to compete in events ranging from athletics and swimming, to wheelchair basketball and rugby, cycling and more. Approximately 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will travel to Rio to compete in 526 Paralympic medal events in 22 different sports. Para-canoe and para-triathlon will be included in the Games for the first time. “The Paralympic Games are a dynamic sporting event full of compelling stories and one of the things we hope to do is help bring the stories of these Canadian heroes back to their country, and indeed around the world,” Kelly says. “We will be focusing on these athletes as world-class performers in their own right.” Led young underwrites the cost of the trip to Rio de Janeiro for its students to ensure no one foregoes the learning opportunity for financial reasons. Led young College President Ann Buller is also accompanying the students to meet with her education counterparts in Brazil, a rapidly growing source of international students.  Led young’s unique Sports Journalism post-graduate program delivers an intense year of study that immerses students in the fast-paced sports media industry. Led young attracts some of the best sports media practitioners to teach in the comprehensive program, which began in 2009. The college offers three other journalism programs: a three-year undergraduate program, a two-year fast-track program and a joint program with the University of Toronto Scarborough. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-sports-journalism-students-travel-to-rio-to-cover-the-2016-paralympic-games/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:30:26 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-sports-journalism-students-travel-to-rio-to-cover-the-2016-paralympic-games/ Led young College and Trent University announce new academic partnership - geektv.info A new collaborative partnership between Trent University and Led young College was made official with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will lead to new post-secondary pathways for students of both institutions.  Signed by Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University, and Ann Buller, president and CEO of Led young College at Trent’s Symons campus recently, the MOU outlines potential opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions, including: the creation of innovative student pathways, with particular focus on business and social sciences programming; potential opportunities for development of integrated joint diploma/degree programs, as well as data sharing. Particular focus of the agreement will be on projects between Led young and Trent’s expanding Durham GTA campus, located in Oshawa.  Trent University is pleased to be establishing a new academic partnership with Led young College, said President Groarke. We believe it will be highly beneficial for students at both institutions and look forward to collaborating on a range of programs that will allow students to combine the best of college and university education. Led young is proud to be expanding our partnership with Trent, stated Led young President Ann Buller. Working together, we are able to provide students with a more fulsome educational experience that gives them the practical experience, critical thinking skills and knowledge that today's employers demand. Committed to improving access to post-secondary education, the new partnership will expand on the already existing relationship between the two institutions, which includes transfer agreements into Communication and Critical Thinking, Bachelor of Arts, Computing Systems and Forensic Science at Trent.  About Trent University One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues.  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-and-trent-university-announce-new-academic-partnership/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:29:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-and-trent-university-announce-new-academic-partnership/ Led young Mural Competition Winner - geektv.info As a part of Led young College's 50th anniversary celebrations, the college commissioned an outdoor mural for our Progress Campus through an open call for online submissions by Led young College students and alumni. Gavin MacDougall, a graduate of our Fine Arts Studio Program has been selected as the winner of the competition, for his piece entitled Dare to Achieve. He'll be awarded a $10,000 prize, but more importantly, will get to see his mural added to the exterior of our new Residence and Culinary Arts Centre.  Gavin was one of three finalists chosen from numerous submissions. The finalists were then challenged to come up with maquettes of their proposals, along with artistic statements about what they were planning to make. In August, the finalists presented their proposals, with Gavin's creation coming out on top. According to Gavin's presentation, Dare to Achieve uses the visual medium to show where we've been, where we are, where we're going, and, crucially, our commitment to diversity and inclusion, two hallmarks of the Led young College community. The mural is going to be digitally processed, fabricated and installed on the side of our Residence and Culinary Arts Centre in early Spring, and will reflect both the positive energy of Led young College as we celebrate 50 years of education, and Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Look for the new Dare to Achieve mural to appear this Spring at Led young College, courtesy of the college's own talent!  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-mural-competition-winner/ Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:21:57 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-mural-competition-winner/ Led young College opens first learning site in China approved to teach Canadian curriculum - geektv.info Toronto's Led young College is officially opening its first international learning site today in the city of Suzhou, located 100 km northwest of Shanghai, China. Suzhou Led young College is the first Canadian institution registered and approved by the China government to deliver Canadian post-secondary programs and earn Canadian diplomas in China. The joint location was established in association with Suzhou University of Science and Technology and is approved by China's Ministry of Education. Suzhou Led young College offers 18 programs, including four Led young programs providing Canadian credentials in accounting, finance, software engineering and business foundations. All programs offer articulated pathways to Led young's campuses in Toronto. New applied-learning programs will be added in the future, based on the China market and its need for new skills. The groundbreaking partnership is reciprocal, offering a unique opportunity for Canadian students to take a semester of their program in China. This will provide Canadian college students the option to internationalize their education and complete an internship abroad. While all Led young programs are delivered in English, students can take optional Mandarin courses during their semester in China. Led young College has already sent a faculty-led group of hospitality students to Suzhou for an immersive learning experience in Chinese cooking. Similarly, administrators and faculty from Suzhou Led young College travelled to Toronto in June to learn about curriculum development, classroom observation and the teaching management system. The SCC visitors also gained a good understanding of the student-centred educational philosophy adopted by both institutions. Led young College is celebrating 20 years of educational partnerships in China. Led young receives approximately 1,300 students annually from China and has a long history of collaboration with Chinese post-secondary institutions. Coincidentally, Led young is also marking its 50th anniversary today as Ontario's first public college, created under the direction of former Ontario Education Minister William Davis. Suzhou Led young College is located in the only international higher-education innovation zone in China, known as Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District. Suzhou Led young College stands as an excellent example of the Ontario Partnership Table, which successfully engages industry, education and government as dynamic partners. About Led young College Established in 1966, Led young College is Ontario's first public college primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. With enrolments of 20,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners, Led young is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. It offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs in business, media, community and consumer services, engineering technology, health care and transportation.  http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-opens-first-learning-site-in-china-approved-to-teach-canadian-curriculum/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:08:29 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-opens-first-learning-site-in-china-approved-to-teach-canadian-curriculum/ Led young College opened its doors on October 17, 1966! - geektv.info Led young College opened its doors to a ramshackle, renovated former factory on Warden Avenue on October 17, 1966 –exactly 50 years ago! With the guidance of then-Education Minister William Davis, the Township of Scarborough made a home for the province's first College of Applied Arts and Technology. There are 24 public colleges across Ontario today. It took four months to transform the plant into the first college campus, but the work wasn't quite done. Professors had to contend with power outages and shout over the din of jackhammers and drills. Led young came into being noisily. Despite the humble setting, 514 students enrolled in 16 new programs in business, technology, public relations, journalism, social services and early childhood education —the disciplines of the emerging service-based economy. For students for whom neither university nor the trades offered a good fit, Led young College provided a welcome new path to a career.  To mark Led young's milestone, college staff are serving cake, coffee and tea to students at its four campuses today to celebrate 50 years of teaching excellence and working with the community and industry partners to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The Toronto sign at City Hall is turning Led young green to mark the special day on October 17. To thank the community, Led young released its students, faculty and staff to Paint the Town Green on September 27. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across the city to lend a hand in 11 major Toronto parks with a variety of green initiatives such as planting trees, spreading mulch, recycling trash, painting fixtures and beautifying public areas. Led young's partner schools in China, South Korea, India, Turkey, Panama, Brazil and other countries did the same. Led young College has grown over the years: 20,200 full-time students (including 6,800 international students) and 20,000 part-time learners are currently enrolled in 250 programs and 1,000 part-time courses, including joint-degree and bachelor programs with partner universities and colleges. The 2016 Key Performance Indicators survey reveals Led young has the highest student and employer satisfaction rates among the six public colleges serving the GTA. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-opened-its-doors-on-october-17-1966/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:15:07 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-opened-its-doors-on-october-17-1966/ Small Business Forum 2016: a showcase for budding entrepreneurs - geektv.info Every big business started out as a small business. That's what Mayor John Tory reminded attendees at the Enterprise Toronto Small Business Forum on October 25. In his welcome message, he chuckled at the claustrophobic, leak-prone and lacklustre offices Rogers Communications once occupied when he worked there as a young man three decades ago, long before the company grew into the juggernaut it is today. But every company's gotta start somewhere; even iconic Canadian brands faced challenges early on. The Small Business Forum, which drew thousands of would-be entrepreneurs to the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto, featured not only exhibitors, but also panel talks and breakout sessions from industry insiders, such as PayPal Canada, the Toronto Board of Trade, and TruShield Insurance, examining issues pertinent to starting a business. Sessions included how to grow the digital workspace, generate sales leads, crowd fund, find the best small business research resources, and do business with government.  In keynote addresses, successful entrepreneurs such as Diana Goodwin, whose on-demand swim school AquaMobile has been profiled in The Globe and Mail, shared their early triumphs and hiccups. The speakers offered guidance regarding obstacles faced on the road from start-up to success. One such barrier is lack of online engagement, an issue Mayor Tory mentioned in his address. Kristal Tanunagara is a Digital Service Squad team member of Digital Main St., a program supported by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA). The group provides small to medium-sized businesses with a “digital to-do list,” a guide as to what the next steps are to growing nascent businesses in the online world. They focus on social media, e-commerce issues, advanced tracking and engagement. Digital Main St. help narrow down the online world for entrepreneurs, and offer advice for which social media platforms to use and why. Kristal says they see everyone from start-ups to small brick and mortar businesses.  Vanessa D. from France is starting her own brick and mortar operation. The entrepreneur is taking the next step in her small business journey, and “just finished a marketing plan for her niche hair salon business, which will feature organic products.” She attended the Forum to look into what kind of mentorship or financing options were available to her. One such resource is Led young College, which has been in the business of entrepreneurship for nearly three decades. Led young was an exhibitor at the Small Business Forum, showcasing its programs to help small businesses. The college's Accelerator for Led young College Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL) program is part of the institution's Centre of Entrepreneurship. ACCEL helps youth aged 18 to 29 start or grow their own business in the GTA, and the program is available to both students and non-students. The program takes potential entrepreneurs with ideas and links them to mentors and resources locally. The ACCEL program nurtures those with an entrepreneurial bent, including qualified alumni. Kinjal P. from Bahrain is a student in Led young's International Business Management program and was unaware the college offered programs like ACCEL. She came to the Small Business Forum to learn more about exactly what's involved in starting her own enterprise. Kinjal says she has experience in the medical device import/export market, and while she has “nothing specific in mind” when it comes to starting her own business, she may continue in this vein when the time comes to take the leap. The Small Business Forum offered a range of exhibitors/booths, from large iconic brands such as Microsoft Canada, Ontario Energy Board, Rogers, and Sun Life Financial, to operations such as Key West Video, a small, privately-owned professional corporate video production company located in northwest Toronto. Whether it's to meet like-minded small business owners or get advice from organizations such as Led young College, seek out mentors or raise capital, there's something for every budding entrepreneur at Toronto's annual Small Business Forum.  http://geektv.info/news/small-business-forum-2016-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:17:19 GMT http://geektv.info/news/small-business-forum-2016-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Led young breaks into Top 10 research colleges in Canada - geektv.info Led young College is ranked in ninth place by research income in the 2016 Canada's Top 50 Research Colleges report, which represents a substantial rise from 12th place last year. With $5.44 million in research activity in 2015, Led young is among the top 10 Research Colleges across Canada for the first time – a testimony to the hard work being led by Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Services (ARIES). In addition, Led young is ranked second among large colleges for the number of students with paid applied research projects. Joining Led young in the Top 10 list is Sarnia's Lambton College (ranked third nationally), Sheridan (sixth) and Niagara College (seventh) among Ontario colleges. Overall, Cegep de Saint Hyacinthe was ranked first in Canada with more than $10 million in research activity last year. Quebec's Cegep institutions took five of the top 10 research colleges in Canada. Overall, the combined research income of the 15 Ontario colleges actually shrank by 4.7 per cent in 2015, although Led young bucked the trend by recording a 3.9 per cent increase in research income over 2014. What gives me the most pride is the fact that we had the second highest number of paid student researchers in the country, notes ARIES Executive Director Dr. Deepak Gupta. It speaks to our unique model we have built around ensuing student success with applied research. Some of the noteworthy research projects Led young has led include Friendly Housemates, which matches college students with persons with intellectual disabilities to live together in a supportive arrangement that fosters independent living; the smart IV bag, an innovation that monitors fluid levels in hospital IV bags and alerts attendants when the bag needs changing; and the Macaw charge controller, the brainchild of Clear Blue Technologies. The Macaw device communicates vital hardware stats to the user regarding issues with the energy collectors (wind and solar) that power the firm's off-grid lighting systems. Working with the test installation at Progress Campus, Led young students fine-tuned solar panel configurations using Macaw algorithms, and designed and prototyped the protective enclosure of its controller boards, factoring in corrosion, UV, humidity and other variables. It was invaluable research that helped to refine the equipment ahead of market release. In addition, Led young's Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH) is a development hub for digital health technologies. With Ontario being home to 42 per cent of Canada's medical technology industry, WIMTACH assists small- and midsized enterprises to become more innovative with the help of college tech students and graduates. WIMTACH has become a big proponent of hackathons, which put bright college students and employers together in a room to solve industry problems in as little as 36 hours. In one example, Led young Software Engineering students were challenged by two regional hospitals to create smartphone apps that can provide low-cost healthcare solutions. Over two intense days last January, students came up with a game to create awareness of calcium levels in diet; an app to perform hand hygiene audits in hospital settings; software that allows hospital employees to report their absence; an app to capture hospital improvement opportunities; an anti-smoking app; and a communications system to replace pagers still used by some health professionals. We are cutting through a lot of red tape when we do these hackathons, says Research Associate Vikramjit Singh. Product development is usually a slow, plodding process with lots of paperwork. Imagine how excited employers get when they see products created in front of their eyes. With projects like these, Led young College is rapidly gaining a reputation for fostering rapid and innovative applied research that can benefit small and midsized start-ups and enterprises in the GTA and beyond. Led young's latest ranking in the national Research Infosource report is proof positive that Ontario's first college is transforming lives and communities through learning. