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Mohawk partners with Haldimand County to bring classroom to Caledonia, on wheels

Mohawk, Haldimand County partner to bring City School mobile skilled trades unit to town

Hamilton, ON – April 25, 2019 Haldimand County Council has formally endorsed a partnership with City School by Mohawk to bring a mobile college classroom to Caledonia this summer.

On April 23, Haldimand Council approved the installation of a City School by Mohawk mobile classroom in the community of Caledonia for 12 weeks this summer. The mobile classroom – a 53-foot transport trailer, custom designed to expand to 93-square-metre (1,000-square-feet) – is part of Mohawk’s City School initiative, which aims to put a college education within reach of everyone. The trailer serves as a multi-purpose classroom to deliver free introductory training in welding, HVAC and general construction to people in communities and neighbourhoods with limited access to postsecondary institutions. This summer, in Caledonia, the program will focus on an introduction to advanced manufacturing.

Mohawk also runs City School locations in North Hamilton at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre, in Downtown Hamilton at the Central Public Library, and in pop-up locations throughout the region, including the Haldimand County Library Caledonia branch and, this fall, at the Dunnville branch.

Anyone who is interested in learning more about City School or is considering enrolling in a program can visit the City School website - mohawkcollege.ca/cityschoolstart or contact City School staff at 905-575-2730. An information session will be held on Friday, May 3, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. at the Caledonia branch (100 Haddington St., Caledonia).

“We are grateful for the support Haldimand County Council has demonstrated for City School by Mohawk. This announcement strengthens our partnership with the County and increases the options Haldimand County residents have for entering, or re-entering, college education. We look forward to providing a wide range of preliminary training courses this summer for people interested in the opportunity.”

  • Emily Ecker, Associate Dean, Community Partnerships & Learning, Community Access & Engagement

“Access to post-secondary education is recognized as a barrier for many rural communities, including Haldimand County. Since the initial mobile offering in 2018, Mohawk College has continued to demonstrate their commitment to provide localized access to post-secondary opportunities for residents within Haldimand County. We are pleased to continue the partnership into 2019, and encourage Haldimand residents to explore these local post-secondary offerings, various employment pathways, and to foster life-long learning.”

  • Lidy Romanuk, Manager, Economic Development and Tourism, Haldimand County.

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 at three main campuses in Hamilton, at learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the college’s

Aerospace 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 six years in a row, and is home to the country’s largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.