TSN 1150 teams up with Mohawk College to give students real-world learning Reply

TSNTSN 1150 is turning their radio station into a living lab for students in Mohawk’s Broadcasting Radio program.

Our students will get to host, research and write for a live sports talk show. Top students will be offered internships at the station and TSN 1150 on-air personalities will mentor students at the college.

This is the first sports broadcasting partnership of its kind in Canada.

At Mohawk, we have more than 1,000 partners who help us transform students into future ready graduates. Growing and strengthening collaboration and partnerships is one of the priorities in our new strategic plan.

Thanks to TSN 1150 for giving our students this one-of-a-kind opportunity and kudos to program coordinator Sam Cook for brokering Mohawk’s latest partnership.


With friends like these, Mohawk College students can do anything Reply

Marshall family

 Joanne Spadafora, Cindy Butler, Wayne Marshall and Linda Marshall have raised more than $2 million in support of skilled trades. The Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation at our Stoney Creek campus honours their late father.

We’ve spent the past few weeks in the company of very good friends who make a real difference for Mohawk students.

We hosted our 2nd annual Partnership Dinner with the crew from McKeil Marine and then celebrated the 10th annual Gerald Marshall Centre Benefit.

Both families have been outstanding supporters of our students and unabashed champions of our college. We are honoured to have the McKeil and Marshall family names attached to our Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses.

Proceeds from both sold-out events will help make a Mohawk education accessible to more people in our community and give our students new places to learn on campus.


The crew at McKeil Marine – led by Blair and Kathy McKeil – have been outstanding supporters of Mohawk students. They’ve invested in scholarships, bursaries and our Fennell campus renewal project while also mentoring our students.



Thank you to the team who brought Nursing Week celebrations to Mohawk College Reply

Kudos to Nancy Christensen, Barb Toohey, Arelene Smith, Lindsay Dyment and all the Library and Nursing program faculty and staff who organized Nursing Week celebrations for students at our Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

And, as always, thank you for the work you do in educating and serving the next generation of Mohawk graduates who will provide exemplary nursing care in our community.

Social entrepreneurship blooming in Hamilton’s North End Reply

SeedlingsMohawk’s CitySchool and our Sustainability Office teamed up with the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre to launch an after-school Sprouts program for kids in Hamilton’s North End.

Over nine weeks, the students learned about environmental stewardship and social entrepreneurship by growing plants. The students are now selling their seedlings in the community and made a stop yesterday at Mohawk’s Fennell campus.

Thanks to the Mohawk staff and our friends at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre for creating this unique opportunity.

And give the kids full marks for salesmanship. Their seedlings have now been planted in my garden at home.

Congratulations to Mohawk College’s mental health ambassadors Nick Petrella and Nadia Mastroianni Reply

Mohawk professor Nick Petrella and student Nadia Mastroianni have been recognized by our partners at St. Joseph’s Healthcare for their work as mental health ambassadors.

Nadia and Nick received St. Joseph’s Mental Health Spirit of Hope Awards before an audience of more than 400 people at the 4th annual  Mental Health Morning sponsored by ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

The awards honour individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the mental health and addiction community.  that have made significant contributions to the mental health care and/or addiction fields.

“The Spirit of Hope Award winners, and the nominees, have made significant contributions and work tirelessly to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use,” says St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation President and CEO Sera Filice-Armenio. “They are an inspiration to all of us.”

Nick is a mental health first aid trainer and mental health ambassador at Mohawk and in the community. Nadia, a 19-year-old student in our Human Services Foundation program, was recognized for her leadership in tackling the stigma surrounding mental illness. This is the second award for Nadia, who also received the Social Inc. Celebration of Learning Award.

Congratulations Nadia and Nick on the well-deserved honours. You are an inspiration to all of us at Mohawk.


Congratulations to Mohawk College’s Future Ready Leadership grads Reply

MohawkCollegeFRL_March29-11It’s not only students who graduate from Mohawk College.

Eighteen administrative staff have just successfully completed our third round of Future Ready Leadership training in partnership with Mohawk College Enterprise.

The program is made up of eight modules that deliver a mix of theory, practical application and experiential team-building.  The aim of the program is to build and support a community of leaders at Mohawk. Staff are nominated by the Senior Leadership Team to take part in the program.

Teams supported Mohawk’s commitment in our strategic plan to be a leader in internationalization and global experiences by working on four projects:

  • launching an international student buddy program
  • sharing international alumni success stories
  • hosting an international student for the holidays
  • connecting international students with local entrepreneurs for mentorship

Congratulations to our latest Future Ready Leadership grads:

  • Danielle Ambrosio
  • Lynn Coleman
  • Kelsey Crawford
  • Laura D’Alessandro
  • Emily Ecker
  • Daniel Farr
  • Jessica Hart
  • Grant Hodson
  • Thomas Jessome
  • Wendy Makey
  • Pearl Mendonca
  • Kurt Muller
  • Elizabeth Pietrantonio
  • Anthony Salvatore
  • Troy Sheeler
  • Christine Sheldrake
  • Chitresh Singh, and
  • Krista Welsh

Special thanks to MCE and Mohawk team who organize and deliver our Future Ready Leadership program: Audie McCarthy, Donna Stevenson, Jack Grosvenor, Sandra Summerhayes, Karen Pashleigh, Carol Mushing and Gabriela VanDyken from Mohawk.


