volume two | issue four | Mohawk going greener... How can Mohawk reduce its emissions through conservation? How can staff and students contribute to reducing emissions? And, what would they like to see Mohawk do to reduce its carbon footprint? I N S P I R I N G L E A R N I N G, L E A D E R S H I P, C I T I Z E N S H I P A N D I N N O V A T I O N inside this from the editor What the past 10 years teach us in the next 10? 2 WelcoMe to the WInter eDItIon of MohaWk MagazIne. Three reasons to cheer 3 It’s been a busy fall term at Mohawk and while we started off on a bit of rough note we Mohawk’s environmental management plan Mohawk’s completes energy retrofit 4 5 4 definitely made up for it as the months progressed, which you’ll see in the collection of stories that make up this the final issue for 2011. Marco felvus receives YMCA Peace Medal 5 McKeil school of Business makes history 6 in this issue we’ll touch on some of the exciting things that have been happening around the Applied research is growing at Mohawk 7 college, including an update on the status of the Academic Plan that is due to go for Board funding for e-Health records solution 8 approval in the spring 2012. We’ll also take a look at some of the highlights of the College’s seminar innoculates police officers against stress 9 first environmental Management Plan that was approved by the Board in November. in keeping with the environment theme, the College has just completed an extensive energy Program sends high school students to college 10 retrofit program at the fennell Campus that is saving money and helping to reduce our 6 environmental footprint at the same time. You can read all about it on page 4. On the Front Cover: Mohawk’s getting greener everyday at the fennell Campus Mohawk made history in November with the official naming of the McKeil school of Business at the fennell Campus. This is the first time that Mohawk has named a school after a benefactor and the McKeil family continues to be heavily involved in the College. We thank the McKeil’s for their support and look forward to working with them in the months and years to come. You’ll also read about Mohawk College Professor Marco felvus, whose efforts to foster a 8 culture of peace on campus and in the community earned him a YMCA Peace Medal in November. Marco is well-known for organizing on-campus events such as the Day of Pink and more recently for bringing well-known gay rights advocate Judy shepard to speak to students and the community at a free event in the Mcintyre Theatre. Mohawk Magazine showcases outstanding staff and students who are advancing Mohawk’s strategic priorities of quality, innovation and sustainability. finally, we’ll take a look at an innovative high school program that gives students the Mohawk Magazine is published by the office of the President (Communications). opportunity to explore careers in a variety of in-demand fields and offers them a glimpse of Design and printing is done by Mohawk Media Productions and Printing services. what’s to come if they choose college after graduating from high school. Photography by Mohawk College Communications. If you have a question or comment about something you’ve seen in this As always if you like what you read in this magazine, let us know. if you have a suggestion on publication please contact us: email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org how to make it better, let us know that too. And you if a story idea, we definitely want to hear Phone: 905-575-1212 ext. 2127 or ext. 3965 it. Communications is a two-part process and we rely on our readers to make this Mail to: office of the President, Mohawk College publication better. Attn: Mohawk Magazine fennell Avenue & West 5th | P.o. Box 2034 Hamilton, ontario, L8N 3T2 sean Coffey | e D i T o r | Do you have a story idea or suggestion on how we can make this publication better? Please let us know by contacting us at the coordinates listed above. What can the past 10 years teach us about the next 10? MohaWk set to unveIl acaDeMIc Plan In early 2012 What do social media, smart phones and clouds all have in common? mohawk magazine Ten years ago these terms didn’t exist, or if they did, they certainly weren’t part of our might make students want to come to Mohawk over the next ten years; (2) what everyday vocabulary. Today, these terms are ubiquitous. Who hasn’t heard of facebook? core capabilities and skills might students need for the future; and (3) how might Who doesn’t know what a smart phone is? or who hasn’t heard about “clouds”, a more we enable high quality learning over the next ten years. recent innovation that could make the hard drive a thing of the past. Led by the Academic Plan steering Committee and Task force, the session What’s great about these things is that each of them has spawned entire industries and participants have included staff and faculty from different areas of the College, created opportunities that didn’t exist before. But what’s next? Will social media evolve students, members of Mohawk’s Program Advisory Committees, representatives or be replaced by something