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Constant Motion - developing new programs


New programs continually under development to meet industry needs. 

Developing new programs at Mohawk College is critically important to graduating future- ready students.

Led by Academic Quality, the process involves virtually every area of responsibility at Mohawk, including every school and faculty, administration, finance, scheduling, the registrar, facilities, experiential learning, continuing education, human resources, and communications.

“Developing new programs is a continual process, particularly given how we are always trying to respond to emerging needs in industry,” said Cebert Adamson, Dean, Continuing Education, Academic Quality, Library and Centre for Teaching & Learning.

Mohawk staff study labour market trends at the local, provincial, national and global levels and gather critical intelligence from deans and associate deans, faculty, alumni and industry stakeholders who volunteer on program advisory committees or the college’s Board of Governors, says Adamson.

“We do major research to ensure everything we develop is of the highest quality, meets industry needs, and leads to our students being future ready.”

Mohawk College typically rolls out three to six new programs a year, but the last five years have been particularly busy, with five to seven additions annually. They include offerings across all credentials – diplomas and advanced diplomas, certificates and postgrad certificates, and degrees.

Recent new programs include mental health and disability management, global business management, cybersecurity, aviation – avionics, drones, artificial intelligence, elevating devices, sustainability, and internet of things.

New programs must align with Mohawk’s Strategic Mandate Agreement, a negotiated deal with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities that sets out each college’s areas of focus. For Mohawk, they include aviation, cyber security, data management, digital health, health care, community services, andskilled trades and apprenticeships.

Image: Cebert Adamson, Dean,Continuing Education, Academic Quality, Library and Centre forTeaching & Learning