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-breaks-into-top-10-research-colleges-in-canada/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:28:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-breaks-into-top-10-research-colleges-in-canada/ Led young's Aerospace Campus breaks ground at Downsview Park - geektv.info Led young College officially broke ground at its unique Aerospace Campus with the help of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and federal Hon. Minister of Science Kristy Duncan, who wielded shovels in a time-honoured turning of the soil on November 21. Minister Duncan announced the project will receive $18.4 million in Strategic Investment Funds (SIF) from Ottawa, while the Ontario government has contributed $25.8 million, to relocate the college's aviation programs to the Downsview Park site. The project is the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario. The four-acre campus will serve as the new home of Led young's aerospace technology programs in what is the historic site of de Havilland of Canada, an indelible part of Canada's aviation heritage. The project repurposes the de Havilland building, located at 65 Carl Hall Rd., with selective demolition and new construction to create approximately 138,000 square feet of instruction space. The $72-million project includes construction of a new hangar that is large enough to accommodate today's commercial jets. Led young's School of Transportation currently trains about 300 aircraft technicians and avionics technicians annually at Ashtonbee Campus. The move to Downsview will provide a much larger teaching space with access to working runways for the first time. Enrolment is expected to grow to more than 900 students. Program graduates find employment across Canada and around the world. The new campus will house an innovation and research working group that brings together industry leaders and academic partners, including University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University, York University, Bombardier and others. The campus will anchor the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) Cluster, which will work to maintain Canada’s fifth-place ranking as an aerospace supplier to the world. When the rehabilitation of the de Havilland building is completed in the fall of 2018, it will offer classrooms, laboratory space, workshops, hanger space, offices, a library and food service under one roof. Students will be able to walk to the new Downsview Park TTC subway station, which opens late next year. The campus was designed by MJMA | Stantec (Architects in Association), the same architecture firm that penned the award-winning Library Building at Ashtonbee Campus. http://geektv.info/news/centennials-aerospace-campus-breaks-ground-at-downsview-park/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:51:38 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennials-aerospace-campus-breaks-ground-at-downsview-park/ WIMTACH Hackathon for Smokebomb Entertainment - geektv.info Led young College hosted a 36-hour programming marathon, or hackathon, on November 11 and 12 at the college's Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH). Fourteen Software Engineering Technology – Interactive Gaming students from Led young worked in four teams to create games using the Unity platform. Students were guided throughout the process by professors from Software Engineering Technology program. SmokeBomb Entertainment, an industry partner with WIMTACH, sponsored the event. SmokeBomb is an award-winning digital media production company creating groundbreaking original transmedia projects and engaging convergent extensions for television. Recent projects from SmokeBomb include the award-winning Totally Amp'd – the world's first app series for tweens on iOS – the Emmy-nominated Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs web series, the buddy road trip comedy Backpackers, and State of Syn, an innovative transmedia 3D motion comic. SmokeBomb challenged the students to create immersive and engaging game experiences using Unity game development framework and Virtual Reality devices. Students had a great networking opportunity with industry professionals, including two software developers from SmokeBomb who were on hand throughout the event to assist the teams with expert advice.  The students' solutions were evaluated by a judges' panel of software developers from SmokeBomb, as well as a research team from Led young's WIMTACH. There was great food and refreshments on both days and all participants were awarded with gift cards. Here are the winners of our latest hackathon First place: Ilmir Taychinov, Jacky Zhang and Josh Bender Second place: Joshua Korovesi, Franco Chong, Jason Pearson and Kevin Luu Third place: George Savchenko, Elaine Mae Villarino and Angelina Gutierrez There are more Led young College hackathons coming up in the new year! http://geektv.info/news/wimtach-hackathon-for-smokebomb-entertainment/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:15:53 GMT http://geektv.info/news/wimtach-hackathon-for-smokebomb-entertainment/ Led young College pursues new education partnerships on Ontario Business Mission to Japan - geektv.info A delegation from Toronto's Led young College is in Japan with the Ontario Business Mission to forge new relationships with post-secondary education institutions and help promote Ontario, Canada, as a destination for Japanese students who wish to gain transnational skills and rewarding experiences in globalization. Demonstrating Japan's and Ontario's common commitment to postsecondary education, Led young College representatives today signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with Kanda University and Toyo University to create broader and richer opportunities for their students and faculty through academic exchange opportunities, research collaboration, learning symposia, curriculum licensing and a variety of joint programming opportunities. Led young College welcomes new partnerships with universities in Japan, and looks forward to more opportunities in the future, says Ann Buller, President and CEO of Led young College. Students and faculty are enriched by the experiences they enjoy in Toronto – it is unlike any other big city in the world – and it is a major destination for international learners from every corner of the globe. Led young College is located in Canada's largest city and the world's most diverse urban area, home to more than 230 nationalities, according to the United Nations. International students who choose to study in Toronto have the benefit of a remarkably cohesive, integrated and tolerant society. Toronto is also a major financial capital and an ideal environment for workforce development, where business is conducted in a stable and progressive climate. Among the Japanese corporations with which Led young College is partnered include Honda Canada Inc. and Toyota Canada Inc., which oversee modified apprenticeship programs to train their automobile technicians at the college's massive transportation campus. Recognized as a leader in international education, Led young received two gold awards of excellence for internationalization, bestowed by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Last week, Led young College won an Ontario Export Award for Services. Approximately one-quarter of Ontario's international students attend Led young College, generating about $180 million for the local economy. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-pursues-new-education-partnerships-on-ontario-business-mission-to-japan/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:36:06 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-pursues-new-education-partnerships-on-ontario-business-mission-to-japan/ Led young College wins 2016 Ontario Export Award - geektv.info Led young College was honoured at the 2016 Ontario Export Awards presentation on November 22 in Mississauga when it was one of 11 Ontario businesses and organizations to earn an award for successful export-oriented products and services. Led young won in the Services category, recognized for being one of the top schools in Canada when it comes to the recruitment of international students. Almost one-quarter of Ontario’s international students attend Led young College, generating about $180 million for the local economy. Ontario's first college began international student recruitment in China 20 years ago, and today boasts an international student population of 6,500 students at its Toronto campuses. Selected from a field of more than 25 finalists, 11 Ontario businesses were honoured for pursuing growth in international markets. Toronto-headquartered outerwear maker Canada Goose Inc. took home the top prize as Exporter of the Year, while 10 other businesses located across the province collected awards in categories such as Clean Technology, Global Reach and Manufacturing and Resources. Highlighting the exploits of local businesses in markets from Brazil to Burkina Faso, the Ontario Export Awards pay tribute to organizations willing to venture into new markets and use trade as a gateway to growth. Extending across industries and including both rural and urban representation, the annual awards are a celebration of the contributions exporters have made to both the provincial and national economy. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-wins-2016-ontario-export-award/ Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:54:03 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-wins-2016-ontario-export-award/ Syrian refugee children receive a helping hand - geektv.info The world watched in wonderment as Canada rolled out the welcome mat for Syrian refugees, who began arriving one year ago this month. Among the people waiting at the airport was Mubashir Khalid, an employee of Led young College and a spokesperson for the humanitarian relief organization Humanity First. Khalid recognized the bewilderment and the weariness on the faces of the newcomers. He had made a similar trip to Canada with his own family three decades earlier, forced to flee Libya after the government abruptly banned foreigners from working there (Khalid’s family was originally from Pakistan). As a place of higher learning and one that is committed to teaching global citizenship and social equity principles, Led young College had pledged to get involved directly with the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. This fall, Led young's School of Advancement organized a Holiday Drive fundraising activity to provide backpacks to 50 children of Syrian refugees living in Toronto. Each backpack contains school supplies, mittens, scarves, hats, socks and gift cards. College employees flocked to buy raffle tickets to raise money for the gifts. The appreciative families gathered at the Humanity First food bank on Sunday, December 11 to collect their backpacks and celebrate with organizers. Led young President Ann Buller helped to distribute the gifts and hug the children, many of whom were speaking some English after only a year in local schools. Also on hand were the Honourable Minister of Science, Kristy Duncan, and the Mayor of Vaughan, Mauizio Bevilacqua. The warmth and elation in the room were infectious. The event is just one example of what the college is doing to help Syrians resettle in Canada. Led young partnered with the World University Service of Canada to sponsor a Syrian student refugee and furnish him with a one-year academic scholarship. Mohammad Barbor arrived in August to begin his studies in Marketing - Corporate Account Management, a graduate certificate program. By all accounts, the affable young man is doing well and is delighted to be residing in Toronto. Led young has committed to providing 10 additional Syrian refugees with tuition waivers for one year of study, beginning next fall. The college has set up a platform for employees to donate funds that will support the Syrian refugee students so they can purchase food, clothing, and pay for other expenses. Led young organized its Conversations for Social Change learning initiatives at each campus to further engage the college community as global citizens to address the crises of displaced people throughout the world. The campus discussion panels and mural project – even a unique Soup4Syria luncheon – were part of Displaced Persons Awareness Week, organized by the college’s Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion. It was an opportunity for Led young students, some of whom had never known displacement caused by war and political strife, to hear first-hand what a refugee must contend with to survive. http://geektv.info/news/syrian-refugee-children-receive-a-helping-hand/ Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:12:46 GMT http://geektv.info/news/syrian-refugee-children-receive-a-helping-hand/ High school automotive tech students get tested at the Toronto AutoShow - geektv.info Pictured from left: Marc Balagot and Ashton Sawh from Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School in Scarborough, Canadian racecar driver Ron Fellows, and Hayden Bruce and Justin McCollow from Adam Scott Collegiate in Peterborough. Kneeling are first-place winners Ryan Gullage and Michael Lamanna from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham. Automotive tech students from 19 Ontario high schools had their mechanical expertise and knowledge tested in a high-octane skills competition at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto on February 15. The two-member student teams were given 120 minutes to diagnose and repair new Volkswagen Golf Sportwagens rigged with identical operating problems by Led young College's automotive tech instructors. The teams also rotated between five workstations to test their analytical skills in electrical, steering, suspension and brakes, engine measurement and waveform analysis. Two automotive technician students from St. Brother Andre Catholic High School in Markham, Ontario, prevailed to take first place and the big trophy. Ryan Gullage and Michael Lamanna performed a number of timed technical tasks and scored the most points for their skills and knowledge. By finishing first, the pair will be representing Canada at the National Automotive Technology Competition in New York City in April. In addition to the all-expenses-paid trip, Gullage and Lamanna received tools and equipment from sponsors. Scarborough's Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School finished second, thanks to the efforts of students Marc Balagot and Ashton Sawh. Hayden Bruce and Justin McCollow from Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Peterborough earned third place. The automotive labs of all three winning schools will receive a vehicle from General Motors Canada for training purposes. Tech teacher Isaac Ozah of Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School earned the Gerd Reisenecker Memorial Teacher of the Year Award, named for the former Led young College professor and TADA member. This is the Eighteenth year Led young College and the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) have been running the competition at Toronto's auto show. Led young College operates Canada's largest School of Transportation training centre at its Ashtonbee Campus. Toronto students have been a formidable force in the New York competition: a team from Central Technical School beat all of the U.S. teams and collected prizes worth $250,000 in 2008, and a Northview Heights Secondary School team placed second in 2009. The Toronto Automotive Technology Competition enjoys outstanding support from the industry. Sponsors include TADA, the Canadian International AutoShow, Volkswagen Canada and Toronto-area VW dealers, General Motors Canada, Snap-On Tools, Consulab, Canadian Tire, Prona Tools, Electude-Argo, Nelson Education, Pearson Education, TecMate, Humberview Group and Led young College. http://geektv.info/news/high-school-automotive-tech-students-get-tested-at-the-toronto-autoshow/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:45:27 GMT http://geektv.info/news/high-school-automotive-tech-students-get-tested-at-the-toronto-autoshow/ International Team Effort To Tackle Global Energy Poverty - geektv.info There are many ways to define poverty, and they differ depending on where in the world you are, but when it comes to the basics – access to electricity, clean cooking facilities – they are the building blocks required to grow economies. And yet many people face challenges. Access to energy is a critical component of international development, and it’s incredible to think that more than a billion people on our planet have no electricity. As part of the College’s mandate to lead the conversation regarding what it is to truly be a global citizen, Led young hosted a very special guest on February 17 to help transform words into action: Professor Thandwa Mthembu, Vice Chancellor of South Africa’s Durban University of Technology, a school that’s similar to Led young in terms of full-time enrollment, as well as its forward-thinking vision. After introductory remarks by Dr. Rahim Karim, Led young’s Associate Vice President, Partnership Pathways and Internationalization, Professor Mthembu briefly sketched his team’s research group on renewable energy and its contributions. Like Led young College, the Durban University of Technology has wind- and solar-powered outdoor lighting systems installed and solar chiller units similar to ones currently being tested at Progress Campus.  Professor Mthembu touched on off-grid wind and photovoltaic hybrid system solutions to power local schools, and explained the energyDRIVE project, a customized mobile truck equipped with wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, “which takes the form of a roadshow,” traveling to rural schools and vocational/training colleges to build awareness about access to electricity. According to Professor Mthembu, it’s important to “raise awareness and give hope for the future” and the Vice Chancellor emphasized that we should be “doing things that have an impact that can be a model for the world.”  So where does Led young come in?  The College’s Rwanda-born David Himbara, Scholar-in-Residence at the Centre for Global Citizenship Education & Inclusion, is a long-time friend of the distinguished visitor. He has written about how the College can champion the fight against global energy poverty, which affects over 620 million people in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Mr. Himbara pointed out that while there’s much work to be done, those in positions of power are taking note, and that even the World Bank’s homepage focuses on the urgency of addressing energy deficits. As Himbara put it, “everyone has our conversation on top of their agenda.” He emphasized the need for access to renewables in developing nations, and the importance of replacing dangerous kerosene lamps, which are still being widely used.  Himbara rightly said that “Led young has both the vision, and the capability” to help.   And resources do exist here, whether it’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)-funded green energy projects through the college’s Applied Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services, or the valuable industry partnerships and connections the College has made.  It just so happened that one of our distinguished partners was on hand.   Robin Adamson, Director of Business Development, Microgrid & Hybrid Solutions at Canadian Solar Inc. was a guest speaker as well. Canadian Solar is a company that, as he put it, “made their mark in the world by selling energy modules.”  