better? What will become of mobile technology? Will cloud from local school boards, the City of Hamilton’s economic Development 2 technology revolutionize how we store and share data? department, and deans from McMaster university. Whatever happens will only happen if there are the people with the The next step is to have the steering Committee and Task force draft the knowledge and skills needed to make it happen, and that’s where the Plan during a series of meetings beginning in January, says Dan. The draft opportunity exists for Mohawk College. will then go back to internal and external stakeholders for validation, and an implementation plan will be developed before the Plan goes to the Board When Mohawk completes its 10-year Academic Plan next year it for approval in the spring. will clearly describe the College’s academic priorities and inform key decisions regarding the College’s future such as program “We’re in the business of training people for careers, so identifying where development, human resource requirements and technology the jobs will be over the next five to 10 years and how we get students needs. it will also consider the needs of our community and ensure ready for them is the most important thing that we have to figure out that the College graduates entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers as a college community,” says Dan. “The Academic Plan will give us capable of developing the next great idea. clear direction and a set of priorities that will guide us.” flexible learning options for students, the need to graduate students if you couldn’t make one of the sessions there are other ways to with soft skills, and having faculty that are up to date on the latest make your voice heard. Comments can still be submitted online trends in their industry are some of the main themes that dominated at www.mohawkcollege.ca/academicplan. You can also post the discussions during the 29 consultation sessions that have been held since comments to the Academic Plan on facebook and follow the May, says Dan. The response was great, he adds, with more than 500 participants progress on Twitter at @AcademicPlan. Look for the links on over the course of the sessions, and 3,100 responses to the three key questions: what the Academic Plan webpage. Three reasons to residence Bike share graduate celebrates 50th anniversary with $50,000 gift Plans In Place to exPanD In the sPrIng Mohawk College thanks roberta Tremain (picture far right), the first woman a program that allows students living in residence to to graduate from the Hamilton institute of Technology (HiT), the precursor borrow bikes for quick trips to the store, to work or to just to Mohawk College, in 1961. roberta chose to mark the 50th anniversary go for a ride is proving to be a hit with students. of her graduation from HiT by donating $50,000 to establish entrance since the residence Bike share program launched at the end scholarships for women enrolled in technology programs at Mohawk. of september, the three bikes located at the residence have During her visit to the College in october, roberta met with Cheryl Jensen, been signed out more than 100 times, says Alan Griffiths, Mohawk’s Vice President Academic, and the first female Dean of the Mohawk’s sustainable environment specialist. That’s good College’s faculty of engineering Technology. Cheryl says the scholarships news, says Alan, because it shows that the program is worth will be used to encourage young women to enter technology fields. the relatively small cost to implement it, and that there will be demand for an expanded program to run out of the MsA student Centre in the spring. continuing Mohawk learning exchange gets use of the bikes is free. All students have to do is put down education gets award of Merit a $10 refundable deposit and they can use the bikes to another nod for its The Mohawk Learning exchange received an commute to work, to the mall or just to go for a ride. use of Qr codes Award of Merit in Architecture and sustainability “They’ll get a lock and a helmet with the bike,” says Alan. Higher education in the City of Hamilton’s 2011 urban Design and “And they must wear the helmet at all times while on 3 the bike.” Marketing has given Architecture Awards. The award recognized the kudos to Mohawk contributions of Zeidler Partnership Architects, The program is a partnership between the MsA and the College’s Continuing iBi Group, Halcrow Yolles, Lintack Architects inc. College’s sustainability office, says Alan. The bikes were and oakridge Landscaping. The Mohawk Learning education catalogue for purchased at cost through sportChek and maintenance is exchange, home to the Harold Cummings Library and provided by local bike shop, Hammer City Cycle. When the its use of Qr (stands for “quick response”) codes Collaboratory, is part of the fennell Campus renewal program expands to the MsA student Centre in the spring, to communicate with Project. The 3-storey, an additional five bikes will be added. The racks and signs have already been installed outside G Wing. current and prospective LeeD certified students. Qr