Centennial College

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology is a diploma- and degree-granting college in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest publicly funded college in Ontario.[1] Its campuses are situated on the east side of the city, particularly in Scarborough,[1] with an aerospace centre at Downsview Park in North York.[2]

College in Toronto, Canada

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Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
Motto Transforming lives and communities through learning
Type Public
Established 1966
Academic affiliations
President Craig Stephenson
Students 26,000 full-time; 19,000 part-time



Campus Urban


Nickname Colts
Sporting affiliations
Mascot Bolt the Colt
Website www.centennialcollege.ca

Centennial College has been recognized as a culturally diverse post-secondary institution, almost 100 ethno-cultural groups are represented and 80 languages are spoken on campus.[1] In 2016, it was ranked as one of Canada’s Top 10 Research Colleges.[3] Its main research facilities are its Wearable, Interactive and Mobile Technologies Access Centre in Healthcare (WIMTACH]), established in 2015 through a $1.75 million federal grant[4] and its aerospace innovation hub, under construction at the former de Havilland plant in west-end Toronto.[5]

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Centennial offers more than 260 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, certificates, post-graduate certificates and apprenticeship programs, across many fields of study.[6]

Founded in 1966, the college offers programs in business, communication arts, community and consumer services, applied computing, engineering technology, health sciences, animation, music, theatre, film and design.[1] Centennial College supports enrolments of 22,000 full-time students and 19,000 part-time students.[7]

New Library and Academic Facility at Progress Campus, Centennial College

Centennial College was the first to be opened in Ontario during the formation of the province’s public college system in the 1960s. Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology was established on May 21, 1965, under the direction of the Hon. William Davis, Minister of Education. The system has grown to encompass 24 public colleges serving 200 communities in the province.

As Centennial College’s first site, Warden Woods Campus opened on October 17, 1966, with 514 students enrolled in 16 career-oriented programs, including journalism, secretarial science, and early childhood education. The campus used a decommissioned federal building that had been renovated to serve as a teaching institution. It evolved over the years to include the health/nutrition, hospitality, child studies, and community services programs. In 1973, the Ontario government transferred responsibility for nursing education from the province’s hospitals to its colleges. Locally, the Scarborough Regional and the Toronto East General schools of nursing joined Centennial College to form the School of Health Sciences, based at Warden Woods Campus.

In 1992 the Scarborough Board of Education and the college established an adult education centre, the Scarborough Career Planning Centre, at the Centennial College.[8] In 1994 the entities agreed to establish the centre there beginning in the fall of that year.[9]

Centennial College grew rapidly, necessitating the establishment of additional campuses in the east end of Toronto to accommodate new programs and students. Warden Woods Campus closed in autumn of 2004 and was demolished to make way for a housing development.[10] Most programs were relocated to the Centennial Science and Technology Centre (now Morningside Campus), which began operations the same year.

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