/R E P E A T -- Media Invitation - Centennial College's tuition-free HYPE program opens doors to learning and skills for youth/

TORONTO, Aug. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Almost 120 young people sacrificed a bunch of sunny summer days to participate in Centennial College's HYPE program – Helping Youth Pursue Education – a tuition-free learning experience that can open doors to a productive future.

Over the past six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, participated in seven career-oriented courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, digital media, green energy, and baking and entrepreneurship. The initiative promotes education attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in under-served neighbourhoods in Toronto's east end.

The HYPE Class of 2014 will be recognized for their achievement at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, August 7 at 1:30 pm. Media representatives are invited to attend the graduation and speak with participants.


120 students will be graduating as part of the HYPE program

TD Bank Group will be making a significant funding announcement

Date & Time:

Thursday, August 7, 1:30 to 3:30 pm


Darryl Creeden, Director Student Recruitment & Transitions

Brad Chapman, CFO, Centennial College

David Sloan, Senior Vice-President and Ombudsman, TD Bank

Mede Ovbiagele, Youth Outreach Coordinator


Athletic & Wellness Centre, Progress Campus, Centennial College

941 Progress Ave. (east of Markham Rd.), Scarborough


For some participants, Centennial's HYPE program is the first positive school experience they've had in a long time. Of the more than 1,000 young adults who have graduated from the program since its inception 10 years ago, one-third has gone on to post-secondary education.

SOURCE: Centennial College

For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, 416-289-5000, ext. 7142; cell 416-605-6012; mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca


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