codes building opened in other schools have similar programs, says Alan, but most offer a quicker and more seamless communication with January 2010 and of them are rental programs where students rent the bikes students, and are easy to employ as they can be printed was constructed on for extended periods of time. Mohawk’s program is based time, on budget and on any surface from posters, ads, business cards and direct on one at the university of ottawa and is similar to what is in accident free. place throughout many large cities. mail pieces. Higher education Marketing is a company that helps colleges and universities get the most from Hamilton may soon join the list of cities that offer bike share their marketing efforts through website optimization and programs, says Alan, who sits on the working group that is internet marketing strategies. This is the second time in assembling the business case for one in the city. Mohawk’s recent months that the College’s use of Qr codes in the program is somewhat of a pilot for the city-wide project, catalogue has been recognized by the industry. earlier this and its success will help make the case for it, he adds. if fall, LerN Magazine acknowledged Mohawk as being one that happens, Alan says he hopes to see the city install bike stations at the fennell Campus. of the first in the field to use Qr codes. Mohawk environmental Management Plan calls for 20% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 reDuctIon target baseD on 2007 eMIssIons Mohawk college has committed to cutting carbon emissions in an environmental management plan believed to be the first among ontario’s 24 public colleges. mohawk magazine on November 9, Mohawk’s Board of Governors voted the draft plan that was posted to the office’s website last summer. A final consultation unanimously to adopt the College’s first environmental involving community members was held in october. The input from that session management plan. The plan commits Mohawk to a 20 per helped to validate the draft plan before it went for board approval. cent reduction of 2007 baseline carbon emissions by 2020, “MOhawk’s envirOnMental ManageMent plan will serve as the exceeding the 15 per cent provincial target. FraMewOrk FOr all deCisiOns Made with respeCt tO iMprOving Our The environmental management plan identifies eight COllege’s envirOnMental stewardship,” said president rOb MaCisaaC in pillars or areas where the College can reduce its emissions a Media release annOunCing the bOard’s apprOval OF the plan. to achieve the 20 per cent target: waste management 4 “our plan calls upon all staff, students and members of the community to work and paper consumption; facility operations and future together to build a more sustainable college,” says Macisaac. “Getting there will buildings; procurement; local food and health and wellness; require us to rethink how we do business and to take a different approach to planning transportation and vehicle emissions; alternative energy; for future investment and growth. We will need new programs and policies and above tracking, reporting and communications; and change management. all, we will need everyone’s support and commitment to make it happen.” Mohawk’s sustainability office worked with a consulting company sustainability, together with quality and innovation, are Mohawk’s three strategic that specializes in helping colleges and universities establish priorities. The College defines sustainability as conducting business to positively baseline data for environmental improvement plans to come up impact people, the environment and the economy. with a detailed inventory of the College’s carbon emissions. That data was used to set the reduction targets outlined in the plan. Mohawk’s sustainability office will oversee the plan’s implementation. The sustainability office will soon be putting out a call for any students, faculty or Next, the sustainability office turned to staff and students for input, asking them what they staff interested in being part of a sustainability committee. That committee wanted to see happen. will discuss the plan’s implementation and identify the areas to be targeted first. “We asked three questions,” says Alan Griffiths, Mohawk’s sustainability initiatives regular communication will keep everyone up-to-date on the College’s coordinator. “How can Mohawk reduce its emissions through conservation? How can staff performance. in 2012, Mohawk will produce its first sustainability report. The and students contribute to reducing emissions? And, what would they like to see Mohawk annual report will track the College’s performance year over year as we work do to reduce its carbon footprint?” towards the 2020 deadline. More than 170 staff and students submitted comments online or in-person at one of the stay tuned to the sustainability office webpage and Mohawk Matters Carbon roundtables that were held in March and April. Their input was used to prepare for more information. Mohawk College professor Marco felvus receives Mohawk completes energy retrofit YMCA Peace Medal program at fennell MeDal honours achIeveMents