“Making the impossible, possible!” Graduates excited about innovative training program

A wonderful celebration at Centennial College took place this month to honour 10 new graduates from our Business Office Skills program, offered in partnership with the college and Goodwill Industries. Michelle deCoste, the Dean of Continuing Education and Alykhan Suleman, our Executive Director, were joined by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong, who brought greetings on behalf of the Mayor, to celebrate this accomplishment. Tabinda spoke on behalf of the graduating class, noting how she appreciated learning about Canadian business norms such as making eye contact and having a firm handshake, as well as having improved her public speaking skills and gaining confidence for her job search.

The women credited faculty member Michael Carter with providing exceptional instruction, adapting the curriculum to suit a range of skill levels and English language ability while making it fun and interactive. One graduate commented, “Centennial College’s curriculum made the almost impossible, possible. It’s very hard to teach every skill that is needed to become an administrative assistant in such short period of time.”  Michael was equally enthusiastic about the experience, saying, “It was one of my most memorable teaching experiences. I never saw a group learn this quickly.”

Graduates earned two course credits in English and computer skills through the 12 week program and completed a 100 hour practicum so they could gain experience using their new skills while they learned.

Building on this accomplishment, the path forward for graduates is as diverse as the women themselves. Some are pursuing further education, others are actively seeking employment. Nita Saini, Program Manager, is committed to helping them reach their career goals. “We want this program to serve as a launching pad for the graduates to achieve their professional aspirations.  Having the right skills for today’s labour market is integral in making this happen.”

We would like to thank our partners Centennial College, Goodwill Industries and our funders The Slaight Foundation, Sprott Foundation and CIBC Community Investment for helping us to make the impossible, possible!

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