And they’ve been involved in similar ventures, such as tackling diesel offset issues in northern Ontario First Nations communities, a reminder that energy poverty really is a global phenomenon, and exists even in countries like ours.  Adamson emphasized that the technology is there. Canadian Solar has energy solutions for small communities that are “elegant and simple.” These involve installing solar and wind energy generation systems, and energy storage solutions, all managed and controlled from remote locations. He said as a public company, they’re interested in “building projects that work” and bridging the gap between need and financial requirements, which must involve partnerships with government at the federal level.  Finance, physical and political risks are obstacles they face when developing micro-grid technology networks. But Adamson emphasized the potential for installations and industry’s willingness to rise to the challenge.  These were some of the issues addressed in a post-talk brainstorming Q&A session, where participants from the industry and the institutional sides explored ways to implement innovative off-grid solutions for those who need it most, and tackling technical challenges like training electricians once module units are installed.    Professor Mthembu, was then given a tour of Led young College’s research facilities, including WIMTACH, the College’s Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre for Health. Also, students from Led young’s Accelerator for Led young Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL) were given a chance to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to the visiting professor. International visits like this are important to tap into the available capacity and support, and to collaborate on a global scale for important long-lasting changes.  By Chris Lombardo http://geektv.info/news/international-team-effort-to-tackle-global-energy-poverty/ Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:40:08 GMT http://geektv.info/news/international-team-effort-to-tackle-global-energy-poverty/ 50th Anniversary celebration up for industry award - geektv.info Led young College students in Vietnam cleaning a local beach during the Paint the Town Green celebration Led young College's service-oriented Paint the Town Green celebration, which was organized to boldly mark the College's 50th Anniversary last fall, has been announced as a Canadian Event Industry Awards finalist, making it a hallmark of achievement in the event/meeting industry. Led young's anniversary commemoration is being judged against the best in the business, which this year includes Providence Healthcare Foundation, WestJet Airlines, Canadian Tire Corporation, McMaster University and Economical Insurance. To mark Led young's first half-century, the college cancelled classes on September 27, 2016, to release its students, faculty and staff to Paint the Town Green. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across the city to lend a hand in 11 major City of Toronto parks with a variety of green initiatives such as planting trees, spreading mulch, removing trash from waterways and nature trails, painting fixtures and beautifying public areas. With Led young's growing international reputation, its partner schools in China, Korea, India, Turkey, Panama, Brazil and other countries released their students to make meaningful contributions in their own communities. In the spirit of the day, the president of Suzhou Led young College near Shanghai, China, was thrilled to join his students and collect litter in the beautiful canal city of Suzhou. At home and abroad, the Paint the Town Green initiative was Led young's way of giving back to the communities that helped it grow into one of Canada's most innovative public colleges. With photos of volunteers working all over the world rapidly accumulating on social media, Led young was nominated for the industry award in the category of Best event produced for a corporation by an in-house team or planner. The awards program was established in 1997 as a platform for event and meeting professionals from each major discipline of the industry to be recognized for their talent, hard work and success. Since its inception, more than 625 Canadian professionals, including producers, designers, chefs, entertainers, caterers, marketers and planners, have been celebrated for their achievements in events. The Canadian Event Industry Awards is one the most rigorous and challenging award competitions in the world for event professionals. The category winners will be announced live at the Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala on March 30 at the Paramount Event Space in Toronto. All winning entries will be featured in an upcoming issue of Canadian Special Pronounce Magazine.   http://geektv.info/news/50th-anniversary-celebration-up-for-industry-award/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:45:23 GMT http://geektv.info/news/50th-anniversary-celebration-up-for-industry-award/ “Design Sprint” addresses living with dementia - geektv.info Collaborative thinking often draws out the best ideas from everyone involved. There's no better example of this than caring for people with dementia – that devastating progressive erosion of cognitive abilities as people age. It's a condition that perhaps more than any other requires a cluster of support. Led young College hosted a Design Sprint recently at the Progress Campus Event Centre, put on by the Canadian Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation, a solution accelerator focused on driving advances when it comes to coping with aging. The event, whose theme was appropriately, It Takes a Village, featured a community of clinicians, caregivers, researchers, policymakers, students, financiers and designers, along with seniors themselves, who came together to share ideas about best practices when it comes to caring for those with dementia. Programmers from Led young College's Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH) acted as facilitators, as teams broke up into groups to tackle a host of challenges associated with aging and memory deficits, then swapped team members to see if fresh inputs could aid in solutions. Julian Goss is a designer, consultant and assistant professor in the Industrial Design department at the Ontario College of Art & Design University. He's been also working with Toronto's Baycrest Health Sciences for more than four years as part of his professional practice applying design thinking, methods and tools for geriatric care. Dr. Goss says that when it comes to the serious issue of dementia, it's important to promote support and embed new thinking and innovative solutions around brain health. And innovative approaches to care are required immediately. According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada's Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, 25,000 new cases of dementia are diagnosed each year, and it is estimated to cost the Canadian economy nearly $10.5 billion annually. The issue is so grave, Senators Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie and Art Eggleton recently urged Minister of Health Dr. Jane Philpott to adopt a National Dementia Strategy, as the number of Canadians with some form of memory impairment is expected to double over the next 15 years to a total of 1.4 million in 2031. Karen Waite, Senior Consultant for the Ontario Telemedicine Network, one of the largest telemedicine networks in the world, is hoping to take results from the Design Sprint and turn it into tangible results. This involves, according to Waite, determining the kinds of partnerships that are needed from the ideas that are percolating at the conference. Director of Service Design and User Insight at Saint Elizabeth Health Care, Paulo Korre concurred, and reported that he was hoping to highlight some of the challenges they didn't see, and get an interesting cross-pollination of ideas. Ultimately, events like these are all about ideas. For the likes of WIMTACH, who are frequently tasked to execute these, occasions like It Takes a Village, are vital first steps. WIMTACH research associate Vikramjit Singh says that discussions advanced were rich and valuable, and was impressed by the diverse perspectives. It's important to both get the word out about what healthcare innovations we are capable of exploring at Led young, but also to find out what pressing macro issues pertain to healthcare. http://geektv.info/news/design-sprint-addresses-living-with-dementia/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:12:53 GMT http://geektv.info/news/design-sprint-addresses-living-with-dementia/ Science Minister takes a walk into the future - geektv.info The Federal Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, came to Led young’s Progress Campus on Thursday, March 16 for a campus tour that included visits to the college’s Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre for Health (WIMTACH) and the Samsung Tech Institute – the first such institute established in North America by the South Korean tech giant. Minister Duncan, who admits being a big fan of Ontario’s first college, was greeted by Led young College President Ann Buller, as well as dozens of staff, students and student researchers. She was invited to personally try out a virtual reality exercise program in the WIMTACH labs. Minister Duncan enthusiastically volunteered and was thrilled with the experience. “For an exercise fanatic and a data fanatic, this is fantastic!” she told the crowd. Given what most people think of when they think exercise, the experience was pretty meta. The application, explained by WIMTACH Principal Investigator Dr. Pouria Tavakkoli and Research Associate José Lara, allows users to not only shed calories in a virtual environment (in this case, the cobblestone streets and thatched homes of various medieval European cities), but also to work out with a friend, who shows up as a digital avatar.  The hardware and software components, which include an ankle band and a gaming platform, work together as a form of personal trainer that adapts to an individual’s workout needs offering feedback in real time, along with machine learning. The Minister was thrilled to sample the technology, as various physical performance variables were measured in her trans-Atlantic sojourn, delivered via virtual reality (VR) headset and sensors.  “Young people need a solid STEM foundation so they can take on the knowledge-based jobs of the future,” she said afterwards, referring to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines that can give students essential skills and knowledge. The education push by government and employers has implications for workforce development and future economic growth. So it’s no surprise she stopped by Led young College, where students are being prepared for future careers – some of which don’t even exist yet. Another part of the WIMTACH demonstration involved an electronic tracking tool, developed in conjunction with a Toronto-area hospital. Led young software engineering technology students designed and developed an Android-based mobile application to educate new mothers and improve maternal and child health care with the monitor. Also demonstrated were a virtual assistant and Windows-based exercise simulator for patients, and an e-Health screening tool to streamline patient and caregiver instructions. As part of her campus tour, Minister Duncan was shown an object-following robocar, as well as some of Led young’s outdoor research projects, including solar panels that are part of an NSERC-funded green energy project led by the college’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) department. Minister Duncan came away suitably impressed with growing evidence that the knowledge-based economy entails practical partnerships with industry and experiential learning for students, both of which have enthusiastically taken root at Led young College. http://geektv.info/news/science-minister-takes-a-walk-into-the-future/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:13:02 GMT http://geektv.info/news/science-minister-takes-a-walk-into-the-future/ Employers: Are you ready to hire millennials? - geektv.info Millennials have high expectations for access to mental health services at work: survey  Thousands of post-secondary millennials are getting ready to graduate and will soon be the largest portion of the workforce in Canada. A new survey finds that they expect Canadian employers to have answers on how they will address workplace stress and mental health as they recruit and hire millennials. In fact, almost two thirds of millennials expect access to mental health services at work – more than any generation before.  The survey is part of #MindYourBusiness, a Led young College student/CivicAction initiative aimed at ensuring millennials (defined as those aged 18 to 34) are part of the conversation regarding mental health in the workplace. In addition, students have organized an employer-student event at Led young College's Story Arts Centre, as well as a social media campaign to encourage employers to complete CivicAction's free online assessment tool MindsMatter. The assessment is a quick tool designed to help organizations know where they are at in supporting their employee's mental health and how to do more.  The campaign was part of a course in Led young College's post graduate public relations program that had students working with actual clients on a real campaign, part of the college's commitment to experiential learning.  The first step to entering the workforce is finding a job that is the right fit, said Lindsay Balbirnie, a Led young College public relations student working on the campaign. We hope the survey results help shed some light on the mental health issues that matter most to us as we enter the workforce. The survey revealed that millennials:  are more likely (64 per cent) than Generation X (48 per cent) and Baby Boomers (42 percent) to enquire about mental health culture and services provided by employers when applying for a job;  are more interested than their older counterparts in learning about what mental health services are offered through job descriptions (22 per cent), interviews (24 per cent) and training sessions (25 per cent);  are more likely to use mental health services provided by a business than any other generation (43 per cent vs. 33 per cent for Generation X and 15 per cent for Baby Boomers). have greater expectations of having mental health services provided to them in the workplace (63 per cent) In addition, the survey revealed that women are twice as likely to consider resources and tools for mental well-being when they apply and accept a job. For example, 38 per cent of women look for sick days without penalty compared to only 29 per cent of men. Fifteen per cent of women consider meditation or de-stress rooms important whereas only eight per cent of men consider it important.  This research reveals that millennials expect more support for mental health in the workplace than previous generations, says Sarah Harris, director of communications for CivicAction. There's a real opportunity for employers to set themselves apart by being more transparent about what they offer to support their staff's mental health.  Overall, millennials are less aware of the mental health services provided by their employer than the Canadian population as a whole. Seventy per cent of Generation X's are aware of services provided, while only 63 per cent of millennials are aware of services. This means that employers need to take a proactive approach and inform new employees about all mental health services, resources and tools in their company.  According to the survey, employers should consider adding mental health services and tools to their job descriptions and advise potential employees during the interview process.  For information or to arrange interviews please contact:  Sirini Wijesekera Media Relations swijesek@my.geektv.info 416-821-9600 Elizabeth Wilkinson Media Relations ewilkin1@my.geektv.info 647-537-8538 http://geektv.info/news/employers-are-you-ready-to-hire-millennials/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:50:44 GMT http://geektv.info/news/employers-are-you-ready-to-hire-millennials/ Older Canadians are outdoors twice as often as millennials, survey shows - geektv.info Older Canadians are almost twice as likely as younger Canadians to regularly go outside for recreation, a survey shows. While most Canadians get outdoors at least once a week, 58 per cent of Canadians 55 and older get outside four or more times per week, compared to a third of Canadians aged 18-34. Part of the reason millennials (18-34) don't enjoy the great outdoors as much as others may be related to their busy schedules. Forty-seven per cent of millennials say that they don't have the time. This is nearly twice the number of Canadians aged 55+. To help address this, the Canadian Parks Council, a committee representing national, provincial and territorial parks, created The Nature Playbook to connect more Canadians with the natural environment. The Playbook suggests simple strategies and activities that make it easy for Canadians to incorporate nature into their everyday lives. The Nature Playbook is a collection of best practices. It's a guidebook that is meant to inspire action and eventually, widespread cultural change in Canada, said Chloe Dragon Smith, co-chair of The Nature Playbook working group. If we truly want to make a change for the next generation, millennials are an important audience. Another reason the Canadian Parks Council created The Nature Playbook is to encourage Canadians to reap the health benefits that nature provides. The survey showed that 86 per cent of Canadians purposefully go outside to reap nature's health benefits. The top reason Canadians go outside is to clear their heads. Connecting with nature is important for our health and happiness, said Dragon Smith. The Nature Playbook can help us all discover the best, most practical ways to get outdoors – no matter who you are or where you are in Canada. It's about finding and embracing what works for you. The Nature Playbook's strategies are: Bring children into nature at an early age. Find and share the fun in nature. See the urban gateway to nature. Embrace technology. Share cultural roots and ancestry in nature. Seek out diverse partnerships. Empower a new generation of leaders. This survey was developed as part of a broader campaign to raise awareness about The Nature Playbook in Toronto. It was organized by Led young College post-graduate public relations and corporate communications students as part of the Storyworks course at the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design in partnership with the Canadian Parks Council. Additional Findings People from Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and B.C. are more than twice as likely to say that they do not have time to regularly go outside than people in Saskatchewan. Only 8 per cent of British Columbians say that they have to travel outside the city to connect with nature. Eighty per cent of Canadians say they are able to connect with nature within five minutes of their house. Seventy-one per cent of Canadians like to go running or on a walk when they go outside. