City School Receives Funding to Study Effectiveness of Mobile Classroom
City School by Mohawk has received $228,056 in funding from the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF) to study the effectiveness of the program’s mobile classroom in improving access to postsecondary education.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport made the announcement in Niagara-on-the-Lake this morning. The City School funding is part of a $45 million investment by the Government of Canada. The investment will support 94 partnerships aimed at addressing challenges that affect all Canadians, locally and nationally. The CCSIF is led by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
The City School study will follow two years of operations on the program’s mobile classroom. The study will explore the impact of the mobile classroom on the communities it serves. It will also look at how the mobile classroom model could be replicated in other communities across Canada.
“The CCSIF funding will help City School better understand the impact of the mobile classroom on individuals and the community, and allow us to share that important information with other institutions and communities across the country.”
- City School Mobile Classroom was launched in the Fall of 2017.
- The mobile classroom is a 53-foot trailer that was custom designed to deliver free introductory trades training in communities and neighbourhoods with limited access to postsecondary institutions.
- Since it was launched, the mobile classroom has visited several neighbourhoods within Hamilton as well as Dunnville in Haldimand County.
- City School by Mohawk was launched in the Fall of 2015. In addition to the mobile classroom, City School operates classrooms at the Eva Rothwell Community Centre in North Hamilton, the Hamilton Public Library’s Central Branch and a number of “pop-up” classroom at various locations throughout the city.
- All City School courses are offered free of charge and allow students to earn credits that can be applied to earning a credential at Mohawk College.
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.