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Financial Services Courses At Cutting Edge of Banking Industry’s Evolution While many college programs pride themselves on offering hands-on practice to their students, some do it better than others. Through Centennial College’s financial services courses (in the Financial and Client Services program), students who wish to work at banks, trust companies and credit unions; financial planning firms, mutual fund companies, securities/brokerages, and accounting firms obtain the ideal balance between theory and practical practice. For example, hands-on learning in a Contact Centre Lab prepares graduates to transfer their communication, customer service, keyboarding and financial skills to contact centre operations — one of the fastest growing industries. Students also build upon these skills through a live out-bound community project. Additionally, a 13-week field placement with a well-recognized financial institution is arranged for students. Meanwhile, in their financial services courses, students spend three semesters preparing to take on the industry’s demands by learning how to assess clients’ financial position and interpret their future needs. This is achieved through a variety of ways. First, financial services courses balance a traditional financial foundation and creative problem solving, effective marketing skills and superior customer relations strategies. This results in Centennial College’s finance courses giving students a financial background with effective marketing strategies that add value to a bank’s services and deepen client relationships. Secondly, throughout the planning program, students are trained using the full Microsoft suite including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Specific financial services courses among those offered in this financial planning program are: Canadian Financial Services (surveys the financial services industry structure and services provided. Students are also provided with the technical foundation required for entry into the Canadian Securities Course); Personal Credit (introduces students to the principles of credit extension. Topics include consumer lending, mortgage lending and financial statement analysis affecting particularly consumer loans and mortgage applications); Financial Accounting (gives an overview of the financial reporting process. It concentrates on the recording process and the production of financial statements); and more. Aside from preparing students for the field, this financial planning program also allows them easy access to further education. After completing the finance courses and financial services courses, graduates may transfer into the second semester of Centennial’s Business Finance program, where they will gain in-depth financial knowledge and a college diploma in just over one year. Applicants interested in attending this financial planning program are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or have mature student status (19 years or older). In addition, they must have finished the English Grade 12 C or U or equivalent, or skills assessment as well as the Math Grade 11 C, M or U, or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent or skills assessment.
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