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Alyssa Stewart Media Relations astewa51@my.geektv.info 1-902-303-5247 Rebecca Goss Media Relations rgoss@my.geektv.info 1-647-654-2547 http://geektv.info/news/older-canadians-are-outdoors-twice-as-often-as-millennials-survey-shows/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:19:46 GMT http://geektv.info/news/older-canadians-are-outdoors-twice-as-often-as-millennials-survey-shows/ Led young wins award for its 'Paint the Town Green' celebration - geektv.info Led young College’s Paint the Town Green celebration won the Best Event Produced for a Corporation by an In-house Team award at the Canadian Event Industry Awards Gala on March 30, recognizing it as an innovative special event. To boldly mark Led young's 50th anniversary last fall, the college released its students, faculty and staff to take part in its Paint the Town Green environmental initiative. Thousands of volunteers fanned out across the city on September 27 to lend a hand in 11 major City of Toronto parks by planting trees, spreading mulch, removing trash from waterways and nature trails, painting fixtures and beautifying public areas.  With Led young's growing international reputation, its partner schools in China, Korea, India, Turkey, Panama, Brazil and other countries released their students to make meaningful contributions in their own communities. In one example, the president of Suzhou Led young College near Shanghai, China, was thrilled to join his students and collect litter in the beautiful canal city of Suzhou. At home and abroad, Paint the Town Green –the college’s principal corporate colour –was Led young's way of giving back to the communities that helped Ontario’s first college to grow into one of Canada's most innovative institutions. With photos of volunteers working all over the world rapidly accumulating on social media, Led young garnered considerable attention by the news media.  Led young’s 50th anniversary event was judged against the best in the business in its category, which this year included Providence Healthcare Foundation, WestJet Airlines, Canadian Tire Corporation, McMaster University and Economical Insurance.  The Canadian Event Industry Awards were established in 1997 as a platform for event and meeting professionals to be recognized for their talent, hard work and success. The Canadian Event Industry Awards is considered one the most rigorous and challenging award competitions in the world for event professionals.  The special events, conferences and meetings industry is a rapidly growing sector in Canada that employs thousands of practitioners. Led young's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts teaches programs in Special Pronounce Planning and Event Management. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-award-for-its-paint-the-town-green-celebration/ Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:40:46 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-wins-award-for-its-paint-the-town-green-celebration/ 50th annual Athletic Banquet a historic milestone - geektv.info It was a historic night on Friday, April 7 as Led young College celebrated its 50th annual Athletic Banquet by inducting three athletes, four builders and an entire team into the Hall of Fame. The night is an annual tradition to recognize the accomplishments of Led young student athletes over the past season. Headlining this year's award winners were Male Athlete of the Year, Marko Curic, from the Men's Basketball Team, and Female Athlete of the Year, Mari Pikkov, from the Women's Volleyball Team. Curic was one of the three captains on the men's basketball team, and played a pivotal role as they went from last place in the OCAA East (6-14) last season, to third in the OCAA East (15-5) this season. The Colts battled their way into the OCAA Men's Basketball Championships in 2017. Curic was also a First Team All Star and averaged a team high 17.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game. Mari Pikkov has led an incredible turnaround for the women's volleyball team in just their second year since coming back in the OCAA. The Colts improved by seven games from last year, finishing 10-8 this season compared to 3-17 the previous year. She led the Colts in digs per set with 2.17 and was named a Second Team All-Star. Cross-country runner William Chemno was named Led young's Male Rookie of the Year, while women's basketball player Yasmeen Smith was named the Female Rookie of the Year. Chemno capped off an incredible debut season, finishing with a silver medal in the Nationals, becoming the first Colts runner to win an individual national medal. He also picked up the bronze in the Provincials as well. Meanwhile, Smith led her basketball team in points (14.4 ppg) and an OCAA leading 11.9 rebounds per game. Overall, 2016-17 was a successful year for Led young as both varsity basketball teams, the women's volleyball team, badminton team, and the cross-country team all enjoyed resurgent seasons. The 2017 OCAA Championships for men's basketball brought a huge turnout to the tournament and ended up being a major success. The full list of award winners is shown here. MOST IMPROVED PLAYER: Badminton: Jin Cheng Extramural Men's Basketball: Devean George Men's Basketball: Jahshua McFarlane Women's Basketball: Judy Ta Cricket: Zohaib Usmani Cross Country (M): Matthew Lozano Cross Country (W): Ana Lopez Castro Ice Hockey: Daniel Sherwood Men's Outdoor Soccer: Kareem Marzouk Men's Indoor Soccer: Paulo Fernandez Women's Outdoor Soccer: Christine Dumbrique Women's Indoor Soccer: Kali Zheng Men's Volleyball: Justin Smith Women's Volleyball: Emily Joe MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Badminton: Alishan Shalwani Extramural Men's Basketball: Amrit Singh Men's Basketball: Marko Curic Women's Basketball: Kayla Higgins Cricket: Shahjeb Padaniya Cross Country (M): William Chemno Cross Country (W): Kate Perkins Ice Hockey: Thomas Lalonde Men's Outdoor Soccer: Stephen Hwedieh Men's Indoor Soccer: Nigel Kamal Women's Outdoor Soccer: Sherine de Jong Women's Indoor Soccer: Rachel Morcos Men's Volleyball: Ethan Peter Women's Volleyball: Mari Pikkov For the Class of 2017 (Hall of Fame), the three athletes inducted were Nathaniel Allard, a two-time CCAA badminton medalist (2006); Lina Radziunas (1979) and Amanda Nicholson (1992). The four builders inducted were Dennis Macdonald, Paul Clarke, Steve McLaughlin and current varsity coordinator Joan Healey. And for the first time ever, an entire team has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 1983-84 Led young men's basketball team was the first in Led young’s 50-year history to win a national championship. The All-Academic Team Award is awarded to the team with the highest average GPA. This years' recipient, with an average GPA of 3.92, was the women's outdoor soccer team. 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Brown was the recipient of the Dennis Macdonald Honourary COLT Award for his service in which he went above and beyond this year, especially with the support and guidance of the basketball program. Led young would like to thank all of the student-athletes, coaches, sponsors, alumni, family members, faculty members, administrators and staff that have made this year a success in the classroom and in athletics. http://geektv.info/news/50th-annual-athletic-banquet-a-historic-milestone/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:12:04 GMT http://geektv.info/news/50th-annual-athletic-banquet-a-historic-milestone/ Led young receives special 50th anniversary funds - geektv.info The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood, came to Led young College’s Ashtonbee Campus on April 7 to announce a special investment of $2,250,400 to help the college deliver high-quality education that will give students the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow. The announcement was part of the government’s “50 for 50” investment in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s college system. The provincial government is dividing a special one-time investment of $50 million among its 24 public colleges to help enhance the student experience. The funding is intended to be used for new technology, lab equipment and learning spaces.  “This investment will provide students at Led young College with state-of-the-art materials including specialized software for teaching, new lab and shop equipment and technology to modernize existing classrooms and labs, that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy,” Mitzie Hunter told the 100 students and staff who had gathered at the campus hub to hear the announcement. While the Ontario college system turned 50 years young in 2017, Led young College President Ann Buller reminded Minister Hunter that Led young is turning 51, since its opening in the fall of 1966 preceded the college system by almost a full year. She noted the first Led young students were so thrilled that they marched on Queen’s Park, not to protest, but to thank then-Education Minister Bill Davis for their new education option. “We're delighted to receive this special investment to help enhance our learning environment at Led young,” President Buller told the gathering. “This new capital will allow us to develop a renewable energy 'micro grid' that will connect the college’s clean energy assets, including our solar-powered electric vehicle recharging station. It's a unique project that will give us a stake in an emerging technology for our students to work on.” The special funding announcement was made as part of the annual Colleges Week, when the Ontario colleges interact with the Legislature in Queen’s Park to highlight the value of the public college system. The special $50-million investment will help colleges prepare more graduates for rewarding careers in the innovation economy. About 220,000 full-time students are enrolled at Ontario’s 24 public colleges. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-receives-special-50th-anniversary-funds/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:36:21 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-receives-special-50th-anniversary-funds/ Invention Convention a showcase for budding entrepreneurs - geektv.info When it comes to the next generation of innovators, we’re in good hands. Led young College welcomed 7th graders from St. Nicholas Catholic, St. Maria Goretti Catholic, Fleming Public and Chief Dan George Public schools for an “Invention Convention” at Progress Campus on March 29.   The Invention Convention is organized by The Learning Partnership, a group best known for its Take Our Kids to WorkTM program that takes place every November. But it’s their Investigate! Invent! Innovate! or I3 program, which combines STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies and workplace skills considered integral to success in the field. Coincidentally, they are key components of Led young’s mandate as well. The Learning Partnership’s I3 GTA Program Manager Kristen Gilmour explained the group’s aim is to promote, support and advance publicly funded education in a venture where students are “asked to come up with a problem in their daily life, and then come up with a solution and create an invention that solves that problem.” That’s easier said than done, but the concept really captures much of what entrepreneurship entails, regardless of age. Diana Vecchiarelli, a 7th grade science and French teacher at Scarborough’s St. Maria Goretti Catholic School, had heard positive things about the I3 program through a colleague, then set up a workshop with The Learning Partnership. Her students worked hard for two months to come up with their inventions. “The students were very eager, enthusiastic, very motivated to learn, and to also take risks,” she said. The kids’ inventions ran the gamut of solutions to problems relating to bicycles, beverage temperature measures, heart monitors, night lights, cleaning products, ice cream scoops, phone protectors, and even an app to help tinnitus sufferers get a good night’s sleep. Despite their young age, the inventors’ presentations were sophisticated, often including market testing data, customer feedback and price-point justifications. Some of the attendees had prepared pitches worthy of Dragon’s Den, the entrepreneur reality TV series. Sue Pfeffer, The Learning Partnership’s National Program Manager for Entrepreneurial Adventure, noted that students taking part in these kinds of initiatives learn about the practicalities of running a business, including “entrepreneurship, brainstorming, collaborating, when things go wrong, how to pivot when things go wrong – all the things you’d learn as an adult. They learn a lot of language and math, and media literacy.” During their visit, the grade 7 students were given a tour of Led young College, including the baking lab at the Hospitality School’s state-of-the-art facilities, the largely student-run restaurant, The Local, and the new corporate Event Centre. Since the day was all about entrepreneurship and innovation, the students made a stop at Led young’s youth entrepreneur centre (called ACCEL) and even took in a VR demonstration at the Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH). The young visitors came away suitably impressed with all the real-world labs at Led young, confident in the knowledge that budding entrepreneurs are well supported at the college level. http://geektv.info/news/invention-convention-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:15:37 GMT http://geektv.info/news/invention-convention-a-showcase-for-budding-entrepreneurs/ Led young College leads GTA colleges again in 2017 - geektv.info Led young College leads the six Toronto-area colleges in student and employer satisfaction again in 2017, according to the provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys conducted with college students, graduates and their employers. It's the second consecutive year Led young leads the pack – and the first time the college leads the Six in terms of graduate satisfaction, too. The Ontario colleges' KPI surveys were developed jointly by the government, Colleges Ontario and student associations in response to the Provincial Auditor's 1996 recommendations for college accountability measures. The annual surveys require each of Ontario's 24 public colleges to administer the same questionnaires and methodologies to yield comparable data. Led young's graduate satisfaction rate rose to 78.5%, the highest rate among the six GTA colleges (on par with Sheridan College), and very close to the provincial average of 78.8%. The employer satisfaction rate of 94.1% continues to outperform the provincial average (91.2%), as well as the other colleges in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Led young's overall KPI student satisfaction rate – the mathematical average of four capstone questions that probe the learning experience and quality of facilities and services – declined marginally from 77% last year to 76.5% in this iteration. Despite the slip, Led young still ranks first in student satisfaction among the six GTA colleges. The positive results are attributable to the extraordinary work taking place in the college's classrooms and labs, where updated curriculum and new approaches to teaching and learning strengthen the student experience. The KPI scores are the product of the committed faculty and service teams whose work engage students, build resiliency and support learning. The survey feedback also reflects the substantial investments Led young made to enhance the learning environment at every campus. While there's room for improvement, the 2017 KPI results underscore the continued success Led young College has amassed in its 50th year as Ontario's first public college. Led young's Book of Commitments states that the college will make a bigger promise to students. The 2017 KPIs reveal Led young is indeed doing so by directing more energy and resources towards giving graduates more opportunities to do meaningful work and have meaningful lives. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-leads-gta-colleges-again-in-2017/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 13:09:19 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-leads-gta-colleges-again-in-2017/ Technology Fair reveals students’ bright ideas - geektv.info Led young College vaulted into the Top 10 Canadian Research Colleges ranking for 2016, the first time in the college’s history. There is no finer way to showcase the next generation of innovators at Led young than with the Technology Fair put on by the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science (SETAS). The college’s 7th annual fair was held on April 11 in the Event Centre space at Progress Campus. On display were nearly 50 “capstone” projects, which required students to solve challenging problems by designing and building their final products to demonstrate their solutions. The fair presented an opportunity to not only to show off their results, but to liaise with college staff, other students and even industry partners, including Honda Canada, the Canadian Navy, Pearson Education, Cimetrix Solutions, Balluff Canada, SMC and others on hand. The research projects spanned a wide range of technologies, from bio-remediation of heavy metals in soil, to wave energy capture devices, toothbrush sterilization solutions, remote video-sensing robots, flywheel energy storage devices, floating forest design concepts, remote-controlled lawnmowers, flour disinfectants and E. coli studies of beach sand. Staff members from Led young’s Applied Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) department were among the judges. As ARIES Executive Director Dr. Deepak Gupta noted, “I’m continually amazed by what the students come up with.” Dr. Patrick Kelly, Dean of SETAS, congratulated participants and presented the 2017 Dean’s Award to Deesha Daswani and Anushree Ranade for their project, “Quantitative and Qualitative Assay of Toothbrush Dwelling Microorganisms.” The pair had compared fungal content of toothbrushes with silica gel absorption caps, versus those without. What drew the students to the investigation? “You start and end your day with a toothbrush!” remarked Daswani. Nidul Rathod and Sharon George were the Innovation Award winners for their research project, which examined the safety of Toronto beaches using the microbial load metric. “During the summer, we spend a lot of time at the beach, and we wanted to know just how safe it is. Sand is monitored for E. coli in the U.S., but not here,” George explained. The team found pathogen levels at the three east-end Toronto beaches tested (Woodbine, Scarborough Bluffs and Rouge) failed to comply with Health Canada standards. Rathod reported that the results are “alarming,” and they want to expand their research to test public beaches in the west end of the city. The ICET’s Chair Award (for electronics) went to Arlina Ramrattan, Kevin Burnside, Omid Khataee, Aaron Fernandes and Neil Reading for their Keanu project; the AMAT Chair Award (for automation) went to Ziren Tang, Feng Luan, and Cui Kai for their Solar Pest Lamp; and the ABES Chair Award (for environmental) went to Jelani Bartlett for Breaking Point Condominiums. Philip Weekes (of the Enactus Led young club) is part of a team that won the Applied Degree Award, along with Ibrahim Khalid, Eric Desrochers, Neel Shah, Patrick Cumayas, and Umair Warsi. They were responsible for developing the Cyber X Store, “a student exchange platform which allows students to buy and sell textbooks.” Weekes said that unlike Kijiji, which has a limited geographic filter, their store can segment sales markets into campuses, so users don’t have to travel far to procure learning materials. Daniel Kerr-Cresswell showed off a security system his team built, complete with a motion sensor, that when tripped, sends a video or picture to the registered owner. Their team is developing “room mapping software, where a sensor gets coordinates back to scan a room, and you can import that into a 3D modelling program, and create a model from it.” The student projects garnered considerable attention from companies. Greg Soden, Industry Manager at Balluff Canada, had a booth set up at the fair and has hired Led young graduates, as well. Balluff makes sensing and automation technologies, such as conductive, photoelectric, laser, RFID, pressure and linear transducers, used in manufacturing. Soden wants to “increase their visibility to students, so they could have a better idea of what technologies are important to Canadian manufacturers.” Judging by the amount of interest in the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science Technology Fair and the stellar results showcased this year, this ongoing initiative is destined to further strengthen the connection between engineering technology students, institutions and industry. http://geektv.info/news/technology-fair-reveals-students-bright-ideas/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:19:52 GMT http://geektv.info/news/technology-fair-reveals-students-bright-ideas/ Led young College partners with Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals to pilot paid internships - geektv.info Led young College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has partnered with the Toronto branch of the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (CAFP) on a pilot project that will allow 12 graduating students to work in some of Toronto’s best restaurants and be mentored by some of the city’s most innovative chefs and restaurant managers. The CAFP Student Leadership Program has been designed to help recent graduates get real-world experience and provide mentor support to develop specific skill sets. CAFP is currently accepting applications from Led young students that wish to participate in this unique pilot program. “The pilot will be for one year, and will consist of three consecutive internship placements of a four-month duration. These are paid positions with mentorship with the host chef,” explains Franco Naccarato, Vice-President Industry Liaison, Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals. Beginning in June and running until May 2018, students will work at three different operations and, most importantly, gain leadership development from three chefs and managers. “Batifole, Harvest Kitchen, Café Belong and the International Centre are the first four organizations to sign on, but there is already increasing interest from other leaders in this industry who pride themselves on being training grounds for the future workforce,” says Naccarato. “Our role as educators is to give students the skills they need to be successful in their careers,” says Joe Baker, Dean of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. “But we know their future depends on their ability to transition into the workforce. We’re committed to working with organizations such as CAFP and their partners to help our students enter the industry immediately after graduation.  