of those WorkIng to create culture of Peace IMProveMents save college $400,000 a year Mohawk college professor Marco felvus received Mohawk college has completed a multi-year, the yMca Peace Medal at the yMca Peace Medal multi-million dollar energy retrofit program at its largest breakfast held at the hamilton convention centre on and oldest campus. november 22. Marco received the medal for his efforts in fostering a culture of peace on campus and in The retrofit program, which began in 2003/2004, is the the community. largest modernization program in Mohawk history. Cooling units, boilers, doors, windows, taps, toilets and lighting, YMCA Peace dating as far back as the late 1960s and early 1970s, have via the internet or set to regulate itself depending Medals been replaced with new, state-of-the-art equipment. on factors such as outside air temperatures and honour the indoor Co2 levels, he says. The result is a much more achievements of While many of these changes are hidden from view, efficient heating and cooling system. local individuals behind walls, in ceilings, on the roof or in boiler rooms, and groups they’ve made a big difference in the College’s push to sustainability is a strategic priority for Mohawk College. who have made be more sustainable, says Tony scime, who oversaw the The energy retrofit improvements are saving the significant implementation of the retrofit program at Mohawk. college about $400,000 a year, while reducing its contributions impact on the environment, says Tony. The College to fostering simply changing standard taps and toilets to hands-free was also able to take advantage of more than a culture of taps and hands-free, low-flow, low-flush toilets has cut the $160,000 in grants and incentives from sources such peace in the College’s water consumption in half, says Tony. reducing as Horizon utilities, union Gas, Natural resources community. the consumption meant the College could then replace the Canada, the ontario Ministry of energy and building’s hot-water storage tanks with units half the size infrastructure, and the ontario Power Authority. 5 Marco, who teaches in the school of Human services, has involved hundreds of students in events that build that use less energy to keep the water hot. and promote peace, including Take Back the Night to With fennell complete, the focus will shift to other end sexual violence and the Child Abuse Awareness other improvements include a solar wall campuses. Tony says the next step is to do an energy Purple ribbon Campaign. By building such events into that was installed on the roof of e Wing. audit of the sTArrT campus in stoney Creek. The the curriculum, he has ensured that students actively The wall uses the sun’s energy to work will be done in cooperation with the College’s participate in community peace initiatives. Marco most preheat air before it enters the energy partner MCW Custom energy solutions. recently brought gay rights advocate Judy shepard to building’s air-handling system. Hamilton for a free community and student event in the The technology is very simple, Mcintyre Performing Arts Centre. and there’s virtually no maintenance. The YMCA received a total of 17 nominations in four A re-engineered heating and cooling categories – youth individual, adult individual, youth system has increased capacity while group and adult group. Marco was nominated in the significantly reducing costs, adds Tony. adult individual category. The entire heating and cooling plant is run by a building automation system that The YMCA Peace Medal Breakfast was presented by the provides total control over where and YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford in partnership when parts of the building are cooled or with the farah family foundation and Hasty Markets. heated. it can even be controlled remotely YMCA Peace Medal nominations are presented by The Hamilton spectator. McKeil school of Business makes history as first school to be named for a benefactor blaIr MckeIl becoMes MohaWk’s fIrst entrePreneur-In-resIDence hamilton-based Mckeil Marine made the largest donation in company history to support the largest renewal project in the history of Mohawk college. mohawk magazine McKeil Marine’s $1 million donation to Mohawk included a $750,000 donation to the College’s fennell Campus renewal Project and another $250,000 for 6 student scholarships and bursaries. in recognition of McKeil Marine Chairman and CEO Blair McKeil talks about these investments in Mohawk, the College named its the importance of post-secondary education at the naming school of business located at the fennell Campus, the of the McKeil School of Business in November. McKeil school of Business in November. The McKeil school of Business, with 2,600 students in 20 programs, is the first to be named for a Mohawk benefactor. “My family and company are proud to invest in a college that does an outstanding job of preparing students in our community McKeil Marine Chairman and Ceo Blair McKeil is for the business of life,” says Blair. “Like every successful company, also mentoring students by serving as Mohawk’s