Mohawk’s ‘College in Motion’ is on the Move

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Mohawk College informs local youth on the accessibility and benefits of post-secondary education.

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Mohawk’s College in Motion initiative is moving at full speed toward their mission to educate youth on the options and benefits of post-secondary education.

As a part of Mohawk College’s Access Project, an education initiative launched in 2010, College in Motion is aimed at both high school students who are at risk of not graduating and those who do not plan on pursuing a post-secondary education. The tactics and programs currently employed are all revolved around exposing the widespread accessibility of post-secondary education, which is something many teens believe does not exist.

Samara Young, a Community Outreach and Education Advisor at Mohawk College, believes that in addition to their notions of inaccessibility, a big part of why high school students decide not to go to college is because they don’t know what they would study or how they would pay for tuition. By informing students on the wide range of disciplines in full-time and continuing education programs, as well as the bursary and financial aid options that are available, Mohawk is ensuring that students explore the possibilities of their academic and professional futures.

“We’ve had some really interesting responses,” says Young, “and some really fantastic students who have come forward and said, ‘You know, without talking to you guys I don’t think I would’ve gone to college.’”

One of the most distinct messages that Mohawk wants to communicate is that a post-secondary education is something that can be designed to suit individual needs and lifestyles. Options like apprenticeship programs and online learning show students that a post-secondary education does not necessarily have to take shape as a typical three-year degree program, and that it can be done at their own pace.

Mohawk representatives are holding regular info-sessions at several high schools, as well as adult education and community centres in the Hamilton area, with plans to expand into Halton Region and Brantford.

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Marianne Wilson