So you're debating going to college or university. College appeals to you because you want the hands-on experience for which it is known. Meanwhile, obtaining an undergrad is also something you want to get out of your education. Why not combine the benefits of both?

This is made possible through degree programs that are offered at college level. Structured to ensure that students have a strong theoretical base that is backed hands-on application, this choice is perfect for anyone who wants to practice the skills they will use in their trade prior to graduation.

One reputable college offering degree programs is Centennial College in Toronto. Established in 1966, it is the province's first community college and, therefore, has achieved a respected standing in the community. Its degree programs take four years to complete and allow students to gain extensive subject knowledge employers are looking for. As such, the college is increasingly educating degree-level students to be job-ready.

There are four programs offered at undergraduate level at Centennial College. The School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science facilitates three of the four programs and the fourth is offered through the School of Communication, Media and Design. What all of these programs have in common, however, is they are all unique for a number of reasons. However, the standout reason for their unique nature is how they came to exist and the solid knowledge they offer students.

For example, Centennial College was not just specially selected by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver a program to address a critical need for networking professionals Ontario through its Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Computer and Communication Networks program. It is also the only post-secondary institution in the province to offer a bachelor's degree program in Computer and Communication Networks. Students can specialize in network security or wireless systems.

Meanwhile, Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Software Systems Design allows students to be one of a select group of Ontario students to receive a four-year bachelor's degree in Applied Information Sciences. As North America has a critical need for highly specialized software designers, Centennial College was selected by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to deliver a program to address this demand. It is also the only program of its kind in the province. Additionally, the Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences - Bridging to Software Systems Design allows qualified students to join the offering during its fifth semester and graduate in just two years. Students can specialize in mobile application development or service oriented architecture and cloud computing.

Lastly, the Bachelor of Public Relations Management offering is a unique, first-of-its kind program in Canada. The program includes a strong focus on research, social and digital media and corporate communications, and prepares students for a variety of careers in public relations. The strong focus on business principles and digital communications gives graduates a competitive edge.