Mohawk professor Carrie Leo nominated for YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Award 2

Carrie LeoCongratulations to Carrie Leo on her YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction award nomination.

Carrie, a professor with our School of Interdisciplinary Studies, has been instrumental in the success of our Community Integration Through Cooperative Education (CICE) program. Carrie teaches and helps Mohawk’s CICE students overcome their developmental, learning and physical disabilities.

As a project facilitator with the Hamilton Family Network, Carrie worked with youth and families and she brought the message of inclusion to the people of Zambia on the behalf of the United Nations on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities.

Mohawk is proud to once again sponsor the YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards and we congratulate all 43 remarkable women on their nominations.

Survey responses will help keep Mohawk College responsive to needs of Hamilton employers Reply

The Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Workforce Development wants to hear from Hamilton employers.

I have the privilege of chairing the 12-member task force which was launched by Hamilton Mayor (and Mohawk Alumni of Distinction recipient) Fred Eisenberger in June 2015.

Employers have until Feb. 5 to complete the confidential 2016 EmployerOne online survey administered by Workforce Planning Hamilton.

The task force will use survey responses to create an action plan for building a high skilled workforce for local employers and companies looking to expand or relocate to Hamilton.

We’ll also draw on conversations from three roundtables with local employers.  Employers were asked to identify their immediate and longer-term skills training and workforce development challenges and opportunities. The task force has held three roundtables and two more are planned in February and March.

As Mayor Eisenberger has said, the task force wants to hear from employer on how we can work together to make Hamilton home to Canada’s best education and highest skilled workforce.  Mohawk will do our part to make sure our students and graduates are equal to the challenge.

Mohawk College students to have their say in provincial survey Reply

Thousands of students will be completing the province’s annual Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey starting this week.

Students in over 200 classes will complete the survey from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12. Special thanks to the team of staff who are administering the survey and the faculty who are making the time to give their students a voice.

Students will be asked for their views on the quality of learning, services and facilities at Mohawk.

Mohawk has earned high marks from students in previous surveys. For the past five years, we’ve finished first in overall student satisfaction among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Recent graduates and employers are also surveyed. In 2015,  85.7 per cent of graduates reported working within six months of completing their studies at Mohawk while 88 per cent of employers reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the Mohawk graduates that they’ve hired.

We use survey results to help identity where we do well and where we could further improve the college experience for our students.

Mohawk College hosts Hamilton’s largest start-up career fair Reply

SURGEKudos to our SURGE team of Melanie Sodtka, Karen Reiner and Rachel Hamilton for connecting Mohawk students with Hamilton-area entrepreneurs.

SURGE hosted a start-up career fair in the Arnie last week in partnership with The Forge, Spectrum, Innovation Factory and Small Business Enterprise Centre.  The event brought together entrepreneurs from more than 50 Hamilton and area start-ups and over 400 students and job seekers interested in full and part-time, paid, volunteer, internship and equity-based opportunities.

Mohawk’s SURGE team supports entrepreneurship awareness, education, training experiences, learning opportunities, mentorship, star speakers and pitch competitions to help our students and graduates launch their own businesses.

SURGE has organized 28 college-wide workshops, lectures and competitions in their first year and are currently working with 18 clients.

SURGE is funded through an On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) grant as part of the Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy and issued through the Ontario Centres for Excellence (OCE).

Nominate a distinguished Mohawk College graduate today Reply

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Who will be our next inductees into the Mohawk Alumni of Distinction?  Last year we honoured (left to right) Derek Doyle, Vanh Kalong, Rocco Passero, Daniel Popowich, Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Barbara Shea, Minister Ted McMeekin, Megan MacLeod and Brian Jonker.

Do you know a remarkable Mohawk grad who’s making a difference at work and in the community?

Nominations are now open for our annual Mohawk Alumni of Distinction Awards. Nominate an all-star or unsung hero by February 29th.

Last year, we proudly celebrated The Hon. Ted McMeekin, His Worship Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Derek Doyle, Brian Jonker, Vanh Kalong, Megan MacLeod, Rocco Passero, Daniel Popowich and Barbara Shea during our Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner.

Since opening our doors in 1967, more than 105,000 students have graduated from Mohawk and over 100 graduates have been inducted as Alumni of Distinction.

Cheer on our Mohawk College Super Mileage Team 1

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Joules Estigoy (left) and Sungbin Suh, along with nine other students, are building a battery-powered car to compete in the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon. This will be the first time Mohawk has gone up against teams of college and university students from across North and South America.

Eleven Mohawk students are gearing up to compete in the annual Shell Eco-marathon in downtown Detroit this April.

Our multi-disciplinary team of students from our Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses are putting their Mohawk education to work in designing and building an electric car for the competition.

Our team will be going up against 224 teams from across North and South America. This is the first time Mohawk has taken part and we’re the only college in Canada competing in the Motor City.

The Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.

International student and peer tutor Sungbin Suh recruited classmate Vincent Perera to begin working on the project last summer. While at the Mohawk Student Leadership Academy, Sungbin met Joules Estigoy, Gurpreet Singh Punj and Matt Hsiung.  The team now includes Supisara Tripoonsin,  Nathan Field, Wanming Hu, Brett Adair, Luke Maier and Shivam Saxena. Professors John Van Loon and Robert Gerritsen are volunteering as faculty advisors.

The team expects to have their car on display at our Fennell campus in early February.

Mohawk is proud to sponsor our Super Mileage Team. If you’d like to lend your support as well to help offset travel costs, please contact Sungbin at

Town Halls next month to preview Mohawk College’s new strategic plan & review employee survey Reply

futureI’m looking forward to presenting our college’s new strategic plan to faculty and staff at next month’s town halls at all three campuses.

Thanks to everyone who brought forward bold ideas and helped build an ambitious five-year plan for our college. Together we’ve created a plan that will keep our college responsive to the needs of students, their future employers and the communities we serve.

Along with previewing Mohawk’s strategic plan, our partners at CCI Research Inc. will share the results from our latest employee engagement survey. Chief Human Resources Officer Karen Pashleigh will be on hand to highlight next steps, including how CCI will share the results for your area. We’ll also review the process we’ll follow to turn our results into actionable plans that make Mohawk an even better place to work as one of the top employers in the Hamilton-Niagara region.

Please join whichever town hall works best for your schedule. We also plan to live-stream the town halls and post video online.

Feb 16 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Stoney Creek campus, Awareness Theatre

Feb. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at IAHS, room 244

Feb. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Fennell campus, McIntyre Performing Arts Centre


Partnership dinner with McKeil Marine to fund student bursaries Reply

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The crew from McKeil Marine is an outstanding college partner. Along with investing in campus renewal, scholarships and bursaries, McKeil Marine supports Mohawk’s annual toy drive at St. Ann school in North Hamilton.

I’m pleased to announce that Mohawk is hosting our 2016 Partnership Dinner with the crew from McKeil Marine this spring.

McKeil Marine is an outstanding college partner and tremendous champion of our students and graduates.  McKeil Marine has supported the renewal of our Fennell campus, invested in scholarships and bursaries, trained and mentored students and hired graduates.

We’re honoured to have McKeil Marine co-host our dinner as part of their 60th anniversary celebrations. Proceeds from our dinner will remove financial barriers for students from priority neighbourhoods.

We launched our annual partnership dinner last year with the Hamilton Community Foundation.  The dinner is unique to Hamilton and underscores the value and importance of partnerships for Mohawk.

I’ll be sharing more details on our 2016 Partnership Dinner with McKeil Marine in the weeks ahead.