Seneca College: Focused on Student Success “Because It Matters.”
Seneca College

Seneca offers more than an education. The college is at the forefront of providing student-focused teaching and learning that is redefining how people think about postsecondary education.

Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. In the 21st century we have, for all intents and purposes, become a knowledge based economy. Also, given the complexities and opportunities regarding globalization, scientific and technological innovation tends to become paramount. To prepare students to be able to compete in this new technology focused paradigm, STEM based skills will be the capabilities needed to succeed.  By exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and hopefully pursue careers in STEM fields. A curriculum that is STEM-based and has real-life contextual examples will reinforce learning concepts.

Seneca College offers a myriad of STEM programs within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology including; School of Aviation, School of Biological Sciences and Applied Chemistry, School of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technology, School of Environmental and Civil Engineering Technology, School of Fire Protection Engineering Technology, School of Information and Communications Technology.

Unyielding Roots in Education

With campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas, certificates and graduate programs renowned for their quality and respected by employers.

Seneca is one of the largest comprehensive colleges in Canada, offering nearly 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Combining the highest academic standards with work-integrated and applied learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensure Seneca graduates are career-ready.

Seneca College’s Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology have 43 programs related to STEM across 6 Schools spread over 5 campuses. All of these programs include College Certificates, College Diplomas, Advanced College Diplomas, Baccalaureate Degrees, and Ontario Post Graduate Certificates.

The College has numerous, provincially unique, state of the practice learning environments. This includes a 40-foot dive tank at the KG campus, 1st in Ontario Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre, a fully functional aviation campus in Peterborough with 24 aircraft and 10 flight training devices.

Seneca is one of six colleges that can offer up to 15% of its program activity at the degree level. A number of FASET programs have industry certification opportunities embedded within the curriculum.

Education should be flexible and accessible, so Seneca also employs various methods of teaching – from in-class lectures and online learning to co-op and field placements – in programs related to applied arts, business, financial services and technology.

Seneca and Siemens Canada are helping to address the technical skills gap in Canadian manufacturing with the creation of Ontario’s first Mechatronics Simulation and Demonstration Centre (MSDC).

The contemporary Canadian Art collection at Seneca College are examples of Canadian abstraction, figurative work, post-War modernist art, sculpture, photography, Innu, Amerindian, installation as well as works addressing the new technologies.

A Different Kind of School Makes a Different Kind of Graduate

The life of a college can be measured both by the success of its graduates and in its physical growth. Students come to Seneca with diverse ambitions and dreams – preparing for their chosen career, continuing their education, or transitioning into a new job. Listed below are some of the successful Seneca alumni:

Marc Caira — former President & CEO of Tim Hortons Inc.

Hon. Alvin Curling — former MPP Scarborough North, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Ambassador to the Dominican Republic

Armand La Barge — Chief of York Regional Police (retired)

Vivienne Poy — Senator

Philip Sparks — Fashion Designer

Seneca College has graduated thousands of students since its inception in 1967, who have thrived in their fields to become successful executives, senators, pilots, fashion designers, police officers, broadcasters and entrepreneurs.

An Erudite Researcher in Image Processing, Machine Vision and Autonomous Robotics

Dr. Elliott Coleshill (BSc, Applied Computer Science; MSc, Computing and Information Science; PhD, Computing and Information Science, P.Eng) is a Professor in Seneca’s School of Information and Communications Technology, and he performs research within the School of Aviation. In August 2005, Dr. Coleshill received a NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in recognition of his dedication, commitment and his achievements in support of NASA’s space program, and in 2007, the Canadian Space Agency presented him with a Certificate of Distinction for his free flyer concept checkout procedures. Dr. Coleshill then joined COM DEV as a Software Systems Lead working on M3MSat and five other satellites designed for monitoring marine ship traffic.

In 2017, Dr. Coleshill was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of fifteen years of experience with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) as a mentor and judge.  He currently sits on the FIRST Canada – Girls in STEM, Executive Advisory Board.

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