first our most valuable asset is our people. McKeil Marine supports ever entrepreneur-in-residence, while his wife Kathy is Mohawk because the college provides our company and the organizing an entrepreneurship speakers’ series. Greater Hamilton Area with highly skilled graduates who make an immediate contribution thanks to their hands-on and real-world “Blair, together with his family and his company, has college education.” made a remarkable investment in both our students and our college,” says Mohawk President rob McKeil Marine provides innovative marine transportation solutions Macisaac. “Mohawk is proud to name our school and special project support to customers across the Great Lakes, of Business in tribute to a hometown Ceo and an st. Lawrence seaway, eastern seaboard and Canadian arctic. industry-leading company.” With 53 years of experience in the marine transportation industry, McKeil owns and operates a diverse and versatile range of tugs and barges. Applied research is growing at Mohawk College MohaWk college’s IDeaWorks PrograM Is usIng aPPlIeD research to Put stuDents anD faculty to Work fInDIng InnovatIve anD entrePreneurIal solutIons to real-WorlD challenges. iDeaWorks connects start-ups, small to medium-sized enterprises (sMes) and non-profit organizations with students and faculty that have the training and expertise needed to help them succeed. through iDeaWorks, businesses and non-profits can leverage the college’s resources to do prototype testing and development, gain access to new technology, facilities and equipment, get help with software development, optimization and integration, or connect with new sources of funding. mohawk magazine market for the company’s iPad Coffeetablet application, a program was launched to support ontario post-secondary virtual coffee table book, by adapting the technology to institutions in growing existing project and experience- the Android platform. based programs for young entrepreneurs that will enhance the quality of new ventures and in a collaborative project with ecGroup inc., a consulting industry collaborations. company that advises public and private sector clients regarding eHealth strategy and technology, iDeaWorKs iDeaWorKs is using part of this funding to students and staff are assisting with the implementation support student start-up projects in 2011-12. of a text messaging technology to help doctors, clinicians Two entrepreneurial Mohawk students are 7 and patients in remote areas (without reliable access to developing their own mobile application for r broadband internet) connect to jurisdictional electronic educing medication-related incidents through prescription health record systems. encoding technology. iDeaWorKs will provide technical support, mentorship, industry contacts, space and other students are also working with Desire2Learn, providers resources to help these students develop and market their of innovative eLearning solutions, to develop a mobile innovative new product. application that enables users to access bus transit data and campus maps. iDeaWorKs will also be funding a Mohawk co-op student MP David Sweet at the announcement of $750,000 in to develop a mobile application in collaboration with funding for applied research at Mohawk College. iDeaWorKs is supported by Mohawk College and soAP Vault, a start-up that provides web-based software through grants and contributions. This year, the program for massage therapists, physiotherapists or chiropractors received $750,000 in funding from fedDev ontario’s to use as a tool to chart and document clinical notes in 2011, iDeaWorKs has partnered with 18 sMes putting Applied research and Commercialization initiative, electronically. students to work on projects related to health care, mobile which aims to address the gap between research and technology, web development, energy, software and commercialization and encourage collaboration between Applied research is growing at ontario’s community advanced materials. sMes and post-secondary institutions. colleges and Mohawk College will play a significant role in its success. in the mobile technology sector, for example, software in addition to fedDev ontario funding, Mohawk College development students are learning Java programming received $220,000 from the ontario Centres of excellence for more information please visit the iDeaWorKs’ and sQLite database concepts while working with fluid (oCe) experiential Learning Program (eLP), funded website: www.mohawkcollege.ca/ideaworks. Media inc. (fMi). The students are helping fMi expand the by the Ministry of research and innovation. The eLP Mohawk receives federal funding for national e-Health records solution applied research MohaWk one of four colleges to receIve funDIng Mohawk college has received $2.3 million in federal research funding to develop a working example of the national electronic health records solution. mohawk magazine Mohawk was one of four colleges and one Collège d’enseignement général et selected for professionnel (CeGePs) to receive funding through the College and Community funding following innovation