15:15 PM

Minister Tony Clement_sized

Mohawk College will expand its Community Services programs in Hamilton to welcome students from Brantford at the start of 2014-15 academic year in September.

With the move, Mohawk will no longer offer post-secondary programs in Brantford. The college currently has 350 students enrolled in six Community Services programs in downtown Brantford. Approximately 60 per cent of those students commute from Hamilton and the same six programs are offered in Hamilton.

Mohawk will continue to work with education and community partners in Brantford on academic upgrading programs, field placements and co-operative work terms.

Along with enhancing the overall college experience for students through access to a full range of services, supports and amenities, relocating the programs will generate approximately $1 million in savings at a time of increasing fiscal constraint for Ontario colleges and universities.

“While discontinuing our full-time programs in Brantford this September was a difficult decision, it’s a move that will further enhance the college experience for students and help meet our obligation for a balanced budget,” says Mohawk President Rob MacIsaac. “Quality and sustainability are strategic priorities and this move delivers on both fronts.”

For students who will complete their programs in Hamilton, Mohawk will continue to offer a subsidized shuttle service from Brantford. Mohawk will also honour the collective agreements in place with faculty and support staff.

In the Fall of 2013, Mohawk relocated its Health, Wellness and Justice programs to the Fennell Campus in Hamilton and closed the Elgin Street Campus. Mohawk had previously relocated graphics and skilled trades programs to Hamilton.