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Ryder Canada supports Stoney Creek campus

Ryder Canada donates to the renewal of the Stoney Creek campus

Ryder Canada, a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, announced a donation to support renovations and improvements to Mohawk's Stoney Creek Campus.

The donation will go toward a major redevelopment project that will benefit Mohawk’s current and future students, enhance accessibility to college education, and provide benefits to faculty, staff, and the broader community. In honour of the donation, Mohawk named a classroom at the Stoney Creek campus after the company at the announcement that was held on Tuesday.

At the announcement, Paul Ayotte, Director of Operations for Ryder Canada called the donation an investment in the company's future as the money will enhance the educational experience for current and future generations of truck technicians.

"Our greatest asset is our front-line employees," said Mr. Ayotte. "Our goal is to put all of our energy into employing, developing and coaching young people who want to be the best at what they do."

"Ryder is pleased to partner with Mohawk as they supply skilled employees to the community," said Michael Cole, Senior Director of Human Resources with Ryder Canada. "Mohawk is mobilizing our shared vision, to realize the goals of students, employers and the community through the expertise of their faculty and investment in their facilities."

Speaking about Mohawk's role in the community, Mr. Cole said the college plays an essential role in educating highly skilled, well prepared and motivated employees, making it the job-creating engine of our community.

Mohawk is the final stages of building a new 12,000 square foot building at the Stoney Creek campus. Located just opposite the Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation, the $3 million facility will include a large shop where students and apprentices from across the campus will work together on large scale community projects. The centre will also include classrooms and programmable control labs.

“Ryder’s generous investment will help us expand our skilled trades campus,” said Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie. “We’re excited to open a new building, where students and apprentices from different programs and trades will develop their skills by working together on major projects.”

Mohawk is one of the largest trainers of apprentices in Ontario with more than 4,000 students and apprentices studying at the Stoney Creek campus each year. 

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.