Program, a joint initiative of the Natural sciences and engineering research a peer-review Council of Canada (NserC), the social sciences and Humanities research Council of competition. each Canada and the Canadian institutes for Health research. institution will receive $2.3 million The College and Community innovation Program provides funding to colleges and over five years. CeGePs to develop or expand research transfer activities in their communities through 8 partnerships with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. The A team of program supports projects in environmental science and technology, natural resources Mohawk students, and energy, health and related life science and technology, and information and graduates and communication technology. faculty are working on the electronic “our government is investing in science and technologygy to create jobs, strengthen Health records the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said the Honourable Gary solution project Goodyear, Minister of state (science and Technology). “Colleges and CeGePs play a with more than vital role in building innovative communities. This funding will help them work with their a dozen partners. once launched, the eHrs will connect 40,000 health care local businesses to move their research out into the marketplace.” support systems across Canada, providing health professionals with a centralized system for accessing a patient’s complete medical history. “The CCi Program builds on NserC’s other initiatives that foster collaboration Mohawk’s project team and industry partners will build and demonstrate between industry and postsecondary institutions,” said Dr. suzanne fortier, President options to simplify and standardize connections to the eHrs by doctor’s of NserC, which administers the program. “The partners will be working on important, offices, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies and other providers. The Mohawk multifaceted Canadian problems while benefiting their local communities. We look research team will also create a new software development program to train forward to helping them achieve their maximum potential and impact.” health informatics professionals in Canada. Mohawk and the three other colleges and CeGeP (emily Carr university of Art + Design, Cegep de Levis-Lauzon, La Cite collegiale and sheridan College) were (l-r) Dave Smith, Calibre seminar inoculates police Press, Jo-Anne Procter, Assoc. Dean Justive and Wellness Studies and officers against stress Peter St. Denis, Professor, Mohawk College at the Street Survival Seminar held in November at the JustIce anD Wellness stuDIes hosts street survIval seMInar Brantford Campus. Police officers from as far away as nigeria visited Mohawk college’s brantford campus in early november for a two-day seminar focused on helping officers cope with job-related stress. street survival 2011 is the first seminar of its kind to be held at Mohawk College. “The street survival training inoculates police officers against stress,” says Public Taylor scrimshaw plans to make a career in policing after he safety and security Professor Peter st. Denis. “officers learn how to cope with graduates from Mohawk next year. for Taylor, the street survival worst-case scenarios including violent confrontations, personal injury or the loss seminar was a window into an aspect of the profession that students of friends and colleagues on the job.” don’t often think of when they choose a career in policing. some even brought their spouses to the seminar so they can better understand “You don’t realize how important communication is,” says Taylor. what goes through an officer’s mind when the unthinkable happens, he adds. “Just speaking with other officers can make a difference in how you deal with a bad situation.” Post-traumatic stress is the aftermath of going through a high-stress situation. Anyone can experience it, but people in careers such as policing and the armed forces The seminar was taught by Dave smith, an internationally are more likely than most to be find themselves in situations that trigger it, renowned speaker, trainer and author with Calibre Press, a says Peter. world leader in police training. Dave teaches police officers all over the united states, and says the equipment and faculty at 9 A former Peel region police officer, Peter says it’s common for Mohawk rival some of the best police training centres in the u.s. someone who has just gone through a life-threatening situation and survived to feel euphoric. Later, that same person may “I’m Impressed wIth the technology here, and the team of experience extreme guilt over feeling that way. That guilt faculty Is just phenomenal,” he says. “everybody I’ve spoken can eat away at them. it can also have a devastating effect to Is an expert In theIr fIeld.” on relationships and careers. What these officers don’t often understand is that these feelings are very normal, he says. Hosting the street survival seminar was part of a five-year strategy for the Public safety and security program. Peter says the program is looking at ways “People