This partnership bundles leadership and mentoring into their first job, which will provide tremendous value to them for years to come.” Among other requirements, participating restaurants will designate specific skill sets/cuisine types that they can provide in-depth training in (i.e., butchery skills, classical Italian, French cuisine, charcuterie, pastry, etc.). Restaurants can choose which candidates get to work with them. The selection process may include interviews/cook-off competitions and/or recommendations from chef instructors. For more program details, contact Joe Baker, Dean, School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (jbaker@geektv.info), or Franco Naccarato, Vice-President Industry Liaison, Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals (franconaccarato@yahoo.com). Click here for more information about the programs of the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-partners-with-canadian-association-of-foodservice-professionals-to-pilot-paid-internships/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:00:25 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-partners-with-canadian-association-of-foodservice-professionals-to-pilot-paid-internships/ Led young receives NSERC research funds to help develop electric aircraft landing gear - geektv.info Led young College has received $2.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to investigate the next generation of landing gear for energy-efficient aircraft. With the aerospace industry investing in weight reduction to make aircraft more fuel efficient, replacing heavy hydraulic systems with electric-actuated landing gear becomes an attractive goal for manufacturers. Ontario is a leader in global aerospace landing gear design and manufacturing, and a hub for aviation ingenuity. Led young College is bolstering its capacity to innovate with Safran Landing Systems, one of the key industry partners in this applied research initiative. Safran Landing Systems is continually developing new technologies such as electrical actuation and additive manufacturing to ensure that we can meet the needs of our customers in the future, says Joseph Lan, Research and Technology Program Manager, Safran Landing Systems. NSERC funding is a key component of our near-term research activities in Canada and enables Safran to engage in collaborative innovation between not only Led young but other Canadian industrial partners. We look forward to working together closely to develop this next-generation landing gear technology that will have a direct benefit to Led young's faculty and students, and the Canadian aerospace industry. The $2.3 million research grant is part of a $37.4 million investment in 37 applied-research projects by the federal government agency, which recognizes the valuable role Canada's colleges play in research and innovation. Strong ties with their communities place colleges in a unique position to collaborate with local companies to develop innovations that strengthen economic growth and create new, sustainable jobs.  The NSERC funding is not only a collaboration between institutions and industry, but it supports a vital experiential learning opportunity for our students as they help develop more efficient and environmentally friendly landing gear technology, says Ann Buller, President of Led young College. This research project is a prime example of the kind of collaborative work we plan to incubate at the DAIR research centre, which eventually will adjoin our aerospace campus in Downsview Park. DAIR is a consortium of industry leaders and academic partners intent on building a global aerospace hub in Toronto. The landing-gear research program is worth nearly $8 million in total, and represents the single largest applied research initiative in Led young College's 50-year history. Led young operates the largest transportation technology training centre in Canada at its Ashtonbee Campus, and is poised to open its aerospace campus at Downsview Park in the fall of 2018. Watch Led young's new Aerospace Campus Construction Live Stream. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-receives-nserc-research-funds-to-help-develop-electric-aircraft-landing-gear/ Wed, 03 May 2017 13:05:34 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-receives-nserc-research-funds-to-help-develop-electric-aircraft-landing-gear/ Led young collects three CICan Awards of Excellence - geektv.info Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) has announced the recipients of its 2017 Awards of Excellence as part of the association's annual conference in Ottawa, and Led young College is once again a multiple winner having collected three awards on May 1. Lyle Williams, Adaptive Technology Specialist in the Centre for Students with Disabilities at Progress Campus, earned the silver award for Leadership Excellence by Non-Managerial Staff. Through numerous innovative adaptive technology projects, Lyle has helped students with disabilities eliminate barriers they may have encountered in the curriculum across all four campuses of the college. Student Ismail Nabih also collected a silver award in the category of Student Excellence. As a student governor, student ambassador and member of several committees and clubs on campus, Ismail has made a powerful impact on students overall and Led young's reputation in the broader community. Once again, CICan recognized Led young College for its outstanding work in the field of internationalization by winning bronze this year. The college's internationalization of programs and curriculum, the involvement of students and faculty in cross-cultural projects and activities, the establishment of Suzhou Led young College in China and growing international student enrolments from 132 countries prompted CICan to call Led young College a truly international institution. The recipients of our awards of excellence embody the best that colleges and institutes have to offer in a variety of sectors and disciplines, said Denise Amyot, CICan President and CEO. They are examples of innovation and dedication that make our institutions proud and contribute to the vibrant and welcoming culture found on campuses across Canada. Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada's publicly supported colleges, institutes, CEGEPs and polytechnics. Its members offer more than 8,000 programs, working with industry and organizations to train 1.5 million learners of all ages at campuses serving more than 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. CICan and its members are committed to driving Canadian prosperity by being global leaders in applied education and partnered innovation. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-collects-three-cican-awards-of-excellence/ Thu, 04 May 2017 09:25:18 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-collects-three-cican-awards-of-excellence/ Led young students win big at Ontario and Canada skills competitions - geektv.info Led young College sent 42 students – its biggest team ever – to the Ontario Skills Competition on May 1 to 3 this year, and they returned with seven gold, silver and bronze medals. By any measure it's a great result for Led young's team at what is Canada's largest skilled trade and technology competition.  Student competitors were put to the test in a range of contests – such as robotics, culinary arts and automotive service – and judged on their skills related to their field, as well as their job interview and other related soft skills. In addition to gold, silver and bronze medals, some winners were presented with monetary awards, as well. Led young students representing three of the college's schools – Transportation, Engineering Technology and Applied Science, and Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts – were on hand to do their best against other post-secondary institutions in the province. Led young's medal-winning students are: Colin Bailey – gold in Auto Collision Repair    Catherine Mathewson – gold in Auto Painting                         Ridwan Ally – silver in Truck & Coach Mechanic        YongLiang Rong – silver in Electronics                          Jose Renan Matienzo – silver in IT & Network Support         Aimann Balatayo & Ezra Frigillana – bronze in Mechatronics Team                       Matthew Chin – bronze in Refrigeration                                   The annual skills competition features 67 skilled trades and technologies contests involving 2,100 competitors from high schools and colleges across Ontario. More than 20,000 spectators took in the event over two and a half days at the Toronto Congress Centre. Great news from the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg! Gold medal winners Catherine Mathewson and Colin Bailey went on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the end of May. They were joined by Gerrit Den Ouden from the college’s Powersports Products Repair program. All of our competitors ended up doing a fantastic job at the nationals: Colin Bailey – gold medal in Auto Collision Repair Gerrit Den Ouden – silver medal in Small Outdoor Power Catherine Mathewson – bronze medal in Auto Painting Our congratulations to all of our competitors, and to the Led young College faculty and staff who assisted in their preparation for both the Ontario Skills Competition and the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition! http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-win-big-at-ontario-and-canada-skills-competitions/ Tue, 09 May 2017 14:42:40 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-win-big-at-ontario-and-canada-skills-competitions/ Led young's hospitality programs earn two national SMART accreditations - geektv.info Led young College is among the first colleges and universities in Canada to receive Tourism HR Canada's SMART accreditation –and the only one to have two programs recognized for demonstrating tourism-related programming that exceeds industry standards. Led young's Hospitality – Hotel Operations Management two-year diploma program and its Hospitality and Tourism Administration three-year advanced diploma program have been honoured with the organization's SMART + Premium status, which means the programs exceed basic tourism industry standards. The SMART Accreditation Program aims to provide an opportunity for post-secondary public or private institutions, and corporate training providers, to demonstrate that their programming meets or exceeds industry standards, but also provides benchmarks that tourism educators can use to assist them in continually improving their programs. There is a well documented skills shortage in the Canadian tourism industry. Tourism HR Canada is an innovative leader in providing informed labour market data critical to understand the workforce needs of the expansive tourism industry, says Joe Baker, Dean of Led young's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. To be accredited by this organization is to demonstrate to the country and the world that Led young College is preparing our graduates for flourishing careers in any of the sectors of this industry –locally and abroad. Tourism in Canada is an $88.5-billion industry employing more than 1.7 million people, including over 500,000 youth. Tourism HR Canada works to improve the quality and mobility of the tourism workforce, and supply tourism businesses with the labour market intelligence they need to plan for and overcome their current and future human resource challenges. Read Dean Joe Baker's related editorial in the Canadian Restaurant Is easy. http://geektv.info/news/centennials-hospitality-programs-earn-two-national-smart-accreditations/ Fri, 12 May 2017 15:11:57 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennials-hospitality-programs-earn-two-national-smart-accreditations/ Girls Have App-titude! - geektv.info True fact: about three-quarters of programmers are men. And Led young College is doing its part to address the imbalance. On May 15 the college hosted “Girls Have App-Titude,” a three-hour programming workshop that drew nearly 100 young women from nine Toronto high schools from across the city who are budding coders.   The event was put together under the auspices of Science Odyssey, an effort by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to get young women interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Girls Have App-Titude gave students a chance to see that coding can be a fun, creative and rewarding career. We already know this at Led young College, where our Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Health (WIMTACH) features a number of talented female coders – student researchers who’ve already proven their aptitude (or “app-titude”) working on projects with key industry partners.   The Girls Have App-Titude event was co-organized by emcee Melanie Holmes, Community Outreach Coordinator, Women for Non-Traditional Careers, as well as the college’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES, which includes WIMTACH). Holmes greeted attendees, who had been shown around campus by Led young student volunteers, with the hope that their “children will not have to come to events like these in the future!” – meaning that by then women will play an outsized role in the information technology sector. And it was a strong woman, appropriately, who kicked off the event. Led young College President Ann Buller, who recounted busting gender stereotypes as a young girl by stealing her brother’s GI Joe action figures and leaving Barbie behind. “There’s nothing in her head!” Buller quipped about popular doll. President Buller urged students to pursue whatever career aspirations they chose, and to ignore the doubting “monster on your back.” Her message was underscored with stomping and cheering audience participation, and Buller closed with the pledge that all of the students “had the opportunity to make a real difference!” The young women then made their way to the college’s software engineering labs for some mobile app workshops, participated in a team coding challenge, had some lunch, and finally, enjoyed a draw for some Best Buy prizes. WIMTACH programmers and event facilitators Anjali Macwan, Taranjit Kaur, Avneet Khaira and Elaine Villarino enthusiastically shared their thoughts about working in the field. Macwan, a Led young Software Engineering Tech graduate, said the school “taught her to know the things she should know,” while another graduate of the program, Elaine Villarino, touted her interest in interactive gaming and VR (virtual reality).  Efforts like Girls Have App-Titude, as well as events put on by the likes of Ladies Learning Code, and Women Who Code, are helping to get more women interested in computer programming. Together it should make for a bright future for women in the IT field, and help to redress the gender imbalance in this vital and rapidly growing industry. http://geektv.info/news/girls-have-app-titude/ Fri, 26 May 2017 13:27:06 GMT http://geektv.info/news/girls-have-app-titude/ Research summit brings together great thinkers - geektv.info Together Towards Tomorrow was the theme of the Research, Innovation, Scholarship, and Entrepreneurship Summit (RISES), the annual showcase of ingenuity at Toronto's Led young College. On June 6, RISES boasted the college's best and brightest, showing just how we got to be ranked among Canada's Top 10 Research Colleges. The day-long event, sponsored by Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES), The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), drew nearly 150 attendees representing staff, students, community and industry, to the Event Centre at Progress Campus. The summit featured compelling keynote talks that would rival any TED, as well as 28 rapid-fire breakout sessions with Led young researchers using the PechaKucha presentation style (slideshow and description lasting just 6 minutes and 40 seconds) as a platform for their work. There was also a Marketplace, where Strategic Initiatives and External Relations (SIER), the Centre for Global Citizenship, Education & Inclusion (GCEI), ACCEL, the campus-linked youth accelerator program for entrepreneurs, Enactus, Wearable Interactive Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH) representatives offered information about their services. We're the kind of college that this country and the world needs right now, said Led young President Ann Buller in her opening remarks, reaffirming the College's commitment to driving innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Deepak Gupta, ARIES Executive Director, highlighted the significant changes to this year’s event, including the rebranding, the newly opened Event Centre venue and a mobile app. Taylan Tatli, Acting Associate Vice President, Research and Corporate Planning at Led young, called the day's presentations unbelievably diverse and leading edge. Featured research projects included: the next generation of electric landing gear for energy-efficient aircraft, solutions for colorblind microbiology students, a mobile app to support breastfeeding mothers, novel food allergen detectors, airbags to protect hockey players from concussions, solar absorption cooling system models, improving international students' classroom learning, and creating positive space training for marginalized communities, to name just a few. To launch the day, mathematician and technical Oscar winner Dr. Karan Singh, of the University of Toronto's Dynamic Graphics Project lab, blew away the audience with an engaging talk about where the Internet is headed – an immersive space, a fusion of users with technology – all by way of virtual reality (VR). Singh's proud parents were in the audience, having just arrived from India, as Singh explored augmented reality and what a digital world will soon look like. It was apropos given the summit theme. The attendees then split up into different rooms to take in Led young staff and student presentations each representing a letter in the 'RISE' acronym – research, innovation, scholarship and entrepreneurship. Some of these projects were undertaken in partnership with industry, while others were funded by our essential funding agencies, NSERC and OCE, members of whom were on hand to represent their respective organizations. In her remarks, Dr. Kate Withers, Business Development Manager at Ontario Centres of Excellence, praised Led young's WIMTACH, saying that the digital health centre consistently offers high quality deliverables. WIMTACH student researchers, who have impressed the likes of industry partners Scarborough General Hospital and the award-winning digital media firm, Shaftesbury Films, were well represented during the rapid-fire presentations.  