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Media Release:

Schlegel Villages and Mohawk College Launch New Partnership to Benefit Residents and Students

HAMILTON (January 31, 2019) –Mohawk College and Schlegel Villages have launched a new partnership that will see up to 25 Personal Support Worker students learn and work at The Village of Wentworth Heights.

The first of its kind for Mohawk’s Personal Support Worker program, the community campus at The Village of Wentworth Heights includes a classroom, computer lab, skills lab, faculty offices, a student lounge and a mock apartment identical to those at the long-term care facility. Students will spend their entire program at the residence where they will prepare for careers as Personal Support Workers specializing in geriatric care.

By putting a campus in the residence, Schlegel Villages and Mohawk College are giving students the opportunity to learn and gain real world experience while providing the Village’s residents with the care they need.

“We are honoured to be partnering with Mohawk College to bring the Living Classroom concept to life in Hamilton.  The Living Classroom creates a rich learning experience for students and encourages Wentworth Heights residents and team members to be part of the learning environment as coaches and mentors thus bringing more meaning to their lives and work respectively – a true triple win!”
James Schlegel, President, Schlegel Villages
“Our students learn by doing. This partnership with Schlegel Villages demonstrates how we’re delivering on our commitment to providing our students with exceptional learning experiences that put them on the path to success.” 
Lori Koziol, Dean of the School of Health at Mohawk College


  • Mohawk’s Personal Support Worker program is a one-year certificate program.
  • In addition to new the campus at The Village of Wentworth Heights, the program is also offered at Mohawk’s Institute for Applied Health Sciences at McMaster University.
  • This partnership is first of its kind for Mohawk’s PSW program.
  • PSWs work in long-term care facilities, hospitals and other locations alongside nurses, doctors and other health care professionals.
  • Schlegel Villages currently serves over 5000 residents in our Long-Term Care and Retirement homes.
  • The Living Classroom at Wentworth Heights is the third project of its kind for Schlegel Villages.


Mohawk College
Sean Coffey, Communications Coordinator

Schlegel Villages
Ted Mahy, Online Engagement Manager

About Mohawk

About Mohawk

Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than 31,700 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students three main campuses in Hamilton, at learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the college’s Aviation Facility at Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers for five years in a row, and is also home to the country’s largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.

About Schlegel Villages

Building on a 60+ year tradition of caring for seniors, Schlegel Villages is owned and operated by the RBJ Schlegel family of Kitchener. Three generations of the Schlegel family have been involved in the seniors care field in Ontario dating back to 1952. At Schlegel Villages, we take our mission seriously: “to provide holistic health care in a home environment, located within an internal neighbourhood design that promotes a caring community, with emphasis on optimal health and life purpose for each resident.” To that end, we operate and manage a number of village-style retirement and long term care communities which include independent living, retirement living, assisted care, memory care and long-term care for seniors across southern Ontario.