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In the news: Family leaves $1 million legacy at Mohawk

The largest trainer of apprentices in Ontario has officially opened the new $4.45 million Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation at the Mohawk STARRT Institute in Stoney Creek.

More than 400 apprentices will train annually at the

Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation for careers in the commercial vehicle and transportation industry. The Centre is named in honour of the late Gerald Marshall, who founded G. Marshall Transport Limited 40 years ago in East Hamilton and passed away in 2006.

The Marshall family and Marshall Truck & Trailer Repair Ltd. donated $1.2 million, raised an additional $350,000 and contributed $240,000 for student bursaries named in memory of Gerald and Anna Marshall. The Province of Ontario also contributed $2.9 million from the Ontario Strategic Skills Capital Investment Fund.  Mohawk recognized the Marshall family and the Province of Ontario during an official opening ceremony and celebration Feb. 4 on the shop floor at the new Centre.

The two-storey Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation will be the new and expanded home for Mohawk’s Truck and Coach Apprentice, Truck and Trailer Apprentice and Pre-Apprentice Truck and Coach Programs. 

“Mohawk College is a key driver of economic prosperity and the prime job creating engine in the Greater Hamilton region,” says President Rob MacIsaac. “Mohawk has added another cylinder to that engine with the $2.9 million investment by the Province of Ontario and the $1.8 million donation from the family and friends of Gerald Marshall.”

The official opening of the Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation completes the $27 million transformation of the College’s Stoney Creek Campus into the Mohawk STARRT Institute.  With 4,000 apprentices overall at the College, Mohawk is the largest apprenticeship trainer in Ontario.

Mohawk hosted an official opening ceremony at the Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation attended by the Honourable Sophia Aggelonitis, Minister of Consumer Services, Member of Provincial Parliament Ted McMeekin and Mayor Fred Eisenberger.