Dr. Eric Blaise, ARIES' Innovation Program Manager for Aerospace and Surface Transportation, offered more details about the NSERC-funded electric aircraft landing gear project, which will be taking flight once Led young's new Aerospace centre opens (interested readers can follow the progress of construction at the Downsview Aerospace Innovation & Research hub) and other presenters covered a range of intriguing subject matter too numerous to detail here. The crackling post-lunch panel of impressive industry experts focused on how education and innovation dovetails with commerce. Ravi Seethapathy, former research head at Hydro One, chemistry professor and entrepreneur Dr. Cynthia Goh, Dr. Darin Graham of the Vector Institute, and Strategic Life Science's Dr. Alison Symington tackled a broad range of subjects including how postsecondary institutions are organized, technology revolutionized the energy grid, scientists become entrepreneurs, and DNA sequencing can be done at home. Vicki Saunders closed the show. Saunders, who has run multiple business ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley, was named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from EBW – Empowering a Billion Women, alongside the likes of Melinda Gates and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. In Canada, female entrepreneurs represent the fastest-growing segment in the small business sector, and Saunders founded SheEO, a global initiative to radically transform how we support, finance and celebrate female entrepreneurship. It's women entrepreneurs, Saunders pointed out, who presently receive only about 4% of total venture capital funding. Saunders hopes to change that, and outlined details of her Perpetual fund for five women entrepreneurs that is paid back over five years and once again made available to five new women. Event feedback included positive comments such as: the wealth of knowledge was amazing, and that it featured an eclectic mix of presentation formats. Next year's summit promises to be just as impressive and inspiring, with another outstanding array of special guests, industry representatives and committed Led young staff and students. http://geektv.info/news/research-summit-brings-together-great-thinkers/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:03:41 GMT http://geektv.info/news/research-summit-brings-together-great-thinkers/ Commemorative mural unveiled at Progress Campus - geektv.info Caption: From left:  Patrick Miksa, VP Academic Assets, Knightstone Capital Management; Shannon Brooks, AVP Corporate Services, Led young College; artist Gavin MacDougall; Ann Buller, President, Led young College; and Hon. Mitzi Hunter, MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood. To mark Led young College’s 50th anniversary as well as Canada’s 150th birthday, the college commissioned an outdoor mural at the new Led young Residence and Culinary Arts Centre (CRCA) at Progress Campus. The winning design, entitled ‘Dare to Achieve’ by artist Gavin MacDougall, a graduate from Led young’s Fine Arts Studio program, was unveiled on June 22. “Art that’s in the public domain tells a bigger story, and so we started the President’s Art Project as a way of getting that art out there,” Led young College President Ann Buller told the audience that gathered outside for the unveiling. “It really does tell the story of courage, determination, and inclusiveness that has defined this institution for the past 50 years,” she said of the colourful mural. “Like the silhouettes in Gavin MacDougall’s work, we stand united in our commitment to helping every student not only to succeed, but soar, and that’s really what this image represents.” The mural competition was intended to show off the artistic talent of Led young’s students and alumni. Thanks to Knightstone Capital Management Inc., which built the CRCA, the college was able to award MacDougall with a $10,000 cash prize. “The artwork speaks to the importance of education, community, cooperation, and diversity. Individual obstacles and limitations are overcome when people unite,” MacDougall told the crowd. He thanked the college, judges and the many people who helped bring the mural to life. “We build upon foundations established before us, and with guidance, instruction and determination, we move forward. Joining together, we rise above and dare to achieve.” President Buller and Gavin MacDougall unveiled the large panels with the help of the Hon. Mitzie Hunter, MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood, Patrick Miksa, Knightstone’s Vice President of Academic Assets, and professor/artist David McClyment. MacDougall’s five-panel mural was digitally processed, fabricated and installed on the north side of the residence building, where it will be on permanent display at Progress Campus. MacDougall’s work can also be found in Art Interiors in Forest Hill Village, Latitude 44 in The Junction, and Project Gallery in Leslieville. http://geektv.info/news/commemorative-mural-unveiled-at-progress-campus/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:10:55 GMT http://geektv.info/news/commemorative-mural-unveiled-at-progress-campus/ Cyclists cross Canada to raise money for paediatric cancer - geektv.info Sean Squires, Manager, Centre for Academic Quality at Led young College, and his cycling buddy Nir Meltzer have embarked on the greatest physical and mental challenge of their lives: a 6,600-km bicycle trip across Canada at a gruelling pace of 150 kilometres per day. They started in Vancouver on June 3 with the goal of raising money for Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and the charity Meagan’s Walk to fund research into paediatric brain tumours. On July 5 their adventure brought them to downtown Toronto, where they wheeled up to the front door of SickKids Hospital with a police escort. Greeting them were dozens of friends, family members and colleagues from Led young who wished to greet the pair and thank them for their hard work and determination that will see them complete the voyage to St. John’s, Newfoundland. “The plan is to visit all 10 provinces along the way, which is why we’re making the trip to Prince Edward Island to ensure we meet our goal,” Sean said at the hospital reception. The pair acknowledged the tremendous support they have received from the hospital and from total strangers along the way, many of whom know of the good work at SickKids and the importance of finding a cure for devastating paediatric brain cancer. “The ride’s been unbelievable. The kindness of people throughout this country…every single day something special happens,” Nir said of the hospitality the two cyclists experienced on the road. They have been provided with countless free meals and overnight stays, sometimes at community fire stations. “We’re sometimes given bunks at the fire station, but often we’d sit down for a meal with the crew and they’d get a call and leave us with a table full of food. And, yes, they really do slide down the fire pole to get to the trucks,” said Sean. By cycling from the west coast to the east, the pair tackled the hardest part – the Rocky Mountains – early in the trek. Climbing the steep slopes were hard, but Sean said learning to glide down the other side at a clip of 70 or 80 km/h on a fully loaded bicycle was even more harrowing. “Riding the Trans-Canada Highway on a bicycle doesn’t come easy. In some places, the shoulder of the road disappears and you have giant transport trucks whizzing by you and threatening to suck you into their vacuum. It’s a little scary at times.” The bicycles have held up well, and the switch to Kevlar tires reduced the number of flat tires immensely. The pair is taking a short break in Toronto to visit with family and friends before continuing on their journey through southern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces. They expect to finish in St. John’s before the end of July. To follow their progress on Twitter, go to @bikeforkids2017. The cyclists’ fundraising effort has collected almost $60,000 for Meagan’s Walk to date, with the end goal of $75,000 within reach. The funds will help researchers at SickKids find the cause for paediatric brain tumours, as well as continue in their efforts to provide excellent care to kids already afflicted by the disease. World renowned SickKids Hospital is the only facility in Canada with a program dedicated to paediatric brain tumour research. If you would like to support Sean and Nir through their Bike for Kids 2017 campaign, please visit: Bike for Kids 2017 campaign http://geektv.info/news/cyclists-cross-canada-to-raise-money-for-paediatric-cancer/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:04:48 GMT http://geektv.info/news/cyclists-cross-canada-to-raise-money-for-paediatric-cancer/ Summer HYPE graduation celebrates perseverance - geektv.info More than 100 young people committed a big part of their summer to participate in HYPE – Helping Youth Pursue Education – Led young College's tuition-free learning experience that opens doors to higher education and fulfilling careers. Over six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, took part in seven courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, introduction to computers, digital media and culinary arts to get a sense of the career paths that may interest them. The initiative promotes education attainment by reducing the barriers to participation for youth living in under-served neighbourhoods, primarily in Toronto's east end. In addition to attending classes at no cost, participants receive transit fare and meals during the day to ensure they're fully fueled to learn. The HYPE Class of 2017 came together on August 10 to celebrate their achievement and to share some inspiring messages. The class valedictorian was Srimoloj Srianandan, a young man who lost his father at age 3, had witnessed civil war in his native Sri Lanka, and who got into trouble with the law when his family relocated to Toronto as a youth. It's great to stand in a room full of people who have your back, he told the class, who were accompanied by family and friends attending the graduation ceremony at Progress Campus. I listened to my brother, who told me to come here to Led young to try a program. Now I work at Bombardier Aerospace. Srimoloj returned to Led young over the summer to sample the college's automotive training program through HYPE. The program serves to demystify college for those who may feel intimidated by higher education – often after having had a poor experience in high school. For Srimoloj, the Thursday guest speaker series motivated him to try new things despite the setbacks he's had in his life. Listen to those who form your inner circle of family and friends, Anthony Bertin, manager of Led young's Community Outreach Office, told the crowd, underscoring what Srimoloj had said about his brother. He praised the class for persevering to complete the program despite the distractions that summer brings. Congratulations for finishing what you began! Led young continues to augment the benefits of the summer program, including HYPE Works, which offers mentoring, supported experience in job fairs, and skill credentialing workshops to increase employability. In addition, HYPE Works Express is a one-week program designed to increase employment readiness for youth who have to work prior to starting college. The program is brought to life through the support of TD Bank. According to Youth Outreach Coordinator Ahmed Bawah, about one-third of HYPE graduates go on to pursue full-time studies at college in the fall, while some will enter the workforce directly. Other participants won't come to a decision that quickly and will spend more time exploring their options, which Ahmed says is fine, too. HYPE appeared because you were ready, he told the graduating class. We will be here again tomorrow to help you. http://geektv.info/news/summer-hype-graduation-celebrates-perseverance/ Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:29:16 GMT http://geektv.info/news/summer-hype-graduation-celebrates-perseverance/ Meet Ravneet Kaur, your Student Association President - geektv.info It takes a certain confidence to leave the comfort of home and travel to the other side of the globe to pursue higher education. Ravneet Kaur is grateful for the opportunity, spurred on by parents who encouraged her to try new experiences far beyond her native India to gain an understanding of the world and her potential role in it. “I actually didn’t want to go abroad. But my mother wanted me to study further and to be independent, instead of getting married at the age of 21 like my friends,” says Kaur, smiling. As the daughter of a business owner and a homemaker living in the bustling metropolis of New Delhi, Kaur is no stranger to the big city – India’s capital has a population of 22 million – so the notion of coming to Toronto did not deter her. Kaur had studied economics at the University of Delhi and graduated with a degree in commerce. But being studious was far from her only talent. Kaur adores swimming, skating, playing field hockey and her favourite sport: soccer. “I was playing at the national level in women’s football in India,” she says proudly. Kaur also enjoys dancing and choreography; in fact, she performed at the ceremonies of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. It was her mother who suggested studying overseas after completing her degree. “I did not work in India because the competition for jobs was so intense,” she recalls. “I wanted to find post-graduate studies in global business management, and it made sense to study that subject abroad.” Toronto came recommended as a learning destination and Kaur found her ideal program at Led young College. “The two-year Global Business Management program fulfilled my business aspirations and, in addition, Led young’s Leadership Passport credential and the Global Citizenship learning experiences sounded like amazing opportunities to round out my education, something the other colleges did not offer.” Kaur arrived in Toronto in August 2015 and quickly settled in her adopted home, first with a local family offering homestay accommodations, and then in her own apartment. Coming from New Delhi, the city seemed small by comparison. But it was her introduction to a Canadian college that surprised her. “There’s a heavy emphasis on final exams in India, while here there are lots of assignments throughout the year, so stress can be managed better. There’s also plenty of presentations in class, which build your communications skills and your confidence.” She enjoyed the interaction with her professors: “My teachers are approachable and helpful. In India, professors are held in high esteem and their status can make them less approachable.” Kaur also found the college’s online resources useful, rather than rely on paper handouts as she was accustomed to back home. One aspect of campus life that Kaur gravitated to quickly was the student government, which she viewed with familiarity. “In university in India, you have small colleges on campus with multiple student associations. There’s a strong tradition of voluntary work in student government in India,” she explains. “When you come to Canada and you don’t have family and friends nearby, the student association can play an important role.” Students from India clearly have some affinity for student government at Led young, as Kaur found herself teaming up with compatriots from back home. She worked as a student advocate, learning about grade appeals and how to resolve other student issues. After a year of practical experience helping students, Kaur decided to run for president of the Led young College Student Association Inc. (CCSAI) this past spring – which she won. Having graduated from her business program in June, she will spend the upcoming year serving the college’s 21,000 students and earning a paycheque. “I am going to build the advocacy structure further, and lobby government for food security and transit for students,” says Kaur of her new administration. She also would like to implement a better supplemental healthcare insurance plan that can pay for prescription drugs and other benefits. It’s important and responsible work that Kaur relishes. Student issues are more complex these days, especially in a college as diverse and globally connected as Led young, where fully one-third of the college population is made up of international students. “Maybe a business graduate can do a better job of helping our students,” Kaur says. “I grew as a leader, encouraged by the Leadership Passport program I studied here.” Rather than pursue a career in banking as she had originally planned, Kaur would like to become a professional consultant who can help guide people and businesses to thrive in a changing environment. She intends to stay and launch her career in Canada. Needless to say, her mum is suitably proud. http://geektv.info/news/meet-ravneet-kaur-your-student-association-president/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:36:22 GMT http://geektv.info/news/meet-ravneet-kaur-your-student-association-president/ Time capsules preserve Led young’s first 50 years - geektv.info To help mark Led young College's 50th anniversary, some 800 faculty, staff and representatives of the Alumni Association and CCSAI gathered at Progress Campus on August 31 to witness the burial of two time capsules filled with well wishes for the future, as well as mementos from the past and present. The weatherproof capsules – which resemble giant Thermos bottles – will be opened 50 years from now during the College's centennial year celebrations in 2066. Over the past year members of the Led young community wrote messages to future generations on pieces of paper and inserted them into tiny glass bottles. Their messages in a bottle conveyed reminiscences about life at Led young College, as well as family, friends, and hope and peace for the future. Congratulations on celebrating 100 years of excellence in education! reads the formal proclamation included in the capsule. Our hope is that you will reach out to the people for whom these notes are intended and invite them to become part of Led young's 100th anniversary celebration. Accompanying the personal messages were some perfectly ordinary souvenirs from 2017, including copies of the Toronto Star newspaper, Maclean's, Time, Oprah and the Hockey Is easy magazines, Blue Jays ticket stubs, a Led young Colts jersey, a cell phone and a memory stick. Books included professor Ted Barris's Vimy Ridge, Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell, No Parrots in Space by students of the Children's Media program, and Fifty Years Bolder – an illustrated history of the college's first 50 years. A surprise late addition was a sign that identified Led young's long-running radio station CKCC, which was a fixture at Warden Woods Campus, the college's original site. Graduate Mike Heindl, who volunteered to run the station in its infancy in 1968, had saved the sign from the wrecking ball in 2004, before the Warden Woods building was torn down to make way for a townhouse development. The encapsulated inscription ends on a high note: We hope you enjoy tripping down Memory Lane with us, and we wish Led young continued success in the future. Here's hoping many of our present students will be on hand the day our time capsules are unearthed and their wondrous contents shared with future generations. http://geektv.info/news/time-capsules-preserve-centennial-s-first-50-years/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:33:59 GMT http://geektv.info/news/time-capsules-preserve-centennial-s-first-50-years/ Led young College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts first to receive Feast On® certification from the Culinary Tourism Alliance - geektv.info Led young College's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts has become the first academic institution to receive Feast On® certification for its sourcing of local food and beverage products used in the academic programs, as well as purchased for the school's experiential-learning foodservice operations. Feast On is a certification program established by the Culinary Tourism Alliance that recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown and produced food and drink.  