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What is the HYPE Program?

The HYPE program at Centennial College has given many young people new confidence to return to school by helping to overcome the economic and social barriers that may have interfered with school attendance in the past and by providing a nurturing, inclusive environment for youth aged 17-29, primarily living in the underserved neighbourhoods of Toronto.

Focus /Purpose 

The heart of the program is an award-winning model of relational engagement, that inspires staff belief and practice to view the strength and capacity of young people, engage them where they are in their lives, and to work with them to build educational and career plans respectful of those life circumstances. The central emphases are on responsive engagement and persistence with youth, who have experienced economic, institutional, and social challenges.

Benefits:

  • TTC tokens provided
  • Breakfast and lunch provided
  • Textbooks and academic supplies provided
  • Learn from Centennial College professors
  • Support for applications for full-time study
  • Participants that successfully complete the six-week summer program and are accepted to full-time studies at Centennial College may be eligible for a bursary for their first year of study. When a student is successfully accepted to the college they must demonstrate a financial need. Note: A bursary is a grant based on financial need that does not require repayment.

Courses for HYPE 2015 Programs

Progress Campus - 941 Progress Ave., Scarborough

Human Development - Run by faculty from our School of Community and Health Studies, this program focuses on an introduction and overview of Community Studies Programs like Social Service Worker, Community Development, and Child and Youth Worker. Students have the opportunity to go on weekly field trips to various community service providers in Scarborough to learn about various employment opportunities in the Human Development field.

Introduction to Business - Run by faculty from our School of Business, this program provides an introduction to all things business. Students get exposure to marketing, entrepreneurship, human resources, and administration. Guest speakers include various business professionals from Toronto.

Baking & Entrepreneurship - Run by faculty from our School of Hospitality, Tourism & Culinary Arts and our School of Business, this unique program exposes students to the baking industry and opportunities for self-employment. Students spend one day a week in our new state-of-the-art Culinary Arts facility, and two days a week learning theory and small business skills.

Introduction to Computers - Run by faculty from our School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, this program introduces the wonderful world of computing. This course will familiarize students with both the hardware and operating systems of their computer. Through hands on experience, students get exposure to how PC’s work. Little or no experience with personal computers is required for this course; it will develop your skills and knowledge to use computer technology. The course also explains how computers can be used in different aspects of life.

Morningside Campus - 755 Morningside Ave., Scarborough

Esthetics - Run by faculty from our School of Community and Health Studies, this program provides students with an introduction to skin and nail care. Proper sanitation/hygiene techniques as well as learning how to do manicures, pedicures, and facials.

Ashtonbee Campus - 75 Ashtonbee Rd., Scarborough

Automotive - Run by faculty from our School of Transportation, this program provides students a very hands on look at automotive repair. Students spend most of the class time in the lab facilities working on cars and learning such topics as oil change, tire rotation, and brake checks.

Story Arts Centre - 951 Carlaw Ave., Toronto

Digital Media - Run by faculty from our School of Communications, Media, and Design, students learn how to capture the world around you using still and video camera technology. Bring that experience all together into something compelling and engaging. Students will learn about free web creation and publishing tools, the basic knowledge of what 'works' in storytelling, and the techniques needed to capture and edit sound, stills and video in a way that rivals professional production but lets you get started today.

"I am a mother of two who was once afraid to go back to school. In the summer of 2013 I was given the amazing opportunity to experience what it would be like as a college student, through the Centennial College HYPE Program. Being out of school for 8 years and lacking the drive to go back, HYPE served as a great bridge to starting back on my educational journey. I gained self-confidence; I felt encouraged and motivated and was supported all the way. Learning punctuality, class room etiquette and opening my mind to learning both inside and outside the classroom, have helped me prepare for College. I graduated from HYPE and applied to Centennial's full-time Human Resources Co-op program. I am now in my third semester and thank the staff at HYPE for helping me find my way and continuing to support me along my journey." - Rudi-Marie Blackman

HYPE Staff Contact: 

Ahmed Bawah
Tel: 416-289-5000 ext. 3366 
Melanie Holmes
Tel: 416-289-5000 ext. 2149

For More Information

Scholarship

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