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Media Release - May 25, 2005

The French Connection

HAMILTON, ON – May 25, 2005 : In a unique and innovative Engineering Apprenticeship Study Program, 34 students from France are studying at Mohawk College with the Faculty of Engineering Technology for three weeks in May to learn more about the North American business culture, and, in particular, the technical and business concepts of electrical power distribution. The students, ages 24 – 25, attend L’Ecole Supérieure de Conception et de Production Industrielles (ESCPI), a graduate school for Le Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) in Paris, and have passed a program assessment for study in Canada.

While in Hamilton, the students will acquire a linguistic and scientific North American practical experience, providing them with a higher understanding of hands-on electrical concepts, management, communications, and English. Workshops, seminars, plus an introduction to scenic southern Ontario, including Niagara Falls, are part of the Canadian experience for these intelligent and enthusiastic students.

For example, a business studies course provided in workshop format, includes a view of Canadian and local markets, the North American Free Trade Agreement, global industry competition, and issues of cultural compatibility. High profile guest speakers such as Neil Everson, Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Hamilton and the Trade Consulates enhance the understanding of practical applications in situations outside the classroom.

“Mohawk is pleased to welcome this group of apprentices from France. International education opportunities serve to broaden experiential learning, while developing awareness, understanding and leadership”, stated Mohawk College President MaryLynn West-Moynes.

The collaborative Canada-France program offered by Mohawk and McMaster University prepares a new generation of professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills, including theory and practical applications, and offers a prototype for future projects of this kind.

Tours of local power stations and companies such as Dofasco and Westcast round out the program. Lou Sartor, Mohawk professor of Business Management, leads the Business workshops. Nafia Almutawaly, Mohawk professor of Electrotechnology, leads the Power workshops.