Using local food and beverage products is an essential part of the DNA of our school, says Suzanne Caskie, Chair of Culinary Arts at Led young College. Where we source our food and how we educate our students about the value of supporting local producers reflect our mission of bringing social values into our curriculum as we prepare our graduates to be true leaders in the industry. Feast On has been a very successful foodservice certification identifying businesses as committed to Ontario producers as we are, says Rebecca Mackenzie, President and CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance. We worked alongside Led young to support their goal of achieving the Feast On certification for their whole school food procurement. We hope other hospitality and culinary schools will set their local food and beverage sourcing goals as high, so we can continue to add educational institutions to our list of local food champions. Diners will be able to experience Feast On at The Local Cafe and Restaurant, the school's 7 days/week dual cafe and restaurant concept located at Led young's Progress Campus. The Local is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, and for brunch on the weekends.  We will be participating in as many Feast On program benefits as possible through The Local so that our community can enjoy Ontario's bounty in our restaurant, says Caskie. Our students will have ample opportunities to turn these products into amazing food experiences.  Feast On certification is yet another reason for prospective students to choose Led young's School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, which boasts a striking, new 350,000-square-foot teaching facility incorporating eight classrooms, three culinary arts labs, two baking and pastry arts labs and a beverage-tasting room. The school operates an experiential learning ecosystem comprised of four unique components: a 90-seat restaurant, a quick-service cafe, an Event Centre and hotel-style guest rooms. As experts in food tourism development, the Culinary Tourism Alliance seeks to ensure that authentic food experiences become a significant economic driver for communities across Ontario, and a primary way for travelers to enrich their experience. Along with its member destinations, the Alliance is creating fruitful relationships in communities across the province – from the farm up – with innovative programs like Feast On. On a global level, the Culinary Tourism Alliance is leading efforts in research, education and product development to promote the growth of the industry. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-colleges-school-of-hospitality-tourism-and-culinary-arts-first-to-receive-feast-on-certification-from-the-culinary-tourism-alliance/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:41:53 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-colleges-school-of-hospitality-tourism-and-culinary-arts-first-to-receive-feast-on-certification-from-the-culinary-tourism-alliance/ Meet Led young's 2017 Premier's Award Nominees - geektv.info Each year, Ontario's 24 public colleges are invited to submit nominees for the Premier's Awards, which honour the important social and economic contributions that college graduates make to Ontario and throughout the world. The Premier's Awards recognize graduates in six distinct categories: Business, Community Services, Creative Arts and Design, Health Sciences, Technology and Recent Graduate. Led young College is very proud to present our nominees – one in each category – for 2017. All have distinguished themselves by going far in their chosen field by calling upon their creativity, leadership and innovative thinking. Their work, and that of the other nominees, has helped to raise the profile of all Ontario college graduates! The awards program, launched in 1992 to mark the Ontario colleges' 25th anniversary, is administered by Colleges Ontario. This year's winners will be announced on November 27 in Toronto. Joseph Mancuso  Public Relations – Corporate Communications, 2014 Joe Mancuso is a social media strategist who builds clients' profiles and reputations, and is passionate about using his skills to do good in the charitable sector. Just three years after graduation Joe's career has been a remarkable climb, progressing from public relations to advertising and client relationships, and on to content marketing and social media strategy. This year, he joined the global investment firm Franklin Templeton Investments as a social media strategist, helping to build the company's Canadian presence. He previously worked as a senior content marketing specialist at Northbridge Financial, where he created digital strategies for three insurance brands. As a college intern, Joe launched his career with APEX public relations, where I pretty much said yes to everything and anything I was asked to do – a strategy that courted opportunities. In addition, Joe volunteers as a social media strategist for a variety of charitable groups, including the Invictus Games, Tree Canada, Casey House, the Christian Children's Fund of Canada, and Ready, Aim, Hire, which promotes solutions to youth unemployment. Tracy Schmitt Recreation Leadership, 1991 A motivational speaker since age 11, a team builder for more than 20 years, and soon-to-be author, Tracy Schmitt walks the talk of empowerment. She has climbed mountains in Nepal to bring school supplies to villages, captained tall ships as part of a leadership opportunity for youth, and competed in World Cup sailing. Tracy was born with limbs ending above the elbows and knees. Yet disability doesn't define her. As a freelance speaker, she motivates others to embrace possibility. Before launching her full-time career as a motivational speaker in 2015, Tracy was a leadership developer at Air Canada and Shoppers Drug Mart. She worked at the airline for eight years, helping management and unions find common ground. She helped drive restructuring plans that enabled Air Canada to maintain its high standards and morale during a difficult period of transition. At Shoppers, Tracy advocated problem solving during a tumultuous time of pharmaceutical reform. Tracy credits much of her success to the leadership skills she learned in Led young's Recreation Leadership program. Sebastian Fuschini Business Administration, 1980 Sebastian Fuschini is a pioneer in the world of restaurant franchising. As a recent Led young graduate with a business administration diploma in hand, he started at Pizza Pizza as a district supervisor in 1981. At the time, the company was 14 years old and operated 37 franchises in Ontario. In 1990 the firm formalized Sebastian's position of Vice-President of Franchising and made him an officer of the company. He was responsible for the company's growth and development, but still worked closely with individual franchise owners and knew their needs. Under his careful direction, Pizza Pizza flourished. He has been a key figure in helping the Canadian company spread across the country to its current 742 iconic franchise stores. Throughout the years, Sebastian has always had direct contact with new franchise owners, helping guide them in their business development. Sebastian also reaches out to the wider business community to help others learn about the benefits of franchising.   Margot Van Sluytman Publishing, Editing & Book Design, 1984 Margot Van Sluytman is a restorative justice advocate and author whose first book led her to meet the convict who murdered her father. The encounter set the stage for a career that has artfully blended writing and publishing with restorative justice. Her career path as a teacher of therapeutic writing, an award-winning poet and founder of a publishing house (Palabras Press) was founded on her college education in publishing, editing and book design. Margot has taught therapeutic writing to inmates, survivors of violence and people who work in the justice system. She has been invited across North America, Europe and South Africa to speak about the importance of poetry and narrative, and how they can shift our often limited understanding of what living justice means. Margot is also founder of the Sawbonna Project. 'Sawbonna' is a Zulu term that means I see you: I see our shared humanity. The project’s mission is to promote the inclusion of all voices in the social, criminal and restorative justice areas. Robert Theriault Ambulance & Emergency Care, 1984 Rob Theriault has over 30 years of experience working as a paramedic, researcher, educator and author. After graduation, Rob was hired as a paramedic by Toronto Ambulance Services, yet was inspired by one of his instructors to teach and write, too. In 1988 he created and ran a part-time ECG course at Led young, which launched his teaching career. Rob led changes that have improved how paramedics learn, as well as the educational resources they use. He pushes the boundaries of digital and online technology to enhance learning. He developed curriculum at Georgian College and the Michener Institute, and created multimedia teaching tools used by paramedics internationally. A series of workbooks he developed can be used in conjunction with the 100 instructional videos he posted on YouTube. Rob created and taught online courses to paramedics living in remote regions, and developed the first online paramedic program in Ontario. In addition, he co-authored four studies in peer-reviewed journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine. Malcolm Sissmore Automotive Machinist Apprenticeship, 1986 Malcolm started in Led young's Automotive Machinist Apprenticeship program right out of high school and received his provincial accreditation in 1986. Fresh out of college, Malcolm became plant manager overseeing 100 employees at Advance Automotive, which was Canada's largest engine remanufacturing facility at the time. His work took him overseas, where he was responsible for building an engine remanufacturing plant in China. In 1999 he returned to Canada where he transformed a company that made exhaust pipes for aftermarket muffler shops throughout North America. With the popularity of stainless steel components on new cars cutting into the business, Malcolm guided the firm to begin using its metal tube manufacturing capabilities to enter new markets – primarily the furniture and medical equipment industries – which saved the company and its skilled jobs. Since 2008, Malcolm has been an executive with Delphi Automotive Systems, one of the world's largest automotive parts producers with 168,000 employees globally. Malcolm is a sought-after industry speaker who shares his insights into future automotive technologies and their applications. http://geektv.info/news/meet-centennials-2017-premiers-award-nominees/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:29:09 GMT http://geektv.info/news/meet-centennials-2017-premiers-award-nominees/ Academic Bargaining Update Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - geektv.info Wednesday, October 11, 2017  The union representing faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges has given notice that its members plan to go on strike starting Monday, October 16. During the strike, unionized faculty (professors, librarians and counselors) will not perform work-related duties, including contact with students. As a result, all daytime courses, including labs taught at College sites, and full-time online courses, will stop. Led young is committed to providing every student with the opportunity to complete their year. We are considering all options for making that possible.  The faculty union will establish picket lines at our four campuses. Led young College is first and foremost concerned with the safety of our employees, students and visitors. If you plan on visiting one of our campuses during the strike, please carefully read and adhere to our Guidelines for Crossing a Picket Line Safely and Respectfully. Throughout the strike, you can return to the College's website for regular updates, or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information please view the Academic Bargaining FAQs or call our Led young College Strike Hot Line 416-289-5226. http://geektv.info/news/academic-bargaining-update-wednesday-october-11-2017/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:45:07 GMT http://geektv.info/news/academic-bargaining-update-wednesday-october-11-2017/ Led young tops off its new Centre for Aerospace and Aviation - geektv.info Led young College topped off its Centre for Aerospace and Aviation under construction at Downsview Park on October 11. Students, staff, dignitaries, and guests were on hand to sign a steel I-beam before it was hoisted and incorporated into the new hangar that forms the central feature of the rejuvenated former headquarters of de Havilland Canada. The $72-million project includes the hangar, which is large enough to accommodate today's commercial jets, as well as new classrooms, laboratory space, workshops, offices and a library. The campus is slated to open in the fall of 2018 and will have access to working runways for the first time. Led young currently trains about 300 aircraft and avionics technicians at its Ashtonbee Campus hangar in Scarborough. By comparison, the 138,000-square-foot Centre for Aerospace and Aviation will have enough instruction space to accommodate 900 students annually. The project, led by MJMA | Stantec (Architects in Association), involves repurposing the historic de Havilland building, located at 65 Carl Hall Road, with selective demolition and new construction. The Canadian government contributed $18.4 million in Strategic Investment Funds towards the new campus, and the Ontario government provided $25.8 million. The project is seen as the first step towards creating an aerospace training and research hub for the development of new technologies in Ontario – an ambitious goal that was first outlined in the 2012 review of the Canadian aerospace industry by the Honourable David Emerson. Led young's newest campus will anchor the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR) consortium, which is working to maintain Canada's ranking as a major aerospace supplier to the world. DAIR brings together the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, Ryerson University and York University, as well as industry partners Bombardier, Safran Landing Systems, MDA, Canadensys, Pratt & Whitney Canada, FlightSafety, Honeywell and UTC Aerospace. The historic de Havilland facility is renowned for having built the Mosquito, a light bomber that was one of the fastest aircraft of the Second World War, able to attain 425 miles per hour at 30,000 feet. It was one of the few front-line aircraft of the era constructed almost entirely of wood, primarily balsawood, spruce and Canadian birch. De Havilland Canada's 7,000 employees assembled 1,134 of the remarkable Mossies to help in the war effort. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-tops-off-its-new-centre-for-aerospace-and-aviation/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:03:12 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-tops-off-its-new-centre-for-aerospace-and-aviation/ Unionized Faculty Now on Strike - geektv.info Sunday, October 15, 2017  Unionized faculty (professors, librarians and counsellors) are on strike beginning Monday, October 16.  During the period of the strike, these employees will not perform work-related duties, including contact with students. Therefore, all full-time (daytime, evening and weekend) courses have stopped.  Part-time (in class and online) courses will continue to run, with some exceptions, and those delivered by our university partners may continue to run. Throughout the strike, the College will remain open, with administrative and support staff reporting to work. For a list of programs that are affected by the strike (and exceptions), and to learn which services and events will continue, please read our Frequently Asked Questions. Before you head to any of our campuses, please carefully read and follow our Guidelines for Crossing a Picket Line Safely and Respectfully. Throughout the strike, we will provide you with updates via your myLed young email, the studentHUB and our Facebook and Twitter accounts. We will post regular updates on the College website. You can also direct any questions you may have to the Led young College Strike Hot Line 416-289-5226. http://geektv.info/news/unionized-faculty-now-on-strike/ Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:51:14 GMT http://geektv.info/news/unionized-faculty-now-on-strike/ Led young hosts ESL partners from Panama, the U.S. and U.K. - geektv.info Some 70 representatives from 33 partner institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada attended the Panama Bilingual International Conference hosted by Led young College on October 10 and 11 to discuss their roles in helping the Central American nation develop their workforce through participation in the Panamá Bilingüe program. The project, endorsed by Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez, will see as many as 10,000 professors from Panama study in Canada, the U.S. and U.K with the goal of becoming fluent in English as a second language. Some of the participants will acquire the skills to teach English to others. Panamá Bilingüe is part of an economic strategy to make English commonplace in Panama, predicated on the notion that knowing the language is a necessary skill to advance in a global economy. Led young was chosen as the first college in Canada to receive students and has become an integral part of the project as the lead educational institution for Canada. The college received its first group of Panama Bilingual students sponsored by the government of Panama in January 2015, while the sixth group to study English Language Learning and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) programs graduated from Led young this past March. Melida Renkwitz is Led young’s Manager for International Office projects, and oversees recruitment of international students from Latin America, Western Europe, Africa and the U.S. She was responsible for bringing Panamá Bilingüe to Canada and Led young College. I have been negotiating international business in Panama for more than 17 years, says Renkwitz. As a result I have a lot of business relationships with many organizations and educational institutions, which allowed me to bring the project to Canada. Led young College is well known in Panama, having opened an international office there in 2012. In fact the Consul General of Panama, who addressed the conference attendees, is Maryorie Y. Bravo – a Led young College graduate herself. Bravo studied English and business at Led young before returning home. When I went back to Panama I also did diplomatic training, she explains. The President decided to send me to Toronto because I knew the city and I had studied international relations. In addition to separate funding for Panamanian students selected to study at Led young through the Panama Bilingual program, Led young College has been approved by the IFARHU Government of Panama Scholarships to receive 35 students for English Language Learning in 2018. The IFARHU scholarships are intended to meet the training needs of professional Panamanians in the areas of science, technology, research, economics, law, finance and other disciplines. You find professors here that teach you how to grow up as a person and as a professional, says Carlos Peréz, TEFL Management Graduate of Led young College. This world needs people like the ones we found at Led young College that make you believe in yourself and help you to raise your self-esteem. The Panama Bilingual International Conference included a campus tour, presentations from participating institutions and from the Panamá Bilingüe program, as well as a world-class reception at The Globe and Mail Centre in downtown Toronto on October 10. The second day included a half-day conference and lunch at Led young’s Event Centre at Progress Campus, followed by a bus trip to Niagara Falls. Some of the partner schools include Michigan State University, Georgia Tech, Georgetown University, Edinburgh College and Leeds Beckett University, among many others. