Mohawk College brings more free trades training to Hamilton with 2nd mobile classroom

Mohawk College‘s second mobile classroom has officially opened its doors in Hamilton, Ont.

The college’s City School program first opened in 2017, moving around the city to provide free college credits and skills training to those who face barriers to getting a post-secondary education.

The newest unit will be based at Fora Outdoor Living in Ancaster for the next few months, preparing students for a career in the horticulture industry.

After that, it will move to the McQuesten Urban Farm in Hamilton’s east end, followed by Heddle Marine on the harbourfront for a program focused on shipbuilding and maintenance.

Jim Vanderveken, dean of Mohawk’s Centre for Community Partnerships and Experiential Learning, said they also have plans to connect with the healthcare sector through City School.

Right now, he said they’re working with Thrive Group, which manages several long term care homes in the city, including Idlewyld Manor and St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke.

“They’re actually looking at how can they create some space at one of their facilities so that individuals can begin to learn the skills and competencies related to the personal support worker occupation,” said Vanderveken.

“There’s a tremendous demand for personal support workers in our community, both in long term care facilities and hospitals, and the private care setting.”

“So we’re actually going to be looking at locating one of our mobile units there so that we can begin to do some health care training as well.”

So far, 220 students have received free training in welding, HVAC and general construction through a City School mobile classroom — many of whom have gone on to study at Mohawk or work in their chosen field.

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