Training the Workforce – Direct paths to industry

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Mohawk College is a destination for learners of all types – from those coming directly from high school to mid-career professionals looking to earn a promotion or to pivot to another field.

Programming excellence across a spectrum of credentials that includes diplomas, advanced diplomas, graduate certificates, degrees and microcredentials is driven by a focus on choice for learners and responsiveness to industry needs.

“Our philosophy is to meet learners where they are. In a world where education is a lifelong pursuit, Mohawk College is investing in optimizing learner choice through offering the greatest range of modalities possible,” says college president Ron J. McKerlie.

“We will continue to develop more career-ready degrees over the coming years. Differentiators for Mohawk College are our focus on interdisciplinary degrees that combine fields of expertise into unique offerings and our ability to deliver critical experiential learning opportunities.”

Across its range of credentials, Mohawk College is developing online, hybrid programming and a high-flex modality that allows students to choose between in-person or online learning at their own pace on any given day.

The college offers a number of innovative, one-of-a-kind programs.

That includes Mohawk’s novel Bachelor of Digital Health degree that has grown out of the College’s established leadership in applied research in digital health, a new online Trades Management degree that allows apprentices and journeypersons to complete a degree in just two years, and a Transportation Management advanced diploma that is the only one of its kind in Canada.

Next September, Mohawk College will launch a Bachelor of Analytics and Data Management (Honours) degree that will combine business, programming, analytics, math and statistics, and storytelling to create a new generation of data experts. Mohawk College will also launch an advanced diploma in Game Design that will cover design, technical and artistic skills, along with ethics, psychology, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Mohawk College also offers eight month graduate certificates in sectors of rapid employment growth such as business analytics, human resources, and supply chain for those looking to make a career change or seek promotions.

An example is Mohawk’s fully remote Library Technician graduate certificate – the only one of its kind in the country.

Another fast-emerging strength for Mohawk College is microcredentials, which are short, targeted and focused courses in highly specific areas.

Developed in partnership with industry, they set graduates apart and appeal to employees looking to advance into leadership roles, pivot into new areas of expertise or learn cutting-edge technology.

In a range of programs across Mohawk College – health sciences, skilled trades, business, engineering technology and community services – graduates are experiencing employment rates in the high 90s and even 100 per cent. In many cases, students are employed before they finish their studies.

Mohawk College’s Aviation programs can’t graduate enough students, for instance, even after doubling enrolment in the new Centre for Aviation Technology at Hamilton International Airport (YHM).

Built in conjunction with KF Aerospace’s expansion of its Hamilton maintenance, repair and operations, the state-of-the-art facility is home for the college’s programs in maintenance, structures and avionics.

Finally, the new Centre for Professional Advancement within the School of Health and Community Services is an incredible demonstration of Mohawk College’s ability to rapidly meet emerging and future employer needs.

It has delivered dozens of customized, accelerated and focused on-the-job training partnerships to help hospitals locally, provincially and nationally cope with ongoing staff shortages and care backlogs amid pandemic recovery.

To learn more about Mohawk College’s programs visit www.mohawknewsdesk.ca.