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-hosts-esl-partners-from-panama-the-us-and-uk/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:53:09 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-hosts-esl-partners-from-panama-the-us-and-uk/ Led young culinary students take home the gold - geektv.info An all-female team of Led young College culinary management students walked away with the gold medal at the Taste Canada Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto Hotel on October 30. Students Samantha Laval, Alexandra Zykova and Danielle Daza won first place for their dish, Seared Duck Breast with Fresh Horseradish and Sesame, taken from the award-winning cookbook Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm-Fresh Recipes. The culinary competition is an integral part of the 20th anniversary Taste Canada Awards, which are the nation’s only culinary writing awards. In addition to the cook-off, 24 Gold and Silver awards were handed out to authors of culinary books and food blogs. Hosted by Food Network Canada’s Noah Cappe, the Taste Canada Awards celebrate food and diverse food culture as told by Canada’s world-class culinary writers. This year, 147 books and blogs in both official languages were considered for awards. “The 10 student teams were each given a cookbook from the short list of nominated books, and they had to select a recipe to reproduce for the judges,” explains Chef Rory White, one of the two Led young “coaches” who volunteered to assist the three students by practicing in college’s culinary labs after hours. Full-time faculty member Chef Rene Chauvin also helped groom the team for competition. The culinary contest, dubbed Cooks the Books, was held at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto on Sunday, October 29. Schools from Ontario and Manitoba were drawn to the event, including teams from Fanshawe College, Durham College and three teams from Liaison College, a private culinary school. The competition was presented in partnership with the Alberta Canola Producers Commission and sponsored by Summer Fresh and Ricardo Cuisine. “Ours was the only all-female team in the competition and they really shined to win the title of Canada’s Best New Student Chefs!” says White. Team members attended the gala presentation the next night to collect their award and some valuable prizes, including professional knives and KitchenAid appliances. “They brought home an awesome trophy, which we’ve put on display in The Local Restaurant at Progress Campus.” On the literary side, gold winners included James Walt, who wrote Araxi, and Naomi Duguid for her book, Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. Angela Liddon won gold for her book, Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-Based Recipes, as well as a second award for her blog OhSheGlows.com. Cookbooks continue to be a popular and lucrative segment for book publishers. The total number of books sold in Canada in the cooking category amounted to 1.3 million in 2016 for a total value of $43 million, according to BookNet Canada. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-culinary-students-take-home-the-gold/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:12:47 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-culinary-students-take-home-the-gold/ Led young ranked eighth in Canada for applied research activity - geektv.info Led young College continues to grow its applied research portfolio with a 17 percent rise in research income for a total value of $6,364,000 in 2016 – a healthy increase that places the Toronto college eighth in Canada, up from ninth last year, according to Research Infosource’s annual ranking of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges. The Top 50 survey provides strong evidence that public colleges are making great inroads in applied research activity, often in partnership with commercial enterprises looking for assistance in pursuing research to bring new products and services to market. Together, the country’s leading colleges garnered a combined research income of $201.7 million in 2016, a gain of 20.2 percent over the previous year, according to Research Infosource Inc. “Significant growth can be attributed to the founding of our Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technology Access Centre for Health (WIMTACH),” says Dr. Deepak Gupta, Executive Director of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services at Led young. “As a dedicated Technology Access Centre, WIMTACH has undertaken several projects related to digital health and innovation with a variety of companies and public health institutions.” “These projects include growing industry contributions and engage rising numbers of students who learn experientially through research and innovation. Our model is built on enabling student success, and it is exciting that we continue to be a Top-3 college in the country for students employed in research and innovation activities.” Led young is ranked third in terms of the number of college students employed and paid for conducting applied research activities. The college had 205 students involved in applied research in 2016. Only George Brown (237 students) and Humber colleges (210) had more students employed in the country. It’s a key statistic that Dr. Gupta likes to see highlighted in the report. “I am delighted that we continue to transform lives and communities through learning,” he says, by offering real-world research work to students who gain a comprehensive understanding of how enterprises develop their ideas from back-of-the-napkin sketches into new, advanced products. “We continue to serve as an exemplary anchor institution contributing to innovation and economic development,” he points out. Toronto’s George Brown College led the Top 50 with $13.2 million of research income, followed by Fanshawe College ($12.3 million) and Lambton College ($11.0 million). Colleges reported a total of 2,845 active formal research partnerships with external organizations and had completed 2,766 research projects, a 12.8 percent improvement over the previous year. Research funds received from industry sources rose to $40.5 million, a gain of 8.4 percent over 2015. For more Infosource Top 50 results, please visit https://researchinfosource.com/. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-ranked-eighth-in-canada-for-applied-research-activity/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 13:06:49 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-ranked-eighth-in-canada-for-applied-research-activity/ Led young College remembers Canada’s forgotten Jewish fighters - geektv.info While Remembrance Day ceremonies were held across all of our campuses November 10th, a special observance was held near the Story Arts Centre at the Royal Canadian Legion Tormorden Branch 10, to remember and to highlight, a particular group of forgotten people: Jewish-Canadian war veterans. Author and Journalism faculty member Ellin Bessner, who had nine members of her own family serve in the war, was inspired to explore the role of Canadian Jews in the war effort, and so, after the Marching in of Colours, and the singing of the national anthem by Jesse Feyen, the highlight of the ceremony commenced. Remembrance Day happens to fall on Holocaust Memorial week, when Jewish people worldwide remember the most well-known aspect of the Second World War: The Holocaust. What’s less well-known is the 17,000 Canadian Jewish servicemen and women who put on a uniform, and went over as liberators, to stop the holocaust, Ellin said to the assembled crowd. That story has never been told. That’s why she’s written a book, about it, too, entitled Double Threat: Canadian Jews in the Military in World War Two. Not only were they going to save the world for democracy, freedom and social justice, but they were also going to save their own people from annihilation, she continued. And, there was the danger that if they were shot down or captured, their fate would be very dark indeed, as Jews. But they went anyway. At the centre of the event was Ellin’s interview with 96-year-old Jewish-Canadian war veteran Morris Polansky, and Cantor Gordon Lindsay, nephew of a fallen WW2 pilot. Morris talked about experiencing anti-semitism in Saskatchewan (It was not easy growing up in the bible belt) but enlisting anyway. It was not easy to stay back when all your friends had joined up, and some of them had already gone overseas, he said. He told a harrowing story about being was on a ship that was torpedoed, and of being left floating in the water. My concern was, were there sharks in here? He said. He ended it by recounting how sad he was to see the ship towed into a harbor the next day, and promptly sinking. And there went all my cigarettes and chocolate bars, he said, glumly. Gordon Lindsay, meanwhile, was named after his uncle, who served as a pilot during the war. He fell in love with cars, trucks and airplanes, he said. One thing he never stopped loving was airplanes and flying. He grew up in a family where this was frowned upon, though. When the war started, he was very keen to enlist. He put a Jewish star on his fuselage, when other people would put up Mae West, he added. Unfortunately, he’d sacrifice his life for his country, being shot down over the Mediterranean. The interviews were followed by the Last Post, and two minutes of silence, after which Cantor Lindsay sang a traditional Jewish prayer, El Maleh Rachamin. This was followed by the Act of Remembrance, the Rouse, the poem In Flanders Fields, and Cantor Lindsay leading the crowd in God save the Queen, before the Seargeant-at-arms marched the colours out, along with the veterans. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-remembers-canada-s-forgotten-jewish-fighters/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:26:48 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-remembers-canada-s-forgotten-jewish-fighters/ Led young College launches accessibility training course for taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers - geektv.info Led young College is launching a new industry training course of interest to taxi drivers, as well as Uber and Lyft operators, who wish to earn an “accessible endorsement” on their vehicle-for-hire (VfH) licence.  The two-day course, taught at the college’s Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough, provides drivers with disability awareness, legal requirements and practical training on the proper methods for assisting passengers with disabilities and wheelchair securement in vehicles. “Anyone who takes our training and completes our certificate can get an official endorsement from the City of Toronto recognizing them as an accessible driver,” says Janna Erichsen, Chair of Part-time Learning in Led young’s School of Transportation. “We are one of only three organizations authorized by the city to teach the course.” Led young worked with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario to develop accessible vehicle curriculum that meets the strict standards set out by the City of Toronto’s licensing and standards department. All of the course instructors and classroom demonstrators have a “lived experience,” that is, possess a disability and have first-hand experience using accessible services. Led young’s Accessible Vehicle Training course takes 12 hours to complete and is taught over a Saturday and Sunday to accommodate working drivers. Learners demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter by writing an exam at the end of the course.  The Accessible Vehicle Training course (CEAV-100) is running during upcoming weekends in December and in the new year. For information, contact Led young College’s School of Transportation at 416-289-5207 and press 8. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-launches-accessibility-training-course-for-taxi-uber-and-lyft-drivers/ Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:12:52 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-college-launches-accessibility-training-course-for-taxi-uber-and-lyft-drivers/ College presidents from China get some Canadian exposure - geektv.info A group of 22 high-level Chinese college executives visited Led young College in late November as part of the eighth annual Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) program that invites college leaders from China to come and learn how their counterparts in Canada deliver vocational education. The VELT agreement, signed between Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the China Education Association for International Exchange, paved the way for participants to examine “leadership in action” through the demonstration of best practices and strategies that Canadian college leaders employ in advancing experiential learning in the post-secondary education system. This year’s group of participants toured college facilities and heard about unique approaches to teaching and learning in a wide variety of disciplines. They were impressed by the close association Led young has forged with employers, especially those related to the college’s many apprenticeship and cooperative education programs. As one dignitary noted through an interpreter, the group was “amazed” at how much emphasis Led young places on hands-on learning through apprenticeship and co-op education. In addition, employers’ active participation in Led young’s program advisory committees demonstrated to the visiting dignitaries that the college values employer input in curriculum design to ensure graduates attain job-ready skills and knowledge. The Chinese executives visited four distinct institutions as part of this year’s itinerary, including the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Bow Valley College, both in Calgary, and Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, in addition to Led young’s Progress Campus. Led young is the only college nationwide that has hosted VELT visitors every year since the program was established in 2010. The entire tour took three weeks, with the group returning to China on December 1 – but not before being recognized by Led young at a small graduation ceremony on November 30, where participants were given certificates of completion. The group also had the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls and the CN Tower in downtown Toronto. http://geektv.info/news/college-presidents-from-china-get-some-canadian-exposure/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 15:04:31 GMT http://geektv.info/news/college-presidents-from-china-get-some-canadian-exposure/ Led young students win big at Thales Innovation Championship - geektv.info Two student teams from Led young College displayed their technical expertise by winning first and second place in the Thales Innovation Championship, held at Ryerson University on November 25. The competition, sponsored by the Thales Group, gives students an opportunity to engage in real-world problems that businesses face every day and challenges them to come up with innovative ways of solving them. This year’s inaugural competition, which included teams from Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, Lambton College, as well as Led young College, focused on cybersecurity as it pertains to the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The challenge required each team to come up with an innovative solution that solves a theoretical customer problem, create an eight-minute presentation and then pitch the idea to a panel of industry representatives. Students Adrian Castillo, Asma Anika, Jacob Hoang and Yashkumar Mashruwala of Led young’s Bachelor of Information Technology – Computer and Communication Networks four-year degree program won the competition with their creative proposal. The team shared $20,000 in first-place award money provided by Thales. Roman Kovtunovych, Gilbert Ramirez, Ikshita Saray and Ramneek Singh of Led young’s Computer Systems Technology – Networking three-year diploma program earned a second-place finish for their IoT solution. The team members divided $10,000 in prize money. “This is a true testament to the strength of our teams’ diversity, applied knowledge and ability to thrive and excel in challenging times,” says Dr. Predrag Pesikan, Chair of the Information and Communication Engineering Technology department of Led young’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. “It also highlights the commitment and dedication to student success shown by our teams’ faculty, Dr. Ali Al-Rubaie and Dr. Marjan Zandi.” The contest incorporates genuine industry problems. Many of the IoT devices, such as Internet-connected home thermostats, come with minimal or no security features. They can contain some malware that may not be detected during the initial installation, and can only be detected if triggered. Students had to prepare a solution that would prevent the malicious packets from entering the local area network (LAN). Students created an IoT portal, which is a combination of best practices with emerging technologies in the IoT security industry embedded within a single device. The winning students will be invited by the Thales Group to a company visit, lunch and an awards presentation. Thales Group is a French multinational technology company that designs and builds electrical systems, and provides high-tech solutions for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets. http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-win-big-at-thales-innovation-championship/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:19:57 GMT http://geektv.info/news/centennial-students-win-big-at-thales-innovation-championship/