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Media Release - November 7, 2005

COLLEGE DVD PROMOTES APPRENTICESHIP AND THE SKILLED TRADES

Hamilton, ON - Nov. 7, 2005: A new DVD that focuses on apprenticeship programs and the skilled trades is an important tool in promoting the importance of college education and training, Mohawk College President MaryLynn West-Moynes said today.

“To strengthen our competitive edge in today’s knowledge economy, we must ensure that every person – in every sector of the economy – has the necessary education and training to make a meaningful contribution,” President West-Moynes said. “College education ensures that people are getting the skills and training needed to achieve success.”

Mohawk is highlighting the DVD as part of College Week, which runs from Nov. 7 to Nov. 11. The theme for College Week this year is Education That’s Worth More. The DVD includes three Mohawk programs: Instrumentation Engineering Technician-Industrial, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic, and Truck & Coach Technician.

The DVD, called Focus on Apprenticeship, was sent to Ontario high schools and colleges this past summer. The DVD is also available on TVO's website, Career Matters, and will be used by Skills Canada Ontario as part of their school liaison program. The DVD was produced by the Colleges of Ontario Network for Education and Training (CON*NECT), with support from the Government of Canada and TVOntario.

President West-Moynes said the DVDs and the College Week celebrations help promote a wide variety of career choices, including health sciences, business, arts, skilled trades, engineering, and community services. Across Ontario, the province’s 24 colleges offer about 2,400 apprenticeship, certificate, diploma and degree programs. More than one million people have graduated from Ontario colleges, including 75,000 from Mohawk College and President West-Moynes said the graduates are successful.

“About 91 per cent of Mohawk graduates find employment in their field within six months of graduation,” President West-Moynes said. “As well, in the most recent independent survey, more than 92 per cent of employers said they were satisfied with the graduates they had hired from Mohawk. In the years ahead, as the demand for skilled employees becomes more intense, it will be crucial that we produce greater numbers of high-quality Ontario college graduates.”