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Media Release - March 4, 2005

Mohawk and Mayor Di Ianni Celebrate Ontario Investment in Industrial and Process Automation

HAMILTON, ON – March 4, 2005: Today Mohawk College formally celebrated the opening of its Industrial and Process Automation Training and Applied Research Centre, a $10 million endeavour made possible in large measure thanks to a significant investment of $2.6 million from the Government of Ontario’s Strategic Skills Investment program.

Mohawk President MaryLynn West-Moynes thanked Ontario, stating: “This investment in innovation is both welcome and timely, and will ensure our graduates demonstrate the high level skills necessary to contribute significantly to the future automation of manufacturing and industry. It’s an exciting time for students and Mohawk as we progress to set a new standard – yet again – for technical education.”

Speakers at today’s event included Mohawk’s Board of Governors’ Chair Rick Sterne; MPP Ted McMeekin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Consumer and Business Services representing The Honourable Joseph Cordiano, Minister of Economic Development and Trade; and MPP Jeff Leal, Parliamentary Assistant to The Honourable Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; His Worship Mayor Larry Di Ianni; Omron Canada’s Stan Wachon; and student Raymond Myler from Mohawk’s Process Automation baccalaureate degree program.

Mr. Wachon, Automation Specialist with Omron Canada Inc, and Chair of the Mohawk Industrial/Process Automation Steering Committee affirmed: “Having up-to-date facilities in the college is key to addressing the demands of industry. Higher technical skills achieved by the graduates ensure an easier transition into the working environment.”

The Industrial/Process Automation lab located on the 2 nd floor of the Mohawk iT Centre will be fully linked by fall 2005 to enhanced facilities at both the Fennell and Stoney Creek Campuses dedicated to mechanical, chemical and computing based skilled trades and apprenticeship programs. Learning mirrors daily activity in industry: processes are uploaded, trouble-shooting and problem solving occur online, and then refined processes are downloaded to the machinery or client company. The impact in industry is local, regional, national and international. Cars, thermostats, televisions, DVD players, steel production and gasoline production, all are today dependent on sequences of manufacturing and assembly processes that are increasingly automated. Mohawk’s partnership with business, industry and government will help give Ontario competitive advantage.

Following official ceremonies, guests toured the iT Centre’s Industrial/Process Automation lab, and viewed exhibits demonstrating the computing powers that today drive many processes and machinery.