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Media Release:

Mohawk College Expands Learning Beyond The Classroom With $1.1 Million Investment By The Province

Hamilton, Ontario May 4, 2018 – Mohawk is opening a world of experiential hands-on learning opportunities for students through the Province’s Career Ready Fund.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills, gain experience and make a difference with new international projects in Jamaica, Greece and India. In 2018-19, teams of students from different programs will set up a computer network, run a coding camp and do renovation work at a primary school in Jamaica, spend a week volunteering at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece and work with teachers and their students with autism in Chandigarh, India.

The international projects are among a series of new experiential learning opportunities being introduced by Mohawk and funded in part by the Province. Mohawk will receive $1.1 million through the Province’s Career Ready Fund. Part of the Career Kick-Start Strategy, the Career Ready Fund helps publicly-assisted colleges and universities, employers and other organizations create experiential learning opportunities for postsecondary students and recent grads.

Along with introducing international opportunities, Mohawk will replicate The Agency in other schools at the college. Launched in 2012, The Agency puts students from Advertising, Public Relations, Graphics, Broadcast Media, Journalism, Marketing, Business Analysis and Software Development programs to work with non-profits, start-ups and other employers. In 2017-18, 525 students worked with 24 non-profits, 7 public-sector organizations and 12 businesses on 53 projects.


“Ontario’s students are highly-educated and incredibly talented, but without some work-related experience on their resume, it can be challenging for them to land that first job after school. With support from the Career Ready Fund, students and new graduates will gain the meaningful, real-world experience they need for a successful career start, and employers will have access to talent that can make an immediate impact on their success.”
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development
“At Mohawk, we believe that students learn best by doing. We are committed to giving all our students the opportunity to have meaningful real-world learning experiences with college partners close to home and around the world. Through the Province’s Career Ready Fund, Mohawk will be creating new opportunities for more students to develop their skills, build their confidence, grow their professional networks and make a difference.”  
Ron McKerlie, President of Mohawk College

For more information, contact:

Jay Robb
Communications Director – Mohawk College

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.