Mohawk College opens first City School in North Hamilton (media release)
HAMILTON, ON (Oct. 2, 2015) – The first City School by Mohawk officially opened at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre in North Hamilton this morning.
In consultation with neighbourhood residents, Mohawk will deliver tuition-free courses, lectures, workshops and services for youth, adults and seniors living in the Keith, Sherman, Jamesville, Beasley, Crown Point, Gibson / Lansdowne neighbourhoods.
City School by Mohawk is part of the college’s ongoing commitment to increase access to post-secondary education for all Hamiltonians. In collaboration with college partners, Mohawk plans to open City Schools in six priority neighborhoods over the next three years.
“In some Hamilton neighbourhoods, Mohawk seems a world away and college education appears out of reach. Mohawk is proud to collaborate with the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre to bridge that divide and bring City School by Mohawk to North Hamilton. We look forward to working with our college partners to help our new neighbours realize their full potential and achieve their dreams.” – Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie.
“The Eva Rothwell Resource Centre is a place of trust for many of our neighbours so partnerships must be of the highest calibre. Mohawk’s reputation will strengthen our position to offer new programs that meet the needs and expectations of the people we serve and improve access to post-secondary education.” – Eva Rothwell Resource Centre Executive Director Michelle Gellatly
ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS IS OUR MEASURE OF SUCCESS: Guests at the official launch of City School by Mohawk at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre signed a ruler that will be displayed in the classroom. The ruler was made from a reclaimed 100-year-old church pew.
- City School by Mohawk aligns with the Province's Community Hubs in Ontario Action Plan and the City of Hamilton's Neighbourhood Action Strategy
- Mohawk launched an access strategy in 2010 to help increase post-secondary participation rates in Hamilton’s priority neighbourhoods.
- City School by Mohawk builds on the success of Mohawk’s College in Motion team which serves more than 1,000 youth annually at over 30 schools and community centres throughout Hamilton. More than 800 students have gone on to attend and graduate from Mohawk.
- Mohawk invested $60,000 to renovate a former classroom at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre. The work was carried out by instructors and students in Mohawk’s Building Renovation program.
- Neighbourhood residents have asked Mohawk to deliver academic upgrading and college preparation courses, job readiness workshops, general interest lectures and mentoring programs.
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Mohawk educates and serves 30,000 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three Hamilton campuses. For the fifth consecutive year, Mohawk has ranked first in overall student satisfaction among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
For more information, contact:
Jay Robb, Director of Communications, 905.979.8893, firstname.lastname@example.org