Centennial College prides itself on offering students a balance between theory and practical application and nowhere is this more important than in its Bachelor offerings. Typically, a Bachelor degree is earned through university offerings. However, Centennial College has been chosen by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver a few programs that take four years to complete. As such, students obtain the practical application typical of a college course with the theory for which university-level undertakings are known.

One such bachelor program is Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences – Computer and Communication Networks, which offers computer networking training to those who are interested in becoming part of a select group of Ontario students to receive a four-year bachelor’s degree in Applied Information Sciences from the only program of its kind in the province.

Admission Process: There are different requirements for students who are applying straight out of high school compared to mature students. For example, high school applicants must have at least six Grade 12U, Grade 12M, or OAC credits with an overall average of 65 per cent or higher. Mature students, meanwhile must be: 21 years of age or older by December 31 of the program year and provide transcripts showing: English Grade 12U, OAC, or equivalent and Mathematics Grade 12U, 12M or equivalent. They must also provide a complete academic history (transcripts or international evaluation) and a resume detailing work experience.

Program Structure: The reason the program is so unique is that rather than just focusing on technology, students also attend business courses.  Each business communications course has a computer networking tie-in. Students attend lectures in lecture halls but much of their time is spent learning in labs that boast VoIP, cellular networks, wireless broadband (WiMax), advanced routing and switching as well as network management. Classes are limited in size, which allows for faculty members to spend one-on-one time with their students. Once students are comfortable with their newly acquired knowledge, they partake in a co-op work term during the summer between second and third year. It is worth noting that students can specialize in network security or wireless systems.

Learning Outcomes: Once students graduate, they may enter the field in a range of positions, among which are technical account managers, business account managers, network administrators, network analysts and more. They may also continue their education through educational partnerships that Centennial College has established with post-secondary institutions, which allow them to apply the credits students have earned towards further study.

Once they complete their Computer Networking Training, Centennial College grads have the know-how to fulfill position that include network support, network administrator, project management analyst, IT program manager, technical account manager, business account manager and network analyst.