TAV joined the ranks of the other major players in the Quebec College system this year by introducing a popular pre-university program amongst Quebec students in the Fall 2019 semester: Social Science. The social science profile of study is one of the most popular for good reason; it allows students to analyze well… themselves!
WHAT IS SOCIAL SCIENCE?
According to the TAV website, the social science option “analyzes the science and nature of society. You will learn about the social structures of a developed civilization and will be introduced to various perspectives of this social structure such as from an economic, political, psychological and engineering standpoint. In social science, you look at how society works as well as how people react and adapt to change.” In other words, social science students study people from many different perspectives. With that being said, people are an essential component to just about every other field of study imaginable, so with a College diploma in social sciences, students have a massive amount of university program options available to you to choose from.
ENROLMENT WILL MORE THAN DOUBLE
With the implementation of this program, it is estimated that TAV’s enrolment will more than double in the years to come. With the campus expansion building that will be constructed at 5995 Decarie, who knows which programs will pop up at the College in the future.
TAV has recently placed a huge twelve foot by four foot vinyl decal on a curved wall in its main entrance to the building. The decal was commissioned by the College in conjunction with its “Journalism and Design Club,” (The TJDC) to demonstrate its pride in the multiculturalism of its student body.
The mural titled “27 Ways to say Welcome” was designed by a former TAV College Arts, Literature and Communication student (Justin Hand-Gregory), who now coordinates the institution’s newsletter, as well as assists in producing other various media for the college.
The general concept for the mural was the brain child of two members of the TJDC. Eden Autmezguine and Bishal Pandey proposed the idea to me during one of our morning newsletter meetings and I thought it would be a fantastic addition to the College, said Hand-Gregory.
The mural itself features precisely what is in the title of this article: Twenty seven various languages. However, at first glance you would not suspect just how tricky the project turned out to be. Justin stated, “The project turned out to be quite difficult as I not only wanted to ensure I incorporated as many languages as possible, but also, that these languages were displayed with correct spelling. Therefore, what we did was put a poster in the main entrance of the college and asked the student body to write “Welcome” in their language. Luckily, we received an entire poster full of responses and as a result we were able to use this data to ensure the wording we displayed was spelled correct and not insulting. The responses we received from students on this poster was also exciting to see as it showed the relevance for the project, as well as the students’ pride in their ethnic heritage and their desire to proudly demonstrate this.”
The mural is the first initiative that Justin and the TJDC have completed as a series of projects to enhance the aesthetics of the up-and-coming Montreal college, as well as assisting in dictating a sense of originality and distinction for TAV. The club has a few more ideas that are currently in the “design phase” for more murals and creative projects.
The following is a list of languages that are displayed in the mural:
It has been announced by the administration of TAV College that the institution will be having a new structure built at 5995 Decarie Boulevard to expand the college’s campus.
“With a consistently growing number of annual student enrolment, the board of directors of TAV College has decided to purchase land nearby and build more space for the college to grow for years to come.”
Eli Meroz, Director of Studies
The new building will finally have some very exciting features that students have been demanding for years.
A GYMNASIUM AND LIRBARY
The street level floor will be a state-of-the-art library and study hall with brand new computers and lavish interior design, according to Meroz. The library will not necessarily be devoted to traditional stock, i.e. books and literature. Instead, it will take on a more contemporary style and depend on technology as the main highlight for the information space.
The other floors will be devoted to brand new classrooms with the newest technologies and teaching equipment, as well as office space to accommodate more and more teaching and administrative staff.
“Although the building is planned to be completed and ready to use by the Fall of twenty-twenty, you never know which types of problems you will run into along the way,”
said Meroz during an interview. TAV is now in the process of designing the new building, as well as negotiating the designs with city officials. Meroz states that the design for the building has already undergone four redesigns due to city regulations and engineering suggestions.
Also, the current building sitting at 5995 Decarie had to undergo a “heritage site” investigation to determine if the structure was of any significance to Quebec/Canadian history. Luckily for the College, the site was not deemed a heritage site and could be therefore demolished, however, the city is insisting that the new building pay homage to the old and retain some of its features.
The building currently at 5995 Decarie was, at once, a bank and eventually a police station, finally it will now be the new home of TAV College. Despite all the complications with the project, the director is confident that the new building will be ready to use by the expected completion date.
TWO NEW AND EXCITING PROGRAMS
TAV currently has over nine hundred and fifty enrolled students and, according to Meroz, the College is expected to have well over one thousand two hundred by the time the new campus is ready. With that being said, the college is looking into expanding its programs to attract larger numbers of enrolment.
“We currently have two new and very exciting programs at TAV: A social sciences program, as well as a coding program in which students are guaranteed employment upon graduation,”
states Meroz. The social sciences option is a two year DEC program geared towards students who are searching for a program that touches on many different fields of study, which prepares the students for many possible university paths.
The coding program is a six month training intensive that has a partnership with a company entitled Shorify, which guarantees students (who have achieved a seventy five percent or more average) a job upon completion of the course. According to the director, the college will be eagerly looking into more partnerships with corporations for its students such as this program has done.
THE FUTURE OF TAV?
The future of TAV College is definitely an exciting one, however; it is full of unpredictability. The institution is in a constant state of change and innovation. The new building will not only create job opportunities for some twenty plus teachers and instructors, but will allow hundreds of new students to achieve their academic goals. It is inevitable that one day TAV will be competing against larger, reputable institutions such as Dawson College, or Vanier.