Centennial College has launched a new project management program set to help recent immigrants gain the Canadian work experience they need for this field.

The one-year graduate certificate allows newcomers to gain additional English skills and insights into Canadian business practices.


Project management as a professional designation is a relatively new trend. The rise of this industry is a response to growing pressures in business to accomplish unique tasks in a timely and cost-effective manner.

“A lot of work these days is organized on a project basis, whether it’s outsourced to a contractor or given to internal staff,” says Centennial professor Ragu Nayak. “Project management flourished as an outgrowth of the information technology industry, which is heavily project-based.”

Nayak says knowledge of project management is mandatory for information technology people and recommended for anyone else preparing to work in a contemporary business environment.

“Some people think project management knowledge is the domain of the project manager, but in truth, every team member needs to have these skills.”

Centennial’s program allows students to improve their “soft” skills, such as leadership, teamwork and communications.

After two semesters of classroom instruction, students are placed in a full-time, 12-week internship where they gain project management experience.

For more details about Centennial’s project management program contact Sujata Garud at 416-289-5000, ext. 2317 or e-mail sgarud@centennialcollege.ca.