/R E P E A T -- Media Invitation - Centennial College's HYPE graduation celebrates accessible community learning/

TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - More than 100 young people committed a big part of their summer to participate in HYPE – Helping Youth Pursue Education – Centennial College's tuition-free learning experience that opens doors to higher education and rewarding careers.

Over the past six weeks the students, aged 17 to 29, took part in seven career-oriented courses in business fundamentals, human development, automotive technology, esthetics, introduction to computers, digital media and culinary arts.

The initiative promotes education attainment by reducing barriers to participation for youth living in under-served neighbourhoods primarily in Toronto's east end. About one-third of HYPE graduates go on to pursue full-time college studies.

Benefits to participants include HYPE Works, featuring skill credentialing workshops to increase employability, supported experience in job fairs and mentoring. In addition, HYPE Works Express is a one-week program designed to increase employment readiness for youth who have to work prior to full-time study, or who may have to work part-time during college. The program is brought to life through the support of TD Bank.

The HYPE Class of 2017 will be recognized for their achievement at a graduation ceremony on Thursday, August 10 at 1:30 pm. Media representatives are invited to attend the graduation and to speak with participants.


Students will be graduating from Centennial's HYPE program


Thursday, August 10


1:30 to 3:30 pm


Events Centre, 8th floor, Progress Campus, Centennial College
937 Progress Ave. (Markham Rd./Hwy 401), Scarborough


SOURCE Centennial College

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


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