are hard-wired this way,” says Peter. “You can’t stop to increase partnership opportunities with outside agencies such as local law it from happening, but if you recognize it for what it is, it’s much enforcement. These partnerships highlight the training opportunities available easier to cope.” at Mohawk and position the College as a leader in the industry. They also help students network with professionals in the field and provide opportunities for That’s one of the main objectives behind the street survival seminar. if students to participate in seminars like this one. officers know that what they’re feeling is normal they’ll be better equipped to deal with it. They’ll understand that it’s better to talk about it than to let it fester. About 50 police officers from across North America – some from as far away as the West- African country of Nigeria, made the trip to Brantford for the seminar. About 20 students from Mohawk’s Advanced Police studies program also got to take part. mohawk magazine innovative program sends local high school students to college Mohawk College Professor Glen Kinaschuk teaches M.M. sPecIalIst hIgh skIlls MaJor stuDents coMe to MohaWk over fall break Robinson students about electrical technology. over the fall break week, students from the hamilton Wentworth catholic District school board (hWcDsb) and from the halton District school board (hDsb) had the opportunity to spend some time exploring career and post-secondary options at Mohawk college. sHsM is a Ministry of education program aimed at letting students focus on career The 75-minutes classes paths that match their skills and interests, while meeting the requirements of the ontario give the students a secondary school Diploma (ossD). The program is open to Grade 11 and 12 students, chance to get to know a who must apply to be accepted. successful students spend the school year taking a college instructor, and for bundle of eight to 10 courses in their chosen field. During that time they earn valuable the College it’s a bit of a industry certifications including first aid and CPr qualifications, gain important skills, and recruiting tool, even spend some time learning in a post-secondary setting. says robert. That was the experience for a class of Grade 11 and 12 students from M.M. robinson The in-class sessions at High school in Burlington, who spent the week exploring electrical engineering at Mohawk were taught by Mohawk’s sTArrT Campus in stoney Creek. The students were part of the HDsB’s Glen Kinaschuk, Program 10 electrical specialist High skills Major program. Coordinator for the Students from the HWCDSB get a look at the equipment electrical engineering used to train nursing students at the Institute of Applied Carlo Crechiola teaches the electrical High skills program at M.M. robinson. An Technician - Power Health Sciences. Photo courtesy: Marilyn Presutti electrician himself, Carlo sees the value in giving students exposure to careers in the program, and the team electrical industry. “They get exposure to the skills and programs before they move on to lead and coordinator for the week. electrical engineering Technician - Power post-secondary education, and at the end of the year they’ll have made the decision as to instructors Mike rodrigues and Doug Wells also taught in the program. where they want to go,” said Carlo. sTArrT wasn’t the only Mohawk Campus to play host to sHsM students during Coming to Mohawk for the fall and spring study breaks gives the students the the fall break. About 250 students enrolled in the HWCDsB’s Health and Wellness opportunity to experience college first-hand, and that may help them when it comes time Major visited the iAHs Campus over two days to learn about careers in the health to decide what to do next, says Carlo. sector from students and faculty at the institute. if that decision is to come to college, they’ll be one step ahead of their peers. The “Coming to iAHs and hearing first-hand from the students and faculty is good for electrical High skills Major at M.M. robinson is a dual-credit program. That means the students,” said Marilyn Presutti, who works in Cooperative education with the students get both high school and college-level credits, so they can go to college with a HWCDsB. “A lot of students aren’t aware of the career options available to them few courses already completed. in the healthcare industry, and this gives them a chance to hear about other options in pharmacology and radiology that may not have considered before.” And if they choose Mohawk, they’ll have already met some of their professors. robert Deeks is a professor in the Mechanical engineering Technician Automation Program at it’s also a chance for the students to preview what coming to college would be sTArrT. since september, robert has spent two mornings a week at M.M. robinson like, getting to see first-hand what sort of equipment the college students are teaching the 20 students in the class Computer Aided Drafting. learning on and hearing from students who are enrolled in programs now.
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