13:30 PM

Skilled Trades Expo

The Ontario government is asking big questions about the future of postsecondary education. Mohawk College has some bold ideas.

In the college’s Strategic Mandate Submission to the province, Mohawk proposes becoming Ontario’s first specialized Institute of Health and Technology. Serving the western Greater Golden Horseshoe Region (Peel, Halton, Hamilton, Brant and Niagara regions), the new Mohawk Institute of Health and Technology would deliver apprenticeship, certificate, diploma and three-year degree programs.

In addition to taking the lead as the regional provider of health and technology training, excelling in applied research and transforming lives through access are Mohawk’s other two priorities. Mohawk would serve as the provincial hub for applied research in health and technology and deliver commercialization and entrepreneurial skills training. To improve access to postsecondary education, Mohawk would launch and bolster programming for underrepresented groups (including a new downtown Hamilton centre to serve disengaged youth), deliver all programs in a format that combines the best of in-class and online learning, and increase the number of part-time programs.

As part of the transformation of postsecondary education in Ontario, The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has requested Strategic Mandate Submissions from all college and universities. Mohawk’s submission builds on the work that’s been underway at the college for the past four years.