10:34 AM

Province invests $2.3 million at IAHS


Strengthens Mohawk's leadership in simulation-based learning

The Province this morning announced a $2.3 million investment in Mohawk’s new Centre for Health Care Simulation at the Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

The centre is the first of its kind among Ontario colleges and will be used by more than 2,000 students each semester.

The $3.5 million Mohawk Centre for Health Care Simulation features 25,000 square feet of renovated, expanded and integrated clinical lab space that will have the look and feel of a hospital, long-term care facility and community clinic. The labs will offer students the latest equipment, technology and advanced simulators.

“This investment will provide students at Mohawk College with state-of-the-art resources including specialized software for teaching, new lab equipment and technology to modernize classrooms and labs,” said Ted McMeekin, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough Westdale and a Mohawk Alumni of Distinction recipient. “It’s a privilege to support Mohawk in ensuring their graduates have the tools they need to acquire the right skills for today’s knowledge-based economy.”

The $2.3 million for Mohawk is part of the Province’s $50 million investment to mark the 50th anniversary of Ontario’s public colleges.

“Our government commemorates the growth and evolution of Ontario’s college system, launched by Bill Davis, 50 years ago and the tremendous contribution they have made to our province’s economic growth and vitality,” said the Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government. “This $50 million investment will provide our students with access to leading-edge equipment and labs that will ensure they have the right skills for a knowledge and technology-driven economy.”

“The Province’s investment at our Institute for Applied Health Sciences strengthens our leadership in simulation-based learning and directly benefits our students and their future patients and clients.”
Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie

Paul Armstrong, Vice President Academic, says the Mohawk Centre for Health Care Simulation will help students be even better prepared for their clinical placements and careers as health care professionals. “We’re combining outstanding faculty and staff with leading-edge simulators and first-rate facilities for our students.”

President Ron McKerlie thanked the Province for once again investing in Mohawk. Last August, the Province announced $1.6 million in funding for Mohawk’s City School initiative. “The Province’s investment at our Institute for Applied Health Sciences strengthens our leadership in simulation-based learning and directly benefits our students and their future patients and clients.”

The major renovations at the IAHS are part of major improvements happening at all three campuses and in the community. A $3 million building has opened at the Stoney Creek campus to bring students and apprentices from different trades and programs together to work on major projects. Mohawk’s new CitySchool mobile classroom will hit the road this summer to further remove barriers to post-secondary education with support of a $1.6 million investment from the Province. At the Fennell campus, construction is well underway on $54 million The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. The region’s first, and the country’s largest, net zero institutional building will allow Mohawk to educate 1,000 more students in high-demand technology programs and increase applied research projects with college partners by 50 per cent.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves 30,000 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three campuses and two City School locations at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and the Central Public Library in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk has ranked first among all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area colleges in student satisfaction for seven consecutive years and first in graduate satisfaction for the past five years. Mohawk ranks 15th among all colleges in Canada for applied research activity and has been named among Canada’s greenest employers and the region’s top employers for the past three years.