Three Mohawk College students win national awards 1

EmergeCongratulations to Karlo KingRachel Hamilton and Matthew McDougall on winning 2016 Emerge Media Awards.

Karlo took first place in the videography category while Rachel finished second in the graphic / editorial design competition and Matthew  took second place in the Advertising category.

The Emerge Media Awards  showcase the achievements of journalism, media studies and communications students at colleges and universities in Canada.

The awards were presented during a dinner organized by the University of Guelph – Humber College 4th year public relations students.


Mohawk proud to honour Marshall family at 10th Gerald Marshall Centre Benefit Reply

Next Friday, Mohawk will pay tribute to one of our most long-standing and outstanding supporters and partners at the 10th annual Gerald Marshall Centre Benefit.

Six years ago, Mohawk opened the Gerald Marshall Centre for Transportation at our Stoney Creek Campus. Named in honour of the late Gerald Marshall, the centre provides students in Mohawk’s Truck and Coach Technician program with hands-on training in a state-of-the-art truck garage that set a very high standard for simulation-based learning at Mohawk.

The Marshall family donated $1.2 million to help build the centre, and every year since the family has continued to use the benefit to raise money for the Gerald Marshall Fund to support the continued transformation of the Stoney Creek Campus and to enhance the college’s Truck and Coach program.

The Marshall family is also one of Mohawk’s biggest cheerleaders, providing a strong voice for the skilled trades in Hamilton and Ontario, and giving students opportunities to hone their skills at the family business in Hamilton.

Mohawk is proud to host this year’s event in honour of a family that has contributed so much to our college and to our students.

If you’re looking for a fun way to end your week, consider joining us at the Gerald Marshall Centre Benefit, next Friday, May 6 at Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre at 1555 Upper Ottawa Street in Hamilton. You can come for dinner or just for the festivities afterwards.

For more details or to purchase tickets go to: http://web.mohawkcollege.ca/events/gerald-marshall-benefit/index.html.


Mohawk College continues to earn high marks from students Reply

great job stampMohawk remains the number one college in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for student satisfaction for the sixth year in a row.

Mohawk has also finished first among GTHA colleges for graduate satisfaction and graduate employment for the fourth consecutive year.

These are some of the highlights from our latest Key Performance Indicator (KPI) survey results. The annual survey is carried out by the Government of Ontario.

I want to thank our faculty and staff who do an exemplary job every day of teaching and serving our students.

While we’re proud of our scores, we’re not taking our high marks for granted.

In fact, we aim to be the number one college in the GTHA for employer satisfaction and the number one college in Ontario for graduate employment. These are among the commitments we’ve made in our new five-year strategic plan.

All of our KPI scores are posted online.


Mohawk College’s 2016-17 budget: growing, hiring and building Reply

Our Board of Governors last week approved Mohawk’s 2016-17 balanced budget of $213.9 million. Our budget includes the largest investment pool in the college’s history. The funding will allow us to invest in key projects that kick-start Mohawk’s strategic plan. Here’s a copy of the note I sent to our faculty and staff earlier today.

Dear Colleagues:

We are starting the first year of Mohawk’s strategic plan with the deepest investment pool in our college’s history.

The Board of Governors last week approved our 2016-17 balanced budget of $213.9 million. The budget includes a record $4.5 million investment pool to kick-start a number of projects in our strategic plan. More than half of the funding will be invested in hiring new full-time faculty and academic staff, developing new programs and continuing to improve the quality of all our programs. We will also be making strategic investments in Student Services and Corporate Services to make Mohawk an even better place to learn and work.

Along with a record investment pool, we will carry out $9.3 million worth of construction and renovation projects at all three of our campuses. These projects include: an inter-professional hospital simulation lab at IAHS; a new building at our Stoney Creek campus where apprentices and students from different programs will work on major projects; and phase one of the Partnership and Innovation Centre at our Fennell campus. We also plan to repave our Fennell parking lots this summer and we will not be increasing parking rates in 2016-17.

This is a great news budget for Mohawk because of your exemplary financial stewardship of student tuition and taxpayer dollars. Like our Board of Governors, I want to commend Chief Financial Officer Karen Moore and our Finance team for leading a flawless budget process that began last September.  We are well-positioned to educate and serve a record number of students over the coming year while continuing to renew our campuses and delivering on the commitments made in our strategic plan.


Ron McKerlie